ABC News Radio reports that Queen and Adam Lambert are set to make a big announcement next week.

Queen and Lambert have announced some sort of event for next Thursday morning at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, with a promise of more details to follow. It’s safe to assume that this will serve as a kickoff for some kind of concert event or series.

Rumors have been swirling lately about Adam and Queen hitting the road again, and perhaps adding some US dates to the tour. Previously, Queen performed a handful of gigs in Europe, with Adam as their front man, staning in for the late Freddie Mercury. The lineup’s US debut was at the iHeartMusic festival in September 2013.

In January, Queen guitarist, Brian May, posted on his official website that he and drummer Roger Taylor, had “been looking at doing some dates” this year.” He wrote, “I think we’re up for one more swing out there.” Adam wasn’t mentioned by name, but Brian teased that the lineup would be “Roger and myself, and who knows who else!!”

Via ABC News Radio

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  • Ronnie D

    Great news! Hopefully Adam will be able to do some of his own, and maybe some new music at these shows. This is great exposure for Adam since there a a LOT of classic rock fans in the U.S.

  • bridgette12

    Can’t wait for the Queen/Lambert announcement. I’m wondering are they going to announce any international dates alone with the US dates. It’s going to be great seeing Brian, Roger and Adam together again.

  • Marko

    Hopefully some new rock oriented music instead of club dance / electro pop rubbish :)

  • Jordana33

    They’re working on a new album with new music?

  • Larc

    I’m thinking this will be an announcement of US/Canada tour dates only since it will happen in NYC. Madison Square Garden is likely where the NYC concert(s) will be.

  • seashellz51

    Well,this is exciting! I wonder how many US dates there will and will there be any international dates such as Canada? Hoping for something near Las Vegas. Since Adam is still in Sweden he may cross the pond with Brian & Roger to NY.

  • bridgette12

    You never know they might want to record some new music with Adam because they did do that with Paul Rogers.

  • emme1000

    sign me up!!

  • Larc

    Brian said a while back they still have music that Freddie was involved in writing and they have never recorded.

  • Jordana33

    I think that would be very cool.

  • http://www.holyhomo.com/ Rand

    OMG. YAAAAAS.

  • Corrine43180

    I want him rocking with queen but I want pop for his own music. Different strokes :)

  • elle

    The last time MSG had a “big announcement” press conference it was to announce Billy Joel’s residency gig (playing 1 concert each month). I wonder if Queen has made a similar deal.

  • Marko

    Have no problem with pop but I would love some “edgier” sound.

  • Montavilla

    Also, some archived tracks (with Freddie’s vocals) that they’ve “rediscovered.” There’s even some duets between Freddie and Michael Jackson that have been previously tied-up by Jackson’s estate. Supposedly they’re working on polishing all of that up so they can release an album.

    However, from reading Queen fan posts, I’ve gathered that these projects tend to drag on.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t think that’s it, from what Brian and Roger have said in interviews it sounded like they would be going on tour not taking up residency anywhere, especially in the US.

  • Marko

    Is it realistic to hope that Queenbert can fill a stadium?

  • Dianne

    I hope MSG isn’t their only venue; I can make it to Vegas quite easily and there are reasonably priced hotels a hop skip and a jump from the MGM Garden Arena, the most likely location (f this happens attending would be a lock for me). And whether I go or not, will be excited. Hoping Queen & Adam have collaborated on some new music, that would be a nice surprise (frosting on the cake!).

  • Monica Linder

    AWESOME news! Will definitely attend!

  • Mel432

    Billy Joel is from New York. I wouldn’t be surprised if if he still lives somewhere in NY. It would be much easier for him to have a concert every month at MSG. For Queen and Adam, not so convenient.

  • Mel432

    Probably not even a handful of performers can fill a stadium in the US. U2 can, that’s all I know (I went to one).

  • Raye

    They did play in front of 250,000 in Kiev.

  • weareallinnocent

    Excellent!

    Can’t wait to see what these amazing talents have planned for us!

  • _Lilzy

    YES!YES!YES!
    Can hardly wait! Hoping for West Coast dates but if there’s a gig in NYC and I can score a premium ticket at list price.. I might consider a mini vacay! OMG SO EXCITED! Let the ticket war begin!

  • JLE12

    Great, great news! Is it Thursday yet?

  • bridgette12

    Who’s talking stadiums, I assumed arenas about 20,000 sounds reasonable.

  • newinNM

    But that was with Elton John and after some big sporting event, soccer maybe. My guess would be 10,000, can’t most arenas be configured for different amounts. Start with a certain number of tickets available and add more as sales indicate.

  • newinNM

    You are me, Vegas would work very nicely and some type of new music collaboration would be excellent. Will be exciting to see what they have planned.

  • JLE12

    Queen has never been a huge draw in the States. Here is info on their last tour with Paul.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_%2B_Paul_Rodgers_Tour

    I would guess venues that can seat between 7,000-15,000 would work. They do very well in Canada so those venues will probably be larger. This time they have Adam who on his own can sell 2,00-3,000 tickets so that plus the fact that realistically this is probably the last time Brian and Roger will tour and there is no way long time Queen fans like me would miss out on seeing them.

  • Porfivor Nixon

    I’m not a big fan of these concerts, but I wish Adam the best. I’d rather he was doing it with his own music, though.

  • taylor

    And One Direction can…lol

  • Marko

    LOL. Simon Cowell’s pride and joy.

  • Corrine43180

    He will be at some point. He’s been in Sweden since 2/14 working on his album. Two full weeks so far, hope he’s getting lots done!

  • Corrine43180

    Don’t think it’s a residency, this exchange just happened with Brian May on twitter:

    @Glambert3672: The mere idea of @adamlambert, @DrBrianMay & @OfficialRMT, @QueenWillRock in the U.S. makes me deliriously happy. Plz put Texas on the list!

    @DrBrianMay: @Glambert3672 @adamlambert @OfficialRMT @QueenWillRock it just might be. I hope so too ! Bri

  • elle

    Yeah, you’re probably right. Maybe they’re just kicking the tour off at MSG. :)

  • elle

    I believe Billy Joel lives on Long Island. When you consider the traffic from LI to NYC, flying in from the UK may be easier (jk). I was just speculating anyway. The press conference is probably to announce the tour’s kick-off at MSG. :)

  • esther macha

    Fingers crossed for Texas, but will fly anywhere. If lucky enough to score tickets.

  • Mel432

    Unbelievable.

  • mmb

    I don’t know how/where any residency idea/talk started. The Billy Joel situation was unique. Billy is a huge draw in the NYC area. He has sold out 15 shows in a row at MSG before. He sells out NYC area stadiums. He shut down Shea. He’s sold out 40-50 or more shows at MSG over his career. He lives in the area. He u doubted ly has an exclusive w MS( as to residencies. I adore Queen and can’t wait to see the tour, but they don’t have any similar history in NYC or with MSG. There isn’t going to be a residency there lol. But there will Prolly be a concert there

  • Larc

    This is only speculation, but I’m thinking they won’t do an exhaustive North America tour. Probably 6-8 major US cities including a couple on the West Coast and at least Montreal,Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

  • Mel432

    Adam was at Avicii’s concert in Stockholm Friday nite. I believe he was just in the audience, but fans videoed him singing along with LMD.

  • Axxxel

    to quote Adam Lambert’s character in Glee: “be still my glamheart”…

  • Kelli W

    Actually the sporting event was the day after the concert. It was a benefit concert though. I just hope they go to where I can see them no matter how many seats are sold.

  • milwlovesadam

    I’m just on pins and needles here, and hoping for a show in the “middle” of this huge land of ours.

    Oh. Who am I kidding? I’m in for as many concerts as I can afford and get to. I’m still re-watching their London and IheartRadio shows.

    I’ll fly anywhere to watch Dragon Attack live. Kills me.

  • ETK

    there’s nobody like Freddy but Adam is great

  • Tigrina

    What? no, just no. Pimping yourself while filling in for somebody else is just bad form. Adam Lambert is better than that.

  • Corrine43180

    They sang Paul Rodgers songs when he filled in for Freddie on the last tour. I don’t think they will this tour, but it’s been done before.

  • Ronnie D

    So Adam is going to be doing shows with them to promote….what exactly?

  • bridgette12

    He’s not filling in, because that implies that Freddie is coming back. Not likely in this scenario.

  • Tigrina

    Does everything have to be about “promoting”? Queen are beyond the need to promote. And Adam could just be making a living. Or having a time of his life performing, which is his job.

    But ok, Adam could promote: the band that he loves, music he loves, himself as a singer and a class act.

  • Tigrina

    Let’s be real here: there will never be a singer who will be anything more than a stand-in for Freddie when performing with Queen. A great stand-in Adam might be, but still only a stand-in.

  • Dianne

    I am over 50 and was aware of Queen when their music was charting back in the day only because a family member had a garage band and he covered Queen songs. Honestly, I was really busy at the time and didn’t even know Freddie Mercury’s name. Of course I do now and I respect his legacy, but am not hung up on it.

    Like many others I will go to see Queen/Adam if I can get to a venue because 1. It will be a major musical event featuring rock legends 2. Adam Lambert has a phenomenal voice & I want to experience it live.

    The Freddie purists will stay home, but if the huge success of the Queen/Adam concerts previously held overseas are any indication, there will be enough people willing to buy tickets to make the concerts a success.

  • Dianne

    I have no idea what this even means.

  • Dianne

    Vegas! YES!

  • Dianne

    ^ This!

  • Susan Reiter

    Whatever Queen + Adam Lambert offer us on next Thursday I will do all in my power to be a part of it! Those shows were dynamic and I wait with fingers crossed that I can find a way to go to at least one show. Woo Hoo for the resurrection of Queenbert !

  • Ronnie D

    Umm if fronting a legendary band isn’t pimping yourself than I don’t know what is lol. And I respect him even MORE for doing it. It takes balls and talent, both of which he has.

  • Ronnie D

    And the dead horse rises to be beaten again.

  • Ronnie D

    No, not everything has to be about promoting, but it would be nice to have something new for fans that will be going to the shows. Plus, if it stirs up enough buzz it could help promote a new single. Wow, I should be a manager.

  • Axxxel

    yeah, I saw Adan doing that rocksong during the more dance – pop WAF-tour last year and it was definitely to me a highlight in the concert..

  • Axxxel

    Wow, if that is the case, maybe they could play a new, song from Adam that has more of a rock vibe..

  • Axxxel

    Am also more a fan of Rock Adam, but I suspect that his club dance thing brought him to the Diva’s gig in VH1 that was focused on dance music. That gig really promoted Adam as an MC, singer and potential comedic actor

  • HermeticallySealed

    However, the majority of people going to these shows aren’t going in expectation of Adam doing his own stuff. They are there as fans of Queen, and Queen’s music. I am as interested as the next fan for Adam’s new music, but it really would be inappropriate for him to pimp his music at their concert.

  • Not fit to print

    Looking a the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour and recent successes for WWRY and QE, they would be leaving a lot of money on the table if they skipped Canada.

    Toronto was a 100% arena sell-out on the Q+ PR tour. In 2007-08, WWRY the musical played for over a year in a 2,000-seat Toronto theatre. The audience implications of that can’t have been lost on the number crunchers at Live Nation.

    Quebec is big on Queen, too. Last summer, the Queen Extravaganza played for 2 months in Quebec City last. Can’t find actual sales $$ for Q+PR Vancouver right now but they had one of the higher sell-through than most other venues: 79%.

    Interesting, the only other sellout recorded on wiki was Auburn Hills in Detroit/Michigan, just a short drive from the Canadian border. No brainer as to why.

    Looking a the available Q+ PR box office figures is probably a good indicator on this tour’s venue (depending on how big the tour is.) Biggest problem – a lot of missing info.

  • Not fit to print

    Queen. He will be promoting Queen. Brian and Roger have been through this already with Paul Rodgers. They played Rodger’s music on a second tour and it was a mixed success with the largely Queen audience.

    Not to mention that Adam is unlikely to be interested in lining RCA’s pocket at the expense of the overall gross, which may well factor into his final paycheque.

  • Not fit to print

    He can do both! And will.

  • Not fit to print

    Anaheim sold over 10,000 tickets for Q+PR. San Diego sold more than 5,000 tickets and it’s Adam’s home town. Looking good. :)

  • Not fit to print

    Ha ha! A fellow Glambert just posted this TBBT video – waiting for the countdown to ticket sales. Comicon fans and Glamberts have a lot in common D)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aaDiNAy_68&app=desktop

  • marmom07

    I’m so excited!! This is so full of WIN!!!
    Come Hell or High water I’m gonna be at one of these concerts.
    Adam’s great voice singing Queen’s great songs with Brian and Roger’s great playing etc etc

  • YankeeFan08

    I was fortunate enough to see Queen and Adam at iHeart in September. They blew the roof off! My only complaint is that it wasn’t long enough. I will pay whatever I need to for a full concert. MSG would be the closest venue for me, but I am willing to travel to see more than one show. So excited for this.

  • marmom07

    Adam doesn’t have to pimp or promote anything. All he has to do is show up and do what he’s so good at….performing: being an exciting, charismatic, show-man with great vocals. He’s working and getting paid too! There will be much positive press (see iHeart Radio) and some negative- always will be someone unhappy that Queen dares to do anything without Freddy. But overall massively positive.
    It’s good for Queen and it’s good for Adam. Keeps the buzz going, Reminds people what Adam is capable of. He’s paying his dues. I’m sure his management has a plan for when and how to release something new and do solo Adam stuff in/or around the Queen stuff. To remind people that Adam is not just a hired singer for Queen but an artist in his own right. It’s all good and did I mention how I can’t wait to see it!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Toronto was a 100% arena sell-out on the Q+ PR tour.”

    The full capacity for concerts for that Toronto venue (Air Canada Center) is 19,800.

    http://www.theaircanadacentre.com/about/facts.asp

    The Q + PR tour boxscore was sold out at 11,279, so the venue was scaled down from full capacity.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_%2B_Paul_Rodgers_Tour

  • ANNIEBA

    Holy crap, so excited! Vegas would be great for me too as we have family there and we were planning a trip there already.
    There was some discussion earlier about who or what this would promote. Frankly, Queen needs no promotion, they are already Iconic, legendary and massively successful. Adam is the potential big winner here. He is in such a unique position for a modern pop star it is hard to gauge the impact of this. You can hardly deny him respect for earning this opportunity. Queen could have had any current mega popstar to collaborate with. I doubt Gaga/Katy/Bruno/JT/JB would have turned them down. He will now always be part of Queen’s history, and that is pretty major. How it will impact his own music career remains to be seen. But we already know he will kill it performing with Queen so this at the very least will earn him much attention for his voice and stagecraft as it already has. Like I said there really is no precedent to draw from as previous lead frontmen like Paul Rogers already had a certain legacy. I am sometimes in awe of how Adam continues to barrel through in spite of some bumps in the road. He has had more opportunities, exposure and attention since parting with his label than when he was with them. It is kind of amusing. Well, I am ready to fight for tickets, especially if it’s Vegas because I won’t have to stress about hotel arrangements but I plan on making it to least one of these shows!

  • YankeeFan08

    Yes, that’s exactly right. It will keep the buzz going. When the tour is over, Adam can release his own music (or perhaps even drop a new single while the tour is on). Meanwhile, the press coverage keeps him in the public eye. I’m sure there is strategy in place. It makes me happy to think there is actually a plan in place this time. The Trespassing era was wasted. Don’t even get me started on that.

  • milwlovesadam

    This ^^^. Wrong singles, no radio, etc. That album was genius, Adam executive produced it, and now, his style is being copied and heard on the radio by others. Oh. They listened to it, but give him no respect.

    Adam gets huge respect from big names in the business, who all work with him, but, his promo was abysmal. Since he has been on Idol and Glee, I hear from people, “oh, I didn’t know he had any music, or what has he been up to.?” It’s just so frustrating.

    Which is why I sincerely hope that with Queen, and all the PR that comes out of it, his name will be all over.

    I just don’t think that Queen is all that he will be doing this year. After Glee, he has an album of his own music, plus who knows what else. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for movies.

  • Not fit to print

    You are right. It was the bowl. I should have used the term venue sell-out. Regardless, Toronto tops the reported box office sales for the Q+PR tour and it wouldn’t make financial sense to exclude it, particularly because WWRY has since had a year-long and very successful residency at the Pantages theatre. Ditto Montreal.

    It’s also interesting to divide the gross by the unit sales. You can tell who gave away tickets and who sold pretty much at top price. Assuming merchandise sales are included in the gross, that would be a consideration, too. Whatever your yardstick, Toronto and Anaheim are the biggest reported successes.

  • Not fit to print

    THIS. If this tour is big enough and gets enough hype, Adam will be picking up potential fans and listeners for CD #3, which he is working on. With any luck, he will have a release in the fall while he is fresh in their minds.

  • bridgette12

    Yes, let’s be real, Freddie is dead, unlikely to return anytime soon and the rest of Queen are living in the moment. Adam is not Freddie, neither is he trying to copy Freddie and that’s exactly what Roger and Brian wanted. They wanted someone who could sing the songs and do it his way. If all they wanted was a stand in, they could have grabbed one of those singers that copy Freddie word for word and move f or move. But they didn’t, they instead went for the guy who could bring a new perspective and has the ability to handle the pressure of not being Freddie and understanding that some Queen fans will never like him or the rest of Queen for not falling into the grave with Freddie when he died.

  • YankeeFan08

    Adam is now in Paris. Perhaps making his way to London to fly to NY with Brian and Roger.

  • bridgette12

    I wonder what he’s doing in Paris. Maybe a mini vacation before things get crazy busy

  • Mel432

    “oh, I didn’t know he had any music, or what has he been up to.?”

    I agree. If one doesn’t go on fan or idol blogs, one won’t know about a new album. It seems more people I run into talk about Glee and the mentoring on AI. They’ve asked when his second album is coming out. Yep, no promo, no radio, will kill an album.

  • Axxxel

    Trespassing is not entirely wasted… I think it got Adam a spot on VH1 Diva’s in which he could demonstrate his singing, MC-ing and acting skills… I was very impressed by his comedic skit… and even laughed at the outtakes/failed scenes…

  • Mel432

    Dave Guetta was also in Stockholm and now in Paris. He was also at Avicii’s concert, but not sure if in the same luxury box as Adam. Makes you go hmmmmm.

  • Tigrina

    Now, you’re a perfect example of what people attending a Queen concert are NOT going to be: people who were only aware of the band because a family member covered their songs. People who are/were fans enough to contemplate going to a concert are the ones perfectly aware of Freddie Mercury, probably people for whom Queen=Freddie Mercury. That’s why in America, possibly even more in Europe where Queen’s songs were/are everywhere and people might just feel like going to the concert to listen to the songs, Adam is going to be just a stand in.

    And believe me, I am an Adam fan, and I’ll be the first in line for the concert, but I’m trying to look at things from a perspective of an non-Adam fan, just a Queen fan. They wouldn’t appreciate Queen suddenly breaking into Adam Lambert songs.

  • Tigrina

    Almost everything you said is true. However, to think that people who are Queen fans enough to go for a concert are going to think of Adam as anything more than a stand-in is unrealistic. Those concerts are not going to be populated by Adam Lambert fans but Queen fans. That’s why it’s so important that Adam remains respectful to the band and keep focus on Queen, just as he’s been doing it so far and not alienate potential converts with promoting himself during Queen shows. He will be judged harshly before he will be deemed worthy by the fans. (Oh, and in case it’s not clear, I have already judged Adam worthy, but in my case it was preaching to the choir.)

  • Tigrina

    Actually, fronting the legendary band is the legendary band pimping you, not you pimping yourself. That’s why certain lines shouldn’t be crossed.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t think Brian and Roger need to ask the Queen fans for their permission or need their approval to do anything. From what they have said in interviews, there has been plenty of request for them to perform around the world and if they do, it will be the way Brian and Roger want it to be. People voluntarily walk in and they can leave any time they want.

  • esther macha

    So if the legendary band is pimping someone and the legendary band decides to do some extra pimping by doing a song of the person they are pimping is a line crossed?

  • Not fit to print

    Paris Fashion Week is still on ’til Monday.

  • esther macha

    When Queen ‘s classic songs were new and on the radio I was busy raising children. I knew and loved all their songs but I didn’t really know who the band members were. Some people will go just for the songs. I went to a CCR Revisted concert just for the songs and really enjoyed it. People contemplate going to concerts for all kinds of reasons.IMO.

  • Ronnie D

    Adam isn’t filling in for anyone. It isn’t like Freddie is going to come back. That’s why it’s called Queen featuring Adam Lambert! Adam is the star here. Iol I could care less why he is actually doing it, I’m just glad he is still out there rockin out.

  • bridgette12

    Do you think Adam can perform his songs on Queen’s stage without their permission? How can Adam cross a certain line, if the line being crossed is drawn by Queen themselves. It’s unlikely Adam can sing his songs on their stage without their permission. He’s not likely to break out an acoustic guitar and high jack their stage.

  • bridgette12

    I don’t think Adam cares if he’s deemed worthy by the Queen fans because the people he need to make happy is standing with him on stage. This is not a permanent gig and he’s not taking over as lead singer, he’s a guest of Queen singing lead. Adam has stated he knows there are going to be Queen fans who will never accept him or think he’s good enough. But he can’t do a thing about that, all he can do is take advantage of the opportunity to sing with Rock royalty and his heroes. Anyone who has seen the Brian and Roger interviews and they are talking about Adam, they were over the moon about how well the mini tour did and what an amazing singer he is. They are excited to go back on tour and they now have a singer with them that has ability to sing the songs the way they were meant to be song.

  • H.A.

    So, Adam and Natalia Kills were together in Stockholm. Her and David Guetta were in the studio together. Adam and David Guetta both at Avicii concert. Now Adam and Guetta in Paris together. Mmmmm.

    David Guetta@davidguetta
    Studio everyday in miami then Stockholm then Paris then LA studio studio studio I just love it:)

    Grammy Award Winner Producer Wants to Work With Adam Lambert

    In a new interview, David Guetta expressed interest in working with Adam Lambert. David said that among the artists that he enjoys, there are those he would like to work with in the future. They are: Robyn, Adele, Chris Martin, Adam Lambert, Florence Welch and Nelly Furtado.
    http://sonfamosos.com/

  • JLE12

    I really agree with you. I am first a Queen fan and then an Adam fan. I think there are certain songs that should stay with Brian and Roger and it is important that they have time on stage on their own. I hated them touring with Paul and hated it even more when they sang his music. If I wanted to hear Bad Company I would go see them. The term “Queenbert” makes me want to hurt people. What the hell does that even mean. It is QUEEN + Adam. To be clear, I want to see Brian and Roger and love Adam with them but the fans should respect the music, Freddie and the Queen fans, that should be present. Sorry if that offends Adam fans but not seeing these boundaries is why a lot of Queen fans have issues accepting him.

  • H.A.

    As an Adam fan first I could care less what Queen fans think!! Let Queen fans go and petition who they want to front Queen and they can dictate to Brian and Roger and their preferred frontman on what they want. Good Luck with that. Meanwhile if they don’t like it they can stay home. Make no mistake that this is a side gig for Adam. Nothing more. He is a star in his own right. Queen are getting offers to tour in U.S and Adam is doing them the favor. They can always call Marc Martel. He’s been begging for the job for years. As for the term “Queenbert” that’s something that’s among Adam fans. Queen fans don’t like it. Too bad.

  • milwlovesadam

    Adam’s fans have been “berting” since Idol. It’s simply verbage in the fandom. It’s not meant to offend anybody.

    I am a huge fan of both Queen ( for many decades ) and Adam. The combination is simply astounding.

    After the London shows, there was much admiration and praise for Adam’s skills and showmanship, amongst die-hard Queen fans even.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I tend to agree with this. Adam was honored to be asked to front Queen at the EMAs, then on a European/Russian tour, followed by an iHeart Radio appearance. He did justice to each and every one of those appearances by performing the hell out of Queen music. I don’t want him to suddenly stop mid-set and say, “And now, for something of my own!” Honestly, I don’t think Adam would even want to do that.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I agree completely. I cannot even see Adam joking about doing something like that.

  • H.A.

    Sorry if that offends Adam fans but not seeing these boundaries is why a lot of Queen fans have issues accepting him.

    No disrespect but these are the fans I don’t care about or their opinions. I tune out the few Queen fans on the internet because they don’t represent the whole Queen fandom. Queen and Adam had no problems selling out overseas and those who brought tickets knew who was fronting. Clearly they don’t have an issue. I think these gigs are cool but like I said it’s a side job. Just like Glee was and Adam’s many other projects are. It puts money in his pocket but Queen as Iconic as they are are irrelevant when it comes to Adam’s actual career. To me it’s more of a “been there, done that” with Queen. I’m more interested in his own music and career. Meanwhile the Queen fans who aren’t accepting can stay home. Adam doesn’t need them anyway.

  • H.A.

    No one is being defensive. We’re just saying no one cares what Queen fans think.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I think everyone is missing Tigrina’s point. It’s nothing to do with Adam fronting Queen. Everyone’s cool with that. It’s that Adam should not and probably WILL not be performing any of his own music. Frankly, I find that idea not only ridiculous but obnoxious. I’m sure Adam has no plans whatsoever to ask to infiltrate his own music into a Queen set. How about we just be happy that Adam has been given the honor of fronting Queen rather than making it all about him. Because, let me tell you, it won’t be the name “Adam Lambert” that is going to fill Madison Square Garden.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Queen and the music of Queen for the pleasure of fans of Queen.

  • H.A.

    How about we just be happy that Adam has been given the honor of fronting Queen rather than making it all about him.

    Honestly, he’s already did this 8 times with them. The magic is kind of gone. I think he was honored the first go at it. Now it’s a nice big fat paycheck.

  • JLE12

    Well, you should. Adam is part of Queen, their legacy and their fans that have followed them for decades. If you respect Adam, who does respect Queen and their huge world wide fan base you should care. I respect Adam and his talent just as I respect Queen.

  • JLE12

    No, the fans you are talking about don’t represent all Queen fans and I have no idea what you have read or heard but in my circle we are just happy to hear Queen’s music. If singing for Queen were irrelevant to Adam’s career he wouldn’t be doing the shows. That is just silly. Adam is their GUEST for their music and their fans. He has said time and again how honored he is by that and he should be. Also, picking up a huge number of fans along the way sure doesn’t hurt him or his career, it can only help. And I am done.

  • YankeeFan08

    Just got home and am seeing on twitter that a DJ from a classic rock station in Philly said Queen and Adam will be playing 16 dates in the U.S. and Canada. Roger will be at the press conference on Thursday. Did anyone else hear this?

  • H.A.

    Adam isn’t a part of Queen though. This is just a paying gig. Queen is irrelevant to Adam’s career and fans that think otherwise are setting themselves up. Unless Adam puts out a Rock album Queen fans aren’t going to be running out to buy his album. Maybe a few. He’s performing their songs not his. Adam has better exposure and win/win with GLEE. Those fans are more likely to buy his music. I like Queen but when it comes to Adam’s actual career their legacy and worldwide fanbase isn’t relevant to him.

  • H.A.

    How is Queen relevant to Adam’s career? How is a 40 year old rock band going to get him fans that will buy his music. Let’s be serious.

  • JLE12

    Totally disagree. I wouldn’t be a fan of Adam if it wasn’t for Queen.

  • JLE12

    I am serious. How could it not? I really don’t get how singing in front of thousands and thousands of people for one of the most loved and respected rock bands of all time could do anything but help his career and increase his brand to fans, radio and music execs. We are never going to agree.

  • ANNIEBA

    You must be kidding if you think this is not huge for Adam. This is fucking Queen we are talking about here. This is a band whose influence on music has spanned decades. What Adam is doing takes not only unique talent but serious guts. Filling in for a frontman the likes of Freddie Mercury is a huge honor but also a huge risk. Fortunately Adam is fearless and has already proven he is up to the task. I don’t believe this has been lost on the music industry and has earned Adam a significant amount of respect. All of these “side projects” of Adam will pay off big time eventually, IMO. Like someone else mentioned, Adam is paying his dues and setting himself up quite nicely for longevity.

  • H.A.

    LOL. No. What radio? Rock radio? lol. What music execs?

  • H.A.

    Again. This is all nice and all but it will have NO effect on his actual career. His career isn’t targeting rock fans. I’m going to LMAO if he puts out another dance pop album.

  • JLE12

    IHeart, Clear Channel – you know the concert that made this tour possible. You know the one that Brian said made them want to do a last tour, All the connections he made there. A RADIO concert that he would have never been invited to participate in solo. I am guessing you just want to be right so – okay.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I don’t think so. Adam is not as musically uneducated as many of his fans. He would understand the significance of fronting for Queen in the US after all these years. If not, then maybe he better pass on this offer.

  • H.A.

    Again. It’s all about Queen. It’s not Adam’s career. You just proved my point.

  • ANNIEBA

    Listen, I know you are a big Adam fan and so am I, so I believe we both want the best for Adam. But Queen is not just a “40 year old rock band”. They are as unique and iconic as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to rock music. Not everything Adam does for his career will be quantifiable by sales or numbers in a way that we will immediately see.

  • H.A.

    I think Adam understands that Queen isn’t what will get him radio play. This is their last tour than what? Adam still has is own career. My point I’m trying to make is that fans think that Queen will somehow advance his career. No it will not. His own music will. This is a nice gig that will pay him very well and keep his name in the media( which is something he never lacked to begin with). Until his own album is ready it would be silly for his manager to not take the offer and paycheck. No harm but let’s not kid ourselves and think this is a career game changer.

  • H.A.

    Adam draws his own fans in America and abroad. He doesn’t need Queen for that. Last I checked he filled his own Russian concert to 10k fans. With Queen in Russia to 20K fans. So, yeah Adam does just fine on his own.

  • JLE12

    OMG. No I didn’t. Adam made a connection. Adam made Queen relevant again by being able to handle their catalog. Adam made people want to book them for tours. If Adam wasn’t there neither would Queen. Adam has said he wants to do more a more rock album, Roger said he was moving more in that direction. How in the hell can it hurt him being a part of a radio concert with all the execs there and then getting glowing reviews . How can that not help him in their eyes. How can it not help seeing how much Brian and Roger respect him and his talent. All the old straight white guys that have maybe judged Adam just might look at him differently now. The more he is around the more it helps. I don’t understand what your point really is? He shouldn’t tour with Queen?

  • ANNIEBA

    You have no way of really knowing what effect these Queen gigs will have. In fact, fronting Queen for however many times, IS a part of Adam’s career. You have no idea who Adam is “targeting”, the popular music landscape is changing all the time, including what is considered rock music at any given time. Maybe we should just wait and see.

  • H.A.

    OH. so are we acknowledging without Adam there would be no tour. Because the way some Queen fans put it Adam is just another Joe Smith. Last I remember Brian and Roger made it very clear none of those European gigs would have happened if it wasn’t for the EMA performance with Adam and this tour if it wasn’t for Iheart with Adam which is all cool but none of this will do much for him getting pop radio play or his pop career. Fans can’t seem to separate the two. Adam has never had problem getting booked for radio concerts when he had an album to promote and Adam always gets glowing reviews all without the help of Queen.

    All the old straight white guys that have maybe judged Adam just might look at him differently now.

    No. What Adam needs is a label and A&R team that actually gives a damn. You are forgetting that he will be targeting pop radio. Those old straight white guys who run radio don’t care about Queen they care about what their listeners like which is current music not a bunch of covers.

  • everything

    Lambert’s fans will enjoy this. But I don’t see this or the Glee appearances resurrecting his nonexistent pop music career. He’s already 32 and has been absent from the charts for quite a while now. I can’t think of anyone from Idol who was dropped and resurrected their career to even come close to their initial success.

  • H.A.

    I can’t think of anyone from Idol who was dropped and resurrected their career to even come close to their initial success.

    Well, you need to think outside of the Idol bubble because I can give you a list of artists that were dropped from their labels and went on to have bigger success on a new label. Being an Idol really is irrelevant. 32 maybe old for a female pop artists but it has no effect on male artists. Not saying this will be the case for Adam but just putting that out there.

  • ANNIEBA

    Not everything has to revolve around Idol, lol. Adam seems to be doing pretty well for such an old (but seriously hot) man. Idol is not a real world measuring stick, IMO.

  • everything

    Queen would not be even giving Lambert the time of the day if not for his exposure from Idol.

  • Corrine43180

    The music world does not consist entirely of former idol contestants lol. There are so many examples of artists who found success on second labels.

    As a Lambert fan, you’re right, I will enjoy the shit out of this and I’m sure some Queen fans will too. There has been some very excited tweets from some DJs and others about the tour, which I also enjoy the shit out of. All smiles for me lately. Especially with Adam recording in Sweden the last two weeks and hints of some high profile collaborators and I’m stoked!

  • supersonic

    That album was genius, Adam executive produced it, and now, his style is being copied and heard on the radio by others. Oh. They listened to it, but give him no respect.

    Really? By who?

  • Corrine43180

    I think you’re totally off base here.

  • Corrine43180

    Do you thnk that people are so narrow minded in their musical tastes that one fan of Queen can’t also be a fan of pop music? There are kids at my school who love Queen music AND love Gaga and Fun and Pink and 1D. The world is not split up so black and white. Also to assume that this is just a paycheck for Adam is ridiculous. You have no idea how he feels about this, in all of his interviews where the topic is brought up he is reverent in his love for Queen, for Freddie’s legacy, for Brian and Roger. I’d rather believe Adams actual words than someone else’s opinion of what this means to him.

  • Larc

    I’m thinking there will also be a European leg of any Queen + Adam tour. Might that get announced from Paris on, say, Monday or Tuesday?

  • ANNIEBA

    Idol is how Queen met Adam sure, but that doesn’t mean Adam is only allowed to follow all other contestant footsteps, lol.

  • Corrine43180

    “many of his fans” Really???

  • Karen C

    Especially since a 36 year old had his first major pop hit in the past year. Working with one of the same people Adam does, too.

  • Montavilla

    I’m glad to hear a Queen fan acknowledge Adam’s contribution to the group (as it now exists). I’m more used to hearing them wail and gnash their teeth over Q+AL desecrating the Queen legacy. But I think that’s a vocal minority.

    I agree with you, JLE12, that it’s important for Adam’s fans to respect the feelings of Queen fans, and for them to understand the these concerts will not be about Adam, but about Queen and their music.

    I think this collaboration was been, and will continue to a good thing for Adam. Maybe not in immediate sales, but in prestige, respect, reputation, and experience.

  • Larc

    That may or may not be the case. There’s no way of knowing. As ANNIEBA pointed out, that’s how they met him. But that in no way precludes the possibility Adam would have otherwise found a stage that could have attracted their notice. Maybe The Voice, for instance. Whatever, I think Queen latched onto Adam because they liked his singing and performing ability, not specifically because he was on Idol.

  • H.A.

    I cracked up with that. Does musically uneducated mean the half of his fanbase that is under 30 who are pop listeners and are his targeted demo or the over 40+ fans who love Queenbert? confused.

  • Sharon S.

    I think this collaboration was been, and will continue to a good thing for Adam. Maybe not in immediate sales, but in prestige, respect,
    reputation, and experience.

    This. So much. And one never knows where impressing the right person may lead. Who would have guessed that Adam’s collaboration with Nile Rodgers on “Shady” would lead to Adam co-writing and doing the vocals for a track on Avicii’s album? Benefits are not always immediately quantifiable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist or won’t become apparent at some point in the future.

  • Mel432

    How many times have Brian and Roger said Adam as a vocalist is one in a billion. When Queen was honored at the EMA’s, who best to perform with them and do justice to their songs was Adam. Brian said his phone was ringing off the hook after their performance. They certainly had very good responses in Europe in their mini-tour. As a matter of fact, some Queen fans from Japan who went to London became Adam fans, and I’m sure they were just a tiny sampling.

    Then Queen + Adam performed in the US at the iHeart festival. Once again, Brian said they got so many offers, another short tour was inevitable. Why not? Musicians/artists love to perform.

    I can’t foresee the future for Adam, but no doubt, Adam is gaining more and more respect and credibility from the music industry, as well as the entertainment industry. At a minimum, I’m sure Adam will get more acting offers, whether straight acting or a movie musical. He has that natural talent. The more Adam diversifies, the more recognition he will get and affirmation of his immense talent. Absolutely no down side to anything Adam has been/will be doing: Glee, soon US Queen concerts…

  • Q3

    A DJ on a Classic Rock station in Philly (102.9 FM) said that there will be 16 dates in US and Canada for Queen + Adam Lambert. Source: @virg1877.

  • Q3

    A lot of Queen fans and Adam fans and music fans will enjoy this. At lot of US radio execs, PDs and fans got to see them perform at iHeartRadio Music Festival and clearly enjoyed that. But this will be the first time that most US fans get a chance to see them live.

  • Q3

    Adam, Brian and Roger get along really well, they say it and you can see it when they perform. Adam respects their music but does not do karaoke performances of it. It just works so well.

    Yes, they first worked with him on Idol, but they have performed with many other singers. They could have performed at the 2011 EMAs with almost anyone and this called Adam. It has only gotten better since then.

    Brian and Roger both do not need to do this. They have enough money and an extremely valuable catalog and a lot of projects. They want to do this — and they want to do it with Adam.

  • Axxxel

    It may not revive his music career directly but it adds to the growth of Adam as an entertainer. I am not sure whether Adam Levine’s appearance in the TV series American Horror Story (from the same makers as Glee) will give a boost to Maroon 5 career but at least he will have lots of fun with it, he will learn something new and it will give him some exposure..

  • Axxxel

    Initially yes, but if Queen and Adam did not work well together, then they will not continue to give concerts together.

  • HKfan

    I’m not saying that Adam is bigger than Queen by any means…..but his name did help fill those London shows.

  • HKfan

    Those boundaries are totally there when Adam performs with Queen. Every single interview he has given is full of respect for Freddie, the band and the music. He states again and again he doesn’t want to be a copycat, but wants to do the songs justice. And that respect is visible for all to see when he is up on stage performing.
    I was at 2 of the london shows, and I would say that very few Queen fans that were at these shows had issues accepting him once they had seen him perform. Most comments from Queen fans slagging him off are from ones that have never, and have no intention of ever seeing him with Queen.

  • JLE12

    That isn’t what I said. Adam’s FANS sometimes lose sight of the boundaries. Not Adam. I think Adam is great. I saw a show in London also. Loved Adam, have said that over and over in this thread.

  • HKfan

    To be clear I want to see Brian and Roger and love Adam with them but the respect of the music, Freddie and Queen fans needs to be present. Sorry if that offends Adam fans but not seeing these boundaries is why a lot of Queen fans have issues accepting him.

    Sorry if I misunderstood you, but I read your comment as that Adam needs to respect the music, Freddie and Queen fans, and that Queen fans aren’t seeing that.(the respect), not that it was referring to the fans…..looking at it again, I still see that..

  • Not fit to print

    The world is Guetta’s oyster but France is probably still home base for him. He has to have a studio there.

  • marmom07

    I can’t name you specific songs but my daughter who does not follow Adam said essentially the same thing last year. I had his cd playing 6-8 months or so after it came out and my daughter (out of the blue) said that sounds just like what is being played on the radio today.

  • bridgette12

    Look like Adam is enjoying Paris Fashion Week, I don’t think it get’s any better than that.

  • Not fit to print

    The Adam FANS you were talking about don’t represent all of Adam’s fans either.

    Focussing on fights between the extremers in the Q + A camps is a waste of time. If Queen and Adam want to draw synergies from a collaboration, the least fans on both sides can do is refrain from insulting each other.

  • JLE12

    Whatever, and I can say the same back at you. And the fans sure seem out in force here. I said I support Adam, I am a fan of Adam because of Queen, that I think he belongs with Queen BUT that his fans should respect Queen , their fans and their music when he is touring with them. I was then told basically “We don’t really care what Queen fans think.”

    It’s sad when that I feel like I just have to give up on him as an artist, So good job.

  • alexandra

    Maybe a tenth of his fanbase is under thirty. 9/10 of Adam Lambert’s fanbase is over forty.

  • alexandra

    “No. What Adam needs is a label and A&R team that actually gives a damn. You are forgetting that he will be targeting pop radio.”

    Easier said than done. For major label purposes Adam is still a former American Idol contestant who got dropped. Adam still hasn’t figured out how his singing voice fits in with contemporary pop radio. Both albums were really solid shots but radio just didn’t like him. Glee and touring with Queen are just ways to keep his name in the news, and it’s really impressive that he’s stayed on the radar as a B-lister this long after leaving a major label.

  • bridgette12

    I am a fan of both Queen and Adam and I don’t care what either fan group think because it’s not about them. It’s all about Queen and Adam collaborating on this tour and what Roger and Brian want. Sorry, but if fans get their feelings hurt because things don’t go the way they think they should, that’s their problem. All I care about is what Queen and Adam do on the stage together and what either one of their fanbases think or feel, is of no importance.

  • JLE12

    Good for you. But you sure have a lot to say for someone who doesn’t care.

  • Pippygirl

    No reason to give up on Adam because of what some fans have to say. He is not in control of what they say.

  • JLE12

    You are right. Thank you.

  • Dianne

    What makes you think I am expecting Adam to sing his own songs? I never said, or even implied that. As far as me not being the typical ticket buyer, I think I made that pretty apparent, but unlike you I don’t think it’s a big deal. Music is supposed to be fun.

  • Dianne

    ^ ITA

  • Dianne

    I hate to say this, but some of the Queen/Freddie fans are sucking the life out of this thing. I kinda wish I hadn’t read the comments, sounds like there might be a rumble at the concerts lol :)

  • Dianne

    ^ Amen!

  • bridgette12

    I always have an opinion and I appreciate that this tour gives Queen an opportunity to showcase their music and they refuse to let some fans out there tell them what they should do.

  • Not fit to print

    No worries. The Hammersmith concerts were preceded by lots of conversation, all of it happy and friendly. We spent 90 minutes in GA standing room for the second night and not a tiff in sight. One guy enjoyed the July 12th so much he came back for the 14th! He is much more representative of Q fans than any of the long term posters on a site like queenonline, for example.

    Lots of respect on both sides.

  • Not fit to print

    If you want to see a “good job” at trying to get people to give up on someone/a band as an artist, you should check out queenonline.

    As a Queen fan of 30 years (since Moroder’s Metropolis) and a member of QFC who checks out queenonline about once a week, I have to say there is generally greater respect for Queen by Adam fans than there is for Adam by Queen fans.

  • ptslittlecomment

    I have been a Queen fan for many years, an Adam fan since his stint on AI. But I realize that keeping Brian and Roger limited to only playing the music of the past is what keeps them, and every pop/rock star who still wants to or actually does produce new music only to have it ignored by their “fans” in an “oldie but goldie” box.
    These guys are artists, Brian has talked about his other music projects, they both have a desire to create. They, unlike Freddie, have the chance to create new and perhaps equally thrilling music. But, like Bowie, Elton, Paul McCartney, their new material will never be given the chance to co-exist in their repertoire. It must be so frustrating for these talented men and women to be so pigeonholed.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Just as Queen probably would not have gotten the pimp spot on the I Heart Radio gig had they not gotten good reviews performing with Adam, Adam would not have been there had it not been for Queen. It is a win-win equally beneficial union for both. Obviously both sides see it that way, or it would not continue.
    To stir up hatred between camps – why are there even camps – is really petty and not what Adam, Brian or Roger would want or expect.

  • sdmama

    I was blissfully unaware that there are a lot of Queen fans they are upset about Adam. I was at one of the Q+A concert in London and met many skeptical Queen fans, that gave thumbs up at the end. Everybody was having a blast.
    I am not worried. Queen fans who are determined not to give Adam any chance will stay home and will not fork out money for the tickets to show up so that they can heckle. If there are die hard Queen fans that want to at least come to the concert can be easily become a convert by the end of a show.
    I was just a Queen fan, until I heard Adam on American Idol, and my first thought was, OMG, we might have found a guy who could make Queen concert worth going again. (PR just did not do it for me, sorry.) I don’t think other Queen fans are that different.