It’s not surprising that Leila, Adam Lambert’s mother, is so very proud of her son and is thrilled to be witnessing his dream come true. Leila Lambert speaks with the same refreshing candor as her son; it must run in the family. It’s no wonder that Adam remains grounded throughout his experience with stardom, he has so much love and support from his family and close friends.
Here’s an enlightening and heart warming interview with Leila Lambert from North County Times written by Pam Kragen. Leila answers many of the questions fans have been speculating about and also clears up some misconceptions. I have noticed time and time again how Adam is always so optimistic, he leads his life with such amazing positive energy.
Lambert’s No. 1 fan, his mom, gives the backstory on ‘Idol’ runner-up
If you want to know how much Adam Lambert’s life has changed since the “American Idol” finale two months ago, just ask his mom, Leila, who is moving to L.A. this summer to help her son manage his rapidly expanding career.
Adam Lambert —- who grew up in Rancho Penasquitos and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School —- is headlining the “American Idols Live!” tour, which arrives in San Diego on Saturday for a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena. The tour kicked off July 5 in Portland, Ore., and although this season’s “Idol” winner, Kris Allen, closes each concert with an acoustic set, it is runner-up Lambert who is stopping the show each night, and whom music critics are proclaiming a superstar-in-the-making.
Leila Lambert —- who took time out last week for a telephone interview while fielding offers on her Bay Area home —- said she’s flabbergasted by her 27-year-old son’s rapid rise to fame. All she ever wanted was for her son to be able to support himself financially. But with a Rolling Stone cover story, the tour, an album in production and a fast-growing global fan base already under his belt, the former North County resident said she thinks her days of mailing Trader Joe’s and Whole Food gift cards to her son, to ensure he’s not starving, are over.
As open, friendly and humble as her glam-rocker son, the onetime dental hygienist-turned-interior decorator shared some of her insights on a wide range of subjects including Adam’s childhood, his “Idol” journey, his homosexuality and flamboyant style, his ardent female fans, his oversharing in Rolling Stone, the tour and more.
Q: You got to see some of the tour’s first concerts over the weekend in the Bay area. What were they like?
A: The show is so great. Every “Idol” is in their own element and it is apparent they’re having the time of their lives. I had the opportunity to speak with each one of them and … they’re a bit tired but definitely having fun. I spoke with Adam about it and he said it’s tough but worthwhile. He loves being up onstage and so much appreciates the amazing response that he’s receiving from the audience.
Q: Several reviews I’ve read say about three-quarters of the audience appear to be there to see Adam, and they go crazy when he comes onstage. Is that true?
A: Just before Adam was to appear onstage,the crowd went wild. The energy was so powerful. I was asked last night by one of the fans “What was your favorite part?” and I would definitely say that as I stood there it appeared that everyone was on their feet. Watching Adam perform, I took a moment to do a 360-degree turn to take in the crowd and realized at that moment that Adam’s dream had come true. He was singing “Starlight” and I just started to cry. That was my favorite moment.
Q: Tell me about your move to L.A.
A: I’m moving because of Adam. He thought it would be great for me to start a new life in L.A. I will be working for him. I’m not sure what I’ll do. I’ll help with the fan mail, I think, and we’ll play it by ear. I think I’ll just be a mom; that’s always been the best job in the world.
Q: Won’t that be strange working for your son?
A: No, it’ll be easy. We’re very close, but we won’t live together. He doesn’t need his mommy living with him, I’m quite sure. But there are a lot of things I could help him with because he’s not going to be around a lot. The hardest part for me is moving. I love my house and it’s hard to give it up, but I’m totally amazed that he wants me there. He wants me to be a part of it, and to meet the people he’s meeting. There aren’t a lot of kids out there who would want that. I’m so blessed. He’s got a really big heart.
Q: I’ve heard he wants to buy a house?
A: Yes, the poor kid has been living in a hotel for so long and he’ll be on the road all summer. What I’d love to do is help him find a place and get it ready, so as soon as the tour is over he’ll have a real home when he gets back.
Q: How has Adam’s life changed since the finale?
A: It’s been wonderful for him with so many opportunities. But he’s just so busy now. I hardly hear from him except a text or two here and there. He’ll have to give up a good deal of his privacy, but that goes with the territory.
Q: What was the ‘Idol’ experience like for you?
A: It was so fun for all of us to be together and enjoy the ride (the family includes Adam’s dad and Leila’s ex-husband, Eber Lambert of San Diego, and brother Neil Lambert, a 24-year-old aspiring journalist in New York). I was there every week, traveling back and forth. That was a little tough, but I wouldn’t have missed it for a minute. Also, the notoriety of it is kind of fun. I’ve been recognized a few times and I consider that an honor and a compliment.
Q: What was the best part of the experience?
A: All of it, but I guess it was after it was over and “20/20″ was doing a story on Adam. We were riding in a car somewhere and Neil and Adam were on the phone together, and when they were ready to hang up, they said “I love you” to each other. They hadn’t been unbelievably close because of distance, but this whole experience brought them closer together. For a mom to hear that, it was really amazing.
Q: What was the worst part of the experience?
A: There wasn’t really a bad part. It’s all been pretty great.
Q: But what about when the racy photos (of him in drag and kissing another man) flooded the Internet a few weeks into the competition?
A: I have a ritual of “Googling” Adam every morning when I get up and every night before I go to bed.
I’d seen those photos before and I’d told him to get the stuff off the Internet after he made it through the auditions. But there was one place he forgot (a social networking page for fans of the free-spirited Burning Man festival). I remember going on the Internet one morning and seeing these photos and saying to myself there’s no way this is ever going to be able to fly. He’s history.
I remember I couldn’t reach him so I called his dad, and then when I finally got Adam on the phone, he wasn’t upset at all. He said, “You know, Mom, it is what it is. Whatever happens, happens. I don’t care.” The “Idol” people said, “Do what you want to do and we’ll support it.” And Adam just said, “I’m not going to give a dissertation on it, we’ll just go with the flow.”
Q: Surprisingly, the photos and the questions about his sexuality didn’t seem to slow him down at all.
A: No, in fact Adam thought it was funny that there were pictures of him online kissing girls, too, so there was some mystery that he enjoyed.
Q: Were you nervous every time he sang on “Idol”?
A: Not that he wouldn’t perform well, because he has that gift and ability to do that well. But there were times I was worried that he’d picked the wrong song. Like when he did “Ring of Fire” (performed during “Country Week” in a sitar-heavy psychedelic style). That was risky. I didn’t like it because it was eerie and strange.
Q: I remember the horrified look on Randy Travis’s face.
A: You should’ve seen his wife’s face. It was 10 times worse.
Q: Did you think he went too far with the provocative nature of his performances?
A: Yes, I definitely thought he was pushing the envelope. I told him he needed to appeal to middle America, and he said, “I’m not going to do the Cheez Whiz and compromise.”
Q: But he did switch gears after “Ring of Fire,” putting on a suit, combing back his hair and singing “Tracks of My Tears” like Frank Sinatra during Motown Week.
A: When I saw him come out in that suit, I couldn’t believe it. He knew exactly what he was doing. He was mixing things up and showing people another side.
Q: Was there a point in the competition where you thought your son just might win this thing?
A: No, I just took it week by week and didn’t think beyond that. In fact, I had been coming down only on Tuesdays for the competition, but as time went by I started staying down through Wednesdays because if he got voted off, I wanted to be there to console him.
Q: There were rumors of a rift or rivalry between Adam and third-place finisher Danny Gokey. Any truth to that?
A: Absolutely not. That’s a myth. They’re good friends.
Q: When it came down to the finale between Adam and Kris, was there any sense of competition between them?
A: No, they have developed an amazing friendship. Adam and Kris will be friends forever. Neither one of them has a mean bone in his body, and they are so supportive of each other.
Q: And I’ve read that you and Kris’ mom have become friends.
A: I was so happy that our families got along so well. The night after the finale was my birthday and the Allens came to my birthday party, not just Kris and his wife, but his brother and his parents. We’re also planning to meet up at one of the tour stops this summer and go see the concert together. When the Rolling Stone article came out (featuring Lambert lying on his back with a large python coiled near his crotch), she called me and said, “I love your son but I don’t like the Rolling Stone cover, only because I don’t like snakes.”
Q: Landing the Rolling Stone cover was quite a coup.
A: Adam was blown away that they came to him with that, because he didn’t win the competition and he didn’t have a hit record out. He thought it was amazingly cool. It was his idea to pose with the snake. At first he wanted to have an apple and a snake but he thought that would offend people, so he just went with the snake. What was really neat about it was that after it came out, you couldn’t find a copy anywhere because it was mostly sold out.
Q: The Rolling Stone article was very in-depth, and Adam didn’t hold a lot back on his drug and sexual experiences. Was that hard for you to read as a mom?
A: That was extremely hard. Everything in the article that was negative jumped out at me. I wanted him to be a little more discreet. Ever since he was 17, I’ve been telling him to be discreet. Not everyone needs to know your business. But he is very honest and open, and that’s just Adam being Adam.
Q: It was in the Rolling Stone article when Adam confirmed to the world that he’s gay and that he came out to you first.
A: When he was 17, I went to a gay and lesbian center in Hillcrest to talk to a counselor and find out how to approach the subject with Adam, and they told me not to do it. One man there said he was 27 and still hadn’t told his parents. I couldn’t imagine that because Adam and I talked about everything, so I decided that I had to broach the subject, and it turned out to be the right decision. I’ve read on blogs and have read his fan letters where mothers have said “I have a son like your son, I think he’s gay, and I’m so amazed at how close you are to Adam.” Maybe the Rolling Stone article will open doors for parents to talk to their kids about the subject.
Q: Do you think him talking about experimenting with drugs sends the wrong message to kids?
A: Yes, I was upset about that. I told him “You have these 13-year-old fans and their parents want you to be a role model. How is that going to look to them?” And he said: “I didn’t say I DO drugs, I said I DID drugs.” And maybe it’s a good avenue for parents to talk about drugs with their kids.
Q: Although he’s openly gay, much of his fan base is women who call themselves “glamberts” and are romantically obsessed with him. What does he think of that?
A: He finds it very flattering. He says “I like to flirt, and I flirt with women all the time.” I think the attraction is that he’s so likable. He’s got fans from 8 to 80, from little girls to grandmas. I’ve read the fan letters. They’re so sincere. It’s endearing how they reach out and how they love him and can’t get enough of him.
Q: Going back to his childhood, Adam said in an interview that when he was growing up in Rancho Penasquitos that he was a “hyper kid” who got into musical theater to channel his energy.
A: No, he wasn’t hyperactive, but during a checkup when he was little, I did ask his doctor about Adam’s behavior because he was just nonstop. The doctor said “No, he’s not hyper, he’s precocious. He’s just very aware of everything around him.”
Q: When Adam’s singing voice began to develop, was there ever a point where you thought, “Oh my gosh, my son is going to be a star some day”?
A: No, I never took anything for granted. I would compare him to the other kids and I could see that he could sing better than some others, but I never looked at him as being so unique. There was never a point where I thought, “He’s going to make it and he’ll never have any worries.”
Q: One of his musical theater teachers described you as the perfect theater parent, but not a stage mom.
A: I supported him and his brother Neil (who also performed when he was young) 101 percent, so did their father, but I didn’t get overly involved. I did fundraising dinners and helped out behind the scenes, but I didn’t sneak into rehearsals like some of the other parents.
Q: He started performing when he was 10 years old. Was it a good foundation for where he is today?
A: It was unbelievably competitive, and his teacher was so tough on the kids. It broke my heart hearing some of the brutal things he would say to the boys, but both of my boys say it helped them in so many ways.
Q: After Adam graduated from Mt. Carmel, he went away to Cal State Fullerton, but that didn’t last long …
A: He was in college for three weeks, but he didn’t even go to class. He called me and said, “Mom, college is not for me,” and that he’d gotten a job as a lead singer on a cruise ship for a year. I wasn’t sure about it, but he was the youngest person to ever get a lead role on Holland America and it would allow him to see the world in a structured environment. When he came home from that, he was 19 years old and he said, “I’m moving to L.A.”
Q: His musical theater years in “Wicked,” “The Ten Commandments” and other shows have been well-documented, but were there some pretty lean times for Adam?
A: When he first moved up there, he found this apartment and it was so awful. We went up to help him move and there were bugs everywhere. I opened a curtain and the window was completely cracked. I remember I cried all the way home that day because it was a very scary place.
Q: Did he ever get depressed or say he wanted to throw in the towel?
A: He was always committed. I never heard him say, “I can’t do this anymore.” He just kept saying that maybe he hadn’t been in the right place at the right time, or maybe he needed to move to New York.
Q: Adam’s “guyliner” and glam-rock look gets a lot of attention. When did he start experimenting with his look?
A: He was always experimented with his hair. I remember one time he came down the stairs after a bad home dye job and his hair was carrot orange. We had to call his friend Danielle’s mother, who’s a hairstylist, for a hair emergency. When he first dyed his hair black several years ago I thought it was too dark, but now I can’t imagine him any different.
Q: What about the nail polish?
A: He’s been wearing nail polish for several years. I remember one time at Thanksgiving my stepdad and his wife were coming over for dinner and I asked Adam if maybe he could take it off, but he wouldn’t do it.
Q: One thing that is new is the tattoo on his wrist.
A: Yes, it’s the eye of Horus and he says it means protection. When he was 16 he wanted a tattoo. He wanted to have the Cantonese word for “creative” tattooed on him. I told him, you don’t need to label yourself to be creative. Instead, I got a canvas and got a neighbor to spell out the word in Cantonese, and I painted it for him and gave it to him for his 17th birthday. He still has it in his bedroom.
Q: Will there be more tattoos?
A: Yes, he wants more.
Q: Looking back on the past seven months, what’s the one thing about Adam that you’re most proud of?
A: I’m so blown away by how well he conducts himself in interviews. He always seems to say the right thing. And a mom always loves to hear people say how impressed they are with his ability to be a true, real person and how sincere he is when he talks to people. He doesn’t love TMZ or the paparazzi, but he loves his fans.
Q: Did Adam’s fans recognize you at the concert last weekend?
A: I was surprised how many people actually recognized me, congratulated me and asked to have their picture taken with me during intermission. I loved how genuine and supportive they all were. I could really feel the love for Adam, and it was heartwarming. I am a very lucky mom, and so proud. Adam has found his place. by Pam Kragen, North County Times
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
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
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
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
by luv2laugh at TALC
San Diego planned a full day of activities scheduled for Adam Lambert yesterday to show all their love and support. For the first time since Idol began, Adam got a taste of things to come; thousands of fans greeted him with signs and loud screams wanting autographs, pictures, and a hug. Adam warmly acknowledged his fans and told them how much he appreciated all the love, support, and votes. Adam’s day began with interviews at Fox 5 TV studio along with radio appearances on The Jeff & Jer Show and AJs Playhouse. A parade was scheduled to take him from the radio station to the Mount Carmel high school where he would perform, and his final stop was Miramar Naval Base where Marines, sailors and their families would be in attendance.
Fox 5 San Diego
Adam Lambert visited Fox 5 in San Diego and talked about his favorite performance, music, fashion, and his reaction to the fans.
Adam Lambert and Leila Lambert, his mother, on Fox 5 San Diego. They talk about the Idol experience, Adam’s childhood singing, the love and support from family, and demonstrated a mutual respect between a mother and her son which is to be admired.
Adam Lambert helps out with the weather on Fox 5 San Diego and even gives tips on his now famous eyeliner application.
Star 94.1 The Jeff & Jer Show – You can watch Adam Lambert’s radio interview here at Star 94.1 The Jeff and Jer Show.
The DJ greeted Adam with, “We don’t just like you, we love you. I appreciate your talent, your wonderful gift, all of that. But what I like is when the performance is over, there’s a warmth and humility and humbleness that comes out of you instantly and I know when people are faking it in entertainment and that is so genuine with you. When you turn around and thank the band, nobody else thinks to do that. I just love that about you.”
During the interview, Adam was asked if he wins American Idol, how will he feel and what will it mean to him. Adam’s response, “If I were to win, it would definitely be a validation of everything I have worked for, my whole life, I have been trying to entertain people. Getting to be on this platform and being able to entertain this many people all at once… this is the ultimate prize. This is what I’ve wanted for my whole life so it will be a crowning achievement and it will be pretty overwhelming.” This interview is a must see!
933 AJ’s Playhouse – You can watch Adam Lambert’s radio interview here at 933 AJs Playhouse
As Adam entered the radio room, he was greeted with, “We are so happy to have you here. You have been described as everything from the next incarnation of Elvis to the greatest pure vocalist in the history of Idol.” Highlights of the interview include: discussion of Adam’s style both in fashion and music, Adam’s first big gig after moving to LA, the question that came from Anoop that was a surprise during this interview, and his mad respect for Allison Iraheta’s raw talent. This interview is a must see!
Adam Lambert visits and performs at Mount Carmel High School
When Lambert got on stage, he shared with the audience: “This is so weird,” he said. “Like, imagine, graduating and coming back and having all this happen.
“Without trying to be too cheesy or be on a soapbox, I just want to say a couple things.
“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.”
When he asked if he could play a song, the crowd broke out in screams. He then sang Michael Jackson’s “Black or White,” and “Mad World,” made famous by Tears for Fears.
The school principal, Dr. Tom McCoy, later encouraged the audience to vote and make Lambert “America’s next Idol.”
As his car left the stadium, Lambert thanked people and shook their hands. “This has been amazing, Amazing!” he said. “I feel all the support, all the love.” By Helen Kaiao Chang, San Diego News Network
Watch Adam Lambert singing “Black or White” and “Mad World” at Mount Carmel High
Mayor Jerry Sanders joined Adam on the stage and said, “Anyone who would sing Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and get a standing ovation is my kind of guy. So I want to congratulate you. All of San Diego is tremendously proud of what you’ve done and we’re excited for you. We know you will be the next (American) Idol.” Mayor Jerry Sanders proclaimed Friday, May 8th, to be Adam Lambert Day in the city of San Diego. Adam was excited to receive such an honor and held the proclamation up high for all to see with a broad smile across his face.
The Idol did take care of some business while he was in town, reminding his audience, “So you guys are gonna help me out and vote!”
“You guys, how’s it feel to be out of class today?” Lambert asked before leaving the stage. By 11:30 he was gone, taking one final lap around the track before leaving the stadium. He transferred to a white stretch limo not far away, which was thronged but able to make slow, steady progress off school grounds.
Later on Friday, he is expected to go to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where he will visit with Marines, sailors and their families at the Bob Hope Theater. That event is not open to the general public. It is for active-duty service members, reservists, retirees and their family members only. By Eric S. Page NBC San Diego
An excerpt from someone who was at the Miramar Naval base yesterday.
The General greeted Adam so warmly, complimenting him so highly, telling him how proud he is that he’s from San Diego, and Adam was so appreciative – his normal great self!
The general presented him with many items. They had youth come up and do this also. Among the things he got were: some sort of circular military medallion, a plaque commending his efforts, flowers, and from the kids: a black USMC t-shirt (the general said he heard Adam liked black, and Adam vocally agreed), a USMC baseball cap, a stuffed bull dog (the USMC mascot) and a really cool over-the-shoulder USMC flight bag, which he totally loved.
Then Congressman Brian Bilbray came out and presented the future AMERICAN Idol with an American flag that has flown in from the Washington DC Congress building, that was folded and housed in a triangle-shaped box, with a clear glass window top. Adam was really touched and said how proud he was to be honored with all of these items, and said what a proud American he was, and thanked all military personel and families for all that they do.
The general asked Adam if he would sing… He said since he was on the base, he could think of no more perfect song than the national anthem, which he sang beautifully and flawlessly – accapella! It was so wonderful!
Adam Lambert singing The Star Spangled Banner live at Miramar Naval Base in San Diego
by luv2laugh at TALC
May 8th, in San Diego, California, will forever be Adam Lambert day. A day to celebrate Adam the performer and Adam the person; both equally impressive. Thanks to the wonderful world of media, everyone could share this memorable experience with Adam. The members here at TALC couldn’t be more proud to support such a uniquely talented, extraordinary human being.
by luv2laugh at TALC
Adam Lambert is a natural with interviews; he always gives us both professional and personal insight and that’s what makes him so intriguing. Adam Lambert discusses his journey to the Top 4 on Idol with My Fox Raleigh. Adam sets the record straight about his relationship with Kris Allen, thanks his fans, highlights his trip to Detroit for Motown week, discusses who he is as an artist including his song choices and style, takes us through a work week on Idol, and shares his view on the judges.
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Don’t miss out on this year’s American Idol Summer Tour featuring your favorite Idol, Adam Lambert. This is your opportunity to see Adam perform on the big stage and hear his unbelievable killer vocals live!! Adam can pull out all the stops; this is his time to shine. The tours kicks off on July 5th in Portland Oregon and continues through September 15th in Manchester, New Hampshire for it’s closing show. For a complete list of dates and locations click on American Idol Tour Info
Click here to watch Adam Lambert singing “Feeling Good”
byluv2laugh at TALC
Last Tuesday night, Adam Lambert, delivered a smoldering, sexy rendition of “Feeling Good” with a rock edge. Adam sauntered down the endless Idol staircase entertaining us with his soft raspy vocals building up to his arrival on the Idol stage. Simon Cowell called Adam’s entrance, “The best of the season.” As Adam enticed us with his pitch perfect vocals, he built up to his glory note and held it effortlessly for over nine seconds. Rosie from TALC let us know just how impressive that note was. “For those of you keeping track, one of our fellow posters who has a tuner, clocked last night’s “glory note” at a solid (pitch perfect) D5. Obviously with the power and sustain, that could not have been a false note. That’s HIGH y’all!!!”
Paula Abdul told Adam, “With every performance that I see, it’s like watching the Olympics and you’re our Michael Phelps.” I think that pretty much says it all.
Jamie Foxx, this week’s mentor on Idol had this to say after working with Adam Lambert, “The way he sang that song right now, he’s going to knock every body’s head off. He can sing with the best of them and he’s going to be great.” I thought Jamie Foxx was a wonderful mentor. He was so honest with all of the contestants and really helped them get in touch with the song they were going to sing and the result was a better show across the board.
Jamie Foxx spoke with Ryan Seacrest on his LA KISS radio show yesterday morning. FreddyFudpucker at TALC had this to say about the interview, “Jamie Fox is just such an awesome guy and musician and for him to say such great things about Adam is just totally awesome! I love the way he said Adam is going to break through the upper stratosphere… Which reminded me of where his notes often end up too!” You can listen to the interview here
Here’s what it was like to see Adam’s performance live; what we can’t see through our televisions. “Finally, I must tip my hat to the Steadycam operators for Glambert’s “Feelin’ Good,” who unleashed some first-rate hustle while racing around Adam before he finished his epic final high note. Their work ethic was so impressive, actually, that I rose to my feet with the rest of the crowd on that note, a note that also got me wondering how exactly Adam could possibly out-do his own vocal acrobatics at this point in the show. (Maybe enter into frequencies only dogs can hear?) No matter; during the recap package, Adam’s Idol rivals came out to sincerely congratulate him, Kris first with a full two-armed hug, followed by Gokey with a solid one-armed bro hug, and then Giraud with a good-goin’ high-school-sports-coach slap on the shoulder. Allison appeared too nervous for any sort of physical contact, and Adam, Kris and Giraud instinctively surrounded her like protective big brothers; Gokey, through no fault of his own, found himself boxed out like the neighborhood kid who can’t quite take the hint. When Lambert hit the high note again in his recap clip, Kris pointed to the sky, as if to say, there’s this guy’s limit.” by Adam Vary at EW.Com
Performance Comments from the members of TALC
“I think all the contestants were raising the bar tonight to try and compete with ADAM who always owns the show. And they did pretty good. I still think that no matter how they try, they just can never get close to him. He’s absolutely without question the best. Most talented man I have seen in I can’t even remember when. I guess I would have to say Elvis. Boy that sure dates me doesn’t it. I mean there are LOTS of great singers out there, like Freddie Mercury, etc, etc. but for pure mesmerizing qualities Elvis was different. He won his fans hearts totally, not just his music, his looks, his charm, his charisma. This is what I see in Adam. Like a shooting star…….”, by Sheila at TALC
“As always, Adam gave 110% in his performance tonight and he was AMAZING and BRILLIANT!! I don’t need him to top every performance each week because I don’t think that is possible. Even for Adam. I look at each performance as a separate performance as if I was seeing him for the 1st time. And he still hasn’t disappointed me yet. How could he? No matter what, for me, he was breathtaking and I loved this performance. I actually love EVERY performance of his. But this one ranks right up there. Though ROF will always be #1 for me. There no words to describe him. All I can say is…he is a SUPERSTAR!!” by Jennifer at TALC
“Alright, I absolutely ADORED his Muse rendition of this song. His showmanship is phenomenal! And his vocals are sick! That last note at the end, I found myself holding my breath. And then letting go in a whoosh. And did ya see him ROCK that top model swagger? Adam for me, is beautiful perfection. Jeez, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.” by Mikky at TALC