Queen + Adam Lambert Rocking the World on New Year’s Eve – Full Performance

The world experienced the most amazing birth of 2015 when Queen + Adam Lambert performed in London’s Westminster Hall. The concert lasted for over an hour, splitting off at midnight to Big Ben for the biggest fireworks show I’ve ever seen. Thank you BBC for so graciously streaming the entire show to the world!

Big Ben

Brian May blogged after their rehearsal on December 30th about why they were doing the event. I’m sure they face just as much opposition to their resurgence as Adam does about being their singer. Click here for Brian May’s blog. Here’s a great excerpt:
“But tomorrow night – we are all set to deliver a party which I hope will give you a big smile going into 2015. A ROCK party in Queen style. This is not a TV studio set-up. It’s a real down and dirty gig in a great venue – the Westminster Hall – which this evening as we wind up our rehearsals looks amazing. We will be completely and utterly live and dangerous – something you don’t often see these days on TV. The extraordinary Adam Lambert will be our front man and worthy channel. After this there will never again be any need to explain who he is, or why we have brought him into our team. He’s a one-off. And the show will be viewable not just on BBC TV in the UK, but streamed around the world from Hawaii to Singapore to California and back again – a first – nobody knows how many people it will reach as the clock nears 12 Midnight in London. “

According to Digital Spy, BBC had 5.83 million viewers for the concert up to the fireworks, 12.32 million during the fireworks, and 10 million stayed for the continuation of the concert. Add to that the millions who watched the actual live stream and the multi millions who watched the YouTubes.

Twitter was on fire with converted naysayers and new fans waking up to their new-found Adam Lambert obsession!
Some of the comments:

Always excited to sing, Adam seemed especially happy on stage that night. It’s easy to see how far the comradery between Brian May and Roger Taylor has progressed with Adam. Remember his first full-length concert with Queen in in Kiev (June 30, 2012)? Adam was so excited to be on stage with these rock Gods and how deferential he was, many times bowing to Brian. Now he is so comfortable with them, performing with a relaxed ease. Not only have they shared the stage together for what may be Adam’s longest stretch, but Adam is also Queen’s longest singer, after Freddie Mercury of course.

The following video (courtesy adamlambert_pic) shows the entire BBC performance. The fireworks follow below.

Particular moments of enjoyment:
At 48 minutes, Roger and Brian show their amusement with Adam’s latest rendition of Killer Queen. At 51 minutes, bringing in We Will Rock You with bagpipes was certainly fitting!

During We Are the Champions, the whole performance is priceless! Both Brian and Roger have shown their musical mastery during the concert, and at 58 minutes, watch Brian and Roger appreciate Adam’s mastery of his instrument.
Here come's Adam's musical instrument
Photo by Carol Hagey

This is followed by the back and forth between Adam and Brian with the most comical facial expressions!
facial 1
Photo by Carol Hagey

facial 4 all mouths open
Photo by Carol Hagey

facial 5 Adam's mouth open wider
Photo by Carol Hagey

Followed by this beautiful show of friendship:
Adam grinning at Brian no BBC
Photo by Carol Hagey

London’s NYE Fireworks Show!

Resulting from this spectacular concert, both Queen and Adam Lambert have seen increased sales in their music. Check it out here where my good friend @glitzylady put it very well for another blog.

And 4 days later, Twitter is still buzzing!

While we will be enjoying bringing you much of Adam’s upcoming European tour with Queen, we are patiently waiting for its conclusion so we can be that much closer to the release of his third album!

Love ya!

~ Carol ~

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  1. Yvonne (aka) glammer says

    Stellar Products/Maximum Sound [stainless1@comcast.net]
    If any body is interested there is a copy of the NYE concert on dvd from this site, it was $12AUD…..I have bought dvd’s from them before & haven’t had any problems with them…

  2. Enjoyed reading your blog very much – those facial expressions are priceless – boys having so much fun – looking forward to 2015!

  3. Absolutely awesome concert. Watching the video made me feel as if I were there in the audience. Great performances by Adam Lambert and Queen. I grew up on listening to Freddy Mercury and this futuristic rendition was even more beautiful than I could ever have imagined.

  4. Lila Hayes Zubik says

    Amazing performance as usual! YAY!!!!!!!!!!