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Pictured: Queen and Lambert rock Belfast with perfect tributes to Freddie Mercury

By Jackie Bell

Iconic rockers Queen appeared with Adam Lambert in Belfast on Sunday night to perform a show filled with massive hits in a celebration of their huge impact on music over the decades.

In their only Northern Ireland gig this year, Brian May and Roger Taylor were joined by the former American Idol star to raise the roof off the SSE Arena - and they did just that.

The opening moments of the show heard the familiar chords and exciting buzz of We Will Rock You, with Lambert belting out a teasing few lines in order to let the crowd know what they were in for, as if they needed reminding.

What followed was a packed show of rock nostalgia with everything from Under Pressure to Radio Ga Ga to I Want To Break Free delighting their frenzied fans.

Lambert has been a regular performer with the band in recent years, which has inevitably resulted in cries of "He's no Freddie Mercury!"

But in the words of Mr Lambert himself: "No s**t!"

"There will only be one rock God named Freddie Mercury," he added.

"But it is an absolute privilege to be on stage with these legends singing this incredible music all over the world."

However, Mercury was also present during the concert, much to the delight of Belfast, including a touching moment when May performed Love Of My Life and the iconic star appeared on the massive screen in front of the stage full of rock star charisma and cheeky charm.

The singer's image was also brought back before the encore when a clip of him hyping up the crowd at Live Aid in 1985 was played to the arena, allowing Belfast to enjoy their own Freddie moment much like his fans did all those years ago.

But this was also a night to celebrate Queen and their amazing collaboration with Lambert - with May reminiscing how it all came about in Belfast.

 "In 2011 was the very first time Roger, Adam and I got together in this very hall. That was the beginning of all this and I think it worked out pretty good."

Fans could only agree as Lambert's flamboyant style and unbelievable vocals only added to the huge talent and stage presence of May and Taylor.

There was no stand out performance on the night, they were all truly unforgettable - with Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites The Dust, and Killer Queen all included in the set list.

The decibels of cheers in the SSE Arena on Sunday night were only fitting for the performers on stage in what was a night of great nostalgia, great fun and unparalleled music.

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