Last night, Queen and Adam Lambert completed the New Zealand leg of their Rhapsody world tour in Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium. During the set up guitarist Brian May teased on his Instagram: “A wondrous building, if a little challenging acoustically ! Nice if you like long reverbs !! Let’s rock it tonight, Folks ! We have a little surprise for you tonight – just a little something we felt might be a whole lot of fun !!! Bri.”
So what sort of surprise could May have been teasing for the much more intimate venue of just 30,000, compared to other stadiums they’ve played in recently?
Well, it turns out that Queen and Adam Lambert performed a live cover of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love.
May shared a video of the rendition, writing: “THANKS DUNEDIN !!! We had a whole lot of fun with you !!! Bri.”
It certainly wasn’t a random choice, as Lambert performed Whole Lotta Love during the finals of American Idol back in 2009, after being mentored by Slash.
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In fact, it was Lambert’s performance of Whole Lotta Love which is how Queen drummer Roger Taylor discovered Lambert.
Taylor recalled to Good Morning America: “A friend of mine called me up and said, ‘I’ve just seen the most amazing singer on American Idol.’
“I checked it out and [Lambert] was singing Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin and just blowing it away. Fantastic.”
As a result, Taylor contacted American Idol and asked if Queen could perform with the singer.
Queen and Adam Lambert performing in New Zealand
Taylor continued: “We got in touch, and we were then asked to do the finale of Idol, which we flew over to do with the two finalists and we just got on magically with Adam.”
In the end, Lambert was runner up of the eighth season of the talent show but has gone on to have an incredible career.
After the occasional show with Queen, Lambert began touring with them from 2012 and now the rest is history.
The Queen drummer added: “It sort of grew into touring and we found this magical partnership that works beautifully.”
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Having completed their New Zealand concerts, Queen and Adam Lambert are now flying on to Australia.
Their next show will be on Thursday at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
In total, the trio will perform seven concerts Down Under, plus a set at the wildfire charity gig on February 16.
Queen and Adam Lambert have donated their ANZ Stadium stage for the show after they perform at the Sydney venue there the night before.
Queen and Adam Lambert will then take March and April off before kicking off the European leg of their tour in late May.
After shows in Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, the band will return home to the UK.
Here they will perform 10 nights at London’s O2 alongside two shows apiece at Manchester Arena and Arena Birmingham.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Queen, so who knows what else May and Taylor have in store for fans.