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13th September 2016


Queen + Adam Lambert played in Israel for the first time last night, Monday 12th September 2016, with Freddie Mercury a constant presence throughout the concert.

Original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor each sang a song in Freddie's memory, and concert clips featuring the legendary frontman who would have turned 70 last week, were prominent throughout.

Around half of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was a screening of the classic and groundbreaking Queen music video with Freddie's voice, though Lambert sang some parts also.

The Jerusalem Post declared Lambert "a worthy heir to Mercury's throne" and the former 'America Idol' runner-up sat on an actual throne while singing 'Killer Queen'. Were you watching Axl Rose and Dave Grohl?

Queen + Adam Lambert played all the hits during their two hour performance, including 'Seven Seas Of Rhye', 'Don't Stop Me Now', 'Somebody To Love', 'We Will Rock You', 'We Are The Champions' and 'Fat-Bottomed Girls' which saw the audience singing every single word.

Brian May played an extended guitar solo which included a rocked-up version of 'Hava Nagila', an Israeli folk song traditionally sung at Jewish celebrations, and in an almost unprecedented move at concerts in Israel, after saying "shalom", Brian added the Arabic "salam aleikum", a Muslim greeting that means "peace be upon you".


Lambert, who is Jewish himself, spoke Hebrew and Yiddish phrases, including "l'chaim" which he said while raising a chalice. L'chaim is a Jewish salutation meaning "to life!"

The Jewish Press reported that traffic was "jammed on the main artery from east to west" with one chatroom user saying: "The parking lots, Yarkon Park, the University train and the drive-in — forget it. They're just packed."

Esty, another reader had earlier said amidst concerns that threats of disruption from The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement would derail the concert: "We'll hike it if we have to."

Music won the day last night as Queen + Adam Lambert enthralled a 50,000-plus strong crowd in Yarkon Park, Tel Aviv. Outspoken critics of Israel who wish to boycott the country would do well to remember that if they had their way, thousands of Queen fans would have been denied the opportunity to see the iconic band's first ever gig there through a situation that is not of their desire or making.

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Photos courtesy of Queen Official, with grateful thanks.


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