Queen + Adam Lambert release powerful 'The Show Must Go On' performance video

Music 28/08/2020

There may not be too many concerts going on right now, but that isn't stopping Queen from saying 'The Show Must Go On'!

Released today, Queen + Adam Lambert released a powerful and electric performance of the last song from Freddie Mercury's final Queen album 'Innuendo'.

The twelfth track from the 1991 album was originally written by Brian May as Freddie Mercury was in his last stages battling AIDS.

"We didn’t discuss what the meaning of the song was, but it was of course evident in the background that it was an attempt to give a voice to the feelings that Freddie’s valiant fight against AIDS created in all of us, and even in Freddie.  He was too low in energy to create it himself," Brian May says of the song.

"The melody called for some very demanding top notes, and I’d only been able to 'demo' them in falsetto.  I said to Freddie … "I don’t want you strain yourself - this stuff isn't going to be easy in full voice, even for you!”  He said, “Don’t worry – I’ll f…ing nail it, Darling!”.  He then downed a couple of his favourite shots of vodka, propped himself up against the mixing desk, and… delivered one of the most extraordinary performances of his life.  In the final mix of TSMGO, when you get to “On with the Show” you are listening to a man who conquered everything to deliver his finest work." 

Says Adam Lambert: “’The Show Must Go On’ is a song with a very deeply resonating message.  I think we all have moments in life where we feel the odds are against us and the climb is a steep one.  I always sense a great cathartic release throughout the audience during this song.  I think we all recognize that it was a big statement for Freddie at that point in his journey as well: He was fighting for his life.”

This never previously seen Queen + Adam Lambert performance was picked as an "anthem" for the upcoming Queen + Adam Lambert ‘Live Around The World’ album.

The album features a compliation of concert highlights from the 200 shows they've given, personally chosen by Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor.

'Live Around the World' will be aailable October 2, 2020.