Queen, Lambert On Tour of a Lifetime

Queen embarked on their summer tour last night when they took the stage at Chicago’s United Center.

This is the group’s first tour in eight years, and the first serial performance planned with Adam Lambert.

The flamboyant frontman of American Idol fame paired up with the iconic rock band last September for iHeart Radio. The popularity of that performance set the wheels into motion for something larger, and by the following March, a tour was announced.

The Once In A Lifetime Tour skirts our area this summer, with stops in Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, East Rutherford, N.J. and Uncasville, C.T..

Brian May and Roger Taylor (66 and 64, respectively) continue to rock crowds of fans who cross over several generations. Lambert, 32, steps in place of the late Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991.

Queen started in 1970 and grew into fame in the era of glam rock, which also ushered in the likes of Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie). Today, Mercury is revered as one of the best performers in the history of rock, with his penchant for showmanship.

Lambert, too, has developed a reputation for bringing a level of showmanship to his own shows.  His charisma and talent has seemed to translate well so far.  Though there may be few Mercury fans who will hesitate to embrace Lambert, there should be little question that he is the best in this generation to step in for the job.  Judging from the performance below, he owns it.

 

The Once In A Lifetime Tour

June 19 – United Center, Chicago
June 21 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg
June 23 – Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon
June 24 – Rexall Place, Edmonton
June 26 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
June 28 – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.
July 1 – SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.
July 3 – The Forum, Los Angeles
July 5-6 – The Joint, Las Vegas
July 9 – Toyota Center, Houston
July 10 – American Airlines Center, Dallas
July 12 – The Palace at Auburn Hills, Detroit
July 13 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto
July 14 – Bell Centre, Montreal
July 16 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
July 17 – Madison Square Garden, New York
July 19 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.
July 20 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Washington, D.C.
July 22 – TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
July 23 – Izod Center, East Rutherford, N.J.
July 25 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.
July 26 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
July 28 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ont.