Classic rock fans were upset that former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert was chosen by Queen to replace deceased lead singer Freddie Mercury, even if only for one show.
However, they can sleep easy knowing that Adam won’t try and imitate the former flamboyant frontman because let’s face it: There’s only one Freddie Mercury.
It’s official: Adam Lambert has signed on with Queen to perform Day 2 of the Sonisphere Festival in England. Although it’s only one day, that hasn’t stopped fans from voicing their displeasure in Freddie Mercury’s replacement.
“One show too many” is what the majority of classic rock fans are crying out because, to them, Marc Martel seemed liked a better choice.
Queen, with Lambert, will headline Day 2 of the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park in England – the site of Queen’s final concert with Freddie Mercury in 1986.
Brian May said of the collaboration:
“Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy. It’s a worthy challenge for us, and I’m sure Adam would meet with Freddie’s approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.”
Given the significance of the Knebworth site to the band, for fans in attendance the novelty of the group will surely return – even if it isn’t Freddie back there belting out his wide range of vocals.
Instead, we are left with Adam Lambert – a solid replacement in the eyes of many.
Sonisphere organizer Stuart Galbraith says “don’t hold your breath” if you expect Adam Lambert to put on a “Freddie Mercury Show.”
Galbraith said in an interview:
“If people are looking for a Freddie Mercury show, then they aren’t going to get it, but I think the Queen songs are huge, I think they fit perfectly with the Knebworth environment… I think it’ll be one of the best performances we’ve seen from a headliner, it’s the only show in the world they’re doing. It’s a huge coup for us.”
While Galbraith acknowledges that nobody is on equal footing with Freddie Mercury, he declares that Adam Lambert is the right man for the job.
Do you agree?