All about the "First Concert" of Queen and Adam Lambert. Interview, facts, concert video
On June 30, 2012, a major live concert by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert took place in Kyiv, in which Adam appeared before an audience of over 350,000 people. You can watch "First Concert" in its entirety below.
By 2012, Brian and Roger were already performing with Adam Lambert in финале the 2009 American Idol season and an eight-minute medley at the 2011 MTV European Music Awards, where Queen won the Global Icon Award. The response to both was phenomenal, and so their thoughts turned to the idea organize a full live show by Queen and Adam Lambert.
This is the story of their first concert - a massive educational concert "Let's stop AIDS together", which took place on Independence Square in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The performance was broadcast live to millions of people, as recalled by Brian, Roger, Adam, Queen music director and keyboardist Spike Edney.
Adam Lambert: “We all sat down and had a drink, and in that moment there was a sense of camaraderie about 'Look what we just did. It's nice. I like you. I like you. Do you like me". It was an instant feeling of comfort and ease that we all experienced with each other. We all enjoyed the fact that we fit together, it was good.”
Brian May: As for Adam, by the time we got together we knew him because we'd seen enough of his songs. And we thought, "Yes, this will work." You know, Adam has a certain pedigree because he did his solo stuff with great success. And then we sat down together and said, "Well, what could we do?" We could do a little tour. We could try something here, try something there. And it gradually took shape. And before we knew it, we were already working with Adam.”
Roger Taylor: "We had a few gigs, I think about six gigs in Europe - the first concert was the largest, in Kyiv.”
Brian May: "It was not an easy task, and I think we all knew it, and this concert was given at the beginning of the tour to a huge number of people."
Spike Edney: "I think there were over 350,000 and that was live too."
Roger Taylor: "Well, it was free, wasn't it? Let's say it was a million."
Roger Taylor: “Elton John came before us, and I remember how Elton rolled out hit after hit after hit. I remember thinking, "Oh, I hope we get through this"
Adam Lambert: “They helped me a lot. I kept looking at Spike, who was on the keyboard, over and over, like, 'How long is the guitar solo? My turn?"
Spike Edney: “Thanks to his stage training, he was quite happy to take cues. Previously, he just contacted me, and I answered him “yes” and “no”, if it was wrong, that is, I waited.
Brian May: “He sang great and interacted well with the audience. This can be considered a great success. Incredible feeling for a new member of the group - get on stage and do it. At that time I took off my hat to him. And of course, after that, everything else was easy.”
"The rest," says Brian, adds up to a total of 218 concerts held together throughout the world for an audience exceeding 3.6 million people.