Adam Lambert In Talks To Become New Lead Singer Of Queen
Queen stars Roger Taylor and Brian May are in talks with American Idol star Adam Lambert about becoming the rock supergroup's new frontman.
The rockers teamed up with Lambert for the 2009 American Idol finale and again at the MTV Europe Awards last month, where the trio performed a stirring medley rendition of Queen hits The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, and drummer Taylor admits he's a big fan of the gay star.
He tells Billboard.com, "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but we're talking about live dates. It could be very exciting."
Queen hit the road with former Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers in 2005 for an extensive four-year-long world tour, and he has also expressed an interest in reteaming with May and Taylor for one-off spectaculars and charity shows.
Several reports have suggested May, Taylor and Queen will be part of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony next summer.
Meanwhile, Taylor is also creating a Queen tribute band for his Queen Extravaganza Tour project, which will feature three singers and a five-piece band. The drummer will serve as producer and music director, although he will not be performing on the tour.
He adds, "I don't think any band has done this. Very few are even endorsed. I can think of Australian Pink Floyd, but there are so many of them I thought we need to have the one."
Taylor hopes to launch the project next year.