Queen on Recording New Music with Adam Lambert: "We Couldn't Get There"
But Brian May and Roger Taylor wouldn't rule out further tries at new material
Published Feb 11, 2021As Queen + Adam Lambert, Queen's remaining active members and American vocalist Adam Lambert have been performing together since 2011. Despite that success, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have now shared that attempts at studio recordings have not been terribly fruitful.
Speaking with Classic Rock magazine, Taylor shared that May, Lambert and himself "did record a song which we haven't actually finished," adding "I can't remember what it's called. I think we were still discussing what we should call it."
May explained, "It was a song that we'd tried to adapt that had come from a friend. It had the makings of being a great song, but we couldn't crack it. We couldn't get there."
In spite of this, Taylor didn't dismiss the idea of time in-studio entirely. "It would be nice to do some stuff," he told Classic Rock. "I wouldn't rule it out. Adam has said, 'Any time you want me to sing on something…' If the other two decide, 'Let's do something', I'd be there."
So far, Queen + Adam Lambert have a pair of live albums to their name: 2016's Live in Japan and last year's Live Around the World. Last year also saw the group rework Queen's anthemic "We Are the Champions" to become COVID-19 charity single "You Are the Champions."
In 2019, Lambert was unsure about recording with Taylor and May, telling Hunger, "I'm not sure it makes total sense, because it wouldn't really be Queen, because, to me, Queen is [Freddie Mercury]. My favorite thing is collaborating and putting these concerts together and creating on stage — it's super fulfilling and exciting. To present these ideas to these two gentlemen — especially when they like the idea."
That same year, Lambert's career with Queen's remaining active members was chronicled in documentary The Show Must Go On. May began his 2021 by launching a perfume to benefit badgers.