A confusing and dubious item appeared in a UK Tab, Daily Star, on Friday that claimed Adam Lambert would be “taking Freddie Mercury’s place” in Queen.
The report claimed Adam would tour with the legendary band this summer and used an out-of-context quote from the singer as confirmation: “The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f*****g great songs. It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of”
Media outlets quickly picked up the story with headlines like “Adam Lambert is Queen’s New Frontman”
Adam finally cleared up the rumors last night when he tweeted, “Them clever reporters takin my quotes outta context … I haven’t confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about the EMAs. That being said, I’m truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions.”
Adam is releasing a new album, Trespassing, in March. As honored as he was to sing with Queen at the EMA’s in November, he’s got his own album to promote! No way would he spend the entire summer performing oldies on a legacy tour.
Adam has confirmed that he’s in talks to perform with Queen again, but can’t reveal the details yet. I’m guessing it will be a handfull–at most–one-off performances.
A representative for Hollywood Records tells Rolling Stone, “The Daily Star item only mentions that Adam may perform with Queen at Sonisphere. This is not confirmed. Nothing has been signed. However, if this were to happen, Queen would be returning to the setting of their final concert with Freddie Mercury, which took place in 1986.”