Legendary rock icons Brian May and Roger Taylor returned to the renowned LA Forum (Queen last performed there in 1982) in conjunction with vocal virtuoso Adam Lambert, and treated the audience to a mind blowing spectacle. The capacity crowd in turn responded with a rapturous reception, prompting Brian May to comment just prior to performing the beautiful and emotional ‘Love of My Life’, “I don’t know how it is for you, but this, for me, is a thrill. I never really thought this would happen. It’s over 30 years since we trod these boards and I’m thrilled that the Forum is back, I’m thrilled that we are back and I’m thrilled that you guys are back because you’re the best!!”
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Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a grandiose James Bond-theme-like ballad Rise Like a Phoenix, before an international TV audience of around 180 million people in 45 countries.
Wurst, sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, won the competition, defeating the Netherlands’ modern country duo The Common Linnets.
It was Austria’s first victory since 1966.
The unabashedly over-the-top contest was initially conceived in the 1950s as a fun way to unite Europe following the Second World War. Still going strong, the pioneering TV singing contest (now also seen online) continues to draw an audience of more than 125 million viewers every year.
Here is Conchita singing Rise Like a Phoenix: