The famous female singer that was almost in Queen

The band would have sounded very different...
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Queen keyboardist Spike Edney has lifted the lid on how the band struggled to fill the shoes of late lead singer Freddie Mercury following his tragic death in 1991. 

The now 71-year-old has toured with the iconic rock band numerous times over the decades, playing the keyboard, rhythm guitar and even providing backup vocals. 

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Since 2011, two of the three remaining core four band members – Brian May and Roger Taylor – have continued to tour with American Idol alumni Adam Lambert taking over from Freddie – but according to Spike, this wasn’t always the plan. 

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Speaking on LiSTNR’s Behind the Hits podcast, Spike revealed that Firework singer Katy Perry was in the running for the highly coveted gig as Queen’s new frontwoman. 

Pop powerhouse Katy Perry was reportedly in the running to take over from Freddie as lead singer of Queen. (Credit: Getty)

“Originally it was due to be with Katy Perry who was really at the top of her game,” Spike revealed. 

“[But] it turned out that she couldn’t rehearse because her schedule didn’t allow her to get in with enough time to rehearse anything with Brian May.”

“[And] Roger Taylor quite rightly said ‘No rehearsals, no gig, we wouldn’t do that.”

Adam and Brian performing a medley of Queen’s hits together. (Credit: Getty)

According to Spike, Katy’s agent then threw Adam’s name into the mix for consideration. 

“The manager of Katy Perry said, ‘Oh I’ve got this other artist, Adam Lambert, would you consider using him?”

“So they took the chance…He came into rehearsals, I mean having learned our lesson from Live Aid, we knocked over an 11-minute medley which went on and obliterated everybody else.”

Spike with longtime collaborator Roger Taylor. (Credit: Getty)

The keyboardist then went on to add that it wasn’t the first time he, and fellow Queen band members had seen something special in Adam, after seeing the powerhouse vocalist perform Bohemian Rhapsody on American Idol. 

“I was very pleased that there was someone out there that you could think about, even consider singing this stuff.”

Queen + Adam Lambert last toured Australia with their ‘Rhapsody’ Tour in February 2020. They are currently touring Northern America. 

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