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