Brian May: Adam hits notes even Freddie couldn't
Guitarist says Lambert's vocal range would have impressed late singer
Queen's Brian May says singer Adam Lambert can hit high notes that even Freddie Mercury struggled with.
The guitarist once again heaps praise on former American Idol contestant Lambert, who has been on vocal duties with Queen on their world tour which hits the UK next month.
May tells Universal Music: "We didn't look for this guy, suddenly he's there, and he can sing all of those lines. See, 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. 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.'
"And Adam also has this presentation, I think. He is a showman. He doesn't have to try. He is a natural, in the same way that Freddie was.
"Adam is so much like Freddie in many ways. But Adam doesn't have to try to be like Freddie, which is the nice thing. He doesn't imitate – he just does his own thing."
Queen released a new album – Queen Forever – featuring Mercury last month.
Queen and Adam Lambert 2015 UK dates
Jan 13: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Jan 14: Glasgow Hydro
Jan 17: London O2 Arena
Jan 20: Leeds First Direct Arena
Jan 21: Manchester Phones 4U Arena
Jan 23: Birmingham NIA
Jan 24: Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Feb 24: London Wembley Arena
Feb 26: Liverpool Echo Arena
Feb 27: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena