As the twelfth and final track on Innuendo, Queen’s final album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime, “The Show Must Go On” was completed while Freddie was already in the final stages of his battle against the then incurable horror of AIDS.
‘The Show Must Go On’ was created by the band as a tribute to Freddie Mercury’s lust for life even while the Queen frontman’s health was failing, but in this socially-distanced global world of 2020 ‘The Show Must Go On’ – perhaps now more than ever – feels like the perfect anthem for our times.
This performance of the song was captured at the second of the band’s two spectacular shows at London’s O2 Arena on July 4th 2018. Both concerts attracted widespread critical acclaim, with critics noting that “many thrilled fans leaving the arena were calling it one of their all-time favourite gigs” and declaring “this is as good as live shows get.”
This version of ‘The Show Must Go On’ more than attests to that. Played with an undeniable depth of feeling, it’s the perfect showcase for the singular talents of Adam Lambert. Though the singer has categorically stated “There is never going to be another [Freddie Mercury] and I’m not replacing him” on many occasions, Lambert’s bold yet dignified performance of ‘The Show Must Go On’ is enough the stop even the most casual of observers in their tracks. As one prominent critic said, “He is his own man, he brings his own distinctive style, identity and nuances to the songs” and he does this nowhere more so than on ‘The Show Must Go On’.