Adam Lambert is Queen's family
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 June 2016
This article is from 2016.
Adam Lambert feels like an "adopted family member" of Queen and is delighted to perform "musical history" with them every night
Adam Lambert feels like part of the family with Queen.
The former 'American Idol' contestant admits it is a "pretty big honour" to perform with the iconic band - whose singer Freddie Mercury died in 1991 - and he has grown so close to guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, they have their own "unspoken language".
He said: "It's a pretty big honour to be an adopted family member of Queen for this run of shows. We've been working together now for about four years and it is a family.
"It really feels, we're very close, we understand each other.
"When we're on stage there's definitely an unspoken language that now exists between all of us."
And Adam is delighted to be performing "musical history" every time he gets on stage with the 'Another One Bites the Dust' hitmakers.
Speaking backstage at the Isle of Wight festival, where he and Queen headlined on Sunday (12.06.16) night, he told Absolute Radio's Pete Donaldson: "I'm getting to sing these songs.
"They're a big part of British history and worldwide, musical history. These songs are iconic. They are songs that have been a part of people's lives and people can mark milestones with certain songs from Queen's catalogue.
"It's amazing to get on stage and get to sing these pieces of music for an audience ... for an audience that understands them so well and that lives these songs."
Adam and Queen's performance included the dedication of 'Under Pressure' to the late David Bowie - who died of cancer in January - and the track was introduced with a picture of the 'Starman' singer put onto the big screen.
Adam felt it was important to keep the tribute "simple" and tasteful.
He explained: "We have an image of Bowie that we put on the screen before the song starts. We collectively decided that we didn't feel like it was appropriate to overdo the tribute because Bowie was such an icon, much like Freddie was icon. And sometimes the simplest gesture registers with the audience the strongest.
"So we have this beautiful portrait of Bowie that we put up on the screen. And the audience gets it. It's like Queen, it's a classy move I think."