Adam Lambert and Queen dedicated “Who Wants To Live Forever” to the victims of the deadly shootings that took place in Orlando Florida early Sunday morning. The performance took place later that day at the UK’s Isle of Wight music festival.
The gunman, an American born Muslim, reportedly called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS before he killed 49 people inside a gay nightclub, The Pulse. On Twitter this morning, Adam made the important point that while the “horrible tragedy” is both a terrorism and gun control issue, it is also a “horrendous hate crime.”
The gunman planned a massacre, specifically directed at the LGBT community. A fact that has been lost in a sea of partisan bickering.
“This is not a democratic or republican issue,” wrote the openly gay singer. “This is a HUMAN issue. 50 lives were lost. Let’s make sure we pay our proper respects first and foremost. Please do what you can to help the families of the victims. We need to mourn and process.” Adam also tweeted a link to a GoFundMe page to support the families of the victims. Over $2 million dollars have been raised so far.
Before performing a powerful and emotional rendition of the Queen classic, Adam told the crowd, “This song is dedicated to those who lost their life last night on Orlando, Florida, and anybody who has been victim of senseless violence or hatred.”