Queen’s Brian May says Adam Lambert can reach higher notes than Freddie Mercury ever could

"I think Freddie would look at this guy and think, 'Hmm ... You bastard. You can do this,'" says guitarist

Brian May has said that current Queen frontman Adam Lambert can reacher higher notes than Freddie Mercury ever could.

May paid tribute to Lambert, who has performed live with Queen since 2012, in a new interview with Japan’s Universal Music. In the interview, which you can see below, May noted the differences between Queen’s past and present leaders.

“They’re difficult songs to sing, Queen songs. There’s too much range,” said May. “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.’ “

May was also complimentary of Lambert’s skills on the stage. “He doesn’t have to try. He is a natural, in the same way that Freddie was. We didn’t look for this guy, [but] suddenly he’s there, and he can sing all of those lines. … He doesn’t imitate; he just does his own thing.”

Queen and Adam Lambert are set to embark on a UK arena tour in January 2015. The band will play 10 arena dates in total, starting at the Newcastle Arena on January 13 and ending in Nottingham on January 24 before resuming with the newly announced shows. Dates in Glasgow, London, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham will take place inbetween.

Queen and Adam Lambert will play:

Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (January 13)
Glasgow Hydro (14)
London O2 Arena (17)
Leeds First Direct Arena (20)
Manchester Phones 4 U Arena (21)
Birmingham NIA (23)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (24)
London Wembley Arena (February 24)
Liverpool Echo Arena (26)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (27)

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