Brian May & Adam Lambert Tease Potential New Music With Queen

11 April 2023 | 8:46 am | Mary Varvaris

“It would have to be something so special that we would feel we would want to launch it on the public.”

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Brian May has recently hinted at the possibility of recording new music with Adam Lambert, who has been the touring vocalist for Queen since 2011.

After Freddie Mercury passed away 20 years earlier, the band disbanded before touring with vocalist Paul Rodgers in 2004. Queen bassist John Deacon never joined the band with new singers. Since 2011, Queen has been Brian May on guitar, Roger Taylor on drums, and Lambert singing.

In a new interview on US radio transcribed by The Sun, May discussed the possibility of recording new music with Lambert. “We have dabbled a little. It is just that you haven’t heard any of it,” he said.

“It would have to be something so special that we would feel we would want to launch it on the public.”

Lambert added, “It’s a lot of pressure if you think about it. If they’re going to put something out that’s new, it’s got to be at a certain level. It has to be the right thing. And I’ve always said, ‘Is it appropriate for me to be doing new material?’ I feel like it scares me.”

As NME notes, Brian May has discussed new music in previous interviews. During a 2021 Guitar World interview (via Contact Music) where he was asked about the subject, the We Will Rock You guitarist answered, "I always say, 'I don't know.' It would have to be a very spontaneous moment.”

He continued, "Actually, Adam, Roger and myself have been in the studio trying things out, just because things came up.

"But up to this point we haven't felt that anything we've done has hit the button in the right way.

"So it's not like we're closed to the idea, it's just that it hasn't happened yet."

Queen released a previously lost song with Freddie Mercury's vocals a few months ago. Face It Alone is the first new song featuring his voice in eight years.

"It was kind of hiding in plain sight," Brian May shared with Radio 2's Zoe Ball. "We looked at it many times and thought, oh no, we can't really rescue that. But in fact, we went in there again, and our wonderful engineering team went, okay, we can do this and this. It's like kind of stitching bits together. But it's beautiful. It's touching."