Since his spectacular performance with Queen during a New Year’s Eve show, music fans and critics have kept a close eye on Adam Lambert. The bands performance at “Big Ben Live” on New Year Eve was the talk of the town and Lambert’s performance was hailed as the jewel in the crown. Various reports in Inquisitr have highlighted just how well Adam’s performances have been received since Queen’s European tour kicked off in the UK last week.
After performances in Glasgow, Newcastle and London praise for the bands performances in general, and for Lambert in particular, has been raised to another level. After this weekends shows at London’s O2 Arena, the Evening Standard hailed the shows as “an all-guns-blazing rock machine.”
Rather amusingly the Evening Standard said that Lambert was “his own man who wore black nail polish and tartan trousers without losing too much dignity.” Lambert’s strength, they claim, is that he understands Queen’s power, ludicrousness and covert strangeness.
The Telegraph say that it is Lambert’s “youth and rapturous energy that has given Queen the glittering boost that they’ve been so desperately lacking since Mercury’s death. Without attempting to impersonate Mercury, Lambert has brought dazzling showmanship and style back to the band.”
Lambert is much better known to U.S. audiences than he is to those in the UK. His appearance on Simon Cowell’s American Idol and a couple of hugely successful albums under his belt mean he is no stranger to U.S. music fans. UK Queen fans have largely held the view that without Freddie Mercury there is no Queen, but it seems that Lambert is winning over even the most die-hard cynics.
There are, of course, similarities between Freddie and Adam. Like Adam, Freddie Mercury was gay, flamboyant, camp, theatrical and above all a showman. Lambert has won over audiences by being true to Freddie’s spirit without trying to be a clone. He has also been humble in revealing his admiration for Freddie. As the Express reveals on stage at the O2, Adam was the first to pay tribute to him saying to the audience: “I love him just as much as you.”
Lambert has previously expressed his nervousness about performing with Queen as he was worried people would think he was trying to fill Freddie’s shoes.
Adam says that “It’s an honor to be up there singing the songs that Freddie helped to write and make famous. I went in cautiously and respectfully and made sure I’m communicating that I’m also in love with the original image of this band.”
It is Adams humility and understanding, combined with a truly outstanding voice that has won over the skeptics. The Telegraph says that “the 32-year-old’s talent is truly staggering, with a range, clarity and tone that make him one of the world’s great vocalists.” High praise indeed but perhaps the most telling comments come from the men who matter most.
Brian May has described Adam Lambert as “a gift from God.”
For anyone who still has their doubts the final word goes to Roger Taylor who says simply, “I think Freddie would be his No1 fan. He loved anyone who could sing like that.”
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