Adam Lambert sat down with ET Canada last month to talk about his time with Queen. He took the opportunity to open up about his first few shows with Queen, saying they were ‘terrifying’ because he, rightfully so, was not convinced he had the right to sing for Freddie’s group. Anyone in their right mind would be terrified of that!
“I thought, ‘There’s no way I should be doing this,” Lambert told ET Canada. “I had the confidence of the band and they were really lovely about it. They were like, ‘No, no, no, you’re great. We love it. Do what you want.’ But in my head I kept going, ‘No, I don’t know.”
Lambert first performed with the group when he was competing on American Idol in 2009. He was joined by Brian May and Roger Taylor for a performance of a Queen song and managed to impress the guys while singing with them. Enjoying the experience so much, the members of Queen invited Adam to join them three years later under the moniker “Queen + Adam Lambert.”
It’s one thing for the band to support you, but without the support of fans this would have never gotten anywhere. “The first audience we had was very supportive, and each audience afterwards was supportive,” Lambert said. “So, slowly, little by little, I was like, ‘Okay, all right, I can do this – kind of.’ But there’s no comparing to Freddie.”
Truer words have never been spoken, I’ve seen a lot of bands try to cover Queen and it’s always the vocals that fall short. Adam has definitely carved a name out for himself though. “The intention of the lyrics, the mood of the song – if I kept those things in the forefront of my mind, as opposed to, ‘How did Freddie do it?’ I usually would find my way there,” he said. “Working with the band has taught me a lot. I’ve learned a lot about songcraft, and about how a song can connect with a mass crowd. Brian and Roger are wealths of information and experience and artistry. It’s a family now. It’s great.”
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