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Posted: 23 Jul 19, 16:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Los Angeles Forum July 20th review:

Queen are again on tour and after the tremendous success of the Bohemian Rhapsody film of last year, they aptly called this tour the Rhapsody Tour.

“The bigger, the better....in everything” Freddie Mercury once said and the band took this literally because it’s the biggest rock show out now. The visuals are simply stunning and are done in a way that suits a big band as Queen is.

Queen are working with Adam Lambert for 8 years now and he is no longer the new kid anymore. He proved himself to be a terrific singer who has enough self confidence to pull off a genuine stage act that is not a copy of Freddie Mercury. Although being capable of singing nearly all genres, he never tries to imitate Freddie Mercury’s phrasing. He is humble enough to address the public that he is just as a big fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury as they are and he would like to celebrate “the one and only Freddie Mercury”.

The opening of the show is grand. A newly recorded orchestral version of Innuendo is played on the PA building up the excitement. There are a lot of references to older Queen details for the true fan. For example, prior “Innuendo”, you hear someone ticking shortly, exactly in the way the “A Night At The Opera” Tour started back in 1975.
Also, before Brian May starts playing the muted D chord intro of Now I’m Here, the red curtains open in the way it’s also done in the Innuendo video.
After Brian Mays starts to play the intro, Adam Lambert and May himself are visually mirrored on the stage, claiming they are at a certain spot while they are actually not in order to increase the surprise effect for the audience. Again, this is a reference to the old days where Freddie Mercury made a similar appearance during the “A Night At The Opera” Tour. Cool stuff.
The show starts with a blistering version of Now I’m Here, the band sounds very tight and playing is superb. Roger Taylor is working hard behind his kit as the song is demanding some fast paced drumming. Then next are Seven Seas Of Rhye and Keep Yourself Alive, albeit in abbreviated versions, played in a similar way as on “The Works” Tour in 1984/85.
Before even to breath, May rocks out Hammer To Fall and we are treated on a full version. It’s impressive how both May (72) and Taylor (this month 70) are delivering so fresh versions of the songs. The playing is excellent on those songs.
Adam Lambert has his camp moment during Killer Queen and everything he does on stage are tongue in cheek, Freddie Mercury would certainly approve his sense of humor. Don’t Stop Me Now is an audience favorite and despite May claimed once he doesn’t like the song, it’s hard to believe he still doesn’t like it as he is smiling his way through the song and enjoying the moment as much as the audience does.
In The Lap Of The Gods is played as well and it’s a deep cut off Sheer Heart Attack from 1974. The audience sings the chorus along anyway, it’s works perfectly. They also do on Somebody To Love naturally, always been an audience favorite. Here you can hear a difference in execution with Freddie Mercury. Freddie always sang the song from the heart as if he was truly seeking for somebody to love. And despite the perfect execution in terms of technical performer, the singing is in my opinion not as daring.
The Show Must Go On is one of the hardest Queen songs to sing but Adam Lambert handles it very well and gives it his subtle personal twist. It is regrettable though that May doesn’t play the last solo as on the record but a much more simplified arrangements with some bending. Other highlights are I’m In Love With My Car where Roger Taylor proves he isn’t only one of the best rock drummers of all time but also a very capable lead singer. His raspy tones sound exactly like they did 40+ years ago.
There is also place for some rarities. Machines (Or Back To Humans) is a track that was never played live before and now found its way to the setlist with some stunning visuals and one of the best Adam Lambert vocals of the evening. He nails the song. The vocals of Freddie Mercury are nicely merged into the performance. Another highlight is Doing Alright off their very first album in 1973. It was also featured in the film and the short but to-the-point version captures the song beautifully. A blistering version of I Want It All followed featuring some marvelous drumming from Taylor and a speedy solo from May.
It was a pleasure to hear Brian May doing some lead vocals. First song was Love Of My Life which has a special place in many hearts with some poignant footage of Freddie Mercury. ‘39 followed and I think May’s explanation of the song’s meaning was not understood by everybody in the audience, but it was a beautiful version with May doing all the lead vocals.
The show continued with Crazy Little Thing Called Love, personally I never cared for the song but the audience went crazy on that one, same story with I Want To Break Free. Under pressure was a highlight as well, impressive vocals from both Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor. It’s just a timeless gem this song. They continued with Who Wants To Love Forever and Adam Lambert was able to go in heights that Freddie Mercury never was able to. What a performance, truly breathtaking. The guitar solo that followed was too long for my taste and only Last Horizon would have done the job perfectly. Tie Your Mother Down and Dragon Attack followed in abbreviated versions, both favorites here in the US. It got the tempo up for the last segment of the show before encores.

Another One Bites The Dust and Radio Ga Ga followed and got the audience standing, clapping and dancing so they were warmed up for the piece de resistance for the evening: Bohemian Rhapsody. The song never gets old and because of the film so many new fans attended the show. I saw all ages, from 10 to 90 really. Beautiful to see. “BoRhap” was sung passionately sung along by the audiences and everybody knew the show was coming to an end. They played around 28 tracks and 2 hours at that point. Impressive!
Freddie Mercury appears again on the screen to warm up the audience even more. No Queen show ends without the We Will Rock You/ We Are The Champions pair, and so it did also tonight in Los Angeles. A grand ending for a grand band.
This is truly one of the best touring acts of this time. The show is fresh and never indulges in nostalgia. The special effects are effective and adds to the experience. The laser show is impressive but certainly also the merge of Freddie Mercury into the show.

Queen are more relevant than ever. The songs are timeless and they found in Adam Lambert not only a great singer but also someone who really connects with the band and is the key why Queen’s music is still so much alive today.

God save the Queen!



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Posted: 23 Jul 19, 16:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nice review!

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Posted: 23 Jul 19, 16:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Really good review mate!

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Posted: 23 Jul 19, 17:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nice review, one thing stood out though for me:

"....Adam Lambert was able to go in heights that Freddie Mercury never was able to." So the journalist has heard every take that Freddie had on WWTLF ?

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Posted: 23 Jul 19, 18:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah that bit irked me slightly.

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Posted: 23 Jul 19, 19:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But it’s true? Freddie never hit these high notes that Adam is singing during WWTLF?


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Posted: 23 Jul 19, 20:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not trying to start an argument, but I read that at times Freddie could hit notes and sing them in a studio recording where there were multiple takes, but couldn't sing the same thing at a show. Brian said something recently that supports that (can't recall what article as I have read so many lately) about Adam being able to sing songs with certain notes that Freddie couldn't do live. Honestly, WWTLF is Adam's best Queen song and I have read from a couple of teachers and opera critics that Adam can sing that song in a manner which some of the 5 top tenor opera singers in the world would find hard to do. No, I am not exaggerating or trying to "big" him up (per Icy), but there have been many discussions about Adam's voice and that particular song. That is why I wish Adam would sing at least classical music as that is where his voice shines, a pure beautiful tenor voice. Just like Freddie does the rock so much better, Adam really sings this kind of a song beautifully. Everyone has a sweet spot in there vocal range.

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Posted: 24 Jul 19, 06:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Adam will do something classical down the line. I'm sure of it.

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Posted: 24 Jul 19, 17:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

snifflese wrote:

Not trying to start an argument, but I read that at times Freddie could hit notes and sing them in a studio recording where there were multiple takes, but couldn't sing the same thing at a show. Brian said something recently that supports that (can't recall what article as I have read so many lately) about Adam being able to sing songs with certain notes that Freddie couldn't do live. Honestly, WWTLF is Adam's best Queen song and I have read from a couple of teachers and opera critics that Adam can sing that song in a manner which some of the 5 top tenor opera singers in the world would find hard to do. No, I am not exaggerating or trying to "big" him up (per Icy), but there have been many discussions about Adam's voice and that particular song. That is why I wish Adam would sing at least classical music as that is where his voice shines, a pure beautiful tenor voice. Just like Freddie does the rock so much better, Adam really sings this kind of a song beautifully. Everyone has a sweet spot in there vocal range.

WWTLF is the prime example for Lemtruds awful vocals. Sure he hits the high notes easily but his tone is so annoying and his voice is so thin that there are no emotion whatsoever and this song needs emotion. He is a soulless coversinger - like a robot at work. So MAchines is the fitting song for him then


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Posted: 24 Jul 19, 19:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

stevelondon20 wrote:

Adam will do something classical down the line. I'm sure of it.


2nd career as CHER flag bearer? ?


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Posted: 24 Jul 19, 22:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lol!

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Posted: 24 Jul 19, 23:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There is nothing thin about Adam’s voice. It is rich, melodic and pitch perfect! One in a billion!

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Posted: 24 Jul 19, 23:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

SweetCaroline wrote:

There is nothing thin about Adam’s voice. It is rich, melodic and pitch perfect! One in a billion!


I bet you heard a billion voices to compare it with.
This is exactly what I meant about some AL fans lapping up Brian's hype about AL.
As for you, here you are bigging and promoting AL as usual. You cant help it if you tried.

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Posted: 25 Jul 19, 00:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You obviously need a hearing aid, runner. I am a huge opera and classical fan who knows and appreciates that type of music and is familiar with the strength and quality of the operatic voice. Trust me, Adam's voice is as good or better than the majority of male tenor voices. My kids were huge metal fans, playing in bands and I ferried them to concerts many, many times. So I have heard Ozzy, Judas Priest Iron Maiden and a lot of other bands and Adam's voice rivals any of them, although Bruce's voice is amazing, but it is a deeper voice. My younger son is a big Avantasia, Dream Theater and Muse fan (has seen them all) and he thinks Adam is just as good and his metal shriek is as good or better than any of them. His voice is anything but thin. Tell yourself that to make yourself feel better, but that observation is a load of crap. I have seen Adam at least 10 times in his solo shows and both Queen tours. There is nothing thin about his voice. He has a high voice, but it is resonant and full. It isn't Freddie's baritone voice, so it won't be the same. You can't compare two voices that are different kinds of voices. An alto will not sound like a soprano, but that doesn't make the soprano's voice thin. Can't you get that through your thick head?

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Posted: 25 Jul 19, 00:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Icy, Caroline and I are not bigging Adam up. It is only in reply to Runner's stupid constant whining about Adam's thin voice. Why don't you tell runner to cut it out? Why is it OK for him to criticize Adam but we can't point out why he is full of crap? Adam has an amazing voice that sings over 2 hours every night of this tour and he doesn't hit bum notes and the standard of singing each note is just the same. It is magnificent. There are hardly any singers that could do the same. Yep, if you guys can always criticize we can rebut your comments. This bigging up crap is so silly. Whether you guys believe it or not, we are allowed to state why runner doesn't have a clue. Pointing out the facts is not bigging up. It just gets tiresome to read things that are patently untrue!

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Posted: 25 Jul 19, 01:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

snifflese wrote:

Icy, Caroline and I are not bigging Adam up. It is only in reply to Runner's stupid constant whining about Adam's thin voice. Why don't you tell runner to cut it out? Why is it OK for him to criticize Adam but we can't point out why he is full of crap? Adam has an amazing voice that sings over 2 hours every night of this tour and he doesn't hit bum notes and the standard of singing each note is just the same. It is magnificent. There are hardly any singers that could do the same. Yep, if you guys can always criticize we can rebut your comments. This bigging up crap is so silly. Whether you guys believe it or not, we are allowed to state why runner doesn't have a clue. Pointing out the facts is not bigging up. It just gets tiresome to read things that are patently untrue!


i've yet to see Runner_70 post anywhere else other than the Queen+Adam Lambert Forum which leads me to believe he's a sad little man. Adam Lambert's voice may not be the best for Queen but he does have a good voice and the fact that he can sing 2 hours at a high standard is amazing.

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Posted: 25 Jul 19, 02:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

snifflese wrote:

Icy, Caroline and I are not bigging Adam up. It is only in reply to Runner's stupid constant whining about Adam's thin voice. Why don't you tell runner to cut it out? Why is it OK for him to criticize Adam but we can't point out why he is full of crap? Adam has an amazing voice that sings over 2 hours every night of this tour and he doesn't hit bum notes and the standard of singing each note is just the same. It is magnificent. There are hardly any singers that could do the same. Yep, if you guys can always criticize we can rebut your comments. This bigging up crap is so silly. Whether you guys believe it or not, we are allowed to state why runner doesn't have a clue. Pointing out the facts is not bigging up. It just gets tiresome to read things that are patently untrue!


At this point I think what SweetCaroline listens to and watches at least music wise is AL and Q+AL. She seems to make her mission to big up and promote it at any chance, on Queen boards little thousands of posts by now. And if she doesn't agree with someone look out.
I'm not going to tell Runner how to post. The day he or anyone gets personal with me the way SweetCaroline has, that would be a different thing altogether. Why should I call Runner, Sparks out when you don't call SweetCaroline out?

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Posted: 25 Jul 19, 02:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't have a reason to call Caroline out. Why would I do that? Her posts don't bother me and she isn't at all ugly about any of the QAL members. In fact she is usually fangirling all of the members and love the concerts. I have no problem with her. I don't like the people who are so ugly on this forum. It is fine to have a different opinion, but they are just crude and rude and it doesn't have to be that way.

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Posted: 25 Jul 19, 02:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

snifflese wrote:

I don't have a reason to call Caroline out. Why would I do that? Her posts don't bother me and she isn't at all ugly about any of the QAL members. In fact she is usually fangirling all of the members and love the concerts. I have no problem with her. I don't like the people who are so ugly on this forum. It is fine to have a different opinion, but they are just crude and rude and it doesn't have to be that way.


See, you don't think she does anything wrong. Point proven.
Isn't at all ugly what she does when she calls me liar and all sorts, and she's the one spreading .it's for years. Maybe because she says it about me doesn't bother you. Put it this way, you and have clashed to say the least, but there are times you and I can be civil with each other. SweetCaroline ran here a couple of nights ago saying that I'm Trump, con artist and liar because of what I posted on QOL about out if John would return and play with Q+AL. I posted i likely wouldnt go even then...because I'm still grieving about my dad and more than ever, I don't want to leave my family.
You don't notice what she does, or you choo6 to ignore it, and you think she can nothing wrong. She's not angel, and nor am I but at least I own my shit and don't pretend that I'm happy go lucky and positive the way she does.
And you want me to call out Runner. Months ago, he was one of the first to wish my dad well when he started going downhill.

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Posted: 25 Jul 19, 03:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Icy, go back to QOL where YOU can post paragraphs and paragraphs of Adam bitching without getting accused of spamming but if I post a nice tweet from Brian or something complimentary about them, I get told not to spam.