1. Jim says

    Freddie Mercury was even more outrageous than Lambert, yet his onstage persona was riveting and the back row of the audience felt him. Lambert has a voice that’s perfect for standing in, but his chilly, poseur persona falls short. He doesn’t emotionally connect with the audience like he should – he just dazzles with his vocals. However he sounds great and it’s a good excuse to hear these great songs again.

  2. Jim says

    Freddie Mercury was even more outrageous than Lambert, yet his onstage persona was riveting and the back row of the audience felt him. Lambert has a voice that’s perfect for standing in, but his chilly, poseur persona falls short. He doesn’t emotionally connect with the audience like he should – he just dazzles with his vocals. However he sounds great and it’s a good excuse to hear these great songs again.

  3. MalsDoxy says

    Mr Lambert has performed with Queen-AT THEIR REQUEST- many times. He is MORE than capable to carry on the Queen musical tradition, with his own interpretation, much to the delight of millions of us and, AND THE FOUNDERS OF QUEEN. They LOVE performing with him and that’s all that really matters.

  4. amicus says

    Two things – Adam Levine, ANON, is incapable of singing Queen’s songs – he has neither the range, nor the tone. Lambert has the classical training and vocal strength to master them. Secondly, JIM, one of the characteristics of Lambert’s performances (as noted by Brian May) is his connection with the audience and, as one who has seen him live, can attest to that. Rather than live in the past, enjoy May and Taylor in their (probably) last tour with a superb singer who loves Freddie and wants to do him proud. Just take it for what it is. Think you’ll like it very much.

  5. terry says

    *SNORT* ADAM LEVINE….. ROFLMAO Oh wait… you were serious??? Come on. The guy’s vocals are reed thin and he thinks “stage presence” = show off your tatts & sneer a bit. Anyway, I cant wait to see this collaboration and will be traveling from downunder to do exactly that. I’ve seen Adam live before and he is mesmerising, sexy, funny, charming and downright awesome in concert. I like that he doesnt take himself too seriously and is willing to take risks or be a bit of a dork or whatever, just to make sure the audience gets the best he can give. This mix with the legendary guitar work of Brian and the awesome drumming of Roger & Rex will be spectacular.

  6. Rachel says

    The argument that the band isn’t Queen without Freddie (and John) is so silly. No on is trying to pull a fast one on the audience, just entertain them. Having seen Adam with Queen in London, I have to tell you that many Queen fans went in as skeptics, came out very impressed. NO ONE IS TRYING TO REPLACE FREDDIE OR HIS LEGACY, these songs were written by various band members with Freddie as the front man. Adam has an easy relationship with all the other guys on stage, so it’s funny and exciting and impressive. Time to just chill and enjoy the incredible songs made famous by this incredible band.

  7. IAN F says

    Why are people surprised by this? Adam has been their guy for a couple years now and they have gotten great reviews from fans and press at their European gigs.

    It’s probably the last time they tour the states so I will be there. So many great songs. Brian and Roger are as good as ever and this combination is much better than Paul Rogers who has a great voice but didn’t really fit and couldn’t sing a lot of the songs that were out of his range.

  8. LJC says

    An old rock band with now more huge tours with a strange attractive replacement? I guess I’m just out of the loop and probably will remain so….

  9. unruly says

    Wrong direction to take. Lambert will never be Mercury. He should make it his own otherwise he’ll never measure up. Brian and company should really stop using the Queen name even… but ya’ know: money.

  10. Chadd says

    I guess that everyone who is complaining that Adam can’t fill Freddie’s shoes thinks that Queen should have died with Mercury. It’s not liked they just kicked him out of the band like he was David Lee Roth or something – they don’t have too many options. Adam isn’t Freddie, of course, but I can’t think of any other singer who comes as close. Can you?

  11. Clyde says

    Apparently there are lots of juvenile season 8, American Idol Adam haters still on the loose. These comments make no sense what so ever, Adam Lambert will and has done a wonderful job fronting for Queen. The unfortunate thing is most of you are not fans of Queen at all but simply hate Adam. Grow up kids and that is precisely what you are, Adam is the one sitting pretty and you collectively look like a bunch of jealous fools. Your comments will not hurt Adam, but they will make him and his fans more determined to prove you sillies wrong. Go Adam and Queen, I will be buying the best ticket in the house,…….here’s looking at you.

  12. Mel says

    I want to step away from this notion of a Freddie “replacement” for a minute and just address Jim’s 3/13 9:24 comments. Performing his own material, Adam is a HUGE risk taker ON STAGE. He easily connects with all in attendance at his concerts on many levels: emotional, sensual, sexual, spiritual. The words “chilly” and “poseur” can in no way be used to describes Lambert’s on-stage persona and performance quality or style. Look up some of his YT’s if you’re going to throw out comments so carelessly. As far as fronting Queen, well of course it’s going to be a slippery slope. There are many tightropes that have to be carefully walked, no need to get into listing them here, but I believe that his talent, uber stage prescense, and vocal prowess warrant supporting this tour with Queen (not to mention how down right enjoyable it will be to be able to hear Brian & Roger play live, and to hear the Queen catalogue performed live by a front man more than up to the task). I understand your comment was a supportive post and a positive one, thank you, but I can not stand idly by and have you call Lambert’s onstage performance style chilly or poseur-esque, because nothing could be farther from the truth. Is it a slippery slope to front Queen, of course, but if you are truly interested in enjoying an amazing connection between audience & singer, check out any one of a huge variety of Lambert’s concert vids on YT.

  13. queenrosered says

    MEL here is correct. Lambert is simply magnificent LIVE. Is he Freddie? No one is. But then, no one is Lambert either and he is not trying to “sing like” or “BE” Freddie. He is a fantastic live performer (who btw looks awesome with his facial hair the last year or so) No TV show, YouTube, etc. can do justice to that incredible LIVE voice! But in the end, as Dr. May said, “For those who don’t like the idea of Adam singing with us I say “Fine.Don’t come to a show, good-bye and thank you” See how simple that is? He IS gaining more followers from “family” lately also. Long story short, go ahead and eat your own AGAIN, instead of being happy for his success. What’s new anyway? I have my tickets to Las Vegas for BOTH nights at the Hard Rock and they are already sold out.

  14. PJ says

    Methinks JIM here protests too much. Noticed him on several of these Adam vs Freddie debate sites, always arguing that Adam Lambert shouldn’t be performing with Queen. Baloney. He was selected by Bri and Roger. They recognized something spectacular in Adam that reminded them of the glorious Freddie Mercury: Namely, Adam’s amazing, acrobatic, other-worldly vocal skills and his stage presence and charisma. Why argue with their choice? They ought to know!

    Other naysayers simply can’t stand the thought that ANYONE would dare sing Freddie Mercury’s songs. Silly, silly, silly. Freddie would be shaking his head at such weird logic. First, I don’t think these “NO-NO-HE’S-NOT-FREDDIE” protestors are truly schooled in the benevolent wonder that was Freddie Mercury. Freddie was very appreciative of anyone with phenomenal talent. He is on record lauding the skills of many fellow performers: Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Arethia Franklin, Liza Minelli, Elton John, David Bowie, John Lennon, Montseratt Caballo, and Dave Clark just to name a few. Everyone who knew him says that Freddie was simply bowled over by magnificence and Adam Lambert’s vocal talents are truly magnificent.

    Second, Freddie didn’t have a possessive or jealous bone in his body. Shame on others for trying to cover their own jealous natures by pretentous claims of protecting Freddie’s legacy. Freddie Mercury doesn’t need that kind of fake protection; he is a beloved, internationally repected, musical superstar who will NEVER be forgotten. He was also a generous, consummate artist. He would be delighted that his and Queen’s music lives on through the performances and interpretations of other talented artists.

    Roger and Brian are right: Freddie Mercury would have loved Adam Lambert. He was comfortable enough in his own phenomenal talent to recognize and appreciate extraordinary skill in another. If Freddie is watching, he’s most likely scratching his head at those who think his and the band’s music should be kept locked up in the tomb with him. Queen were meant to be heard LIVE, not to be preserved in a museum. Beethoven is dead; thankfully, his music is not. Mozart is dead; however, through others, we can still experience his genius. Likewise, Freddie is no longer with us. Thankfully, his and the boys’ music is alive and kicking with Queen + Adam Lambert. Shame on those who would bury this extraordinary music and keep it locked up in the past.

    Great music lives forever. How? It is kept alive by new singers of the old songs. When a composer/lyricist/musician dies, the work should live on. It is brave, appreciative, emerging artists who rekindle the flames and keep the legacy alive. They demonstrate their love and admiration for the amazing songs and artists of the past by keeping those songs in front of an audience. So phooey on the naysayers. Long live Queen. Keep performing LIVE with Adam Lambert as long as you can boys!

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