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ROLLING STONE: Spike Edney Interview, August 28, 2019

Filed Under () by broddybounce on Friday, August 30, 2019

Posted at : Friday, August 30, 2019

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Rolling Stone interviewed Queen keyboardist & musician extraordinaire ⁠— and the man responsible for suggesting Adam Lambert to Roger Taylor (and, subsequently, Brian May) ⁠— Spike Edney.  The piece is dated August 28, 2019.  He tells fantastic stories of his long tenure with Queen ⁠— and has plenty of absolutely wonderful things to say about Adam!
"The thing is Adam [Lambert] doesn’t sound like Freddie, but he’s a fabulous singer and people have now put that to one side and are saying, 'OK, he’s not Freddie, doesn’t sound like Freddie, doesn’t look like Freddie, but he’s bloody brilliant at what he does.'"
"I went in to refill my martini and I just caught the last minute of him singing 'Whole Lotta Love.'  When he got to the very end I thought, 'Here we go. Here’s where it counts.'  He sang the final cadence and just flew through it.  It was effortless.  I thought, 'Wow. That takes some singing chops to be able to sing it with that kind of confidence.'  Then I googled him and the first thing I saw was him singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' a cappella at his audition.  I sent off an e-mail saying, 'I found a live one.'"
"...MTV Europe awards in Belfast...iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas.  Those two performances really proved that he had the chops and the stage presence."
"We had faith, but there was that thing about the audience.  Some said, 'That’s not Freddie. What do they think they are doing?'  Plenty of reviewers still say, 'If Freddie’s not in Queen, what’s the point of going to see them?'  That was kind of the attitude the first time out for a lot of the older fans.  But once they saw what Adam brought to the stage and how much new life he put into this material, he won them over.  And look where we are today."


Dee R Gee said...

Thank God for Spike Edney.

Nanbert said...

Dee R words exactly!

Sue Smith said...

Thank God for Spike Edney and thank God for Adam Lambert.Great interview and words about Adam.

Rosemary White said...

Great interview.

Nanbert said...

BTW.....I'm glad Queen and Adam have started introducing the other members of the band...Spike, Neil and Tyler... during concerts. They are SO important to the band's monumental "sound".

I feel pretty sure that is at Adam's initiative, since he has always done that with his own bands...such a gracious, thoughtful and classy guy!

Sunflower said...

Good thing American Idol was on their television set and not another program. Lol Whole...Love performance had me losing sleep for nights just thinking about it, incredible! Hmmm so Spike liked Earth Wind and Fire? Me too and was with Duran Duran? Loved them too. Great interview!

Nanbert said...

We all know that Spike is a fantastic keyboardist....but evidently he can, and has, played practically every band instrument professionlly during his musical life. What an amazing range of ability! Queen is lucky to have him.