Adam Lambert feels “so lucky” that he’s able to play with Queen to “carry on Freddie Mercury’s spirit”.
The 38-year-old singer has been standing in for the late frontman in performances with the British band since 2011, with their collaboration showing no signs of coming to an end anytime soon.
And in an interview with Australia’s Triple M radio station, Adam reflected on the honour of performing in place of Mercury, who died in 1991.
“I’m so lucky that I get to pay tribute to (Freddie) and celebrate him as an artist and as a person, as a writer, as a singer,” he said. “And I think I relate to some of the stuff that he, obviously, has gone through; I can kind of draw some comparisons there.
“And I hope that in some way I can carry on his spirit. I think that there are certain intentions with which those songs are supposed to be sung, and I try to go there. And I’ve asked a lot of questions and learned a lot about him, and I really try to keep him in the forefront of my mind. Not to imitate, but to do it for him – kind of, like, celebrate him.”
Queen guitarist Brian May previously spoke of how well Adam has fitted into the band, calling him a “gift from God”.