"Oooh them clever reporters takin my quotes outta context," Lambert tweeted, not long after numerous sites reported that the 'American Idol' star would be joining the group for a summer tour. "I haven't confirmed any guest appearances. I was talking about the EMA'S. :)"
"That being said, I'm truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions mr journalist!! :)" he added in a follow-up tweet, his emoticon underscoring that there are no hard feelings.
Rumors of Lambert's candidacy first started circulating back in December, when drummer Roger Taylor sung the 'American Idol' star's praises in an interview with Billboard. "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but we're talking about live dates. It could be very exciting." Lambert teamed up with the rockers for a live performance on the 'American Idol' Season 8 finale, and again at the 2011 MTV EMAs.
Taylor and guitarist Brian May have been searching for a new lead singer for the band for some time now. Original frontman Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991 and Paul Rodgers took on lead singer duties from 2004 to 2009 in a new incarnation of the band called Queen + Paul Rodgers. But Lambert wasn't the only pop superstar that the rockers have considered for the position. Back in October, May mentioned his 2011 MTV VMAs collaborator Lady Gaga as a contender.
Glambert seemingly indicated that he would be joining the group in an interview yesterday (Feb. 3) with Britain's Daily Star, saying, "The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f---ing great songs. It's to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of." Lambert has praised his fellow gay entertainer Mercury as a great inspiration on his own music and career.
However, the humble performer insisted he in no way wants to suggest that he could ever fill Mercury's stylish shoes, admitting, "After the EMAs, I heard faint little slithers of a backlash from people saying, 'You can't replace Freddie Mercury.' But I already knew that. There's no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie. That's impossible. The way I'm choosing to view it is that it's a great honor and one I'm in no way going to shirk"
"Being asked to front Queen is the best thing that can possibly happen," Galmbert gushed.