The second half opened with Brian May's "We Will Rock You," with the audience doing the expected heavy lifting on the chorus and stomping accompaniment. It sounded like a sound problem cut off the beginning of Adam Martin's otherwise fiery guitar solo.
Shotton waxed lyrical in Mercury's "We Are the Champions," caressing the lyrics and finding a gentler side of triumph.
May's "Flash," from the campy "Flash Gordon" film, featured the West Virginia State University Chorus, Dirk Johnson, conductor, and Shotton singing from a balcony above the stage.
That segued to "You Take My Breath Away" with the WVSU singers and pianist Duncan Grant supporting Shotton's soaring vocal.
A fine arrangement of May's "Who Wants to Live Forever," from "Highlander," showed the orchestra in fine form.
Conductor Grant Cooper demonstrated a single pitch of vocal prowess at the start of "Somebody to Love" before the chorus took over and Shotton joined in.
The concert closed with a great arrangement of "Bohemian Rhapsody," which the orchestra, chorus and band played zestfully. The audience sang the first verse solidly.
Shotton was launching into "Fat-Bottomed Girls" as an encore as I was leaving to make deadline.
The concert repeats tonight at the Clay Center at 8 p.m. Brush up on your lyrics if you plan to attend.