Adam Lambert responds to the ‘haters’ with the promise of Freddie Mercury
Adam Lambert has just released a new album, High Drama, where he showcased his impressive range with a batch of cover songs. But he’s been covering music for a long time. In fact, this year marks ten years of Queen and Adam Lambert touring and playing music together. While chatting about this incredible milestone, he made a point very clear to Queen fans who may not have gotten excited about it yet.
Lambert spoke with Jackie Brambles on Greatest Hits Radio this week. During the conversation, he noted, “There will always be haters. That’s how it works and it’s okay. I’m protective of your memory of the band, I totally get it.”
Despite knowing that Queen fans didn’t instantly love him when he first joined the band, he noted that it fueled him to improve in the months and years that followed.
“I think from the beginning it kindled a fire in me to prove myself and prove them wrong,” Lambert said. However, he pointed out that this came with its own set of drawbacks. He didn’t want to become a Freddie Mercury tribute act. And as a result, he made a vow to stay clearly separate from the original Queen singer.
“I was very careful not to imitate Freddie,” Lambert continued. “I always felt that he would be tacky and disrespectful, and that’s not what I [guitarist] Brian [May] and [drummer] roger [Taylor] I would have wanted.”
Lambert added that Brian May and Roger Taylor knew that Mercury “didn’t want the songs to collect dust.” Instead, Mercury “wanted the music to live on.”
The American singer noted that while he feels part of the band, it’s more of a “collaboration” between him and Queen.
“The songs were written and originated by the band and everyone knows their songs from their records,” he reasoned. “So I look at it as a guest. I get to go up on stage and sing these amazing songs. I get to be of service to Brian and Roger so they can perform their songs live and Queen fans want to hear.” these songs were played, so they need a singer. I’ve tried to approach it with that kind of respect.”
Lambert finished: “Freddie was one of a kind, there’s no way to replace him, but what we try to do on stage is really celebrate him and remember him fondly with the audience.”
Queen guitarist May has been vocal in his support of Lambert over the years.
Most recently, he took to his Instagram account to praise the singer for his amazing voice.
May wrote: “Here’s our boy! In top form last night. I swear there is no voice in Christendom to match those amazing flutes! It is a true privilege to work with…The One and Only…Madam Lambert! Bri.” (sic)
Listen to Adam Lambert chat with Jackie Brambles on Greatest Hits Radio at greathitsradio.co.uk
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