Legendary rockers Queen - together with flamboyant new US front man Adam Lambert - wowed a sell out crowd at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on the final night of their European Tour.
To a 13,000 strong crowd the band belted out a barrage of hits during an electric two and a half hour set.
It can’t be easy to fill the mega boots of someone as big as Freddie Mercury but US front man Adam Lambert - a former runner up in American Idol - pulled on his platforms before pouting, prancing, flirting and thrusting his way through the set, much to the delight of the crowd.
He was clearly honoured be fronting the tour telling the audience :’It’s a very special night and to get this kind of feedback and warmth from you guys is amazing. Tonight is about celebrating Freddie and this band, will you do that with me?’
The unusual partnership came about after Lambert performed with Queen during the US talent show’s 2009 final.
The flamboyant singer, every ounce the rock star in tight leathers, shades, tattoos, and studded jacket was born to be on the stage.
He isn’t Freddie Mercury, but he doesn’t pretend to be - he’s a star in his own right, a camp-as-Christmas Killer Queen, bringing a fresh injection of youth, energy and amazing vocal talent to the proceedings - and the fans loved him.
The line up included original Queen members - guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, along with Taylor’s talented son Rufus who played percussion and bassist Neil Fairclough, replacing John Deacon.
One Vision got the show off to an energetic start and there was a lot of love in the air for guitar supremo Brian May as he jogged down the catwalk for his first incredible solo of the night during Fat Bottomed Girls. He may be a pensioner and his trademark mop of black curls have greyed with the years but there’s no sign of him slowing down and he’s as nimble-fingered as ever.
Killer Queen saw Lambert reclining on a chaise longue, fanning himself and drinking champagne which he cheekily spat over the audience asking coquettishly: ‘Are you wet?’
After I Want to Break Free, Don’t Stop me Now and Somebody to Love there was a change of tempo for May’s poignant acoustic version of Love of My Life.
The crowd roared a collective ‘Ahh’ and May wiped away a tear and raised a fist to the ceiling when footage of Mercury singing the same track flashed up on the giant screens above and to the side of the stage.
The moment was followed by May jokingly encouraging the crowd to perform a Mexican wave while he filmed it using a selfie stick.
Every member of the band was given a chance to shine: the Taylors in an impressive family ‘drum off’; May, whose solos were simply a masterclass in guitar playing with a cool bass solo from Fairclough preceding the classic riff of Another One Bites the Dust.
Taylor showed off his own talents singing lead vocal on Days of Our Lives, while footage of the band in their youth appeared on the screens, followed by It’s a Kind of Magic.
Under Pressure, Save Me and Who Wants to Live Forever followed - as Lambert said: ‘There are so many hits’.
The entire stadium got to its feet for Radio Gaga as the show crescendoed towards its Bohemian Rhapsody climax - a stunning end to the main set.
Lambert’s powerful vocals sung in harmony with Mercury on the big screen provided a fitting tribute to the man taken so cruelly and so young 23 years ago.
Encores We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions topped off a simply incredible show with May resplendent in shimmering gold cape and Lambert positively regal in leopard print suit and diamante crown
Queen and their new front man rocked the Arena - it really was magic.
The fans approved and no doubt Freddie would too.