Queen with Adam Lambert
. American Airlines Center. August 4, 2017.
Queen has been on my bucket list for a long time, but after Freddie died, I assumed there was no way it was going to happen. I wasn't really sure about Adam Lambert, but I thought that if we hated it, I could always leave. Turns out Adam Lambert is a big fanboy who's flamboyant, if not in Freddie's mold, in a fashion clearly influenced by him. And while nobody can fill those big old Mercury boots, Lambert brings his own boots to the table and does admirably with them, hitting many of the highlights and, while never making them his own, not just channelling Mercury. Particularly great was his work with Roger Taylor (carrying the Bowie role) on Under Pressure.
Brian May was awesome on the guitar and in full wizard costume, and the staging and props were great but not distracting.
I didn't have the energy to stand and dance all through the show but a lot of people did. I'm glad I saw it; even if it didn't make me a Lambert fan for life, I came away with a lot of respect for him.