Queen + Adam Lambert have released the music video for “The Show Must Go On,” shot on July 4, 2018 at the O2 in London. The track is from the band’s upcoming set, Live Around The World, out on CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray & Vinyl formats October 2.
“The Show Must Go On” was the 12th and final track on Innuendo, Queen’s final album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime. The song was completed while Freddie was already in the final stages of his battle against AIDS, an incurable disease at the time.
‘The Show Must Go On’ inevitably took on additional poignancy after Freddie’s death. The tragedy of AIDS denied him the opportunity ever to perform it in a Queen live show. But the song made its on-stage debut in the star-studded Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium on April 23, 1992. Elton John took the lead vocal, and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi played guitar.
As the emotive Live Around The World take reveals, ‘The Show Must Go On’ is now very much a contemporary highlight of the Queen + Adam Lambert experience. Adam Lambert says: “The Show Must Go On’ is a song with a very deeply resonating message. I think we all have moments in life where we feel the odds are against us and the climb is a steep one. I always sense a great cathartic release throughout the audience during this song. I think we all recognize that it was a big statement for Freddie at that point in his journey as well: He was fighting for his life.”
Check out Queen + Adam Lambert’s stunning performance of “The Show Must Go On” below.