A few weeks back I stumbled across this documentary on Netflix. It was called ‘The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story’. It was about how the band carried on after the death of Freddie Mercury and how the band came upon finding Adam Lambert. The nice thing about the documentary is it is quick at around 85 minutes, but that is really too short as this is Queen. They have so much history, to cram in, but they don’t need to as the focus is really Queen with Adam Lambert.
They do go in to a little backstory about Freddie and they go in to his death and how things felt over at that point, then they started a come back with the Freddie Mercury Tribute show that saw so many great singers perform. They go in to Paul Rodgers and his stint with the band and then finally they spend their time on Adam Lambert and how he came to be known, hello…American Idol!! and his time with the band.
Now, I saw Queen last year about this time with Adam Lambert and it was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Adam is flamboyant and he has one helluva a vocal range and is probably one of the only ones that could pull off the Queen catalog with any validity. And he did just that. Go check out my Queen Concert Review if you have time.
There is no real he said, she said kind of dirt in this. This is really a propaganda piece that highlights how great the band is. Nothing negative on the band or Adam except where it talks about some of Adam’s controversy when he first started out as a solo artist with some very sexual escapades on a live broadcast. They do talk about how people would perceive him as being a Freddie clone, but it generally sticks to all positive and a nice little puff piece. That positivity does make for a pleasant and fun-filled show.
The interviews are great as you do get interviews with Adam, Brian May, Roger Taylor as well as Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) and Joe Jonas (Jonas Brothers), Rami Malek (played Freddie in Bohemian Rhapsody) and Paul Cambaccini (Radio host) to name a few.
I don’t think there is anything earth-shattering new that you find out, but it is still a good chance to see Queen, see some great archive footage and hear their music. The quick run-time keeps it fast paced, enjoyable and you don’t get bored. All-in-all, a nice little piece. I will give the documentary a 3.75 out 5.0 Stars as it is not the best thing I’ve seen and is more of a feel-good promotional video, but if you like Queen, than you should like the little bit of history it does discuss.