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Live Blog – Queen with Adam Lambert in Kiev

June 30, 2012

By Juneau and Xena Follow us on Twitter @JuneauXena@XenaPW & @AdamLambertBook

We’ll be blogging live today, so come back often for updates! 
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Twitter list for Kiev concert
Follow @antiAIDSmaidan and use #antiAIDSmaidan on Twitter  today!!
Via @AdamLambertRUAB, information on today’s show:

UPDATED INFO to watch QUeenbert in Kiev, two channels are broadcasting. Adam and Queen are on at 22.30 local time 1) stb (стб in Ukraininan) http://tvlux.net/ch06.html http://tv.vnutri.info/tv-ukrainian/stb

2) the first national channel (перший нацiональний in Ukraininan) http://www.belsmi.narod.ru/tv-online/tv_1tv-ua.htm

Find out your local time for the live stream.

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 Who Wants To Live Forever – Historic
 
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Queen + Adam Lambert – Kiev Set List
Flash (intro)
Seven Seas Of Rhye
Keep Yourself Alive
We Will Rock You (Fast)
Fat Bottomed Girls
Don’t Stop Me Now
Under Pressure
I Want It All
Who Wants To Live Forever
A Kind Of Magic
These Are Days Of Our Lives
Love Of My Life
‘39
Dragon Attack
Drum Battle / Guitar Solo
I Want To Break Free
Another One Bites The Dust
Radio Ga Ga
Somebody To Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Show Must Go On
Bohemian Rhapsody

Tie Your Mother Down
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions
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PHOTOS

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Adam Lambert: My view during the Kiev soundcheck… So excited for tomorrow!@QueenWillRock! pic.twitter.com/1VJH0Etc

Posted by @aisha_crus

@LeraButters with Adam Lambert in Kiev last night post soundcheck: He is SO sweet)))))) @adamlambert! Adam, I need a hug from you tomorrow))) And thank you for today))…6-29-12. http://twitpic.com/a20bjw

The view from my window. It’s a beautiful day! – Brian May

Elton John performs to crowd of 500,000 in Kiev

Elton John and Queen with Adam Lambert brought the match against AIDS more than 250 thousand people (photos) “June 30, 2012 in the main square of Ukraine were legendary musicians Elton John and the band Queen and Adam Lambert. The concert, organized by Ellen Pinchuk, “ANTIAIDS” and dedicated to the fight against AIDS, gathered in the official fan zone Euro 2012 over 150,000 people. According to city officials only Khreshchatyk and adjacent streets it’s more than 250 thousand people. Live three national television channels watched this concert more than 20 percent of the television audience the evening air!” Great photos on the site:

Posted by Elena PInchuk Foundation

Posted by Elena Pinchuk Foundation

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VIDEOS
Full show available for download via Queenzone
UPDATE: Unfortunately, YouTubes of the concert have been removed at the request of the sponsor. Here’s hoping they will release a DVD soon.
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PRESS AND BLOG POSTS

BrianMay.com – THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK !!! “It’s a long time since I have seen such consistently inspiring and encouraging messages in response to our concerts.”

Ology – Watch Adam Lambert Fail To Ruin “Bohemian Rhapsody” With Queen “Almost can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I actually would’ve rather heard Lambert sing the entire song. I mean, the Freddie Mercury projections are a nice touch, but Adam more than nailed his parts and would’ve (I think) done a great job during the trademark breakdown section, which, best as I could tell, was done entirely from tape. I know, lame, right? Get a men’s choir up there and do it for real! Apart from that, the band sounded great; Brian May especially seems to get better and better with each year.”

Ultimate Classic Rock – Queen Rock Kiev with Adam Lambert – We posted this yesterday, but check out the comment thread from Queen fans:

“Adam is good enough to bring John Deacon back from retirement.”

“Well as much as I hate to admit it Adam did a fine job representing Queen! And Brian May still sounds amazing! They are still a great band after 40 years.”

“They have amazing chemistry that’s evident by Brian and Roger’s faces and energy on stage in Kiev. As a fan, one of the highlights of the night was to see those 2 so happy and so infused with light and the knowledge that they’ve found another kindred spirit in Adam Lambert…I think Brian is ready to adopt him. lol”

USA Today – Watch Adam Lambert with Queen in Kiev “Queen played its first concert with Adam Lambert Saturday night in Kiev, Ukraine. If you couldn’t make it there, the entire concert has been posted to YouTube. Take a look and let us know how you think it works. The Queen/Lambert shows continue in Moscow on Tuesday, with subsequent dates in Poland and the United Kingdom.”

The Christian Watch – Adam Lambert ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Performance Makes Waves “Taking place in Kiev, Ukraine, they performed a 2-hour set as part of a joint concert with Elton John to benefit AIDS research. Twitter users have sounded off about the pair’s 2-hour set, praising Lambert for his contribution to the iconic group.”Adam Lambert plus Queen equals something too beautiful for words,” wrote Kylie.

105.5 (ABC Radio) – Watch Queen Rock Kiev with Adam Lambert Online Now “All two hours of Saturday’s performance — at an AIDS awareness concert in Kiev, Ukraine on the same bill as Elton John — is now available on YouTube in good quality.  The set list includes such Queen classics as “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “We Will Rock You,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are the Champions” and, of course, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” ”

KSHE 95 – QUEEN KICKS OFF MINI-TOUR WITH ADAM LAMBERT “Taylor told us that his greatest pride is that 40 years on, the band and Freddie Mercury still resonates with Queen’s die-hard fan base — along with millions of new fans every year: “He’s bigger now than he ever was. It’s absolutely true, and that makes me sort of proud. And I think that is one of the reasons why. . . I think you come to a realization that it’s really, that is what you are — it’s what you’ve done — but that defines what you are, and be content with that, and make it good. And I’m very proud of the fact that, y’know, our music is still on the radio and that Freddie is still a part of popular culture and I feel that I’ve done something, then.””

Pink Paper – Elton John to Ukraine: stop anti-gay abuse “Part way through his two-hour performance on Saturday night, John, an outspoken champion of gay rights, stopped to address the crowd, saying: “Recently I read about violence against gay people in Ukraine. Beating up gay people is wrong. This for me does not symbolise Ukraine.” “I plead with you. Stop the violence against gay people,” he added. The 65-year-old’s comments follow the cancellation of a gay pride march in the country last month, after three organisers were attacked and further violence was threatened.

And some great reader comments from a butthurt blog: “Sorry but I was there. I was on a work trip to Kiev last week and was invited to the concert by some people in the office there who know I’m an Elton John fan. Queen is a band I grew up with and though I have never been a big fan of theirs as I am of Elton, I like their music and recognise Freddie as one of the greatest vocalists and showmen of all time. This boy, Adam Lambert, is absolutely superb. Phenomenal voice and stage presence. I could see around me others who were hearing him for the first time and many Queen fans who were not sure what to expect and not at all sure about an talent show contestant (which I find incredible that he is) being the right person for the job but after a song or two I couldn’t see or hear a negative reaction around me. In fact within a few songs the crowd was chanting his name.” And “Sorry man, I’m actually liking it. Obviously nobody can replace Freddie, but holy shit this guy can sing. Second half seemed better than the first.”

Rolling Stone – Adam Lambert Performs ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with Queen in Kiev – “Adam Lambert kicked off his long-awaited mini-tour with Queen last night, serving as frontman for the band at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. They performed a two-hour set in the Euro 2012 fan zone as part of joint concert with Elton John to benefit the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation.” Check out the comments that are pouring in!!! 
BrianMay.com – Kiev, an Amazing Night “For a first show, I think, with all its train wrecks, it was a good first outing …I was at times quite mesmerised by what Adam was doing and sometimes forgot to play !! ha ha.”
Sky News – Elton John and Queen perform in Kiev “Queen band member Brian May has said that he hoped the concert in the fan zone that was televised in the Ukraine and its co-host Poland, would create a big impression on its viewers. He has said that the concert was meant to draw attention to the need to fight the disease. Former Queen band mate and front man Freddy Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. Elton John has also used the concert to call on Ukrainians to repudiate violence against homosexuals after a gay pride march in the Ukraine was called off prior to the soccer championship, where leaders were beaten by assailants.”
GagaNews (In Russian, translation by Google) PHOTOS –   “The legendary Brian May, Roger Taylor and singer number one in the U.S. Adam Lambert made a bright show in the Independence Square. More than two-hour concert with all the legendary songs of the team.”
Ultimate Classic Rock – Queen Rock Kiev with Adam Lambert Queen are back in the saddle. The band, which first dealt with the loss of Freddie Mercury first by teaming with Paul Rodgers, returned to the stage Saturday (June 30) in Kiev as part of the ANTIAIDS benefit with Adam Lambert in the fold.”
Idolator – Adam Lambert Is Queen For A Day In Kiev “No, that’s not a Freddie Mercury hologram performing with Queen — it’s Adam Lambert! The superstartrespassed all the way to Kiev, Ukraine last night to be Queen for a day, serving as frontman for the legendary “Bohemian Rhapsody” band. Not only was it an epic meeting of like-minded talents in its own right, but it also benefits a good cause — the Elton John AIDS foundation. (Sir “Crocodile Rock” also performed.) “What an amaaaazing evening! I’m humbled and honored. The energy in the crowd was beyond! Thank you Kiev!” Adamtweeted following the show. In other words — he did, he did rock them.”
Pop Crush – WATCH ADAM LAMBERT ROCK OUT WITH QUEEN IN UKRAINE “Lambert, who previously performed with Queen at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2o11, was stoked in general to “get up there and to pay homage” to Mercury and to “pay respect to his memory as a performer.” Based on the videos below, we think he  did a fantastic job!”
Popledge – Gig Review – Queen and Adam Lambert in the Ukraine  “Conclusion – book your tickets to see Adam Lambert and Queen now – they have produced a very professional and tight set but with magical moments and Freddie homages to boot.  If you can’t see them live then lets all pray for that DVD release!”
Brian’s Soapbox –  QUEEN BACK IN UKRAINE, TO ROCK ONE MORE TIME “Tonight we sound-checked to an unofficial audience of about 1,000 people, I reckon! They were very encouraging (thanks guys!). Tomorrow we play the first show of the tour. KYIV here we come!”
 ABC – Adam Lambert Will Remember Gigs with Queen “for the Rest of My Life” “Adam also sees the Queen team-up as an educational experience.  “I…think that I’m gonna learn a lot from it,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “You know, working with [Queen]…. these guys have been in the business a long time and they’ve seen a lot and they’ve…been through time and trends…I think there’s something really magical about that.” Queen songs are among the most difficult rock tunes to sing, because of their intricate arrangements and wide vocal range.  So, are there any Queen songs he’s just not going to attempt to do?  Lambert laughs, “There are a few that are daunting, let me tell ya!  And then there’s some that I’ve sung many times before.  So, I’m excited for the challenge.”

TheMoscowNews – On stage with his idols: Queen with Adam Lambert  Interview. “Q: What do you think people are expecting from your concerts with Queen and why? Old hits or some new songs? A: “We are going to do a lot of greatest hits, that’s what people want, it’s going to be a great show.”

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PICK OF THE TWITTER
@aisha_crus: Adam Lambert & Queen soundcheck in Kiev. They sound fantastic!!! pic.twitter.com/gAG3JguD
@aisha_crus: we will rock you, who wants to live forever and I’m too excited to remember:))) @aisha_crus: Okay, more juicy gossip. Brian May sings Love of my life acoustic, and at the end Freddy comes on the screen and finishes the song!!!

@shoshannastone And the day has come. First queen + Adam lambert show tonight in Kiev! Exciting!!!
@AdamLambertRUABGlamberts, let’s trend #AdamWillRockYou & #GoodLuckQueenbertwhen Elton John finishes his part..:)
@el_monster_ Free condoms in concert! Hahahaha ;D
@JuneauXena@el_monster_ So excited that you’ll be seeing the concert! Is it very hot there? How many people are expected?
 ‏@el_monster_@juneauxena not hot, it’s nice weather here! 🙂 a loooooooot of people here!
@GlamFanNation Love the way Elton points at the audience after each song…always appreciative and a consummate pro!! #antiAIDSmaidan
 ‏@GlamFanNationIn my heart and soul I believe Adam Lambert will put on a concert with songs as well known to the world as Elton’s someday!!#antiAIDSmaidan
@OblaKickinInWORD! RT @Ala4afam First we waited for Gokey to finish, then it was Orianthi, now it’s Elton John! Damn We’ve come a long way! ADAM LAMBERT!
@insomniac19HOLY FUCKING SHIT THAT CROWD!
@insomniac19*DEAD* RT @BdwayDiva1: HAHAHAHAHHA RT @citygirl36: Wonder if Adam will ask if we wanna meet his band?
@HooplaPFPeeps in jail, hearts pounding, blood pressure soaring, pissing in pants…JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF @ADAMLAMBERTFANS, LOL!
@houstonandyI am very emotional right now…watching Freddie…thinking about Adam
@anthrogeekPFAdamum Lambertum.
@LALALAMBRIT@adamlambert are you pinching yourself right now? This is really happening babe. See you in a couple of weeks. Good luck tonight! Xx
@parigi88My tears are steaming up my glasses. #Adamwillrockyou
@negativeneil@adamlambert hey what’s going on? You up to anything cool lately? Hit me up!
@anthrogeekPF@FifthHouseSun Damn, that’s 13K more than were there for Elton!
@AdamLambertRUABThis guy says that Adam and Q.supported him yesterday at the rehearsal and that Adam is an amazing singer, they all are very down-to-earth
@GlamFanNationHoly fuck is he real?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #WhoWantsToLiveForever #AdamWillRockYou
@idahophxI never realized how wonderful Roger Taylor is–he and Brian May, great musicians, class acts #adamwillrockyou
@lexco99: Never realized how good of a voice adam lambert actually has until I heard him live
@HooplaPFLOVE OF MY LIFE!!! *SOBS* :””)) @QUEENWILLROCK @AdamLambertThis day IS MAGIC! #adamwillrockyou #antiaidsmaidan
@AntiaidsmaidanThis concert is LEGENDARY and for a wonderful cause!#antiAIDSmaidan
@ArtistsupporterThe audience is freaking. I think they get it now. #AntiAIDSmaidan
@ezrasaceI go from tears to a big ole sh*t eatin grin & back to tears of joy#AdamWillRockYou
@baking4fun: HEY OLYMPICS, DOES THIS AUDITION WORK FOR YOU ? <3
@scarlettcherry…Beyond Major…u left blood in the stage, @adamlambert!!! Love u down
@nilerodgers@AdamLambert The show with Queen looks mega. Go Y’all!
@Jakeshears@adamlambert congrats on the Kiev show buddy!!!
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10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2012 4:52 pm

    just watched it live….omg…they were great…adam was fantastic and the crowd was massive!! yes!!

  2. idolholic permalink
    June 30, 2012 6:29 pm

    That was EPIC! So glad for the live feed so we could experience it while it was happening! Adam was incredible!!!!!!

  3. becca112971 permalink
    June 30, 2012 6:43 pm

    hoping for more videos as RL got in the way of watching live feed

  4. Carol Curci permalink
    July 1, 2012 6:45 pm

    Can anyone say…Madison Square Garden??

  5. Victoria permalink
    July 1, 2012 6:48 pm

    Greatest concert ever. Adam needs your help now.; last few hours at the Q102 (an Iheart station) fan contest. Please vote http://www.q102.com/pages/ultimate_fan/

  6. annehedonia permalink
    July 2, 2012 10:09 am

    We Adam enthusiasts (I refuse to call myself a Glambert. Sorry) have been admonished by other fans to ignore the “haters” and instead direct our positive energy to Adam & Queen. Wise, I’m sure. In the last 24+ hours, I’ve spent a lot of time blissing out to YouTube replays of Saturday’s Kiev concert, and I have to say I did the unwise thing and ventured into the comments section once too often. The opinions expressed there are almost overwhelmingly positive if not downright glowing and ecstatic. There are however, the requisite number of naysayers, grumblers and haters.

    There won’t be any of those here, needless to say. But I’m just going to put a couple of thoughts out there for the consideration of… the ethers.

    #1: Freddie’s not coming back and the reason he’s not is because his life was prematurely cut short by AIDS, depriving the world of his unique genius. Now, there’s a giant unfillable hole where he should have been.

    The artists who participated in the Kiev concert waived their usual fees for this charitable event – And naturally that includes Adam and the members of Queen Rock Band. It’s possible that because of their generosity and that of so many others who’ve given over the years that eventually we won’t lose irreplaceable individuals and their contributions to our cultural and personal lives. Maybe you won’t have to suffer a loss like Freddie’s ever again.

    #2: If you are as you claim to be, hardcore Queen fans, why not respect Brian and Roger and their right to perform the iconic music they were so integral in creating? Why not respect their choice of how best to carry on their legacy and how to offer it to fans both old and new in a way they see as being in keeping with its spirit, and Freddie’s?

    Your taste in front men may run otherwise, but why not get over yourselves and try to see from a slightly different vantage point?

    (Preaching to the choir! Getting down from soapbox of obviousness now…)

    • Evelyn Ruiz permalink
      July 3, 2012 7:59 pm

      Thank you for this post. I read a very ugly response to the concert in Kiev and it was nasty what was said about Adam. It hurt me and I kept thinking about it the whole night last night. I posted something that we should not hate but enjoy the talents of myriad artists, etc. we should altogether enjoy good music. I love Adam just like all his fans. Now, I did not know that the whole Queen Band + Adam and all these that are participating in these events have waived their fees for the good of the Aids Cause. This knowledge really touched my heart and made me cry. Bless you all. And you too of course, annehedonia. You said it so well.

  7. cimi permalink
    July 5, 2012 11:53 pm

    I thought it was alright. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so this is all you’ll get from me

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