Queen Co-Founders Say Adam Lambert Is A Better Fit Than Paul Rogers
Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor feel that American Idol finalist Adam Lambert is a better fitting frontman for Queen than Paul Rodgers. Rodgers -- who co-founded and sang for such legendary bands as Free, Bad Company, and the Firm with Jimmy Page -- joined May and Taylor for a five year run as Queen + Paul Rodgers, touring the globe and releasing three live sets and a single studio album, The Cosmos Rocks, before splitting to focus on his solo career and an ongoing Bad Company reunion.
Roger Taylor, Brian May, and Adam Lambert, kick off Queen's latest tour on Thursday night (June 19th) in Chicago. Taylor told The Toronto Sun that ultimately, Lambert and Queen are clicking an a way the band and Rodgers didn't, explaining, "Paul has one of the greatest rock voices but it’s more blues and soul orientated I would have thought. 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."
Brian May added: "Yeah, I think the styles match more closely in a sense. But we had a great time with Paul no doubt about it and it kind of stretched it to a new place and I think a thoroughly good experience. But Adam is really, like us, he has many, many colors, so we can explore some of those strange excursions that Queen likes to."
When asked if this tour is Queen's swan song, May went on to say, "We haven’t done it for a long time and I don’t know how long we’re going to be capable of doing this kind of thing. At the moment it is that feeling, yeah, ‘One last swing around, one last gallop,’ and we’ll see how it goes."
Despite hitting the Top Five in the UK, 2008's The Cosmos Rocks topped out at a disappointing Number 47 on the Billboard 200 album list. We asked Roger Taylor if he thinks that had The Cosmos Rocks been a worldwide hit, Paul Rodgers would’ve extended his tenure with Queen: "I’m not sure. I think it -- I mean, I would’ve been happy — definitely, a lot happier if it had. I don’t know. I think there was some in-built resistance to that record, which I thing has some very good points to it. But, what would’ve happened, I haven’t got a clue. But, I really don’t think it would’ve, um. . . I don’t think it would’ve continued."
June 19 - Chicago, IL - United Center
June 21 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
June 23 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
June 24 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
June 26 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
June 28 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
July 1 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center At San Jose
July 3 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
July 5, 6 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino
July 9 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
July 10 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
July 12 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills
July 13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
July 14 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
July 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden Arena
July 19 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 20 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 22 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
July 23 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center
July 25 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
July 28 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
August 22 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
August 26 - Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena
August 29 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
September 1 - Boondall, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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