Legendary superstar band Queen performed their Once In A Lifetime Tour over two nights at Vector Arena in Auckland. The tour takes its title from a quote from Adam Lambert when asked at the New York tour launch press conference his view up the opportunity to join Queen for their tour. Lambert replied: “I think the thing that’s special about this is that it is a limited thing. It’s this special engagement. It’s not like, “Now we’re to the grind.” It’s a once-in-a-lifetime tour.”
I was at the first night with the brief to capture the essence of the concert. Only able to shoot three numbers, the pressure was on to take a variety of shots showing not only Adam Lambert in his guest role but also the original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. A task not made easy by the huge number of powerful lighting effects that either backlit the band or strobed the audience needing great care in the timing and composing of each shot so as not to blind the camera’s sensor.
As for the concert: When most people think of Queen, they think of Freddie Mercury, but Adam Lambert on lead vocals brought a fresh (and rocking) perspective to Queen’s extensive catalogue. His powerful, impressive voice proved more than capable of doing justice to Queen’s iconic rock anthems and gave the audience a sense of who he was and seemed fuelled by the welcome response he got.