Gigwise readers name rescheduled Sonisphere gigs as the year's best
Michael Baggs

12:55 21st December 2012

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Queen and Adam Lambert's London gigs in 2012 have been named Gigwise readers' favourite live shows of 2012.

The legendary band's pairing with the US star was thrown into jeopardy when their planned performance at Sonisphere festival was scrapped when organisers cancelled the show. The band then performed two shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo with Lambert stepping into the mighty shoes of Freddie Mercury at the show.

Speaking of his time performing with Queen, Lambert said: "It was such a tremendous honor to take the stage with Rock and Roll royalty earlier this year. Brian May and Roger Taylor are true gentleman who inspired magical moments onstage and off.

"In paying deep respect to the late, great Freddie Mercury, I feel I have evolved into a better artist. Thank you to all the fans who supported me in this venture. It was your fervent energy that fanned the flames and set the stage on fire!"

Queen and Adam Lambert top the poll by an easy margin ahead of The Killers, who place second in our poll, despite the band having to quit a Manchester show due to Brandon Flowers having a sore throat and being unable to sing. Muse place third, with Animal Collective and The Foo Fighters in fourth and fifth place.

Click here to view the poll.

Lambert impressed Queen fans as he stepped into Freddie Mercury's shoes

At the bottom of the poll, somewhat surprisingly, is indie-dance collective SBTRKT, who drew the fewest votes in the poll, tied with Jay-Z and Kanye West's huge collaborative shows.

Rihanna failed to impress with her live shows, as her troubled 777 tour caused headlines for all the wrong reasons this year. Crystal Castles and The Cribs also disappointed Gigwise readers, as they placed fourth and fifth from bottom.

Photos: Queen and Adam Lambert, live in London

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