Singer Adam Lambert does not believe
he's competing with the late Freddie Mercury by joining the British
rock band Queen for one performance.
The 30-year-old Lambert will join Queen
at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, England on July 7.
The iconic rock band currently includes
guitarist Brian 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.
Lambert performed several songs with
Queen at last year's MTV European Music Awards (EMA) in Belfast.
During an interview with NME,
Lambert insisted he's not trying to replace Mercury.
“The way I look at it is I'm not
trying to imitate or outdo him or compete in any way, that's not even
in my mind at all,” Lambert said. “I think it's really an honor
to be asked to sing the music that he and the band wrote and get up
there and put on a good show. If people are too busy trying to
compare, they're not going to enjoy the music.”