As Queen’s well-received first-ever world tour with Adam Lambert continues, thoughts turn to what’s ahead. There is, of course, the idea of extended the dates. Brian May has even talked about perhaps recording some new music. Whatever happens, Queen seems to have been borne anew.
“There’s a big call to do more shows now,” May tells Eddie Trunk. “So, there’s a good possibility that we will do more shows. I think, beyond that, we’ll just see.”
That this conversation is being had at all, May says, is a credit to Lambert — the former Idol finalist who’s taken over for Queen’s late frontman Freddie Mercury.
“It’s a great place to be; I feel so fortunate to be going out there,” May adds. “I never thought it would happen again. When Freddie went, I thought: ‘That’s it. We did that. It was a great life. Now, it’s time to have a different life.’ And for years, we didn’t try to be Queen in any way. I would look at the Forum in LA, and I would look at Madison Square Garden, and I would think: ‘Those were the days.’ To come back now, all of these years later, and to fill those places and to hear that noise. That’s vindication for the fact that we should be playing, we should be out there. I feel overcome with it, really.”
Lambert has clearly given remaining Queen members May and Roger Taylor a new lease on their musical life. “I think he’s woken us up — and just in time,” May concludes.