May 22, 2009 / 10:52 PM / 11 years ago

Queen pondering "Idol's" Lambert as frontman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert’s performance with rock band Queen on the finale of the TV singing contest this week has the British band thinking about a new front man.

“Amongst all that furor, there wasn’t really a quiet moment to talk,” Queen guitarist Brian May told Rolling Stone in an interview released on Friday.

“But and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with at some point. It’s not like we, as Queen, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn’t that easy. But I’d certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there,” May told the magazine in an e-mail exchange.

Queen, one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s and ‘80s, has not had a permanent frontman since the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991.

The English band recently ended a four-year partnership with Paul Rodgers, the former lead singer in the bands Free and Bad Company.

Lambert, 27, dubbed “Glambert” by fans, lost out in the “American Idol” final to Kris Allen. But his vocal skills and flair for the dramatic made him a good fit for performances with both Queen and glam rockers KISS in the show’s finale on Wednesday.

May seemed comfortable about the role of “American Idol” as a launch pad for a career in the rock world.

“If you have enough talent and enough will to succeed, you will get there by whatever route presents itself,” he wrote Rolling Stone. “Once you have scaled the castle walls, with the sword in your hand, it matters little how you got there. I’ve not always been positive about shows like this but there is no doubt that it offers a door to some real genuine talent along the way.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Dan Whitcomb and Bill Trott

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