Adam Lambert has performed his first show with Queen – and as expected, the rock critics and naysayers have been out in force.
The full two-hour concert of the 2009 American Idol runner-up and the legendary UK band performing in Kiev, Ukraine has been put on YouTube – and Lambert hasn’t received much love at all for his Freddie Mercury wannabe antics.
Antiquiet‘s Steven Anthony wrote: “Taking more liberties with melody than any vocalist should, Adam completely botches a large part of Queen’s greatest hits’ setlist, which includes everything from Fat Bottomed Girls, Under Pressure and Another One Bites the Dust to The Show Must Go On and Seven Seas of Rhye.”
Of note is his pretty awful take on Somebody to Love (1:24.40) – where his high notes are way off… and his prancing on stage is about as cheesy as a Vengaboys video clip.
Anthony even went as far as to say: “And don’t forget about Bohemian Rhapsody (1:40:10), where Lambert’s voice gets so shrill you’d swear you’re listening to a bird and a cat fucking. In a blender.”
Gigwise were much nicer though, writing: “Joining Brian May and Roger Taylor on stage, Labmert proved an impressive frontman with an understated performance, backed by projections of Freddie Mercury at his peak – along with iconic clips from the song’s original video.” (they were referring to Bohemian Rhapsody)
Take a peak and give us your thoughts of Adam Lambert’s first gig with Queen after watching the video below: