On this week’s #HumansOfMusic podcast, @adamlambert joins host, Rod Yates, to discuss how this self-confessed "weird kid" from Indiana became the lead singer of Queen and an established solo artist in his own right.
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Adam Lambert chats lustrous new album ‘Velvet’
Adam Lambert VelvetAdam Lambert’s second album was the first by an openly gay artist to top the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Now boasting a decade-long career as a recording artist, he sits down with STACK to discuss collaborating with Nile Rodgers and “working with more queer people” to create the funky, soulful feel of Velvet, his lustrous forthcoming fourth LP.
When Queen + Adam Lambert played Sydney’s ANZ Stadium during their recent Rhapsody tour, the scheduled start time was delayed due to a downpour. “We didn’t have any rain during the actual show, which was great – it was a blessing,” Lambert admits while sinking into an adjoining couch in the living room of his luxe Crown Towers hotel suite (and, yes, the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows is fab!). “We still have the structure that we had built down on the B-stage; it was like a very ugly gazebo. Unfortunately it was a bit of an eyesore, but Brian [May] didn’t want to get his guitar wet, because that guitar is very precious.”
The following day, Queen + Adam Lambert took to the very same stage for Fire Fight Australia (a benefit concert to raise funds for national bushfire relief) – reprising Queen’s 1985 Live Aid set – and Lambert admits that the setlist “was something [they] wanted to keep a surprise”. “We’ve opened up a whole new fanbase with the movie [Bohemian Rhapsody],” Lambert enlightens. “Now we’re seeing a lot more young people at the shows, families – it’s so exciting but, yeah! It’s like I have to win over new people now, which is a good challenge, you know? It’s funny to see how people were really protective of Freddie after the film and I love that, actually; he deserves that, his memory. I love that he’s at this icon status and he’s a hero, you know? I think it’s really beautiful to see that. I like that people get defensive of him, because I get it. Like, I get it! Hallowed ground. I’m doing my best.
“Freddie was unbelievable,” Lambert extols. “I’ve watched Freddie and instead of copying him it’s more like, ‘Well, what was he trying to get across?’ you know what I mean? Like, ‘What was the idea here?’ That’s what I try to focus on.”
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During a day off from Queen duty in Melbourne, Lambert is here to spruik his upcoming album, Velvet. His energy is welcoming and we immediately sense that no topic is off limits. Lambert sports a long-sleeved taupe shirt with “Smokin'” embroidered above the left breast pocket (accurate), Gucci GC pattern trousers, trainers with leopard-print trim and slightly tinted designer sunnies with bedazzled frames (want!).
He says he approached the creation of his fourth studio album with a clear intention. “I just started to realise over the years – now having some experience under my belt – that pop music can become dated so quickly, and also if you’re so busy chasing some sort of trend, or if you’re chasing chart positions and streams – and all the business side of the music thing – it’s really easy to lose the integrity,” he shares, “and I consciously was like, ‘Okay, I need to shift my priorities a little bit, and really make this album for myself first and foremost. And just make it something that I love, that I would want to listen to’… And so that’s what drove it.”
The first single to be lifted from Velvet was Roses, featuring the unmistakable funk of Nile Rodgers. “We’ve worked together before,” Lambert reveals. “He and I and Sam Sparro wrote a song together called Shady, on Trespassing, and he was so lovely to work with. After that, I did some stuff with him: I went and sang with him and Chic at a couple of different events, and he and I wrote a song with Avicii called Lay Me Down that was on that big Avicii album [True]. We have a collaboration relationship now. And so I wrote this song with Fred Ball and some other guys, and it was cool, but it was like, ‘It needs a groove,’ so we rang up Nile and he said yes! He transformed it. He made it dance. He made you wanna groove to it.”
Adam Lambert wants to be a role model as a homosexual artist
At the beginning of his career, he was advised to "downplay" his sexuality. Adam Lambert is happy that times have changed.
US pop star Adam Lambert ("Whataya Want From Me") wants to be a role model for others by dealing openly with his homosexuality.
«I hope that I am showing that I am proud of who I am and who I am. It's not something I want to hide or downplay, »said Lambert of the German Press Agency . His fans should know about it because they could identify with it. "As confidently as I handle my sexuality in the spotlight, it may also help someone who feels they have to be strong."
At the beginning of his career, he was advised to "downplay" his sexuality, reported the 38-year-old, who became known in 2009 by participating in the casting show "American Idol". "That was recommended to me because it made people uncomfortable or because they didn't think it was marketable," said Lambert. «I think in the past you sometimes had to look good to play bad so that you had a chance to get your music out. You had to endure that as a homosexual artist. »
Lambert was relieved that times had changed. «It's nice to live in 2020. We have come a long way in ten years, »said the musician, who is also the front man of the rock band Queen (« Bohemian Rhapsody »). On Friday Adam Lambert released his new solo album “Velvet”, on which he sings about “relationships, sex, love and all that stuff”. "It is interesting to know that I am a gay man."
Adam Lambert is in a good mood these days. The singer does not let the mood spoil from the coronavirus crisis. "It's pretty tough, isn't it?" Lambert says in a dpa conversation. He calls from Los Angeles. "I'm just glad that they do the necessary things to protect people. Security comes first." Irrespective of this, the 38-year-old released his new album "Velvet".
Lambert wants to go on tour with the extremely danceable material, followed by a concert tour with the rock veterans from Queen. It remains to be seen how much the coronavirus will affect Lambert's plans for the coming months. In any case, he says about his various activities: "I am pleased that I can do both. The energy of Queen's music is huge and very theatrical, it is really loud and big." On "Velvet", however, he takes it "a little more relaxed" and "a little gentler".
The result is a versatile pop album on which the American once again impresses with his vocal range. The album should sound timeless but not outdated, says Lambert, who had released almost half of the songs on the EP "Velvet: Side A" months ago. As inspiration he names Motown-Soul, Funk, Classic Rock and artists like David Bowie, Prince, Sly Stone or chic legend Nile Rodgers ("Le Freak"), who also contributed to "Velvet". "It's like a collection of all my influences," says Lambert and laughs. "Cooked together in a crazy soup."
One of the outstanding songs is "Overglow", which with its catchy chorus turns into a catchy tune. "Superpower" is rousing funk rock with a strong guitar finale. Strong rock or music for the dance floor? Lambert sees no contradiction. "I love both. I love rock music that has a groove that you can move to," he says. "And that's exactly how I find dance music best when it has guitars and real bass."
With "Roses" you can immediately hear Nile Rodgers' unmistakably groovy guitar sound. Lambert has worked several times in the past few years with the musician who was responsible for the success albums of stars like Bowie, Diana Ross, INXS and Duran Duran in the 1970s and 1980s. "He is a legend!"
Lambert, who he says is currently single, sings on "Velvet" about love, sex and self-confidence. "Is it love or are we just f *** ing", he asks in "Roses" and also complains about superficial relationships in "Loverboy". "Romance is such a thing these days," he says. "For many people it doesn't even exist. Others try to be romantic, but only work through a list." Is he a romantic himself? "I am a romantic person," affirmed Lambert. "But I am also a realist. I am a romantic who is 38 years old and has experienced a lot. Part of me is romantic, but I am also a bit dull."
Since his breakthrough on the American casting show "American Idol", his homosexuality has been an issue in the media. Lambert doesn't mind - on the contrary. "When I sing about things like relationships, sex, love and all that stuff, it's interesting to know I'm a gay man," he says. "And as confident as I am about my sexuality in the spotlight, it may also help someone who feels they have to be strong."
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nannygoat: Just heard this parody of Bohemian Rhapsody. Thought everyone would enjoy it. Amazes me how people can be so creative. ow.ly/p9ZH30niDPS and did I mention how much I am enjoying all the 'goodies' we got lately? "Feel Something" is gorgeous.
Mar 10, 2019 17:28:10 GMT -5
suzysuzy79: Never done this before-- can you tell? I want to learn how to chat with you exceptional ladies that I've followed and been thrilled by, since 2014. Somebody teach me how to talk with y'all, please. Thanks for help.
May 22, 2019 14:12:12 GMT -5
cassie: No one reads the shoutbox regularly. To chat with us, type in the QUICK REPLY box above the shoutbox. Or to reply to a specific post, click on QUOTE in the right top corner of the post and start typing your reply. Welcome! Join in.
May 23, 2019 0:49:47 GMT -5
atomom: Adam's artistry is in full display: the surprise of hiccuppy gasps right before "new eyes", the sensuous tongue, one-two punch of "damn" smile, head thrown back, body drops to heavy guitar beats, a lusciously looking Adam--all make NE a visual/aural feast.
May 26, 2019 15:08:34 GMT -5
Q3: ladyregent: The Shoutbox is really for announcement -- if you want to discuss Adam, go to the Daily News Thread for today. You will be able to post there.
Jun 20, 2019 23:22:56 GMT -5
Jablea: Tonight's the night!
Jul 10, 2019 20:59:08 GMT -5
jason90405: The complete MTV Pride 2 hour special "Adam Lambert's Fierce Pride Anthems". I did miss the first 30 seconds when he was talking about performing for Cher but you can watch or downloads the whole thing here: drive.google.com/file/d/1H3NfgxeBpk0H
Jul 14, 2019 22:54:29 GMT -5
phronni7: Linda, Thank you so much for your kind wishes and thoughts. I tried to send an earlier thanks, but I don’t know what happened. I was definitely in Zombie mode and might still be to some extent. But I love “I was born to Love You”. Than you again, Laur
Oct 22, 2019 2:09:30 GMT -5
irish1139: Is anyone doing a 2020 Adam Lambert calendar
Nov 9, 2019 8:21:28 GMT -5
irish1139: Is anyone doi
Nov 13, 2019 18:46:33 GMT -5
irish1139: Is anyone doing an Adam Lambert calendar for 2020
Nov 13, 2019 18:47:49 GMT -5
cassie: Irish, I don't think anyone regularly checks the shoutbox. But, I am not making a calendar this year. Sorry.
Nov 13, 2019 19:43:38 GMT -5
deb5anne: Looks and sg
Dec 12, 2019 21:41:26 GMT -5
deb5anne: Looks and sounds great!
Dec 12, 2019 21:41:53 GMT -5
Melisende: A couple of my pictures from The Bowery:
Dec 18, 2019 22:41:28 GMT -5
Melisende: A couple of my pictures from The Bowery.
Dec 18, 2019 22:42:26 GMT -5
vickylynnlambert: Hi Sandy - trying to navigate this site. Still trying to find out who is meeting where? Guess I have to read every thread and send those people a reply? Would like to be included in something at some time for that Friday and Saturday 24th and 15th.Thanks
Feb 24, 2020 16:37:51 GMT -5