Queen release ‘The Rhapsody Tour’ trailer with Adam Lambert
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No one could ever replace Freddie Mercury in Queen, but Adam Lambert has been a fantastic collaborator with Brian May and Roger Taylor in their live shows, helping keep his vocals alive and well. And now the 39-year-old has paid tribute on the 30th anniversary of the iconic singer’s passing. He wrote on Instagram: “Today marks 30 years since the world lost a true music legend. Honoured to have recorded and to share the story of @freddiemercury and the music of @OfficialQueenMusic.”
He added: “Follow @TheAIDSMemorial & @TheAIDSMonument for more inspiring stories like Freddie’s. #TheAIDSMonument.”
Lambert’s post featured a segment of Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury by Leslie-Ann Jones, read by the American idol star as part of The AIDS Monument Stories.
In the video, he said: “Hi, I’m Adam Lambert, and I am so honoured to tell Freddie’s story and to bring the music of Queen to audiences around the world.
“Rock legend Freddie Mercury was a singer, songwriter and pianist, who is best known as the front man for the band Queen.”
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Lambert shared how Freddie was born in Zanzibar on September 5, 1946 and grew up in India, before moving to the UK in 1964.
The singer continued: “Early in his music career, he sold second-hand clothing and was an airport bagged handler while singing with a series of bands until forming Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
“Praised by Roger Daltry, lead singer of The Who, as ‘the best virtuoso rock n’ roll singer of all time’, Freddie Mercury was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.
The American Idol star pointed out how as a songwriter, Freddie wrote 10 out of the 17 songs on Queen’s Greatest Hits album, the UK’s best-selling album ever.
These included Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We Are The Champions, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Don’t Stop Me Now.
After highlighting Live Aid as one of the band’s most iconic live performances, Adam said: “Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.
“The band sold over 300 million records. The citation for Queen in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame proclaims that, ‘In the golden era of glam rock and gorgeously hyper-produced theatrical extravaganzas that defined one branch of ‘70s rock, no group came close in either concept or execution to Queen.”
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