Queen and Adam Lambert.
Queen was never one of my favorite bands, never bought an album, even though I liked some of their singles, mostly the non-Freddie-written ones. But following Muse to Las Vegas, to the iHeartRadio Concert of September this year, I watched Queen performing a short show with Adam Lambert. Queen parted with Paul Rodgers of Free-fame a few years back. I always thought it an incongruous combination, even though I consider Rodgers one of he best vocalists of English rock.
But Lambert fits. Not trying to sound like Mercury, he has an amazing voice (though he uses it a little bit too much in that Swiss yodeling style that Beyonce loves too) that seems to revitalise the band. It is obvious that Taylor and May really enjoy playing with him.
And Adam Lambert brings back that camp element that always was essential to Queen.
And so I also watched the concerts in London and Russia last year.
Lambert sings "Who Wants To Live Forever" chillingly. It is long ago that a singer brought me to tears.
And Lambert singing that song did.
Maybe I should buy some Queen albums.
Talking about replacements: I watched a documentary about the Stones considering a new guitarist after Mick Taylor left.
Guess who was named as a possible replacement: Jorma Kaukonen!
As one of the critics interviewed said:" That would have been very exciting, but highly improbable."
I can only agree.
But they chose Ron Wood and went into a deep decline.