Thursday, October 6, 2011

Could Lady Gaga be Queen’s new singer?

Queen’s "Radio Ga Ga" might turn out to be more than just a song, if guitarist Brian May has his way.

The Daily Express reports Queen are in talks with Lady Gaga to work with the pop star, and maybe even tour together.

At the London BMI Awards Tuesday, where Queen were honored with the Icon Award, May spoke about where the legendary band might be headed.

“We talk about going out on the road all the time, but there’s a bit of a singer problem, to put it mildly,” said May. “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.”

Brian appears on Gaga’s new album, performing on the track “You And I”; the guitarist played with the pop star at the recent MTV Music Awards.

He also said that 25-year-old Gaga isn’t the only person he has considered.

“We have talked about doing duets with other people and, in a strange way, I almost pressed the yes button. We were debating the idea of a TV show where we have all these guest stars. We didn’t press it, today, but we are still looking at it. Lady Gaga has said she would like to do something with us.”

Although Paul Rodgers did an admirable job with Queen in the past decade, it is understood, and promoted, by the band that Freddie Mercury is truly irreplaceable. For Queen to remain a live band, though, they will need a voice and a presence as grand as their music; I still think they missed an opportunity to snag George Michael for the gig, after the UK pop star did such a killer job with the group at the Mercury Tribute concert in 1992.

Let’s see if “all we hear [will be] Radio Ga Ga.”

Skip Gaga’s intro speech and get right to the track by going to about 3:30 into the following video…

Lady Gaga – You And I
With guest Brian May of Queen
MTV Video Music Awards – August 28, 2011

See also:

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