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