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Review: Queen & Adam Lambert - Melbourne 19th February 2020.

Queen + Adam Lambert

The Rhapsody Tour

AAMI Park, Melbourne, 19 February 2020 

I’m just old enough to remember when Freddie Mercury was Queen’s frontman, but not nearly old enough to have ever had the privilege of seeing him perform with them live. I have, however, had the very great pleasure of seeing Adam Lambert + Queen in one of their previous shows.

Afterwards, I was baffled when friends who are older than me, and who did have the experience of seeing Mercury on stage complained weakly “it’s not the same. It’s not Queen without Freddie.”

Well, obviously not. And here’s the thing- it’s not trying to be.

It’s possible they’re the wrong demographic for Adam Lambert, and they don’t understand that he has his own successful career and fan base separate to his work with Brian May and Roger Taylor. They possibly don’t appreciate his own particular brand of sensuality and camp pop-rock vibe. They see an imitator in a fabulous metallic purple jacket and bedazzled pants and they don’t get it. And that’s a shame because Lambert is his own artist and a strong performer, May and Taylor have seen something in him that they appreciate, and we get to see Queen live on.

May and Taylor are rock stars in their own right, consummate performers who understand the power of the music they started creating back in the 70’s, and they also understand that it is, and always will be worth sharing around the world. In bringing Lambert in to perform with them, May and Taylor aren’t trying to recreate a pale Freddie, they are gifting us with a proper rock concert.

They create a strong musical foundation and let Lambert shine with them. Lambert struts the stage during hits like Killer Queen and Radio Gaga, but it’s Lambert the young music idol, not a Mercury impersonator. He adds a cheeky, sexually modern twist to his performance of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. During Don't Stop me Now and Fat Bottom Girls, they whip the crowd into a singalong frenzy. Their all-time favourite hit Bohemian Rhapsody, is a subtle emotional tribute to times past- and in those moments we are all Freddie, and we’re all members of Queen.

May’s guitar playing is strong and joyful as always, with particular familiar riffs bringing tears to my eyes. At one point he appears to float on an asteroid against a starry background- his playing is out of this world because the man clearly loves his job. He's front and centre for an acoustic performance of Love of My Life, and it's truly a lovely gift to the audience. Roger Taylor can still beat the hell out of his kit, combining playing with singing on several numbers with incredible energy and focus, it was an impressive sight to behold.

The team wanted to stage a rock concert event, and the whole thing looks and feels huge and gorgeous. Queen and Adam Lambert fill the stadium with sound. Lambert has a powerful, expressive voice that stays strong on the high notes, and he riffs with the band and the audience enough to make it fun but not an ego trip. The band's sound is rounded out by a talented team of musicians, adding bass guitar,  keyboards and additional drum & percussion. Framed by splendid animated digital sequences playing on the stage facade, the visuals take the audience on adventure through opulent theatres, cityscapes, and lantern-filled skies.

Queen + Adam Lambert is its own unique animal, a worthy stadium event. There’s no use trying to pit it against concerts past, to an all-ages crowd. There is an essence of tribute to the one-and-only Freddie Mercury at its heart, but that simply underpins a huge, delightful concert that was an exciting spectacle in its own right.

 

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From Johnny to Jack - Luke Kennedy

From Johnny to Jack performed at The Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre Feb 16.02.2019 by talented singer Luke Kennedy, tells the amazing rollercoaster journey of one of Australia's most successful male singers "The Voice" Mr John Farnham.

It explores one of the greatest untold stories in Australian music history. In a two-part concert experience, it takes you on a journey from the very beginning with Sadie The Cleaning Lady and the up and downsides to fame and stardom.

Opening the show with a medley of Farnham hits performed by the very talented group of musicians, part one of the show covers tracks from "One", "Don't You Know Its Magic" a few Little River Band tunes including "Reminiscing" and finishing the first part of the story with "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

After a short break, Luke went on to perform some of John's bigger hits including "Playing to Win", "Please Don't Ask Me" and of course one of the greatest Australian songs "You're The Voice".

Being a huge John Farnham fan that I am, I was a bit unsure of what to expect going into the show, but walked out very impressed with the presentation, the performances and overall class of the concert, not only telling the great journey of one of Australia's finest singers and amazing people, was just an overall fun show, a few jokes thrown in and the audience singing along to all the great tunes, would highly recommend this concert to any music lover. The show ended with a great mix of hits including "Chain Reaction", "Freedom", "Have a Little Faith", "Age of Reason", "Two Strong Hearts" and "Pressure Down".

A highly recommended concert and performance.

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Review: Tina Arena Tivoli September 6 2017.

To celebrate the release of her new Greatest Hits and Interpretations album whichmarks her storied 40-year career, The Innocence to Understanding Tour kicked off in Brisbane on Wednesday, 6 September at The Tivoli.

With the first show of the tour already being a sell out, there was a special feeling this was going to be a great night.

With the opening song showing visions of Tina as a young girl the crowd were in for a treat.

Tina looked as stunning as ever as she appeared in a beautiful white suit to open the show, with many outfit changes during.

Performing all the hits, including Burn, Heaven Help My Heart, Sorrento Moon, I Need Your Body, The Machine’s Breaking Down, I Want To Know What Love Is, Wasn’t It Good, Chains, Only Lonely.

In between songs Tina shared a few jokes and talked about being happy where she is in life.

After a short break the band and Tina came back on stage to perform a few more Hits including: “If I Didn’t Love You” which is performed by a young up and coming country singer called Morgan Evans on the album.

Tina then continued to say how much fun she was having and to enjoy life.

The band played while Tina had a change of outfits, then looking as stunning as ever performed “Now I Can Dance”

Tina thanked her band and got the crowd on their feet for one last song.

It was an amazing night and an amazing show for an artist who has been doing this for the last 40 years...

For those who have tickets for all the up and coming shows, you are in for a great night of music and laughs.

Tina you are amazing.

 

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