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Taken from NME (Sep 03, 2018)

Watch Queen and Adam Lambert cover Elvis Presley at their Las Vegas residency

Their killer setlist included a projection of the late Freddie Mercury

by Patrick Clarke

Queen and Adam Lambert kick off their 10-date 'Crown Jewels' residency in Las Vegas. Credit: Getty

Queen and Adam Lambert kicked off their three-week Las Vegas residency on Saturday (September 1) with a setlist packed with classics from throughout the band's career, and a cover of Elvis Presley.

Below you can watch fan footage of the band's first set of their 10-date residency, including their version of Presley's 1956 classic 'Heartbreak Hotel'.

Titled 'Crown Jewels', the show opened appropriately enough with an image of an imposing metal vault bearing Queen's insignia, torn open by the giant robot from Queen's iconic 'News of the World' album cover and lifted up to reveal the band who launched their way into a fast version of 'We Will Rock You'.

For the encore, meanwhile, Queen were introduced by a projection of their original frontman Freddie Mercury's famous vocal improvisation at Wembley Stadium in 1986, before the traditional, slower version of 'We Will Rock You' and an anthemic 'We Are The Champions'.

Before the shows, May said that Freddie Mercury would "love and hate" Queen's current singer Adam Lambert.

"Adam has a real gift from God," May told Yahoo. "It's a voice in a billion, nobody has that range, nobody that I've ever worked with, not just the range but the quality throughout the range. I've seen Adam develop just like I watched Freddie develop."

Lambert became the new frontman of Queen in 2011, and May waxed lyrical about how much he enjoyed playing live with the band's new singer.

Earlier this year, Lambert paid his own tribute to Mercury, speaking of the difficulty of discussing sexuality in 'a different time'

Queen and Adam Lambert's setlist in full:

We Will Rock You (fast version)
Tie Your Mother Down
Somebody To Love
Fat Bottomed Girls
Killer Queen
Don't Stop Me Now
Bicycle Race
I'm In Love With My Car
Another One Bites The Dust
I Want It All
Love Of My Life
Heartbreak Hotel
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Under Pressure
Who Wants To Live Forever
The Show Must Go On
Radio Ga Ga
Bohemian Rhapsody


We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions


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