Lambert will leave himself open again for public scrutiny in July when he fills in for one of his primary influences, the late Freddie Mercury,during five European concerts with Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen. Lambert first joined the English group's remaining members on "Idol."
"It's a daunting task," he said over lunch last month at a Larchmont Boulevard vegan joint. "But I'm looking forward to it. And I feel total faith from them."
The singer admits that he's "started smelling a little bit of doubt" on the part of Queen fans skeptical about Mercury's being replaced. But he insists that's not the case.
"There will only be one Freddie Mercury. I'm not trying to imitate him. I'm not trying to outdo him. I'm just trying to sing great music that he wrote. It's not that deep." He laughs. "Although, yes, it is that deep, because it's Queen! It means a lot to me personally."
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