Queen’s Brian May comes to Adam Lambert’s defense: ‘He’s not an imitator’

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As Queen prepares to perform 25 shows in 10 countries across the UK and Europe in early 2015, Brian May continues to frame Adam Lambert’s contributions as a stand in for the late Freddie Mercury.

“Adam is beautifully confident,” May tells Nik Carter, “but he’s never arrogant. He’s always respectful. He’s always looking for the right way to do things. He brings himself to it, that’s all I can say. He’s not an imitator. He doesn’t need to pretend to be Freddie, in any sense whatsoever.”

Lambert first performed with May and Roger Taylor, the remaining members of Queen, in 2009 as part of the finale for American Idol. They regrouped for a short tour in 2012, then began a lengthier run through the U.S. and into Asia after performing at the iHeart Radio Festival in September 2013.

By the time Queen takes the stage for the 2015 concerts, the group’s association with Lambert will have outlasted his predecessor Paul Rodgers — who took over for Mercury between 2004-09. Founding bassist John Deacon has retired. Mercury died in 1991 from complications related a battle with AIDS.

“I don’t know if it’s a marriage,” May adds, “but it’s a very good affair.”

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  • BooBoo

    Love Adam and Queen collab, best concert I’ve ever seen, match made in heaven!

  • glamity58

    Adam should be the biggest star in the world. How ridiculous is it that he can’t get on the radio or TV but is so respected by the music elite. He has been snubbed, but yet he is the best singer and stage performer I’ve ever seen. Some day he will be iconic I think.

    • melliemom

      I think Adam Lambert is no longer snubbed,he is just too talented. He was great on Glee and will be a quest judge on AI and will be on England’s X factor with Queen. The man is everywhere including frontman for Queen concerts all over Europe and in a Brand film as himself.IMHO Adam is a worldwide star and i agree Iconic will someday describe him.

      • glamity58

        I do understand that. But I think he should be played on radio and I don’t know if we’ll ever see that again. I’m hoping…… I also think he could have his own TV show. Can you imagine a variety show with singing, skits, duets with a guest star. Yes I dream big.

        • melliemom

          I really believe that Adam’s new album,soon please,will be played on radio alot. An AL Variety SHOW , YES , I would never leave my TV.

  • Lauriellen

    Best concert EVER. I went to three in the US. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance. And Adam live, you can FEEL his voice. We call it “Aural Sex”.

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