Queen guitarist Brian May has praised Adam Lambert's performance as the band nears the finish line of the European leg of its current tour.

Lambert, who toured with Queen last year, returned for a New Year's Eve performance before 2,000 fans at the Westminster Central Hall in London to help kick off Queen's European tour.

May has previously credit Lambert with “waking up” Queen after the 1991 death of Freddie Mercury, the group's vocalist, from complications from AIDS.

“Adam has really transformed, I must say. And, he shares that with Freddie,” May told Polish site Muzyka.onet.pl. “Freddie was always good, but he transformed himself from a singer who could do this and that into this really sort of god-like performer. Adam is the same. He's really evolved, hugely.”

“He's much more comfortable in his shoes. He's much more confident with an audience. In fact, it is like he was born to it. He's grown into the part,” May added.