Queen + Adam Lambert
June 23rd–August 5th
"There will be no holograms," Queen guitarist Brian May assures fans of how the band will be paying tribute to Freddie Mercury on the band's upcoming arena dates with Adam Lambert. "But there will be a retrospective element that connects to the glory days of when Freddie was with us. There will be echoes from the past in a new way." As for just what that means, though, he's keeping silent so as to surprise fans. That said, he says set lists will skew toward "vintage Americana Queen," meaning classics like "We Will Rock You." "I remember Prince saying, 'Too many hits, too many hits,' which is a good problem to have," he says, "but we'll be throwing in a few songs people won't have seen live for a very long time." That's all right with Lambert, who has been singing with the band since their 2009 American Idol performance together and likes the collaborative nature of the pairing. " We are a band when we get onstage at this point," he says. "We have that thing where you can look at each other and there's an unspoken communication that happens. It's pretty exciting."