Adam Lambert put his showmanship and vocals on full display during his performance on The Queen Family Singalong on Thursday (Nov. 4) evening.
The current frontman of Queen performed their smash hit, “The Show Must Go On,” a song that Lambert says is one of the group’s most meaningful.
“I’m going to be singing ‘The Show Must Go On,’ and from what I found out over the years, this was a very important moment for Freddie [Mercury],” Lambert shared ahead of his performance. “It was towards the end of his life and this song took on really powerful meaning for him. It was written by Brian May, and he’s told me about the recording session that Freddy was weak, and it was hard for him, but he powered through and Brian his voice was just stellar on it. And you can hear it now if you listen to the recording, he sounds magical.”
Watch his performance below.
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Lambert shared that the band means a lot to him for many reasons, but most importantly that he was chosen by the living legends of the group to front their band and keep Mercury’s memory and music alive.
“Queen means so much to me. You know, obviously it’s taken my career into some sort of stratosphere. I am so blessed and lucky to have been picked by these guys, by Brian May and Roger Taylor, to front the band and sing these songs that Freddy Mercury had made so famous.”
He continued to share why Queen’s music is so timeless.
“The music of Queen is so timeless,” Lambert added. “They created song that are about the human condition. Songs that I think everybody can relate to, internationally. When we go and tour, it doesn’t matter where we are or what country, everyone is singing along. They feel the meaning of the song, they feel unified.”
The Queen Family Singalong also featured performances from JoJo Siwa and Orianthi, Jimmie Allen, Pentatonix, Fall Out Boy, OneRepublic, Derek Hough featuring Alexander Jean, and more.
The Muppets’ Animal and Miss Piggy also made cameos during the show.
The 1-hour special celebrated 50 years of the iconic rock group, Queen, known for world-renowned tracks such as “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Under Pressure,” “We Will Rock You,” We Are The Champions,” and so many other iconic songs.
The show was produced by Done+Dusted. Executive producers include Patrizia Di Maria, RJ Durell, Nick Florez, Hamish Hamilton, Raj Kapoor and Katy Mullan. The Queen Family Singalong marks the fourth installment of its successful “Singalong” franchise, and follows The Disney Family Singalong, which premiered in April 2020.
Hosted by Darren Criss, The Queen Family Singalong aired on Thursday, November 4 at 8/7c on ABC.