Fans have been raving about the show. May seems to be having the time of his life, telling the world he played his “rear end off” at the latest show in Phoenix Arizona. However, he had no time for one local critic at the San Jose show who slammed the new(ish) line-up as a “tribute band.” The legendary guitarist and bandmate Roger Taylor have constantly praised their new frontman’s extraordinary vocals and showmanship. In fact, May went as far as to say Lambert can do all Freddie Mercury did “and more.”
May has never been any less than effusive in his praise for Freddie and his legacy. However, he fully embraces the new opportunities and dynamic brought by Lambert.
May said: “What’s great is, Adam doesn’t feel like a replacement at all; in his own way, he’s an innovator on stage. He’s part of our new balance…
“He’s a born exhibitionist. He’s not Freddie, and he’s not pretending to be him, but he has a parallel set of equipment. He knows how to deal with an audience. He teases and taunts an audience quite naturally, without thinking about it. He loves to dress up… Adam lives and breathes that stuff.”
But did he really say Lambert can do more than Freddie?
May added: “Adam can do all the stuff that Freddie did and more. It doesn’t matter what you throw at Adam — he can do it.”
To be honest, it sounds like May was simply being enthusiastic about his new frontman, especially in the face of some harsh opposition from critics ad diehard fans who don’t believe anyone could or should replace, or even stand in for, Freddie.
It is also undeniable Freddie was one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Lambert has certainly contributed atmospheric and polished songs like Ghost Town and tracks on his new album Velvet, but he (and most others) has a long way to go before he touches the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody or We Are The Champions.
May’s comments were simply a sincere and ringing support of Lambert, who himself has freely admitted he is not Freddie nor is he trying to be.
Perhaps most powerful of all is May’s revelations about how Lambert fits into the Queen family: “Adam is style, and that’s not to say he’s not content as well. He’s a born rock star and frontman, so it’s a very vibrant relationship we have with him. We treat Adam exactly the same as we treated Freddie in almost every way.”
FULL INTERVIEW IN GUITARWORLD HERE