Queen have played their first show in Australia in 30 years in Perth with Adam Lambert on lead vocals.
While an American Idol seems a strange choice as frontman, think about the flamboyant pop star who originally fronted the rock band.
Mercury was a pop star, Queen were a rock band. When Queen placed Bad Company/Free singer Paul Rodgers in as frontman they failed miserably. Rock upon Rock is not how the Queen formula works.
Lambert is pure, outrageous pop. He is the perfect replacement for Freddie Mercury. He can recreate the sentiment without fiddling with the formula. Lambert makes Queen live possible and still relevant where Rodgers kept them musically credible but dated.
Queen live setlist
Now I’m Here (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
Stone Cold Crazy (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
Another One Bites the Dust (from The Game, 1980)
Fat Bottomed Girls (from Jazz, 1978)
In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
Seven Seas of Rhye (from Queen II, 1974)
Killer Queen (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
Somebody to Love (from A Day at the Races, 1976)
I Want It All (from The Miracle, 1989)
Love of My Life (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
’39 (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
These Are the Days of Our Lives (from Innuendo, 1991)
Under Pressure (from Hot Space, 1982)
Love Kills (from the soundtrack of Metropolis, 1985)
Who Wants to Live Forever (from A Kind of Magic, 1986)
Tie Your Mother Down (from A Day at the Races, 1976)
Radio Ga Ga (from The Works, 1984)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (from The Game, 1980)
The Show Must Go On (from Innuendo, 1991)
Bohemian Rhapsody (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
We Will Rock You (from News of the World, 1977)
We Are the Champions (from News of the World, 1977)
God Save the Queen (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)