Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May just completed a triumphal U.S. debut with Adam Lambert, bringing a stage show to Las Vegas which had already made a huge impression in Europe. Taylor has high praise for the ex-Idol finalist.
“Brian and I love him to bits,” Taylor says in this recently posted clip. “He’s fantastic on stage. He has this tremendous charisma, and he’s got a range like I’ve never heard. It’s extraordinary, actually.”
Queen appeared as part of an iHeart radio event, following a series of concert appearances last summer. Lambert first performed with Queen in 2009, as part of the American Idol finale. They also made a splash at the 2011 VMAs.
That makes Lambert the longest-tenured frontman Queen has worked with since Paul Rodgers, who served in that role for four years beginning in 2005. They’re both filling in for the late Freddie Mercury; Queen’s original singer died in 1991.
“Paul was great, actually,” Taylor says. “I love his voice. He’s a very long way from Freddie, you know. It’s a different end of the spectrum. But he was one of Fred’s favorite singers — ever.”
Up next, Taylor is set to release a new solo album. Fun on Earth, his first since 1998′s Electric Fire, is due in October 2013.