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And Now, the New Frontman for Queen: Adam Lambert

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It seems sacrilegious to replace Freddie Mercury, but the band Queen has done exactly that.

When Mercury died, future American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was all of ten years old. Today, it is announced, he is the new frontman for Queen.

Us Magazine:

The season eight American Idol winner [sic] confirmed to the U.K.’s Daily Star Thursday that he has been tapped to be the lead singer of Queen—the spot in which original member Freddie Mercury held until his untimely death in 1991.

“The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f—cking great songs,” Lambert, 30, told the paper. “It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of.”


But it was his performance in November with May and Taylor at the MTV Europe Awards that revived rumors that he might step into Mercury’s formidable lead slot. Now that the dream gig appears to be reality, Lambert is trying to manage expectations while paying due respect to glam rock icon Mercury.

“After the EMAs, I heard faint little slithers of a backlash from people saying: ‘You can’t replace Freddie Mercury.’ But I already knew that,” he said. “There’s no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie. That’s impossible. The way I’m choosing to view it is that it’s a great honor and one I’m in no way going to shirk… Being asked to front Queen is the best thing that can possibly happen.”

Queen’s last album with Freddie Mercury, Made in Heaven, was released in 1995. In the 2000s, Queen toured with singer Paul Rodgers, though they were quick to underscore that he was not replacing Freddie Mercury.

Last year, we were nervous that Queen might choose Lady Gaga to front Queen instead. What do you think? Was Adam Lambert really a better choice?

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