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CONCERT REVIEWS: Queen + Adam Lambert, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, August 3, 2019 (UPDATED)

Filed Under () by broddybounce on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Posted at : Tuesday, August 06, 2019

UPDATE (8/6/19): Additional review from Music Mayhem Magazine and photo gallery from The Morning Call.

The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Queen’s second reign continues with Adam Lambert

credit: Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Howard Gensler wrote a spectacular review of the Q+AL concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last night, August 3, 2019.  (includes photo scroll)
"When Freddie Mercury drew a phoenix watching over the iconic Queen band logo back in the early 1970s, he must have known something.  Because never in the era of rock music has a band had such a rebirth. ... May and Taylor in awe of their good fortune of finding lightning in a bottle…again."
"On their first tour together, Lambert was like the talented shy kid trying to fit in – not so much with the band, but with the audience – singing his guts out to make sure Freddie’s fans would give him their blessing. The second tour a more elaborate stage design and an acceptance of Lambert. On this third tour, there are times – especially during the three-song run of “Killer Queen,” “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Somebody to Love” – when Lambert is every bit the frontman star."
"Lambert remains a vocal freak of nature whose voice, charisma, camp and costumes (one outfit looked as if Lady Gaga mugged the Burger King), are perfect for the Queen catalogue. There aren’t many performers who can pull off the Village People masculinity of 'Bicycle Race,' with the vocal chops of 'The Show Must Go On' and 'Who Wants to Live Forever' with the rock and roll attitude of 'I Want It All' and 'Under Pressure.'"


Music Mayhem Magazine:
Queen + Adam Lambert Brought Rock Royalty
to Philadelphia on The ‘Rhapsody Tour’

credit: @AWendowskiPhoto
"Lambert definitely living up to the hype of being the bands frontman for the last several years with impeccable vocals and stage presence similar to Queen’s late frontman, Freddie Mercury, as well as helping to keep the bands historic legacy alive and on the road for fans to adore."

Music Mayhem Mag: Philadelphia Review


The Morning Call:
PHOTO GALLERY: Adam Lambert + Queen play
Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center


Nanbert said...

Wonderful review! Lots of great "quotes" there, but my favorite might be...
"May and Taylor in awe of their good fortune of finding lightning in a bottle...again!"
They found the two greatest frontmen of their generations when they needed them. But without Brian and Roger's extraordinary skills and dedication, none of it would have ever happened.

Also, Brian and Roger had the wisdom not to "clip Adam's wings"...i.e. they let him find his way, and freely collaborate....and letting Adam be FREE TO FLY has taken them ALL back up into the stratosphere!

Long live Queen and Adam Lambert! I feel SO lucky to have experienced them!

Dee R Gee said...

Adam is a "vocal freak of nature."

I cannot think of a single other performer from any genre, regardless of their vocal skills, who could take on this role with Adam's sense of sheer joy and abandonment, all with Brian and Roger's approval. Adam is a masterpiece onstage. So confident and playful and utterly fearless. Love that fan at the end of STL.

Sunflower said...

Great review!