Queen frontman Freddie Mercury never made it to Israel but his band and current successor, singer Adam Lambert, plan to perform on September 12 in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
Tickets went on sale Tuesday morning, June 14.
“This is an amazing opportunity at last to bring Queen music live to thousands of folks who have been devoted to our music for years. Can’t wait,” said lead guitarist Brian May in a statement to the press.
Lambert, an “American Idol” runner-up who first auditioned for the reality music show singing the band’s iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” said he was excited to perform with Queen in Tel Aviv, and was “looking forward to giving everyone a show to remember.”
The band, which was formed in 1970, was fronted by the iconic Mercury, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1991.
Since then, May and drummer Robert Taylor continued to perform with other vocalists, until they met Lambert, who served as their frontman at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and for a brief European tour. In 2014, they made it official with a North American tour that filled stadiums and brought out hordes of Queens fans.
Critics have said that Lambert is a more than suitable fill-in for Mercury, with a decent falsetto, theatrical flair and the solid backing of May and Taylor. There’s also the usual spectacle of a Queen concert, with fabulous costumes (and costume changes for Lambert), lights and glitter and plenty of glamorous lighting.
The 34-year-old Lambert is Jewish, and after he became known on “American Idol,” put out several albums and had a turn as a recurring regular on the fifth season of “Glee.”
Now the San Diego native is filling the striped Adidas shoes of his Queen idol.
Tickets went on sale at the Leaan ticket agency Tuesday morning, June 14. NIS 340 for lawn seats, NIS 640 for Golden Ring and NIS 890 for Tribunal.