After performing with Queen's surviving members twice on TV — American Idol and the MTV European Music Awards — Adam Lambert will tour as the band's new frontman. "The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs," Lambert told the Daily Mail.
Original drummer Roger Taylor said of Lambert in December that "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice," which spurred rumors that Lambert would join officially. (Another rumored candidate: Lady Gaga.)
It's not the first replacement for Freddie Mercury since his death more than two decades ago. Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers toured with Taylor and guitarist Brian May in the '00s.
No dates have been announced yet. Although Queen is the only rock band endorsed by Iran, don't expect a Tehran gig.