They Are the Champions: A Queen + Adam Lambert Timeline
On Monday, June 16, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET, Yahoo Screen will livestream Queen + Adam Lambert's concert from the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. Tune in HERE to see the band perform Queen classics in an intimate setting!
photo: Rolling Stone
Adam Lambert is joining Queen on the road this summer, and while it's one of the most anticipated tours of 2014, this trek has been a long time coming. Truly, from the moment Adam first entered America's living rooms and the American Idol audition room five (yes, FIVE) years ago, he seemed fit for a Queen and destined to one day front the legendary glam-rock group.
As we prepare for Queen + Adam Lambert's iHeartRadio livestream on Yahoo Screen, let's take a look back at all the (platform-booted) steps along Adam and Queen's majestic journey.
Jan. 20, 2009: Adam auditions for Idol with "Bohemian Rhapsody"
On the San Francisco auditions episode of Season 8, Adam looked uncharacteristically casual with his hoodie and fresh-scrubbed face, but he sounded like a total glitter-rock showman when he magnificently belted out Queen's most iconic multi-octave anthem. Adam actually tried out with Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" at first, but that footage didn't air until much later in the season; instead, it was his Queen audition that memorably introduced him to the world. And exactly three months later, he was introduced to Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor...
May 20, 2009: Adam performs with Queen on the Idol finale
Adam may not have won Idol Season 8, but he was undoubtedly the superstar of that season's splashy finale. Along with his phenomenal collaboration with KISS on that historic night, he also joined eventual Season 8 winner Kris Allen and Queen for a spectacular performance of the fittingly titled "We Are the Champions"; this still stands as one of the best Idol moments ever, in all 13 seasons. Kris held his own that evening, but it was clear from the look on guitarist Brian May's face that he was especially amazed by Adam's rock chops. Soon rumors were swirling that Queen had actually invited the Glamerican Idol to join the band permanently, although all involved parties denied such gossip at the time. It would be more than two years before they'd share a stage again...