||QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT REIGN SUPREME IN BANGKOK
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The final date of an Asian tour sees Queen perform for the first time ever in Thailand. Sadly the Thais never got to witness the magic of Freddie Mercury but a new star is born with the addition of Adam Lambert who not only pays respect to Mercury and the music of Queen, but also stamps his own theatrical camp identity and voice to these immortal songs.
The seasonal rainy weather and traffic did not exactly help as a tropical storm was blowing over the Arena two hours before the show, slowing all traffic to a virtual standstill, causing the concert to be delayed by nearly an hour to allow many late comers to eventually fill out the Impact Arena to it's full 12,000 capacity.
Any lingering doubts were dispelled when the curtain dropped and Queen, in all their glory, rampaged onto the stage with twice the energy of many younger bands. They belted out their first hit single from 1974, 'Seven Seas Of Rhye', at full rocking mode and from that point on it was one hit after another for two-and-a-quarter hours.
Adam Lambert puts todays modern rock stars to shame by showing them exactly how it's done, from unravelling a fan as he lays like a diva on a throne for 'Killer Queen' in flamboyant style to thrusting his pelvis in a suggestive manner on 'Fat Bottomed Girls'. Lambert throws all the right moves and knows how to whip up a frenzy amongst new adoring fans and converts the older naysayers with ease.
There were three giant screens surrounding the band so wherever you were sitting you could catch the action or watch the videos accompanying the songs. The giant round screen behind the band was the most effective with clips of Freddie Mercury woven into the show sharing verses with Adam Lambert or Brian May to tumultuous applause.
Mention must also be made of the dexterous work of bass player Neil Fairclough, reclusive original four stringer John Deacon's replacement, and keyboard player Spikey Edney who has been associated with Queen since 1984.
When Brian May took over the mic for 'Love Of My Life', from the 1975 album 'A Night At The Opera', the audience sang along with every word, not a bad feat considering English is not Thailand's first Language, and it shows what a knowledgeable rock'n'roll audience we have here in Thailand.
This was followed by the Taylor's taking centre stage for first, the Roger Taylor penned 'a Kind Of Magic', sung from his drum kit which was set up at the end of the walkway usually reserved for Lambert and May. Then we had the family 'drum battle' with son Rufus on the big kit on the stage and Dad out front on the little one.
'Drum battles' can usually be a signal to head for the bar but this one certainly kept everyone's attention while 'Under Pressure' had the audience singing and swaying again with an appearance by David Bowie on the big Screen along with Freddie.
More and more hits followed until it was time for Brian May’s 'guitar extravaganza'. Hoisted up on a platform, twenty feet above the stage and transformed onto another galaxy, Brian showed he has lost nothing from his guitar armoury, and in fact he added to it including a large section of 'Starmus Sonic Universe' from the album he recorded with Tangerine Dream in 2011, the only non-Queen music to be played all night.
But once Brian guitar had taken us around the Universe, he was gently brought back to Earth and not so gently ripped into 'Tie Your Mother Down' with Rufus Tiger Taylor being allowed one thrash along on the main drum stool. No wonder the boys from The Darkness have snapped him up as their full-time drummer when he is not out on tour with Dad.
From this point the band had won all the battles. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was sensational with full use of all the screens, lasers, mirrors and lights.
'Radio Ga Ga' finished off the show proper but more was to come with encores of a heavy, hard rockin’ version of 'We Will Rock You' followed by band and audience singing us into the night with 'We Are The Champions' during which the audience were showered in gold confetti, giving the whole of the Impact Arena a very surreal affect.
After the crowd filtered out into the maze of food kiosks outside the Arena there were still groups of Fans singing Queen anthems well into the night.
Queen + Adam Lambert were a sensation. Without doubt the best show by a foreign band in the last thirty years here in Thailand.
This was Queen’s last gig of a very lengthy World Tour. There are currently no future tours booked. Let’s hope it’s not their last.
Seven Seas Of Rhye
Hammer To Fall
Stone Cold Crazy
Fat Bottomed Girls
Don’t Stop Me Now
Somebody To Love
A Kind Of Magic
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Another One Bites The Dust
I want It All
Who Wants To Live Forever
The Show Must Go On
Tie Your Mother Down
I Want To BReak free
Radio Ga Ga
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions
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