Queen and Adam Lambert have been performing and touring together for over a decade. And now, after calls from many fans over the years, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the singer are finally releasing an album together. Not a studio album, but a live record of some of their greatest concert performances of the last decade and ones that honour Freddie Mercury himself.
After a stunning tour across Asia and Oceania in the first couple of months of the year, Queen and Adam Lambert were set to perform across the UK and Europe this summer.
However, the coronavirus pandemic sadly saw all those dates, including a 10-day residency at London’s The O2, postponed to 2021.
Stuck in lockdown with the rest of us, May and Taylor kept fans entertained with a series of guitar micro-concerts and beginner’s drum lessons via their Instagram accounts.
But then the band had an idea to record their first charity single remotely between London, Cornwall and Los Angeles; on their mobile phones no less.
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The result was You Are The Champions, which saw all proceeds going towards Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organisation.
Queen and Adam Lambert then followed this up with an hour-long Tour Watch Party, featuring live highlights to keep fans entertaining while the band can’t perform live.
Then, after Taylor exclusively revealed to Express.co.uk that the band were planning a live album following the Watch Party’s success, they actually went and did it with May saying how now is “the perfect time”.
Which it really is considering just how wonderfully upbeat and joyous the resulting Queen and Adam Lambert live album Live Around The World is.
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The live album begins spectacularly with a 2018 London performance of it Tear It Up. Lambert gears up the audience by shouting “Are you ready?” before the bombastic track (and album) blast off.sonos sonos One