A performance featuring Adam Lambert
and British rock group Queen at Sonisphere 2012 has been canceled,
“It is with very heavy hearts and
much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth
2012,” Queen announced on its official website on Wednesday.
An official statement from festival
organizers is expected on Thursday.
After much speculation in the media,
Lambert confirmed the date in February. “As many suspected, I can
finally confirm: I have been invited by Queen to sing one very
special concert! Sonisphere at Knebworth July 17th!”
Lambert tweeted to his more than 1.3 million followers. “Sorry to
be coy about the details the past few weeks, but I made a promise to
keep it under wraps as best I could. Gonna be a surreal night!”
Lambert has denied rumors that he would
join the iconic rock band, which currently includes guitarist Brian
May and drummer Roger Taylor. Taylor and May formed the band Smile,
which Freddie Mercury altered to Queen when he joined. Mercury died
in 1991 of complications due to AIDS.
Lambert and Queen are still scheduled
to perform together on June 30th at Moscow's Olympic