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Updated 14 June 2022
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Brian May indulges in backstage ‘post-show treat’ after ‘best night’ of Queen tour – WATCH

BRIAN MAY continues to display limitless energy as the Queen and Adam Lambert tour continues rocking across the UK. In his latest string of Instagram posts, the guitar legend praised the latest venue as “a joy to play” admitting it was “like being in a room with friends”. The star also put up secret footage of his backstage treat.

Following the first four shows of their 10-date residency at London’s The O2, Queen and Adam Lambert have headed to the Midlands for two concerts in Birmingham. The heavy schedule is taking its toll somewhat on the almost 75-year-old Brian May, but he’s pacing himself and enjoying every thrilling minute of the tour.  Read In Full

 
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Brian May ‘fulfils dream’ despite serious ‘lack of confidence’ and ‘feeling very critical

BRIAN MAY has shared a special moment from the Queen and Adam Lambert tour’s live set, in which he overcame self-critical feelings, adding “thanks, I needed that!”
Queen and Adam Lambert are well into their UK tour after opening the Platinum Jubilee concert so spectacularly at the start of the month. During their epic set of non-stop rock, which is over 2 hours long, Brian May performs a number of incredible guitar solos. One of them sees him standing on an asteroid surrounded by planets in one of the show’s many moments of amazing special effects.  Read In Full

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Night of hits as Queen + Adam Lambert rock the Arena [Sat 11 June 2022]
By James Vukmirovic | Birmingham
13 June 2022
 
It was January 19, 1991, I was nine-years-old and watching ITV’s chart show. 
 
It was then that I heard Innuendo for the first time, a song which resonated with me due to the spectacular video and the wonderment it created in my mind of the words and the song.

That was the first time I consciously remember hearing a Queen song and they fast became my favourite band, even if their time was short as an active band due to Freddie Mercury’s ill health and death in November that year.

31 years later, I’m going to see Queen for the very first time as they come to the Utilita Arena in Birmingham on Saturday for the first of two nights as part of the Rhapsody tour and, if we are being honest, I’m as excited as a 40-year-old man as I was as that nine-year-old hearing Innuendo for the first time.
What makes this work is that while it will never be the Queen I first heard and devoured the entire back catalogue of music of, it is a wonderful tribute to the spirit of that band, with Brian May still a guitar wizard and Roger Taylor playing those drums like someone half his age.

The show is a tour-de-force of the best Queen hits
 
Complimenting this is the wonderfully gifted Adam Lambert, who doesn’t pretend to be Freddie Mercury, but carries the same range and has the same on-stage presence to bring these classics to life.
 
Combine the youthful exuberance of Adam Lambert, a supporting cast of musicians on percussion, piano and bass and the experience of the members of Queen and you have a night of the biggest and best hits of one of the greatest rock bands.
 
Starting out with an orchestral version of Innuendo and a powerful opener of Now I’m Here, the sold-out crowd are treated to a night of hits, complemented by a stunning light show and video display on the stage.

The two-and-a-half hour show packed in a set of hits spanning 16 years, from I’m In Love With My Car to Days Of Our Lives, with lesser-known songs such as Lap of the Gods being added alongside hits like A Kind Off Magic, Radio Gaga, I Want It All (one of my favourites) and Who Wants To Live Forever.

The show also paid tribute to Freddie Mercury through videos and holograms. He may be more than 30 years dead, but his memory lives on and people still answer his Aye-oh calls. Believe me, I’m one of them.

Taking it down with some acoustic classics such as Love Of My Life and ’39 and a raucous version of Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the band gave thanks to the fans for coming out and singing along all night, with Somebody To Love a particular highlight.

Brian May took the stage to play out on his well-known guitar solos alongside a stunning video of meteorites and planets, while Roger Taylor combined his drumming duties with vocal fireworks to match that of his younger colleague.

Speaking of Adam Lambert, he put on a tremendous show with a range of costume changes and freely admitted to the audience that he was as much a fan as they were and would have been stood in the front row a decade ago.

The lights and effects made just as much for the show, from the changes on the screen from a theatre to a wasteland, to the disco ball effects during I want to break free and the vivid laser show during Who wants to live forever.

Bohemian Rhapsody provided a chance for everyone to sing along to the band’s biggest hit and brought an end to the main part of the show, before an encore of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.

A wonderful night and a wonderful show. Queen still rock and I can now tick off a part of my bucket list, 31 years later. Read in full