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Queen + Adam Lambert is getting a Bohemian Rhapsody follow-up. Just a few days after the band totally crushed it at the 2019 Oscars, ABC has announced the group will be getting a special documentary on the network guaranteed to rock you.
The network is wasting no time pushing out the new content either. In fact, the upcoming documentary will air for two hours (with the addition of commercials) on Monday, April 29 from 8-10 p.m. ET. The special will focus on Queen after the band signed on Adam Lambert to replace Freddie Mercury for occasional dates back in 2011 and began touring in earnest in more recent years. ABC acquired the rights for the documentary, which is coming from producer Jim Beach and filmmaker Simon Lupton.
The special will be called The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story and will feature interviews from Adam Lambert, his parents, Brian May and Roger Taylor (John Deacon is still retired), plus Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Simon Cowell and Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury for the 2018 movie Bohemian Rhapsody.
The addition of Simon Cowell makes sense, given that Brian May and Roger Taylor performed on American Idol with Adam Lambert back when he was a contestant on the famous competition series in 2009. Take a look.
A lot of the documentary is going to focus on Adam Lambert as he went from a young man to an adult stepping into some big shoes to perform with Queen.
The band was expected to be finished following a tribute concert that was performed after Freddie Mercury’s death back in 1991. In fact, John Deacon did retire in 1997, but the remaining members of the band have a found a new lease on life thanks to Adam Lambert’s vocal power.
There’s been a lot of renewed interest in Queen's story since Bohemian Rhapsody hit theaters last fall, eventually becoming the most popular music biopic to ever hit theaters.
The band enjoyed some time in the charts recently thanks to the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack selling 59,000 units during the movie’s first week in theaters. Brian May is also set to release his first single in ages. Plus, Queen + Adam Lambert are embarking on a sold out tour of the U.S. in July and August of 2019.
A lot of different age groups are interested in Queen right now, and it looks like ABC wanted to bring more content to the fans. We’ll have to wait and see if The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert story is worth viewing. In the meantime, you can see what the band still has to offer on the stage by checking out the full Oscars performance if you haven't caught it already.