The Queen is Gone – long live the Queen

“The Queen is gone – long live the Queen”, - at least it appears so when the remaining musicians found a qualified karaoke substitute to Freddy Mercury. He was born at the time the band was born. The resurrected Queen has a new face to the old body. Therefore, the new preformace is a hit parade for the new populus generation, - rather than the original art-rock generation. Anyway, the band remains the same – and the re-appearance is a nostalgic re-union of long lost idols.

Some edited facts about the band and the new actor from Wikipedia. “Queen is a British rock band from 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Mercury suggested the name ‘Queen’, and adopted his familiar stage name. Their earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music.”

“By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in rock history by various music publications. Queen is one of the world's best-selling music artists. They received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990. Each member of Queen has composed multiple hit singles, and all four band members were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.” “In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. May and Taylor have performed under the Queen name with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as vocalists on tours since.”

“Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor that rose to fame in the of American Idol. He has made two albums and been on the U.S. Billboard 200 and received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Male Pop Vocal Performance’. Alongside his solo career, Lambert has collaborated with rock band Queen as lead vocalist for Queen + Adam Lambert since 2011, culminating in a successful worldwide tour from 2014 to 2017.”

Anyways, such a resurrection of rock legends of the previous century is a recurring issue in these UU blogs. This is a growing industry with many licenced ‘wannabe bands’. Some original bands goes through re-makes while still alive – and occationally rolling stoned of the stage. Even re-makes of original productions on youtube provides nostalgic revivals of long-lost memories – if ever seen at all. There are also completely new videos made to old songs that gives the lyrics and music brand new experiences. All in all, there are certainly great potentials in new-tech productions to original music of the past. Ironically, - no-one expects to see Shakespeare or Beethoven appear at stage anymore – either. Yet, the classic plays are better performed than ever, - that goes for ended rock bands too. This will be an interesting development of services in the 4th Industrial Revolution that most certainly will change the music industry this time too. (Also see for example UU 2017.mai.05, UU 2016.mai.06 & UU 2012.feb.03.)

Queen + Adam Lambert(Live At Rock In Rio 2015 Full Concert)