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Adam Lambert Denies Reports That He Will Tour With Queen This Summer

Brian May, Adam Lambert
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‘American Idol’ alum Adam Lambert has blasted a reports that he has signed on to tour with Queen this summer. On Friday (Feb. 3), British newspaper The Daily Star claimed that the the legendary rockers would hit the autobahn for a headlining spot on this summer’s touring Sonisphere festival in Europe, with Lambert filling in for the late, great Freddie Mercury. But on Saturday, Lambert took to Twitter to say that the news wasn’t true and was the result of a simple misunderstanding.

“Oooh them clever reporters takin my quotes outta context…. I haven’t confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about the EMA’S,” reads a post on Lambert’s Twitter page. He followed that with, “That being said, I’m truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions mr journalist!!”

“The EMAs” would be reference to his appearance last November with Queen at the MTV Europe Awards, when they collaborated on a rousing rendition of ‘We Are the Champions.’ Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor also joined Lambert onstage to rock ‘Champions’ when Lambert won ‘Idol’ back in 2009.

While Lambert’ claims that his comments were taken out of context, a quick look back at exactly what he said does make it seem as he was referring to an event that had not happened yet. “The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f—ing great songs,” he told The Daily Star. “There’s no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie,” he added. “That’s impossible. The way I’m choosing to view it is that it’s a great honor and one I’m in no way going to shirk.” Note the future tense of his comments.

It’s also worth noting that the Sonisphere lineup for several cities has yet to be officially announced. While Metallica and some other bands have been confirmed for stops in Spain, Poland and Finland, a post on the festival’s website directs visitors to leave a email address and promises confirmed lineups will be sent out when they become available.

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