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Adam Lambert Slays Rare Track 'Love Kills' As Queen's New Frontman: VIDEO

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Queen's new frontman Adam Lambert performed a rare, 30-year-old Freddie Mercury track called "Love Kills" during their live iHeartRadio show this week in anticipation of the band's upcoming 17-city U.S. summer tour.

Yahoo music gives some background:

"Love Kills" is a relatively obscure song, but Queen fanatics definitely know (and love) it. It was late, great original Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's first song recorded as a solo artist, and was featured on electronic music legend Giorgio Moroder's soundtrack for the 1984 rerelease of Fritz Lang's classic 1927 silent film, Metropolis.

While the track wasn't necessarily well-received at the time (it was actually nominated for "Worst Original Song" at the 1985 Razzie Awards), it did make it to No. 10 on the U.K. singles chart, and it went on to become a cult classic. According to Queen's publicist, Queen never performed "Love Kills" live with Freddie, who died in 1991. Freddie never performed it solo, either. 

You can compare Lambert's version to Mercury's orginal below.

Hear both songs AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. Is anyone else finding themselves grudgingly attracted to him? I disliked him in his glam Idol days. But he's looking pretty hot lately. And that track can't be that rare because I don't listen to Queen and I've heard it.

    Posted by: AJ | Jun 18, 2014 10:32:58 AM

  2. Thrilled that Adam, who I went insane for on 'Idol,' seems to be finding his niche. Clearly, Queen is thrilled with him as well. The guy's voice is just ridiculous.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 18, 2014 10:33:06 AM

  3. Thrilled that Adam, who I went insane for on 'Idol,' seems to be finding his niche. Clearly, Queen is thrilled with him as well. The guy's voice is just ridiculous.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 18, 2014 10:33:07 AM

  4. That's nothing. The chap beat out Lambert for the Idol tiarra is appearing at the National Lentil Festival this year. Heck, I think he's headlining it.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 18, 2014 10:38:44 AM

  5. He's terrific. I don't think much of the song, it's trite.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jun 18, 2014 10:45:17 AM

  6. AJ, now that Adam has eased off the makeup and grown out some facial hair, he's a babe.

    Posted by: Mikey M | Jun 18, 2014 10:47:03 AM

  7. @AJ and MIKEY M - I found myself saying the same thing yesterday. When they had him in layers of pancake makeup, gelled-out hair, guy-liner and OTT theater costumes, he was so unattractive. Now that he is toned-down on nearly every front, he is simply a very handsome man.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Jun 18, 2014 11:22:28 AM

  8. he NAILS it!

    i've loved this song for years - that Moroder METROPOLIS score is a freakin' gem.

    pat benatar's "here's my heart", anyone?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 18, 2014 11:23:59 AM

  9. Miss Freddie and his performances with Queen. But-- there is no denying Lambert's talent and stage charisma. Great choice as a frontman for this new generation imo

    Posted by: Sinc | Jun 18, 2014 11:28:27 AM

  10. Glad he's taken his glam look down a notch. He's a pretty hot guy with a little scruff and one or two hairs out of place.

    Posted by: brandon h | Jun 18, 2014 1:05:03 PM

  11. Lambert's got a terrific voice, but it's not fair to compare him with Mercury. He doesn't have the dramatic depth, the ripped-from-the-soul emotion. Who does? Not many. A longtime guilty pleasure of mine is the controversial Moroder disco-flavored score for "Metropolis", my all time fave movie. This video illustrates why.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Jun 18, 2014 1:20:30 PM

  12. Spectacular, loved it!! So hot, and what a voice

    Posted by: dee | Jun 18, 2014 1:54:03 PM

  13. Kiwi, I loved Benatar's Here's My Heart - the film version, not the redone soundtrack recording. One of the best things she ever did, IMO.

    Posted by: HarleyDog | Jun 18, 2014 2:11:39 PM

  14. Lambert is good, but I it's obvious Queen is using him for the publicity. Marc Martel comes closest to capturing the sound and spirit of Freddie Mercury.

    Here's Marc's audition for Queen Extravaganza

    To really appreciate his talent, here he is singing Nessun Dorma

    P.S. Prefer the original version of "Love Kills"

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Jun 18, 2014 3:03:02 PM

  15. Marc Martel is an extraordinary impersonator, but that hardly is the same time thing as capturing the "spirit" of Freddie. And considering Marc fronts a Christian rock band, well, 'nuff said.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 18, 2014 5:12:50 PM

  16. Marc Martel is not an impersonator. He's a talented vocalist who happens to sound like Mercury. The fact that he sang in a Christian rock band doesn't disqualify his talent. Nor does Lambert's flamboyant homosexuality qualify his.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Jun 18, 2014 6:16:32 PM

  17. poor arkansassy is lost.
    Love this version of Love Kills.

    Posted by: Barry | Jun 18, 2014 7:24:43 PM

  18. You cannot appreciate Adam Lambert until you experience that voice live, vids are nice but in person that voice and his ability to emote are stunning...and he's always been a babe. He doesn't live by what other people think and Brian and Roger adore working with him. I cannot WAIT for Houston!!

    Posted by: MalsDoxy | Jun 18, 2014 8:40:19 PM

  19. Poor Arkansassy.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 18, 2014 9:11:24 PM

  20. Adam Lambert sounds like a shrieking lunatic with electrodes attached to his balls.

    Poor Barry. Poor Jason. Too bad good taste isn't something you can learn.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Jun 19, 2014 2:14:35 AM

  21. I wish Mark Martel nothing but the best, but when are his fans going to accept the fact that, although Brian and Roger are quite familiar with Mark's vocal abilities, they simply DO NOT WANT TO TOUR WITH HIM. They have stated numerous times that they are not interested in touring with any type of reproduction of Freddie. They have stated many times that they love Adam Lambert's voice, they love his INTERPRETATION of Queen's music, they enjoy working with him, he energizes and inspires them. What part of all of that do Mark Martel fans not understand?

    Posted by: Canadiann | Jun 19, 2014 3:48:12 AM

  22. Adam Lambert is not Queen's frontman. Adam is only a guest singer who is doing a short tour with Queen.

    Queen as we know it is long gone. Not having the great Mercury and excellent bassist Deacon makes all the difference.

    Posted by: Jake | Jun 19, 2014 7:38:01 PM

  23. Well was hoping for some fair & unbiased comments on this article but once again a Mark Martel fan trashes Adam. He/she is delusional. Adam is a wonderful person who has taken a lot of heat for no good reason.It time it stopped. He has been named by rock icons as #2 best male singers out of 100 ppl. The #1, 3,4,5 r dead. So I guess that makes Adam #1 living singers. I've seen Adam live w Queen 3x & 1x his solo concert. Phenomenal!

    Posted by: Sherry | Jun 19, 2014 8:02:39 PM

  24. JAKE: Adam has been only front man for Queen since 2009. He is once again fronting band not a guest for 34 shows and more may be added let's stop the negativity how about it?

    Posted by: Sherry | Jun 19, 2014 8:06:41 PM

  25. Come on people, seriously. There's only one Freddie Mercury. Lambert is ok but he's no Freddie. One's a legend, the other's a singer. Queen is a giant, and Lambert is getting some promotion out of it. If it wasn't for that, he'd hardly be in the limelight (His last album got to number 16, and the one before that, 36). He's doing the job, but he's no Freddie. Stage presence or singing ability.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 19, 2014 8:39:26 PM

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