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QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT
Park Hayarkon, Tel Aviv
Moday 12 September 2016
SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE “PYRO”
KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE
HAMMER TO FALL
STONE COLD CRAZT
FAT BOTTOM GIRLS
DON’T STOP ME NOW
SOMEBODY TO LOVE
LOVE OF MY LIFE
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
I WANT IT ALL “CYRO”
GUITAR SOLO – WITH HAVA NAGILA
WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER
SHOW MUST TO ON
TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN
I WANT TO BREAK FREE
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY “PYRO”
RADIO GA GA
WE WILL ROCK YOU
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
QUEEN ROCKS IT OUT IN TEL AVIV
12 September 2016 by Yael Bier-Katz and Ami Friedman
Israeli fans enjoy the classic tunes blasted out by the rock band Queen, with Adam Lambert stepping in to fill Freddie Mercury’s shoes; band covered by famous Israeli singer and songwriter Arkadi Duchin.
Exciting tributes, a new lead singer with plenty of charisma, and some affection for Hebrew were just part of Queen and Adam Lambert’s concert in Tel Aviv on Monday night, attended by over 50,000 delighted fans at the Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. Lambert was, of course filling in for late band lead singer Freddie Mercury, who passed away in 1991.
During the show, which lasted over two hours, the legendary rock band performed its greatest hits, accompanied by impressive light effects and video clips of Mercury, who would have turned 70 last week.
Queen + Adam Lambert – Opening + Seven Seas of Rhye Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv – https://youtu.be/VweH3SjJ34M
The legendary rock band opened with the song Seven Seas Of Rhye and Keep Yourself Alive before screaming at the audience ‘Tel Aviv!.’ After warming up the crowd with four less well-known songs, the band played the 1978 classic, Fat Bottom Girls.
Queen and Adam Lambert perform in Israel. (Photo: Yariv Katz)
Lambert called for the Tel Aviv crowd to get its buts on bycicles, preparing those in attendance to hear a performance of Bicycle Race, but instead pivoted to sing Don’t Stop Me Now, another one of the band’s greatest hits.
Queen concert in tel Aviv. (Photo: Yariv Katz)
Then, a giant chair was placed on stage, and the band went on to sing Killer Queen. Lambert then showed some Hebrew knowledge, saying “Lechaim” (cheers) to the crowd before taking a drink of water. “Erev tov” and “Toda raba” (“Good evening, and “thanks very much”), he continued.
(Photo: Yael Bier-Katz)
VIDEO: Queen + Adam Lambert – Keep Yourself Alive at Hayarkon Park Tel Aviv – https://youtu.be/ygFM2NCT2jE
(Photo: Yariv Katz)
(Photo: Yariv Katz)
(Photo: Yariv Katz)
Lambert continued to hold the crowd in the palm of his hand, asking how many of them were in love. He then said he had no life partner, asking if anyone could find him Somebody to Love. Guitarist Brian May then gave some affection to the Israeli audience, crying out “Shalom” and ” Salam alaikum ” (“Hello” in Hebrew and “peace be upon you” in Arabic). He even took photos with some excited fans.
He then said he heard that Israelis were quite good at singing, and began a solo rendition of the ballad Love of My Life. He asked for the crowd’s help, saying it was for Freddie Mercury. While the crowd sang, the video screen showed an old Mercury performance of the song. May then presented drummer Roger Taylor, who came up front and sang These Are The Days Of Our Lives, again accompanied by Mercury videos.
Queen + Adam Lambert – Hammer To Fall at Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv
The band dedicated the next song to another friend, and began playing Under Pressure, a Queen song written and performed in cooperation with legendary singer David Bowie, who passed away in January. A recording of Bowie’s voice could be heard during the song’s performance. Then, Lambert returned to the stage and sang Crazy Little Thing Called Love, continuing on to Another One Bites The Dust and I Want It All.
May then transitioned to a long instrumental verse, which eventually morphed into a rock version of Hava Nagila. The band then performed Who Wants to Live Forever and The Show Must Go On. Lambert excited the crowd by inserting the words “I’ve fallen in love with Tel Aviv” into the song I Want To Break Free. Then, it was the turn of legendary ballad Bohemian Rhapsody, with another Freddie Mercury video accompanying the song. At its peak, fireworks lighted the night sky.
KILLER QUEEN ROCKS TEL AVIV
THE JERUSALEM POST
12 September 2016
Two hours of old-school rock classics had fans enthralled with Queen’s arrival to Israel.
Brian May (L) of the band Queen and Adam Lambert perform during
the opening night of their North American tour in Chicago,
Illinois, June 19, 2014. (Photo credit: REUTERS/JIM YOUNG)
Expectations are high when a band sings an almost-eponymous song about being “dynamite with a laser beam, guaranteed to blow your mind,” but Queen has been managing to meet them for several decades. The classic rockers played Tel Aviv for the first time Monday night, with former American Idol Adam Lambert taking the place of legendary frontman Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 of complications from AIDS.
Mercury was a constant presence throughout the concert, with original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor each singing a song in his memory, and concert clips featuring the mustachioed frontman peppered throughout. About half of the performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a screening of the band’s classic music video with Mercury’s voice, though Lambert sang some parts, as well.
Though he did not wear even one spandex jumpsuit, Lambert proved to be a worthy heir to Mercury’s throne – and even sat on an actual throne while singing “Killer Queen.” Lambert’s glam-rock style and flamboyant moves paired with a voice that could tackle anything Queen has to offer with aplomb made him a seamless addition to the band for the past four years.
Queen and Lambert went through all the hits over two hours, and the audience was enthralled, from the opening piano riff of “Seven Seas of Rhye,” through “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Somebody to Love,” to the foot-stomping encore of “We Will Rock You” follows by “We Are The Champions.” “Fat-Bottomed Girls” seemed to be the fan favorite, with the audience singing every word. Though the song is 38 years old, it seemed au courant in an age when Kim Kardashian is the biggest star in the world, and it’s pretty surprising Nicki Minaj or Iggy Azalea haven’t sampled it yet.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a concert in Tel Aviv without the singers pandering to the audience a bit. May played an extended guitar solo which included the rockingest version of Hava Nagila to hit the Jewish State, and, in a rarity at concerts in Israel, added an Arabic “salam aleikum” after his “shalom.”
Lambert, who’s Jewish, seemed to have exhausted his Hebrew and Yiddish vocabularies with “shalom,” “l’chaim” (said while raising a chalice), “erev tov” and “ma nishma,” plus griping “oy vey zmir” and “oy gevalt” about the weather.
Tel Aviv humidity aside, Queen made good on its promise Monday night, when they sang “We Will Rock You.” Rock, they did.