The news that Adam Lambert’s collaboration with Queen will make a long-awaited U.S. debut next month begs the question: Is this becoming a long-term thing with founders Brian May and Roger Taylor?
“I’m having a great time with Queen,” Lambert says in this video from Hooray Henry’s LA opening. “I don’t know; I think it’s really up to the guys.”
Lambert first worked with Queen — stepping in for the late Freddie Mercury — back in 2009, during an appearance on American Idol. He then sang with Queen in 2011 at an MTV Europe video awards program, which led to a series of dates together last summer.
Up next: An appearance at Las Vegas’ iHeartRadio Festival, set for September 20, 2013.
Though Queen has appeared with other lead singers since Mercury’s passing in 1991 — notably Paul Rodgers — Lambert says he still entered into this musical partnership with no small amount of trepidation. May and Taylor, he adds, helped smooth the way.
“At first, it was a bit daunting, you know,” Lambert says. “These are big shoes to fill. Freddie Mercury is huge, a huge icon for me — an amazing vocalist, one of the best rock singers of all time. So, it was a little nerve-wracking in the beginning, but they’re such nice guys. They’re so friendly, and down to Earth. They were very warm, and that made me feel very confident.”
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