Adam Lambert Says He Is Not Trying To Replace Freddie Mercury In Queen
Queen’s touring lead singer Adam Lambert stated that he was not trying to impersonate Freddie Mercury while talking about how grateful he is to tour with Queen in a recent interview with Georgia Voice.
Remaining Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor first saw Adam Lambert when he was a contestant on American Idol in 2009. After being impressed by Lambert’s musical talent, he became their lead vocalist under the name of Queen + Adam Lambert in 2011. They started a European tour in 2012; later on, they went on an international tour between 2014 and 2015.
They arranged another worldwide tour called ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ after the movie’s success in 2018. Because of the pandemic, the European dates have been rescheduled for 2022. In a previous interview, Brian May talked about how impressive Adam Lambert was on stage in their first performance while singing and interacting with the audience by mentioning that these are the most impactful aspects of a Queen performance.
In a recent interview, Lambert said that touring with Queen felt like a dream. He explained that no one could replace Freddie Mercury, and he had no intention to do so. As the singer stated, he walks on stage and performs Queen songs as himself instead of trying to act like Mercury. Lambert mentioned that Brian May and Roger Taylor were not looking for someone to replace Mercury on the shows. That is why Lambert has felt so thankful for being himself while singing Queen songs.
Adam Lambert explained in his words when the interviewer asked about touring with Queen:
“It’s such a dream. I always say there’s no real replacing Freddie; he’s irreplaceable. And I don’t try. I try to get up there and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to sing the songs that Freddie and the band created the best I can, as me.’ Luckily, Brian May and Roger Taylor from the get-go were like, ‘We’re not looking for an impersonator; we’re not looking for somebody that does it exactly as Freddie did it because that would be weird.’ So, I’m very grateful that they’ve given me the space to interpret the songs as me.”
Fortunately for him, Adam Lambert is very content to have a chance to tour with Queen members. As he stated, he was allowed to be himself on the stage. Thus, Lambert has not been trying to replace Freddie Mercury; he has been interpreting Mercury’s songs in his way.