Brian May Shares The Best Aspect Of Queen’s First Show With Adam Lambert

The official YouTube channel of Queen recently released a new episode of their documentary entitled ‘Queen The Greatest.’ The new episode featured the band’s first live performance with their touring frontman Adam Lambert, and lead guitarist Brian May only had nice things to say about the singer.

The first time Queen members found out about the talent of Adam Lambert was when they appeared on the eleventh series of American Idol in 2011. The band performed a variety of songs with the six finalists on the first show, including Lambert which revealed the great chemistry that could possibly be turned into a collaboration.

Fortunately for the fans, Queen announced that they were scheduled to headline Sonisphere at Knebworth on 7 July 2012 with Adam Lambert. However, the festival was canceled, and the band released a statement in which they expressed their disappointment.

Still, they didn’t give up on performing together as Queen + Adam Lambert, and eventually, they played two rather small shows at the Hammersmith Apollo, London in July 2012. Both shows sold out within 24 hours of tickets going on open sale which was a sign that fans approved Lambert as their new frontman.

Queen’s biggest debut performance with Adam Lambert on the front was on June 30, 2012, in Kyiv, Ukraine. The show was a joint concert with Elton John for the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation. Their performance saw more than 300.000 people singing along with Queen + Adam Lambert, and they haven’t slowed down since then.

As a part of their ‘Queen The Greatest’ series on their official YouTube channel, the band released a brand new episode in which they talked about their legendary performance in Kyiv. Both Roger Taylor and Brian May praised Lambert for being such a professional onstage regardless of the fact that he had big shoes to fill in due to Freddie Mercury’s legacy as one of the greatest frontmen in rock music.

Brian May particularly applauded Adam Lambert’s interaction with the audience which has been one of the biggest aspects of Queen’s music and shows. According to May, it was amazing to see a new member stepping on stage and performing like that which earned his respect at its best.

About the first time they performed together, May said:

“He’s out there, putting it out there you know. He sang great, interacted great, and it was a big success. An incredible thing for a new member of a group to step on stage and do that. I took my hat off to him at the time. And of course, the rest was easier after that.”

You can watch the new episode of Queen’s documentary below.