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Adam Lambert recalls the first time he heard Queen

Adam Lambert has recalled the first time he ever heard Queen, who he is set to front this summer.

The American Idol singer is lined up to perform two special gigs with the classic rockers in June and July, firstly in Moscow then at a headline performance at Knebworth's Sonisphere festival.

He told WBIG FM that he first encountered Queen via his dad's extensive record collection - and he remembers instantly connecting to their theatrical rock sound. He said:

"My father was a DJ in college, and he had a huge record collection. He busted out all the Queen albums he had, and I saw the pictures of Freddie and heard his voice, and I was like, why don't I know this - who is this? I instantly recognized how theatrical their sound was, but it was also rock…the connection was instant for me."

He added that he hopes the performances are recorded and crystallised in history. When asked if there will be live recordings of Lambert and Queen, he replied:

"I hope so. I don't know what the deal is, but I hope they record it. Archive that s***."




Watch some fan-filmed footage of Adam Lambert performing with Queen at the MTV EMAs below: