Queen’s Brian May says Adam Lambert ‘doesn’t want to be with us all the time’

Guitarist says the band are waiting to record new material while Lambert prepares his solo album

Queen guitarist Brian May has confirmed that the band are not working on a new album because singer Adam Lambert “doesn’t want to be with us all the time”.

Speaking at the Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday (May 21), May revealed the band were not working on new material while Lambert pursues his solo career.

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“[A new album] is not coming along, no we’re not doing that,” May said. “Not at the moment anyway, we might do. At the moment we’re watching with interest while Adam pursues his solo career, and it seems to be going very well. He’s an amazing, amazing artist, and there’s no getting away from that. It’s very interesting to watch him develop.”

“We’re very conscious that [Adam] doesn’t want to be with us all the time – that would be so wrong, for us to just envelop him and never let him go off and do anything else, so it’s very important that his own career is progressing now,” May told Gigwise. “We’re looking forward to being back together in September to do Rock In Rio, and some dates in Argentina and Venezuela I believe.”

Having fronted Queen’s most recent UK arena tour, singer and former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert recruited May for his new album ‘The Original High’, due out on June 12 via Warner Music.

After wrapping up the 10-date tour in January, May described Lambert as the only performer the band had found capable of filling the shoes of iconic frontman Freddie Mercury. “Adam is the first person we’ve encountered who can do all the Queen catalogue without blinking,” said May. “He is a gift from God.” His bandmate, drummer Roger Taylor, added: “He’s incredibly musical, and we certainly take anything he says quite seriously.”

Lambert, however, was less eager to compare himself to Mercury. “There’s never going to be another, and I’m not replacing him,” he said. “That’s not what I’m doing. I’m trying to keep the memory alive, and remind people how amazing he was, without imitating him. I’m trying to share with the audience how much he inspired me.”

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