Rock band Queen releases a live album on Facebook to cheer up “stuck at home” fans.
According to Reuters, the event will be the first live offering to feature Adam Lambert, the former American Idol contestant who tours with the band as a replacement for flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991.
“Hopefully it will give people a substitute for the real thing while they are stuck at home,” said Lambert.
The band’s European tour was canceled in summer this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Reuters, the exciting event “Live Around The World” includes their whole 22-minute set from the Fire Fight Australia charity concert in Sydney in February. At the same venue, the band had earlier performed Queen’s original 1985 Live Aid set in full including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions and the show-stopping Radio Ga Ga.
Guitarist Brian May told Reuters, “You can’t help but get embroiled and immersed in this wonderful world of togetherness which we get on tours…I think people will love it. It is almost like being there.”
The band said they are missing touring. “One minute we are out in Australia strutting our stuff and interacting with thousands of happy people, next minute we are stuck in the house. It is very, very odd,” said May.
May, who suffered a heart attack earlier this year, said, “I got stricken with a series of medical emergencies and went a long, long way down. My mission in life now is to get fit, which I’m pretty much on the road for so that when these gigs do come back I will be ready.
Drummer Roger Taylor said that the idea a live album came after their backroom staff put together a selection of clips for a watch party on YouTube.
“I had a look at it and thought, ‘this is great. Hang on, we’ve canceled the tour, why don’t we make a live album out of this.’ It was as simple as that really.”
The band is all set to celebrate 50 years of success in 2021 since they played their first show.
“We kind of came to the conclusion we didn’t want to make a big noise about having been around for 50 years. It is more important that we are still here,” said May.