ABC/Rick PowellAre Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez back together? The two were reportedly spotted having breakfast together Friday morning in McAllen, Texas.
Managers at a restaurant in McAllen tell ValleyCentral.com that the two singers were at the restaurant late Friday morning; they say that Selena called the eatery at 10:45 a.m., and then the two showed up 15 minutes later. Justin ate huevos rancheros, while Selena chowed down on a traditional Mexican dish of tortillas, eggs, cheese and beans.
Selena will perform in nearby Hidalgo, Texas on Saturday. She posted a photo on Friday of herself sitting somewhere, holding what appears to be a Starbucks cup. She wrote, "Hidalgo, I've missed this :) ill see you soooon."
TMZ reports that Selena and Justin were spotted together at a Starbucks in Texas.
Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has purchased homes in New England and Los Angeles since becoming a global superstar, but she'll always think of Nashville as her home base. In a new interview with Time on the Tennessee city's booming economy, Taylor reveals her practical reasons for working mainly out of Nashville.
"Choosing to have my management company based in Nashville just made sense because my family is there as well as my record label," Taylor says. "I never think about moving home bases. It’s hard to describe why you consider a town your home base, except that when people ask me, 'Where’s home?', I don’t even think before I say 'Nashville.'"
There are also personal reasons why Taylor prefers to spend time in Nashville: it offers her an escape from the paparazzi who track her every move in New York or L.A.
"You don’t see as much evidence of me spending time in Nashville, because I’m not being photographed at the grocery store," she explains. "I’m just able to wander around the grocery store and make casual conversation with the girl standing next to me in the produce aisle."
Taylor is currently working on the follow-up to her multi-platinum album, RED. She'll take The RED Tour to Asia starting June 1 in Tokyo.
Cliff Lipson/CBSClap along if you feel like happiness is...something that should be celebrated globally. Pharrell Williams is teaming with the United Nations Foundation to help celebrate an International Day of Happiness worldwide. It's apparently an annual event -- who knew? -- and it's taking place Thursday, March 20.
To mark the day, Pharrell is inviting everyone to help raise money for humanitarian efforts globally. Here's how: post YouTube videos of yourself showing how happy you are, using, of course, the singer's #1 hit, "Happy." Add the hashtag #HAPPYDAY and register your submission at 24HoursofHappiness.com. At noon on March 20 in every time zone, Pharrell will spotlight the best submissions.
How does this help? According to the organizers, the videos will remind people that everyone "everyone deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life, and encouraged to make donations to support U.N. humanitarian efforts designed to increase those opportunities for the people who need it most." You can donate to the U.N.'s the Central Emergency Response Fund online.
In addition to uploading videos, Pharrell and the U.N. encourage you to use the #HAPPYDAY hashtag across Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, Twitter and Vine.
ABC/Matt BrownLady Gaga's forthcoming tour artRave: the ARTPOP Ball hasn't even begun, but it's already plagued by rumors that ticket sales aren't strong, and the whole thing's a flop. But according to the tour promoter, such rumors are "ridiculous."
Arthur Fogel, the head of the Live Nation's Global Touring division, tells Billboard that in fact, ticket sales for Gaga's North American and European dates are 80 percent sold out. He also reveals that six additional North American shows will be announced in the near future, as well as additional dates in the U.K.
Responding to reports that Live Nation has lost $30 million on Gaga's tour, Fogel tells Billboard, "Just a complete fool would say something like that and it could only come from somebody who has an agenda, because it makes absolutely no sense, on any level." And why is that? Fogel says that if a tour was really doing that badly, the promoter would cancel the whole thing rather than take that kind of financial bath.
"You'd say 'pull the plug,'" explains Fogel, who's promoted huge tours by Madonna and U2 in the past.
Gaga's last two tours, the Monster Ball, which ran from 2010 to 2011 and the Born This Way Ball, in 2012, were extremely successful, and both ended up being among the highest-grossing tours of their respective years.
Gaga will warm up for artRave: the ARTPOP Ball later this month when she performs a series of shows at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom, which will close its doors when she's done. The official tour kicks off May 4 in Sunrise, Florida.
Image Courtesy Ke$ha via InstagramKe$ha entered rehab January 3 to battle an eating disorder, and it appears the treatment was successful. The singer tweeted that she's "happy to be back," using her newly-christened Twitter account, @Kesharose, to post the message. Her previous Twitter handle had been the less-than-positive "keshasuxx."
A rep for the singer confirms to ABC News Radio that Ke$ha has indeed left rehab.
"Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music. I can't thank my fans enough for all the love & support u have given me," the singer tweeted. "life is beautiful. I'm so blessed to have u all." She also tweeted a string of emjois of hearts and rainbows.
When Ke$ha initially sought treatment, she said in a statement, "I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I've found it hard to practice...I'll be...seeking treatment for my eating disorder...to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am." Later, it was reported that body-shaming by people involved in her career -- particularly her producer, Dr. Luke -- was partly responsible for Ke$ha's eating disorder. Luke has denied those accusations.
While she was in rehab, Ke$ha scored a #1 hit: "Timber," her collaboration with Pitbull.
Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol said goodbye to Emily Piriz on Thursday night. The 18-year-old from Orlando, Florida, was sent home after falling into the bottom three with Jena Irene and MKNobilette.
Before Emily was dismissed, she attempted to earn the judges' save by singing Grace Potter and the Nocturnals' "Stars." However, Harry Connick, Jr. informed her that the panel would not be saving her.
Emily had saluted Jennifer Lopez on Wednesday's "Home"-themed performance show with a rendition of "Let's Get Loud."
The musical guests on the one-hour results show were former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, who performed his new single, "Raging Fire," and the Irish band Kodaline.
Backstage, after her elimination, Emily told ABC News Radio she's grateful for the experience and is going to keep working to become a successful singer.
Ryan Seacrest told ABC News Radio that while standing on stage with Emily during her “Goodbye tape,” the singer said her stint on the show was like “a flash of time.”
Connick told ABC News Radio backstage that “nobody wants to see anybody go, but it's a competition so somebody's gonna be eliminated.” Connick added, “[I]t's a tough thing see, but...the people have spoken.”
Jennifer Lopez told ABC News Radio backstage that she “wasn't really happy” with the result and the fact that it was all girls in the bottom three. “I hate seeing three girls in the bottom three the past two weeks...I'm like ‘c'mon America.’ What's what? We don't like the girls? We love the girls,” Lopez said, adding, “I get afraid that we're gonna be like five guys in the final...and no girls there.”
Next Wednesday night on Fox, the top 11 will tackle songs from the movies.
Photo: Christie GoodwinAdam Lambert's been pretty busy lately, appearing on Glee and serving as a mentor for American Idol. Now, he's just announced a big summer tour with legendary British rock group Queen, who he's been performing with on and off since the 2009 Idol finale. But what about some new music from the singer? Adam says it's coming, and he believes the tour with Queen will help make it even better.
"I'm working on music now. I've been in Sweden the last couple weeks, and I'm working on stuff, figuring it out," he tells ABC News Radio. "And what's beautiful is that this is kind of a side-by-side thing. I mean, the fact that I get to jump over and do a tour with Queen -- like, the Queen -- not only is it going to be exciting to kind of step away from my creative process a bit, but I think it'll inform it."
"I learn something every time I'm on stage with these guys," he explains, referring to Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. "So I think that it only makes me a better performer, and a better writer. And seeing these fans of this band -- it inspires me."
There's no doubt that touring with Queen will make Adam a better performer: it'll be the first time he'll be headlining in huge arenas, like Madison Square Garden and the L.A. Forum. Of course, Queen regularly played those venues during their heyday in the '70s and '80s.
"This will be my first time at the Garden, and my first time at the Forum, and that's what's one of the very exciting things about working with these amazing gentlemen is that they have so much under their belt. They've experienced so much and I feel like I'm learning every time we're on stage together," he tells ABC News Radio. "To go back to something that feels nostalgic for them, and a first time for me, I think, will be really magical on stage. I think that's kind of the beauty of this whole adventure."
Certainly, the prospect of fronting a legendary, much-beloved rock band whose late lead singer -- Freddie Mercury -- is considered to be one of the best vocalists in rock history -- is daunting. In fact, Mercury was one of Adam's own personal idols, long before he ever met the guys in Queen. But he says he knows how he's going to approach singing classics like "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You" every night.
"One of the things that I always try to do is not to mimic [Freddie Mercury], because I feel like that would be a bit disrespectful, but more to pay respect, and to just bring the songs to life in an honest way," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've had the greatest teacher, to hear and learn these songs, but trying to make them my own, I think, is important."
One thing is for sure: Queen fans and Adam fans both want to see this pairing. Queen's Brian May tells ABC News Radio that he's been hearing from fans on social media, and the response has been nothing but positive.
"I see 'em already on Twitter, y'know, it kind of makes me laugh," he says. "It's like, 'We need QueenBert!' From Argentina, from Tierra del Fuego, from Beijing...the whole world wants us to be together, I think, which is great!"
Queen Adam Lambert will kick off their tour June 19 in Chicago.
Open Road FilmsA warning to Justin Bieber fans: do not let yourself inside the Atlanta-area home he's renting if you weren't invited.
A 23-year-old woman named Qianying Zhao was arrested at the Sandy Springs home Wednesday after police were called to the residence by someone who lives there. The Doraville, Georgia, resident told police she entered through an unlocked door. She reportedly slept in one of the bedrooms.
Zhao claimed she is a friend of Justin's and that she went to the home to attend his birthday party. The celebration was actually held earlier in the week, at another location.
Zhao has been charged with criminal trespass.
Justin has been renting the home from music producer Dallas Austin. Reportedly, he's expressed interest in moving to the Atlanta area, after causing all sorts of trouble in his Calabasas, California, neighborhood.
Speaking of which, Justin's Calabasas home has been sold to Khloe Kardashian, according to E! News. She recently sold the L.A. home she shared with her now-estranged husband, Lamar Odom.
Epic RecordsIs Brandon Howard the long-lost son of Michael Jackson? A definitive conclusion was not reached on Thursday.
The website FilmOn.TV on Thursday claimed in a live event that it has seen DNA evidence showing that there’s a 99.9-percent chance that the 31-year-old Howard, a singer who performs under the name B. Howard, is the King of Pop’s son.
However, Howard posted a video on his Facebook page saying he’s “never self-proclaimed to be Michael Jackson's son.” He said, “It is true I did do a DNA test but it had nothing to do with any of this."
Howard also denied a TMZ story – which initially brought Howard’s alleged connection to MJ to light -- that he’s planning to sue Michael’s estate for money.
Furthermore, Howard released the following written statement: "To my fans, family, and friends, despite recent allegations, I did not authorize the testing of my DNA to be compared to that of the late Michael Jackson nor did I contact TMZ regarding the publication of the story. This spring, I agreed to be a part of a documentary with FilmOn.TV and was asked to give a sample of my DNA. Even though I agreed to this I never expected it to be used in this manner. To this day, I have never claimed to be Michael Jackson's son nor do I have any intention of pursuing the family's estate."
Though Howard says he never claimed to be Michael’s son, he doesn’t deny that he is related to the singer, either. Then again, a singer named Augie Johnson, who was featured on Michael’s 1979 album Off the Wall, tells the British newspaper The Daily Mail that he’s Howard’s father.
Mind you, TMZ is claiming that the supposed DNA evidence FilmOn.TV touted is bogus, because the lab itself doesn't exist. Then again, TMZ's supposed evidence for that claim, in part, is that an image from the lab's logo is easily available online. Whatever.
Parahoy.comParamore is the latest band to set sail on a fan cruise. Their first one, Parahoy!, departs Friday from Miami aboard the Norwegian Pearl, and according to the band, fans who are joining them for the four-day floating festival can expect lots of music, fun, food and even manicures.
"We have a few different activities arranged. I know there's gonna be being able to get your nails done with Hayley, [and] some bowling parties," guitarist Taylor York tells ABC News Radio. "It's just gonna be fun."
Wait, nails? You'll be able to get a manicure with Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams? "Yeah, that's really happening. I'm a little nervous," laughs Hayley. "What's it gonna be like? I've never gotten my nails done with a stranger!"
"But maybe they won't be a stranger," the singer muses. "Maybe by the end of it we'll be, like, best friends!"
That's the way that Taylor envisions things going. " We just want it to be mellow and just have everyone be on a big vacation together," he tells ABC News Radio. "We're gonna play some shows. We're gonna eat way too much food. We're gonna do everything you do on a cruise and then we're gonna play a rock show at the end of the night. So, it's gonna be super fun!"
In addition to Paramore, the cruise will also feature performances from Tegan and Sara, as well as the bands Newfound Glory and Shiny Toy Guns. A Q&A with Paramore is part of the fun, as well as theme nights: there'll be an '80s Night, a "White Out" night, when everyone wears white, a pajama party night and, finally, there will be a "Paramore prom."
It all sounds like such a blast that surely the band will do this again next year? "I don't know. I mean we'll have to see how it goes," Hayley tells ABC News Radio. "We're really excited for it. We've never done anything like this before and we wanted to do something different. So, if it goes really well, then, I mean, we'll try anything twice!"
When they return from their cruise, Paramore will play a show in Puerto Rico and then prep for their massive summer tour with Fall Out Boy, which kicks off July 6.
Columbia Records/ABC/Lou RoccoPharrell Williams has collaborated with a wide variety of artists during his long career, but he's always on the lookout for new people to work with. During a recent appearance on Australian TV, he named Lorde as someone he'd like to team up with, but said he doubts she'd be interested.
Appearing on the Australian TV show Sunrise, Pharrell said of Lorde, "I would love to work with her. She doesn't need me, but I would love to work with her." The always-humble Grammy-winner praised the 17-year-old's music, saying, "When you hear [her], you hear her lyrics, you hear her melody and you hear her music, but you also feel what she's saying."
Well, if he doesn't get a chance to make a record with Lorde, who else would Pharrell like to work with? He mentioned Prince and Eminem, and added, "My son loves Katy Perry, so I suppose that makes all the sense in the world." The singer then took the opportunity to clear up the popular misconception that his five-year-old son is named "Rocketman."
"His name is Rocket. There's no 'man,'" he explained. "Unfortunately, it was something that we couldn't catch up with in terms in the press, they were just like, 'It's Rocketman!' And it's totally not. His name is just Rocket."
Cliff Lipson/CBS Following the massive success of his album with Macklemore, The Heist, Ryan Lewis has splurged on a new home in the duo's native Seattle.
The Redfin real estate blog reports Ryan dropped 3.3 million dollars on a 76-hundred-square-foot home in northwest Seattle in late January. It has four bedrooms, 3.75 bathrooms, and a great view of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.
Redfin notes that the home had been on and off the market since 2005, when it was initially listed for 8.9 million dollars. In other words, Ryan got a great deal on the property. It's almost as though he bought it in a...thrift shop.
Monty Brinton/CBSIf you were a songwriter, you'd probably feel pretty great if Bruce Springsteen covered one of your songs, right? Now imagine you're a 17-year-old songwriter with only one album to your name, and Bruce still covered one of your songs. Yes, that happened, so it's no wonder that it made Lorde -- the 17-year-old in question -- cry.
News.com.au reports that Lorde found out about Springsteen's cover of her song "Royals" -- which he performed on stage during a concert in New Zealand -- via social media when she was in Austin, Texas getting ready to kick off her own tour. "My Twitter went mental, everyone in New Zealand was like ‘You can’t believe what just happened!’” she said.
“It was so exciting, it was the highest honor. He’s such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool,” she continued. "It’s crazy when someone like that is covering your song. Those words were nothing before I put them into my laptop and started messing around with them in the studio. It’s crazy to me they could come out of someone’s mouth who is that respected.”
Lorde is also excited about the fact that her debut album Pure Heroine has gone platinum. "How mental is that, right?” she said. “I was pretty pumped.”
Interscope RecordsLady Gaga is teaming up with Doritos for a very special concert next week in Austin, Texas, and you might be able to go for free...if you're bold enough.
In a video posted on Doritos.com, Gaga announces that on March 13, she'll be performing for the first time at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Her show, benefiting her Born This Way Foundation, will take place at the Doritos #BoldStage, and if you want to attend, you have to complete a series of "bold challenges." Select winners will receive all-expenses-paid trips to see the show.
"Only people who prove their boldness are able to get in," is the way that Gaga explains it in the video. "I believe being an individual and speaking your mind is one of the boldest things you can do," she continues, and then introduces the first challenge.
"I want you to share a picture or a video that expresses your individuality through a bold action," she says. "What bold thing have you done that makes you stand out? I will pick one lucky winner to be a VIP at my show...as for my bold act, well...you'll have to wait for the show."
You have until Saturday at noon Central Time to tweet, Instagram or Vine a picture or video; tag the post with the hashtags #boldstage and #boldbravery to enter. You are limited to between 6-15 seconds for your video. Visit Doritos.com for all the rules.
Speaking about the performance to Rolling Stone, Gaga says, "I’ve been dreaming of this moment. It’s all about the music and the connection with the crowd, and I want the audience in Austin to see me live in a way I never have before...I can’t wait to celebrate with the audience how far music can go when we believe and stick together. It’s moments like these that I live for."
Sony / ColumbiaThey're not actors, but Rihanna, the Backstreet Boys and Kanye West have all received nominations for this year's MTV Movie Awards.
Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys are both nominated for the cameos they made in the Seth Rogen comedy This Is the End, but in different categories. Rihanna's nominated for Best Cameo Performance for her scene in the movie where she rebuffs Michael Cera's advances at a party by slapping him in the face, and then -- SPOILER ALERT -- falls to her death when a huge gaping hole opens up on the front lawn of the house where the party's taking place.
Kanye is also nominated in that category, for his appearance in the comedy sequel Anchorman 2. The competition also includes Robert De Niro in American Hustle, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, also for in Anchorman 2, and Joan Rivers in Iron Man 3.
Kanye is also nominated in the category of Best Fight, for the massive brawl he gets into during Anchorman 2 with Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, James Marsden, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Liam Neeson and a bunch of other stars.
The Backstreet Boys are nominated for Best Musical Moment, for a scene in This Is the End where they perform one of their biggest hits in heaven. That sounds weird but trust us, you have to see the movie. Their competition in that category includes Jennifer Lawrence, who sings the Paul McCartney & Wings song "Live and Let Die" in American Hustle; Will Poulter, who sings TLC's "Waterfalls" in We're the Millers; and Melissa McCarthy, who sings Heart's "Barracuda" in Identity Thief.
The MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Conan O'Brien, will be given out April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Last month, Beyonce partnered with the Prince of Wales during the U.K. leg of the Mrs Carter Show World Tour, in an effort to raise cash for The Prince's Trust charity. Now, the singer has expanded her global #BeyGOOD initiative to other organizations worldwide.
The singer's campaign has teamed with six charities in cities where she will perform, including Dublin, Ireland; Cologne, Germany; Amsterdam, Holland; Antwerp, Belgium; Barcelona, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal. Beyonce is encouraging fans to stop by tables set up in the main foyer at each venue and make donations, which will benefit homeless individuals, seriously ill children and disadvantaged youth.
Concertgoers who participate will receive an official #BeyGood sticker and the chance to be selected for a seat upgrade to an exclusive VIP area.
Columbia RecordsTogether with her Glee co-stars, Lea Michele has racked up sales of 57 million singles, and scored 20 top 40 hits. No wonder she felt that it was finally time she got around to releasing her debut album. It's called Louder, and it's in stores this week.
"Glee was a really amazing opportunity for me to sort of be exposed to the music world, as well as, you know, understand what life is like inside of a recording booth, so it just felt like the natural step for me to create my own solo record," Lea tells ABC News Radio.
Unlike her Glee releases, Lea's debut album Louder isn't a collection of cover versions of pop hits or show tunes. It's a pop album, with songs written by the likes of Sia, Christina Perri and Lea herself. While some of the material is definitely informed by the loss of Lea's real-life boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith -- especially the song "If You Say So" -- there are plenty of other tunes on the disc that are hopeful, romantic and upbeat. Above all, it's a very personal album for the singer.
"As a performer, you really wanna be able to say words that mean something to you, and perform like it's a story, a part of your life," Lea says. "[It's] a...creative and cathartic experience when you're singing your own songs, rather than someone else's."
While Louder is a record that's meant to be played on the radio next to the latest hits by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, it doesn't sound like them, or, really, anything else on the charts right now. "I definitely wanted it to be unique," she tells ABC News Radio. "I wanted people to be able to listen to the songs and know, 'Oh, that's Lea Michele.' But I think also, at the same time, it's a very accessible pop record."
"I do think that it has my personal touch to it, which I'm really proud of," she continues. "But, you know, there are definitely those songs that are just those, like, standard, straight-up pop songs that you hear on the radio or you dance to in your house or your car."
As for why she chose to call the disc Louder -- that's one of the songs on the album -- she explains, "It really just, in my opinion, sums up the entire album. I really think that the song 'Louder' is such a strong and positive song about speaking your mind and being free and being open and being yourself, and I think that that's really what this album stands for."
Lea has so far released the single "Cannonball" from Louder, but looks forward to bringing all the disc's songs to her fans live with a tour, which she hopes to do between season five and season six of Glee. She also wants to do more touring when the show ends.
"You know, I grew up on the stage and performing live is where I feel the most comfortable," she tells ABC News Radio. "And I'm also incredibly proud of this record and want the opportunity to thank my fans for all their dedication, so going on tour is definitely the next step."
PR NewswirePharrell is winning. After producing two of 2013's s biggest hits -- Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" -- the hitmaker is sharing the keys to his ongoing success in the latest issue of The Red Bulletin magazine.
"If you get hooked on success, you are screwed," says Pharrell, whose Oscar-nominated smash "Happy" recently reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Skateboard P adds, "If that is your main concern, being on top, then you should probably find another business. Because our business works off of emotion."
Part of Pharrell's success lies in his awareness that the "paradigm is shifting" in the music industry. So when it comes to collaborating, he says, "I find the magic in trying to just blend different worlds."
Pharrell's wide-ranging 14-page interview also covers his newly-released album, G I R L. The issue is available now.
ABC/Kelsey McNealCapital Cities are planning to spend the entire summer on the road, including appearances opening for Katy Perry and appearances at the Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals. That's why they're planning several releases for fans to tide them over until they get a chance to get back into the studio.
The duo, whose hit "Safe and Sound" earned them an MTV VMA and a Grammy nomination, are releasing a new single, "One Minute More," which will appear on a deluxe reissue of their album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, due out March 11. "One Minute More" originally appeared on the Iron Man 3 soundtrack last year, but this is a new edit of it.
Including "One Minute More," the reissue features five new tracks, including a remix of "Safe and Sound," and a cover version of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U."
Capital Cities' busy touring schedule gets underway this weekend in Colorado. They'll also be performing a series of college dates as part of the Campus Consciousness Tour, as well as a couple of shows in Mexico. Their dates with Katy Perry kick off June 22 and run through August. Visit CapitalCitiesMusic.com for a full listing of concerts.
We knew the announcement was coming. Now Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed they're hitting the road together for a North American tour.
Lambert has performed with the legendary British rock group on a number of occasions, both in the U.S. and overseas, but he and Queen have never actually toured in the U.S. That changes beginning June 19 at Chicago's United Center, the first of 19 dates in all in the U.S. and Canada, wrapping July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C.
When he performs with Queen, Lambert stands in for the band's founding lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 of AIDS-related illness. They first joined forces in 2009 for a performance of "We Are the Champions" on American Idol. In the summer of 2012, Queen Adam Lambert performed six shows in Europe, and this past fall, they also performed at a multi-artist show in Las Vegas.
"I'm honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory," Lambert said in a statement. "He's a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band." Queen guitarist Brian May kept his comment succinct: ""Let's ROCK those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!”
When May says "just one more time," he isn't kidding. He tells ABC News Radio that this is likely going to be the last time he and drummer Roger Taylor head out on tour together as Queen. "Speaking for only Roger and myself, I don't know how much more we will be able to do this," he says. "So we looked at each other and thought, y'know, 'Should we go for this one more time? Just the one more?'"
Lambert says that what really provided the impetus for the tour was that one-off show that he, May and Taylor did in Las Vegas last fall. "It just felt perfect, it just felt like it was totally in the cut, it was really really good and we figured we had to bring it to more people," he tells ABC News Radio. "And so I'm really excited that this worked out. I feel very humbled and very excited at this opportunity...and lucky. I feel lucky."
May says what gave him and Taylor even more motivation to do the tour was the prospect of returning to all those legendary venues that they had once rocked with Freddie Mercury.
"For us, Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A., that's magical nostalgia in a sense for us, but much more than nostalgia, because that's what we do, and that's when we were at our peak and I think we can be at a new peak with Adam," May explains. "For Adam, he hasn't done these things but he's played with us, he knows us and he's the man. He's the guy to pull this off. He's incredible."
Both May and Taylor feel that there is no question that Mercury would have heartily approved of the job that Lambert does fronting the band.
"It goes without saying, really," notes May. "Freddie admired quality and talent and I know Freddie would gasp at some of the stuff that Adam takes on."
"I don't even think about it when we're on [stage] there to be honest, you know, it feels right, it feels comfortable, in a good way, and I don't mean complacent," he adds. "I just mean it feels good and everything is at maximum potential."
So far, the set list hasn't been decided upon, but you can expect all of Queen's biggest hits, as well as some deeper cuts.
6/19 -- Chicago, United Center 6/21 -- Winnipeg, MTS Centre 6/23 -- Saskatoon, Credit Union Centre 6/24 -- Edmonton, Rexall Place 6/26 -- Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome 6/28 -- Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 7/1 -- San Jose, SAP Center 7/3 -- Los Angeles, The Forum 7/5 -- Las Vegas, The Joint 7/6 -- Las Vegas, The Joint 7/9 -- Houston, Toyota Center 7/10 -- Dallas, American Airlines Center 7/12 -- Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills 7/13 -- Toronto, Air Canada Centre 7/14 -- Montreal, Bell Centre 7/16 -- Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center 7/17 -- New York, Madison Square Garden 7/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 7/20 -- Washington, D,C, Merriweather Post Pavilion