‘It still transmits that excitement’: Adam Lambert has helped Queen keep its spark

Despite their having recently performed with a pair of guest singers, Brian May says the group isn’t out looking for a frontman to replace the departed Freddie Mercury. Fate just keeps stepping in.

First, there was Paul Rodgers, with whom Queen worked from 2005-2009. That partnership grew out of the Fender Strat Pack show in 2004, which found May sitting in with Rodgers on “All Right Now.” Then there was Adam Lambert, who has appeared with May and Roger Taylor ever since. Queen ran into him during a guest shot on the American Idol finale of 2009, where Lambert finished as runner up.

It’s helped ease the way for Queen, after the tragic early passing of the AIDS-stricken Mercury in 1991.

“It’s not easy, and the strange thing is: We don’t really look for singers,” May tells Magic 105.4. “We don’t really try to put Queen back together. But now and again, something will happen. Paul Rodgers and ourselves came together very organically — because I happened to be playing with him. It’s one in hundreds of millions, if you can find someone who can handle those songs.”

Queen put on their first stateside show with Lambert back in September. He goes on to describe Lambert as “extraordinary,” and “a great showman.”

The combination of classic Queen songs and their dynamic new guest singer produced rave reviews.

“I’m proud of what we did — what what we still do,” May adds. “We just did the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas, and it was phenomenal. You will get that response. To see a young audience responding the same way people responded at Live Aid, or 1986 in Wembley, or in Tokyo and Argentina, it’s incredible — and I feel fortunate that we whatever we did find, it still works. It still transmits that excitement.”

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  • glamity58

    Please do a tour in the USA that covers enough states close to me so I can go. I’ll travel for a full show just about anywhere. iHeart was only about a 1/2 hour. I’ve seen the European shows with Adam that were almost two hours and I was spellbound. Please make this happen Brian. What are you guys waiting for?

  • Sherry

    I saw Adam front Queen two times in London last summer and at the iHeartRadio festival but getting the opportunity to see a full Adam/Queen show for two nights was closest to an out of body experience that I’ve ever had. Adam’s voice has always been spectacular but when I saw him w Queen in London his voice was even better in fact there is no perfect way to explain it. No one during my lifetime can compare to Adam except Elvis and Freddie but technically Adam is on another level.

  • Musiclover

    Adam and Queen are a fit made in Heaven. Their stars are shining brighter when they are together. Just make this concerts happen. PLEASE!

  • pr63

    would love, love, love to see adam and queen. madison sqaure garden awaits!!

  • JLM

    Oh yes!! I would go anywhere in the U.S. to see Queen plus Adam Lambert. They are magic!!

  • Trudy

    Hey, and don’t forgot about Canadian Lambert/Queen fans. Remember when the Glam Nation Tour hit Montreal? There were 75,000 people in attendance to see Adam one beautiful summer evening.

  • Barbara

    Please Queen, more concerts with Adam Lambert. Hopefully USA and Canada. Even if I can’t get to one, I love the videos.

  • Blessings

    People its very unfortunate that i live in Zimbabwe thus I won’t even get to see this match made in heaven on TV to start with!