Before I start on my Vancouver highlights I just want to add a few more snaps from Calgary. A word of advice to those of you that are planning on following Queen and Adam for more than one show- take a laptop with you. I had my iphone and iPad with me but found it cumbersome to look through the over 500 photos that were taken. Now that I am back home, with my iMac, and no this is not an Apple commercial- I have been better able to peruse the photos and have posted some new ones below.
And that wraps up my photo journal for Calgary. Now on to part 3:
Vancouver, BC. June 28th, Rogers Arena
I was fortunate to have rented a condo directly across the street from the arena and had convinced my good friend, Jody, to come with me. She is a huge Queen fan but, thanks to my small obsession, was also familiar with Adam Lambert. And since I had dragged her all the way to Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 to see Adam perform live, she was fairly certain that he could, in his own style, handle the difficult role that Mr. Mercury’s music presented. I am not even going to repeat the obvious here- that every blogger and journalist feel the need to state, there is only one, yadda, yadda, yadda. No shit. We were there for the music of Queen and the charismatic performance of Adam Lambert (with his own fierce vocal range), as were the hordes of other concert goers.
Although it had been pouring rain, for most of the day, the skies were clear and the sun was smiling warm on the long lineups waiting to get into the arena. The concert appeared to be sold out. Instead of selling tickets people were calling out to see who had tickets to buy. This was further confirmed once in the arena. It was full to the rafters, not a single seat was open around me. We had upgraded our tickets to the 2nd row, seat 1 and 2 and were positioned left of stage centre. Wonderful seats for live viewing but not necessarily great for photos without a proper lens due to the angle and lighting.
While the enthusiastic fella behind me was busy explaining the virtues of Mr. Lambert to his buds, strident Queen fans were the dominant force. Directly in front of me was an especially passionate Queen fan. He had seen Queen in Vancouver twice previously- 1978 and 1980. He not only knew every song but also the album they were first recorded on, in addition, to Freddie’s solo work. It was like getting a Queen history lesson. He was a lovely man with a generous spirit. I asked what he thought of Adam Lambert and he said although he wasn’t familar with him he trusted Brian May and Roger Taylor’s judgement. I figured it would be interesting to see what his opinions were after the show.
There was excitement and the energy was palpable. As Adam sang the first notes of ‘Now I’m Here’ (written by Brian May) the crowd gasped and needed no further convincing. They were on their feet- standing, dancing and singing. The curtain lifted the crowd roared and my final night began. I would need to soak in every minute. Later in the evening as Brian May was about to sing ‘Love of My Life’ he encouraged the crowd to singalong if they knew the words. Well the arena came to life as everyone sang in harmony. (I’m no singer so I listened) Vancouver has some seriously good voices. Even Brian looked surprised. When a visual of Freddie appeared on the screen, to sing the final lines, it prompted a woman behind me to sob.
Yup, Queen does that to folks.
Later, after a rousing drum solo and duel between Roger and his son, Rufus; Adam Lambert once again strutted the stage to join Roger to sing ‘Under Pressure’ and EVERYONE was into it.
My friend, Jody said it was the best concert she’s ever been to. This was a common refrain heard around me. The ardent fan with the Queen history lesson even let me jump up to front row so I could take some pics. He was impressed with Adam and loving the show but was very disappointed that ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ got dropped from the setlist for Vancouver. Not sure why they cut that short, perhaps they were running over. I also noticed that there didn’t seem to be as much interaction with the VIPers as in the previous two shows. But overall the show was brilliant and Adam was phenomenal. Personal highlights for me, were Fat Bottomed Girls, I Want it All, Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and my favourites- Love Kills and Who Wants to Live Forever -which Adam soars on.
So before my final set of photos for Vancouver, here are my final takes on the three cities: Keep in mind that these observations are influenced by my vantage points. Your experience may very well be quite different than mine but rest assured, you will be thoroughly entertained by Queen and Adam Lambert.
Loudest Crowd- Edmonton – also only city where I saw the wave done. (Mexican wave someone called it, news to me, but some believe that the wave was actually created in Edmonton during sporting events back in the 70’s.)
Most Cowboy Hats- Calgary – Even Brian May got into the act, putting one on for his solo. Calgary gave the love for sure.
Best Singalong- Vancouver- It sounded amazing.
Now down to business, here is the final set of photos from my little adventure. Enjoy.
the end for now…