QueenOnline on Tour: Notes From The Road Part 12

As promised, 50 Random Facts from the Queen + Adam Lambert North American Tour...

Last show for me tonight...sob!



There are 13 trucks pulling the stage and backstage equipment around this tour.

The crew is made up of Brits, Americans, Canadians, one Irishman and one New Zealander.

Our Head Carpenter "Keano" was a tree surgeon in the village I am from, Writtle in Essex.

The show is shot on 5 cameras every night.

Jil our Production Coordinator used to work for Lord of The Dance Michael Flatley.

There are 285,994 light 'actions' per show - this means a movement or being on or off.

Adam sang "Bohemian Rhapsody" for his "American Idol" audition.

Pete, Head of Catering used to be Kurt Cobain's cook.

He has also gone on to cater for Dave Grohl in the Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Brian has 18 Vox AC 30 Amps on the tour with him.

Rob our stage designer cycles to the venue from the hotel at every opportunity.

We seem to be following Cher and Heart around the same venues. We find traces of them at each venue.

Rufus Taylor on meeting Paul McCartney when he was tiny found it easier to call him "Beatle Guy" than remember his name.

I had to bring over Marmite, Chocolate Buttons and UK Mars Bars for some ex-pats that now live in LA.

There are 44 Crew on this tour, made up of the Production Team, Riggers, Carpenters, Lighting, Video, Audio, FX, and Backline Team.

Adam's first ever live show with Queen was at Independence Square in Kiev, in front of 300,000 people.

We have 4 buses carrying the 44 crew. 12 bunks on each bus.

The next gig for one of our lighting team, Robin, is with Oprah Winfrey.

We are carrying 36 tonnes/ 80,000Ilbs of equipment on the road.

Our printer in the Production Office is called Malcolm.

I made that last fact up.

We have 4 confetti cannons in the kit - not always used.

Neil Fairclough and I could talk about Queen and music in general for about 6 weeks non-stop.

Benji in the Lighting team also worked on the Queen Extravaganza US Tours.

There are 27 different T-shirts to chose from on the Tour Merchandise stand.

I have interviewed Rufus and Neil for the Official Queen Podcast.

I am not going to take pictures of the band member’s dressing rooms and upload them.

Carpenter Andy Bews was the drummer in early 2000s UK rock hopefuls 100 Reasons and I once reviewed their debut album.

After show Toweling Robes - Brian: black, Roger: black, Spike: light grey: Neil and Rufus: dark blue. Adam puts on a clean T-shirt.

Leah, who works in Adam's team, used to work for the late, great Jeff Buckley.

Roger on average uses 6-8 pairs of drumsticks a night - although he has been know to use just one pair.

You can get a good haircut in Calgary. Thanks Mohammad.

On average we take 3.5 hours to load out of a venue each night.

There are over 1000 flight cases being carried on this tour. I did not count them.

I am collecting the entire set list print outs during my time here.

Before the Edmonton show the crowd performed a Mexican Wave.

This is the longest I have ever been away from my kids.

Adam's dad was a DJ at his college radio station and he played a LOT of Queen songs.

On this trek Sting's Fields of Gold is always used to test the audio equipment before sound check. The track is good for setting the PA tones.

We are carrying specialist electrical equipment that converts US power to our UK needs.

In Calgary Brian and Roger were given the "Freedom Of The City".

We use about 40 local crew at each show...and they all get a Queen + Adam Lambert T-shirt to wear and keep.

VIP and stage side seated guests are given a backstage tour before the show.

There is over 30 miles of cable used in the whole show.

There are over 1million pixels in the main stage LED screen.

Neil only uses a pick on Under Pressure and he has used the same three picks since LA rehearsals.

The gold fans that Adam uses in Killer Queen - I spray-painted those.

Prior to sound check Pete has been known to play 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' by The Darkness.

I had the best hot dog ever - a 'Japa Dog' - in Vancouver.

On upload of this update I have just 9 hours left on tour.


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QueenOnline on Tour: Notes From The Road Part 12


Aww.. :( well, Take care.. Enjoyed Your notes !!

Mary Covietz

Nick safe travels back home. This has been a real pleasure reading your daily blogs. I find behind the scenes as fascinating as the show v


Thanks so much for your tour notes. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Safe travels home.


Cannot thank you enough for all of the behind the scenes insights you have shared. I know your family will be happy to have you back but we will miss you and your blogs. Safe travels and Godspeed!


Nick, I have enjoyed reading your notes from the road so much. I wish you didn't have to leave so soon. Have a safe trip back home!


Awww, we will miss you. Super job giving the fans some special insights. Have a safe trip back home.

Anita L

Thanks again for sharing all your insights with us! I'll miss your blogs, and I'm sure you'll miss touring, but I bet you'll be glad to be home! Cheers!


Fascinating! Appreciated! Best to your family. Godspeed!


Save travels, Nick! Please thank your wife for sharing you with us! Your blogs were just the best! Will miss you!


Nick we are gonna miss u buddy u have kept tour very interesting and fun. Loved this final tour notes the best. Best wishes and by some miracle hope u return to tour.


Thank you for all the notes you've posted. It is so interesting to get an insider's view on what goes on behind the scenes. Now we know what that gold spray paint was about, haha! Hope you have a safe trip home.

Deb Brown

Its amazing all that going into putting on a show. Thanks for giving me a glimpse.

I will be attending two of these shows.

My first time ever seeing Queen live. I'm so excited for this. I never dreamed it would happen.

Thank you so much for touring with Adam Lambert.

This will make my 13/14 time seeing Adam.

K Driscoll

Was looking forward to seeing you in Houston - safe travels back to the UK.


Thanks so much Nick! I just wonder if you have ANY idea how "spoiled" we are with your blogs now and how much you'll be missed? Thanks so much for ALL of it, every "tit bit" LOL! TTFN, enjoy your flight home and always remember, you've earned your bragging rights! HUGS!

Joyce Lee

I have really enjoyed Ur post. They have been very entertaining and very informative. U told us interesting things we would never have known.Safe travels home. I will miss you.


Thank you sincerely, Nick. I've enjoyed every word you've written. My take on you is that you are a kind, helpful and Lots-of-Fun person.


you can listen to Adam sing "I Believe in a Thing Called Love", just go to youtube, type in title plus Glee :)


Thanks so much. I've enjoyed your notes from the road! Have a great trip home.


Nick, I am sad to see you go. Loved reading all your insights and facts. You are a good guy to spend all this time for the fans of Queen and Adam. Thank you a lot.

Good luck and kiss and hug your kids big time when you get home.


Nick! going to miss your notes, have enjoyed them so much, but I bet you are happy getting to go home to your family :)
Fun fact about one of your facts: Adam covered "I Believe in a Thing Called Love' by the Darkness on an episode of Glee recently!!
I am hoping to meet Neil in Vegas next weekend...fellow Northerner expat here :D
Safe travels back to jolly olde Englande, thanks again for the blog x


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