Adam Lambert Isn't Interested In Making New Queen Music: "Queen Is Freddie"

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

May 21, 2019

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Queen + Adam Lambert's partnership works so well because both parties are often on exactly the same page.

Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and Lambert have enjoyed the fruits of one another's labor on tour together since 2012. In Lambert, May and Taylor have found a compelling front man who can authentically pay tribute each night to Freddie Mercury. On the other side, Lambert gets to display his prodigious talent before sold-out arena audiences across the world, stoking curiosity in his solo career.

Recording new music with Lambert has never been a priority from Queen's side, with at least one member, May, frankly, too preoccupied with astrophysics and the higher mysteries of the universe to piddle about a recording studio, working out new songs nobody is really asking for (except that one time when it was NASA that asked).

Lambert recently acknowledged that he's asked often about new music with Queen, but he's not really interested either.

"I'm not sure it makes total sense, because it wouldn't really be Queen," he told HungerTV. "To me, Queen is Freddie. My favorite thing is collaborating and putting these concerts together and creating on stage — it's super fulfilling and exciting. To present these ideas to these two gentlemen — especially when they like the idea."

Queen probably learned from its Queen + Paul Rodgers-era that there isn't a big appetite for new Queen songs, especially ones without Mercury's voice. Lambert is surely aware of that — and of the fact that almost no one remembers The Cosmos Rocks album the group released in 2008.

Lambert has never had any illusions about is role in the band, perhaps, in part, because he's revered Mercury since he was a child, and counts the singer as his chief influence. Additionally, Lambert says his solo career has benefitted from his Queen partnership, and the experience has helped him grow as an artist.

"[T[hey didn't really follow any trends; they experimented with different sounds and musical styles; they were fearless," he says of Queen's incredible catalog. "I've always enjoyed that side of things — they are proof it works."

Queen + Adam Lambert's 'Rhapsody' tour kicks off in North America in July. Get all the tour dates here.

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