VIDEO: Adam Lambert & Queen Perform 'Love Kills' at iHeartRadio Live Show
The crowd was electric at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles for the fully charged Queen with Adam Lambert iHeartRadio Live performance last night. The show, hosted by radio host and Motley Crue front-man Nikki Sixx, featured a Q&A with Queen's Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert. The event video streamed exclusively on Yahoo Screen and broadcasted live on air on all Classic Rock stations, with a 60-minute live stream online across station websites andiHeartRadio.com.
The band performed eight of their iconic rock songs including: "We Will Rock You," "Another One Bites the Dust," "Fat Bottom Girls," and "Under Pressure." For the full set list, see below.
Nikki Sixx had the opportunity to sit down with the band prior to their performance to talk about their new relationship with Adam Lambert, their upcoming tour, the band's history and their performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last September.
Nikki opened the conversation by asking Brian May if this truly was going to be their last tour. Brian told Nikki that he had previously mentioned this could be their last time touring whimsically. He told the audience that there is no reason to believe this is the end. The crowd at the iHeartRadio Theater erupted with applause and Brian elaborated saying that "the fact that we can do it on this scale and level is truly amazing."
Adam lambert said sometimes he finds himself watching the band on stage as a fan, being in awe of them and forgets he's performing. He also discussed what he's trying to do with the music, he said "It's the character that's in all the songs, it's what Freddie did so well. It's in the heart. It's this peacocking that happens. It's the rock n roll spirit that I love."
Brian discussed the relationship with Adam and how it started. He said "We didn't look for Adam, we just found him. Saw him on the idol finale and it was a natural thing from there. His voice is so incredible." Brian concluded by saying "He has a great confidence but has reality and humility. He likes to work."
Nikki Sixx talked about their performance last year at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and how it blew everyone away. He asked if they were testing the waters with that show.
He told Nikki that the iHeartRadio Music Festival was a moment they enjoyed and a big part of selling out their upcoming tour. Adam said "The festival was so diverse, it was a great experience and you could feel how Queen's music reaches a lot of different people. It was exciting to see that."
Brian said he never thought they'd be doing the full on Madison Square Garden again.
They said they also saw how big it got on twitter and social media. Brian thanked iHeartRadio for the opportunity.
Nikki transitioned to discussing their upcoming tour.
Roger Taylor told him, "It's very incandescent. It's really extravagant. It's like a circus in a way. It's all real. Everything is gold, it's a lot of gold."
Adam explained that he woke up from a dream and was like, "I think it needs more gold. What if instead of the industrial iron and steel look, we went with more gold!"
Nikki also talked about Queen's history, their music and how even his kids know their entire catalogue.
Adam stated they've done this a handful of times now. He said "I'm in awe of the history and legacy. They've created songs that are part of everybody's lives. Stepping into the process was pretty daunting."
Brian talked about the song, "The Show Must Go On." He said they wrote it with Freddie but never had the opportunity to perform it because he was gone. He said hearing it with Adam was stupendous. He went on to say that the band is doing quite a few of the older songs when they were a heavy rock band.
Nikki also talked with Adam about his style. He said they had a clothes competition and Adam kicked his ass.
During the performance, Adam told the audience at the theater and people listening around the country through the livestream that they had a treat for everyone. He said, "Freddie mercury created a song called 'Love Kills' for the movie Metropolis. We're going to do it in our own way, without the disco."
During Queen's performance of Fat Bottom Girls, Adam shouted "All you fat ass bitches are gonna get out your seat and ride!"
They concluded their performance with "Don't Stop Me Now," and Nikki Sixx came out and told everyone when he was 14 years old, Queen was playing at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. He said he slept on the cement outside over night to get tickets. He told the audience they blew his mind. "To see them here was amazing. They are very humble people. You can see it."
1. We Will Rock You
2. Another One Bites the Dust
3. Crazy Little Thing Thing Called Love
4. Love Kills
5. Fat Bottom Girls
6. Under Pressure
7. We Are the Champions
8. Don't Stop Me Now
Photo Credit: 'Getty Images for iHeartRadio'