While music journalism has been awash with rumours in the past week that "American Idol" contestant Adam Lambert might be replacing the late Freddie Mercury in rock legends Queen, the singer has taken to Twitter, claiming that his comments regarding his involvement with the band were taken "out of context". According to Blabbermouth, the U.K based Daily Star newspaper published the following comments from the vocalist, apparently with regard to a planned Queen tour this summer:
"The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs. It's to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of... After the EMAs, I heard faint little slithers of backlash from people saying, 'You can't replace Freddie Mercury.' But I already knew that. There's no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie. 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."
However, Lambert has clarified via his official Twitter page that the comments were taken out of context, referring not to a tour but to his performance with Roger Taylor and Brian May at the MTV European Music Awards last November:
"Them clever reporters taking my quotes outta context... I haven't confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about the EMAs... That being said, I'm truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions."
Although it looks like a tour is out of the question, drummer Roger Taylor stated in an interview with Billboard last year that he and Brian May would be keen on working with Lambert again:
"[Lambert] has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but we're talking about live dates. It could be very exciting."