Sexy male diva Adam Lambert will bring his “shocking” stage antics to a venue near you this summer as the new frontman of the legendary, multiple award-winning rock band Queen.
Lambert has performed with Queen previously on episodes of American Idol and during a short-lived European tour, but the singer announced his first official North American tour with Queen at a press conference this morning.
He’ll be performing as the band’s frontman to pay homage to the late Freddie Mercury, Queen’s original openly gay frontman who died of AIDS-related illness in 1991.
“It’s such a treat to get onstage, pay my respects and sing some of the greatest songs ever written,” Lambert told reporters, adding that the task would be “daunting.”
“Adam is the most incredible frontman,” said Queen drummer Roger Taylor. “He’s a great diva, and I mean that in the best possible way. We need that theatrically.” Lead guitarist Brian May also told Rolling Stone at last year’s iHeartRadio festival that “he has all the elements – he has the passion, he has the humor, a little bit of camp. And when the shots are down, he has the power. It’s incredible.”
Lambert said in a statement:
I’m completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon. The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in North America is so beautifully surreal. I’m honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory; he’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know this tour will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band, I feel like magic will be on display.
The tour will kick off on June 19 at Chicago’s United Center and wrap on July 20 at Washington’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 14 via Live Nation’s website.