Rumours of a new Queen album began to circulate after a social media post by Brian May last week – but the band’s current frontman, Adam Lambert, has doused the speculation, saying he “know[s] nothing” about a new record.
On September 3, May posted to Instagram screenshots of “a video message [he] made for an ad – which you might see later – for an album – to be announced later !!”
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Hi folks. Thanks for the messages. Apologies for my quietness. The return to ‘normal’ life plus East-bound jet lag always wipes me out. It’s such a massive adjustment – it’s like my body and soul go into a kind of leaden disbelief. So I kinda shut down – and I just don’t feel capable of putting out stuff to the world. I’m not over it yet, but I didn’t want you to think that suddenly I don’t care. I just don’t have it in me right now. So I thought I’d post this unrealised (I think) stereo from somewhere back out there on tour – as a token ‘do-it-yourself offer, if anybody’s interested ! Thanks for all the appreciation and understanding you gave us – and me – during that long tour of the USA. It means a lot. In the quietness of life back home it feels like it was all a dream – but a dream with some very wonderful moments. For me, I need a few more days of detox from iPhone and social media. But I will be back, IIS. Take care out there. ???? These images are a little soft – it’s because I took them from a video message I made for an ad – which you might see later – for an album – to be announced later !! With love – Bri
As Blabbermouth reports, Lambert addressed the speculation in a recent interview with Alan Light on Sirius XM Volume’s Debatable. “I saw a news story about that,” Lambert said. “I know nothing about it.”
He also noted that given May’s long-running passion for stereoscopic photography, which yielded the 2017 book Queen in 3-D, the word “album” could conceivably refer to a photo album, instead of an album of songs.
“The word ‘album’ could mean photo album, because he does do the stereoscope thing, he does lots of little projects he’s working on,” Lambert said. “He’s working on a thing on space… I don’t know what it means, I haven’t asked him.”
“[It’s] news to me,” Lambert added. “Haven’t talked to him about it, I have to ask. I should text him, ‘What album?!’” Hear the interview snippet below.
On September 27, Lambert will release a new EP, ‘VELVET: Side A’, which he described to NME as an attempt to “wipe the slate clean” for “a new beginning and a new era”. In July, May praised Lambert as a “modern marvel”, calling him “the reason that [Queen is] still alive as a functioning rock band”.
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Last month, Lambert and Queen wrapped up the North American tour of their Rhapsody tour in Charlotte, North Carolina. They will tour Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia in January and February 2020.