Legendary rock band Queen with American Idol alum Adam Lambert returned to Los Angeles this past week to the Forum for The Rhapsody Tour. The first time Adam Lambert performed with Queen was on the American Idol finale in 2009. I cried as I listened to Adam Lambert sing with my all-time favorite band. I saw them in concert when they went on their first world tour in 2014-2015 and then again on their second worldwide tour in 2017-2018. Now, following the Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen and Adam Lambert are on tour again and without a doubt, The Rhapsody Tour is the Please The Palate pick of the week.
Everything about the concert was excellent! Brian May and Roger Taylor are still as talented as ever, as witnessed by the guitar and drum solos. And Adam Lambert is an amazing talent. He is a showman and a performer but he also has an extraordinary voice.
The show opened with “Keep Yourself Alive” and “Killer Queen” and then Lambert spoke to the audience to address the “pink elephant in the room,” as he called it. He said “I am not Freddie Mercury. I f---ing know, because there will only be one Freddie Mercury. There’s no replacing him. All I’m here to do tonight is celebrate Freddie and carry the torch for Freddie. And I hope I’m making him proud.” He then performed “Don’t Stop Me Now”. Adam Lambert is not Freddie Mercury but he can definitely hold his own.