Brian May Says Adam Lambert Is A Gift To Queen: "Freddie Would Approve"
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
July 24, 2019
The love affair between Queen and Adam Lambert is mutual, and the bond between the two parties remains as strong as ever, especially in a post-Bohemian Rhapsody world where there's more spotlight on the band than, perhaps, ever.
While Queen has no plans to make new music with Lambert, guitarist Brian May suggests that Lambert's credibility as an artist in his own right has allowed the band to advance creatively as a live entity.
May says Queen would be in a much different spot in its career had it gone the for a Freddie Mercury "impersonator" at any point.
In a recent Instagram post, the guitarist referred to Lambert as "the Modern Marvel without whom, for sure, Queen would not be out here delivering at the top level."
"Gifted with a voice in a billion, for himself he is a passionate and unyielding perfectionist," May continued. "Gifted to us, he is the reason that we are still alive as a functioning rock band."
On top of it all, May noted, Lambert is "nice. That's a big deal when you're a touring family. Freddie would approve, big time."
May obliquely referred to the band's detractors, hand-waving the assertion that Lambert is anything but authentic. He added a "BIG THANKS for being respectful to Adam. In supporting him, you are supportin the life blood of the live Queen legacy. Nothing is forever. This is a precious moment."
Lambert often refers to his idolization of Mercury during concerts with Queen. He recently referred to himself as "a guest" on stage with the band in Mercury's stead.
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And here is the Modern Marvel without whom, for sure, Queen would not be out here delivering at the top level. ADAM LAMBERT is only now beginning to be recognised by the greater public as the true phenomenon that he is. Gifted with a voice in a billion, for himself he is a passionate and unyielding perfectionist. Gifted to us, he is the reason that we are still alive as a functioning rock band. And still able to take on new challenges. Plus ... he’s nice. That’s a big deal when you’re a touring family. Freddie would approve, big time. TONITE !!! For One Night Only ! San Jose !!! Are ya ready ?!!! 💥💥💥💥 THANKS @ALAlwayz on Twitter for this photo. 💥💥💥💥💥 Also, and I will say this only once, for the benefit of just a few people who haven’t stopped to think clearly. Just imagine how awful it would have been for Roger and myself to tour with a Freddie impersonator. Anyone who suggests such a thing doesn’t belong here. To the vast majority of you lovely people out there - BIG THANKS for being respectful to Adam. In supporting him, you are supporting the life blood of the live Queen legacy. Nothing is forever. This is a precious moment. We never pass this way again. Bri