‘Hopefully there’s more to come’: Early setback turned into great things for Adam Lambert

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Something that at first seemed like a setback ended up becoming a pivotal moment in the rocket-ride career of singer Adam Lambert. After all, on the same 2009 night in which he finished second on American Idol, Lambert performed for the first time with Queen.

“I met them, actually, at the Idol finale,” Lambert tells UK DayBreak. “We all sang together on stage, and something clicked. It was a nice match, it was a nice pairing, and we stayed in touch. I did a couple of other things, and hopefully there’s more to come. It’s a big honor to be up there with them, and we have a really good working relationship.”

Lambert has gone on to a series of European performances, including a stop at the VMAs, and a huge performance in Ukraine with Queen. Last September, he made his stateside premiere with the group, as part of the iHeart Radio festival at Las Vegas.

Queen, of course, was originally fronted by Freddie Mercury, before his early passing after a bout with AIDS. Roger Taylor and Brian May have since appeared with a number of other singers, including George Michael and Paul Rodgers, but none enjoyed as lengthy a stint as has Lambert.

“There’s no replacing Freddie Mercury,” Lambert says. “That’s unfathomable. He’s such an idol for me — as a vocalist and musician, and as a performer. The way he commanded the crowd? Totally awe inspiring.”

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