Queen and Adam Lambert has spoken openly about their upcoming US tour together, as well as the legacy of Freddie Mercury and relations with former bassist John Deacon.
Earlier this week, the rock icons and the American Idol winner caused mass hysteria when they announced that they were ambarking on a massive US togther this summer.
Many have been critical of Queen for choosing Lambert to 'replace' iconic frontman Mercury, but responding to the criticism and opening up about his inspiration, Lambert told Rolling Stone: "Freddie had so much power and intensity to his voice. I was always a loud singer, so I identified with the way he attacked things.
"He had such an amazing attack. On the flip side, he could give you something so lyrical and smooth. He had so many different colors, and I'm very inspired by that."
When asked about the idea of the tour opening up the music of Queen to a new generation, guitarist Brian May said: "We were very conscious of that in making this decision. This is the closest that you'll ever get to see Queen as it was in our golden days, but it's not a reproduction. It's not an imitation. We're here live and real and we have a great singer. They'll be a lot of newness about this. I think that's very exciting. It'll be loud and dangerous and all the things that people used to look for in us."
Lambert added: "I think the thing that's really special is that this is the real deal. This is live. In today's music world, you go to a concert and you're getting a lot of playbacks. There's click tracks. It is what it is. I'm not hating on it. But this is the real deal. This is pure. ."
On the subject of recording new material together, Brian May said he was "open to anything" before drummer Roger Taylor aded" It would be nice. We'll see what happens on tour. I think we're going to make sure we enjoy it first."
When asked if the band still kept in touch with John Deacon, May replied: "We don't, really. He doesn't want to. He wants to be private and in his own universe," before Taylor added: "I think he's a little fragile and he just didn't want to know anything about talking to people in the music business or whatever. That's fair enough. We respect that."
Watch Queen and Adam Lambert perform at the iHeartRadio festival below:
Lambert and Queen have previously played shows across Europe and the UK, including three sell-out dates at London's Hammersmith Apollo, but have never toured in the US before.
Adam Lambert and Queen's US tour kicks off June 19 in Chicago, and wraps up July 21 in Washington DC. Queen with Adam Lambert 2014 Tour Dates are as follows:
06/19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
06/21 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
06/23 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
06/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
06/26 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
06/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
07/01 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
07/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
07/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
07/06 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
07/09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
07/10 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/12 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
07/14 – Montreal, QC 2 Bell Centre
07/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
07/17 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
07/20 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
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Below - A gallery of the wonderful things that Lambert and Queen have said about each other: