Archive for June, 2009
Lindsey Parker has written several intriguing articles about Adam Lambert in her Reality Rocks blog for Yahoo Music during his run on Idol. Lindsey truly gets Adam and makes it clear she is a fan of his outstanding talent. Recently, she had the opportunity to meet Adam and interview him during a break in the Idol Tour rehearsal. Lindsey didn’t disappoint; her interview techniques with Adam brings us some new insights into what’s makes Adam Lambert so fascinating.
During the interview, Adam talks about why he thinks he wasn’t discovered before Idol, the boldness of “Ring of Fire” to stripped back “Tracks of my Tears”, cultural thing this year vs. singing talent, and if his prior experience gave him an advantage in the competition. He also discusses living in LA, dealing with the media, what he’s wearing on the tour, his ideas for his new album, working with Red One, and shares one song he’s performing during the Idol Tour.
“Wow! That was so wonderful, so natural. I feel like he was talking directly to me. LOL! I loved the “feel” of the whole thing. I agree w/everyone…I think this is probably one of the best, if not THE best, interviews I’ve seen.
He is so articulate, so “together.” It continues to blow me away when I think of the fact that he is only 27 years old. I know when I was 27, there is no way I could’ve handled myself the way he does. He is SO beyond his years. I believe Adam is a very, very old soul, and he has finally come to fulfill his destiny.” by mushy at TALC
Calling all teens ages 13-19, Adam Lambert needs your votes. Adam is up for two Teen Choice Awards: Choice TV Male Reality/Variety Star and Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male.
TV Male Reality/Variety Star
Adam Lambert exploded onto the Idol scene entertaining us every week with his extraordinary talent, brilliant vocals, exhilarating stage presence, mesmerizing charisma, creative artistry, and outstanding professionalism. That alone makes Adam a winner in this category, but Adam still offered us more.
Adam is the first contestant to enter the American Idol competition with a platform “Dare To Be Different” specifically for the teens. Adam has said he knows what it feels like to not fit in and be different than the other kids. During Adam’s hometown visit to San Diego, he told the crowd at Mt. Carmel High, “This is an example of believing in yourself, knowing who you are,” he said. “Anybody that feels different or weird, screw it! Embrace it! Embrace each other’s differences, ok? Celebrate it. It’s cool to be different.”
Red Carpet Icon: Male
We all know no one commands attention on the Red Carpet like Adam Lambert. Adam’s stunning sense of style is setting trends everywhere. Some have referred to his unique style as “Glamrock”. Adam always completes every outfit by finding the perfect accessorizes to finish his look. Adam loves fashion and just like in his artistry; he can pull off any style with confidence.
“Fashion is self expression, no matter how you look at it. Being a teen is awesome because we get to make our own styles and pull them off. We can only hope to have celebrities that help inspire us in great ways. Adam is one of the guys that was born with the sense of style that people dream of acquiring. Let’s see this rock god win this thing!” by Adam’s Philly Babe at TALC.
Here’s the information from the Teen Choice Awards 2009 site.
Wow! Did you hear? The Jonas Brothers are hosting Teen Choice 09! There are a lot of cool surprises planned too. We’ll tell you more later, they wouldn’t be surprises if we told you now.
But the really important part is that it’s time to VOTE for your favorite movies, music,TV, athletes, stars, and other stuff too! If you are 13-19 you can cast your votes and make your voice heard. And you can vote EVERY DAY! You heard right, EVERY DAY! So why wouldn’t you?
Your votes pick the winners of the Teen Choice 2009 so be sure to tune in Monday, Aug. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX and see how your favorites did. Teen Choice Awards 2009
If you need to register, go to Teen Choice Awards Registration
Remember to vote everyday…
It’s Adam Lambert’s dedicated teen fans that can bring him this win!
Adam Lambert was interviewed by Nancy O’Dell which aired in a two part series this week on Access Hollywood. Even if you saw the interview on the show, don’t miss this uncut extended version supplied by Access. It’s a totally different interview when you can hear everything Adam has to say in context which has not been edited for time allotments on a television show.
The interview takes places in a casual setting, one of Adam’s favorite stores, LA’s American Rag. We all know how much Adam loves shopping. Adam has a great sense of humour and he always handles any question with ease. What I really enjoy, is Adam’s unique way of expanding on his answers to give you more insight as to why he feels the way he does. That’s one of the benefits of watching this unedited version of the interview.
If you missed Adam Lambert’s Interview which aired on Access Hollywood, you can watch both Part one and Part two here at TheAdamLambertConnection forum.
At 4 pm Wednesday, Adam Lambert fans showed up in a big way. Over 8,000 people logged in for a live Chat through comcast.net with Adam. Adam took a break from his rehearsal for the upcoming Idol tour to chat with his fans. According to Victor Balta, “More than 8,000 people came to my 30-minute chat with Adam Lambert today, posting nearly 7,000 question/comments. Unreal.” I’m sure the moderator could have used more than the 10 minutes given to select a group of questions for Adam from the 7,000 submitted.
Adam confirmed it during his live chat; Adam is now on twitter.com @TheRealGlambert. All Adam fans can sign up to follow Adam on twitter and show their support. Adam’s latest tweet from June 15th, “My album is gonna be siiiiiiiiick” Sounds like he’s as excited about his album as we are.
Adam also told us that he will be singing “Mad World” on tour this summer, but not “Ring of Fire”.
Here are some highlights from Wednesday’s chat with Adam Lambert. You can view the entire chat from comcast.net here
Adam Lambert: Hey, guys… thanks for coming online today! I’m so, so excited to be able to talk to you.
[Comment From Judi]
I love your positive outlook and “attitude of gratitude” demeanor. Have you always lived your life with this outlook, or did it develop over time? What do you do for yourself to help you maintain such a positive outlook on life?
Adam Lambert: It kind of did develop over time. You grow older and you realize how lucky you are to be in certain situations based on your hindsight and perspective. And whenever I felt myself slipping at all or getting into a negative head space, I remind myself of people who don’t have what they want or don’t feel as free as I’ve felt of late. And that makes me feel how fortunate I am.
[Comment From courtneywaller]
a lot of people, myself included, consider you to be quite the sex symbol, how does that feel and how do you plan to keep yourself at the sex symbol status?
Adam Lambert: It feels really strange because I don’t think of myself that way… I kind of have grown up with a slight ugly duckling kind of complex. In high school, I was overweight and awkward and didn’t feel sexy. In the last couple of years, I’ve become comfortable in my own skin, and I do feel sexy now, but not the kind of sexy you see in a mirror, but it’s more of an inside-out thing. And thank you for the compliment because it makes me feel really good!
[Comment From noskerdycat]
Adam, in several interviews you said you want to make music with an “electronic” sound. How will you keep that from overpowering your beautiful vocals?
Adam Lambert: The electronic element is mainly for the instrumentation, it has very little to do with the vocals. You can play an acoustic bass, an electric bass or a synth bass. It’s all bass. It just has to do with the sonic aesthetic. The vocals will remain very true to the kind of vocals you heard on Idol, with added layers and harmonies. There’ll be a lot more depth.
[Comment From Michelle T]
Hi, Adam. Watching you finally (at the age of 26 almost 27) gave me the kick in the backside that I needed to audition for Idol. Tomorrow is the big day. What one piece of advice could you pass on to me and all of the other hopefuls?
Adam Lambert: I think that you really just got to make sure you’re being true to yourself. You’ve got to be genuine and authentic. If you’re putting on an act, people won’t go for it. But at the same time, make sure that you’re entertaining them. It’s more than your singing voice. It’s the way you look, the way you talk to them, the way you make eye contact. It’s about the way you communicate the lyrics to the song. Think about more than just the voice.
[Comment From KellyAnn]
Adam, what do you consider sexy?
Adam Lambert: Confidence, intelligence, and self-expression. And talent.
[Comment From Melanie]
Adam, what was your favorite moment with the other idols, not shown on camera? I wish you much success and happiness, keep smiling!
Adam Lambert: I had some great talks about life with… I remember there was one night in particular after a performance night, where Kris, Lil, Anoop and I just kind of sat downstairs in the mansion and just talked about life, and I enjoyed that. I like discussions about things and sharing feelings about the way things are, and that was really memorable.
[Comment From Beth]
There are noticeable differences, mainly in melody, in some of your AI live and studio versions. Were the studio versions the way you originally intended to perform the songs on the show or were you making a conscious decision to present a distinct live version?
Adam Lambert: To be honest, a lot of the times when I sing, I have the basic melody that I rehearse with, then most of the time I just kind of improvise certain melody options and kind of go with whatever strikes me at the moment. I kind of like singing in a fly by the seat of your pants type of way. So when recording a studio version, we do multiple takes and I’ll do it a bunch of different ways and the producers of the track pick what they like the best.
[Comment From Ace (ontdai)]
Adam, how did you first discover Glamrock, and specifically Velvet Goldmine?
Adam Lambert: Haha… I was aware of who David Bowie was. My father has his records and showed me some of the cover art and I was very intrigued by somebody in 70s rock that dressed the way he did. It was very cool and inventive. Then I discovered T Rex. I don’t know how I found Velvet Goldmine, but once I saw it, I was obsessed with it. I thought it was a genius movie, both in plot and also, visually and musically. In all elements it was just really cool.
Adam Lambert: Thank you guys so much for chatting with me today. I’m so excited to perform for everybody live on tour this summer. Be sure you check it out. There’s definitely some new music that was not on the show. And wait until you see my outfit. It rocks!
[Comment From HannaB]
Adam you are amazing! You’re genuine and innovative and your Adam Bombs love you!!
I don’t know about all of you, but I have really been missing having Adam Lambert’s one of a kind electric Idol performances light up my Tuesday nights. All that anticipation, excitement, and complete satisfaction in one and half unforgettable minutes. It’s left me craving information about how Adam’s rehearsals are going for the Idol tour, what songs he’s going to sing during his five song set, and, yes, what is he going to wear. I heard Adam singing “Starlight” by Muse and Bowie’s “Fame” in a rehearsal clip during 20/20 last Friday night which sent me soaring. You can watch Adam’s appearance on 20/20 here.
Speaking of music, wonder what’s going on with Adam’s debut album. Adam has said he’s working on it, but with who, is he part of the writing process, does he write musically, lyrically or both, is his music running through his mind when his head hits the pillow at night, is he having the time of his life fulfilling his dream?
It amazes me that when some media sources have the opportunity to interview Adam Lambert, the focus still remains on his personal life, an area which I feel has been saturated to the point that it clearly cannot still be news worthy.
But low and behold, we have some interviews listed below which cover Adam’s music. Now that’s news people!!
“Q&A With Adam Lambert” by Stephanie Snipes at Oprah.com
SS: Let’s talk about that album. It’s coming out in the fall, right?
AL: Yes, that’s what I’ve been working on. We started right away with meetings about the sound and the vibe. They asked me, “Do you know of any producers that you would really want to work with?” and I have short list of producers, and fortunately we connected with all the ones I wanted to connect with. We started writing, and I’ve been able to co-write on a handful of tracks and there’s more to come.
SS: Do you enjoy the writing process?
AL: I love it! I really love it. And I love the recording process as well. Coming up with something new and original is so exciting. That’s the art of it all. And then the performance is another level. American Idol lets you explore yourself as a performer. … Being able to create the actual material you’re writing takes it to a whole new level because I’m getting to write lyrics that are from my perspective and messages I want to get out there and feelings and ideas I want to share.
SS: We’re always trying to help people find their passion in life. Seems like you are a great example of someone who is doing exactly what they were put on the planet to do.
AL: I do feel that way. It’s funny because I think timing’s everything. I think sometimes we’re meant to do something but things aren’t lined up correctly. This year, things were all in the right place, all in the right time. I was really fortunate to have all the experiences that I’ve had up until now that have prepared me for this in an indirect way. It’s kind of like Slumdog Millionaire—everything he’s been through is what allows him to win the competition he’s on. That movie really resonated with me in such a way like, “Yeah, I kind of feel like that could be the case with me too.” There’s been so many full-circle moments, you know, people I’ve met or songs that I’ve already performed or loved that came back for the show for me.
SS: Can we talk about working with Kiss and Queen?
SS: I mean, really. Very cool. Who else would you like to work with?
AL: I would love to perform with Madonna because she’s an incredible performer and a creative genius. I would love to perform with Queen again anytime. They were class acts. They were so genuine and positive. I would love to perform with Lady Gaga. She’s like the freshest, newest, sickest thing. She’s got some amazing ideas. I’d love to perform with Michael Jackson someday. That would be amazing. I’d love to sing with Muse the band someday. I have so many that I would like to perform with because to me performing is like playing. “Can Michael Jackson come out to play? Can Madonna come over to play?” It’s like being a big kid.
SS: Seems to me you could take over as the lead singer of Queen.
AL: Freddie Mercury is an idol of mine. The quality and the attack and passion in which he’d sing is totally inspirational to me. And, his story. He was living in a time when you couldn’t be as honest and open about your lifestyle. I’m very fortunate to be in 2009, and I kind of feel like in some weird way this is for him and all the other artists who haven’t been able to be real.
SS: You have the American Idol tour coming up. Excited?
AL: I’m super excited. I just left rehearsal a few minutes ago. A little sneak preview: We’re doing a David Bowie medley as a closing part of my set. It’s so fresh. Three different songs. We’re kind of adding very modern touches to them so that they feel relevant, like 2009 interpretations of Bowie. I think people are really going to enjoy that. I’m excited. I’m singing ["Slow Ride"], the duet with Allison on the tour every night. She is awesome, and I love sharing the stage with her. I’m excited to connect with the audiences that didn’t get to come see the show live. There’s something lost in translation between you and the audiences at home through the camera. I’m glad we were able to connect how we did, but nothing compares to how it is live. Live is a whole different world.
SS: Can you tell us where you get your creative inspiration?
AL: I’m very inspired by past music. I’m inspired by history, different periods. Obviously, I love the whole glam rock thing…both in the sound and in the look and in the tone and what they were talking about. I love the sociological view of history too. The late ’60s, for example, was a time of the summer of love and kind of the whole hippie movement—exploration of social norm and what was normal and expected and what rebellious and fresh and new. I think history always repeats itself, like we all know, and I think hopefully we’re entering a time where we can kind of reflect that same sentiment of hope and love and peace. by Stephanie Snipes at Oprah.com
Be sure to read Adam Lambert’s entire interview on Oprah.com, it’s one of the best.
“Adam Lambert: ‘This Whole Experience Is Liberating’” by Erin Hill at Parade.com
Lambert took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Parade.com about the pressure he feels from the gay community and addressed the rumors surrounding a collaboration with Lady Gaga’s hit-making producer, RedOne.
Rubbing elbows with the stars.
“I’ve met a lot of people that I look up to, artists that I respect. That’s been crazy. Just last night I met Usher, Enrique Iglesias and My Chemical Romance at the studio. I’ve just been meeting these artists and they know who I am now because of the show and Rolling Stone and all that, so it’s weird that they’re like ‘Hey, Adam!’ and I’m like ‘What?!’ It’s just weird to be on the same page as them, so to speak.”
Meeting his own American Idol.
“I met Madonna and that was pretty wild. Most everybody I’ve met is pretty cool and on the level, but Madonna is just legendary. I was definitely the most starstruck with her. I’ve been a fan of hers since I was a kid. So that’s definitely part of the intimidation factor.”
Rumors that he’s working with Lady Gaga’s producer, RedOne.
“I can say that is true. We have been writing the past couple days and I think we’re going to come out with some amazing tunes. I’m going to have my own sound but I do love Lady Gaga. I’m a huge fan.”
Preparing for his debut album.
“I have been doing a lot of writing, actually. It’s been really exciting. I think something that people can expect from the album is that, lyrically, everything that I’m singing about is true to my life. That’s important to me, its something I can connect to personally. I think this is the album that’s going to be fun and exciting and sexy and also going to have positive hopeful messages.” by Erin Hill at Parade.com
“Going Gaga: RedOne riding a hot streak, working with Usher, Adam Lambert” by Todd Martens at Los Angeles Times
“I want to go rock — David Bowie and Queen, but make it more easy for people to get,” the producer said of his vision for Lambert. “It has to be rock, but with an interesting dance angle to it, you know? You’ll like it.”
RedOne said he hopes to record at least six songs with Lambert, but that doesn’t guarantee that they’ll all make Lambert’s RCA debut (a Lambert representative was unable to be reached prior to posting). An “Idol” finalist comes equipped with a built-in fan base, and RedOne said he’s eager to play with people’s expectations.
“You know what I like about him? He’s fresh,” said RedOne. “You can go almost whatever direction with him. People know him from being on ‘American Idol,’ singing other people’s songs, but you can take him in a new direction, and this will be the first time you hear Adam Lambert with his signature. My goal is to get his signature out from him to the world.” by Todd Martens at Los Angeles Times
The very premise of Adam Lambert’s feature article in Rolling Stone was to share his story in context. A story Adam tells in a real, refreshing, bold, enlightening, uplifting, humorous, and heartwarming way. Yet, the media world still feels the need to pull bits and pieces to create sensational headlines for readers. Discussions which follow lead us to the place where we are losing the very meaning of Adam’s story. The world is still trying to put Adam in a box. Haven’t they figured it out yet? The spirit of this unique young man defies confinement. Sensational stories in the celebrity world are everywhere; a dime a dozen. Adam’s story, if read and discussed in its entirety, gives the reader so much more.
One of our members here at TALC, Larissa Petrella, shares her view on the complexity and nuances of Adam’s story to demonstrate the wholeness of this man is much greater than the sum of his parts.
by: Larissa Petrella (AnkhOfTau at TALC)
Rolling Stone – Is Hope For A Generation Being Overshadowed By Irrelevant Thinking?
June 25th, 2009 – On their cover, Rolling Stone is featuring Adam Lambert: a twenty-first century shaman with the voice of an angel, the eyes of a necromancer, and the ability to enchant like the Greek God Pan. He comes bearing messages of peace, positivity, and hope to the masses. Yet somehow the enchanted forest is being missed because of the preoccupation of a few obsessively scrutinized trees.
For years it seems that America has been having a love affair with everything ordinary. Standing up and standing out are not considered priorities in a culture dominated by what seems to be disaster after disaster whether it’s economic, cultural, or environmental.
Why then are vast numbers of people suddenly so taken with someone who awakens thoughts of freedom, self expression, glamour, and celebration? Among the headlines of global pandemics, financial collapse, and environmental wrath, another major story has emerged: the rise of Adam Lambert, who is the living antithesis of everything that is driving the biggest stories of the present. In less than six months, Adam went from a virtually unknown stage actor to being the subject of one of the most memorable covers in the history of Rolling Stone.
Maybe it’s time we can start letting go of being so focused on what is wrong with the world and celebrate what we can make right by allowing ourselves the privilege to be amazed, surprised, and truly entertained. Adam Lambert may not have meant to become this harbinger of a new renaissance but he doesn’t seem to be shirking the position. Truth be told, he seems to be having a hell of a lot of fun serving as an ambassador of hope and he’s looking damn good doing it.
Some would say that the hype surrounding Adam’s rise from struggling stage actor to America’s first Rock and Roll sovereign in decades is attributed to the controversy and fervor over the fascination with his personal life. While questions regarding his personal life have played a part of his astronomical rise to a household name, what was it that led to Adam gracing the cover of Rolling Stone, still of the most sought after feats by even the most seasoned artists?
Never has someone been chosen to grace the cover of this legendary publication because of their lifestyle or personal choices. Rolling Stone has never based one of their iconic covers on someone for the sake of a fad. You’ll never see Jon and Kate Gosselin on the cover of Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone has been one of the cornerstones of the music and entertainment industry since 1967. It is not People magazine.
Why then, Adam for the cover? Some outlets of our new millennium media seem to feel he’s merely a toy for battle weary America to play with and poke at for whatever makes him different. However, his growing legions of passionate fans are making enough noise to hopefully get the real message across. Adam is not just one in a million, Adam is one in forever. Rolling Stone set out to let the world see Adam for what he is and hopefully diffuse the spotlight that has been overexposing the least important of Adam’s truths.
Many people, some who have even survived multiple generations, are voicing their awe of his immeasurable vocal talent. His exceedingly supernatural charisma offset by his very down to earth approachability seems to leave all those he comes in contact with in an absurdly grinning and hyper-ecstatic wake. Adam seems to always magically strike the perfect balance between extremes, caught up in a perpetual twilight state between the bright, warm, winning personality and the dark, sensual prince of passion. Rarely do we see this sort of balance between the ultimate extremes even in the highest echelons of stardom.
Most importantly, Adam’s star is rising quickly because he’s the first glimmer of hope that may be the awakening we’ve been waiting for. His sudden arrival and swift ascension may be the indication it is finally time to emerge from the shadows of dark and troubling times and celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit. The real story is not about Adam’s quick score of a grand prize like having his picture gracing the cover of a major publication; the real story is that an institution of culture like Rolling Stone is jumping at the opportunity to be a vehicle for Adam’s magical ability to heal the hearts and souls of those who have been stifled, damaged, and silenced. Rolling Stone is providing Adam’s algorithm to celebrate, embrace, and enjoy life – and of course, look damn good doing it!
Adam Lambert’s stunning photo graces the cover of the June 25th edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Matthew Rolston captured the very essence of Adam Lambert; hot and sexy, yet warm and inviting.
Matthew Rolston, one of the world’s great photographers and video and commercial directors, just shot “American Idol” star and almost-winner Adam Lambert for the iconic cover of Rolling Stone Magazine – who revealed that he’s gay, that he has a record deal, etc etc, in the interview. But moreover, Lambert became a photographic icon just by Rolston shooting him. Rolston, who’s shot everyone from Beyonce’ to Fergie to Salma Hayek – doing covers for Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, W and zillions of other mags for many years – says Lambert is one of the rare truly sweet and kind music superstars he’s been exposed to – and compares him to Beyonce’ in terms of how stable and nice he is. “They are the rare superstars I’ve met who are truly centered and coming from a very thankful appreciative place,” says Rolston. We love, love, love the eyeliner!
Rolling Stone shares a video of Adam’s photo shoot here. Adam is a natural with the camera and the camera loves him. Adam talks about how it feels to make the cover of Rolling Stone, his favorite style of music, and what type of album he will make.
Adam Lambert’s cover photograph alone will generate discussion.
The Rolling Stone cover of Lambert features the singer in a laid back, seductive pose with a green snake aiming at his crotch. His charisma knows no bounds. He is the one covering Rolling Stone. He is sexy. Lambert might not have come out in a way the gay community would be proud of, but there is no doubt his very existence is already going a long way towards mainstreaming the idea being gay isn’t something one should hide, but rather wear confidently, like a jeweled butterfly right near the zipper. Santa Monica Mirror
Adam Lambert’s story is the much anticipated feature article inside where Adam “tells all” in his own refreshing honest way with no filter. Here’s a preview of The New Issue of Rolling Stone: “The Liberation of Adam Lambert” from Rolling Stone Rock & Roll Daily
More from Rolling Stone’s interview with Adam Lambert which wasn’t included in the feature article. Adam Lambert in His Own words: Sexuality, Kris Allen, and Life After Idol
On why he auditioned for American Idol:
I looked at the music business, and realized it is nearly impossible to make it with the way it is right now. No one is going to take a chance with an artist who is somewhat out there. The only way you have a chance being looked at by a label right now is if you are what everyone else is. So I realized that I wouldn’t be taken seriously as a recording artist unless I had a huge platform. I saw that and I knew that Idol was the only thing that would do it — if it worked.
On Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta:
[Kris Allen] has a good heart and a good spirit. He’s so mellow, he’s so kick-back. He and I have a lot of love with Allison Iraheta: It felt like this kind of sibling thing. Just good energy, the three of us together. Kris and I both got very protective of her. We encouraged her to pick up the guitar and take risks musically. It always felt very positive … good karma, you know? Kris doesn’t need any advice, clearly. Even though he’s really kick-back, he’s got a very strong sense of self in a non-aggressive, non-intense way. It’s cool.
On his early attempts at songwriting:
My songs were like campy, sexy electro, like Peaches and Goldfrapp. I can look back now and realize I wasn’t very good at it. I was trying to put in way too many words. I was trying to be way too melodramatic and serious, you know? It’s like what a junior high student does with poetry. But over the course of a couple years, I started really trying to listen to what worked out there in music, like hooks — and realized that less is more. The simple idea is better in a song.
On life after Idol:
I’m hopeful. I have a great opportunity right now. There are a lot of people who want to work with me that I really respect. And hopefully it works. I’m not cocky because I’ve seen a lot of guys come off this show and bomb, so I recognize that I could crash and burn. But if I play it safe, it’s not going to work, so I might as well go for it with the same intention that I had on the show.
On where he wants to go musically:
I want to do something that has theatricality, a nod to the glam rockers that I love, but is also contemporary. It’s not all going to be happy-go-lucky because I think it’s important to explore other emotional parts of yourself as an artist, but there’s a time and place for it. I would love to work with Madonna. I’m a big fan. I just want to play dress up and be fabulous. When you’re a kid, you do the make-believe thing — you play dress-up and pretend. That’s the child mentality, and I feel like if you’re an adult and you can adopt the child mentality to something cool, that’s what being a “rock star” is. It’s just playing. It’s Halloween. It’s make-believe. It’s fun. And who doesn’t want to do that? That’s the kind of music that I want to make — music that encourages people to play make-believe, escape and have fun.
On experiencing discrimination:
A few years ago, I did a musical with Val Kilmer, The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. I was finally personally awakened, wearing nail-polish, feeling attractive and comfortable in my own skin for the first time. We’d go out sometimes with Val, and it was the first time I’d ever been around a celebrity — it felt really fabulous. One night, we hung out at his house and Sean Lennon came over to jam with us. I was like, John Lennon’s son? This is the coolest thing I’ve done in my life. But I had a lot of problems with the people putting on the show. One day, the director pulled me aside and said, “Can you turn it down? The producers are a little uncomfortable. It’s a little too … gay.” I was like, “Um, are we doing a musical here? I’m sorry, there are fags all over the place, dude.” It was very upsetting.
On making his sexuality public:
There are so many old-fashioned ways of looking at things, and if we want to be a progressive society, we have to start thinking in a different way. There’s the old industry idea that you should just make sexuality a non-issue, just say your private life’s your private life, and not talk about it. But that’s bullshit, because private lives don’t exist anymore for celebrities: they just don’t. I don’t want to be looking over my shoulder all the time, thinking I have to hide, being scared of being found out, putting on a front, having a beard, going down the red carpet with some chick who is posing as my girlfriend. That’s not cool, that’s not being a rock star. I can’t do that.
Rolling Stone presented Adam Lambert with his framed cover right before it was released and filmed his reaction; a reaction which practically left Adam speechless, he was clearly moved. I’m sure it was a moment in time he will always treasure. Watch Adam Lambert Reacts to the Rolling Stones Cover
“I honestly don’t think he realizes how truly fierce he is. He stared at that as though he couldn’t believe it. He is fantastic and I hope that he basks into abounding happiness and every tear he sheds will be tears of joy. I think he’s worked very hard for his glory.” by Gitaround at TALC
“And right away he mentions the photographer. Typical Adam, making sure to give credit to others. He’s just extraordinary, in every sense of the word.” by paperweight at TALC
It’s official, Adam Lambert has signed with 19 Recordings/RCA Records. It’s fantastic to hear that Simon Fuller and Barry Weiss share the same enthusiasm and appreciation for Adam’s unique, extraordinary talent as we do, which is evidenced in their quotes below.
(Los Angeles, CA – June 9, 2009) – American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert has been signed to 19 Recordings and licensed to RCA Records. He is preparing to start work on his debut album which is due for release in fall 2009.
“To find a talent as exceptional as Adam Lambert is a rare and special event,” says Simon Fuller, Creator and Executive Producer of American Idol and Founder & CEO of 19 Entertainment. “I am thrilled that American Idol was the platform for the world to discover this brilliant young man. He is unique and unforgettable and a certain star of tomorrow.”
“There are no longer any rules in terms of where the world’s next superstars may come from,” says Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO RCA/JIVE Label Group. “We are thrilled to be getting involved with Adam Lambert as we all at RCA Records believe he is one of those rare, future global stars”.
“I’m thrilled that we’ve come to a creative and collaborative partnership and look forward to developing a really exciting album,” says Lambert. “We are 100% on the same page and are all anxiously awaiting the start of the recordings. It’s going to be ridiculous! Get Ready!!!”
27-year-old Lambert, who hails originally from San Diego, CA, had four songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this summer. With his masterful interpretation of Mad World leading the way, he also charted with No Boundaries, A Change Is Gonna Come and One.
Lambert, will be recording his album over the summer while on the road with the American Idols Live tour. The tour kicks off July 5th in Portland, OR, and culminates on September 15th in Manchester, NH.
Adam Lambert is very excited about his debut album scheduled for release in the fall. “Ridiculous”? Sounds perfect!
Here’s what Adam discussed with Slezak during his Idolatry interview. Adam Lambert on Idolatry – Interview with Michael Slezak
“With Idol we have the opportunity to do whatever we want and to show a range and so I don’t see what the problem is with doing an album that has a variety to it. I think it’s more interesting, you have more for everybody when you do an album like that. I think you have the opportunity to release different singles for different markets. I have definitely thought about it and I don’t think there’s really any harm in creating a variety. It’s entertainment, that’s the point of the album, to entertain people; either to take them to an emotional place, to get them to dance, to get them to feel sexy and if those songs are different genres, then I’m the singer, so that’s the common thread.”
About working with 19 Recordings, Adam said, “I’m really positive about it. I’ve had my preliminary meeting with them and the creative talk is really going and we’re talking with different producers we want to work with and the type of album I want to make. We want to do a kind of Rock Pop Electronic fusion thing with ups and downs, the emotional ballad, the fun track, the this track, the that track, and we want it to have an international appeal, I mean for everybody. The show Idol has gone further than North America a this point so I think for all the audiences out there, even the ones who didn’t get to vote, I should make something that everybody can appreciate. And they’re on board, they are really supportive. It’s good to have people that invested in you especially in the current musical climate.”
Last Sunday, Adam Lambert rocked the red carpet in his own Glamrock style for the Young Hollywood Awards. Adam was chosen as the Young Hollywood Artist of the Year. Wherever Adam goes, he’s the center of attention, people everywhere recognize star quality when they see it. Here’s a clip of the news media frenzy over Adam on the red carpet.
The questions came flying at Adam one after the next, each reporter trying to get the Adam scoop in a few minutes time. Adam fields the questions on the red carpet with ease. Adam Lambert interviews on the red carpet.
Kara DioGuardi presented Adam Lambert with his Artist of the Year award. Kara gave an outstanding speech, here’s what she had to say about Adam. “You know when you’ve witnessed a star, their energy is unmistakable, their talent is raw. Sometimes a star also has bad ass jet black hair, leather ensembles, huge epaulets, a strut to outdo supermodels, electric dance moves, and some of the most impressive vocal ability in eight seasons of American Idol. Tonight, we’re honoring that star. The phenomenal, the decadent, the Rock God, Adam Lambert. His repertoire on Idol was stunning and unforgettable and I was privileged to see it in person every week. From his fiery takes on “Black or White” and “Play That Funky Music” to his unusual intimate renditions of “Mad World”. And, oh yeah, we all remember “Ring of Fire”. We have got a whole lot of love for this man. He’s got the whole world waiting with bated breath, he’s got the platform boots to stomp through expectations, and he’s got the ability to change the way people appreciate pop music. He’s our Artist of the Year and I’m so proud and honored to present to you, the only, the great, Adam Lambert.”
You can watch Kara’s presentation and Adam’s acceptance speech at Young Hollywood Awards
The members here at TALC are so happy for you to receive this honor; it is well deserved.
Adam Lambert was interviewed by magazines, radio stations, TV networks, online sites, and even Broadway on Broadway during his three day stay in New York City. Everyone wanted a piece of Adam and he never tired of answering all the questions. He greeted everyone with the same passion and enthusiasm he dedicates to his artistry. There were some interviews, however, that dared to be different just as Adam dares to be different and the results were outstanding. Here are those exceptional interviews with Adam.
Idolatry at EW.com by Michael Slazek
Slezak, you did not disappoint with Adam Lambert’s Idoltary; we expected great things from you and you definitely delivered. Thank you! This was not only Adam’s most informative interview during his week in NYC, but it was the interview where Adam’s personality pulled us in and we loved every single second.
Here’s the link to watch Adam’s five part interview with Slezak Idolatry at EW.com It’s a must see! You need to scroll down on the side bar until you see the icons with Adam’s pictures, there are five videos included in this interview.
One of our members here at TALC shared her insight about Adam’s Idoltary interview with Slezak and I thought I would share a portion of it her thoughts here for our readers. To read drshivago’s entire post on Adam’s Idolatry click here
by drshivago at TALC
“I had a probably unheathly amount of anticipation for Adam’s episode. As someone who appreciates honest visceral and emotional reactions, open discussion, and a healthy dose of snark, I am a big fan of Idolatry. Slezak may have started out lagging behind the train, but he was on board after a few weeks and I felt he was very supportive of Adam (not all his contributers were, to be fair). So I was looking forward to a happy relaxed,and most importantly, HONEST Adam Lambert interview. I really feel like Adam was just spectacular. The last couple days Adam’s personality has been coming out in less filtered doses, and from what I’ve seen so far the guy is truly awesome. I’m going to pick just a few things that really stood out to me.
-”I thought we were just singing?” So obviously Adam Lambert became a poster boy for certain civil rights issues during the Idol season, at least in the eyes of many media outlets. Adam’s candor in admitting that he didn’t necessarily want that distinction is refreshing, because it could potentially cause some ire. He says he felt honouredm but intimidated and that it was “a lot of pressure” on him. His honesty about that is not something that everyone would give, especially since he clearly believes in the cause. Adam knows the difference between being the change,and talking about the change. That’s the big thing I come away with from his comments here.
“Shy?” The word doesn’t belong in the same neighborhood as my name, Adam implied, while giving a genius “bitch please” face when Slezak commended Adam for not shying away from flaunting some sexuality on the Idol stage. I am very pleased to see Adam still look so thrilled that he had the opportunity to sing Zeppelin on the happy family show, complete with not-so-subtle phallic references. This was a personal favourite of mine during the show, and it felt a bit like liberation (if on a small stage unable or unwilling to embrace it in all its heated glory. Just ask the camera operators). Love to Slezak for showing the down and dirtiest parts of the performance during the discussion. Of course the internet and anyone who bothers to pay attention knows that Adam’s physicality on Idol was hugely tame compared to some of the performances he’s given in the past. It’s exciting from a fan point of view to see Adam excited about the times he got to really push things, because one can only believe that he will throw down in a big way in the future.
- “It’s fusion- yada yada yada.” Adam discusses his record. This guy will not be put in a box. If you try, he will fight. He’s warning you now. He’s got no time for narrowminded archaic views of the recording industry. That being said, Adam’s confident claims that the label is behind his vision soothe the worried beast of fandom.
- “That’s bull. Eyeroll.” So he didn’t actually say eyeroll, but it was damned evident. Along with putting any well meaning (but honestly, so so mistaken) Cash “fans” who decried the ultra cool arrangement of Ring of Fire in their place, Adam defended his (stunningly stellar) vocals on this performance. Because no one else would (especially individuals with “judge of a singing competition” anywhere on their resume). It is interesting and comforting to hear Adam say what fans had been practically screaming after RoF- that Johnny Cash was an innovator and a rebel, that Johnny Cash would have dug it. “Done and done.” It’s always nice to hear that an artist feels his fans get him, but in this instance I see an example of the fans getting to know that the artist gets THEM, as well. Now if only Slezak had asked THE question: was the shirt-lift on purpose?
- “I knew people would figure that out, if they were savvy enough.” From your lips to the media’s ears, Adam Lambert. We get it, they get it, everyone gets it. Why are we still talking about it like it’s something, when it was nothing a long, long time ago. The public has spoken: Adam Lambert is beloved by a large number of people. These people? They know who he is, because he was never hiding. He said it best himself months ago, “I am who I am.”
My number one favourite moment:
“I’m kind of ridiculous, I know that.” Completely unprompted, Adam spontaneously thanks Slezak for “taking the piss out of” him, and says he “deserves a bit of an eye roll now and then.” The sweetness with which he makes this statement is charming and very self-aware. He ends by agreeing that he knows it was out of love, and that he “knew you guys got it.” And maybe the most telling part of this exchange? I believed him. Part of being good at the kind of performance that Adam does is knowing it’s over the top, and being completely comfortable and in control of it. Which Adam clearly is.
I know this was likely overwrought and over-dissected, but the interview was so full of gems. Comments, expressions, and moments that made me smile, made me feel, or made me think. Or all of them at once. That’s just kind of what Adam Lambert does.”
Best Week Ever
The Adam Lambert Interview That Will Change Your Life by Michelle Collins
But lately, a new hero has emerged on the horizon: Adam Lambert, the enigmatic, timeless, sexy, talented, from another planet amazing American Idol runner-up who has turned the United States into a pigpen of lusty fanboys and fangirls, myself included. Having watched this season of Idol since Day 1, my feelings for Adam went from “casual fan” to “He is the Second Coming of Christ.”
So when word got around that Mr. Lambert would be coming in to tape a segment for Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins, airing this Friday, May 29 at 11 PM, I was faced with a real dilemma: Do I opt to meet him face to face, risking the chance that I embarrass myself 4 Lyf, or do I take that old saying to heart, and keep my dreams and heroes at an arms length? The answer should be pretty obvious. And so I strapped a jetpack made out of dreams and joy to my back in an effort to rocket ship my ass into his heart. by Michelle Collins
Be sure to read Michelle Collins’ interview with Adam; sometimes you’re meant to meet your hero and life is grand. Best Week Ever Interview with Adam Lambert by Michelle Collins
Michelle, anyone who can make Adam Lambert laugh like you did during an interview is my kind of girl. I absolutely loved your enthusiasm and your humour as did Adam. I’m sure his time with you didn’t feel like work; he was having way too much fun. Great interview, more like a conversation between friends than an interview and awesome pictures.
Even with Adam’s extremely busy press schedule, he made time for his passion for theater while he was in NYC; it was important to him. After seeing the Broadway musical Hair, Adam met with the cast and answered some questions for Broadway.com.
“It was so wonderful seeing him in this element. He’s so obviously at home with his theater family–the mutual love is so evident. I love that his “platform” seems to be addressing kids who feel different or picked on; he has spoken to this issue so many times and with such conviction. He is such an inspiration!” by paperweight at TALC
To see backstage pictures of Adam with the cast of Hair, click on Broadway.com Photo Op: Adam Lambert Heads to Hair on Broadway. Adam knew and had worked with many of the cast members; how cool for Adam.
Adam’s discusses his favorite mentor on the show, singing with Queen, artists he would like to work with, favorite brand of eyeliner and nail polish, favorite ice cream, what he likes to do on a rainy day, and Adam states that he’s not on twitter.
My favorite line from the interview was when Adam said, “I do love ice cream. It’s my favorite junk food indulgence, although I can’t be eating ice cream people, I’m trying to be a rock star.”
Check out People.com Interview with Adam Lambert
“One of the best interviews! They were so giddy tired , it was hilarious! hahaha
I can see why they get along so well….they’re on the same wavelength!” by Hanna at TALC.
You can visit our forum to check out all of Adam Lambert’s interviews during his stay in NYC at TheAdamLambertConnection.com/forum