Queen and Adam Lambert to Perform in Tel Aviv in September

The British band has teamed up with the American singer, who has been described as having the 'Freddie Mercury factor.'

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Queen and Adam Lambert.
Queen and Adam Lambert.Credit: Xavier Vila
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Queen will perform in Tel Aviv on September 12 with Adam Lambert as lead singer.

Lambert was a finalist on the eighth season of "American Idol" when he first performed with original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2009. The two later invited Lambert to join them on tour. Lambert came in second on the show, losing to Kris Allen. 

Over the past four years, Queen and Lambert have gone on several tours together. On Sunday, they honored the memory of the Orlando shooting victims by closing their set at the Isle of Wight Festival in the U.K. with a moving performance of the 1986 song "Who Wants to Live Forever."

"This song is dedicated to those who lost their lives last night in Orlando, Florida, and anyone who has been a victim of senseless violence or hatred," Lambert said, according to Billboard.

In 2015, The Guardian described the Queen-Lambert union as "unlikely" but successful. "The show succeeds because of Adam Lambert, not despite him," reviewer Dave Simpson wrote. "[Lambert] has said he wants to celebrate the flamboyant, camp, gay Mercury rather than replace him, but he definitely has the Freddie factor." 

Lambert, 34, was first exposed to Queen, which was formed 12 years before he was born, in the movie "Wayne's World." In an interview with Absolute Radio on Monday, the singer said he's a fan of the band "just like everybody in the audience."

"I feel excited every night to connect with whatever audience we have in front of us and to give them a show," Lambert said. "It's all about bringing these songs back to life, paying respect to Freddie, who was incredible — he was an incredible writer, a vocalist, a performer. I think the thing that I've realized is that I'm a fan just like everybody in the audience, so we're in the same boat, really. We're getting to celebrate together." 

The price of tickets for the Tel Aviv show, which is slated to take place at Yarkon Park, will range between 340-890 shekels ($90-230).