Queen and Adam Lambert have begun their Australian tour in Perth, performing many beloved hits and honouring late frontman Freddie Mercury.

Perhaps no frontman can compare to Freddie Mercury, but Adam Lambert did his best to honour the rock legend on stage with Queen.

In their first tour of Australia since 1985, Queen and Adam Lambert opened their show at Perth Arena on Friday night with Now I’m Here.

It was the first of many hits the band played over two hours, including Another One Bites The Dust, Fat Bottomed Girls, Somebody To Love, I Want It All, and Who Wants To Live Forever which included strobe lighting and a giant disco ball.

With the death of Mercury from AIDS complications in 1991, and the retirement of bass player John Deacon, Queen has just two original members – guitarist Brian May, 67, and drummer Roger Taylor, 65.

American Idol star Lambert had several wardrobe changes including a leopard print outfit, studded jackets, vests, tasselled sleeves, a lace shirt, bronze leather pants, sunglasses and a crown.

In one touching moment, May asked the crowd to sing with him.

“Let’s do this for Freddie,” he said before acoustically playing Love Of My Life.

The show end with Bohemian Rhapsody, with May dressed in gold and Mercury appearing on screen to sing parts.

The encore included We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, in what was a fitting conclusion to a celebration of the English band’s music.

Queen and Adam Lambert will also travel to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.