Adam Lambert, former American Idol star, is joining the remaining band members of the legendary group Queen, whose lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died in 1991 at the age of 45. Lambert was the lead singer in a concert the group gave on the BBC for New Years Eve, and Adam Lambert’s name was frequently googled in the ensuing days.
Lambert insists his aim is not to replace Freddie Mercury, if that were possible, but instead he told the Mirror that he wants to “keep his memory alive.” The 32 year old singer told Classic Rock magazine, “There’s never going to be another (Freddie) and I’m not replacing him … I’m trying to keep the memory alive, and remind people how amazing he was, without imitating him. I’m trying to share with the audience how much he inspired me.”
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During performances, there is a video screen of Freddie Mercury performing his classic songs, but at the same time, Queen avoids seeming too nostalgic. Guitarist Brian May said, “Adam is the first person we’ve encountered who can do all the Queen catalog without blinking. He’s a gift from god.” Drummer Roger Taylor said Lambert’s voice is “one in a billion.” The group has already toured the U.S. with Lambert and are getting ready for their European tour.
Adam Lambert was born in Indianapolis and grew up in San Diego. His father Eber is of Norwegian descent and his mother is Jewish. Lambert embraced his mother’s religion, and performed songs in Hebrew at a 2005 tribute concert for assassinated Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin.