Stuart Morrison's verdict: Five Stars

In August, it will be 29 years since Freddie Mercury's last live gig with Queen.

Since that day at Knebworth, Brian May and Roger Taylor have toured with ex-Free blues man, Paul Rodgers, as unlikely a Queen front man as it was possible to imagine.

Now, they have American idol graduate, Adam Lambert, a man described by May himself as "a gift from god".

The curtain dropped as May crunched out the opening cords of One Vision with Lambert, in a black leather ensemble, looking and sounding the part.

May and Taylor, whilst starting to show their age, played as well as ever. May, in particular appeared to be enjoying himself immensely. Stone Cold Crazy, Another One Bites The Dust, Fat Bottom Girls and Seven Seas Of Rhye completed a dazzling opening section.

Throughout the show, Lambert was a revelation. He had the swagger, the presence, the humour, but above all, the voice, to really give a new life to these songs.

He sang Killer Queen draped over a chaise lounge. He hit all the high notes in Somebody To Love and plunged into the crowd during Radio Gaga. He paid due respect to his illustrious predecessor, who appeared on video from time to time, ultimately duetting with the new boy on Bohemian Rhapsody, which closed the set.

They finished with the traditional We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions encore, which was introduced by a lone piper, a cheesy but effective crowd pleaser, with Lambert sashaying on in a leopard skin suit and sporting a diamante crown.

The crowd loved it and whilst he may not be divine, in Lambert, Queen have, at last, rediscovered the spirit of Freddie.