Filed Under () by Admin Fan on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Posted at : Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Queen + Adam Lambert is back by popular demand, set to return this summer for a North American tour.
The pop star and former "American Idol" standout Lambert dropped by Q104.3 New York's "Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show" to talk to Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein about his lifelong relationship with classic rock, his second place finish on "Idol" and how he ended up collaborating with Queen.
Lambert is wholly positive about his "American Idol" experience; he says, in fact, that his Queen courtship began on the show after the band made a guest appearance to perform "We Are the Champions" with the contestants.
Once his "Idol" season was over, Lambert says Queen reached out to him, but before he could commit to anything, he had to begin his solo career and establish himself in his own right.
"It's one thing to just get up onstage and sing some songs," Lambert says, "but the weight of the legacy of [Freddie Mercury] and Queen is very heavy."
In addition to wanting to do right by his idol, Mercury, and his new bandmates, Brian May and Roger Taylor, Lambert recalls the pressure of Queen's first live concert, which was in Ukraine...in front of about 250,000 people. He had just nine days of rehearsal.
"It was a big payoff, a combination of relief -- I definitely felt...fantastic. I felt honored," he says. "I felt like, 'Wow, not only are these fans embracing this experience, but Brian and Roger have been unbelievable.' They've been so collaborative; they've given me a lot of freedom. They've been so supportive."