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After futzing around with intimations that Lady Gaga could become the new singer for Queen, the band has decided to get serious, drafting American Idol runner-up and anthropomorphic bottle of Manic Panic nail polish Adam Lambert to replace the late Freddie Mercury. “That’s impossible,” Lambert said regarding his replacing the late Freddie Mercury to the U.K.’s Daily Star, where he first announced his intention to replace the late Freddie Mercury. “The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs,” he continued about his intention to replace the late Freddie Mercury, and like so many, willfully ignoring Paul Rodgers.

Conveniently headline-grabbing Gaga rumors aside, speculation that Lambert might be Queen’s top choice for the job had run rampant ever since the band backed established Queen fan Lambert during a 2009 Idol appearance—which you can see below by placing a thumb over the face of actual Idol winner Kris Allen, who is definitely not the new lead singer of Queen—followed by a performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards last November. The Lambert-led, slightly tongue-ier version of Queen will debut at this summer’s Sonisphere Festival, with future performances and even possibly recordings to be worked in around Lambert’s solo career—which, coincidentally, includes a new album that just happens to see release next month. So, the timing on that worked out pretty well for everybody.

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Queen is still going strong after five decades. The legendary rock outfit is the focus of a new documentary, The Queen and Adam Lambert Story, which details their collaboration with the pop star and their subsequent lineup changes. The latter topic has led many to ask: who are the members of Queen today? Which artists comprise the 2019 iteration of the band?

Today, Queen is made up of Lambert and founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Lambert is the lead singer, while May and Taylor take up lead guitar and drumming duties, respectively. This version of the band has been active since 2009, when Lambert joined May and Taylor for an American Idol performance. The other touring members include keyboard player Spike Edney, bassist Neil Fairclough and percussionist Tyler Warren.

Queen’s 2019 Lineup Includes Founding Members Brian May & Roger Taylor

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Prior to Lambert, Paul Rodgers was the band’s lead vocalist. He took over singing duties in 2004, and toured extensively with the other two members. Each of their live album releases; Return of the Champion, Super Live In Japan, and Live In Ukraine, were well received by fans. Rodgers left the band in 2009, though he didn’t rule out the possibility of performing with May and Taylor in the future.

In 2012, Taylor said that Lambert was more suited to the Queen sound than Rodgers. “Paul has one of the greatest rock voices but it’s more blues and soul orientated I would have thought,” he told the Toronto Sun. “I would say, with all due respect to Paul, that Adam is more suited to a lot of our material and whereas we had great tours with Paul, I think Adam is more naturally at home with us.”

Both Adam Lambert & Paul Rodgers Have Filled In for Freddie Mercury as Lead Singer

Both Lambert and Rodgers have had to contend with the legacy of Queen’s original frontman, Freddie Mercury. Mercury is considered to be one of the most explosive and charismatic performers in rock history, and he penned several of Queen’s biggest hits before his death in 1991. Six years later, the band released “No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)” as a tribute to Mercury and other musicians who died too soon.

“When Freddie died, it was like losing a family member, and we all handled it in different ways,” May told the Telegraph in 2002. “For a time, I really wanted to escape from Queen; I didn’t want to know about it. I think that was my grieving process. But I’m very proud of what we did together. My God, we really did go on some interesting excursions! Mostly, it makes me feel good.”

Original Bassist John Deacon Retired from Queen In 1997

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John Deacon, the band’s original bassist, retired in 1997. Often referred to as Queen’s ‘lost member,’ Deacon has kept his personal life under wraps for the past two decades. May told the Daily Mail that he hasn’t even made contact with Deacon since he left the band. “It’s his choice. He doesn’t contact us. John was quite delicate all along,” he explained.

“I haven’t heard a squeak from John,” Taylor added. “Not a single guttural grunt. We’re not in touch, but John’s a sociopath, really, and he’s given his blessing to whatever Brian and I might do with the brand. And we’ve done rather a lot.”

Queen thrived commercially from 1975, when “Killer Queen” appeared, to 1980, when the disco-style “Another One Bites the Dust” reached No. 1 on the pop-singles chart. Although Queen’s commercial success waned in the 1980’s, it was partly vindicated when the hook from “Under Pressure,” its collaboration with David Bowie in 1982, was borrowed by the rapper Vanilla Ice for his hit single “Ice, Ice Baby.” From Zanzibar to the World Stage

He was one of a number of celebrities who had announced that they suffered from AIDS to try to increase the public’s awareness of the disease. In a statement on the eve of his death, Mr. Mercury called on his fans around the world to join the fight against AIDS.

Mr. Mercury, whose name was originally Frederick Bulsara, was born in Zanzibar, the son of a Government accountant. He rose to fame as the bravura singer for Queen, whose elaborate and occasionally bombastic songs made the group one of the most popular in the 1970’s.

In addition to recording with Queen, Mr. Mercury later released solo albums, including “The Great Pretender.”

In recent years, he lived a secluded life and resisted responding to persistent rumors that he had AIDS.

Brian May says Freddie Mercury would “love and hate” new Queen singer Adam Lambert

Queen‘s Brian May has heaped praise on the band’s current singer Adam Lambert ahead of their upcoming Las Vegas residency, which begins tomorrow (September 1)

Lambert became the new frontman of Queen in 2011, taking the place of the legendary Freddie Mercury. May said that Lambert’s so good in the role, Mercury would have been jealous.

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“Freddie would love and hate him, because Adam has a real gift from God,” May told Yahoo. “It’s a voice in a billion, nobody has that range, nobody that I’ve ever worked with, not just the range but the quality throughout the range. I’ve seen Adam develop just like I watched Freddie develop.”


May waxed lyrical about how much he enjoyed playing live with the band’s new singer. “In no way does he imitate Freddie but he provides that piece of the jigsaw puzzle,” he said. “It’s stupendous, we would never be doing this now if it weren’t for Adam.

“Sometimes I stop playing because I think ‘what did he just do?’ He’s so free with his interpretations and it’s just spine-chilling. The sound he makes and the way he interprets a song.”

  • Watch the dramatic new trailer for the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Paul Rodgers had previously filled their legendary original frontman’s shoes from 2004 until 2009, but Lambert was brought on board after impressing them in the final of American Idol. Lambert, who was runner-up in the show’s 8th season, sung with Queen on the season finale along with the series’ winner Kris Allen.

“There was something about Adam, this chemistry was instant and it was like we were already in a band with him,” May remembers, and reconnected with the singer as soon as he was out of his American Idol contract.


“When we had the opportunity to work with him we did three songs in Ireland for an awards show. We did ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ and everybody, including us, went ‘Oh, this works. It just has it. It just has the right ingredients.’”

Earlier this year, Lambert paid his own tribute to Mercury, speaking of the difficulty of discussing sexuality in ‘a different time’


What Happened to Queen After Freddie Mercury Died?

Queen is one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Their legendary songs, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Radio GaGa” and many more have become standards, and people of all ages can sing along to every verse. Formed in the early 1970s, Queen was originally composed of lead singer Freddie Mercury, lead guitarist Brian May, bass player John Deacon, and drummer Roger Taylor. Even following a truly tragic loss, the remaining members of Queen have remained dedicated to their music, giving younger generations of fans the chance to experience all of their classic songs.

When did Queen originally form?

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Before the world was introduced to Queen, Brian May tried his hand forming several different bands, including one called “Smile” with drummer Roger Taylor. However, it wasn’t until Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara joined forces with May and Taylor that the group really took off. They recruited bassist John Deacon and changed their band name to Queen. In addition, Bulsara assumed the persona Freddie Mercury, named after the messenger to the gods. From there, there was no turning back.

Queen was signed to a record deal in 1973 and started writing songs like “Killer Queen” and “Stone Cold Crazy.” The band became incredibly popular in Britain, and following their whirlwind tour of the United States, quickly became one of the biggest bands in the world. Queen continued to write, record, and tour all throughout the seventies and well into the eighties. However, the late eighties would bring the band some serious controversy and what would ultimately become their greatest tragedy.

When did Freddie Mercury die?

The UK’s best-selling album of all-time is the biggest on vinyl in 2019 so far! @QueenWillRock’s Greatest Hits leads the Top 40 list

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In the late eighties, fans started to grow concerned over Mercury’s haggard appearance. There was widespread speculation that he was suffering from some sort of illness, but he refused to confirm anything until late 1991. Mercury revealed, in a prepared statement, that he had AIDS. By the following day, Mercury had passed away from complications of his illness. The whole world mourned for Mercury, an iconic rock god the likes of which the world had never seen. Mercury’s bandmates also mourned, in their own way.

Without the legendary frontman, Queen was left without a leader, and while Roger Taylor and Brian May stayed active with their own solo projects, they wouldn’t reunite as Queen until years after Mercury’s death.

Queen continues to tour the world

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— Queen (@QueenWillRock) August 1, 2019

In 2002, Queen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony kicked off a Queen renaissance, with a whole new generation of fans beginning to discover their incredible songs. A few years later, Queen played some shows with singer Paul Rodgers taking on the duties of frontman. They even released an album in collaboration with Rodgers in 2008, but by 2009, the band parted ways with Rodgers.

In 2012, Queen would be revitalized once again, when they joined forces with former American Idol alum Adam Lambert. Lambert certainly had Freddie Mercury vibes and showmanship, but he brought a style all his own to the table, and later in 2012, Queen + Adam Lambert started touring together. With the release of the exciting new film Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, even more young fans were introduced to Queen. Their summer 2019 tour with Adam Lambert sold out stadiums all over the world.

As a powerful force in the music industry since the early seventies, Queen has proven that they have the adaptability and strength to overcome any challenge — and to come out the other side rocking. They are the champions of the rock scene, and hopefully will be around for many years to come.

Queen and Adam Lambert roll into Pittsburgh for sold-out show

It’s a steamy summer for pop/rock star Adam Lambert.

With his new single “Comin in Hot” and his current Rhapsody Tour with British rock band Queen selling out venues everywhere it plays – including a July 31 date at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh – Lambert is on fire.

In an ABC-TV documentary that aired before the six-week tour got underway July 10 in Vancouver, Lambert talked about how he went from being a runner up on the eighth season of “American Idol” in 2009 to being Queen’s new lead singer with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died in 1991.

Lambert sang Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” during his “Idol” audition and his season finale performance that year featured May and Taylor. They performed again together at the 2011 MTV Europe Awards and began touring together the next year as Queen and Adam Lambert.

They also were featured performers at the 2019 Academy Awards in February.

“One of the great things about being on stage with Queen is that I’ve challenged myself to try to find my own personal connection to the lyrics to their songs,” Lambert said. “‘Another One Bites the Dust’ is a big bite, and ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ and ‘The Show Must Go On’ are all big songs, but they’re so gratifying.”

Concert promoter Jared Braverman said that Lambert, 37, “brings in a whole new fan base. There are people that come in to see Adam Lambert and they walk away Queen fans.”

Live music experience

The six-week Rhapsody tour is introducing a new larger-than-life stage production, according to Stufish Entertainment Architects’ set designer Ric Lipson. He said the tour “will expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

“We have been designing a brand new visual spectacle that will re-frame these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!” Lambert said in a press release.

May added, “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America!”

Completing the tour lineup are Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass and Tyler Warren on percussion.

Lambert’s new album, “Velvet,” a two-part release, is due out in the fall, with Side A expected to be released in September. Lambert already released three singles from the album, “Comin in Hot, “Feel Something” and “New Eyes,” which he debuted live at a summer concert in New York City’s Central Park.

“It’s a little more soulful, a little funkier, there’s lots of instruments and more influence from the past, the ’70s and ’80s,” he said of his upcoming album, before offering up the new song.

  • Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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    Queen and Adam Lambert: The Rhapsody Tour
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    Admission: Sold out
    Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh

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    American Idol is paying tribute to one of the most famous rock bands of all time in an upcoming episode. Each of the top eight contestants will perform a song from the Queen catalog, before partnering up for classic movie duets, and the fitting celebrity mentor for the week will be Adam Lambert.

    Lambert has been touring as Queen’s frontman since 2011. Of course, Lambert and American Idol go way back, as the singer performed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ during his own audition for the show in 2009 and he later sang with the band in that year’s season’s finale before finishing as season 8 runner-up.

    Viewers will also be able to see Lambert another time this season, when he performs on the season 17 finale, airing on 19 May Before that, the top eight will take on Queen with Lambert’s help on 28 April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

    The new incarnation of American Idol is the first reality competition series on US television to allow viewers to watch and vote simultaneously.

    For this episode, viewers will be able to vote by text, via the show’s official website, and on the American Idol app during the show. Results will be revealed at the end of the show in real time, across all time zones.

    Also in Queen news, Brian May and Roger Taylor are again teaming up with Adam Lambert and returning to Japan in January 2020 with a brand-new, spectacular production. Japan, where Queen created ‘Queen Mania’ when they first arrived in 1975 and remains a special place for the band even today, will get to experience the band’s all-new concert experience with the coming of the Rhapsody Tour.

    Queen + Adam Lambert play the following Japanese shows in 2020:

    January 25: 2020 Saitama Super Arena (Tokyo)
    January 26: 2020 Saitama Super Arena (Tokyo)
    January 28: 2020 Kyosera Dome (Osaka)
    January 30: 2020 Nagoya Dome (Nagoya)

    Ticket details are due to be released on 26 April. For more information, please visit Queen’s official website.

    Announcing the Rhapsody Tour of Japan Roger Taylor said: “Japan has always been such a special place for Queen and we can’t wait to return with our new show.”

    Adam Lambert said: “It feels like too long since we were last in Japan, but I have such fond memories of our time there, and I am so thrilled to go again with a whole new show.”

    Says Brian May: “The fond relationship between Queen and the Japanese people is legendary. Over the years the bond has strengthened, and in recent months the success of the Bohemian Rhapsody film in Japan has become an unprecedented phenomenon. It will be the greatest thrill for us to return in January to the country that first recognised Queen music nearly 50 years ago. Subarashi desu!!!”

    Explore Our Queen Artist Page.

    Adam Lambert to Join ‘American Idol’ as Celebrity Mentor for Queen Week

    The season 8 runner-up will also perform on the competition’s May 19 finale.

    American Idol is paying tribute to one of the most famous rock bands of all time in an upcoming episode. Each of the top eight contestants will perform a song from the Queen catalog, before partnering up for classic movie duets, and the fitting celebrity mentor for the week will be Adam Lambert.

    Lambert has been touring as the frontman of Queen since 2011. Of course, Lambert and Idol go way back, as the singer performed “Bohemian Rhapsody” during his own audition for the show in 2009 and he later sang with the band in that year’s season’s finale before finishing as season 8 runner-up.

    Viewers will also see Lambert another time this season, when he performs on the season 17 finale, airing May 19. Before that, the top eight will take on Queen with Lambert’s help on April 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

    The new incarnation of Idol is the first reality competition series on American television to allow viewers to watch and vote simultaneously. For this episode, viewers will be able to vote by text, via, and on the show’s app during the show. Results will be revealed at the end of the show in real time, across all time zones.

    Another two bite the dust tonight on ABC’s American Idol (unless judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan unanimously decide to use their save).

    Before that happens, though, the top 8 contestants will perform from the catalogue of Queen, and EW can exclusively reveal the songs they’ll be singing, as well as a preview of their mentor session with current Queen frontman Adam Lambert. (He and the band will also be the focus of an ABC special, The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story, airing Monday at 8 p.m.)

    In the sneak peek above, the singers still in the running to be the next American Idol meet Lambert, who suggests “enhancing these performances with some real arena-rock special effects. Maybe someone wants some pyro, maybe some fire somewhere, maybe some smoke.”

    Will any of them take his advice? We’ll find out when they perform live, coast to coast, at 8 p.m ET/5 p.m. PT tonight.

    More importantly, who’s singing what? It’s a killer (queen) list:

    Alejandro Aranda — “Under Pressure”
    Alyssa Raghu — “Somebody to Love”
    Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon — “Who Wants to Live Forever”
    Laci Kaye Booth — “Love of My Life”
    Laine Hardy — “Fat Bottomed Girls”
    Madison VanDenburg — “The Show Must Go On”
    Wade Cota — “We Are the Champions”
    Walker Burroughs — “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

    Then, because there’s no escape from reality (sorry, had to do it), they’ll pair up to perform classic movie duets.

    Watch the exclusive clip above for more.

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