Listen to Queen + Paul Rodgers perform a reimagined version of "Hammer To Fall"

2006 VH1 Rock Honors - Show
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In 2004, Queen would be joined by Paul Rodgers for the induction of the band into the UK Music Hall of Fame. May and Taylor clarified that Rodgers wasn't replacing the late frontman Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 but would be a vocalist "featured with" two original members, Brian May and Roger Taylor. This collaboration would perform together until 2009.

Queen + Paul Rodgers UK Music Hall of Fame performances included "We Will Rock You," "We Are the Champions," and "All Right Now." The first two songs are Queen originals, while Rodgers' former band, Free, initially recorded the third. He was also formerly part of three other bands: Bad Company, The Firm, and The Law.

The official YouTube page of Queen recently showcased a performance of Queen's 1984 single "Hammer To Fall" from The Works album. This performance is quite different from the band's Live Aid version of the song sung by Mercury. What is usually a rockin' song was drastically slowed down and begins with May on guitar and vocals and drummer Taylor singing harmony. Then Rodgers joins them on stage and adds his powerful vocals. Then things quickly change back to the song fans know and love. It is a dynamic performance offering a new look at an old favorite.

After parting ways with Rodgers, Queen would enlist the vocal talents of another great performer. Singer, songwriter, and actor Adam Lambert joined May and Roger in 2011, again with the understanding he wasn't replacing Mercury but another featured vocalist. Lambert rose to fame when he became the runner-up during the eighth season of American Idol. He is an outstanding vocalist whose theatrical training in modern and classic genres makes him a perfect fit for a featured frontman with Queen.

Adam Lambert, Brian May, Roger Taylor
Queen And Adam Lambert Perform At BMO Stadium / Corine Solberg/GettyImages

Queen + Adam Lambert has continued to bring amazing live shows to the world and in 2020, released the album Live Around the World.

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