Queen pondering "Idol's" Lambert as frontman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert’s performance with rock band Queen on the finale of the TV singing contest this week has the British band thinking about a new front man.

“Amongst all that furor, there wasn’t really a quiet moment to talk,” Queen guitarist Brian May told Rolling Stone in an interview released on Friday.

“But and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with at some point. It’s not like we, as Queen, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn’t that easy. But I’d certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there,” May told the magazine in an e-mail exchange.

Speaking separately, Lambert also reached out to May.

“Queen is one of my all-time favorite bands, I would love to work with him,” he said in a conference call with reporters on Friday.

Queen, one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s and ‘80s, has not had a permanent frontman since the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991.

The English band recently ended a four-year partnership with Paul Rodgers, the former lead singer in the bands Free and Bad Company.

Lambert, 27, dubbed “Glambert” by fans, lost out in the “American Idol” final to Kris Allen. But his vocal skills and flair for the dramatic made him a good fit for performances with both Queen and glam rockers KISS in the show’s finale on Wednesday.

KISS bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons was less effusive about musical theater actor Lambert in the wake of the “Idol” final.

“Respectfully, I don’t think Adam is a rock singer,” Simmons wrote in a question-and-answer post on his website.

“He sounds much more convincing singing ballads, and Broadway shows,” Simmons said. “His voice doesn’t seem to have a ‘rock quality.’ But, I’m sure he’s going to do just fine.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Bill Trott