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Queen and Adam Lambert

Legendary rock band Queen is returning to New Zealand this September with Adam Lambert in the place of late frontman Freddie Mercury and I cannot wait!

Check out my top-pick of Queen songs and facts about the band and tell me what yours are.

 

1. I Want to Break Free

The music video for the song parodied the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street.  The second part of the video includes a composition rehearsed and performed with the Royal Ballet.  I don’t think even Lady Gaga could carry off a cow-print morph suit quite like Freddie can!

 

2. A Kind of Magic

A Kind of Magic is also the name of the twelfth album by the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rockers. The album reached number 1 in the UK, selling 100,000 copies in its first week, and remained in the UK charts for a staggering 63 weeks!

 

3. Don’t Stop Me Now

The song sold 53,000 copies and was the 160th best selling single of 2007.  Freddie Mercury wrote this in Montreux, Switzerland. Did you know Freddy Mercury was in fact born Farookh Bulsara on Zanzibar, but in school they called him Freddie. He later changed his last name, supposedly after the Roman messenger god Mercury.

 

4. Fat Bottomed Girls

Queen guitarist Brian May wrote this song. May told Mojo magazine; “I wrote it with Fred in mind, as you do especially if you’ve got a great singer who likes fat bottomed girls… or boys.”

 

Adam Lambert

American singer, songwriter, and stage actor Adam Lambert was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and was raised in San Diego, California. He  performed in amateur theatrical productions as a child, and came to prominence in 2009 after becoming the runner-up on American Idol. 

 

1. We Are the Champions

Adam may not have won Idol Season 8, but he was undoubtedly the superstar of that season’s finale. Along with his phenomenal collaboration with KISS on that historic night, he joined Queen for a spectacular performance of the fittingly titled “We Are the Champions”.

 

2. Whataya Want from Me

Lambert’s vocal performance of the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.  Lambert explains that this song is something that everyone can relate to: going through the stresses of a changing personal environment and its effects on a relationship. It is also a reflection of both his own personal life as a rock star as well as his relationship with his audience and fans.

3. Purely For Your Enjoyment
and lastly, this one is ‘Purely For your Entertainment’. Enjoy!

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