By Monique Clarke |Staff Writer|
Rumors of Adam Lambert becoming the new front man of the legendary band Queen are spreading around the Internet.
A confusing report in UK’s Daily Star magazine misled everyone into believing Lambert was going to replace the late Freddie Mercury.
The tabloid quotes Lambert as saying, “The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs. It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would’ve been proud of.”
Queen’s late frontman, Freddie Mercury, was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocal range. It is clear to see the influence Freddie Mercury has on so many artists, Lambert included.
Lambert has shown fans he can hold his own while performing with the last surviving members of Queen, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
Lambert previously performed “We Are the Champions” with Queen in 2009 on the “American Idol” season eight finale.
Although Lambert didn’t win the competition, he has nevertheless become one of the most popular and lucrative “Idol” contestants in the show’s history.
Lambert just recently performed with Queen last November at the MTV European Music Awards, which only added fuel to the already massive fire.
“After the EMAs, I heard faint little slithers of a backlash from people saying: ‘You can’t replace Freddie Mercury’,” Lambert said after his November performance. “But I already knew that.”
“There’s no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie. That’s impossible,” said Lambert. “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. Being asked to front Queen is the best thing that can possibly happen.”
UK’s Daily Star reportedly stated Adam Lambert was going to perform with Queen at the Sonisphere Festival, Europe’s largest music event, in July.
The paper then declared that Lambert would join the band on the road to play a couple tour dates, which even included a performance in Knebworth, which is revered as the last place Freddie Mercury played with Queen before he passed away.
To add to the confusion, Lambert quickly dismissed the rumors of joining Queen via his Twitter account.
“Oooh them clever reporters takin my quotes outta context…. I haven’t confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about the EMAs,” he tweeted, “That being said, I’m truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions Mr. Journalist!”
A representative of Queen’s label, Hollywood Records, then cleaned up the rumors during an interview with Rolling Stone.
“The Daily Star item only mentions that Adam may perform with Queen at [the Sonisphere festival],” the rep was quoted as saying, “This is not confirmed. Nothing has been signed. However, if this were to happen, Queen would be returning to the setting of their final concert with Freddie Mercury, which took place in 1986.”
Whether or not the rumors are true, fans may still see Lambert perform with Queen on stage at Sonisphere. They will be happy to know Adam Lambert’s second solo album, Trespassing, is due on March 20.