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Queen + Adam Lambert - News of the World 40th Anniversary Tour
Tuesday 28th November 2017
Zoom H1 Handy Recorder
Recorded from the right hand side of the soundboard
Zoom H1 Recorder - Audacity - MP3 at Echo Arena, Liverpool (281117).rar?dl=0

Excellent recording on this gig if I say so myself - the sound engineers did a fantastic job. One of the best sounding gigs I've been to! I haven't bothered to EQ this or compress, it sounds perfectly fine as it is.

Aside from the sound, this gig was amazing. So much so, it has 5/5 review by the Liverpool Echo.

Adam Lambert is the rightful heir to Freddie's throne. His posing, posturing and vocal range are breath taking; and what more can be said about Brian May and Roger Taylor that we don't already know? Superb musicianship and a stellar performance.

The setlist too, was nicely varied from previous tours but retains an amazing set of the hits. I particularly loved the segment where the band moved to the mini stage and also the emotional appearances of Freddie singing with band, Love of My Life especially.

Also being in Liverpool - a treat of Queen covering the Beatles classic from the Help soundtrack, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away.

We Will Rock You (Intro)
Hammer to Fall
Stone Cold Crazy
Tie Your Mother Down
Another One Bites the Dust
Fat Bottomed Girls
Killer Queen
Don't Stop Me Now
Bicycle Race
I'm in Love With My Car
Get Down, Make Love
I Want It All
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles Cover)
Love of My Life
Somebody to Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Drum Battle - Roger Taylor
Under Pressure
These Are the Days of Our Lives
I Want to Break Free
You Take My Breath Away
Who Wants to Live Forever
Last Horizon - Brian May
Guitar Solo
Radio Ga Ga
Bohemian Rhapsody


We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions
God Save the Queen

Please give credit where it's due, let me know if you require anything else - FLAC file available!

Zander :rock:

5 STARS *****

It was the question on everybody's lips. So Adam Lambert chose to stroke the elephant in the room early doors.

"I know what you're thinking," purred the American Idol. "He's no Freddie!"...I know!

"There will only ever be one rock God, Freddie Mercury! "I'm a fan just like you!"

It instantly got 11,000 Queen devotees at the Liverpool Echo Arena on his side. Either that did the trick, or equally, it may have been blistering performances of Tie Your Mother Down and Hammer To Fall.

There's an established school of thought in modern rock music, which has turned from folklore into a stone cold fact - you just can't imitate Freddie Mercury's vocals.

Many have tried, and many have failed, with the late George Michael's triumphant Somebody to Love version probably one of the very few that has made the grade.

But it's early on in tonight's proceedings when Californian Lambert showed that his skyscraper vocals, and especially their power, were an equal imitation of Freddie's finest performances.

If you closed your eyes for a few seconds, Fat Bottomed Girls really did sound like the old Queen, with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor's timeless backing harmonies to the fore.

"Who'd have thought I'd be here still doing this stuff at 95," quipped May, during the unplugged section of the show, name checking, of course, the Mop Topped lads from Liverpool, before launching into an unquestionably lovely You've Got To Hide Your Love Away.

Astrophysicist May, sitting astride a stool, acoustic guitar in hand, was never going to be let down in the singing stakes by more than 10,000 Scousers, and his rendition of Love of My Life was a genuine goosebumps moment amid a backdrop of massive hits, upon massive hits.

To make proceedings even more special, Freddie appeared on screen, in footage from Queen's Wembley 1986 gig, belting out those a cappella lines as if he'd never left us.

Under Pressure was another gem from 120 minutes of music, Lambert larynx-busting vocal sounding suitably tender on the "Turned away, from it all, like a blind man" line before howling like a banshee through the "Whys" - one of those special interludes when the 35-year-old almost, at times, bettered Mercury's own inimitable live delivery.

Lambert departed, only briefly, to allow original Queen drummer Roger Taylor a chance to take centre stage, a musician who in his pomp could hit higher notes than "our Fred", just nowhere near as nice-sounding.

Emerging from behind his cavernous wall of drums, Taylor took the lead on the perennially-wonderful "Days Of Our Lives", accompanied by poignant and nostalgic video footage of Mercury, May, Deacon and Taylor in the 70s and 80s, when dodgy haircuts and brash costumes were the order of the day.

"These are the days of our lives," offered up Taylor in his husky tones, words which seemed apt for these two ageing musicians, May, having reached his 70th birthday just four months ago.

May, in particular, seemed timeless, with that distinctive Queen guitar sound which many have attempted to imitate but nobody has bettered.

His solos on the rumbustious I Want It All and the reflective Days Of Our Lives were as haunting as they've ever been.

On the subject of captivating, Highlander classic Who Wants to Live Forever is beautifully fragile and always a pertinent track at any post-Freddie Queen gig.

But the night's enduring image is perhaps thousands of Liverpudlians performing Radio Gaga's slow handclap, as if bowing down to worship before rock royalty, May and Taylor.

The night ends in, predictable, but thrilling Bohemian Rhapsody fashion with Lambert giving his personal stamp on the "Mama, just killed a man," lyrics, and May handling those muscular guitar lines in typical head-banging fashion.

Queen leave stage to return with their double A-side We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, two songs whose longevity has suffered somewhat since their release on the 1977 album News Of The World, because of repeated radio and TV airplay.

In Lambert's hands, however, they sound fresh and with a new vibrancy that even Freddie would have been proud of.
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