The surviving members of Queen are going on a summer North American tour with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, and that’s a whole lot of bullshit.
First, let me make it clear that it’s my belief that any self-respecting metalhead knows and, if not adores, at least appreciates the band. (And how often do I get to write about Queen on?) What Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon were able to accomplish is beyond comprehension and likely won’t be repeated any time soon. The way they were able to bring together so many different influences and make fun music, often pop music, that appealed to almost everyone is astounding. If anyone else tried to combine rock with opera at the time, it would have come off as pretentious.
Freddy Mercury has been dead for more than 20 years and I’m not saying that Brian May or Roger Taylor (John Deacon retired from the band in 1997) should hang it up, but a tour with Adam Lambert is outrageous. Lambert has performed with Queen on several occasions, the first time being on American Idol in 2009, again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Ireland, and a bunch of shows across Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland. The sad part is that Queen with Lambert has received rave reviews.
As good as the flamboyant singer may be, he’s no Mercury. Personally, I think Lambert’s voice sounds like he’s got his balls strung up in a vice.
Up to this point, the relationship between Queen and Lambert has been sporadic, which is fine. I mean, Queen has performed with a number of guest vocalist through the years, such as Paul Rodgers, and I think that’s fine too. But I don’t think other vocalists have made a Queen show about them, which is my fear of what Lambert will do. For me, he’s too much personality to share the spotlight or to even honor Mercury’s work.
I get why this pairing works. Lambert has had moderate success since losing on American Idol, and I imagine he has young adoring fans with parents who like Queen, making a Queen + Lambert show a family outing. So, is that what this is really about; is it about the all-mighty greenback?
Whatever the reasons, I find it distasteful that Queen is extending this relationship with Lambert.
What do you think?
Rock Hard \m/