The band made the announcement on Good Morning America earlier today (March 6) that Lambert would join them on their summer trek through North America.
This will be Queen’s first tour in six years. Surviving Queen members guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor previously toured from 2005 to 2008 with former Bad Company/Free frontman Paul Rodgers on vocals, and released one album as “Queen + Paul Rodgers,” The Cosmos Rocks, in 2008.
In 2009, Queen performed with Lambert on “American Idol,” leading to immediate rumors that he would be the band’s next frontman. In the summer of 2012, the band and Adam played six shows in Europe, and this past fall, they performed together in Las Vegas.
Last week, fans got excited over the prospect that Lambert would join the band in some capacity after the two acts announced that they would be revealing big news today (March 6) at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
At the press conference, Lambert said that the European shows led to the idea of a North American tour. He noted that when he auditioned for “American Idol” he did so with a Queen song (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), so the opportunity to perform with the band was a “full circle” moment for him, and with this tour, “The circle is just got bigger. This is a big career highlight.”
May said of the new singer, “One of the great things about Adam is that he’s never an imitator. He finds his own way with the songs. That’s what we want: we want our songs to be alive and dangerous, and open to change. We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t think we were going into new territory.” However, he also said that there are no plans to record any new music with Lambert.
Taylor added, “We think Adam is a great diva. I mean that in the best sense. And our music, at times, calls for that kind of theatrical presentation. With his extraordinary range, he just adds to what we have.”
“It was great with Paul Rodgers,” May said of their last tour. “We took it way longer than we imagined at the beginning. And we’re still really good friends. It did come to a natural end, he needs to tend to his career. Contrary to what you may think, neither Roger nor I are desperate! It’s not like we’re always looking for someone to sing for us. Organically, this happened with Adam, and we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel it was right. People are going to say to us, ‘Is this really Queen, without Freddie?’ Well, I have no idea, I don’t know what the answer to that question is. But people want to hear Queen’s music, they want to hear it done great, and they want Roger and I to play it, and and we love to play. We’re still alive, we’re still healthy enough to go out there and tread those boards one more time.”
Of course, Freddie Mercury isn’t the only original member of Queen who won’t be on stage: bassist John Deacon, who is very much among the living, hasn’t been a part of Queen’s post-Freddie tours. “He just doesn’t want to,” May said. “We respect that. He wants his life to be private. He’s very much in approval that we do Queen stuff. He approves, and that’s all we need.”
The world watched as my date grabbed my neck while falling on the red carpet. But backstage that night, I had a blast feeding Kerry Washington and sniffing Brad Pitt.
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This year, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Oscars. While every girl I knew squealed and asked what I was wearing I was riddled with anxiety. The day before the Oscars I had a fitting with Dior where I got to try on some beautiful dresses. I was between two dresses: the Carrie Bradshaw all-you-can-eat dress and the Angelina Jolie sexy leg kimono. I really wasn't sure if I would ever get back to the Oscars so I let my inner Carrie Bradshaw take over and went with the dress with eight pounds of tullle. The fact that I was going to the show was no longer an idea but becoming a reality and like a 13-year-old girl at her birthday party, I had a complete meltdown. Somehow the night before the Oscars I managed to get into an argument with my best friend, my mom and my boyfriend. I think I cried more in the 12 hours before the Oscars than I have in 10 years—I was really getting into the drama of the evening. I somehow managed to make an entire event having nothing to do with me all about me and my precious feelings. I really should have been an actress. But like Scarlett O'Hara I got my hair and makeup done, put on my ball gown and wasn't going to let anyone bring me down before MY big day.
How did I get invited to the 86th Academy Awards, you ask? Well, my best friend took me as her date. I met her seven years ago at an event where we both didn’t know a single person. We hit it off over a mutual respect for Chandler Bing, and we've been eating pizza together ever since.
I think the most interesting thing that they don't show anyone on TV is the street leading up to the Oscars. Highland (between Sunset and Hollywood) is filled with barricades with different entry points so no crazy person can plow their car through, killing everyone on the red carpet. Guarding each entry point through the barricades are men in head to toe camouflage with gigantic automatic weapons (rifles? I don't know guns). I try to take a photo of one and I'm stopped immediately. Completely lining the sidewalks of Highland are the Jesus freaks.
I am not talking a few—I am talking every inch of the sidewalk is full of God-fearing picket signs and psalms. Some have megaphones and are yelling inaudible sermons and others just shouting at the line of black cars. Right before you get to the red carpet, you get to Westboro Baptists with huge yellow signs of pictures of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Walker saying "BURNING IN HELL" and other despicable things. It's so surreal and hate-filled, I feel like I am heading to my own personal Salem Witch Trial. One thing is for sure: They think we're all going to hell.
My date grabbing my neck as she eats shit
We finally arrive at the red carpet and as we exit the car, my date eats shit and uses my freshly done Lauren Conrad up do to break her fall. The crowd goes wild. There are flashbulbs and people circling yet no one asks if I need any help because unless you are famous at the Oscars, you are completely invisible. I have never experienced anything like it. The only time anyone talks to you is if you are in the way of his or her photo. Oh and photographers on the carpet yell "YOU IN THE HUGE DRESS, GET OUT OF THE FUCKING SHOT." It's incredible. It is no wonder actors are crazy. The carpet is filled with screaming fans and photographers who only care about you; everyone is salivating to talk to you and telling you how great you look. We finally make it to the end of the carpet and I decide to use the restroom before I sit. Jessica Biel holds the door open for me and compliments my dress—no human being should be allowed to have her face and body. I get inside and Margot Robbie from Wolf of Wall Street shows me her Kardashian-sized diamond ring in line for the toilet and says "I feel like a guy with a gun should be following me—I could be halfway to Mexico with this by now." The lights begin to flicker and we are told we need to take our seats. I quickly pee and head to my seat.
The show begins and I am seated directly behind the camera's crane, so unless people are to either side of center stage, I can't see jack shit. They mount two maybe 32" TVs on either side of the auditorium which are near impossible to see so basically everyone in the theater is just sitting in complete darkness during the categories. It's around this time that you realize you are STARVING and haven't had any food since breakfast at 9 a.m. It's hot and you feel like you're going to pass out. After waiting for my date's category, her dad and I decide to hit the bar and just watch from the monitor behind the bar and slam a few drinks to make this tolerable. The Academy really needs to spring for more hors d'oeuvres options because now everyone is hammered. My date comes out after her category and we decide to watch the rest of the show in the greenroom where there is pizza.
This is where the presenters and winners are hanging out and it's pretty jarring. Some guy picks up my purse that had fallen off my seat and I say "Thank you… Channing Tatum" and my dress gets caught on Jennifer Garner and we awkwardly laugh and someone tries to separate us. The lovely pregnant Kerry Washington asks me if she could have the Slim Jim in my purse. Glenn Close shows us her Oscar secret, which is a handmade corset and a dress long enough to hide her comfortable shoes. Miss J is sashaying around the room being crazy fabulous and I am one of maybe two non-famous people there. I kind of just sit there and smile creepily when someone catches me staring—shout out to Penelope Cruz.
After the show we go backstage where I meet Brad and Angelina. Brad Pitt smells amazing, like nothing I've ever smelled. Eventually we ask what cologne he's wearing and he tells us, "I don't wear cologne, it's just my musk I guess." I have to choose not to believe him because it would just be unfair to mankind. Angelina is gorgeous and elegant and they are like The Sun and The Moon.
The show ends and we're ready to party. Everyone goes to Vanity Fair where, much like the Oscars, photographers yell at you and no one gives a shit that you are a human being unless you're famous. We can't enjoy ourselves because everyone, whether they know my date or not, has some weird story they just NEED to tell her as they stand in front of me pushing me out of the circle. I get tired of this and decide to follow Bill Murray around the party. At one point he looks in my direction and winks at me while dancing to "If You Want My Body and You Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart—a moment, I now realize, my whole life had been leading up to.
The party starts getting crowded and my date is exhausted and ready to leave for the next party. We head to Guy OSeary's party where there is no press and people can actually have a good time. We dance and drink, finally able to relax and enjoy ourselves. With the exception of a few weirdos, it was all and all a great party. Before I leave, Rachel Zoe grabs my arm and tells me I look "mage" (if you don't know her lingo, that's short for major and the highest compliment you can receive). At that point I realize my night is not going to get any better so we decide to end the night before we all get sloppy and sweat off our makeup.
I get home around 3:30 a.m. with an earring/hair headache and major Barbie feet. The whole experience was completely exhausting, overwhelming and surreal. I think what I took most away from the evening was how lovely all the women were. Actresses tend to get a bad reputation but every woman I met was lovely, witty and introduced themselves to me even though I wasn't famous—even Anne Hathaway. And Kerry Washington, if your marriage doesn't work out… CALL ME.
P.S. Here are the REAL awards from the night (given out by yours truly)…
Cate Blanchett: She looks like a mythical princess from a faraway land. Pictures do not do this woman justice, I felt like I needed to curtsy in front of her.
Honorable Mention: Jared Leto's hair. WHO IS YOUR COLORIST????
Kerry Washington: I didn't have an opinion about her until I met her and I wish she were having my baby. Slim Jims forever, Kerry!
Brad Pitt: WTF dude you should bottle that smell and sell it… to me, exclusively.
Kate Hudson: Perfect mix of glamour and sexy
Miss J: duh
Honorable Mention: Nicholas Hoult's Tom Ford suit—YOWZA
Bill Murray: I love you more than I love my own family.
Harvey Weinstein at the bar shaking my hand and saying, "you know who I am."
Sitting in a small, intimate hotel room at W Hotel, Sentosa this morning and waiting for Adam was a very exciting affair. Arriving late last night in Singapore, Adam Lambert enters the room looking fresh and as handsome and stylish as ever despite having a very busy schedule touring the world. Rocking his signature black nails and guyliner, he looks just like you would imagine him to.
Wow, you’re even better looking in real life!
Energy does a lot more than a photo does, doesn’t it?
So, are you watching American Idol this year?
I was watching it a little bit at home but not really, no. Is it on TV here?
Yes it is!
Oh good! It means I can watch it then! It’s a lot more diverse this year as far as I can tell. What’s kind of beautiful and progressive is that they’re not labelling the participants. So it’s rather tasteful. But I don’t know any of their names yet. I’ll wait ‘til they get to the tanned, good ones! [Laughs]
How differently do you think your career would have turned out if you hadn’t have participated in American Idol?
It changed everything. I’m really thankful to American Idol. When the auditions came up in conversation with some friends, I thought maybe that would be the great way into the music biz having done a lot of theatre work. That way the general public can decide whether they like what I do and a record label would come my way eventually. Being in this industry for four years since Idol has been interesting because there’s a stigma with TV shows. Not everybody that gets on there gets through. It is a bit of a challenge, getting out of the shadow of a TV persona.
Your latest album is called ‘Trespassing’. Have you been guilty of trespassing or any other misdemeanours?
[Laughs] No I’m pretty good. I mean the idea of Trespassing is really a metaphor for breaking new ground, taking new risks and going forward with something that’s not an instant fit for you. You have to have faith in yourself and go for it which is very personal to me and my life. Trespassing is a way of saying just; go for it. Trespassing is predominantly autobiographical, but it is also about trying to find a common ground with all my fans. Because, we are all very different, and from different parts of the world but we all go through the same stuff.
Do you ever feel people trespass into your personal space?
Oh I get trespassed into my personal space all the time! Were you at the airport last night?! [Laughs]
So how do you draw the line?
I think part of drawing a line is shrugging it off and saying “well, it is what it is”. What I’m trying to learn this year, is that part of being in control of your life is knowing when to surrender. That’s my new motto.
A lot of artists have their pre-concert rituals they do before jumping on stage. What is your pre-concert ritual you do before you perform?
My backstage ritual is nothing too weird. I don’t sacrifice any baby goats or anything. I usually drink some tea. It’s a lot more vegetarian, my ritual. I do warm ups, some exercise. One of things I love about being tour is that when I’m on stage, that’s mine. Mine and the audience’s time together.
You have a very distinguished, strong style. How did you form your strong identity that you have now? Were you always this stylish and self-assured when you were younger?
Yes and no. Growing up doing theatre you have to put on a façade of being self-assured. Underneath all that, I always have a struggle and I still go through things personally. I try to inspire people and make them feel stronger. I go through my own self-image issues, like everybody. I’ve definitely grown into myself more now than when I was younger. I always have an opinion. An important part about being an artist is having an opinion. It goes hand in hand. One of the difficulties about being a pop artist in today’s world is that if you have a contrary opinion, people get really offended. I don’t mean to be offensive if I disagree with something or someone. Talking about it and getting passionate about a debate is good for the mind, good for the spirit. It’s good to have strong opinions.
You are a fashion icon in your own right, who would you say is your fashion icon?
I kind of just take from what I see. I love high fashion and I’m pretty visual; if I see something in an editorial, I’ll remember it, or sometimes I’ll take a photo of something that I see and like. Obviously, I like things that are completely left field, something you wouldn’t consider as totally chic and kinda weird. I don’t take fashion too seriously in the sense that I get ridiculous sometimes. I can look crazy but that’s part of my expression. It’s music and I’m travelling so why not wear a crazy, feathered thing? Because I want to! It’s fun!
You have achieved so much so young, is there anything else you dream of achieving?
I wanna keep going with the Arts. If something happens on camera like a film or TV thing then that would be fun.
So what would be your dream role?
Ummm I don’t know. Maybe something funny? The vampire thing is too predictable at this point, isn’t it? Maybe a comedic vampire show? Well, there’s true blood, that’s funny! I wanna design and do things behind the scenes as well, like directing. Maybe go into fashion as well.
So maybe we can expect an Adam Lambert fashion line in the future, or maybe an appearance in a musical or TV show. Who knows! But what we do know is that the world really is Adam’s oyster and he is here to stay. Not only is he highly talented, but he’s incredibly grounded, down-to-earth and very charming and an absolute joy to interview.
Adam Lambert is performing at The Star Theatre on Friday at 8pm, to perform his current album, Trespassing.