“American Idol” singer Adam Lambert has reportedly told U.K.’s Daily Star that he will join the legendary British rock band QUEEN for a tour this summer.
Lambert, who previously performed with QUEEN at the MTV European Music Awards last November, said that he had “no intention” of trying to replace the group’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 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.
Recently released are deluxe editions of their final five albums as part of the band’s 40th-anniversary celebration. The albums — “The Works” (1984), “A Kind Of Magic” (1986), “The Miracle” (1989), “Innuendo” (1991), and “Made In Heaven” (1995) — all of which are sold in a exclusive box set through Amazon.com.