The ethereal presence of Freddie Mercury was felt at The Oscars 2019 as the remaining members of Queen along with Adam Lambert rocked the crowd with a tremendous performance of some of their greatest hits.
The American Idol winner along with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, who have been performing together since 2011, were invited to open tonight’s ceremony in light of the Oscar-nominated biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The band kicked things off with the 11/10 banger ‘We Will Rock You’ followed by the group’s 1977 hit ‘We are the Champions’, complete with a video tribute to Freddie Mercury on the screen behind them.
Let Queen x Adam rock you via the footage below:
Speaking to E! News prior to the show, Lambert described performing at the Oscars as “surreal.”
“I lived in Los Angeles for 17 years and to open the Oscars, I never would have dreamed this is possible,“ he said.
He continues, “Queen and I have been working together for six years and been traveling the world and we’re performing this song in celebration of Bohemian Rhapsody— everybody worked hard and we’re celebrating together.”
While Lambert obvs cannot fully fill the shoes of the late Mercury, he told Ryan Seacrest that May and Taylor once offered the following massive compliment to him, “‘If Freddy was here with us still, you guys would get a big kick out of each other,’ [which] means a lot to me.”