Adam Lambert steps up as Queen frontman
The minute Adam Lambert joined Queen on stage at the 2011 MTV European Music Awards, rumors started flying that he would be filling the massive shoes of legendary frontman Freddie Mercury.
Well, it’s happening, at least for the duration of a teensy European tour that kicked off last weekend in Kiev, Ukraine.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Adam grinned as we chatted in his room at the W Hotel in Montreal before he took off to Europe.
“It’s a nice challenge to be on stage with legends. I’m there as their guest and I intend to go in with the utmost respect.”
Adam arrived in Europe riding on the success of his sophomore album Trespassing, which debuted at #1 on the US Billboard charts upon its release in May.
Adam hasn’t even toured the album yet, but didn’t think twice about setting one dream aside for another.
“I’ve been so obsessed with Trespassing for the past year and a half, [the tour] will get my mind away from it for a second which will be a nice break.”
The former American Idol contestant has 6 show dates scheduled with his lifetime idols this month.
The kick off event in Kiev was a joint benefit concert with Elton John for the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation, and the three last dates bring the rockers to London, where it all began with Freddie Mercury in 1971.
“I love Freddie Mercury,” Adam said of the irreplaceable frontman and he hopes the public gets the gist of this special tour.
“The idea is just to sing great music. To sing these songs the way he intended them to be sung, not in a mimicking fashion, not to imitate,” Adam smiled. “The idea is to pay homage to his memory.”