Lady Gaga asked to be Queen’s new vocalist

Queen w/ Lady Gaga

If you thought you misread this article’s title, I’ll give you a second to take a second look. This may sound like a joke or internet rumor, but I assure you, it is not. You read it right. In a chat with Express, Queen guitarist Brian May discussed the possibility of Lady Gaga filling the hole Freddie Mercury left 20 years ago.

May (who has a PhD in Astrophysics) joined the iconic rock band in 1971, usually providing the lower backing vocals between the 3 vocalists, most prominently Mercury. He takes credit for composing classics such as “We Will Rock You”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “Tie Your Mother Down”, “Who Wants to Live Forever”, and “I Want It All”. In other words, The band was just as much his, as it was Freddie’s. However, he never had the charisma that coursed through Mercury’s being. That charisma faded with the lead singer’s 1991 death. Yet, May lives on to carry out the front man duties with Bad Company vocalist Paul Rogers filling the lead vocalist duties for tour.

2 decades of the same catalog  must be taxing on the musician, so the ongoing search for a Mercury replacement goes on. Recently he has landed on the idea of pop sensation Lady Gaga to take the role. In his talk with Express, he is quoted as saying “We get a lot of offers to work with other people. I worked with Lady Gaga and she’s very creative and is someone we’ve talked about singing, fronting the band with. She’s not just a singer, she writes her own material.”

Apparently, the Momma Monster isn’t the only one Queen has had talks with. May is still considering running a television show featuring a ton of guest stars, presumably singing Queen classics with the band for a national audience. I think this could be quite corny, but who knows? Queen still has die-hard fans that are willing to shell out big bucks to see them on tour even without their legendary front man.

The big question here is what would those long-time Queen fans think of Lady Gaga singing those songs for them in a packed stadium? She certainly has the stage presence and creativity to pull it off, but will her antics resonate in a way that will please the Mercury fan boys? This is something to watch out for. Personally, I’d love to see Ms. Gaga belt out “Good Old-fashioned Loverboy”. Perhaps one tour wouldn’t be so bad. But as a permanent, creative member, I think not.

Jacob Tender

Jacob is a freelance writer who calls curbside.audio home. He is also the co-host of the Bantha Fodder podcast and helps UTG with technical and financial nonsense.
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  • Not sold, but this is interesting none-the-less. I’d love to see her give it the ol’ college try!