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'American Idol' alum Adam Lambert to tour with Queen?

February 3, 2012 |  1:43 pm

Adam Lambert to join Queen in summer tour
"American Idol" alum (which explains why we're writing this) Adam Lambert has announced he'll be touring with Queen this summer.

The 30-year-old singer, who was runner-up in Season 8 of the Fox competition series, broke the news in an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Star that ran Friday: "The intention is to pay tribute to [lead singer] Freddie and the band by singing some ... great songs," he said. "It's to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would've been proud of."

The glam rocker is quite familiar with Queen's discography, having performed with surviving members Brian May and Roger Taylor (Freddie Mercury died in 1991) last fall at the MTV EMAs in Belfast. And before that, he had been joined by them in 2009 during "Idol" finals. That seemed to spark the ongoing relationship. It all seems a little bit like fate: Lambert performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" during the audition phase of the series that launched his singing career.

It should be noted, though, that a spokesperson from RCA, Lambert's label, would not confirm the news when Show Tracker inquired.

Here's a look back at Lambert with his upcoming tour mates:


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Photo: Adam Lambert at the 39th American Music Awards on Nov. 20, 2011, in Los Angeles. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press