Adam Lambert Is Not a Queen Singer

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, May 28, 2009  |  Updated 10:09 AM EDT
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Adam Lambert is coy about his role with Queen.

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The Internet has been abuzz with rumors that Adam Lambert is a queen, and also that he will join the band Queen, replacing Paul Rodgers who replaced Freddie Mercury.

Lambert vaguely answered both queries in the days since he lost to Kris Allen on the "American Idol" finale.

Lambert won't rule out a stint as the new frontman of Queen, but don't let that fool you into thinking the "American Idol" runner-up will make his living on the classic rock station. The legendary band has expressed interest in employing his formidable vocal skills.

“I’d certainly like to work with Adam," Queen Guitarist Brian May said in Rolling Stone. "That is one amazing instrument he has there.”

But the 27-year-old California native said Tuesday that he'd feel torn about joining the band.

"That's a tough question because, honestly, how do you say no to being in Queen?" said Lambert, sporting his trademark dark nail polish and blue-streaked hair. "I mean, that's unbelievable. But at the same time, I do have my own thing to do right now, and that's my goal. So if I could, I would try to do both. That's the honest question. I would try to do both. I would love to perform with them anytime they wanted me to but I also have my record to do. So, we'll see."

Lambert, a former theater actor, has ambitious plans for his post-"Idol" debut album.

Adam Lambert and Kris Allen with Queen


"My record will be kind of a rock-pop-electronic-dance thing," he said. "I don't know how to describe it. I think it's gonna take on a life of its own, as far as genre goes."

The album is in the very early stages and Lambert aims to co-write much of the material.

On "Idol," Lambert was the resident glam rocker, staging elaborate, over-the-top performances and daring to don goth-inspired outfits (with guyliner) on an otherwise family-style show. His appearance, a slew of photos that showed him canoodling with boys and a Youtube video in which he says he doesn't like making out with girls led to speculation that he was a gay idol. Lambert has declined to comment on his sexuality, but he did say on Larry King that he wasn't born fabulous --- take that how you like.

While Lambert hasn't confirmed any of the Queen speculation, orientation or otherwise, he is promoting an idea of empowered individualism..

"I want to communicate the liberation that is being comfortable in your own skin and that is being your own person," said Lambert, who has largely kept his personal life under wraps. "And the spirit of being different, and how strong that can make you feel."

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