Queen & Adam Lambert, Glasgow Hydro ****
The joyous, lusty Queen catalogue is a gift for any entertainer. There was great fun to be had with the jubilantly un-PC Fat Bottomed Girls. For its partner track, Bicycle Race, Lambert mounted a pink tricycle with built-in mike stand and sat atop a large model of “Frank”, the robot from the cover of News of the World, for an uber-camp Killer Queen.
Queen custodians Taylor and May remain the main event for many. Both happily covered Lambert’s costume changes with gritty lead vocals (Taylor) and toilet break solos (May) but Lambert could have wooed the most resistant quarry with his soulful rock vocal on I Want It All, gospel trills on Under Pressure and tour de force renditions of Somebody to Love and Who Wants To Live Forever.
Confident they can never push it too far, May emerged resplendent in bacofoil cape for a virtuosic Bohemian Rhapsody, which dovetailed into the iconic video, before Lambert strutted in Queenly finery through the air-punching anthems We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.