‘Sometimes it’s hard to hear’: Criticism doesn’t slow Adam Lambert, who’s set for U.S. debut with Queen

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Adam Lambert, who’ll play his initial U.S. date with Queen later this month, has withstood his share of criticism — even before stepping into the shoes of one of rock music’s most celebrated frontmen.

And he knows exactly how to deal with it.

“Everybody has an opinion, right?” Lambert tells Phoenix Radio in this clip. “Sometimes it’s hard to hear, but I think growing up as a kid and doing theater, I got used to wanting a role and not getting it. So, I think I’ve had a long history of rejection and criticism. That’s what being a performer is all about. It’s just part of it — part of the territory.”

Lambert has performed several times with Queen since he appeared on stage amidst the season eight American Idol finale with Roger Taylor and Brian May. Their original frontman in Queen, Freddie Mercury, died in 1991 from complications relating to AIDS.

Some felt that Queen shouldn’t have gone on without Mercury. But that smattering of complainers weren’t the only stumbling blocks for the ever-upbeat Lambert along the way.

He famously finished second to Kris Allen, of course, in Idol voting, and recently split with RCA after deciding against doing a label-suggested covers album. Lambert previously issued 2009’s For Your Entertainment, 2012’s Trespassing, a set of EPs and live set for the Sony-owned group.

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