Queen Tribute Tour
My Nguyen May 1, 2012
Earlier in February, Adam Lambert confirmed via Twitter that he will be performing with Queen this summer.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, The American Idol will be contributing his lead vocals to guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor’s set on July 7th at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park in England.
Taylor also confirmed that 36-year old singer, Marc Martel from the Nashville-based band Downhere, will be accompanying Queen’s surviving members on a 25-date tribute tour.
Martel is just one among three singers chosen to join forces with the Queen Extravaganza lineup after a lengthy online audition process, reports the trade music magazine.
The tribute tour is a long awaited project for Taylor and May. Taylor shared with Rolling Stone Magazine that the Extravaganza is meant to be used as a platform to present Queen’s music as it was originally intended. Tracks like Bohemian Rhapsody will be finally performed in its entirety.
Taylor also noted that there’s no replacing Freddie Mercury, the late and former lead vocalist to Queen. He had outright dismissed the notion of performing with a “Mercury-hologram” similar to Dr. Dre’s performance with Tupac Shakur at Coachella.
“I don’t want to sit here with a hologram of my dear friend,” Taylor told Rolling Stone.
Of his late friend Taylor continues to talk about the shock of his death and their close friendship, “When Freddie died, we were in shock. And it didn’t go away for five years. We would have probably remained together…We never saw the need to break up. I think he’d love (these shows)…He would have loved the idea of keeping our musical flag flying.”
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