Brian May: ‘Adam Lambert is a gift from God’

Guitarist says Lambert is the only person capable of filling Freddie Mercury's shoes

Queen guitarist Brian May has described singer Adam Lambert as a “gift from God”.

Speaking to Classic Rock, May said that Lambert – who has performed live with the classic rock band since 2012 –was the only performer they had found who was capable of filling the shoes of iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.

“Adam is the first person we’ve encountered who can do all the Queen catalogue without blinking,” said May. “He is a gift from God.” His bandmate, drummer Roger Taylor, added: “He’s incredibly musical, and we certainly take anything he says quite seriously.”

Lambert, however, is less eager to compare himself to Mercury. “There’s never going to be another, and I’m not replacing him,” he said. “That’s not what I’m doing. I’m trying to keep the memory alive, and remind people how amazing he was, without imitating him. I’m trying to share with the audience how much he inspired me.”

Queen and Adam Lambert are set to embark on a UK arena tour this month (January). 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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