On the 2009 season of American Idol, in which he finished second place, Adam Lambert proved himself to be really good at wailing high notes, whether or not the songs he was singing actually required those high notes. And now he tells the British press that he’s about to stand in for one of rock’s all-time great high-wailiers: Freddie Mercury.
According to the Daily Star, Lambert claims that he’ll be joining Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor at Europe’s touring Sonisphere festival: “The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs. It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of.” He also claims that he’s not trying to replace Mercury.
This is all faintly ridiculous, but it at least makes slightly more aesthetic sense than Queen’s last stand-in singer, the gruff-voiced Bad Company/Free blues-rock growler Paul Rodgers. Someone should make Lambert grow a Freddie Mercury mustache, though.
UPDATE: False alarm.