Well, all of the performances were less than okay. Without the iconic backing vocals of Roger Taylor or the guitar and bass of Deacon and May, the whole thing was very amateur night. Walker sounded like an embarrassed kid having TO sing a naughty song at his grandmothers birthday party. 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' is dripping in cheeky, palpable sex, with the peppery growl of sweaty rockabilly. Even the "Ready Freddie" call out, just as well known as the song, was a mess. Thank you back up singers for taking Taylors animal growl on that part and reducing it to Peggy Lee harmonies.
The chick with the nails in her hair doesn't understand that power singing is not the same as connecting to a song emotionally. Country girl mangled the quiet ache of Love Of My Life, by restructuring it as a generic power country ballad. Everyone else was forgettable, However, in Wades defense, he showed professionalism when he kept singing without missing a beat, though he forgot the lyrics. I don't know that most people understand how important a band is to the vocals. It's a emotional connection. As for the technical parts of music, regarding the backup band? They were not tight and they were disjointed. Particularly the drummer and bassist. They kept unintentionally changing the tempo of the songs.The guitar sound was also off because the amp May uses, which was created by bassist John Deacon, is what cements Brians distinct style. Not to mention is usual guitar of choice, the 'red special' is a one off. He and his Dad made it out of scrap wood when Brian was 15. The wood they used was weathered. Each piece a different age and type of wood. Found in different areas of their home and carpark. Every song suffered because again, Queen drummer Roger Taylors distinctive 4 octave range was missing. Adam Lambert was nice. I could tell he didn't think everyone was capable. I'm still happy Queen night was a thing, as it is on Idol shows around the world(has been that way for years). I think Queen compositions, in their complete totality, are almost impossible to get right if you are left alone with people not up to Queens talent. Adam could only do so much. I blame lots of the shortcomings on the backing band and accompanying vocals. 'Somebody To Love' is an example of that. The girl who sang it couldn't hit a certain range and the accompanying vocalists couldn't harmonize with her because of their limited range. On some of this stuff you really need Freddie and Roger. Again, glad it happened and if it happens again the contestants should pick lesser known songs, such as 39' or 'You & I' or 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives.' Three different sounding songs written and composed by three different members of the band. It would show range.