As super fans of Queen, SuperBreak’s Trish and Carol couldn’t wait to see Adam Lambert and Queen perform live at The O2 in London. Find out what they made of the night in their latest event reviews.
First, here’s Trish with her take on the night…
1. What event did you go to see and why?
Queen and Adam Lambert. Queen are my all time favourite band and the last time I saw them was on the Magic tour 1986 with the legendary Freddie Mercury.
2. What did you think of the performance? Did it live up to expectations?
I didn’t go with any expectations as being a avid Queen fan, no one can replace Freddie. Once in the arena, the lights went down at 8pm, they started playing One Vision, the stage curtain disappeared and Brian May came out playing the guitar. The hairs on the back of my neck and arms stood up… Adam Lambert has such a stage presence and a natural flamboyancy when singing, Killer Queen. Brian May sang Love Of My Life and after the 1st verse he stopped and on the screen as large as life was Freddie singing, I must admit I cried at this point. The Whole arena erupted, I can honestly say I have never heard such deafening cheers for a band. Hit after hit was belted out and when they sang Bohemian Rhapsody, Adam Lambert started it off and then it went to Freddie again. It is the 2nd best gig I have ever been to in my life – Queen in 1986 being the best ever.
3. Was this your first visit to The O2? What did you make of the facilities?
I have been to The O2 before and think it is a great music venue and the choice of restaurants and bars means there is something for everyone.
4. Did you enjoy a meal or drinks out before the event? If so would you recommend the places?
We ate at the hotel before going to The O2, but on previous occasions I have eaten at Wagamama’s and Chiquito’s – both good value for money
5. Which hotel did you stay in and what did you think of it? How far was the distance to The O2?
We stayed at the Ibis Styles Excel which is next to the tube station and 3 stops from The O2 so very convenient.
6. How did you get to The O2? How did you find travelling around London?
We used the DLR. Having lived in London for 22 years, I think the underground is the best and quickest way around London.
7. How does The O2 compare to other venues?
It is a great venue, the staff are pleasant, there are many restaurants and bars, everything is clean, all in it’s a great experience.
And now, read Carol’s review…
Having seen Queen and Adam Lambert perform on TV on New Year’s Eve, I was expecting something spectacular! We were not disappointed! – the performance was outstanding!
They had a repertoire of 23 songs – it was disappointing that some of the best known ones were left out!
Adam Lambert did not pretend to be Freddie Mercury – he brought his own style and showmanship to the band. On stage he looked entirely at home being the front man for the band.
Brian May (guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums) – the remaining members of the original band – looked like they were having great fun performing with Adam Lambert. Both of them are still enthusiastic players and performed some prolonged instrumentals whilst Adam Lambert changed costume.
Freddie Mercury was acknowledged throughout the whole performance.
The stage was impressive – Brian May performed solo under a spotlight and paid tribute to Freddie Mercury – singing Love of My Life.
The virtual duet with Mercury on Bohemian Rhapsody was really moving… his vocals really complemented those of Freddie Mercury.
Adam Lambert performed a brilliant version of Killer Queen – laid across a purple chaise longue, drinking champagne and spraying the audience with it. He had 4 costume changes, opening clad in black studded leather & closing in leopard print suit and bejewelled crown.
Brian May came out for the encore wearing a gold lamé poncho.
All in all an impressive performance by the entire band. The band has found the right person to honour Freddy Mercury’s achievements and I would love to see them again.
Are you a fan of Queen? Perhaps you saw Adam Lambert and Queen live too, or see another event at The O2 in London? Tell us all about it using the comments box below.