Adam Lambert a Worthy Stand-In at Queen Concert in Philadelphia

Videos and photos from their Wells Fargo Center performance.

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On Wednesday night, Queen stopped at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for a fast-paced 23-song set with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert at the mic.

More than a few people that I spoke with in the days and weeks before the show were, to put it nicely, a bit skeptical of Lambert being the man tapped to sing the songs that Freddie Mercury made famous. But none of the 19,500 people at the Wells Fargo Center for the sold out show seemed to mind. Lambert is a gifted vocalist and flamboyant frontman who sang the songs competently while adding his own dramatic flair.




The nearly two-hour, thirty minute set began with "Now I'm Here," "Stone Cold Crazy," and "Another One Bites the Dust," eventually wound its way into solo performances by original members Brian May and Roger Taylor, and closed with "Bohemian Rhapsody." Encores: "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions."

Tickets for the July 26th concert at Boardwalk Hall are still available for $50 to $175. Well worth it for this fun show.

Below, some photos, videos and the full set list.

Here's "Fat Bottomed Girls":

And "Another One Bites the Dust":

And "Killer Queen":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFlERFnT1H0

And "Bohemian Rhapsody":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXGZEp2Daio

A Queen tour bus:
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(Photo by Ike Richman, Comcast-Spectacor)

Before people:
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(Ike Richman)

After people:
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Lasers!:
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T-shirts!:
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Brian and Adam:
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Adam on the big screen:
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Set List:
Now I'm Here
Stone Cold Crazy
Another One Bites the Dust
Fat Bottomed Girls
Lap of the Gods
Seven Seas of Rhye
Killer Queen
Somebody to Love
I Want It All
Love of My Life
'39
Days of Our Lives
Under Pressure
Love Kills
Who Wants to Live Forever?
Guitar Solo
Tie Your Mother Down
Radio Gaga
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Show Must Go On
Bohemian Rhapsody (They abbreviate as Bo Rhap on set list)
Encores:
We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions

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  • RollingwiththeBenz

    Adam Lambert oversings and stays in the upper range making it tiring and boring. Its like Queen going Broadway. Its the same at every concert.

    • vfiorillo

      Queen on Broadway. Fantastic idea! I see a musical…

      • cacky

        It’s inevitable the Queen story will be on broadway or made a movie. I hope whoever makes it, does the story justice.

    • theosgma

      Were you there?

    • AnnaPearl

      You are a TROLL to the ifth degree….you have over 200 posts under your name and all of them following every single article about Adam Lambert and Queen. You are in need of evaluation….seriously, it seems as though someone is paying you to hunt down these articles and plaster them with your dislike….enough already….you are becoming bothersome.

      • Hep.

        Not only “bothersome” but out of gas and anything original to say but the same old senseless prattle that amounts to less than a hill of beans and what really grates on their souls is success got the final word,not them…congrats to “The Queen and Adam Lambert World Tour”,has already grossed around 80 million dollars,read and weep naysayers!

      • sugardaisy

        Benz needs to get a life

    • Divia

      If you were not there, then you really don’t have a right to comment. I’ve been to four and they have all been great. Audience loves him.

    • Zenber1

      You again??? Do you follow every site just to say this same thing?? Adam is a natural counter tenor, Freddie was a baratone acting like a tenor – so freaking what?? They both had AMAZING ranges and skill, The tour is like HEAVEN – Brian and Roger love Adam and the chemistry is stunning,

    • Mallory2696

      From all the comments and reviews I have read that is a minority opinion. Sorry, you have the right to feel that way but it certainly is not a boring concert–have you even gone?

    • cacky

      Queen sings opera. How do you like that???

  • AnnaPearl

    The Show was absolutely fantastic, if you get a chance to see it, you will not be sorry. Queen’ s music is timeless. Adam Lambert did a great job.

  • Valerie Dawber Cloud

    I was there. It was an awesome show. Brian and Roger could not have picked a better man to stand in for Freddie. Adam absolutely did Freddie proud.

  • Amy

    Always been a Queen fan however never saw them with Freddie Mercury. I thought that Adam Lambert did a Rocking job and his singing was spot on! How about that Live Forever song with the disco ball and lights…..Fantastic! Long live Queen Glambert!

  • knighn

    Not an Adam Lambert fan, per se. His songs are a little too cookie cutter pop for me.
    However, when you pair Queen with Adam Lambert you get a near perfect match. (The only way it would be absolutely perfect was if Freddie never got sick and died). I honestly can’t imagine a person alive who would have been a better stand in for Freddie.
    I’ve gone to a lot of concerts in my lifetime. Easily one of the best I’ve ever seen. As a word of warning to Adam Lambert fans: this is a QUEEN concert and Brian May, Roger Taylor and the other members are featured heavily. Lambert is absent for a long stretches. Brian May has a ridiculously long, awesome guitar solo, especially for a 66 year-old rocker who has been rocking for 4 decades.
    Once again: awesome pairing. Awesome concert!

    • cacky

      Agree. This was a Queen concert and it was amazing. The Queen band was on fire and are amazingly talented. Adam was a lovely compliment to them. win win for all. :) I really enjoyed the Queen concert. I was so happy Adam was there. :)

  • cacky

    I wasn’t skeptical of Adam. He did great. And this show was all about Queen and Mr. Freddie Mercury. xoxo

  • Jeff Biscoe

    I ‘m out a touch didn’t even know who Adam was but got invited to show at last minute.The good :I’ve seen Mercury era Queen 1980 Spectrum + nobody can ever touch Freddie Mercury vocal range or stage presence .More good : May + Taylor just having fun not trying to recapture days gone by’ just performing and enjoying playing for fans ..Bad for me (that was questionable)…Adam ,I thought had moments that he fit well other times I think his voice was too high and that he has along way to go to become as legendary as May and Taylor, or (Deacon) I don’t feel him as a equal but it was billed that way and I guess its cool that they respect him that much to put his name next to the bands on the trucks and tickets and also helps s out a touch fans like me to know who will be singing…More Good :Still seeing two major seventies original members was very cool and heart-felt at times ,you can still feel Mercury’s effect on fans and the bands,it seems even deceased his presence can still be felt when the original members get together .. Last: ..What was way cool they didn’t try to be Queen of 70″s + 80’s era ..I felt they just said . Here we are ! We are musicians and we would like to perform for you + thank you for all the years of support ,we love our fans…! JB

    • knighn

      Nice review!
      “I don’t feel him as a equal but it was billed that way”

      Here is where I disagree with you (not about the equality – they are NOT equal, but about the billing). I am a Queen fan. I had the opportunity to go to the concert with an Adam Lambert fan. I was HAPPY to point out to her that the Font used for QUEEN was easily 3 times larger than the font used for Adam Lambert. When she had the nerve to complain post-concert about the stretches where Adam Lambert wasn’t singing, I was happy to remind her again that it was a QUEEN concert. We weren’t there to listen to Adam Lambert’s songs… Thank God.

      The only way Adam Lambert will ever reach the legendary status of Queen will be if he finds much better writers. The kid is vocally talented but as I said before: Adam’s songs are a little too cookie-cutter pop for me.

      As for me: I appreciated that Adam put his own touches on the songs. Let’s be honest: if he tried to sing the songs exactly like Freddie he would have failed, miserably. For me he did a nice mix of paying tribute and making the songs, somewhat, his own.

      There’s an example of Queen signs here:
      http://www.queenonlinestore.com/media/AbstractArticleBigData/imageFull/.fh9Xc34T/WarehouseArticle-114762/Queen-Adam-Lambert-Queen-Adam-Lambert-Tour-Programme.jpg
      And here:
      http://media.ticketmaster.com/tm/en-ca/dbimages/167881a.jpg

    • Bill

      Out of all the reviews I’ve read here, this one fits my experience exactly. Maybe because I was lucky enough to be front and center for 2 shows with Freddie at the Spectrum. I also saw the tour with Paul Rodgers and enjoyed that as well. The only song I thought Adam nailed was “Who Wants To Live Forever” but otherwise I thought he was just ok. Loved the acoustic set in the middle with Brian and Roger. Almost like the way they used to do it. Really connected with the fans, I thought.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Just back from Madison Square Garden – really great concert – fun – poignant in part – May and Taylor sharp as ever – Lambert does the Queen catalog justice – with joy, intelligence, humor, and top-of-the-line vocals – making WWTLF his own. Freddie’s gone – his legend growing with each passing year – iconic – long live Freddie. Now on to 2014.

  • Donna

    I live on Long Island, NY, and drove 3 hours to the July 16th show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. SO worth the trip. I am a lifelong Queen fan; saw them in 1978, went to the concert when they toured with Paul Rodgers (twice), and now this. It is about the music. Adam did a really good job. I absolutely loved this concert. Wish I could go again. Wells Fargo Center is a beautiful venue. Guess it did not hurt that I had Club Box seats. Nobody can ever replace Freddie Mercury. Good thing Adam wasn’t trying to. Awesome show!