Former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has confirmed that he will be joining Queen as the band’s frontman for a tour this summer.
In 2009, Adam was joined by two of Queen’s original members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, during his final performance in American Idol. They thenperformed together again at the MTV European Music Awards in November.
The success of those performances did lead to speculation that Adam would be taking the place of the late Freddie Mercury in an upcoming tour. In December Roger Taylor said:
“He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice… We would like to work with him again. There’s nothing signed just yet but we’re talking about live dates.”
Those live dates have been settled. Adam Lambert will join May and Taylor through 2012, including dates in Knebworth, England. It was there that Queen played their last concert with Freddie Mercury in 1986 before his death 5 years later.
Adam told the UK’s Daily Star:
“The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f–king great songs. It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of.”
Adam insists that he is not going to take Freddie’s place:
“After the EMAs, I heard faint little slithers of a backlash from people saying: ‘You can’t replace Freddie Mercury.’ But I already knew that.
“There’s no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie. That’s impossible. The way I’m choosing to view it is that it’s a great honour and one I’m in no way going to shirk… Being asked to front Queen is the best thing that can possibly happen.”