Rock icons discuss new album and future plans
Andrew Trendell

09:44 16th December 2013

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has opened up about the band's plans for the year ahead, revealing that they should be working with Adam Lambert again in 2014. 

Lambert toured with the band for a number of years, stepping in for the late, great frontman Freddie Mercury. Now. in a new interview with Canoe.ca, the drummer Taylor was asked about the band's future working relationship with the American Idol winner - adding that they'll be hitting the road in 2014. 

"It was a one-off but it went really fantastically well," he said. "He's really come on even more, He's a real dark force now. And he's very theatrical. And he really interprets our songs just brilliantly. And he has that incredible instrument, that voice and I feel he's going away from the pop thing which is good I think. And he's becoming a serious player."

He added: "He's got a voice which is pretty unbeatable. I do think we will be working with Adam next year, yeah."

When asked about the long-awaited new Queen album of previously unheard material, Taylor replied: "It's not demos actually, it's actual material that we recorded.

"I got to admit I'd forgotten about most of it because, you know, you work on a different song everyday and then the ones that you don't end up actually developing, get forgotten. Some of it's very good actually. I'm quite surprised what they've come up. I think they're unheard songs. There's different things. It's all a bit of a mix at the moment and (Queen guitarist) Brian (May)'s working more on that than I am in the moment. I've been doing all this other stuff. But I will be getting together with him in the new year to finish what we've got there and then we're going to fashion some kind of album although the exact shape and form of it I'm not sure yet."

Meanwhile, guitarist Brian My also teased fans with promising news: 

Below: A gallery of the wonderful things that Queen and Lambert have said about each other

  • Adam Lambert on performing with Queen: "It was such a tremendous honour to take the stage with Rock and Roll royalty earlier this year. Brian May and Roger Taylor are true gentleman who inspired magical moments on-stage and off."

  • Brain May on Adam Lambert being an angel: "We have a chance to do great things with Adam Lambert. He really is a wonderful foil for us, so it's a kind of gift from heaven, really. It's a lot of fun, too. He's nice to work with. He's fun and light and he doesn't have any airs and graces, and you know, he just gets on with it with us, and we seem to just, we feel like a family. It's nice."

  • Lambert on being pals with Freddie Mercury: "Brian, Roger and the band, they've been really cool about telling me stories about Freddie and kind of letting me into the kind of guy that he was. They always keep saying: 'Oh, you guys would have gotten such a kick out of each other. You probably would have made each other laugh. It's quite a compliment."

  • Brian May calling Lambert 'one in a billion': "It wouldn't happen with, you know, a billion other people, but it just works with him. It feels comfortable and nice, and challenging, also, because he puts different interpretations on the songs, so it gets us to play a little differently. So, it's nice, it's alive."

  • Lambert on getting to know Brian May: "Brian and I had a lovely interaction, he’s a cool dude, then we sang 'We Are The Champions', and we had talked about doing something in the future... Something needed to happen."

  • Roger Taylor takes the compliments up a notch: "He does bring his own approach and he has this amazing range, a gymnastic, beautiful tone and he really fits our material so well. He has all the elements - he has the passion, he has the humour, a little bit of camp. And when the shots are down, he has the power. It's incredible."

  • Lambert on being nervous about touring with Queen: “It was such an honor to do a full, hour-and-a-half long set with them. I was so nervous, at first. I flew over to London to start rehearsals with them, and we only had 10 days scheduled for these big shows. It was a lot of material to learn, but they really made me feel comfortable.”

  • Taylor proving once again how much he loves Lambert: "Brian and I love him to bits. He's fantastic on stage. He has this tremendous charisma, and he's got a range like I've never heard. It's extraordinary, actually."

  • Lambert on everything and everyone in Queen being cool: "They're really cool guys. It was almost like chilling on a family vacation with your grandparents - you know, with your cool uncle, and your cool grandpa. They're like the cool guys that partied in the 1970s, and they're telling great stories - and also telling me all kinds of things about Freddie Mercury, who obviously is like an idol. I got an inside scoop of what it was really like, which was really cool."

  • Incase you didn't know what Queen thought of Adam Lambert: "He's an amazing artist and a very nice guy. We keep in touch and have a good friendship."

  • Brian May on Adam Lambert: "He's extraordinary. It speaks for itself, his voice. That's one voice in a billion. Adam can do things which really I have never heard anyone else ever do in my life."

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