Roger Taylor doesn’t shy away from comparisons between the last two frontman to take the reins for Queen’s Freddie Mercury, saying there’s plenty to set Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert apart.
Of course, Queen is coming off a well-received debut on American soil with Lambert, as part of a huge iHeart Radio music event held in September at Las Vegas. They’ve been working with the Idol runner up since appearing on the program together in 2009.
Previous to that, Queen had a lengthy collaborative relationship with Rodgers, the former Free and Bad Company singer, going back to 2005.
Mercury, who co-founded Queen in 1970 with Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon, died in 1991 after a battle with AIDS.
Queen not only did two major tours with Rodgers, they also issued a benefit single and a studio album called The Cosmos Rocks in 2008. Taylor, speaking to MOJO magazine, confirms that there are no current plans to record with Lambert.
Here’s how Taylor compared and contrasted Queen’s two singers:
“Paul,” the drummer says, “has a perfect blues and soul voice, but our songs are big — and dare I say it, theatrical — and Adam fits that more easily. … Adam is closer to Freddie. Paul was macho, but Adam is a diva. His range is staggering.”