Brian May talks about Adam Lambert’s Queen transformation: ‘He’s really evolved, hugely’

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When Brian May peers over at Adam Lambert on stage with Queen, singing Freddie Mercury’s songs, he sees someone making a similarly transformational journey.

Anyone who’s followed Queen knows the band evolved from a harder-edged rock focus into one of the more entertainingly complex groups of the rock era — a shift that paralleled that of the once-painfully shy Mercury. By the time Queen made the big time, Freddie Mercury was ready for his moment in the spotlight. He’d become one of music’s most dynamic frontmen.

Adam Lambert, May says, is doing more than echoing Mercury’s vocals. He’s following the same path.

“Adam has really transformed, I must say,” May told muzyka.onet. “And, he shares that with Freddie. Freddie was always good, but he transformed himself from a singer who could do this or this into this really sort of god-like performer. Adam is the same. He’s really evolved, hugely. He’s much more comfortable in his shoes. He’s much more confident with an audience. In fact, it is like he was born to it. He’s grown into the part.”

Queen is in the midst of a final series of European shows, appearing today at Herning, Denmark. Appearances in Prague, Zurich, Krakow, London, Liverpool and Sheffield follow through the end of February.

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