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July 20, 2016 4:00 pm

Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

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Adam Lambert and the Queen's Brian May sat down for an interview with Assi Azar. Photo: Screenshot.

Adam Lambert and Queen’s Brian May sat down for an interview with Assi Azar. Photo: Screenshot.

The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday.

During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s do it! Put it in the show.”

“Listen to that voice, wow. That’s amazing…that’s a voice in a billion,” May added in the video interview, which was re-posted on Facebook by Creative Community for Peace (CCFP).

Lambert and Queen will perform at Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon on Sept. 12. Lambert, who has never been to Israel before, said he is “really, really thrilled” for the upcoming visit. “I’ve been seeing on Twitter for the past six, seven years, people from Tel Aviv saying, ‘Oh, when are you coming?’,” he said. “I’m excited to go to an area of the world that I’ve never been to. I always like going to discover new things, and see new places and meet new fans.”

May pointed out that Queen and Lambert’s collaboration will present a unique experience for the audience.

“This coming together is incredible,” he said. “I have this incredible feeling that people have been with us for so long in Israel and there hasn’t been an opportunity for us to come together. It’s an incredible moment, it will be. And I know they want to participate. They want to sing and clap and do those things that Queen audiences do.”

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  • Amparo Oñoro

    ¡Bravo! I would like to hear the concert. I love B May’s guitar. Fabolous!

  • Adam & Queen will not disappoint, the best concert I’ve ever seen! I’m so happy for the Israeli fans as well as for Queen & Adam. His voice & stage presence will fill you with awe & joy, along with Brian May’s exquisite guitar, Roger Taylor & the band all first class. I think Adam singing a song in Hebrew would have great meaning & he sang at a benefit honoring Itshak Rabin,years ago which is still on You Tube. I was raised in a Jewish neighborhood in Chicago, altho I’m a “shiksa” & Jewish culture will always be close to my heart. I’ll be with you all in spirit & hope to see a video. Shalom.

  • pr64

    let’s hear it for brian may!! their show is absolutely terrific-one of the best I’ve ever seen and heard. adam is amazing in both English and Hebrew (heard him in Hebrew). and the rest of the guys are incredible. I also have two words for roger waters and they are not happy birthday.

  • Cathy Gallagher

    GO FOR IT, GUYS!!! I’m an old Queen fan who remembers you guys taking your music to new territories (Argentina? Mexico? I couldn’t afford to get my body out there, but my heart and soul were right with you). Now the chance to sing in yet another language – Japanese, Spanish and Hungarian are among the ones you’ve done before. Why not another?

  • Sunnyside

    Roger Waters and his BDS buddies are going to go into Apoplectic Fits,when they find this out…Good one Brain May….Cheers….And Cheers to Adam Lambert too…..

  • This is wonderful news! Ever since Roger Waters started spouting his hateful anti-Semitism and harassing musicians who want to perform in Israel, I have become deeply aware of pop cultures ability to impact people on many different levels. Music, especially can influence people on many different levels. I’m delighted to hear that Queen and Adam Lambert will be collaborating on this great concert. During the past few weeks there has been news of the popular band Bon Jovi being harassed by Waters. I am hoping more musicians like Queen and Lambert will follow the example of Mick Jagger & The Stones when Waters ordered them not to play in Israel. Mick simply gave Waters the finger flip and offered up a 2nd show!