Adam Lambert: The New Queen
In what has turned out to be one of the worst-kept secrets of all time, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert will, as previously rumored, be joining legendary rock band Queen. While they’ve only scheduled one show thus far, it’s now widely assumed that they’ll embark on a worldwide tour in the near future.
For now, fans will have to be content with a single co-headlining gig alongside KISS and Faith No More at the 2012 Sonisphere Festival.
The festival will take place July 6, 7, and 8th at Knebworth Park in England, coincidentally the site of Queen’s last performance with Freddie Mercury, which took place in August 1986. Mercury later died of complications from AIDS. He was one of the first celebrities to admit to having the disease, which he did less than 24 hours before his 1991 death.
Brian May’s Thoughts On Adam Lambert
“Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy,” said Queen guitarist Brian May. “It’s a worthy challenge for us, and I’m sure Adam would meet with Freddie’s approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.”
While most music fans are excited by the prospect, not everyone was pleased with the decision. Freaks and Geeks producer Josh Weinstein sent out a widely reported tweet that managed to insult both Lambert and previous Queen fill-in singer Paul Rodgers.
“Adam Lambert will be singing with Queen,” he wrote. “Yes, that’s how much Paul Rodgers lowered the bar.”
How Adam Lambert Feels About Stepping Into Freddie’s Shoes
“It’s great, they are the coolest guys, they are so down-to-earth,” Lambert told the Associated Press. “They are very sweet and just to be up there doing this music is such an honor. Freddie Mercury was a hero to me and his voice, his song writing and being gay, the whole package is amazing,” the American singer said.
“I in no way am trying to copy or mimic or replace Freddie or do what he did, that would be insulting to his memory and to the fans that hold him in such high regard,” Lambert continued. “I just am paying tribute. I am excited to sing the songs that he wrote and to try to give them some sort of flair that he would appreciate.”
How Do You Feel?
The idea of reviving the band failed once. Do the rock legends have a better chance with Adam Lambert?