On August 6, Grammy-nominated pop star Adam Lambert and classic rock group Queen brought their “Rhapsody” Tour to Madison Square Garden in New York City. They played for a sold-out audience.
Queen’s music video for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” originally released in promotion of the band’s single in 1975, has officially surpassed one billion views on YouTube. It is the first pre-1990s music video to reach that milestone on the streaming platform, according to YouTube.SOURCE:digitaljournal.com
Queen and Adam Lambert began their set with “Now I’m Here,” where Lambert gave a shout-out to Madison Square Garden, they continued with “Seven Seas of Rhye” and the upbeat “Keep Yourself Alive.” Roger Taylor wore his black sunglasses, while Lambert wore a gold suit.
The infectious “Hammer to Fall” featured Roger Taylor on backing vocals, and it garnered a raucous response. Lambert had the audience clapping along to “Killer Queen,” which he began sitting on the piano and fanning himself with a red fan.
Lambert subsequently addressed the Madison Square Garden audience. He shared that he has been performing with Queen for eight years now and he underscored that he is “not Freddie Mercury,” nor is he “replacing the rock God.” Instead, he professed his love for Freddie Mercury and described himself as a “fan” just like the rest of the audience members.
“It is such a fucking honor. Let’s give a big thank you to the true rock and roll legends on stage tonight: Roger Taylor and Brian May,” Lambert said. “New York, please promise me that we will celebrate Freddie Mercury and Queen tonight together,” he said.
Despite Lambert’s sometimes overwhelming stage presence, there’s no denying his immense talent and star power. Alongside original members Brian May and Roger Taylor, he delivered the 30-song set Saturday night (July 20) with a dramatic flair all his own while still taking time to celebrate Mercury’s legacy.
The set opened with “Now I’m Here” and sailed through as many hits as the band could squeeze in, ending with its signature song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with a total of 34 Queen tracks making an appearance in some form.
One month after the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the highest-grossing music biopics of all-time, Queen capitalized on that momentum by plotting a North American tour with frontman Adam Lambert. The 23-date “Rhapsody” trek launches July 10th, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia and concludes August 23rd in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Queen and Adam Lambert’s The Forum set list:
“Innuendo””Now I’m Here””Seven Seas of Rhye””Keep Yourself Alive””Hammer to Fall””Killer Queen””Don’t Stop Me Now””In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited””Somebody to Love””The Show Must Go On””I’m in Love With My Car””Bicycle Race””Fat Bottomed Girls””Machines (Or ‘Back to Humans’)””I Want It All””Love of My Life” (Brian May)”‘39″”Doing All Right””Crazy Little Thing Called Love””Under Pressure””I Want to Break Free””You Take My Breath Away””Who Wants to Live Forever””Last Horizon” (Brian May)Guitar solo (Brian May)”Tie Your Mother Down””Dragon Attack””Another One Bites the Dust””Radio Ga Ga””Bohemian Rhapsody”Encore:“We Will Rock You” “We Are the Champions”
The new show will push production boundaries, continuing to celebrate the innovation of Queen’s music and featuring the band’s most popular hits. “We have been designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!” said Lambert in a statement.
The Rhapsody tour kicks off July 10 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. After cruising across the county, making stops at arenas including The Forum in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden in New York, the tour will wrap up at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. on Aug. 23.
Queen + Adam Lambert — The Rhapsody Approaches — North America Summer 2019
Jul 10 — Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Jul 12 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Jul 14 — San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Jul 16 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Jul 19 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Jul 23 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Jul 24 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jul 27 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Jul 28 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Jul 30 — Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
Jul 31 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Aug 03 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Aug 04 — Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
Aug 06 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Aug 09 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
Aug 10 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug 13 — Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Aug 15 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Aug 17 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Aug 18 — Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Aug 20 — New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Aug 22 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Aug 23 — Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center