QueenOnline On Tour: Notes From The Road Part 3

The taste of things to come…

Today is dress rehearsal day, the full run through of the arena show. Things just got real.

Firstly, thanks for all the feedback so far on the updates; I am not trying to be funny or clever, just throwing it all out there in the way that I see it.

Secondly, a little mention about the football. England lost, yes, but at least we played with a lot of heart and, I felt, we absolutely went for it. A bunch of us from the crew hit a very scruffy sports bar to watch the game. It was the perfect setting actually, a mix of hardened but entertaining barmaids, big screens, a rowdy atmosphere and us, a bunch of Brits providing a novelty for the locals. We left in good heart, with croaky voices and confidence after the game...I’m not sure if it was the pride in watching our young lions offering hope on the pitch or the beer if I am honest. Rock n' Roll football.

Once again it was down to the rehearsal hangar for 8.30am after being picked up by Doug one of our drivers. Doug is great, the journey in the van is only a short one, but in every journey he manages to give us all a general US news update, crack several jokes and rely about three of his rock n' roll stories in about 6 minutes, he really is quite the force of nature, but we love him. This whole circus is just full of characters and I was about to meet another...

“Nick, this is Neil.”

Neil Fairclough, the bassist for the tour, what a lovely man. What is it about Northerners from the UK? They are so damn friendly. He even admitted to reading my Notes From The Road blog, I thought he was just being nice, but he really had! Another thing about Neil is that he is so funny and entertaining, you can see why he got the gig, not only do you have to get on musically of course, but personally too. I could also hear Spike arriving outside the Production office; you ALWAYS know when Spike is in the house, a whole bunch of nonsense is normally round the corner. Not long after, Brian also popped his head in and gave us all a smile too.

Tonight we load out and lock up the stage and all that comes with it and get set for Chicago on the 19th, but before that tomorrow evening we have the our event down at the iHeart Radio Theater. This one off over in Burbank is small show for sure, but a big deal for the few hundred who are going to be in attendance, for which I am lucky to be one.

So how did the dress rehearsal go you ask? I know that is all you really want to know about. Am I going to give you any pointers of what to expect? I have already hinted at a few treats in the set list, but no, that is your lot I am afraid. Think about it though, this is a Queen show. It's big, it's bright, it's loud and packed full of soul, that’s a pretty good start don’t you think? The music is not too bad either.

See you on the road!


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QueenOnline On Tour: Notes From The Road Part 3

Jonathan w

Keep on rocking ,my son. Did not realise you could write so well.keeping us both entertained back homeland glad you are living your dream!


Sad to not be able to afford even the cheap tix but as a lifelong Queen fan it's been exciting to read these behind-the-scenes posts. Nick does a marvelous job of making readers feel as if we're there beside him on what must be the trek of a lifetime for anyone who loves the band. I'll continue to direct all my money to my wife's medical bills and experience the tour vicariously through Nick's excited eyes and ears, which he filters through his keyboard for our perusal and ultimate enjoyment. Thanks Nick and keep up the great work!

PS: More on this Malandrone fellow please :)


Hi Nick! Well you have us " straining at the leash," anticipating any little tidbit that you can share with us! Thanks for mentioning Neil's name, which I didn't know.I noticed what a fine musician he is & what a pleasant face he has on stage. and he certainly deserves recognition. Adam is sure to please with his wardrobe which is always rock & roll! Can't wait to see it! Please hide the hair clippers from him if you can, as before a major event Adam has been known to shave the sides of his head with a plucked chicken look which is a travesty with his thick, lush locks that anyone would die for . He looked so perfect on the last Queen mini-tourin Eastern Europe & UK. Just looking out for him, as the world will be watching this drop dead , good looking work of art! :) Brian & Roger are always coolness personified! Still 4 more days!


I want to Thank you from my heart for listening to us, Devoted fans of yours and Adams yo do a tour of America! I will be in Chicago and Detroit and Bri I'm beyond Elated for this yo happen. It's like a dream come true for me! I love you guys..being Queen since I was a kid ans saw u live in Milwaukee in the 70s. I also LOVE Adam so much it hurts. I've seen him live 4 times and can say there is NO ONE on this planet more talented then him.. You guys are a DREAM TEAM LIKE NO OTHER! Thanks for all your hard work getting this off the ground..and now I get to be a part of this EPIC EVENT. LUV YOU..XX


Thank you so much for giving us a tiny glimpse in your exciting world. I'm dying to witness the greatness that is Queen+Adam ♥♥♥♥


Wonderful notes. I can't wait for Monday night. It is the icing before the cake: Live in Burbank, then live at the Inglewood Forum on July 3rd!!!!


Loving your posts. So joyful and detailed. You have to be the luckiest one of the lot!. Can't believe I've finally going to be seeing Queen & Adam perform. Three times!! It's a dream come true. Madison Square Garden will be epic. MD/DC, the only outdoors show, will be amazing. Atlantic City will be my hubby's first live Adam experience. He's a huge Queen fan. Fifth row! Wish me luck!


Thank you SOOOO much for letting us in on just a little **window** of what it's like to be directly involved in this Tour!!! Very excited to see the real thing LIVE in Vancouver and Las Vegas! Saw Dr. Bri and Roger and Adam et al in Las Vegas for iHeartRadio Music Festival last Sept. and am ETERNALLY grateful for these opportunities to see a FULL show, with all of the stagecraft that will be going along with it!!! Woo Hoo! And I'll be tuning in tomorrow (June 16th) to see/hear a bit of what we can expect in the months to come! And it's honestly an even bigger treat since I've been a fan of Queen for years, and Adam Lambert for the past 5.. Dare I say, a match made in Heaven!!! @glitzylady MaryMaryQuite


Loving your posts! Please continue!! We fans are ready for the wild ride!


Kim we are only going to San Jose. Have fun with the Vegas Glamberts. Wish I could be there to party with Rose, Ron and the gang :)


Hi Nick!
enjoying your blog! As an expat from the North of England, living in Vegas, I feel a kinship :) I grew up with Queen and having my fave singer on the planet performing with them is beyond words. See you guys in Vegas next month!!!


Just a reminder

YahooScreen will be doing a live stream of the Burbank show! Watch here! https://t.co/vIGcS6ta7y


Yes QueenBert tour!!!!


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