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QueenOnline On Tour: Notes From The Road Part 4

Can you be tired, but wide-awake at the same time? I guess so, I am currently working on a cocktail of jet lag, late nights, hard work and a dash of adrenaline, it’s a confusing mix but it seems to be getting me through just now. To be honest it's only when I am switching off does any fatigue really kick in. 

"Hang on, you are here in LA, about to jet off to Chicago and then tour with Queen for two weeks.” I'll sleep when I'm dead thanks.

This morning I woke up to double the excitement. We had our micro show at the iHeart Radio Theater later in the day, but my first job was to unleash the news across the Queen channels that we are releasing Live At The Rainbow '74. I have seen the reaction to the news and I am thrilled you have been so receptive. This is not the place for me to be rolling out gushing sentiment, but the whole team has been behind this release with such gusto it has been and will be a pleasure to work on. Like I have always said, my fellow colleagues and I are professionals, but also fans of great music and this just what Rainbow is. So in conclusion it looks like we have uncorked the 'non-moustache' years of the 70s live catalogue...feels good doesn't it?

Anyway, back to last night - the 'Load Out'. As soon as Roger, Brian, Adam, Spike, Neil and Rufus left the stage following their last run through of the arena show there was a swarming of the stage…one moment, name check time, Foo Fighter and band friend Taylor Hawkins was there to watch the rehearsal, I only just remembered, right, sorry lets carry on …

I kid you not, there was the sound of a marching army, a roar of 6 trucks and two cherry pickers thundering their way down the hangar towards us and the stage, and literally within minutes parts of the stage where being broken down. It is very striking to watch. That said, this in the very 'un-sexy' side of the live show that many don't see, there is lots of lifting, pushing, pulling and hard graft for which is essential a big jigsaw puzzle that has to fit logically for load in at the other end. Impressive stuff, indeed I say. Of note, the haulage company we are using are called Truck N' Roll and are the same guys we use for the Queen Extravaganza when stateside...UK tickets on sale now folks! Queen - the masters of crossover marketing!

Today’s main event at iHeart in Burbank was fun. A little different to a regular performance as it was effectively a live TV show. It was another early start as there was much to do. My online role on this tour has been doubled up with a place in the production team so pre-show I was confirming guest lists, delivering shoes to wardrobe, finally meeting my work mates from iHeart, watching Germany smash Portugal in the World Cup, putting up signage around the venue, distributing set lists and most importantly taking silly pictures of Pete Malandrone, I tell you that mans ego is out of control.

The event went really well. The bonus for me was that it was hosted by Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe fame. I love him. Great songwriter, an engaging radio host and huge music fan, plus, I must say that album that Mötley did with John Corabi in 1994 just smokes, the best thing the Crüe ever did to my ears. Sorry, back to the action. 

The room itself is half club, half TV studio with a shallow upper balcony, its pretty tiny, but isn't that where you want to see your favourite band? In the smallest place possible? 

The 8-song performance was preceded by a neat little video piece that showed the iHeart Radio Festival performance from Las Vegas, rehearsal footage and Roger, Brian and Adam's recent interview with Nikki. If I am honest the show for me was a bit of a blur, it rocked past at lightened speed, plus I was nipping back and forth backstage doing a few jobs as well as tweeting the set list as it happened. I did however make sure I got stage side for the opening, Roger joining Adam on lead vocals and singing the backside out of Under Pressure (my favourite Queen song) and the finale. As for the crowd, you guys were rabid! The now famously devoted Glamberts and the feverish, loyalty of Queen fans was a potent mix. LA you should be proud of yourselves; the noise when the band hit the stage was defending. We salute you! After the show is a bit of tidy up backstage and back in the van.

It's all out there now of course, but here is the set list from tonight’s iHeart show. For those of you who did make it down or managed to watch it online, I would love to know your thoughts on Love Kills. For me it is an utter delight. It was such a nice shock to see it the set list, and how about that arrangement? I reckon we will be hearing a lot more of that track...

We Will Rock You

Another One Bites The Dust

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Love Kills

Fat Bottomed Girls

Under Pressure

We Are The Champions 

Don't Stop Me Now

Tomorrow, we all travel to Chicago for the big one, the opening show, why we are really here. I am hoping to hit town and catch up with some friends I have there, so you might not hear from me much tomorrow, but do you really want to know about a plane ride and what I had for dinner? I wouldn't.

"Baby, don't you want to go...Sweet Home Chicago!"

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QueenOnline On Tour: Notes From The Road Part 4

Rhonda

"Live Kills" was AMAZING!! I was transfixed at my computer the entire set and for the Nikki Sixx interview!! What a great show and kicking interview! Keep Rocking!!

Southern Smiles,
Rhonda

JLM

Personally I thought Love Kills was brilliant! Great tribute to Freddie with an amazing twists. Lambert killed it!

Marilyn Cole

Here's my opinion of Love Kills -- FANTASTIC! Loved the arrangement. It showed off Adam's beautiful voice and Brian's guitar work just added to the overall perfection. Loved the changes in tempo and key. I'd love to see it released as a single

fromthegreyfort

Thanks for asking about Love Kills - I was watching online and I was s
o taken by it I forgot to breathe. The arrangement was flawless and Adam's vocals took the song into another universe. My deepest gratitude to whoever said "lets re-work Love Kills and add it to the set list." Genius idea.

Elaine

I really enjoyed this iHeart concert, Queen and Adam Lambert were in top form. My favorite song of the night was the beautiful "Love Kills". Adam sang it so amazingly with power and tenderness. I hope I hear it at the concert I'm going to, just love it!

donnaw

UNFREAKINGBELIEVABLE!!!!

I'm speechless....the concert was more than i could have imagined......

Have always LOVED Queen......and as for Mr. Lambert......swoon swoon....he took EVERYTHING to new heights!!

Can't wait to see them in: Detroit, The Garden & Mohegan Sun!!!!!!!

janice harrison

"Love Kills". What can I say? This song took me to another place that I have never been in all my sixty-nine years. So ready to see and experience the first show in Chicago.

Mary

Love Love the entire event. Can hardly wait for my show in Washington on 7/20

Margarita Lady (my Glambert name)

"LOVE KILLS" caused me to cry! OMG-I didn't think I could love Adam and Queen any more than I already experience, but when they presented this incredible rendition of "LOVE KILLS", it took my killer admiration for them to new heights!!! Thank you for your notes on the road-very enjoyable and safe travels to all of you. I will be in Las Vegas for the shows on both nights.

Jacqui

I was blown away by this version of Love Kills. Beautiful melody, beautiful lyrics and executed to perfection by all. Adam's voice is just beyond belief. I am so looking forward to coming to the USA from Singapore to see a bunch of these shows. LA is my first - can't wait. But first a trip to UK to see family.

ALAlwayz

Thanks so much for the updates. It was a privilege to be there last night. The show was incredible from start to finish. I fell in love with Love Kills the first time I heard it when Metropolis was released. I never thought I'd hear Queen perform it live, let alone with Adam! A dream come true!!! Love the new arrangement and Adam's amazing vocals! Please release it as a single & a ringtone!!! Can't wait for the tour to start!!! #QueenAndAdam

Lauren

Loved this performance of Love Kills! I wouldn't want a studio C.D. of Adam singing with Queen, but I would buy a live recording of one of the concerts. Hope this song will continue to be part of the tour.

Lil

Thank you very much for the iHeart Radio show last night. I am just now coming down from my adrenaline high! I could write on and on.. but I will say this: Love Kills has always been one of my favorite Freddie tracks - always. As a matter of fact, I've always had it on my phone (together with Living on My Own and some others) and it was the surprise of my life to see it performed live, with Queen and Adam Lambert. Just crazy awesome and flawless! Again, thank you very much and see you back in LA and Vegas in July!

sarahjane Lambert

Hi thank you for the notes I love them . I am from the UK and I am so sad to say unable to see Queenbert I am a dedicated Glambert but also a Queen fan . Hearing about this tour was massive until I was told no flying on health grounds. So to see the warm up was a big deal for me .I was sat from 1 am waiting pc was working base sounds them plugged in . What a show I loved it , then came Love kills My emotions just broke tears ran down my face , goosebumps on my arms . It was a beautiful moment Adam's voice , Queens wonderful playing . It was a special moment for me . I hope we do hear more from that song. Wishing you well from the UK with you in heart

queenrosered13

Love Kills....Lambert SLAYS. That needs radio play STAT! I am so ready to buy that track or a whole album if there turns out to be one! Thanks for the behind the scenes blogs and photos too!

DEE

The entire concert was fantastic! Intimate setting, screaming, clapping fans...I loved it! Great camera work too.
LOVE KILLS was unbelievable. ADAM's voice is extra-ordinary and he sang it such emotion. So happy to see it will make the playlist for the Tour!
Keep up the great work with your blog! It's so much fun reading about what goes on "behind the scenes"
Thanks :D

Ben

I was at the concert last night, and I must say that was the best venue to watch Queen. Especially since I was up close.

On the other hand, I really liked Love Kills. It was a different tone and amazing. Kudos to the guys.

I can't wait to watch them at the Forum. Break a leg, guys!

Canadiann

The entire iHeart show was incredible and Love Kills defies description. There are no words to adequately express how amazing it was. Adam & Brian were absolute exquisite perfection on that song. I can't wait for July 13 in Toronto to see them live. Queen + Adam Lambert ROCK!!!

Fea

Love Kills was the highlight of the evening. Absolutely stunning. I can not wait for more of these less known and updated covers. This should be released as a single.

Tammy

Love Kills was great. :) The concert was Great. One thing, I love Adam, But, could someone tell him to move around a bit more onstage.? Seriously. Not trying to put a damper on the moment. Thanks for the blog. :)

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