“American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert was interviewed on this morning’s (Thursday, February 16) edition of “Big Morning Buzz Live” on VH1. You can now video footage of his appearancee below.
When asked about the rumors that he will join the legendary British rock band QUEEN for a tour this summer, Lambert replied, “I’m talking to QUEEN about doing something. I got to perform with them on the [MTV European Music Awards last November], which was so incredible — such an honor to be asked. And there may be something on the horizon, but I’m not joining the band. I have my own album that I need to promote this year, so… I think in a perfect world, I would like to try to find some sort of balance between the two projects, so I’m working on it.”
Lambert recently told U.K.’s Daily Star that he had “no intention” of trying to replace QUEEN‘s original frontman Freddie Mercury.
“The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs. It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of,” he said.
He added, “After the EMAs, I heard faint little slithers of backlash from people saying, ‘You can’t replace Freddie Mercury.’ But I already knew that. There’s no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie. That’s impossible. The way I’m choosing to view it is that it’s a great honor and one I’m in no way going to shirk.”
QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor confirmed to Billboard late last year that he and guitarist Brian May were in talks to hit the road with Lambert. After going public with the fact that QUEEN is essentially retired as an active touring unit, Taylor said, “[Lambert] has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that’s great. We would like to work with him again. There’s nothing signed just yet but we’re talking about live dates. It could be very exciting.”
1991’s “Innuendo” was the last album of new music QUEEN released during Freddie Mercury‘s lifetime. Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991 at age 45.
In 1995, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon overdubbed Mercury‘s final piano and vocal recordings to create the band’s 15th — and final-four man QUEEN album — “Made In Heaven”.
Deacon officially retired from music in 1997 — although he is still a voting member and quarter partner in QUEEN.
In 2008, Brian May and Roger Taylor, who had been touring with Paul Rodgers as QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS, released the chart bomb, “The Cosmos Rocks”, before calling it a day as a trio and a recording entity — despite a string of globally sold-out concerts.