Queen + Adam Lambert have been gigging steadily over the previous yr with a setlist that not often varies from evening to nighttime. But on Monday on the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand, they broke out Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” halfway by the present.
On previous Queen and Lambert excursions, the group has carried out a handful of Lambert solo tunes, however this tackle “Whole Lotta Love” is the one non-Queen track they’ve tackled this outing. They beforehand performed it simply as soon as, February 17th, 2015 on the O2 Arena in Prague.
The track, nevertheless, did play a key position in the historical past of Queen’s partnership with Lambert. It was the track Lambert was singing on American Idol when keyboardist Spike Edney first got here throughout him whereas watching TV along with his spouse.
“I went in to refill my martini and I just caught the last minute of him singing ‘Whole Lotta Love,’” Edney told Rolling Stone final yr. “When he got to the very end I thought, ‘Here we go. Here’s where it counts.’ He sang the final cadence and just flew through it. It was effortless. I thought, ‘Wow. That takes some singing chops to be able to sing it with that kind of confidence.’ Then I Googled him and the first thing I saw was him singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” a cappella at his audition. I despatched off an e-mail saying, ‘I discovered a stay one.’”
It was the start of an unbelievable new saga in Queen’s historical past. Queen and Lambert have been packing homes since they first hit the highway collectively in 2014, however the huge success of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody created a groundswell of curiosity in Queen, and they’re promoting extra tickets than they’ve because the final tour with Freddie Mercury in 1986. “It’s interesting to look out and see people lustily singing along to every song that was in the movie,” Edney mentioned, “and looking blankly during every song that wasn’t.”
Queen and Lambert are touring by July, together with a 19-night stand at London’s 02 Arena.