Five stars

It's difficult not to love Queen.

From their flamboyant stage shows to their perfectly crafted rock songs, the band, who have sold an estimated 200m albums worldwide, are one of the most influential groups of all time and the proud owners of a back-catalogue that most acts can only dream of.

For many, a Queen show without iconic frontman Freddie Mercury is unthinkable and something that should only be discussed in hushed tones if at all. However, as irreplaceable as Freddie is, Queen's not just one person and, for me, the chance to get to see Roger Taylor, the person who made me want to play drums, and Brian May, whose tutorial dvd taught me my first few chords and riffs on guitar, play live is exciting.

Taking to the Hydro stage, the band do not disappoint, launching into an energetic performance of One Vision, followed by Stone Cold Crazy and Another One Bites the Dust.

At times it's a bit rough around the edges, but Queen still know how to put on a show and Adam Lambert is a revelation, dancing, strutting and grinding his way through a note perfect performance that Freddie would have approved of.

Fat Bottomed Girls, I Want to Break Free, Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love and a medley of Seven Seas of Rhye/Killer Queen get the crowd singing along, while Who Wants to Live Forever shows the band's softer side.

The set is full of nods to Freddie, with acoustic versions of Love of my Life sung by Brian May, with a little help from Mercury, and Roger Taylor's rendition of Those Were the Days of our Lives accompanied by a video of the band proving to be particular highlights. Under Pressure and a drum-off between Taylor and his son Rufus Tiger also go down well.

An upbeat version of I Want It All is quickly followed by Radio Gaga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Bohemian Rhapsody with Freddie and Lambert on vocals, before an encore of We Will Rock You, complete with bagpipes, and We Are the Champions brings the show to a close.

I know it's not the same without Freddie but no-one's suggesting it ever would or could be. This is not about replacing the iconic frontman, it's about paying tribute to him and letting fans hear Queen's songs in the environment they were meant to reside in.

As Lambert told tonight's crowd: "I wouldn't have a f***ing clue what I was doing right not if it wasn't for the one and only Freddie Mercury. Tonight's about a celebration and reminding you how he made you feel."

This impressive hit-filled set has definitely accomplished that, Freddie would be proud.

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