Though he’s performed on and off with Queen since 2009, Adam Lambert says they found something new together last September when he made his heavily anticipated stateside stage debut alongside Roger Taylor and Brian May. That, in turn, led directly to their North American tour in 2014.
Maybe it was having gained so much experience reinterpreting lyrics once sung by Freddie Mercury. Maybe it was the confidence that issuing his own hit album in 2012’s Trespassing brought. Maybe it was finally coming home to the U.S., after having only played concerts in a series of overseas locales before.
“It just felt more evolved,” Lambert tells Ryan Seacrest. “We talked about a lot of different reasons, but I think I feel more grounded.”
The youthful Lambert, once a finalist on Idol, will be appearing across America and into Canada with the remaining members of Queen beginning in June. He says that’s another chance to learn from rock royalty.
“It doesn’t feel like a huge age gap,” Lambert says. “They definitely have all of these amazing stories, and tons of experience — and I try to just act as a sponge and listen and learn. It’s amazing, the things that they have to tell and the things they just know. But it feels easy with them, and I think you can see it on stage.”