I have been to numerous concerts, especially in the last 5 years. I have had the pleasure of seeing Ellie Goulding, Adele, Maroon 5, and Imagine Dragons to name a few at Seattle’s KeyArena. Most of the time, the acts are pretty fantastic, but the venue is not really designed for concerts and the acoustics are not the greatest (and that is putting it kindly). Fortunately, Queen, yes, one of the greatest rock bands of all times, with Adam Lambert was coming to Seattle, but unfortunately, they decided that KeyArena would be the stage they would perform.With a little bit of trepidation, Jess and I decided that the chance to catch Brian May and Roger Taylor live was just too good to pass up, so we made our way down Mercer Street to the former home of the SuperSonics. We grabbed a couple beers and headed to our assigned seats and waited until the house lights dimmed and the show began, which took a little while longer than expected. And the reason for the delay, according to Brian May‘s Instagram, was that the lasers for the show malfunctioned. But as Freddie Mercury once said, “The show must go on.”
From the moment the first drum was hit and the first guitar chord was strummed, the crowd was into it. There were no shortage of hoots and whistles throughout. Now, we all know that Freddie Mercury was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, rock vocalist of all-time. Brandon (Enyeart) and I have had numerous conversations about the best vocalists ever and every time the original voice of Queen usually reigns as the best. However, American Idol alum Adam Lambert has been the lead singer of Queen for the past 5 years now and is probably and will probably be as close to Freddie Mercury as we are going to get, because Lambert‘s renditions of “Fat Bottom Girls” and “Killer Queen” were absolutely on point.
And there were no shortage of fun visuals either; including the robot from the cover of the now 40-year old album, News Of The World ripping down the stage to expose the band as they jumped into the first song, Lambert coming through the floor on the head of the robot and a pink, albeit tricycle, for the introduction of “Bicycle”.
The show was a non-stop two and a half hour thrill ride, that also included a crazy drum solo by Roger Taylor and long, epic guitar solo by Brian May. And you know that you cannot have a Queen concert without an appearance by the late, great Freddie Mercury. They had a video of the master doing a call and response bit. Not only did the crowd respond with the crazy runs that Mercury started, but the end was classic – and if you would like to see the video click: HERE. The man also made two additional appearances during the show including on Brian May‘s acoustic version of “Love of My Life” and, of course, during “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
I cannot say enough though about Adam Lambert. He was humble, as were May and Taylor, and the absolute respect they showed each and every song was heartwarming. Even though I have seen some great artists like Adele and Imagine Dragons, who both put on amazing shows, Queen and Adam Lambert put on the best concert I have ever seen.