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Queen + Adam Lambert are overcome by Freddie Mercury at the Forum
Queen + Adam Lambert are overcome by Freddie Mercury at the Forum

It is perhaps the greatest compliment to Freddie Mercury that so much about Queen’s current live show feels like old news. The veteran British rock band -- or half of it, anyway -- appeared Thursday night at the Forum with Adam Lambert, the former “American Idol” contestant, more or less playing the role of Mercury, who died in 1991. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have revived the Queen brand before, touring and recording an album with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company. (Queen’s original bassist, John Deacon, hasn’t taken part in any of the recent reunions.) But the peacocking Lambert, an avowed Mercury devotee, shares much more of a spirit with...

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