My Life With Queen – Queen + Adam Lambert

This is the 3rd part of my story with Queen. Click to read part 1 and part 2

After the night of 2008, when I saw Queen performing in Chile, I thought that was it, I’d never see Brian May and Roger Taylor perform again.  But another miracle happened:  in the year 2012, Queen started touring again with another singer.  This time it was a young man named Adam Lambert.  So, as you can expect, I started again to daydream about seeing  Brian and Roger once again perform in my country.  And I waited…… and I waited…….. and I waited……..

yeah, just like this


until finally in the year 2015, the band announced a brand new South American tour,  and included Chile again. The new heavenly date was set for September 30th and the tickets started selling at the end of March.

So “what should I do?”, I said to myself.  Meanwhile,  on the professional career side of my life, nothing was much improved.   I was working on a shitty job and I had more
debts.  Of course, I wanted to see them again as close as possible, but 7 years later, was I still the same irresponsible human being??

 The answer is no. I couldn’t spend again all my money on a VIP ticket again. So with sadness, I had to convince myself that there was no need of seeing them again close to the stage, as in 2008. I’d already seen them once! Why would I’ve ever want to see them again that close??.   That said,  I bought the cheapest ticket.   It was in the balcony,  which I was sure would get only a partial view of the stage, and would be very far away (at least I would still see Brian’s white wig right?).  So I had my ticket, and I was
overly happy again!   I was going to see, once again, Brian and Roger perform with this young singer.

For the next months, I jumped on the social networks, and started joining on Facebook fan pages of both Queen, and the singer Adam Lambert.  By that time I started looking seriously at Twitter, too.  I did that mainly to get more information as close to the original source.  The fun thing is that I found that the people on Adam Lambert fan pages had much more accurate information than people on Queen pages.  Their love for that young singer is  enormous!  They call themselves “Glamberts” and are like the fan base that every musician wishes he could have. I’ve never been that active on any site, I think, but I learned lots and lots of things by just reading.

At one point, I thought that it would be a great idea if I tried to meet one of these people if they came to see the South American concerts. I thought I could be a great tour guide, and I could get a little practice speaking English.  I started looking on both Queen and Glambert sites to see if anyone mentioned anything about South America.

 One day,  someone asked if anybody was going to Brazil in September to see one of the shows. That thread had many replies; some people were going to Argentina, others to Brazil, and many of them were wishing they could travel at all.

One of the replies was from a lady who claimed that she was going to both the Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Santiago (Chile) shows all the way from the USA,  and she had gotten VIP tickets. I thought that would be a great opportunity to use my English skills, and hopefully to meet some nice people.

Then like a creep, I sent her a private message out of nowhere, introducing myself as a Queen fan, going to the Chile concert.  Then, we started talking.  She proved to be a very nice person and I was proving to myself that I could follow a conversation completely in English without using Google Translator.  She told me she had problems getting her tickets, so I offered my help.  I also helped her to get a safe transportation from the airport to the hotel.  She didn’t speak Spanish at all, so I was happy to be useful, helping with all those scary things to solve if you don’t speak the native language of a place.

lady: I just wanna be your friend and help you

By September, we were already cyber-friends.  So we set up a date to meet in person.  She was traveling with her husband and a friend, so I’d get to meet 3 people, and speak only in English. I was terrified! How would I know if they would actually understand my pronunciation???  What If she was nice on the chat but not in real life??  I was scared, but was so curious how would this work out that I just had to do it.

And the day of the meeting arrived! It was September 29th, the day before the Queen + Adam Lambert concert, and she had invited me to the hotel in which she was staying to meet her husband, the friend, and have a meal together.

And it turned out really well!   I met the 3 people.  They were the nicest people ever, and I spoke in English and they actually understood what I was saying.  And suprisingly for me: they were Glamberts! not Queen fans.

At one point in the conversation, I offered to go with them to a mall nearby to help them pick up their tickets.   Then something that I’d never imagined happened:   she said that they wanted me to help them to get through the line at the stadium, and then to the front of the stage.  I replied that I could help them through the line, and then point out to them out where the VIP section was. But my tickets were for the balcony.

And then she told me that, what if they give me a VIP ticket so I could join them at the concert??   And then I think I fainted…… again……….. much like in 2008.   Seriously,
I refused at first;  I’d already had my balcony tickets, and plus I didn’t want it to look like I wanted to meet her only to get a better ticket.  She insisted that they wanted my help!  But I knew she was being nice, and wanted me to be with them, enjoying being near the stage.  So finally,  I accepted the blessing and gave my balcony tickets to my dad and my brother so they could go to the concert too.  Then I realized: I was going to see Queen again!!   Just like in 2008!!  And now with these nice people that I had
just met, and that was a big improvement!  I was so happy and crazy that I even lost my wallet in the taxi back home. Those were some crazy couple of days!

So the next day, I invited them to a tourist site in my city, Santiago. We went up to the “San Cristobal” hill,  which has a giant sculture of the Virgin Mary (yes, my country is very Catholic).  I had them try the most typical snack here: the “empanada“, and have a typical drink: “mote con huesillos“.
It was all fun, and I was being a tourist guide, just like I wanted to be.   Later in the afternoon, I picked up my new friends in a taxi, and gave them a couple of bottles of Chilean wine.  Then we went to the concert, where we had to do a long and messy line to get into the stadium.  Then, finding the VIP location was crazy too.  Lucky I was with them, or they would still be lost  now!

Then the concert happened; it was all wonderful.  Adam Lambert is a kickass singer!

All this experience was very different from the one I had in 2008! This time, the concert was pretty much embelished by meeting these 3 new friends, and that’s something I’ll always remember with a big smile on my face.

Queen + Adam Lambert Chile 2015 poster

Queen + Adam Lambert 2015 Chile Poster

My Life With Queen – Queen + Paul Rodgers

This is the 2nd part of my story with Queen. You can read the first part HERE

Back to my Queen-related story… I’m gonna jump right to 2008. The band was touring with the Rock singer Paul Rodgers since 2005. So I spent a lot of time dreaming about the band coming back to South America. The last time the band was near here was in 1985 for the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil. So, once the band started touring again with Paul Rodgers, all I had in my mind was them coming to South America again, and hopefully, this time including my country. (They had only included Argentina and Brazil on their 80s touring in South America.)

By the 2008 era, I can say that my life was pretty much a disaster. I was still struggling with my artistry and was not happy at all with what was going on in general here. So, then a miracle happened! After a long tour across Europe, and recording a brand new album (The Cosmos Rocks), the band confirmed they were returning to South America, and this time including Chile!. The heavenly date was set for November 19th.

The tour was announced in August and the tickets started selling in September. My life was exciting again! It was the one and only opportunity to see Brian May and Roger Taylor performing with my very own eyes. As every fan would do, I spent all September working my ass off, playing several shitty gigs, and saving all the money I could. So instead of paying bills, I irresponsibly spent all the money I had buying a VIP ticket. They were in a seated position, so I chose a place very near the catwalk, where hopefully I’d see Brian and Roger very close.

With the ticket in my hand, I started daydreaming and getting awfully excited.

The band arrived several days before the big concert. The fans started gathering around their hotel, and started to create a big buzz over social networks. It was finally happening!

For some reason, I thought I would have a better chance of meeting them by getting to the venue the day before; hopefully, they would be doing soundcheck. So I went to the soccer stadium, San Carlos de Apoquindotold the security guards that I wanted to subscribe to the stadium soccer team, and I sneaked in.

The band was not there, but I got to see for the first time the big screen, the catwalk, and all the things that I had only seen over Youtube videos. It was heaven!  And no other fans around. I can’t describe how excited I was seeing with my own eyes something that was pretty much unlikely a few months before. I even recorded a small video of my experience there:

But I missed the chance to see Brian and Roger at the hotel… By that time, many fans were claiming and bragging that they met them, showing their pictures and autographs. So, I realized it wasn’t my most clever move to get to the venue instead of going to the hotel.

Anyway, the next day was the concert, I couldn’t sleep that night and woke up very early to go to the venue and try to sneak in again. I was hoping the band would do soundcheck in the morning. I passed through the security guards, saying the same fake lie like the day before.  But this time, I found that the gates to the stadium were closed. So I started walking around like I was a member of the soccer club, doing some jogging. I was quickly discovered by the security guards and kicked out with the promise that if I went back, they would call the police.

So I failed, for the second time in just two days, to meet Brian May and Roger Taylor.

It it didn’t matter;  the concert was that night, so I had no choice but to go back home and get ready for the big night.

I still have fresh in my mind every detail I lived that day. I could make another entire post just dedicated to that concert. It was one of the most special days of my life. I couldn’t believe what my eyes and ears were feeling. Finally, I got to see how these people were in real life. I heard the Red Special, and Roger’s drums, in real time!

That night was close to perfection, but some people there tried to ruin it. Mostly security guards who were assholes the whole concert, and the fact that I was completely by myself and had nobody to hug while I was almost fainting there.

Still, for me, this was one of the few opportunities where the positive side was so big, that it overshadowed all the bad things that happened during those days, and even the entire year!

In the next few years, I became obsesed with that concert. And I tried to get everything that would remind me of something from that experience…..

So I started my new hobby: collecting things from the under-rated album with Paul Rodgers “The Cosmos Rocks”. The funny thing is that it was an album despised both by fans and music critics. But for me, it is one of the most special Queen albums ever…. well…. the most special Brian and Roger recording.

Stay tuned for the final episode of this story!. Click here for part 3