Queen + Adam Lambert at American Airlines Center, 7/10/14

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Queen + Adam Lambert
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Thursday, July 10, 2014

English band Queen is like a solar system that lost its star. Late singer Freddie Mercury was an icon of showmanship, passion and theatricality, the ultimate performer and arguably the most talented vocalist in rock history.

When you've lost the greatest frontman in all of pop music, Adam Lambert, who took up that role last night in the band's appearance at American Airlines Center, wouldn't initially appear to be a fitting replacement. After all, he earned his fame (ironically after auditioning with "Bohemian Rhapsody") on American Idol. However, like Mercury, he is a countertenor, a young, good-looking gay man, androgynously glam like a Velvet Goldmine character and pleasantly controversial.

See also:
The 10 Worst Queen Songs

The burning question is: is it disrespectful, even unethical, to the late star's memory to continue touring years later with a different singer? Some, like the Doors' drummer John Densmore, who legally prevented his band from using its own name while touring, would think so. In Queen's defense, it's been 20 years since Mercury passed, a death as shocking then as Kurt Cobain's. For this reason, it doesn't appear that Lambert has been brought in as a decoy, but rather as an honorable guest.

Widowed musicians like guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, stars of a dimmer light, but stars nonetheless, are seemingly presumed to retire and occasionally appear at under-the-radar clubs playing something like Louis Armstrong covers, or else it's expected they go on to thriving solo careers. Watching Queen playing Queen songs seems not only a right acquired, but, judging by the nearly full arena last night, also a great bit of indulgence for the fans.

The atmosphere at American Airlines Center exceeded that of mere anticipation, and sweltered in a thick fog of desperate tension, anxious for the band to appear. The baroque and regal sound from behind the band's curtained crest announced their highnesses' imminent presence, where the humble May appeared as if he'd casually just walked out of karate class. In contrast, Lambert, was dressed like a member of the Village People, leather-clad and full of studs. Beginning with fluffy fast-paced songs, he became increasingly flirtatious and flamboyant as the show went on, ending up in a leopard-print suit with a sparkling crown for the finale.

Although Lambert brought great energy and stunning vocals to epic ballads such as "Somebody to Love" and "The Show Must Go On", his snugglier niche were the uptempo
classics such as "Under Pressure." He seemed heavily influenced by, but never attempting to emulate, Mercury. Rather, he resembled an understudy relishing his moment rather than a permanent replacement, incredulous to be playing with his idols, respectful of his elders, while unapologetically asserting himself with great charm and humor.

As with May's guitar, Lambert's voice soared and purred. Trying to distance himself from the original vocal arrangements, his eclectic voice projections, though impressive, overly altered the familiar melodies. No matter how high and low his register flexed, his voice never quite matched Mercury's gorgeous tone -- not that anyone should have expected it to.

Consummate veterans as they are, the stadium rockers put on a striking production; laser lights flew across the room and a gigantic disco ball turned the arena into a massive club. In perfect tune with Queen's theatricality, a velvet-curtained moment occurred during "Killer Queen." Lambert sat on a plush divan and playfully rolled his eyes at May's soloing, first spitting out, then pouring, champagne onto the crowd.
His suggestiveness never became vulgar, and his chemistry with the band was tangible, especially at moments when May's glance at him betrayed obvious pride.

There was an instance of divine simplicity as May brought an acoustic guitar to the end of the ramp on the stage and began singing "Love of My Life", his aging but steady voice aided by the impromptu choir made up by the audience. With impeccable timing, a giant Freddie Mercury completed the song hauntingly from the screen, and a wave of profound melancholy was seen in every lachrymose eye in the place.

Roger Taylor's drumming showed deliberate restraint. He took turns playing kit and auxiliary percussion with his son, Rufus, and stood and sang during "These Are the Days of Our Lives", while footage of Mercury and retired bass player John Deacon were shown. Lambert was absent whenever Mercury was projected, as if afraid of being outperformed by a ghost -- except for a brief duet for the finale in which Lambert and Mercury's projection sang individual lines back and forth. Although a tender homage, the deference to Mercury bordered on a sorrowful memorial service.

The real focus of the show, after Mercury's absence, was undoubtedly May. Emanating graciousness and wisdom, his fluid dexterity rivaled any young guitar player's. Each member had his moment alone on stage, but his near half-an-hour of soloing proved his mastery.

Considering that Queen produced a magnum opus such as "The Prophet Song" for every other forgettable track, it's regrettable that these were almost all absent from the setlist. Instead, there was an over-abundance of Queen's more filler-esque '80s hits, like "Radio Gaga", which seemed tailored to Lambert.

In the very obvious encore, there was more smoke onstage than in Willie Nelson's dressing room, and the group returned to play their two most overplayed hits, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions", delivered to an audience that seemed to devour them. All maudlin moments considered, from the high entertainment, fine musicianship and joyous sentimentality, regarding the question of whether Queen + (or -) Adam Lambert should even be touring in the first place, the answer is: Absolutely. The show must go on.


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Lola
Lola

I'm not a Queen fan, but respect them immensely for their songwriting, and really love Mercury's voice. He was a genius.

I'm glad Adam Lambert seems to know he is not a genius of that caliber, but does his best to sing those very challenging songs and pay homage to Freddie. I think it's a tasteful choice to sing his own vocal arrangements.

However, I don't think I agree with the idea that "the show must go on". Mercury was a poet, a visionary. Lambert is a singer and a showman.

I understand why the other members of the band would want to keep doing it, but in my opinion, they shouldn't. Queen with Mercury was lightning in a bottle. Without his vision, it's just entertainment pretending to be the real thing; it cheapens their original contribution to music and the lives of thousands of people.

Same goes for every band who tries to replace their original frontman, by the way. Let it go. Move on.

meanskis
meanskis

I didn't go to the concert because it seemed sacreligious to replace Freddie.  Now I regret it.  Honestly, this article entirely changed my mind about the topic.  Thinking of booking a flight to NY or NJ to see them now.  Thanks!

malsdoxy
malsdoxy

Mr Taylor and Dr May truly LOVE Adam, they REALLY enjoy working with him, playing with him, performing with him and that is ALL that really matters

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

No Freddie, no Queen,  Just like:


-No Fogerty, no CCR

-No Jim, no Doors

-No Perry, no Journey.


Come on......timewaste. Go to the Zoo, ALTHOUGH, it is hard to get "drank on" and shake ass looking at the penguins. 

allegory77
allegory77

Oh shock, another obituary for a dead rock star. OUTPERFORMED by a ghost? LOL in his BEST years, you couldn't hear Freddie sing like Lambert. They are two different people with two different instruments. ONE, damaged by nodules and the other able to sing any song in the Queen catalog, in HIS OWN WAY, and meet the grueling schedule of about 24 songs per night. You Queen ideologues are sad. And you can't make up your minds. One "reviewer" prefers the ballads and the other the uptempo, blah blah blah. Whatever. Adam Lambert is a FIERCE QUEEN who knows exactly who he is and you never saw Brian and Roger enjoy a show more than with Lambert as frontman. Sorry to disappoint you that indeed he can be the permanent replacement if he wanted to. He hasn't been an understudy since before Idol. 

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reneevirdiasy

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tupelokat
tupelokat

Just a couple corrections/comments.


Freddie Mercury was a baritone, not a tenor.


"Radio Ga Ga" (not Radio Gaga) was a global hit and is not filler.

**

Regarding more Adam, I am not sure how many more numbers Adam can sing and maintain the high quality level.  But it would be great to hear him sing a couple of the Queen ballads in the middle part of the concert.



eighthday
eighthday

Everything's greater in retrospect.  Judging by the Dallas vids and the audience reception, peeps have no problem accepting the Queen of 2014. 

queenrose1
queenrose1

I'm with several others here regarding the oft-repeated and highly insecure phrase"He's no Freddie" as if THAT somehow nullifies what Lambert IS and what he does bring to the table. No Freddie, indeed. And Freddie was no Adam Lambert either. There is PLENTY of audio evidence of Freddie squealing, squeaking, messing up lyrics at live shows etc.yet in death, he has become somehow immortal and duly Sainted! Even HE would have seen that as "a crock of shite darling"

Brian and Roger are reinvigorated, Adam and the rest of the band are having a blast, audiences and critics alike are thrilled...who is being hurt by any of this? FREDDIE? 

Sometimes Daddy dies and after awhile, Mummy finds a new "friend"...It's time we adults stopped acting like children and just appreciate the music that Freddie helped create and the unique talent that IS one young Adam Lambert who is bringing those creations to live in a live setting 23 years after the death of "St. Freddie" with no disrespect and no need to indulge in mimicry. We saw both PERFECT shows in Las Vegas and are just awaiting word of a few in the UK, as my husband has never been there and this would be the perfect time/reason!

Brian, Roger, Adam, Spike, Neil, Rufus, ROCK ON! \o/

DFWQueen
DFWQueen

Way too much wankery happening between songs.  May's solo could have been cut in half and would have been just as impressive.  A lot of the second hour was completely unnecessary and frankly boring, and the time would have been much better spent on the many great songs that were missing from the setlist.  At the risk of being sacreligious, there wasn't ENOUGH Adam Lambert last night.

amadorm15
amadorm15

"Lambert was absent whenever Mercury was projected, as if afraid of being outperformed by a ghost"

-- WTF??? Adam was absent because they allocated that time to pay homage to Freddie and at the same time giving Adam a chance to rest his vocals.
"there was an over-abundance of Queen's more filler-esque '80s hits, like Radio Ga Ga, which seemed tailored to Lambert."
-- The setlist is based on popular demand. Radio Ga Ga is Roger's baby and it's the song where everyone looks forward to participate in. The unison claps above the heads is signature Queen! Just like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga is a requisite for every concert! At moments, the writer seems to be clueless with some of the songs and Queen's culture... not to mention absolutely clueless about Adam.

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

Finally someone brings up Freddie Mercury's tone.  Been thinking what is it about his voice that makes it so different and so much better than all the other singers, its his thick tone.  Freddie had a very unique sound, had great charisma and was a fantastic songwriter.  God bless Brian and Roger for they sorely miss him.

xentafy
xentafy

As old Queen fans, my husband and I were awed by this show. It was the best we have seen since 1984. The energy Adam brings is genuine and his own, Never once does he try to imitate Freddie; Honestly he just doesn't need to - You can tell he has true respect for Freddie and Queen, but he has his own style and together with Brian and Roger are bringing new chemistry that is quite magical really. Brian and Roger obviously love and respect Adam and yes he admires them right back. It is really something to see. Hope they do more together and even record some new music. Anyone who gets a chance should go. It is live Rock n Roll!!

Malory
Malory

Agree with a lot of your review but I do feel Lambert's voice is a contender as far as equaling Freddie's.  Maybe a little more operatic but equally as strong, clear, gymnastically adept and melodic. Have heard him in concert several times and he is one of the few who even sounds better live than on recordings. Freddie was iconic but I think no one could walk that fine line as Lambert does--performing the music, making it his own interpretation, and not imitating Freddie.  He is a perfect fit for Queen.  I have to say I am really tired of reading "he is not Freddie Mercury" by his critics--this, he has never claimed to be. He is his own talented entity and I admire him for taking on this role--one that could have been disastrous to his own career had it not worked out.  As it was, reviews have been great and he has convinced even some hardened fans that "the show can go on".  I don't get all the buzz about retiring the music along with the unfortunate death of Freddie Mercury. Freddie even said that his legacy wasn't a big deal to him. Heard him say that remark in interviews.  I have the feeling he would love to see the music of Queen (he didn't write everything) performed for new generations of music lovers. Even Brian and Roger feel he would approve of Lambert--I have the feeling they knew Freddie more than some fans who think they can/should dictate what happens to the music. Bottom line, the concerts are pretty much sold out and people are enjoying themselves--that is ample testimony to the success of this tour.

kfries1
kfries1

Is the writer unaware that Queen toured with Paul Rodgers a few times doing a medley of Quuen, Bad Company and Free tunes? They were quite good.

sashakitty
sashakitty

@Lola Yeah, I went to the Chicago show and it was sure lightening in a bottle for me.  Adam does not try to imitate Freddie, he is merely singing the music of Queen his way while being respectful to Freddie's memory. 

skeeterskier1
skeeterskier1

@allegory77 What gives Freddie the right to be who he is comes from the fact that - while working a side job to make ends meet - he hung around May and Taylor in the 60's for his chance to join a relatively unknown band. Freddie is who he is because he suggested the band change their name to "Queen." Freddie is who he is because he wrote several of the bands hit songs. Freddie is who he is because he was part of a team who created music with a novel and dynamic sound. Freddie is who he is because he fought with so many doubters to be heard. Freddie is who he is because he was larger than life on stage. Freddie is who he is because he fought to sing until the end.

Adam was great in filling the role Freddie created over decades, and the show was a lot of fun. I'm not sure why there needs to be so much consternation pointed in any one direction. Some people prefer paralysis by analysis, I guess.

My wife and I, along with our friends and most around us, loved the show. It was a celebration of great artists and music - nothing more, nothing less.

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@allegory77 Grueling schedule?  Oh dear, this would have been a piece of cake for Freddie.  Get back to me when Adam performs tour after tour for over 10 years and in between those tours he is recording, writing lyrics, writing melodies, arranging music, arranging harmonies.  Freddie moved on stage, even on a small stage like Live Aid, he moved.  On a large stage like Wembley 1986, he moved.  So large or small stages, Freddie moved with charisma and energy.  Adam doesn't do any of this.  

StephenKetner
StephenKetner

Well I know this. I was 6 feet away from Adam Lambert at various points in the show. I am a professional singer and guitar player, I sing 4 hour sets a night 7 days a week right here in Dallas.

There's multiple attributes to music. The fundamental attribute is EMOTION. We create music as humans as an extension of our speech. The only reason we speak is to convey ideals greater than the mundane, greater than fucking, sleeping, eating, and even greater than mere information. We created language to confer the essence of our beings to one another.

Adam Lambert was phenomenal, technically maybe even greater than Mercury. But there was not a single moment where lambert qua lambert made me transcend my mundane human experience into pure essence. Just watch any clip of Mercury, in a few moments of hearing his voice, you transcend.

If you can't appreciate that, you're an idiot. Adam definitely appreciated that. I saw it in his face from a few feet away. He can sing, but he cannot transcend.

Not to mention Freddie wrote those lyrics himself, let's see Adam write anything a millionth as meaningful.

Mercury was soul, Adam is entertainment. It's night and day.

StephenKetner
StephenKetner

Almost every Mercury song at some point breaks well beyond F above middle C, so he's definitely not a baritone. A few songs he breaks above the C above middle C, which would make him a countertenor.

As one person mentioned, Freddie had an absurdly broad range, so his low register meandered well into the bass register, and his top well into the feminine registers. He wasn't actually in any typical vocal category, he was an anomaly.

But you can keep being an ardently uniformed person, that's cool too. To each their own.

jrichburg
jrichburg

@queenrose1 You nailed it, honey!  Western attitudes toward death . . . it's like anger that never softens or resolves.  That does NOT honor the person who has passed, in my opinion.  Not at all.

canuckgirl
canuckgirl

@queenrose1  Very well written. Seems Freddie is now the Rock God!?

(no disrespect). I would say Adam is wearing the glam rock crown very well.  My relatives in Germany and Hungary are waiting for this tour.......they have seen the videos of the Calgary show....need I say more...

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@DFWQueen Talk about disrespecting rock legend Brian May.  You and others need to kiss Brian May's feet for if it hadn't been for him Adam would still be playing at county fairs.

skeeterskier1
skeeterskier1

@DFWQueen I agree, DFWQueen! The show leading up to the solo was spectacular, but the half-hour spotlight on May sucked the incredible life right out of the place...and it was never fully replaced.


I detest American Idol, but I was intrigued by what Adam Lambert would bring to the show - and he was brilliant. I'm glad Eva focused on "Killer Queen," and this was the highlight of the show.

Regardless, I feel like I'm nitpicking - the show overall greatly exceeded my expectations..a fun time was had by all!Edit (in 3 minutes)

allegory77
allegory77

@CowboyMan Yes, it's called Vocal Fold Nodules. It's damage. You Queen people are hilarious. Freddie only HAD his voice for a short time, but you all have him so idealized it's pathetic. 

eighthday
eighthday

@CowboyMan Brian and Roger look as though they're having a marvelous time.  Life goes on.  

b_burns_2000
b_burns_2000

@Malory Very well put. I've been to 2 shows with one more in New York and I can't even begin to express the magic that went on when they performed. I can't figure out why some people have to bring up the comparison to Mercury. Can't they they just sit back and enjoy the show ? When Adam was on Idol, he made every song new, some I didn't even recognize who the original artist was, but then I didn't care. All I knew was this man had something special, his voice, his stage presence, his honest love for music and performing. That was all I was interested in.Please people , stop comparing and give this kid a chance. Brian and Roger are, and seem to to enjoy every moment Adam opens his mouth. They have the chemistry that was missing since Freddie left, and whats missing in todays music. This is a concert to be enjoyed by everyone !  

canuckgirl
canuckgirl

@Malory  Adam is better live than on cd.  He is too good for pop music today.  You are correct.  The words "he is not Freddie" can be totally erased.  This is now the 12th show (I think) and fans/ticket buyers have spoken. 

We saw them in Calgary.  They hadn't been to our city for 37 years.  Brian was visibly choked up but I think this happens in every city now. The audience gives him so much love and respect.  The guitar solo was stunning.  I love Adam's theatrics and vocal acrobatics.  I wish he had given us more but Calgary was only the fifth stop.  I can imagine the New York show will be fabulous.

This is one show that has to been seen more than once.  The videos cannot convey the emotion.  Lucky for us we see them again in Montreal.

evaraggio
evaraggio

I'm aware. We can't publish every bit of info.

canuckgirl
canuckgirl

@skeeterskier1 @allegory77  Yes it was a celebration of Freddie and Queen's music.  I was a Queen fan long before Adam got a break on Idol. (yes, I hate the show).  I absolutely loved the one Queen + Adam show I did see in Canada.  If I had heard about the tour earlier in the year I would have arranged my vacation to take in the two more Canadian shows.  I'm actually looking forward to Adam's third cd.  I hope that the exposure this tour is giving him will "spill over" to a successful cd from him.  I know he has already recorded some material.  He has been ignored by radio before and some blame his former label for that but I'm not an expert on that subject.

I hope the third cd is a smash and we can see him tour with his own band,  You bet I'll be on a plane to the closest city if he doesn't hit my home town.



Lamburger
Lamburger

@StephenKetner Apart from your belief that your view is superior to anyone elses (i.e. a huge number of people would disagree that Adam Lambert doesn't "transcend") Freddie was only ONE of the writers of the Queen songs performed in the set list, and indeed the entire Queen catalogue. ALL of the members wrote material, and some of the most iconic tracks are not Freddie.   

Adam HAS written some very meaningful songs actually, and lets not forget he is just starting his career in terms of how long Freddie and the other members of Queen put together the catalogue we have to pick and choose great songs from.

Freddie was magnificent, unforgettable and irreplacable, but Adam & Brian and Roger are not TRYING to replace him.   Freddie was also not a saint to be worshipped and made sacrosanct, just because he died too young.   He was a lovely, humble, talented, flawed human being, who would (according to his close friends Brian and Roger) have loved Adam's performances of Queen songs, and his own solo work (where he does fine thank you very much) without the Queen association.


Won't get into technical babble - it is irrelevant (even though Mr Lambert scores high on independent technical analysis I have read).   The test is how the AUDIENCE responds, not how technically perfect you are.    Dr Brian May is on record talking about what makes a good PERFORMER and he rates Adam Lambert as one in a billiion, who does things with his voice he has never heard anyone else do ... ever.   So.  although it is all subjective, I take his (and my) opinion over yours any day.  

Lamburger
Lamburger

@StephenKetner You must know you are only speaking for YOURSELF when you say Adam can't make people "transcend" right? Does it all the time, and mostly without the Queen linkup - he has his own successful solo career.   And BTW,  Freddie was only ONE of the songwriters for Queen.   All the band members wrote songs, and some of their most iconic weren't Freddie compositions

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@StephenKetner


oh, good gravy, I got to "Well I know this", and just turned my computer off..............get a cat dude!


I sing 7 nights a week,in THE SHOWER. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@StephenKetner


ya, but a like when he breaks at C, takes a break, eats a pizza, comes back, lives in C flat, but does the bridge in A minor or a diminished chord progression that makes him sound like a robot from deep space. just saying. 

allegory77
allegory77

@CowboyMan @tupelokat No hon, he was a BARITONE because his NATURAL voice fell into that range. Just because someone has a decent head voice or false doesn't make them a "tenor". You can only BE one or the OTHER. He was a light Baritone - often singing in a tenor's range. And when he was younger, 'respiring technique' was not developed and his voice therefore too weak to hold the notes like he did later. But later he had the nodules. THAT"S why you hear most of his stronger tenor notes in the studio where he could fix it if his voice broke. You didn't hear strong tenor notes live. OTOH, LAMBERT has been doing 24 second breath holds since his early 20's thanks to his formal training. See Brigadoon Come to Me Bend to Me LIVE performance on youtube. HIs transitions are flawless. Range is not the only factor. So all this octave flailing is ridiculous since just hitting the note is NOT the point. 

jolan.kr
jolan.kr

@canuckgirl Are you kidding me??? Of course Freddie is a rock god, and always has been. Where the hell have you been?


I love Adam, but you glamberts are just unbelievable - and not in a good way. 

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@canuckgirl Do you know anything about the rock world?  Freddie Mercury has been called the God of Rock or Rock God for decades.  This just didn't happen yesterday.

Lamburger
Lamburger

@CowboyMan Adam does INDEED play at county fairs in addition to his international touring, recording, songwriting, acting, hosting of TV events, etc. etc.  People at county fairs are entitled to see great performers too, and good on Adam for still being humble enough to do this. Although how he would fit such things in into the future might be a problem ...

canuckgirl
canuckgirl

@skeeterskier1 @DFWQueen  American Idol was good for one thing only...it was a springboard for Adam.


I loved Brian's guitar solo.  I was completely mesmerized, stunned actually.  Love of My Life was emotional for most of us.  I too was looking for more "Killer Queen moments" but then I am a fan of Adam's theatrics - prefer him when he goes completely over the top.  He doesn't take himself seriously.  Plus I wanted to hear more into-the-stratosphere notes from him. 

After the North American tour they will be visiting South Korea, Japan and Australia.  Adam has won awards in China. That's a big market for him and he is loved in South America and South Africa. Could be a long tour, who knows.  I may have to buy a plane ticket! 

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@allegory77 I agree.  Freddie had his voice for a short time, from 1971 to 1991.  FYI, throat nodules have nothing to do with tone.  You Adam Lambert fans are really clueless when it comes to Freddie or the rock world.

kfries1
kfries1

@evaraggio Fair enough. You made a big deal over Lambert being gay, I'd have thought it would be a nice counter point to compare him to Paul Rodgers who as far as I know is straight. Paul's also as charismatic as Mercury ever was. Having seen both in the 70's, 80's and Paul a few years back, I can offer my opinion on this.

You'd made comparisons to Freddie and compared his "shocking" death to Cobain. It wasn't quite a secret he was dying of AIDS then, so shocking isn't quite how I'd put it. For a perspective, check out Queens last video before Mercury died: Innuendo. It only features pictures of Mercury. At that point Freddie was in his last months and ravaged by the disease.
You got people talking about the article as a result of your efforts, so mission accomplished.

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@Lamburger  All four members wrote their own songs and each member has written iconic songs.  Brian, Roger and John are all great songwriters.  Don't know where you're getting your info. from but some of their most iconic songs were Freddie's.  Bohemian Rhapsody???  Then you have Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Don't Stop Me Now, We Are the Champions.

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@allegory77 Freddie only sang one song as a baritone and it was Ensueno.  He would mix his baritone when performing live.  And he didn't have throat nodules later, he developed them in early Queen and had them till he died.  Get informed.  Since they are very painful most singers have them removed, for example Adele, but Freddie didn't because it was risky back then.  The risk is much less today.  Like I said earlier, Freddie was both a baritone and a tenor.

StephenKetner
StephenKetner

Also I'm talking about his FULL voice, not his mixed voice, head, or falsetto.

jolan.kr
jolan.kr

@CowboyMan @allegory77 ugh CowboyMan, I hope you don't think ALL adam fans are stupid like that allegory person. I am an Adam fan from Europe (saw him performing with Queen in 2012) and I agree with everything you said. Those people have no idea about rock music. 

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@kfries1 @evaraggio  No one knew Freddie was dying and yes it was a very well kept secret.  Queen kept it secret from everyone, even their families.  Shocking would be the word to use because even though some may have thought he was ill no one had a clue it would have resulted in death.

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@jolan.kr @allegory77 No, about 5% of Adam's fans are not idiots, the other 95% are.  They are clueless about Freddie and don't realize the magnitude of what he accomplished.  People who know better laugh at these fans when they shoot off their spew.  Adam is a manufactured product with a team of people working on him.  Freddie Mercury worked on Freddie Mercury.

kfries1
kfries1

@CowboyMan @kfries1 @evaraggio I said "it wasn't quite a secret". It was not paraded about as news, but it was fairly obvious. It was like Wacko's plastic surgeries or his pedophilia.

Lamburger
Lamburger

@CowboyMan @kfries1 @evaraggio I live on the other side of the globe and "knew" Freddie was dying at the time. The only shock was as in the death of anyone you care about, family or friend or beloved performer ... the final realisation that you will never see them alive again.   Yes, following Freddie's wishes all denied it when asked, but in the Aids climate of the time anyone with eyes to see could tell Freddie was getting frailer & frailer & why.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@CowboyMan Did you not see the video for These are the Days of Our Lives in 1991? Everybody that saw that video knew that Freddie was dying. Everybody.

CowboyMan
CowboyMan

@JustSaying Wrong. The video was recorded in May, 1991, six months before Freddie died.  But it wasn't released to the public until 1992 which was after his death.   

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