For the past few years, “American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert has been singing for QUEEN on their tours, filling in for his idol Freddie Mercury. In the Radio.com interview below, he talks about when he finally got comfortable with the role.
Said Adam: “It’s interesting, though, because I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, you’re the new lead singer for QUEEN.’ And it’s, like, well, essentially, yeah. But it’s not a permanent position, I don’t look at it as. It was billed as QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT, ’cause I feel like it’s a collaboration; it’s a live collaboration. It’s something that we decided to do for three months and… I guess over the course of five months… and we had a great time together. And the audiences ate it up, which was great. And we sold out, which was great. But it’s a collaboration.”
He continued: “The first time we went around and did this in Eastern Europe and the three shows we did in London, they went over well and we did them, but I don’t think I was totally comfortable with the idea. I think I was still, really, in my head, kind of, intimidated by the whole concept of singing lead for this amazing band. The second time around, this world tour we just did, something had shifted. And I don’t really know why or how, but something had shifted and I felt a lot more… I accepted the responsibility at that point, and it was more a I-can-do-this attitude than I ever had with it. So… confidence makes a big difference.”
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