This Friday, at Rock in Rio, Queen started a new tour to celebrate the group, but above all in memory of Freddy Mercury, in a concert full of magic for a “cool audience”.
On the second day of the festival, 74.000 people sang as one to the songs of the British Queen with Adam Lambert “as” Freddy Mercury.
After a 30 minutes delay – one the audience made sure to complain about – the group played a few hard rock songs and Adam Lambert reminded the crowed that he was not there to replace Freddy Mercury (who died in 1991): “There is only one Freddy Mercury, let’s celebrate him together!”, he said.
The lineup of songs that followed proved just that and how much the songs will forever remain a legacy of Freddy’s voice, like “We will rock”, “Show must go on” and “Somebody to love”.
There were several important moments to remember: when guitar player Brian May asked “How is the coolest audience in Portugal?” and then took a panoramic photo of the audience’s illuminated by the cellphone’s light, or when he gave the crowd a heartfelt moment by playing “Love of my life” in a acoustic guitar asking the audience to sing along, telling them “The magic is about to happen”.
Another high moment was when Roger Taylor was joined by his son, Rufus Tiger Taylor, also a drummer, and they performed a drum battle mini show.
But the memory and charisma of Freddy Mercury lives on and was present throughout the night, becoming almost palpable when at the end of the two hour show the band played “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the screens showed a mix of images of Freddy Mercury live as well as the videoclip of the song.
This is the 7th Edition of Rock in Rio in Lisbon, which will go on in the upcoming days of 27-29 May with Hollywood Vampires, Maroon 5 and Ariana Grande among so many others.