Queen star Roger Taylor has dismissed critics who accuse the makers of West End musical We Will Rock You of sullying the band’s history, insisting front man Freddie Mercury would have adored the show.
Taylor and his band mate Brian May worked on the production with scriptwriter Ben Elton, but it was met with a slew of bad reviews after it opened in 2002.
However, it proved popular with theatre audiences, going on to become one of the West End’s star attractions, and other versions of the musical have since been staged in countries all over the world.
Taylor is adamant Mercury would have loved the flamboyant show, and his only complaint would have been the size of the imposing statue of himself outside London’s Dominion Theatre, which hosts the production.
Drummer Taylor tells Mojo magazine, “Oh, he would have loved it, but he’d have thought that the statue wasn’t big enough – ‘Not big enough darling!’ People who think he’d be turning in his grave about We Will Rock You just don’t get him.”
Queen stars Roger Taylor and Brian May are reportedly in talks with former American Idol singer Adam Lambert about becoming the group’s new frontman.
The rockers teamed up with Lambert for the 2009 AmericanIdol finale and again at the MTV Europe Awards in November where the trio performed a stirring medley rendition of Queen hits The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You andWe Are the Champions, and drummer Taylor admits he’s a big fan of Lambert’s.
He tells Billboard.com, “He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that’s great. We would like to work with him again. There’s nothing signed just yet but we’re talking about live dates. It could be very exciting.”
Queen hit the road with former Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers in 2005 for an extensive four-year-long world tour, and Rodgers has also expressed an interest in reteaming with May and Taylor for one-time spectaculars and charity shows.
Several reports have suggested May, Taylor and Queen will be part of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony next summer.
Meanwhile, Taylor is also creating a Queen tribute band for his Queen Extravaganza Tour project, which will feature three singers and a five-piece band. The drummer will serve as producer and music director, although he will not be performing on the tour.
He adds, “I don’t think any band has done this. Very few are even endorsed. I can think of Australian Pink Floyd, but there are so many of them I thought we need to have the one.”
Taylor hopes to launch the project next year.