The Queen axeman discusses his newest frontman
Andy Morris
10:10 19th December 2014

Queen's Brian May has claimed that Adam Lambert has a better vocal range than Freddie Mercury.

May told Universal Music Japan (via Digital Spy): "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.

"Adam comes along, and he can do it easy," said May. "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 also praised Lamber's gifts on stage: "He is a showman. He doesn't have to try. He is a natural, in the same way that Freddie was."

Queen + Adam Lambert are set to perform a New Year's Eve show at Central Hall in London, which will be broadcast on BBC One. In a press statement, Roger Taylor said: "I never imagined we would be around to usher in the year of 2015, what a thrill! We promise you a great night."

Only 2000 tickets are available (and it's worth pointing out that there is a two alcoholic drink maximum for those attending).

For those who would rather catch the band in 2015 (with no beverage restrictions), full dates for the 2015 tour are below. Tickets for both New Year's and the arena shows are on sale now. Buy tickets safely and securely with Seatwave.

Wed 31 December 2014 LONDON, Big Ben Central Hall

Tue 13 January NEWCASTLE Arena
Wed 14 January GLASGOW Hydro
Sat 17 January LONDON O2 Arena
Sun 18 January LONDON O2 Arena
Tue 20 January LEEDS Arena
Wed 21 January MANCHESTER Arena
Fri 23 January BIRMINGHAM NIA
Sat 24 January NOTTINGHAM Arena

Mon 26 January PARIS Zenith
Thu 29 January COLOGNE Lanxess Arena
Fri 30 January AMSTERDAM, Ziggo Dome

Sun 1 February VIENNA Stadhalle
Mon 2 February MUNICH Olympiahalle
Wed 4 February BERLIN O2
Thu 5 February HAMBURG O2
Sat 7 February FRANKFURT Festhalle
Sun 8 February BRUSSELS Palais 12
Tue 10 February MILAN Forum
Fri 13 February STUTTGART Schleyerhalle
Sun 15 February HERNING Jyske Bank Boxen
Tue 17 February PRAGUE O2
Thu 19 February ZURICH Hallenstadion
Tues 24 February LONDON Wembley SSE Arena 
Thurs 26 February LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
Fri 27 February SHEFFIELD Motorpoint Arena
 

  • Adam Lambert: Let's start by addressing the leather-clad elephant in the room - Adam Lambert is not Freddie Mercury. Nor, thankfully, is he pretending to be. In his tenure as Queen's frontman, Lambert has gone all out to capture the spirit of Mercury's flamboyance, energy and powerful voice, without ever becoming an impersonator.

  • Brian May taking the spotlight: Adam Lambert may be the band's nominal frontman, but these shows belong to May, and rightly so. Expect to see incredible, consistently energetic guitar playing from May, as well as the occasional ten-minute solo. And we mean occasional, because no-one likes a show-off.

  • Nostalgia: During their gigs earlier this year, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was preceded by video footage of the band's younger selves performing the operatic section, and in an unforgettable finale, Adam Lambert duetted with Freddie Mercury using stock recordings.

  • Taylor and May proving their ongoing stamina: We hate the industry's fixation on age, we really do, but at 65 and 67 respectively, Roger Taylor and Brian May would be forgiven for taking it a bit easy during extensive tours. Nope. Instead, Taylor performs drum solos with an ageless energy, and May struts the stage as well as he always did.

  • The visual spectacle: Including, but by no means limited to, rainbow stage lights, lazers, gold glitter showers and a floating drum riser.

  • Little-known numbers: Of course the setlist reads like a dream, but they'll also be throwing some welcome curveballs into the mix. Recently they've performed a re-imagined version of Mercury's 1984 solo song 'Love Kills', as well as 'Dragon Attack' and '39'.

  • Outfit changes galore: If you're worried a Queen gig sans Mercury might be lacking the glitzy campness of his stage persona, then you'll be happy to know that Lambert has at least eight costume changes during his shows, and May wears a gold cape.

  • Guest stars: We can't guarantee this of course, but Lady Gaga turned up during a recent show to lend her vocals to 'Another One Bites The Dust'. Such is Queen's enormous and far-reaching influence, they could ask pretty much anyone to come on stage with them, and they'd probably say yes.

  • New music: The tour is in support of Queen Forever, a compilation album which includes unreleased material recorded with Freddie Mercury. Expect to hear some of this new music showcased, either via a re-imagined Adam Lambert offering, or using Mercury's own vocals in a live setting. Either way, it'll be one to remember.


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