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QueenOnline on Tour: Double Texan Special

Wilki, our QOL.es webmaster is over in North America taking in 14 shows of the Queen + Adam Lambert tour. He's out there as a fan, but we could not resist getting him to do a few reports while he is out on his adventure... ;)

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Nick asked me to do some tidbit pieces about the remaining Queen + Adam Lambert tour dates in North America. As Houston was my first gig on the run, after a 10.500 km flight from Buenos Aires via Miami and 120 minutes of a nerve-wracking World Cup semifinal, I decided to play it safe, and wait until I had seen a couple of shows before I write my first impressions. So here it is - a double Texan special, with a side of mac 'n' cheese.

OK, Houston first, but before that... a cultural-shock-type-of-thing... Floor seats!? I mean, FLOOR SEATS!? at the ARENA!? in a ROCK concert!? I wouldn't have worried... In both shows, right after the first seconds of kick drum from Procession, all the floor people stood up and remained that way pretty much the whole time. Kudos to them.

Back to the Houston Toyota Center... I didn't catch much of the first three songs, as I was 'on duty' taking photos, besides a lovely lady who had come all the way from New Orleans to review the show. Then, Fat Bottomed Girls and... 'Houston, we've got a problem', Brian's guitar for that song refused to do the blast-off. After some guitar changing  and some re-tuning, everything was right on the orbit. Lap Of The Gods followed, and I noticed how tight the backing vocals are - in the whole medley, in fact. During Killer Queen, a girl behind me grabbed my shoulder and shouted "This is too much, ain't it? Too much!" as Adam was doing his thing on on the couch joined by Brian - she was really enjoying herself, so I took it as a good sign. Adam: "This is not me. I'm trying to connect with you guys". Somebody To Love was superb, with the audience joining in for every bit. Brian got a standing ovation during his vocal part in I Want It All. The audience seemed more shy during Love Of My Life, perhaps they were overwhelmed by emotion. For '39 the whole band entered the B stage wearing NASA caps, courtesy of Brian's morning trip to the Space Center. He introduced Mr. Taylor "in the cockpit" told us all that Spike's accordion was actually a time-machine! After Days Of Our Lives, magnificently sung by Rog, he dueted with Adam in Under Pressure - standing ovation, again. But before that, Neil Armstrong, I mean Fairclough incorporated Don't Try Suicide, Body Language and Dragon Attack into his bass solo, followed by a frantic drum duet by Rufus and his dad. The re-vamped version of Love Kills and Who Wants To Live Forever brought the house down - Adam really nails them both. Between Tie Your Mother Down and Radio Ga Ga, Adam did his vocal play with the audience. For some reason, Dr. May wasn't able to play the solo from the latter. A somewhat fast-paced The Show Must Go On followed. Bo Rhap left everyone waiting for more. For the encores, Brian wore a Houston Astros baseball shirt, with the name May and the number 14 on its back.

Edit: Brian said in his website that he thinks he was below the crowd's expectations in this show. Well, if you ask me, the Doc worries too much... :-)

Howdy, Dallas! After some Dealey square walk-around and some steak, I was in the AA Center, what a huge place! Good seats, near a Dutch couple (sorry, dudes!). Now I could properly enjoy the beginning of the show, and what can I say? THAT's the way to start it!  Fans of the 'Sheer Heart Attack' album should be on the clouds: 4 songs on the setlist of the current tour and Live At The Rainbow '74 out in September. Fat Bottomed Girls not only was glitch-less this time, it was also perfect, with Brian improvising solo after solo. The medley was again brilliant - 'wowo lalala' sing-along included! That set the mood for Somebody To Love. Brian become quite emotional during Love Of My Life. Not a single dry eye! '39 got Rufus, Neil and Brian himself on cowboy hats for the rendition of this "country song", Brian asked for a "yeeeeow!" at the end - he surely got one. Neil added Staying Power to his solo. Taylor junior and Taylor senior did a great job on their shared solo, prompting a proud dad to acknowledge: "Rufus Tiger Taylor on drums!" Under Pressure, the new Love Kills and Who Wants To Live Forever were followed by three resounding standing ovations in a row - the band was on fire. And it got better! Adam's vocal ad-libs between Tie Your Mother Down and Radio Ga Ga developed into a full-band jam. Then Crazy Little Thing Called Love ended with both Brian and Adam lying on the stage, after an extended coda with an sparkling Spike. Tie Your Mother Down had the Taylors on a tight pattern - Rog on timpani. In Bohemian Rhapsody, I noticed how Freddie's image quality varied between the film-sourced and video-sourced material. The ending was powerful. By the way, I must say this was probably one of the finest live shows I've attended in my entire life.

Over for now,

Wilki

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QueenOnline on Tour: Double Texan Special

Sue Wilson

I saw the show in Philadelphia. I love both Adam and Queen. I was hoping to hear Adam's voice and Brian's guitar riffs. Unfortunately, the sound was so loud and distorted that I could not hear either with enough detail; Neither was enjoyable during the faster songs. When the slower songs and the ballads were played and sung, I could hear Adam's voice and Brian's guitar without distortion. If I was not familiar with Adam's vocal range and voice quality, I would not have been impressed on the faster songs. One reason I haven't been to a lot of concerts is because the sound is usually too loud and distorted. The note changes in Brian's riffs were not discernible because the distortion washed out the tones. I can't believe the sound technicians tolerate the distortion. I have the hearing of a ten year old. Many artists and concert-goers have hearing loss due to these concerts.

steve b

Seen the show in Philadelphia on 7\16. What a freaking show! This show beat Roger Waters Wall tour and that's pretty hard to do!
Highly reccomend that you see it if possiblE

Peace

Dianemezzo

Thank you Wilki for taking over for Nick. It's fun knowing what's going on behind the scenes. Keep up the good work.

Teri

It's nice to have the blog back! Welcome Wilki. Looking forward to reading more posts from you.

Carrin

I drove from northwest Florida to Houston for this concert. It was THE BEST concert that I have ever been to (and I have been to many great concerts)! I have no idea what Brian is talking about! No one was disappointed with ANYTHING at this concert (other than no Freddie or John). In true Queen fashion, it left us all deaf, blind, and wanting more! I wanted to drive on to Dallas but I didn't think that my ears could handle that much greatness so close together! Rock on, Queen!!!!

Lil

Nice, thanks. Do you have access to back stage? It would be awesome if you could post some BTS pics as well!
Thank you for continuing to write for us, the fans! I

Flora

Thank you for the review . Can't wait to see them tomorrow at MSG NY I'm super exited !! I started to be Queen fan when I was 12 ( so sad that Freddie was dead by the time ) even remember what song and video got my attention Love of my life at Rock Rio ... OMG all that people ... Always wonder what Bryan feelings were at that moment when crowd started calling his name ... Anyway . ( there was a music video show back in my country that always show Queen videos .. Now that I think about whoever put the videos was a big fan of Queen because this was in South America and language is Spanish ) since that day I started to love this magnifica band !!! and tomorrow one of my dreams will come true ....I envy you Rock Tzar that you had the chance to see the whole band !!!! but I'm sure that Adam is a good singer and it seems that Bryan and Roger are having fun . I'm so greatful that they keep playing their songs so new generations will listen to them (like my 13 years old cousin that is going with me tomorrow ) Queen you are a legend ! .... See u mañana !!! ... I apologize for any grammar mistake !

Flora

Thank you for the review

Flora

Thank you for the review

THE ROCK TZAR

I was apprehensive. I saw QUEEN over 30 times with Sir Freddie Of Mercury...from the Liverpool Empire in 1975 all the way thru Manchester Main Road in '86.
I saw We Will Rock You...and The QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA right here in Little Ol' Texas...Even went to see QUEEN FOR A DAY .
I NEVER ever thought I'd get to see Roger & Brian ( WWJD...WHERE WAS JOHN DEACON..!! ) again..but boy I am so glad I did.
Spectacular sights,sounds and memories..i won't talk about the show and ruin it for others.
One of my ambitions in life was to always take my kids to ANFIELD to see the Mighty Reds ( LIVERPOOL..!! )and also to see QUEEN in concert.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED..!!!

Dan

Nice reviews look forward to seeing some more!.

Linda

Thank you so much for the inside news letters; I've missed them. For some unknown reason it made me cry. I think because I am so proud of Adam and happy for Queen. Luckily I will soon see two of the shows, so excited!

queenrosered13

Welcome Wilki and thanks for that awesome insight! Will you be able to gain the same access to the back stage area and to band members that Nick had?
I hope you'll get to meet and maybe interact a little with them along the way as well. By the way, the two shows in Las Vegas were also the best concerts my husband and I have attended and that's really saying something!

sdshadam

Great capture of the best rockish play ever. I advise anyone to break their piggy bank & go see this now!

Eowyn Rohan

We'll surely miss Nick, but thanks so much for taking over the blog. Love the little insider insights!

Judy

This is great, thanks from Connecticut !

Pete

Awesome, thank you Wilki (also sorry and greetings from Germany)

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