‘More naturally at home with us’: Queen on the difference between touring with Adam Lambert, Paul Rodgers

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Roger Taylor and Brian May have nothing but praise for their 2005-09 stint with Paul Rodgers. It pushed Queen’s music into a new, more R&B-inflected direction, however, whereas successor Adam Lambert has precipitated a shift back to the band’s original Freddie Mercury-era tone and feel.

“Paul has one of the greatest rock voices,” Taylor tells the Toronto Sun, “but it’s more blues and soul orientated, I would have thought. I would say, with all due respect to Paul, that Adam is more suited to a lot of our material and whereas we had great tours with Paul, I think Adam is more naturally at home with us.”

May and Taylor also recorded one studio album with Rodgers, who earlier fronted Bad Company and Free. Up next is a world tour featuring Lambert, who has been appearing off and on with Queen since his 2009 stint on American Idol.

“Yeah, I think the styles match more closely in a sense but we had a great time with Paul, no doubt about it, and it kind of stretched it to a new place and I think a thoroughly good experience,” May adds. “But Adam is really, like us, he has many, many colors — so we can explore some of those strange excursions that Queen likes to.”

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  • Lily

    I cannot wait for the Queen + Adam tour to hit western Canada. Long live classic rock!
    (This is our first opportunity to see Adam live. Thank you Brian and Roger for bringing him to Canada. Should be quite a night.)

  • Candlefly

    Queen+Lambert, Dallas, I will be there……..