Adam Lambert steps in as Queen frontman again

Adam Lambert is once again filling the massive shoes of Queen’s legendary frontman Freddie Mercury.

The former American Idol star, who has served as the lead singer for the band since 2011, is reuniting with Queen’s original lineup (Brian May and Roger Taylor) for a performance at this year’s Oscars ceremony and for a North American tour to follow.

“It’s pretty crazy and I’m very excited,” Adam tells me of his collaboration with the iconic band.

“I’m their guest and I intend to go in with the utmost respect. It’s a nice challenge to be on stage with legends.”

On Oscar night, Queen + Adam Lambert will join Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Hudson, Bette Midler, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, who will all perform tunes nominated in the Best Original Song category.

While Queen + Adam Lambert are not nominees, Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury-biopic, is up for 5 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Rami Malek who plays the late icon.

Later this summer, Queen + Adam Lambert will kick off their Rhapsody Tour on July 10 in Vancouver and the 23-date trek will conclude on August 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Adam first teamed up with Queen back in 2009 to perform the band’s staple hit “We Are the Champions” during the American Idol finale when Adam was a contestant.

The diehard Queen fan, who sang “Bohemian Rhapsody” during his initial Idol audition, joined his rock ’n’ roll heroes on stage again in 2011 for a three-song medley at the MTV European Music Awards.

That electrifying performance sparked talks about the possibility of Adam standing in as Queen’s frontman for a string of selected shows and of course he agreed to it.

Following a short European tour in 2012, Queen + Adam Lambert embarked on their first full blown worldwide tour in 2014 which was met with such massive applause that it was extended and ran through 2015.

By popular demand, the band toured North America a second time in 2017 and again throughout Europe in 2018.

And now Adam is about to relive his teenage dream once again.

“I love Queen and I love Freddie Mercury,” Adam says swooning over the iconic, irreplaceable frontman.

Adam adds that he hopes the public gets the gist of his very special collaboration with Queen.

“The idea is just to sing great music and to sing these songs the way Freddie intended them to be sung. Not in a mimicking fashion and not to imitate or just copy Freddie. It would feel sacrilegious and disrespectful to treat it like an impression,” Adam insists. “The idea is to pay homage to his memory.”

Queen + Adam will perform at the 91st Academy Awards airing live Sunday, February 24  at 8 p.m. on ABC. See Queen + Adam’s North American tour dates below.

July 10  – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
July 12 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
July 14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
July 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
July 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
July 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
July 27 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
July 28 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
July 30 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
August 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
August 4 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
August 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
August 9 – Chicago, IL – United Center
August 10 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
August 13 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
August 15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
August 18 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
August 20 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
August 22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
August 23 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center

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