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Queen’s Roger Taylor Talks ‘Glee’ and Adam Lambert

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It’s been 20 years since Queen frontman Freddie Mercury passed away, but his surviving bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May have kept their music in the limelight by steadily touring, releasing a series of compilations (and one new album with former Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers), and finding smart and unusual ways to reach new fans.

Taylor touched on all of the above during a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, discussing a variety of subjects including their plans to assemble their own handpicked tribute band — and the possibility of lining up more performances with Adam Lambert, who recently shared the stage with Queen at the 2011 MTV EMAs.

“There’s nothing signed just yet but we’re talking about live dates,” Taylor previously responded when asked by Billboard about the possibility of working with Lambert. “It could be very exciting. He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that’s great.”

He was a little more circumspect when the subject of Queen’s future plans came up with the Hollywood Reporter, saying “we’re thinking of going out on the road next year … Summer festivals, that kind of thing” but playing coy when asked if “we” included Lambert. “There is a lot going on,” Taylor quipped, adding, “quite a few different ‘wes,’ aren’t there?”

He was a little more forthcoming when asked if he’d heard the ‘Glee’ cast’s version of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love,’ saying, “No, I haven’t heard it. Have to tell you, it’s not one of my favorites. I think there’s quite a bit of auto-tuning on that, isn’t there?” More to Taylor’s liking? The version from the ‘Happy Feet Two’ soundtrack, which he called “fantastic.”

While Queen lines up tour dates, fans can also look forward to seeing the results of the Queen Extravaganza, an online contest geared toward putting together a tribute band that will, Taylor hopes, represent the band’s legacy “in a spectacular or brilliant way and not in the cheap, small, cheesy way … I think if we did our job selecting right, we should have the right bunch of characters to carry it off.”

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