Queen fans: Would you like to see Queen reunite and cast a new lead singer?

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  1. ChristopherG

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    While searching for another thread I found this one and found it interesting given the new thread discussing Adam Lambert taking over the reins of lead singer for Queen. Any of you who discussed this 9 years ago care to weigh in?
     
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    Well calling Lambert the lead singer of Queen is misleading as it suggests he's a member of the band, he's not. It's the same situation it was with Paul Rodgers, he's just handling lead vocals.
    and for the record I fully support this collaboration.
     
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    I found Queen + Paul Rodgers abysmal, and I *like* Rodgers. This is a total non-starter for me. Frankly, even though he gave his blessing, Queen just needs to pack it in without Deac. I feel the same way about Floyd--now that Rick is gone, they missed the boat.
    But, if Queen is going to continue, get Billy Squier in there. They were good together in the past, after all.
     
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    Ok, I like Squier but c'mon, he's a total has been and his voice was never terribly versatile. I think Queen would like to have a reasonable chance at selling tix.
     
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    Regarding Lambert. I'm sure he's a great singer and I don't necessarily want to be "judge a book by it's cover" guy
    But this?:
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    Yeah, I know, "but Freddie......"
    Well, I know that Freddy was Glam and often pretty out there. But he was able to pull it off well. I can't explain it scientifically, it just is what it is.
    But frankly, as much of a fan as I am of Brian and Roger, I can't say I was ever fully on board with them touring as Queen without Freddie. I get why they're doing it, and I wished them success, but I was never personally that interested in the idea.
    I guess Lambert could help open up the music of Queen to a younger audience, which of course would be good. But for me, my top picks as a stand in for Freddie would be George Michael, Elton, or Bowie.
     
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    It was a bold choice Lambert made with that cover and I applaud him for it but since you mentioned Bowie as a prefered choice, his 70s looks outgayed Lambert's cover by miles.
    About your picks of Michael, Elton and Bowie, I'm curious as to why. Most Queen fans seem to be stuck on the Freddie tribute show from 20 years ago regarding Michael being a favorite pick but.....that was 20 years ago and his voice, not to mention highly questionable lifestyle choices, has gone downhill. Elton John was croaking his way through "The Show Must Go On" back then and Bowie? Forgetting the fact that he's semi-retired and his health is a question mark, he and May would butt heads way too often for it to ever work. Not to mention the fact that none of the three have the kind of voice to handle the majority of Queen's catalog.
     
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    Ok, you have a point there. But, I'm still not sure I think Lambert would be a good fit. For one, he's got to be at least half the age of Roger and Brian. He's not really one of their contemporaries.
    I'm not sure I agree with the term "Bold" for that cover though. I mean, Lambert is pretty openly Gay, isn't he? (and, although I don't recall the exact story off hand, didn't he pull some kind of "In your face!" stunt at the Grammys a couple of years back?)
    As for some of the people I mentioned. Yeah, for George Michael, the tribute concert weighs into it to some degree. As for his lifestyle choices, while I don't advocate the drug use and the lewd situations he's found himself caught in, but hardly see how that stuff is really much worse than the shenannagans that hundreds of other musicians/bands were known to engage in.
    Bowie becomes a candidate due to the vocal duet he did with Freddie became of the band's most popular songs ever. However, is there friction between him and May? If so, I'd be interested to learn more about it.
    And as far as vocal talents, well, obviously there are very few people out there who could compare to Freddie (and maybe in that vein, Lambert is a prime candidate). But if Freddie was alive today, it is certainly conceivable that some of his vocal ability would have diminished by now.
     
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    I was searching for words to respond to Michael, but Will has hit it right on the head. How bold is it to do something that everyone expects you to do?
     
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    IIRC he sucked face with one of his (male) backup dancers during his performance.
    I'm not sure that *any* of Brian and Roger's actual contemporaries has the voice remaining to do justice to Freddie's work. I have no problem with them working with someone younger who can handle the material.
     
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    Not a chance.Any male singer, regardless of his power, phrasing and range would never compare to Mercury.
    Totally different genre, but in the same way the Dixie Chicks would completely fail without Natalie Maines singing lead.
    A band may be a band, but a large portion of their success comes down to the lead singer.Singer A may be just as talented as Singer B, but they are not interchangeable.
    Plus, Queen is classic, even with a new singer, everything they do in the future would be compared to the fantastic music they did before Mercury's death.
    It would never work.
     
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    There will never be another Freddie, but that doesn't mean that there aren't great singers out there who could perform with Brian and Roger and make it work.
    Tell me one of these guys, while not Freddie, wouldn't put on a fun show:


    Then there's Marc Martel, who made the "Queen Extravaganza" band and is practically a Freddie impersonator. :)
     
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    I can't see your links on my phone, so I don't know who you're referencing. I'll just say I wouldn't cross my own street to see Adam Lambert. I would cross my own street if he was with Roger and Brian, just to be in the presence of Brian's hair, but if they were in town together, I wouldn't buy a ticket. I'm just not into Idol rejects.
    Now, there was a Japanese band who did Queen songs. Pull a Journey and get that guy and I may go.
     

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