Adam Lambert Gives Major Props to Freddie Mercury

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To many American Idol fans, Adam Lambert is one of a kind.

But appearing on NPR this week, the artist spoke glowingly of former Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 64 this Sunday if he hadn't died from AIDS in 1991, saying that singer was truly unique.

"It was about the music, but he also really captivated the audience because he was so electric. That's why he's an icon because you remembered what he did on stage, he had a presence," said Adam.

Some might consider Lambert - who is touring the nation and recently performed in NYC - the next Mercury, but the man himself says people such as Freddie are absent these days.

"There's definitely something missing in today's music scene," Adam said. "We don't have a lot of men on stage doing flamboyant or theatrical. We have a lot of female pop stars doing it, but where's the classic pop-rock showman?"

Look in the mirror, man. The onus falls on you. Good luck with it!

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