Mama mia, mama mia! American Idol alum Adam Lambert has officially been announced as the lead singer for Queen’s upcoming summer tour along with original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Many had anticipated the announcement after Lambert teamed up with May and Taylor for his final performance on AI in 2009, and then again at the MTV European Music Awards in November.
“The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f***ing great songs,” the flamboyant 30-year-old tells the Daily Star. “It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of.”
“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 honor and one I’m in no way going to shirk.”
At this point there has been no discussion of recording a studio album with the new lineup, but Adam did admit “it’d be cool to record with Brian and Roger.”
Next up? Scotty McCreery will be fronting Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kelly Clarkson will do her best to not replace Janis Joplin at the head of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Oh, and Pia Toscano will be filling Beyonce’s shoes for the big Destiny’s Child revival! Ah, just pokin’ a little fun! What do you think of Adam Lambert being the new lead singer for Queen? Will you be buying tickets?