Queen With Adam Lambert Will Be A Freddie Mercury-Style Show?

The controversial headline act will be "huge," says Sonisphere Organiser.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Sonisphere festival organiser Stuart Galbraith has discussed his decision to book the controversial headline act of Queen fronted by Adam Lambert, saying that their performance will be "one of the best we've seen from a headliner".

Galbraith made the decision to book the band for the Knebworth summer festival after watching their collaboration at the MTV EMA's last year where Lambert, a former American Idol runner-up, put in an admittedly great vocal performance throughout a medley of Queen songs, which can be viewed below: 

Hey, if you're going to beat a dead horse, then you might aswell do it with power.

Galbraith said of booking Queen and Lambert: "If people are looking for a Freddie Mercury show, then they aren't going to get it, but I think the Queen songs are huge, I think they fit perfectly with the Knebworth environment and perfectly with Sonisphere.

"I think it'll be one of the best performances we've seen from a headliner, it's the only show in the world they're doing. It's a huge coup for us."

Galbraith said that he called them the day after their EMA performance to ask them to play at the festival, a proposition that they agreed to immediately: "They weren't hesitant at all," said Galbraith, "it was one of those calls that was at the right time. It was surprisingly straightforward.

"Knebworth has a very dear place in their hearts; it was the last place that Freddie ever sang with the band. It's been 26 years since then and the idea of playing there again instantly struck a chord with them. They were into the idea right from the start." 

Last year saw the three-year-old festival sell out for the first time after a strong line-up that included Metallica, Slipknot and Biffy Clyro. Speaking of how this year would compare to that, Galbraith said: "We always knew that the bill would take a good deal of matching, but I think with what we've announced and what we've got to come, it's a stronger bill this year, but it is broader.

"We've always said from our inception that we're a rock festival not a metal festival and with booking bands like Queen, Evanescence or The Darkness we've shown that we really mean that. We want to put on as broader rock bill as we can." 

For more info on the festival check out SonisphereFestivals.com.

The full line-up for the festival so far is as follows:

Faith No More 
Tim Minchin
Andrew WK
The Blackout
Cypress Hill
Fields Of The Nephilim
Flogging Molly
I Killed The Prom Queen
Lacuna Coil 
Marilyn Manson
The Darkness
Within Temptation 

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