Brian May praises Adam Lambert

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 December 2014
Adam Lambert and Queen guitarist, Brian May

Adam Lambert and Brian May

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."

Queen & Adam Lambert

Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and vocalist Adam Lambert (American Idol/Glee) return to the road with the Rhapsody concert experience.

Manchester Arena

Thu 11 Jun 2020

£45–£150 / 0844 847 8000

Fri 12 Jun 2020

£45–£150 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 2 Jun 2020

£45–£150 / 0844 856 0202

Wed 3 Jun 2020

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Fri 5 Jun 2020

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…and 2 more dates until 9 Jun 2020

Adam Lambert

American Idol alumnus with a soaring falsetto and flamboyant style puts on a big theatrical pop show with the occasional rock-out moment.

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