"American Idol" alum Adam Lambert will join Queen for a North American tour kicking off June 19 in Chicago. The "Whataya Want from Me" singer will fill in for the late Freddie Mercury with original bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor for the 19-date run through July 20. Lambert, May, and Taylor first appeared together for a performance of "We Are the Champions" during the 2009 season finale of "American Idol."
The trio reunited for the 2011 MTV European Music Awards before Lambert joined the band for additional dates, including last year's iHeartRadio Music Festival, resulting in the birth of the term, "Queenbert."
"Adam is the most incredible frontman," Taylor told Rolling Stone. "He's a great diva, and I mean that in the best possible way. We need that theatrically."
Lambert told the pub that he found filling in for Mercury, who was 45 when he died in 1991, to be a "daunting" experience, but added, "It's such a treat to get onstage, pay my respects and sing some of the greatest songs ever written."
The tour doesn't hit Boston but will swing by Uncasville, Conn. for a show at Mohegan Sun Arena on July 19.
[h/t Rolling Stone]
About Sound Effects
ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.