A new documentary focusing on Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Queen and their collaboration with current lead singer Adam Lambert airs on ABC this evening at 8 p.m. ET.
The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story traces the history of how the British rock legends joined forces with the 2009 American Idol runner-up to become a hugely successful touring entity years after the 1991 death of the band’s original frontman Freddie Mercury.
The two-hour special features rare concert footage and portraits of the band members’ lives offstage.
The program includes new interviews with Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor; Lambert and his parents; Rami Malek, the Oscar-winning star of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody star; American Idol judge Simon Cowell; and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The documentary also offers parallel profiles of Queen and Lambert from the early 1990s until the moment that the band and Adam first performed together, during the 2009 finale of American Idol.
In a clip from The Show Must Go On posted online, May recalls performing with both Lambert and the eventual 2009 American Idol winner Kris Allen, and notes how he felt a special connection with Adam.
“It was quite odd, ’cause they’re both really good singers, but there’s some kind of chemistry already between us and Adam,” Brian notes. “It was just instant. So it was so easy to just play off Adam.”
Roger Taylor will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America today to chat about the new doc.
As previously reported, Queen + Adam Lambert will be hitting the road on a new trek dubbed the Rhapsody tour that kicks off July 10 in Vancouver, Canada, and is mapped out through an August 23 show in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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