When Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor sang 'Under Pressure' and Roger’s son stepped up to play drums

21 January 2021, 12:00 | Updated: 26 January 2021, 17:21

Taking to the stage on July 14 and in a nod of respect to the Queen drummer, Adam Lambert invited Roger Taylor to join him on stage for a special performance of 'Under Pressure'.
Taking to the stage on July 14 and in a nod of respect to the Queen drummer, Adam Lambert invited Roger Taylor to join him on stage for a special performance of 'Under Pressure'. Picture: Youtube/kinkykiedis

By Giorgina Hamilton

Roger Taylor, Adam Lambert and Brian May were performing at London's Hammersmith Apollo in 2012 when the newly appointed Queen frontman brought the drummer on stage for a stunning duet.

It was 2012 and Adam Lambert was finding his feet as the new frontman of Queen.

The American Idol alum had played just a handful of gigs leading the iconic band when he found himself headlining three sold-out shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

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Taking to the stage on July 14 and in a nod of respect to the Queen drummer, Adam Lambert invited Roger Taylor to join him on stage for a special performance of 'Under Pressure'.

As the pair sat on the stage steps, Adam Lambert then announced to the crowd that Roger Taylor's then 21-year-old son Rufus – now the drummer for The Darkness – would be joining them
As the pair sat on the stage steps, Adam Lambert then announced to the crowd that Roger Taylor's then 21-year-old son Rufus – now the drummer for The Darkness – would be joining them. Picture: Youtube/kinkykiedis
Roger Taylor joined Adam Lambert on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo on July 14, 2012
Roger Taylor joined Adam Lambert on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo on July 14, 2012. Picture: Youtube/kinkykiedis
After their first date in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2012 Queen + Adam Lambert embarked on a mini tour of Europe with dates in  Moscow and Wrocław, Poland before finishing with three nights at the Apollo in London (pictured).
After their first date in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2012 Queen + Adam Lambert embarked on a mini tour of Europe with dates in Moscow and Wrocław, Poland before finishing with three nights at the Apollo in London (pictured). Picture: Youtube/kinkykiedis

As the pair sat on the stage steps, Adam Lambert announced to the crowd that Roger Taylor's then 21-year-old son Rufus – now the drummer for The Darkness – would be joining them, making the moment a true family affair.

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Adam Lambert had joined Queen for the first time in 2011 after the band saw him perform 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin live on American Idol back in 2009.

The supergroup played a special performance in November 2011 at the MTV Europe Awards in Belfast before talks began in December for Adam to officially join Queen as their new frontman.

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After their first date in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2012 Queen + Adam Lambert embarked on a mini tour of Europe with dates in Moscow and Wrocław, Poland before finishing with three nights at the Apollo in London.

Queen and Adam Lambert have since toured the world numerous times including dates in South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and extensive North American concerts.
Queen and Adam Lambert have since toured the world numerous times including dates in South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and extensive North American concerts. Picture: Youtube/kinkykiedis
Adam Lambert had joined Queen for the first time in 2011 after the band saw him perform 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin live on American Idol back in 2009.
Adam Lambert had joined Queen for the first time in 2011 after the band saw him perform 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin live on American Idol back in 2009. Picture: Youtube/kinkykiedis
Rufus Taylor (pictured in 2018) is now the Drummer for The Darkness
Roger Taylor's son, Rufus Taylor (pictured in 2018), is now the drummer for The Darkness. Picture: Getty

The rest, as they say, is music history.

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Queen and Adam Lambert have since toured the world numerous times including dates in South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and extensive North American concerts.

Their last appearance before the COVID-19 pandemic was at the Fire Fight Australia concert in Sydney in February 2019, in aid of raising money and awareness for the Australian bushfire season.

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The trio played the same set list Queen played at Live Aid in 1985 – the most famous performance in Queen's history, immortalised on screen in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody.

Their last appearance before the COVID-19 pandemic was at the Fire Fight Australia concert in Sydney in February 2019 in aid of raising money and awareness for the Australian bushfire season (pictured).
Their last appearance before the COVID-19 pandemic was at the Fire Fight Australia concert in Sydney in February 2019 in aid of raising money and awareness for the Australian bushfire season (pictured). Picture: Getty

Brian May later took to social media to say "I don’t think I’ve felt quite like that since Live Aid."

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Since the pandemic hit in March 2020, Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert performed a series of lockdown gigs from the comfort of their homes and in October, Queen released a new album Live Around The World which shot to number one, giving them their first top spot album in 25 years.

Tracks on the album include recordings from UK’s Isle of Wight Festival, Japan's Summer Sonic and the entirety of their 22-minute Fire Fight Australia benefit show.

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Queen also released a new video for 'Don't Stop Me Now' made entirely of photos and videos sent in by fans.

Taking to his official Instagram page to tease a clip of the music video, Brian May spoke of the emotion he felt while watching the new video in light of the pandemic.

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"Have to admit – this brings a bit of a lump to my throat," wrote the Queen guitarist.

"Fingers all crossed that in 2021 we will meet again. Stay safe, folks."