Adam Lambert began performing with Queen surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2009 when they first paired up for a grand finale performance on “American Idol”. While Queen + Adam Lambert have played before millions of fans, but in all that time, the trio have never released an album.

But on October 2, the band will release their first album since the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury.  The live compilation album “Live Around the World” is a collection of performances from a recent world tour.

The album will be available in CD, Cd and DVD, CD and Blu-Ray, and vinyl formats.  The DVD and Blu-Ray contain extra footage.

The album is available for pre-order now.

Taylor, May, and Lambert culled through more than 200 performances including Rock in Rio, Lisbon, the Isle of Wight Festival, Japan, Summer Sonic, the United Kingdom, and North America to find the 20 songs for the album; plus the entire 22 minute, Fire Fight Australia benefit concert performance.

Brian May spoke on the album saying, “as we all grapple with the challenge of creating live shows in a world dominated by a formidable viral enemy, it seemed the perfect time for us to create a collection of hand-picked live highlights from our Queen shows over the last 7 years with our brother Adam Lambert. It’s a first! As you watch and listen to these tracks you’ll be journeying all around the world with us, and experiencing a complete virtual live set.  The collection climaxes in Sydney earlier this year when, in support Fire Fight Australia, we recreated the complete Queen Live Aid set. It was a historic event for a great cause – with perhaps the highest adrenaline level since the original Live Aid in 1985.  It makes me particularly happy that we can now share this unique moment with the whole world.”

Adam Lambert added, “when we couldn’t tour this year we wanted to give the fans something in place of that, and a Live album just felt right. It’s the first time we have released an album together and we have had a lot of fun putting it together, picking out favourite performances over the past seven years
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The only other music released by Queen + Adam Lambert was the charity single “You Are the Champions” – a single to benefit the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Queen released their final album – “Innuendo” – less than a year before Freddie Mercury died as a result of AIDS in November 1991.  While very sick, he still went to the studio to work on and record the album.  The final song for the album was “The Show Must Go On”.  While a mantra in the theatre world, the song was meant as a tribute to Mercury and his lust for life. 

Now 30 years later in 2020, the song takes on a new meaning as artists struggle to find work and perform as restrictions on crowds and performances continue.

May recorded the demo; singing the high notes in falsetto.  He recalled telling Mercury that it wasn’t going to be easy to sing; but May recalls that Mercury “delivered one of the most extraordinary performances of his life.”

Mercury would never get the chance to perform the work live.  It was debuted nearly two years later at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in London’s Wembley Stadium with Sir Elton John singing the lyrics.

“Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World” tracklist:
“Tear it Up”
“Now I’m Here”
“Another One Bites the Dust”
“Fat Bottomed Girls”
“Don’t Stop Me Now”
“I Want to Break Free”
“Somebody to Love”
“Love Kills – The Ballad”
“I Was Born to Love You”
“Under Pressure”
“Who Wants to Live Forever”
“The Show Must Go On”
“Love of My Life”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Radio Ga Ga”
“Ah-Ohs”
“Hammer to Fall”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“We Will Rock You”
“We Are the Champions”

The DVD and Blu-Ray also includes:
a drum battle between father and son and a Brian May guitar solo of “Last Horizon”