Brian May, lead guitarist of the band
Queen, has said that Freddie Mercury would be “a little jealous”
of out singer Adam Lambert fronting Queen.
Freddie Mercury, the band's original
frontman, died in 1991 of complications due to AIDS.
American Idol alum Lambert
fronted for the band in a series of highly successful European shows
in 2012 and again as part of last year's iHeartRadio Music Festival
in Las Vegas.
Touring with the band in Australia,
Lambert answered critics who say Mercury is simply irreplaceable.
“Some critics might say, it's not the
same and he's not Freddie,” Lambert said during an appearance on
“Those are very true things. It isn't the same. I'm not Freddie.
And I'm aware of that. But I think these two amazing musicians
still want to get on stage and entertain people. I think that they
have the right. And these songs need to be be brought to life on
stage by the originators.”
May added: “In our minds, that was
kind of the litmus test the whole time: Would Freddie like this? And
we don't have any doubt whatsoever that Freddie would love it. He
would be a little jealous, I think.”