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

Musical ornaments

Queer music faves decorate the concert landscape this week

Concerts-ArtThis is one of those weeks that really speaks to LGBT music lovers, with live music options across the spectrum — from choral to techno and some local indies in between. Clearly, Dallas is on Santa’s “nice” list.

— Rich Lopez

Moby

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The electronica superstar comes to town to perform a DJ set at the Lizard Lounge as the club celebrates its 20th anniversary. This is almost full circle for Moby as he performed at the nightlife institution two decades ago. The queer artist returns to the club as a Grammy-nominated musician and an electronica icon.

Saturday at Lizard Lounge,
2424 Swiss Ave. Doors at 8 p.m. $50–$75.
TheLizardLounge.com.

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 Tori Amos
ToriAmos-300RGB(3)A queen of eclectic music, Amos has gone orchestral in this year’s Night of Hunters. Like scotch, Amos can be an acquired taste, but her ethereal voice and insane amount of talent wins over audiences who get to catch her live. She has the enchanting aura of Stevie Nicks, but that smooth operator delivery is all her own.

Thursday at the Verizon Theatre,
1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie. 8 p.m. $39.50–$59.50.
Ticketmaster.com.

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The Women’s Chorus of Dallas

ImthurnThis Peace on Earth concert is a family affair as TWCD brings in a children’s choir and local fave Anton Shaw. The ladies will offer traditional music to some holiday rockin’ with conductor Melinda Imthurn and likely create a new holiday experience.

Sunday at the Wyly Theater,
2401 Flora St. 7 p.m. $30.
TWCD.org.

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Turtle Creek Chorale

TCCholidayStage300dpiLet’s face it: The chorale’s holiday show is a signature — the holidays just aren’t the same without their glorious hymns and wacky antics rolled into one. Interim conductor Trey Jacobs leds a solid show in My Favorite Things that delivers the cheer and the warmth that’s expected from the guys this time of year.

Wednesday at the Meyerson Symphony Center,
2301 Flora St. 8 p.m. $16–$65.
TurtleCreek.org.

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Jim Brickman

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The elegance of popular pianist Brickman is never lost during the holiday season. He brings back his “Christmas Celebration” concert to North Texas, and while he enchanted us at the Meyerson this past January, he’ll be tickling our ivories in Cowtown at Bass Hall this time. Either way, he makes it look a lot more like Christmas when he’s around.

Monday At Bass Hall,
525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 7:30 p.m. $33–$82.
BassHall.com.

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CHIX

ChixThis local band has been chipping away at the scene and coming into their own with both covers and originals. With gigs at Mable Peabody’s in Denton and Jet Set in Uptown, they got the gig they’ve been waiting for with a Sunday show in November at Sue Ellen’s. Band member Nikki Stallen called it the best show they’ve had. Now they headline Saturday night  and with a growing fan base, they’re hoping to pack the house.

Saturday at Sue Ellen’s,
3014 Throckmorton St. 9:30 p.m.
SueEllens.com.

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Emmeline

Emmeline
Local indie chick Emmeline is no stranger to queer audiences, making a strong impression at Twist Dallas, which features mostly LGBT musicians. Organizer SuZanne Kimbrell booked Emmeline not just for her talent, but also to “bridge the gap” between straight and gay. She heads north to Denton with killer keyboards and an oh-so-lovely voice.

Saturday at Café Du Luxe,
3101 Unicorn Lake Blvd., Denton. 8 p.m.
ReverbNation.com/Emmeline.

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Infidelix and Immigrant Punk

Queer artists Infidelix, pictured, and world music renegade Immigrant Punk may be rough and tough on the outside, but this show proves they can be softies. The two acts join a hefty lineup of locals for the Wreck the Mics to Christmas Lights show in Denton. The show is a toy drive for low-income families in the area. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and then throw down for Infidelix’s hip-hop stylings and Immigrant Punk’s hardcore fusion of rock, rap and
Spanish influence. (Boombachs, Wild Billand Ewok are also on the bill.)

Monday at Hailey’s,
122 West Mulberry St., Denton.
Doors at 9 p.m. $5–$7.
HaileysClub.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 16, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Christian group calls to pray for George Michael’s death

I blogged Monday in Queer Music News that singer George Michael has been hospitalized in Austria due to pneumonia. In that post, I added that Fox News reported there is speculation that his illness is much more severe than being let on. This appears to have spawned the group Christians for a Moral America to action and have called for the singer’s demise.

Huffington Post’s Gay Voices posted tweets by Kyle (@GodsWordIsLaw) from Nov. 26 about their intentions. His profile cites @CFAMABlog as the group’s official feed. From HuffingtonPost.com:

After the Daily Mail reported that Michael’s family and long-time partner Fadi Fawaz had gathered at his bedside in Vienna, Christians For A Moral America took to Twitter, claiming the singer “has AIDS” and calling for followers to pray for the his demise in light of his “satanic lifestyle.”

Read their Twitter posts after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Big Freedia’s new vid, George Michael hospitalized, new album by Lambert

Spinner posted this new video by rapper Big Freedia. He told the site, “I recorded the song in response to all the people getting mad at my success. You watch that video, feel that beat and see those dancers coming hard, and I’m like ‘Na Who Mad’?” I love seeing the fringe rapper grow his profile and the video is hella fun, even with the ladies dry humping the street. Yaka yaka yaka.

The song is from the his upcoming mixtape, God Save the Queen Diva. You can download this track for free though by clicking here.

Read more Queer Music News after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Foo Fighters perform on late night TV with LGBT music faves Joan Jett, Bob Mould

The Foo Fighters continue to make the late night TV scene with some big time queer music faves. They appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night rocking the hell out of Joan Jett‘s “Bad Reputation.” This was a sort of encore performance from the band’s sold out show at Madison Square Garden Sunday where Jett joined in on the Foo action.

In September, the band appeared on Conan show, performing with former Husker Du and Sugar frontman Bob Mould.Where Jett stands on her own in the first, Mould blends in quite comfortably with the Foos. And with good reason. The band has given big time props during their career and he partook in the recording of the Foo Fighters’ latest album Wasting Light.

Videos after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: R.E.M. announces breakup; Brandon Hilton releases new video

The big music news of the day is R.E.M.’s announcement that they are “calling it a day.” On their website, the band posted this note followed by comments from band members:

“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

Queer frontman Michael Stipe had this to add:

“A wise man once said–’the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it.

“I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.

“We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing.”

Interestingly enough, the band had released their last album, Collapse Into Now, just this past March. The album was a smart collection of tracks that both showed outstanding maturity for the band as well as a renewed raucous energy that reminded of their early days.

Now, after 30 years, the band is no longer.

—  Rich Lopez

Lakewood Bar & Grill, which was home to queer music event Twist Dallas, shuts its doors

Jay Bean, left, and SuZanne Kimbrell performing at the now closed Lakewood Bar & Grill. (Photo via Facebook)

Perhaps this is why local musician SuZanne Kimbrell, pictured, was looking for a new spot for Twist. She had mentioned that she wanted to move the bi-monthly queer music event to another venue, but was this the reason? Pegasus News reports today that LBG “closed abruptly on Wednesday, with the news delivered via a lock-out and ‘non-payment of rent’ sign taped to the front door.” According to the post, Emmeline was among those booked for the remainder of the week. She had performed at one of the Twist events before.

With the Balcony Club’s troubles and the Lakewood Tavern set to close in October, Lakewood is drying up fast with venues and bars. What does that mean for the gays? Maybe not much, but the area is quite gay-friendly as have those venues been. They don’t walk the line of gay/straight like The Grapevine or Barbara’s Pavilion, but Lakewood as a nightlife destination, even for LGBTs, would be sorely missed.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Is Latifah officially out?

Queen Latifah has usually (and gracefully) sidestepped the lesbian issue in previous interviews, but when these pics came out last year, it seemed hard to be anything but out. We’re trying to figure out if that’s the case here. In a recent interview, she talked to Sister2Sister magazine about the ideal woman.

“I just like ladies who have class. Period. And if it’s ‘T and A’ you’re sellin’, that’s fine, as long as that’s what you’re selling. But you don’t have to show everything, you know? You can hold some back and just be yourself and let your personality shine and let your individuality show. To me, that’s sexier. A confident woman is a sexy woman, in my opinion.”

This quote is making the internet rounds but I fear it could be misleading. At least without reading the entire piece. While many other blogs and sites are seeing this as her closet exit, could she just be talking about something else in general? I wonder if the publication saw this quote as a selling piece and on its own, much could be speculated.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Morrissey’s dog bite; Madonna in studio; George Michael and NOTW

The Morrissey online zine True To You reported Monday that the singer was bit by a dog. And it doesn’t sound too pretty.

Information regarding Morrissey’s hand and arm injuries; Morrissey’s show at the London Palladium sold out in five minutes

11 July 2011

Morrissey sustained hand and arm injuries recently after being attacked by a dog in England. Morrissey has attended hospital in Malmo (Sweden) where x-rays reveal a fractured index finger on his right hand. The cracked bone is at the tip of the finger. The injury will not affect upcoming shows.
Morrissey is delighted with the news that tickets for the London Palladium sold out in five minutes.

Dog bites suck but this kind of punctuates his mild streak of bad luck. In an interview with Pitchfork last month, the out singer mentioned his new album is complete but he won’t record it without a label. And apparently they’re not calling him. Ouch. 

CBS reports that Madonna is officially in the studio recording her 12th album. This will be the follow-up to 2008′s God-awful Hard Candy. She’s working with producers David Guetta and A-Trak, according to Rolling Stone, but Idolator mentions a whole slew of names on the potential collab roster. 

• As U.K.’s News of the World came to a screeching halt, George Michael publicly declared his elation over Rupert Murdoch’s questionable publication. Monday, the singer was on a Twitter rant that was both interesting and entertaining. Now he’s going to be asked about them, according to this tweet.

Could Michael have a new career as a media pundit? Monday’s tweets have been utter gold.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Farewell tour for Judas Priest; Lady Gaga video to premiere tonight

• This week’s Rolling Stone reports that Judas Priest is embarking on their final world tour — kinda. While they are sparing no expense on this tour with all the special effects and props, the band isn’t a) breaking up or b) saying no to future dates. So basically it’s the spectacular productions that the bands seems to be saying bye to. The Epitaph Tour is scheduled to start Oct. 12 in San Antonio. They hit the Dallas area Oct. 16 at the Allen Event Center.

Frontman Rob Halford also mentioned a new album for next summer. So thankfully, the guys aren’t really aren’t going away.

“We do have some completed tracks that we’ve been talking about in the last few days, as to how we can feed those out to our fans. We wanted to make at least one more great metal album that really represents all the wonderful things we’ve tried to do. If things go as planned, we want to get this out by the summer of next year,” the out singer said.

The band ripped through North Texas back in August 2009 and killed the then Nokia stage for their 30th Anniversary Tour of British Steel, pictured. With songs from all their other albums, the tour should likely slay once again.

• Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” video premieres tonight in an “extended preview” during So You Think You Can Dance? on Fox. The entire video of her third single can be seen (soon after?) on Vevo.com.

—  Rich Lopez