Since the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the music world has entered a third wave of Queen love, almost an echo of the Wayne’s World effect from 28 years ago. Now a new documentary is here to try to advance that love a little further, delving into 2009 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert’s rise to fame as Queen’s new singer. Titled The Show Must Go On, it primarily charts the rise of Lambert in American Idol which began with him covering ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, to his now near ten years touring with Queen.
The documentary reportedly includes rare concert footage, behind-the-scenes clips and exclusive interviews with band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and Lambert, Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and American Idol judge Simon Cowell. The news came hours after the Queen and Adam Lambert’s opening performance at the 2019 Academy Awards, playing “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”. Freddie Mercury’s late partner Jim Beach is producing the project, along with Simon Lupton (known for producing The Trip films).
Bohemian Rhapsody has recently become the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, beating Walk the Line and Straight Outta Compton. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Malek was awarded Best Actor while the film also received accolades in sound mixing, sound editing and film editing.