Adam Lambert joins QUEEN as lead singer for 19 city tour

Adam Lambert, American Idol runner-up, will join the legendary rock band QUEEN for a 19 concert tour this summer.

This is not the first time Lambert will perform with the band, but it is the first official tour together.

From Rolling Stone:

“It’s such a treat to get onstage, pay my respects and sing some of the greatest songs ever written,” Lambert told reporters, adding that the task would be “daunting.”

“Adam is the most incredible frontman,” said Queen drummer Roger Taylor. “He’s a great diva, and I mean that in the best possible way. We need that theatrically.” Lead guitarist Brian May also told Rolling Stone at last year’s iHeartRadio festival that “he has all the elements – he has the passion, he has the humor, a little bit of camp. And when the shots are down, he has the power. It’s incredible.”

“I’m completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon,” Lambert said in a statement. “The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in North America is so beautifully surreal. I’m honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory; he’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know this tour will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band, I feel like magic will be on display.”

In 2009, Lambert’s debut album For Your Entertainment earned his a Grammy Award nomination.

Tickets available starting March 14th via LiveNation.

Queen + Adam Lambert Tour Dates

6/19 Chicago – United Center
6/21 Winnipeg – MTS Centre
6/23 Saskatoon – Credit Union Centre
6/24 Edmonton – Rexall Place
6/26 Calgary – Scotiabank Saddledome
6/28 Vancouver – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
7/1 San Jose – SAP Center
7/3 Los Angeles – The Forum
7/5 Las Vegas – The Joint
7/6 Las Vegas – The Joint
7/9 Houston – Toyota Center
7/10 Dallas – American Airlines Center
7/12 Detroit – The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/13 Toronto – Air Canada Centre
7/14 Montreal – Bell Centre
7/16 Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Center
7/17 New York – Madison Square Garden
7/19 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
7/20 Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion

(via Rolling Stone)