Beth Winter (bwinter) wrote,
Beth Winter

Tanabata with Queen (and Adam Lambert)

You're supposed to be very young indeed for the wild jaunts along the lines of spending 13 hours on a bus just to see a rock concert. I decided that yesterday was my last chance to do it while, technically, in my twenties. (Or just over the line, since I was born at 6AM.)

And, well, it was Queen. QUEEN. I learned English from their lyrics, and Freddie Mercury was the first famous person over whose death I cried. And they've never done a concert in Poland. Ever. Until yesterday.

20 thousand-plus people in a giant stadium. 20 thousand-plus people knowing and loving and singing every line of every song. Brian May with THOSE guitars, 25 metres from me. Brian Fricking May, with endless solos and acoustic songs and I have no idea why his guitar didn't catch on fire. And Roger Taylor (assisted by his son as second drummer and how precious is that), and dear gods can he still sing.

And hey, Adam Lambert. Whom I've followed since American Idol, because you have to support upstart musical actors with delusions of grandeur. Who loves Queen as much as we all do, and you could tell. He wasn't trying to be Freddie, the Departed God of our common religion; he was the priest of this ritual, guiding us and travelling with us for the songs where Brian and Roger were busy making instrumental magic. His voice broke during Show Must Go On, his breath catching just like mine did. I had a hunch he could do this justice.

This ranks in my top two of favourite birthdays ever, along with Yamaguchi von Krolock in Tokyo. I think spending my birthday out of town may get to be a Thing.

Who Wants to Live Forever

Show Must Go On
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That is so awesome! Happy Birthday!

(I cried too when Freddie Mercury died. He was so vibrant before he got ill.)
I think at that point I'd discovered Queen maybe two years earlier, at the age of 7? It was such a sharp shock, I still remember hearing of his death on TV.
Happy birthday! That sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate - I just packed all my old Queen cds that I hadn't played in a while, and now I'm wishing I could get them out again. And I'm really glad you linked to the Adam Lambert clips. They really do work, don't they?
You can never get enough Queen ;) And it was fun watching the people who started out the show as sceptics get so into it!
Wow, that's a really nice birthday present you had there, especially if Queen is involved. :) ♥

Glad to hear you had such a fun time~ :)
Thanks :) I just wish my birthday were associated with better weather in Japan, because Tanabata is my favourite festival...

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Now to find some way to top it next year :D

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Thank you :)
Hopefully they'll do a DVD of one of those concerts, because honestly, 100% quality stuff.