Classic rock group Queen performed Freddie Mercury’s solo song, “Love Kills,” for the first time in 30 years with American Idol finalist Adam Lambert as main vocals at the iHeartRadio Live show last Monday, June 16.
They played the song in front of 400 lucky fans at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank.
“Love Kills” was the first solo recorded by the original Queen frontman and even ranked No.10 in the U.K. Singles Chart, going on to become a cult classic. Queen’s publicist said, through Yahoo News, that the group never got to play the song live before the legendary vocalist died in 1991.
The “What Do You Want From Me” singer and Queen reportedly put a “unique, semi-acoustic spin” on the song while still being respectful to the original. Before singing the song, Lambert told the iHeartRadio audience “We’re going to do it in our own way, minus the disco.”
Another stand out collaboration of the group was “Under Pressure,” with the American Idol rocker effortlessly singing the impossible high parts and drummer Roger Taylor taking on David Bowie’s role.
The 50-minute live show set list included classic Queen favorites like “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the iconic “We Are The Champions.” Queen left their fans wanting more. The concert’s host, Mötley Crüe bassist and iHeartRadio DJ, Nikki Sixx, even gushed about wanting 15 more songs after the show was over.
The former American Idol finalist confessed, in a press conference, that he discovered Queen through 90’s TV show, Wayne’s World. The TV series’ main characters, Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) were singing and headbanging to Bohemian Rhapsody and loved it. He later on listened to Queen through his father’s vinyl records.
This performance was a preview of Queen (Brian Ray and Roger Taylor) and Adam Lambert’s upcoming concert tour that’s starting this Thursday at the Chicago’s United Center.
They will perform throughout the U.S. including L.A., Detroit, Las Vegas, and New York before heading out to Asia and Australia.