Queen reigns in Chicago concert

2014-06-23T14:45:00Z 2014-06-25T17:37:16Z Queen reigns in Chicago concertEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

One of the bands that's considered music royalty held court in Chicago last week.

Music fans who had tickets to the Queen + Adam Lambert concert  at Chicago's United Center Thursday saw history in the making during this rare match-up of artists. Queen opened their tour in the Windy City and delivered one of the strongest shows to hit the area this year.

While the concert had a delayed start (it began at 8:15 p.m. instead of a 7:30 advertised start time), the show was an all-around hit featuring a stellar collection of the British band's iconic tunes.

Singer Adam Lambert at the helm, this time around, as lead singer, proved he has the vocal talent to handle Queen's signature songs. I'm sure most fans in the house enjoying the show didn't expect Lambert to step into the iconic shoes of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. And "American Idol" finalist Lambert smartly never attempted to do that. He simply gave his strong, passionate and honest unique delivery to the best of Queen's material and soared on his own.

With his theatrics, dramatic flair and ability to hit impressive high notes, Lambert was the perfect performer to delve into tunes such as "Killer Queen," "Another One Bites the Dust," "Under Pressure," and "The Show Must Go On."

Queen guitarist Brian May proved he's still a powerhouse of a performer as he showcased whining guitar solos while drummer Roger Taylor remains one of the best in the industry.

"It's great to be back here after all these years," May told the crowd. "What do you think of our Adam? Do you think he's all right?," he shouted.

Queen's setlist rolled on with superb numbers such as "I Want It All," "Somebody to Love," 'Radio Ga Ga," "Bohemian Rhapsody," featuring a video of Mercury singing on the large centerstage screen and massive hit anthems "We Will Rock You," and "We Are the Champions." Special effects, lighting and costumes all combined for the most spectacular of shows.

The band's upcoming tour stops include Vancouver, BC on June 28; Los Angeles, July 3; Las Vegas, July 6; Detroit, Mich., July 12 and various shows in Asia and Australia in August. Visit queenonline.com

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