UPDATE: Fun. Will Perform With Queen At The iHeartRadio Festival

Sep 19th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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UPDATE: All three members of fun. will be joining Queen on stage for the performance.

In what seems like the best and most obvious use of fun.’s power pop aspirations and lead singer Nate Ruess‘ obvious Freddie Mercurian vocal talents, the band plans to join remaining Queen members guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor on stage at this weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. As far as nostalgia musical collaborations go, this one is a layup that should have been realized much, much earlier, especially considering Fun. seem to be constantly trying to write their own version of “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

Billboard reports that Ruess has been rehearsing “Fat Bottom Girls” and “Somebody To Love” with May and Taylor in preparation for the performance, with Adam Lambert acting as an additional “guest” — whatever that means — for the whole production. You can watch this collaboration live, along with performances from Muse, Elton John, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Drake, Miley Cyrus and more through iHeartRadio’s website.

[via Billboard]

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  1. Merrick

    “…with Adam Lambert acting as an additional ‘guest’ — whatever that means — for the whole production.”

    Patrick, perhaps I’m not getting the context of your above quip correctly. But it comes across slightly as a slap against Adam, which would be odd on Idolator — or maybe you meant the slap to be with the iHeart’s management and how they’ve decided to promote this appearance (which, granted, has been a bit odd itself at times, especially in terms of whom goes where on the order of artists, both on the advertising and on the actual concert bill).

    So, just to make sure we’re on the same page here…. I’m not sure if you’ve been following the Queen + Adam Lambert appearance closely enough ever since it’s been announced — or you’re reading too much into how the press materials put “plus additional guests” — but Adam ain’t no guest. This has always been publicized as “Queen + Adam Lambert” and anyone else (therefore, fun.) is in the “guest” category.

    Yes, this Glambert is part excited and part “WTF?” about the “others” singing with Queen, as this was supposed to be the American debut of the Queen + Adam Lambert ‘pairing,’ if you will, given that Adam has already performed with them a half-dozen times in Europe, and in massive arenas. But bringing on additional folk ever-so-slightly dampens the effect.

    That being said, word has it that Adam is in front for 5 songs, which is preceded by his duet with fun.’s Nate Ruess on one, and then Nate gets to do “Somebody To Love” on his own.

    In any case, I’m glad artists like Brian and Roger, and Nile and Avicii, and others see Adam for the talent he is and don’t buy into the mainstream press’ continuous obsession with starting every description of him as “American Idol runner-up.”

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