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Queen + Adam Lambert’s pizza rider
13 June 2016

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Queen and Adam Lambert ordered 30 pizzas as part of their rider at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Adam, 34, has been performing with the legendary band for the past few years and they ensured they were ready for their headline slot at the festival on Sunday (06.12.16) by digging in to a number of Domino’s treats including Cheese and Tomato, Pepperoni Passion and Veg-a-roma.

Domino’s spokesman Glen Drysdale said: “Queen + Adam Lambert are a truly epic act, so we think it’s fitting that they put in a truly epic Domino’s order with us down at the Isle of Wight Festival – they clearly have an appetite as big as their reputation!”

Meanwhile, Adam recently revealed he would be interested in creating new music with Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor but claimed they have never discussed it. He said: “I’m certainly open to anything. If something sounds cool and it’s the right thing to do at the right time, then I’m game … I haven’t heard anything like that come up.”

Quizzed on whether he thinks it is likely the ‘We Will Rock You’ hitmakers will want to go in the studio with him, he quipped: “They might ask me. I might be on the shortlist!”

Adam admitted he is wary that Queen fans would not want to hear new music under the band’s name as he accepts he cannot replace late great frontman Freddie Mercury – who passed away in November 1991 at the age of 45. He explained: “Maybe it’s an issue of, is that Queen without Freddie? To me, Queen is (Freddie) … that’s why we’re billed as Queen plus Adam Lambert. I’m their guest who’s filling in by singing these songs and having a great time doing it. But it’s not necessarily Queen.”

Queen dedicates Isle of Wight Festival set to Orlando shooting victims
13 June 2016

Queen and Adam Lambert have paid tribute to the Orlando shooting victims and Freddie Mercury during an emotional Isle of Wight Festival headline show.

Brian and Adam Lambert - Isle of WightAdam Lambert, left, and Brian May of Queen during their headlining set at the Isle of Wight Festival Press Association

Queen and Adam Lambert have paid tribute to the Orlando shooting victims and Freddie Mercury during an emotional Isle of Wight Festival headline show. Original members Brian May and Roger Taylor were accompanied by the American Idol star for the two-hour set which brought to an end the first major music festival of the summer.

May, 68, said he wanted to “immortalise the moment” by taking a video selfie of himself with the crowd of tens of thousands before leading the audience in a poignant rendition of Love Of My Life with a video of Mercury finishing the song.

For Bohemian Rhapsody, a video of Mercury, who died in 1991, was also used for him to join with the band. Taylor, 66, led the singing for It’s A Kjnd Of Magic. The band sang Who Wants To Live Forever as a tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Lambert, 34, said: “This song is dedicated to those who lost their lives in Orlando, Florida, and anyone who has been a victim of senseless violence or hatred.”

Lambert wore several outfits including a visor and a studded jacket, a crown, and a black feather-style jacket with high-heeled boots. He said: “Thank you to the rock-n-roll royalty that I get to share a stage with, Brian May and Roger Taylor. This is one of the biggest honours in my life, there will always be, for all time, one Freddie.”

Other hits included Killer Queen, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, and Under Pressure, the song Queen jointly created with David Bowie. The show ended with We Are The Champions with a massive burst of confetti followed by the band joining in the National Anthem and a firework display. READ MORE

Queen and Adam Lambert, Isle of Wight Festival 2016, review: not quite the real deal, but closest we’ll ever get to seeing the band in their pomp
13 June 2016 by James Hall

Hours after one Queen finished a damp party on The Mall, another Queen was starting one down on the Solent. Despite forming 46 years ago, Queen — the band — were making their UK festival debut as the final headliners of the Isle of Wight Festival. Of course, it’s not really Queen. It’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. With Freddie Mercury dead for 25 years, singing duties were carried out by former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, now a successful solo artist in his own right.

There were therefore two ways to look at this show. On the one hand, it was occasionally like very good karaoke. With Lambert in a series of bonkers outfits, it was at times more like watching Queen’s West End musical We Will Rock You than seeing the Live Aid-slaying, Wembley Stadium-filling Queen of the mid 1980s. You half expected an interval and perhaps a nice chat with some Spanish students over for the summer to improve their English. On the other hand, Freddie’s dead and this was the closest we will ever get to seeing the band in their pomp.

It was this second view that won the evening. The sheer quality and enduring appeal of the songs trounced all cynicism. And in Lambert they have a charismatic and unique frontman who, to his credit, acknowledged early on that there is only one Freddie Mercury (“You’re all thinking it,” he said).

They opened with One Vision. Although grey of locks, May can still crunch those riffs out. Lambert, looking like Faith-era George Michael, preened and prowled. You’d suspect Mercury would approve of him: he was refreshingly arch and theatrical. After Fat Bottomed Girls, he looked into the crowd and spat: “All those fat arsed bitches out there, get on your bikes and ride.”

There wasn’t really a song that couldn’t be labelled classic. You were reminded of Queen’s scope: the metal of Stone Cold Crazy, the disco of Another One Bites The Dust, and the pure pop of I Want To Break Free. And then there were the anomalies. Don’t Stop Me Now is a Queen song that was once derided but has grown in popularity over the years. Youngsters in the crowd lapped it up, shouting every word.

Roger Taylor — supplemented on drums by his son Rufus Tiger — sang vocals on A Kind of Magic. He made a good fist of it but it was clear why he’s a drummer. Lambert dedicated Who Wants To Live Forever? to those killed in Orlando.

Mercury appeared on screen twice: once to duet with May on Love Of My Life, and again to sing the second verse of Bohemian Rhapsody (“I don’t want to die”). Credit must be given to the band for not over-egging things. The balance was tasteful.

After a finale of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, gold confetti burst over the crowd to the National Anthem, which closes every Queen show. I bet they didn’t get that on The Mall. READ MORE