Rock icons and American Icon talk the future
Andrew Trendell

09:08 7th March 2014

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

For tickets and more information and tickets, visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.

Below - A gallery of the wonderful things that Lambert and Queen 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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