The news that Adam Lambert would perform as Queen’s frontman at this year’s Sonisphere music festival at Knebworth was almost too good to be true. Sadly, it really is too good to be true, as the festival has been canceled. “It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012,” the rock band wrote on their Twitter page yesterday. The tweet has since been deleted, but a post on the festival’s official site confirms that the festival will not take place this year.
“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,” reads a statement from Team Sonisphere. “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.”
The other Sonisphere festivals taking place across Europe will go on as planned.
Adam responded to the news of the festival’s cancellation on his Twitter. “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.” Us, too, Adam. Hopefully he and Queen will be able to find another venue to perform a live set together, because the thought of this collaboration almost happening and then never coming to fruition is too much for our little rock-pop-loving hearts to bear.