Adam Lambert's epic appearance with Queen will not happen after all.
The gig was set to happen in July during the second day of the 2012 Sonisphere touring hard rock festival at Knebworth Park in Stevenage, located north of London. However, festival organizers announced on March 29 that the festival tour date has been canceled.
"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar," the organizers said in a statement. "Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere's audience would rightly expect."
Ticket holders will be refunded. Lambert, a glam rocker and "American Idol" finalist, Tweeted about the news to his followers shortly after the announcement was made.
"While I'm sad that the Sonisphere festival has been cancelled, I'm hopeful that Queen and I will share a stage again someday in the future," he wrote on Thursday.
Lambert's partnership with Queen was announced by the band's guitarist Brian May in late February.
"We are disappointed to hear of the cancellation of the Sonisphere Festivals as we were very much looking forward to performing with Adam Lambert and particularly as the venue was Knebworth, our last stand with Freddie," the band said in a statement on their official website. "We apologize for the disappointment to all those who were looking forward to seeing us. We are working to see if we can redress the situation at some other venue."
Lambert sang a Queen medley with May and Taylor at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Northern Ireland on Nov. 6, 2011.
Lambert, a former musical theatre performer who is known for his wild outfits, had performed Queen's iconic 1975 song "Bohemian Rhapsody" at his first on-air "American Idol" audition, which aired in January 2009. He placed second during the eighth season and performed with May at the finale, which raised speculation that he would become Queen's new frontman.
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