Singer Adam Lambert will join British
rock band Queen in July for one performance, and guitarist Brian May
says Freddie Mercury would approve.
The 30-year-old Lambert will join Queen
at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, England on July 7.
The iconic rock band currently includes
May and drummer Roger Taylor. Taylor and May formed the band Smile,
which frontman Mercury altered to Queen when he joined. Mercury died
in 1991 of complications due to AIDS.
“Judging by my incoming mail, this
decision will make a lot of people very happy,” May said in making
the announcement on the band's official
website. “It's a worthy challenge for us, and I'm sure Adam
would meet with Freddie's approval!”
Lambert first discussed joining Queen
at the Sonisphere Festival in England in comments made to the UK's
“The intention is to pay tribute to
Freddie [Mercury] and the band by singing some fucking great songs,”
he said. “It's to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an
energy that Freddie would have been proud of.”
“I haven't confirmed any guest
appearances,” Lambert tweeted earlier this month. “I was talking
about the EMAs”
Lambert performed several songs with
Queen at last year's MTV European Music Awards (EMA) in Belfast.