Brian May praises Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert "can sing higher" than Queen's late frontman Freddie Mercury according to the band's lead guitarist, Brian May
Adam Lambert "can sing higher than even Freddie" according to Brian May.
The 67-year-old Queen guitarist has praised the former 'American Idol' contestant - who has collaborated with Brian and drummer Roger Taylor since 2011 - by saying his vocal ability is enough to challenge the band's late frontman, Freddie Mercury.
He said: "They're difficult songs to sing, Queen songs. There's too much range. So many people can't sing them in the original key -- even if they are good singers, Adam comes along, [and] he can do it easy. He can do it in his sleep! He can sing higher than even Freddie could in a live situation."
The 'Don't Stop Me Now' hitmaker admitted Freddie - who died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS in 1991 - may even feel peeved the star's singing ability lives up to his legacy.
He continued: "So I think Freddie would look at this guy and think, 'Hmm... Yeah. Okay.' There would be a kind of, 'Hmm ... You bastard. You can do this.'"
The musician also complimented Adam, 32, for his expert showmanship when on stage, which is exciting while not being a copy of the former lead singer's behaviour.
Speaking to Japan's Universal Music, he added: "He doesn't have to try. He is a natural, in the same way that Freddie was.
"We didn't look for this guy, [but] suddenly he's there, and he can sing all of those lines. ... He doesn't imitate; he just does his own thing."