|Sonisphere festival organiser Stuart Galbraith has spoken about booking Queen and Adam Lambert for this summer's event and has warned fans that if "they are looking for a Freddie Mercury show, then they aren't going to get it".
The rock legends and American Idol runner-up will headline the rock bash this summer along with Kiss and Faith No More, topping a bill that includes Refused, Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, Incubus, The Darkness, Mastodon and The Blackout. The festival will take place at Knebworth Park on July 6-8.
Speaking to NME about Queen's show, Galbraith said that while he could understand people's reservations about the set, he thought the band's back catalogue was so strong it wouldn't matter.
He said of this: 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 also spoke about how he secured Queen for the festival and revealed that he contacted them the day after they performed at the MTV EMAs with Lambert and that the band took almost no persuading to do the show.
Asked how he went about booking Queen, Galbraith said: "I rang them the day after the MTV EMAs. I thought their performance with Adam that night was stunning and I literally rang them the following day. They weren't hesitant at all. 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."
Galbraith also spoke about the rest of the bill and promised that it would improve on 2011, when the event sold out for the first time. He also said that the bill would be "broader" and that he and his team wanted to show that the event was "a rock festival not a metal festival".
He said of this: "Last year was our first sell-out and we had a stunning bill. 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 a rock bill as we can."
Galbraith also said that the festival's next announcement would come next week. See Sonispherefestivals.com for more information about the festival.
And to read a full report on Lambert joining Queen - including an exclusive interview with the singer - pick up the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.
To check the availability of Sonisphere tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.
The Sonisphere Festival line-up so far is:
Faith No More
Fields Of The Nephilim
I Killed The Prom Queen
|Cue Adam Lambert hate, followed by random hate with a burning passion for KISS?
|Times like this, I wish I lived in England.
|What a joke ... they're on a bill with Wolfmother? Those lousy cunts aren't fit to carry Brian's gym bag.
Zebonka12 wrote: What a joke ... they're on a bill with Wolfmother? Those lousy cunts aren't fit to carry Brian's gym bag.Brian goes to the gym?
surely you mean "aren't fit to carry Brian's physics homework"
brENsKi wrote:Ha ha i almost can imagine Brian going to gymZebonka12 wrote: What a joke ... they're on a bill with Wolfmother? Those lousy cunts aren't fit to carry Brian's gym bag.Brian goes to the gym? surely you mean "aren't fit to carry Brian's physics homework"
|Bit of a stupid comment.
Fans Shouldnt expect a Freddie Mercury style show. . .
In the past there were Queen Shows, then Queen + Paul Rodgers shows. None of these have been a Freddie Mercury show. . . . .
So why would anyone expect Adam Lambert, fronting Queen, to perform a Freddie Mercury show.
Does this promoter think that fans expect Adam Lambert to dress in white trousers and a Yellow Jacket or a black and white leotard, then sing songs off Mr Bad Guy?
|you've missed the point there. the key word is "style" Freddie Mercury STYLE show.
|Support bands should be>>>>Foo fighters, You me at six, Thunder, etc.
|Everyone knows he's a ginger, right? Just to add fuel to the fire ;)
|people on streets
|The promotor seems a cool guy who knows what he's talking about. Still: I'm not going to travel for this.
|And in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
Crazy LittleThing wrote: And in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.Fhurer Hitler and duche Mussollini too??
Altough i'm not from spain i guess is "Generalisimo" with only one "s" ... with the double s it seems italian ha ha
MERQRY wrote:Crazy LittleThing wrote: And in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.Fhurer Hitler and duche Mussollini too?? Altough i'mnot from spain i guess is "Generalisimo" with only one "s" ... with the double s it seems italian ha ha
Well, perhaps so, had I been posting in Spanish, but we're discouraged from doing so here. Webster cites "Generalissimo". I'm not sure what you're using as a source for spelling/punctuation conventions or dialect. Chicago, or rather, The Chicago Manual of Style, is a generally accepted source for Standard American English, which is how I speak and write. Your post doesn't seem to adhere to any English dialect or standard of spelling/punctuation. On the positive side, you do seem to be familiar with a few of the world's deceased dictators. Good luck with your language studies.
|So it will be a Adam Lambert style show...??? :-(
|Don't expect Freddie Mercury-style.
You mean like, 'a great show'?
|Can you imagine spending your hard earned money on going to a festival and the fucking Darkness end up on the stage in front of you?!
I'd rather chop my cock off with a rusty blade.
queenman!! 12321 wrote: So it will be a Adam Lambert style show...??? :-(expect a Brian-May-Style show
brENsKi wrote:=====================queenman!! 12321 wrote: So it will be a Adam Lambert style show...??? :-(expect a Brian-May-Style show
LOL.... could be
Well... it will probably be one absolute greatest hits setlist
|This way if people complain, he can say that at least he warned them that it wouldn't be a Freddie Mercury style show. In other words, he doesn't want a bunch of angry fans asking for their money back or throwing things on the stage.
Also it may be that Brian and Roger will let Adam sing some of his new songs. Maybe that is why Brian is saying it will be a big challenge ... because he is talking about rehearsing Adam's songs and also working with Adam on the Queen songs (plus maybe working with other singers and maybe some of Adam's band members). It seems like a lot of hard work and preparation for a "one-off".
I hope it is really really good and the crowd enjoys it.
|this is a joke already.
but if they play anything released under the banner "adam lambert" this whole thing will reach a new and austronomical level of stupidity and disgrace
queenman!! 12321 wrote:it can't be an absolute greatest hits setlist - freddie wrote approx half of queen's greatest hisbrENsKi wrote:===================== LOL.... could be Well... it will probably be one absolute greatest hits setlistqueenman!! 12321 wrote: So it will be a Adam Lambert style show...??? :-(expect a Brian-May-Style show
SSOR, killer queen, bo rhap, STL, WATC, Bicycle Race, DSMN, CLTCL, play the game, it's a hard life,
|I agree with him .. I had the rpivilégio to see Freddie live and even to be with him .. NOBODY IN THIS WORLD so far as it will be ... So it was with Paul Rodgers and certainly will be with Adam Lambert ... Do not know if the remains of Queen are right or wrong .. but I know it is great to hear Queen .. ever! And God save the Queen .. Every Queen's .. Blondie The Queen and The Queen expert!
|People;; remember Freddie unfortunately died .. John left the band ... what remains then? Live in times that will never come back .. Or enjoy moments with other singers .. which of course .. never be Freddie? / I'd rather see half of what the band Queen ExSite not know anything of it .... It is these moments that we feel deep in my soul that Freddie is the lack ......
|I dont get what he means by "Freddie Mercury style show". What does that mean? Great clothes?? Vocal warmups with the crowd?? The best singer in the world?? An English accent??
BelfastQueenFan wrote: I dont get what he means by "Freddie Mercury style show". What does that mean? Great clothes?? Vocal warmups with the crowd?? The best singer in the world?? An English accent?? What?
Yeah! all that combinated, and some nasty words too... oh and the teeth! it CANNOT be forgot! well... the speeches neither... and his eyes... and all his persona....
|Seems to me that he seems a lit scared of what the crowds reaction may be after hearing comments, so he's trying to justify it. Rightly so. This isn't American Idol, Queen fans don't take a liking to American Idiots.