Queen and Adam Lambert set for UK No 1 album: Brian May ‘Something NOBODY could predict’
On Friday afternoon, Queen could very well have their first No 1 album in 25 years. The band have had nine to date, with their first in 1975’s A Night at the Opera. While their latest was their final studio album in 1995’s Made in Heaven.
The record came four years after Freddie Mercury’s death and saw his posthumous vocals sing alongside Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
But now Queen and Adam Lambert have released a live album together in Live Around The World.
And with less than 24 hours to go, it looks likely that Queen will get their 10th No 1 album and Lambert’s very first after all.
According to the Official Charts, the band have South Korean girl group Blackpink just behind them, but Queen and Adam Lambert are still 5,300 chart sales ahead despite their lead narrowing.
Express.co.uk caught up with Brian May this afternoon and asked how it would feel for Queen and Adam Lambert to get a UK No 1 album.
The 73-year-old said: “I hardly dare to think really! It would feel very good. It would make me laugh and smile. Something nobody could have predicted, certainly not us. So yes, I’m very thrilled it’s been received so well out there.”
But despite the likelihood, May admitted he can’t quite believe it’s happened 25 years after Made In Heaven.
He said: “I love it myself and I’m surprised, I think we’re all surprised how well it came out; how powerful it is.”
The idea for a live album came about after the success of an hour-long Queen and Adam Lambert tour Watch Party on YouTube, which saw some of their best live highlights streaming for fans.
May said: “It was actually Roger’s idea to make it into a live album. So we dropped everything else. There were a number of other projects going on at the time.
“We drove our team nuts because they’re very overloaded most of the time anyway. They suddenly plunged into this thing.”
Putting Live Around The World together was a big job with all the visuals and sound mixing, but the rock legend says the band’s impressive team managed to get it done in just two weeks.
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May added: “The whole team really got behind it and delivered something so spectacular; I can’t believe how entertaining it is! It’s unique because of the audiences, of course. I’m surprised how well we play, to be honest.”
He also admitted that you can really see the chemistry between him, Taylor and Lambert in the Blu-ray and DVD version.
The 73-year-old said: “It’s very glued together. But it’s also very loose. Everything is very spontaneous. It’s rehearsed but it’s real and dangerous.
“This set is amazing. I personally love the DVD more than just sound, but you really get the feeling of being there.”
After we pointed out how a Queen and Adam Lambert live album is just right for these times, May replied enthusiastically: “It is! It’s what everybody needs.
“It was so obvious once we had the idea. That’s the one thing we can’t do at the moment.
“We can’t make that wonderful magic happen in an arena of 15,000 people going nuts. So this is the next best thing, just to see how it’s been the last few years.”
Queen and Adam Lambert’s live album, Live Around The World, is out now.
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