Over the Summer, Queen + Adam Lambert brought their wildly successful world tour to Dublin’s Marlay Park. Now, Queen has been on my bucket list of concerts for a while so this was extremely exciting. Like many Queen fans, I was very skeptical about having Adam Lambert as the frontman before the gig. It actually put me off going to see them the last time they came to Ireland but this time I said I mightn’t get another chance and having them in Marlay Park, it was going to be HUGE. They landed some great opening acts too, The Darkness and The Boomtown Rats. I literally couldn’t pass this opportunity up.
The Darkness and The Boomtown Rats were CLASS! I was in genuine shock when Bob Geldof came out on the stage like a man possessed and I want that kind of energy when I’m his age. I also think the lead singer from The Darkness could double as a stand-up comedian. That was one funny dude. Their song ‘Get Your Hands Off Of My Woman, Motherfucker’ was particularly good.
As great as the opening acts were, I don’t think anybody was prepared for how immense the main event would be. The stage itself was incredible with Frank The Robot from the cover of their album “News Of The World” starting the show off by crashing through it. Frank would end up playing a huge part in the show, at one stage lifting Brian May up into the air to do his thing. He also led the crowd clapping for We Will Rock You and his head would make an appearance to hoist Adam Lambert up in the air for Killer Queen. It was incredible.
Anyway, enough about Frank. Let’s talk about Adam Lambert. As I mentioned earlier, I was very skeptical about him being the frontman of Queen. He’s no Freddie, obviously. He admitted that himself early on in the show. This put my fears at ease. He never once gave off the vibe that he wanted to be the new Freddie or that he was replacing him.
“Who the fuck is this American guy? He’s no Freddie. Well, no shit!” He said to the crowd. He went on to explain how he was the exact same as us, a fan of Freddie. I loved this. For the whole show, he didn’t try to be the frontman, he was there to support Rodger Taylor and Brian May. This was their show. They were the main eventers here and it was wonderful.
While it was heavily acknowledged that Adam Lambert was no replacement for Freddie, his presence was still very much felt in Marlay Park that night. One extremely touching moment saw Brian May come out to the stage alone to sing Love of My Life. This moment was lovely as it was but towards the end of the song, Freddie appeared on the big screen alongside Brian. I have to give props to whoever set this up because if you were looking at just the screen, you’d think they had him resurrected. It was perfectly choreographed and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Usually, during a gig I have one or two STANDOUT moments that I’ll always remember that gig for. This one was different. The whole concert stood out. I feel like I had chills throughout the entire show. I literally can’t even narrow it down to a few moments. If I HAD to pick some moments, I suppose they’d be
- Don’t Stop Me Now – it’s my all time favourite song and getting to hear it live was amazing
- The breakdown in Bohemian Rhapsody – the place erupted
- Radio Ga Ga (clap, clap)
- The Freddie cameos – Having him appear on the screen again for the encore to lead the crowd with his famous vocal warmup was a special moment
- The guitar and drum solos throughout by Brian May and Rodger Taylor
- We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions – perfect songs when you have a big crowd around you
There are honestly so many more special moments that I experienced during this gig that I could literally stay here all night talking about them. Another lovely moment came about halfway through the show where Brian and Rodger took a moment to talk to the crowd about having Adam Lambert on board. It was almost an attempt to warm the crowd up to him but I can assure you that the crowd had already fallen in love with him at this stage.
As hard as I try to put my feelings about the concert into words, I’ll never be able to. I brought my Dad who’s been a huge Queen fan since the 80’s. He saw them in Slane and I feel like I’ve been hearing about it since the day I was born. He came out of this gig beaming. That just shows how amazing it was.
I can without a doubt say that this was the best concert I’ve ever been to. From the first support act to the final encore, the energy was through the invisible roof over Marlay Park. I really hope that this isn’t the last time I’ll get to see Queen. If you ever get the opportunity to see them. Take it. They certainly still have it.
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One interesting moment towards the end though was their decision to play God Save The Queen at the end as they waved out at the crowd. Personally, I don’t care too much as they’ve always played it at the end of their shows. I did think they might have let it go for the Irish show. While I didn’t think too much of it, I witnessed one old man literally storm away from the crowd leaving his grandchild behind him in anger.
But yeah, overall, literally the best gig I’ve ever been to. I don’t think this review does it justice.
As always, thank you for reading and making it this far. I’ve (somehow) made it to the finals of the Irish Blog Awards under the Best Music Blog category which is literally the most insane thing ever. So thank you for all the support over the years, you’ve no idea how much I appreciate it <3
Until Next Time,