Queer Music News: Adam Lambert named Queen’s new frontman for 2012 tour

May and Lambert. Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty

Rolling Stone reported this afternoon that Adam Lambert is now the new lead singer for Queen, replacing Paul Rodgers. Rodgers stepped in for the late Freddie Mercury in the band’s 2005 reunion tour. Lambert, whose second album, Trespassing, is set for release in March, will join the band for a 2012 tour.

NME noted last year that Queen would be releasing a new album of demos with Freddie Mercury’s vocals. Interestingly, guitarist Brian May had told the London Evening Standard that Mercury had recorded duets with Michael Jackson and worked with his estate to release those sometime in 2012.

But for now, Lambert is the new frontman for Queen’s new tour. He had joined May and drummer Roger Taylor in a performance last November on the MTV European Music Awards which should have been a big hint. You can listen to a medley of that performance below.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: George Michael to go way gay on new album, but with whom?

The word is out that our favorite former sometimes-Dallasite George Michael is working on an album collaborating with a specific group of musicians. NME reported that “The singer, who is due to tour the UK in the winter with a 41 piece symphonic orchestra, had previously revealed that his next studio album would be made with a collective of gay artists, in an effort to ‘correct the damage’ his recent behavior had caused in ‘letting young gay kids down.’”

Now I’m a fan of Michael, but you know, I was let down too by his behavior and I KNOW his music. Our 19 year-old intern didn’t know much about Michael post-Faith. Come on, George. Us older fans want some of your attention, too.

ANYWAY, with his new vow to work with “either gay or gay friendly artists – possibly unknown ones,” I wondered who would be a good match. Minus bigger queer stars, I went from mid-range down:

  • Uh Huh Her — Sort of like the Pet Shop Boys of the lesbian crowd, this duo has cool pop chops and bring their own brand of sexy to match Michael’s. Vocally, he’d probably own them, but altogether, I’d predict a hit.
  • Big Freedia — I’m not sure if Michael could handle Freedia’s big booty bounce, but it would be fun to see him try to keep up. Michael may be the veteran, but Freedia would shine more.
  • Adam Lambert — This might be an easy call, but I think these two could be phenomenal together. There are enough similarities and differences and each would boost each other to different levels. Lambert’s big but still not huge so I think he’d fit in fine.
  • Diamond Rings — I think Michael could win with Diamond Rings writing his songs. It would bring him to an edgier level. Michael could use that without going overboard and Diamond Rings would know how to do that.
  • Sia — As much as I’d want to say yes to this, I think any collab between them would be a little odd. He’s too polished, she’s too eclectic, but vocally, they could be nice together.

That’s just what I think. Who would you pick?

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice (kinda): Robyn to perform DJ set at Rio Room after opening for Katy Perry

Funny how Katy Perry is Thursday night’s headliner at Verizon, but I seem to be seeing Robyn all over the Interwebs lately. The remix video of “Never Will Be Mine” has been released which I’m kinda obsessing over right now. The original holds up, but I needed an upbeat for this hot afternoon.

—  Rich Lopez