Adam Lambert, Queen Show Finds New Life at London’s Hammersmith
After appearing with the surviving members of the band a twice in the past couple of years, it’s long been rumored that former “American Idol” contestant Adam Lambert will join Queen for some upcoming tour dates, and now those rumors have been confirmed.
Though it won’t be a full-fledge tour, the group’s drummer Roger Taylor has announced a handful of dates featuring Lambert, including two at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. These are in part to make up for a cancelled Sonishphere gig the group was originally scheduled to play in the U.K.
Though the dates are scheduled for early July, further details have not yet been announced. The band also will play June 30 in Moscow. There are four planned shows in all, though there have not been any more details revealed.
Taylor recently talked to Billboard about his excitement about the shows.
“We’re really excited about it,” Taylor tells the magazine. “Adam… of course he has this unbelievable range, like Freddie (Mercury) had range. Adam can real cover it. He’s an extraordinary singer and a real talent. I feel he fits into our sort of theatricality.”
Taylor went on to say that he had been approached about being a part of the closing ceremonies at this year’s Summer Olympic, which will be held in London. However, he remained mum about the details.
“I don’t think we’re meant to say too much about it yet,” he said.
And that’s not all of the Queen news for the year. Taylor also has organized the Queen Extravaganza, which is a touring Queen tribute that hit the road later this May.
The touring group will feature four vocalists and five musicians, all of which were found during a worldwide online search. The tour will hit most regions of North America, starting in Quebec on May 26 and continuing through July 3, when the Extravaganza performs in Edmonton. Other dates include Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles.