Adam Lambert and Queen's emotional rendition of 'Who Wants To Live Forever' will give you goosebumps
22 June 2021, 14:14 | Updated: 22 June 2021, 14:22
Adam Lambert and Queen's poignant performance at the Isle of Wight festival came the day after the devastating Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016.
As the opening chords to the 1986 power ballad 'Who Wants to Live Forever' echoed across a hushed audience at the Isle of Wight in 2016, the incredible song was even more poignant that evening.
The night before, 49 people were killed and 53 wounded in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.
"I woke up that morning to the news and just feeling really awful about it, and knowing that that could have been me or any one of my friends," he said.
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The American singer revealed the spontaneous decision the group made on the night after the tragic incident.
"So, sort of in the spur of the moment, when we got to that song, I dedicated the meaning of the song to those people that lost their lives,” Lambert said.
“So it took on this very poignant sort of energy in that moment. It was one of those nights where the song just sort of captured that feeling."
He added: “It was powerful, I think."
Queen + Adam Lambert - Who Wants To Live Forever (Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 2016)
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The timeless song was actually written for the 1986 fantasy-action movie, Highlander.
Brian May penned the hit after watching the first cut of the film, and apparently wrote the famous line "Who wants to live forever" in a taxi on his way home after the viewing.
During the movie it soundtracks the scenes of Connor MacLeod's (Christopher Lambert) wife Heather (Beatie Edney) growing old and dying while he stays forever young.
It was sixth track on the album A Kind of Magic and peaked at number 24 in the UK charts.
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"We acknowledge that, especially me to the audience. There's no way I can compare to this rock god."
Lambert has been performing with the rock band as lead vocalist since 2011.