Queen, Adam Lambert to embark on summer tour

NEW YORK – Adam Lambert has never paid attention to the haters, and he won’t start now as the lead singer for the rock band Queen on their upcoming summer tour.

“You just can’t focus on that crap, especially in today’s day and age, the Internet, and everybody has an opinion and a comment. That’s not why we do this,” Lambert told The Associated Press.

Lambert first performed with Queen in 2009 when he was a contestant on “American Idol,” where he placed second. The band and Lambert have since performed together, including last year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas and a European tour in 2012. They sang such hits as “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.”

Still, Lambert has to stand in the shadow of the singer many regard as one of the greatest to front a rock band.

“At first it was a little daunting when we did our first incarnation of this. I definitely felt apprehensive. Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest singers that ever lived,” Lambert said.