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Queen + Adam Lambert @ Merriweather

Queen and Adam Lambert Perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion

COLUMBIA, MD - July 20th, 2014 - Adam Lambert performs with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Lambert is handling the majority of vocal duties for the group on their current US tour, but both May and Taylor sang lead vocals on songs from the group's vast back catalogue. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

A few days after shooting Queens of the Stone Age, I was back at Merriweather to shoot Queen and Adam Lambert. Merriweather was PACKED for this show, I hadn’t seen such a big crowd for a show there in quite some time. The crowd itself was very diverse. It was great to see so many generations of fans in one place to hearQueen run through all the hits in their catalog.

COLUMBIA, MD - July 20th, 2014 - Adam Lambert performs with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Lambert is handling the majority of vocal duties for the group on their current US tour, but both May and Taylor sang lead vocals on songs from the group's vast back catalogue. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - July 20th, 2014 - Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Lambert is handling vocal duties for the group on their current US tour. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol, so I had no idea what to expect from Adam Lambert. I thought he was good enough, recognizing that no one can or will ever replace Freddie Mercury. Not gonna happen. But he did a credible job, and certainly the younger people in the audience enjoyed him quite a bit.

COLUMBIA, MD - July 20th, 2014 - 2009 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert performs with Queen at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Lambert sang such Queen classics as "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Stone Cold Crazy." (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - July 20th, 2014 - Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Lambert is handling vocal duties for the group on their current US tour. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - July 20th, 2014 - Brian May of Queen performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

SHOOTING NOTES: We were allowed three songs from the pit or from the aisles of the amphitheater. We chose the amphitheater option because it gave us a better sight line, more straight on than the designated spot in the pit. It also allowed us to get over the heads of the people in the GA pit on the floor. There was quite a bit of discussion about which option to choose between me and the two other photogs, but in the end we all agreed it was the right choice. Lights were wonderful and Lambert spent a good bit of time near Brian May, letting us all get the shot we needed.

COLUMBIA, MD - July 20th, 2014 - Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Lambert is handling vocal duties for the group on their current US tour. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

COLUMBIA, MD - July 20th, 2014 - 2009 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert performs with Queen at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Lambert sang such Queen classics as "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Stone Cold Crazy." (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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    patty
    July 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Good enough? Credible job? You need to get your ears checked! LOL! Nice photos though.

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    Hanne
    August 4, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Great photos! However, your assessment of Adam Lambert… credible job? INCREDIBLE JOB!!! Been to 3 shows… best ever!

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