Last night (May 27) Adam Lambert and Queen kicked off the 2022-leg of the Rhapsody Tour at the SSE Arena in Belfast, UK. This is the supergroup’s first live performance since COVID shut down the original tour in 2019. The tour was put together after the worldwide success of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Although, Lambert has been performing with this incarnation of Queen since 2012 when they performed at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.
The setlist was split up into four acts not including the encore, which saw the band performing massive Queen hits like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions. The encore also included a performance of “Ay-Oh”, a Queen track that was only ever recorded live that first saw the light of day during a performance at Wembley Stadium in 1986. Their lineup features two of the original members of the iconic rock band, guitarist Brian May and Drummer Roger Taylor with Adam Lambert taking over vocal duties.
Queen had some tricks up their sleeves for their first show back. Act 3 of the performance was kicked off by “Love of My Life”, a track from their groundbreaking A Night At The Opera album from 1975. During the second verse, all live performers took a step back as a digital Freddie Mercury appeared on screen in a memorable tribute to the band’s original leader.
This show kicks off the European leg of the Rhapsody Tour, which sees the band going all across Europe until their final show on July 25 at the Nokia Arena in Finland.
Check out the full set of dates, setlist, and videos/images from Queen + Adam Lambert’s first show back.