iHeartRadio Night 1: Musings of Muse, Katy Perry, Sir Elton John and a crowning by Queen
I heart Brian May and Roger Taylor: Queen’s enduring co-founders backed Ruess and Adam Lambert (the combination thereof is fine for a festival show, but man was Freddie Mercury great). Seeing the two of them back onstage reminded of their rock musical “We Will Rock You” at Paris Las Vegas, which brought the city Keith Thompson, now music director of “Jersey Boys.” The late Jim Belk worked on that show, too, which was musically airtight (the Queen founders made certain of that).
Point is, Queen keeps giving. The band took the stage after midnight, but with Lambert and Ruess swapping vocals and singing duet, and still delivered a medley of everything you wanted to hear. A snippet of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Somebody to Love” and “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions.” Lambert grew a mustache in honor of Mercury. That’ll probably be groomed away soon, but May’s guitar and the power from Taylor’s drums, that goes on forever. For those who championed to the end, it was a great way to close.
(Image: Todd Owyoung)