Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken of his admiration for singer Adam Lambert as the band launch a residency in Las Vegas.
May has told Yahoo that Lambert, who took over the frontman role of the group back in 2011, is so good that Mercury would have been jealous and full of praise in equal measure.
“Freddie would love and hate him, because Adam has a real gift from God,”
“It’s a voice in a billion, nobody has that range, nobody that I’ve ever worked with, not just the range but the quality throughout the range. I’ve seen Adam develop just like I watched Freddie develop.”
“In no way does he imitate Freddie but he provides that piece of the jigsaw puzzle,” he said.
“It’s stupendous, we would never be doing this now if it weren’t for Adam.”
“Sometimes I stop playing because I think ‘what did he just do?’ He’s so free with his interpretations and it’s just spine-chilling. The sound he makes and the way he interprets a song.”
Lambert, who was runner-up on American Idol in the show’s 8th season, first sung with Queen on the season finale.
“There was something about Adam, this chemistry was instant and it was like we were already in a band with him,” May remembers.
“When we had the opportunity to work with him we did three songs in Ireland for an awards show. We did ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ and everybody, including us, went ‘Oh, this works. It just has it. It just has the right ingredients.’”