Pop diva Adam Lambert is gearing up for his summer tour as the temporary new frontman of legendary rock band Queen, the recent announcement of which has been met with universal praise across the board.
Adam called the task of doing the late original frontman Freddie Mercury justice a “daunting” one during a press conference announcing the tour last week — even more footage from the conference has been published by Euronews this week:
“At first it was a little daunting when we did our first incarnation of this. I definitely felt apprehensive. Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest singers that ever lived, and he’s a big idol for me, and I thought to myself, you know I hope that the fans dig this, you know, because there is a possibility that they wouldn’t. And it felt really good. The reception was warm, the press reaction to it the first time was very warm,” he said.
Replacing the man who created a special synergy with live audiences across the globe was always going to spark criticism.
Original band members Roger Taylor and Brian May defended their choice, saying they are happy with the new partnership.
“If you concentrate on the negative you’re not going to get anywhere. It’s very important to have your focus, and you play to people who want to hear us. Anyone that doesn’t want to hear us, thanks, goodbye. No problem,” said Brian May.
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 tomorrow, Friday, March 14 via Live Nation’s website.