"At long last, Queen to rock Shanghai!"
~ Shanghai Daily
LEGENDARY rock band Queen just finished their first live performance in Israel; and next week they are coming to Shanghai, also a first for the band.
“Met a Man in China. Went down to Geisha Minah,” the band sang in 1974 in their first international hit “Killer Queen,” before going on to tour Japan. While in Asia though, they never made it to China.
The wish to play on China’s mainland was mentioned in several interviews with late frontman Freddie Mercury. The band’s guitarist Brian May, who’s also an astrophysicist, visited China for solar eclipse in 1997, and later wrote a song “China Belle” for his solo album.
“I’m thrilled that we can go and actually do what we’ll do in China. It’s an incredible opportunity,” May said in an email interview.
“We certainly discussed it in the old days, and it’s something out of the blue to realize now that we can do this. We’ll give it all we’ve got. We are starting rehearsals as we speak, and we’re up for giving you guys the best show you’ve even seen in your lives.”
Celebrating its 46th anniversary, the band has started a tour across Europe and Asia, visiting historic sites they played decades ago and also embarking on new journeys with “American Idol” Adam Lambert. The collaboration with the young vocalist started in 2011.
“A lot of the time it feels like Queen in the old days, but obviously he is not Freddie. He is himself and he has his own personality, which is great, very funny sometimes,” said Roger Taylor, the band’s drummer.
“But it’s his voice that’s so extraordinarily good. He can sing all the notes, all those big Freddie notes and there are songs like ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ that when he sings I see people crying, hopefully because it moves them emotionally. So he sits in really well and I think the shows stand up to the shows that we used to do in the old years.”
The tour kicked out on May 20 in Lisbon. The group will play in Hong Kong and Bangkok after Shanghai. Though the band has never played a note on China’s mainland, their songs have graced reality shows, movies and even popular Chinese soap operas, garnering fans of all ages.
“[Audiences today] are just better and better,” said Taylor. “I think it’s important to have that mixture of ages, as I’ve said before. Young people are, maybe more excitable, older people may want to sit and be more comfortable, so we get all the young people in the front maybe, this makes for a more exciting evening general. It’s great to be touring again, Brain and I are really enjoying it. “
Date: September 26
Tickets: 380-1,680 yuan
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena
Address: 1200 Century Avenue
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Photo Credit ~ Shanghai Daily
Arnaldo "Ogre-" Silveira wrote:
Did anybody find any stream? I was not able to find it. I am curious about the setlist, so any news would be welcomed.
It's kind of crazy. The people who were there said the surround sound was wonderful, but the person who was trying to stream couldn't get connected supposedly because of a lack of wifi in the building. If you go on Twitter, there are a lot of short videos posted as well as the set list. There may be some full videos posted eventually.
Bunch of photos ..... link link link link link link
Don't Stop Me Now ..... link
Killer Queen and Somebody To Love ..... link
Under Pressure and CLTCL ..... link
I Want It All ..... link
Who Wants To Live Forever ..... link
Radio GaGa link
"The Queen Concert Was Most Excellent"
2016-09-28 Morgan S SmartShanghai
"Queen was EXCELLENT. Yes, the Queen concert was pretty damn excellent, what can you say. The band played nothing but stone-cold classics -- 22 hits; sound quality was exceptional; lights and stage show, decent (it was a big "Q"); and the crowd was lovely and game. Even the beer line didn’t feel too too bad.
Holy damn that Adam Lambert guy can sing. You’d be hard pressed to find bigger shoes to fill in the rock world — like how are you going to match Freddie Mercury, right? — but Lambert probably came as close as any other mortal probably could have. I don’t think he left anyone disappointed in Shanghai with his performance, which reached Mariah Carey levels of pyrotechnics for his renditions of "Somebody to Love" and "Who Wants to Live Forever". Nothing but love, love, love coming his way from the nearly sold out crowd. Indeed, it seemed like a good portion of them were there to see him, more familiar with the American Idol star than a band who's career was basically over when Freddie Mercury died way back in 1991."