I’m somewhat embarrassed to say that I have been “lurking” on this site for the better part of the last ten years. It never seemed an opportune time to join the conversation, most likely due to the fact that I didn’t want to get involved in any “trolling” or “overly passionate debates” that seem to be fairly common amongst some users. With the advent of the Queen + Adam Lambert tour about to take place, not to mention the excellent news of the long-awaited release of the Rainbow concerts, I thought it was time to introduce myself.
I am from Western Canada and I have been alive for roughly the same time that Queen has been a band. I became a die-hard fan around the late seventies/early eighties, but I never had the chance to fulfill my dream of seeing Freddie, Brian, Roger, and John live in concert. The closest I have come is the Queen + Paul Rodgers concert in 2006 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, for which I drove nine hours (each way), as I was living in Eastern Canada at the time.
I am not a particularly big fan of Adam Lambert (as we all know nobody can “replace” Freddie), and I know the debates that have taken place on this site regarding the choice of singer, but I am of the same vein of thought that he is one of only a few people who have inspired Brian and Roger to tour once more. I look forward to seeing and hearing the music I love in a live venue, with as much of the original band as possible (no matter how much I wish John would come out of seclusion, although I respect his decision).
I saw the live feed of the iHeart Radio performance this last Monday, June 16th, and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised. I am getting more and more excited to see the shows, the closer the dates get to hand. “Love Kills” was a surprise, and I am hopeful that they focus a little more than usual on their “heavier” back catalogue from the 70’s, as has already been hinted.
I am going to be attending the shows in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, as well as both shows at the Joint, in Las Vegas. I have VIP seating for most of the shows, but I splurged somewhat on the Edmonton show, with the “Now I’m Here” VIP Package and seats actually on the stage. I know this will probably be seen as extreme to some, especially considering the Adam Lambert scenario, but I consider it a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.
Anyway, due to various reasons, I am traveling to and attending the shows in Las Vegas by myself. If anybody else attending these shows would like to meet up beforehand, or afterwards, possibly for some drinks and Queen talk, please let me know and we could work out the details through private messaging.