Monday, August 27, 2018

Musical Monday - We Will Rock You

I've mentioned before how I enjoy a music video with epic overtones, and this one has "epic cheese factor" all over the place. I mean, it's a frickin' soft drink commercial, but it runs three (3) full minutes, stars three of the biggest female rock icons, and is back-dropped against a Roman amphitheater with shout outs to "Gladiator" and pretty much every Roman-Empire film ever made.

It's good clean cheese factor.  I mean, the song itself is epic cheese!

In the same category of epic cheese, or maybe epic karma, if I recall correctly, Adam Lambert once said he wanted to be like Freddie Mercury - epic singer if ever there was one.

Funny thing, how "Madam Lambert" would one day be Freddie Mercury :-)

Here is how Brian May tells the story:

The thing snowballed very quickly, and we started a long and very fruitful association with Adam in which he has become one of us, part of our family. He’s never attempted to be Freddie, and I think that’s what endears him to the fans, apart from the fact that he is an extraordinary singer with an extraordinary presence.

Roger and I have seen literally thousands of singers in our lifetimes including some great ones auditioning for our We Will Rock You show (which, did I mention, ran for 12 solid years in The Dominion Theatre on the Tottenham Court Road in London?) but we’ve never seen or heard anything like Adam. I always think that Freddie, with a wicked smile, would say something like “I hate you, Madam Lambert,” because even Freddie would have been gobsmacked at his range and his ability to reinterpret these songs which the four of us originally created together.

There can be no doubt that Lambert has not attempted to replace Freddie Mercury. Lambert is his own man, a parallel to Mercury.  Massively big shoes to fill, but Lambert - like Mercury - is an epic showman, who knows how to bring a crowd into the music, and make sure the audience has FUN.

So, there you go: History, Destiny, Epic Cheese.  Happy Monday! :-)

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