March 6, 2014 3:10 PM
Note: I said that this should happen when Adam was on American Idol!
By Matt Dolloff
If you’re a Queen fanatic, you have mixed feelings today. You’re elated to hear that the band are returning for a new tour, but also heartbroken at the thought of replacing the incomparable Freddie Mercury with Adam Lambert.
The fact is, no one can replace Mercury. In terms of talent, energy and showmanship, he’s as unparalleled as they come for a rock frontman. And Lambert knows this.
The former American Idol runner-up’s flamboyance and singing style clearly draw deep inspiration from Mercury, and he’s acknowledging that as Queen’s frontman on the tour, he’s essentially along for the ride.
“I’m honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory; he’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band.”
This isn’t about improving upon, replacing or even approaching what Freddie Mercury brought to the table, even though Brian May has said Lambert would get Mercury’s seal of approval. This tour is meant to honor the and influence of one of rock and roll’s greatest artists in the best way possible: by performing his songs.
When Lambert takes the stage, he doesn’t need to channel Mercury, or imitate him in any way. He just needs to be himself and sing the songs straight up. He’s already proven able to do that. And if Queen’s prior performances with Lambert are any indication, there will be virtual duets with a video of Mercury anyway, if you’d prefer something like a hologram to a live singer.
If you end up seeing Queen & Adam Lambert live this year, go to enjoy the songs and celebrate Mercury’s legacy along with everyone else. Concerning yourself with comparisons between Lambert and Mercury are frankly a waste of time.
Queen & Adam Lambert Tour Dates
6/19 Chicago – United Center
6/21 Winnipeg – MTS Centre
6/23 Saskatoon – Credit Union Centre
6/24 Edmonton – Rexall Place
6/26 Calgary – Scotiabank Saddledome
6/28 Vancouver – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
7/1 San Jose – SAP Center
7/3 Los Angeles – The Forum
7/5 Las Vegas – The Joint
7/6 Las Vegas – The Joint
7/9 Houston – Toyota Center
7/10 Dallas – American Airlines Center
7/12 Detroit – The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/13 Toronto – Air Canada Centre
7/14 Montreal – Bell Centre
7/16 Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Center
7/17 New York – Madison Square Garden
7/19 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
7/20 Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion