‘American Idol’ notes: Adam Lambert with Queen; Phillip Phillips update

For this Saturday edition of “American Idol” notes, we are keeping our focus on a pair of singers thanks to it being a quiet period for some of the show’s past contestants — as well as thanks to the two artists in the title providing us with so much good content on their own.

Adam Lambert’s Queen opener – Saturday marks Adam Lambert’s first show performing with Queen in Kiev, and this is going to be an important place to watch for some highlights of the performance. We don’t have a timetable just yet for when (or if) videos will find their way on line, but the tradition is that it tends to happen a few hours after the performance wraps up.

This concert is a huge opportunity for Adam to bring his sound to a group of fans who may not be as familiar with him. We already know that his fans are among the most devoted out of anyone out there, but there are only so many opportunities you have like this to introduce some veteran rock fans to who you are — even if the focus is not on your own music.

Until we have some videos, for now just check out the promo for the event (which also features Elton John and is a fundraiser in part for AIDS relief) below.

Update: We’ve caught some of a live stream for the show, and Adam is definitely bringing not only some great energy to the part, but also a little bit of grit that we haven’t seen in some recent performances. It should be noted just how challenging of a gig this is for Adam to do — expectations are high for him to rock the stage, and he wants to bring the essence of Freddie Murcery to the songs while keeping his own personality intact. Even with all of this in mind, he’s doing an absolutely stellar job.

Update 2: Check out Adam’s performance of “Who Wants To Live Forever?” from the concert, as it is now online. Prepare to have your mind blown.


Phillip Phillips’ first post-surgery performance – For those of you who have been anxious to see Phillip Phillips perform for the first time since going under the knife for kidney surgery, we now have the goods! Yahoo! Music sat down recently with Phillip for an interview, and at the tail end of it he performed an acoustic version of his stellar coronation song “Home.”

In the interview portion of it, Phillip said that he is doing better as he continues recovering from the surgery, but his priority is still trying to find a way to make it easier on himself when it comes to getting plenty of rest. He also joked about “playing the kidney card” to get out of the Ford Music Videos, and why he didn’t want to talk about what was bothering him during the season.



As always, check back soon for more “American Idol” news!

Photo: Lee Cherry / RCA Press

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