Adam Lambert has been taking the world by storm, touring with Queen and singing magnificently night after night. Many of you will have read our review of their Australian leg of the tour, and those who have already been lucky enough to see Queen and Adam Lambert perform together will, I am sure, agree that it is quite an amazing spectacle to behold.
Admittedly, I am perhaps late to the party here. Living in the UK, Lambert’s season of American Idol was the only one I bothered to watch, because he was amazing, and I bought his first album. After that, perhaps because his success in the UK was fairly mediocre, my interest kind of dwindled. I knew who he was, I thought he was good but that was about it. Then he appeared on Glee, and I was reminded once again what a stunning vocal range he has.
With a husband who is a lifelong Queen fan and the Australian 4YE team having given the show a rave review, when tickets came up for their UK tour in early 2015, we needed to go. Tickets bought, we then watched many a YouTube clip from previous shows, plus their blinding appearance on the UK X Factor, and knew we had made a wise purchase.
I have already spoken about my hope that Adam Lambert takes the entire world by storm. He needs to be seen and heard by everyone; I am really not exaggerating when I say he has one of the best voices I have ever heard, and it seems Brian May agrees with me.
“We didn’t look for this guy, suddenly he’s there, and he can sing all of those lines. See, they’re difficult songs to sing, Queen songs. There’s too much range. So many people can’t sing them in the original key – even if they are good singers,” May told Universal Music Japan.
“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’.”
“Adam also has this presentation, I think. He is a showman. He doesn’t have to try. He is a natural, in the same way that Freddie was.
“Adam is so much like Freddie in many ways. But Adam doesn’t have to try to be like Freddie, which is the nice thing. He doesn’t imitate – he just does his own thing.”
High praise indeed and fantastic to hear. He’s right, of course; rather like Abba songs, Queen songs are fiendishly difficult to sing in their original key for most male singers, but Adam Lambert manages it with practised ease. The interview is actually my first time seeing and hearing Brian May talk so freely about both the welcome contribution Adam brings to Queen, and also the loss of Freddie Mercury. I really like that May notes that Adam doesn’t need to impersonate Freddie in order to front the band. His talent is such that though he is singing iconic songs; Lambert can put his own stamp on each one and yet still bring what makes them quintessentially Queen songs, which is the brilliance of strong vocals and showmanship backed up by great musicianship from Roger Taylor and Brian May.
The whole interview is worth a watch, but for those just wanting to hear about Adam Lambert, Brian May talks about him briefly at 2:40 and then again at 4:50 until the end of the piece.
And don’t forget, Queen and Adam Lambert will be ringing in the New Year for the UK by performing a special, intimate concert at Central Hall in Westminster which will be broadcast as part of the BBC live celebrations from 11:15pm on BBC1
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