Queen + Adam Lambert joined by Lady Gaga in Sydney
Queen and Adam Lambert were joined by Lady Gaga during their August 27th concert in Sydney, Australia, according to Rolling Stone. Gaga -- who was also on the road Down Under -- took to the looking like a miniature Brian May with “a giant Afro and dark jumpsuit with little crowns embossed on it” performing Queen’s 1980 chart-topper, “Another One Bites The Dust.” Gaga is no stranger to the band, having co-written the track “Fever” for Lambert’s 2009 debut album, For Your Entertainment, and enlisting May's guitar work for her track “You And I," which sampled Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
Brian May told us that these live Queen revivals, which are led by him and drummer Roger Taylor, are celebrations of the past -- not an effort to replace or top Freddie Mercury's years fronting the band: “Yeah, it was great with Paul Rodgers and I think we all thought we took it a long, long way -- way further than we imagined in the beginning, y’know, we’re still very good friends; but it did come to a natural end and he needs to tend to his career, and stuff. Contrary to what you may think, I think neither Roger or I are desperate, y’know, to do what we did, because we did it, and we’re not always looking for someone to sing for us. Y’know, organically this happened with Adam, and y’know, we just feel good about it. And we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel it was right and natural to be doing this.”
• Electronica musician, producer and songwriter William Orbit is producing Queen’s upcoming archival release, Queen Forever. Orbit's prior production work can be found on popular tracks by the likes of Madonna, Blur, Pink, and Robbie Williams, among others. No hard release date for Queen Forever has been announced.
• Last spring, Brian May -- who’s been working with Roger Taylor to complete Freddie Mercury’s unfinished songs, spoke about the project, telling BBC Wales Radio, “Most of it comes from the ’80s when we were in full flight. It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn’t have been if we hadn’t have done this restoration job. We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology.”
• In 2013 May and Taylor put finishing touches on some of Mercury's 1983 demos with Michael Jackson. In addition to that, the other "lost" Mercury tracks in the Queen vaults include collaborations with David Bowie, Andy Gibb, and Rod Stewart.
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