Queen is enjoying a spectacular renaissance following the worldwide success of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Not only that, but the band has also found new life on stage with Adam Lambert. Together they are about to embark on a major North American stadium tour. In a new interview Lambert reflects on how far he has come, and one intensely overwhelming moment that hammered it home.
Lambert opened up to Forbes magazine about the music which has shaped his life. Included in that, of course, is Queen and Freddie Mercury.
He said: “I think at some point in my 20s I ended up singing We Are The Champions at a private party or something. So that was the first time I dug in to learn a Queen song to perform it. And it just felt so good.
“It’s such a gratifying song for a singer to dig into it. Freddie put so much muscle into his vocal delivery. And it’s really fun to do that. And a full-circle moment would be singing We Are The Champions at the Oscars this year.”
“Having sung the song at a little dinky private party in my early 20s to singing the song with them on the American Idol finale and that leading to the last seven years of working together and then being on the Oscars together with that song… major.
“I actually had to not think about it too hard when I got ready to do the Oscars performance because I think I would have fallen apart.
“It was so weird, the synchronicity of it all.”
Not only will Lambert be on the road with Queen in the upcoming months, he also has his own solo projects.
The America star has just released the single and video for New Eyes, the lead track from his upcoming solo album, Velvet.
He added: “I definitely feel like there are different sides to me as an artist and I am lucky enough to have the platform with Queen as a way to showcase what I do and my solo stuff as another part.”