On Thursday (March 6th) Queen will hold a press conference regarding at least a series of dates -- or at best -- a major full- scale North American tour with American Idol finalist Adam Lambert fronting the band. Last week, the band’s publicists, Roger & Cowan, sent out a cryptic "save the date" notice announcing the 10:30 a.m. press conference at New York's Madison Square Garden. No further details were given.
Although the band has played a handful of well-received shows with Lambert at the mic, the upcoming concerts will be the first serious North American gigs with the TV star front and center. Lambert, who has been the most recent frontman to take the stage with Queen, follows the band's first replacement for the late Freddie Mercury -- Bad Company and Free vocalist Paul Rodgers.
Back in 1992 the rock world was stunned and amazed when George Michael led the band at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, when he joined the band for a near definitive on performance of "Somebody To Love" at London's Wembley Stadium.
We asked drummer Roger Taylor why Queen passed on exploring such an obviously bankable scenario: "We never really wanted to do that route. We had a lot of offers, etc. etc. We could've done it, let's face it. But I think it would've been a little sad, I think. We wouldn't have felt -- I don't think we would've continued long doing it, y'know? We wanted to do the thing with Paul because he was always quality in our view and it was Queen plus Paul Rodgers, y'know? It was never him pretending to be the lead singer of Queen, so that seemed to work. We would have never done, say, the Journey route, or whatever. It was never really our way of doing things."
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