Queen drummer Roger Taylor has said Freddie Mercury would approve of Adam Lambert.

Taylor, Lambert and guitarist Brian May are preparing for a series of North America Queen dates.

Mercury, the band's original frontman, died in 1991 of complications due to AIDS.

Lambert, who fronted for the British band in a series of highly successful European shows in 2012, discussed stepping into Mercury's shoes during a press conference to announce the new tour.

“He's a big idol for me and I thought to myself, you know, I hope that the fans dig this,” Lambert said. “And it felt really good. The reception was warm. The reaction to it the first time was very warm. It's a treat for me to get on stage and pay my respects and to pay tribute to one of my favorite singers ever.”

Speaking this week to Germany's Bluewin, Taylor reiterated that nobody can replace Mercury.

“When Brian and I give concerts as Queen, we don't want anyone to imitate Freddie – because no one can replace him for us.”

“Adam Lambert is an independent artist. It fits us perfectly, because he is so theatrical, a true diva. Freddie would love him,” Taylor added.

The North American tour kicks off June 19 at the United Center in Chicago and will conclude July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C. Other stops included are New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Vancouver, Montreal and Las Vegas.