Every cool straight man who speaks out about loving Adam is helping move our society forward and helping open minds along with Adam. Please help me by posting any comments by straight men who love Adam and straight men who have changed their outlook on gay men because of Adam, including video interviews, fan comments, written comments, blog posts etc. If you think of or see anything please feel free to post it here! I am especially interested in those who who are open about their feelings about his sexuality and also men who express what it is like to go to one of his concerts. Including any of your husbands if they are willing to share!
True North Tavern 12/13/2009 DECEMBER 15, 2009, 11:29 am
The ultimate straight male perspective - Adam's Father:
True North Speech 12/13/09 Eber Lambert
Thanks Junior. Thanks to everyone for coming out today. Thanks to everyone that helped organize this fund raiser and the toy drive. I’m still not sure who the Stunnas are and what they do exactly but thanks to them as well. First of all - according to the agenda I’m scheduled to talk for a half an hour. I’m certain if that were the case everyone would be shuffling over to the Pink Elephant by 5 after and open a tab and continue to watch the game. So I’ll try not to bore you to death. So hello my name is Eber Lambert. The only reason I am up here is that my ex-wife and I raised two sons: Adam Lambert the singer trying to break into the top 40 and Neil Lambert the politically outraged writer trying to break into media. We did all this in a bizarre corner of the world known as North County Suburban San Diego. Now one thing I’m well aware of is that many of you are saying to yourself not only who the hell is this guy. But who the hell is Adam Lambert. Which is understandable. I still am surprised at the variation in responses by the general public. During jury duty selection last summer, I was up for the role of prospective juror #5. I was answering the list of questions they give you which included identifying family members and occupations. I said I have two sons, one an entertainer in LA and one unemployed in NYC. The lawyer made me clarify that the description entertainer in this case meant singer. The Judge interrupted and asked if I was Adam Lambert’s dad which surprised not only me but the poor defense lawyer doing the questioning who clearly had absolutely no clue who Adam Lambert was. So it goes from the extreme of me being incredulously recognized at the gas station as a result of my amassed total of 38secs on national television to people saying whats American Idol? But most people at least know about American Idol. Though if you are like I was a little over a year ago, you might not know what it is. When Adam called me in sept 08 and told me he had to quit his job to go on American Idol my response was “youre gonna quit your job to go on a game show?”. My prime time TV viewing tappered off to nearly zero somewhere around 2001. He explained that it was the biggest show on TV and that if he did well he would start making money 9 months later. To which I responded …”How exactly do you plan to live without income for 9 months?” As you can imagine as father-son phone conversations go, this one went down hill quickly. But it all worked out. But if Adam wasn’t my son, its safe to say I would be among those of you out there looking at each other saying who the hell is this guy and I certainly wouldn’t be the guy up here explaining to you why I’m the guy up here. Theres some of you that may not have heard about Adam until the recent fiasco with the American Music Awards. And if you are not up on what happened at the AMAs a few weeks ago allow me to give you a brief run down. Apparently in addition to the Grammys, the Billboard music awards, the People Choice Awards and the MTV music awards there is a need for something called the American Music awards. And after 3hours of primetime televised performances, most with suggestive, occasionally bleeped out lyrics, accompanied by racy and scantily clad choreography, crotch grabbing, all sorts of variants of dry humping, smashing whiskey bottles on a piano, throwing a mic stand thru a plate glass window then lighting another piano on fire, it’s a family show. Adam closed the show with a performance that included Adam briefly pulling a male dancers face into his crotch , fondling several female dancers and french kissing his male bass player. As you might expect this created a minor media firestorm for the next few weeks. Popular music and choreography has been focusing on sex for along time, describing it in detail, alluding to it, euphemizing it and simulating sex for 40 years but apparently televising a man pulling another mans head to his crotch for a few seconds and kissing another man is a serious transgression in the sordid world of pop music. Kids might be watching people say. There was an FCC obscenity complaint filed by a conservative east coast religious group. ABC cancelled scheduled appearances of Adam on several other shows. It amazes me in 2009 how much concern we have to exposing kids to sex and sexuality even in its reasonably benign forms. Even in positive forms. That’s not to say any of what happened at the AMAs was either benign or particularly positively displayed. Or for that matter in particularly good taste. Everyone has an opinion here. Yet violence in its various forms, most far from benign, has long been accepted on prime time television, movies and video games. Eight of the top ten video games are rated as very violent. If Adam had pulled out a toy gun and simulated blowing the dancer away, there wouldn’t have been so much as a peep in the media the next day. Some would respond that violence on TV and in video games doesn’t make kids violent or accepting of violence – a dubious argument considering the millions of advertising dollars spent drilling jingles and corporate catch phrases into our subconscious- but if that is true,if violence on TV doesnt have a major negative affect , then whats the big deal with kids seeing sex and sexuality portrayed on TV? Just to assure you I’m not going off on a rant, this does tie directly into the event here tonight. When Junior first approached me about speaking here. He explained that the event was made up of various SD sports groups , all culturally diverse organizations, and connected with the Toys for Kids drive from the Gay Lesbian Center/Imperial Court. All brought together with the goal : Bring some holiday cheer to less fortunate kids and raise money for a charter school serving for kids from Low Income families. He didn’t even have to guilt me that much. How can you say no to supporting something like this? Here I thought when he showed up at the front door he was going to b**** about me always stealing his parking spot. I agreed and he gave me the flyer. Version 1 of about 7 I think. Junior is nothing if not prolific. But then a couple days later he called explaining that the school was concern about an affiliation with the Gay Lesbian Center and that may cause problems with the board.. The school was fine with the donation but not the affiliation. So the next version of the flyer had to have all mention of the gay and lesbian center removed. This is where our society is right now. Here you have a Gay & Lesbian organization doing some very cool charitable efforts. Contributing to the community in the most positive way imaginable. Supporting schools. You cannot get more community oriented than that. Many associated with the Gay and Lesbian organization are parents themselves. But the stigma still exists. My hope is that as we go into 2010 and leave this decade we don’t have a name for yet… what is it the ones? The 0’es, the ands?? Whatever we decide to call it, hopefully going forward we’ll see this latest version of instituted bigotry continue to fade away. And fortunately another school came along, Memorial Prep School in Barrio Logan, they welcome the support of the Gay Lesbian Center and all of the other organizations represented here tonight. And the kids at Memorial will benefit in more ways than one. So Junior wanted me to talk a little about raising Adam and Neil. This brings us to another irony. Here I am talking about my kids to the members of SD American Football league the SD Tennis Federation and SD Hoops league when the only family members ever interested in sports were me and a yellow lab named Maggie. Maggie was a huge fan of tennis balls. I use to play basketball at work a few days a week back in the 80s but only because I was usually needed in to even the teams. But I tried to get the kids involved in the suburban sports scene. T-Ball, Soccer. I believe even to this day I am the only parent coach on record at the Poway Kids Indoor Soccer facility that can boast back to back 0-11 seasons. I was the bad news bears coach for a group of 7and 8year olds. All the other teams had played together for months, I had all the new kids, a couple with coke bottle glasses and inhalers, one who had recently lit his family garage on fire, basically we were Team Ritalin. This was about 20 years ago so I’m guessing by now a couple of my best players are now either nonathletic geeks in well paying desk jobs or coming up for parole somewhere. Perhaps both. Adam made a noble attempt at sports. He understood the concept of Tball but was always happiest when sitting on the bench. Same with soccer. Although my memory of Adam playing soccer is limit to him and another kid checking out a catapillar while the rest of the kicking cluster had the ball 30 yards down field. That and his only career goal at indoor soccer where he kicked the ball and the 40lb girl playing goalie holding the ball into the net. It counted in our house. At the end of each introductory season I would ask him if he had fun and if he wanted to do it again. The answer was always a pleasant no not really and no. Fortunately at age 9 he discovered the sport of musical theatre. Neil lasted a few more seasons at Tball/league and soccer. But by age of 8 gave up organized sports for Video games and Piano lessons where he accelled at both . So sports to him became regularly kicking my ass at Madden Football on Playstation. He also join the theatre group and it really became our regular family Saturday social event. Watching sports on TV was left to me and the dog enduring a miserable existence as life long Raider fans. Although even the dog gave up on the Raiders when they signed Jeff George. But I guess that is our jobs as parents. To expose our kids to team sports or whatever group activities and see what takes. There is that delicate balance between pushing them enough to get them across the threshold of being good enough to enjoy it and pushing them too hard, too much and creating a problem. That’s the tough part. Finding that balance. You go to any T-ball or youth soccer game in north county and you’ll see at least one parent thats pushing way too hard. But you’ll also see hundreds doing it right. Kids building self esteem and learning teamwork and discipline. And that’s whats youth sports is all about. The other thing that Junior asked me to touch on, and I get asked this a lot from friends, is about being the parent of a gay child. I think this is another thing that’s in transition in our society. You hear about parents freaking out when their kids come out. Some parents need various amounts of time to adjust. I think as time goes on and there more exposure and acceptance of the gay and lesbian community, and healthy relationships. This will continue to be less of a stigma for parents. My ex Wife and I were fortunate to have a couple of gay friends that we could consult with on how to navigate the coming out process. This was our issue. We really didn’t know if we were suppose to approach him or just give him space and let him tell us when he was ready. We were told the latter. Teenage years are angst ridden as it is, throw in the additional struggle with ones sexuality, and non supportive/understanding parents and it can be down right evil. So thats my advice to parents talk to your gay friends, if you don’t have any find some, go to places like the Gay&Lesbian center which I think my ex-wife did at one point. But also trust your instincts. Realize its ok. That its all about love. And love is never a bad thing. Especially in this world. Any parents of kids that are coming out as hard right conservative Republicans. I got nothing. You have my complete and total sympathy. I hear there been some success with deprogramming centers but its hit and miss…Its tragic really. By the time Adam was around 14 I was pretty sure he was going to be batting left - just trying to stay with tonights sports theme. Actually I confirmed this when I discovered he was going to some gay porn sites on the family computer. That history icon can be a double edge sword. When I told Leila, she thought maybe he might have just been curious until I explained to her that there isnt a heterosexual 14yo male on the planet that would surf thru gay porn for 2 hours. Especially with a sea of hetero porn just a few mouse clicks away. So I delicately explained to Adam that it was ok to be curious but to be careful that his little brother didn’t find out and showed him how to clear the history. Neil and Adam were in the final few years of all out brotherly warfare and did not get along at all. I spent much of the mid 90s breaking up fights around the house. I figured an 11 year old totally outsized by his older brother with the gay bomb suddenly added to his arsenal could get pretty ugly. A few years later Neil matured and understood and we all patiently waited together for Adam to come out. When he finally did come out at 19 I got big kudos from him for the Porn incident which I had all but forgotten but clearly he hadnt. And although he still went thru his struggle with sexuality, there was this never again spoken assurance that whereever he ended up, I would be ok with it. With Neil it wasn’t sexuality, it was navigating through struggles with peer pressure and drug and alcohol use. On this one as a parent you toe the line of being credible and understanding and setting limits vs just being a dick, punishing and lecturing. Then going downstairs and having a beer or a few glasses of wine and shrugging off the hypocrisy.The trick here was not to bulls*** him. Kids can always see through bulls***. For me Neil’s issues were much harder than Adams sexuality. Adam in High School was a piece of cake when it came to drugs since his clique was mostly Morman girls from the Chorus and Drama club. Although thank god for his orientation because some of those morman girls were got pretty wild their senior year. And this comes back to the sports thing. And whether its sports, or art and drama clubs, music groups or whatever the group activity outside the classroom is. There needs to be a positive peer team function to build socialization and acceptance, tolerance and understanding of other people And this why its really scary that school budgets are pinched for whatever the reason and that these programs are getting cut. Last summer when Adam was on tour , he had fans sending him clothes and jewelry, some of this stuff was pretty expensive. Fortunately he hooked up with an organization called Donorschoose.org whose charter is to raise funds and get donations to sustain art programs in underfunded schools. He was really excited about that and his fans latched on to it as well and in a few months raised a quarter million for the organization. I know he’s very proud of that. I think sports in schools is going to be in the same boat soon but fortunately there is a lot of independent sports organizations available for families. Unfortunately not for all families. When Junior told me that the folks here tonight were going to be from Sports organizations and the Gay Lesbian Center. At first I thought it was an odd combination. But when I thought about it I thought that actually it’s a natural pairing. Sports in our culture has always been on the leading edge of civil rights. In the early days of baseball and football, this is where bigotry against certain religions and nationalities were diminished, Irish, Italians, Eastern Europeans segregated in cities came together is sports. In the 50s and 60s pro sports integrated African American and Hispanic players and later Asian players. I read somewhere that there are currently 1700 players and field coaching personnel in the NFL. Which means just from the population that there is easily 100-150 gay men in the NFL if not much more. Yet no openly gay players exist. You could do the same math with the NBA or MLB. Because as you all know, in sports it doesn’t matter what race or ethnicity you are, your religion, your orientation usually not even your gender, you just need to show up and bring it. That’s all that matters. Play the game. So I think and hope in the next few years we’ll see pro sports once again be a pace setter in civil rights. This would be pretty cool. And it would take some of the burden off of the open gay pop singers in the world. Before Junior yanks me off the stage I just want to put in a quick plug for any creative writers or poets in the crowd. I want to plug an open mic that I have down at Rebeccas on the third tues of every month at 7-9 and for those who like flash fiction – 3 minute short stories read by the author I recommend checking out DimeStories.org run by my highly significant other Amy Wallen who also hosts a prose open mic the first Friday of every month at the Ruby Room in Hillcrest. Thank you for listening and thanks for supporting the kids and Memorial prep.
A straight guy's perspective... As most of you know by now, I'm your standard macho type A personality guy. I wasn't into choir or band, in fact I was 24 years old before I realized I was never going to make the NBA or NFL. Although I had alot of talent, I never really chased my dream with the enthusiasm needed to succeed. Fast forward 20 years... I'm watching my 7th season of American Idol and what looks to be an emo looking dude trying to make his dream come true. He sings a bit of an old Queen song and I become intrigued. (I like to make my picks early and I chose him right there.) After a few performances I start seaching Adam on youtube... I find out he's gay. I find out he was at a small club in L.A. on New Years Eve 3 months prior to trying out for A.I.... ( I still go back and watch all those old performances when I'm feeling blue.) I start to realize he is a builder of bridges... even if he doesn't know it yet. Just by having the courage to be himself Adam starts bringing me around to his way of thinking. I could care less if he's gay... What? Did I just say that? Stereotypes run deep in my neck of the woods and up until this point all gays fit into my closed minded perspective of what gays are all about. Adam shattered this perspective and opened my eyes to what is truly important. We all want to be loved... We all want to be in love... We all need acceptance... Without much thought, I wanted Adam to fill all his needs and desires. This opened up new waves of thought in my brain. I dare say, I became enlightened because of Adam. One of my daughters has a gay friend, who now seemed like a normal young man instead of someone I would rather she not hang around. Yes! I was starting to see the world though new eyes in a sense. At the end of the season when Adam was robbed of his rightful crown on American Idol, I realized there is a long way to go in this day and age of awakening. But I still have hope for us, because if Adam can change the thought patterns of this big stupid lummix, he can change the world. So I became a champion of freedom for Adam and all others that have a different sexual preference than I have. As I have stated before, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return." I have threatened to kick the shiit out of people criticizing Adam based on his sexual preference. I have even gone as far as to admit the thought of kissing Adam turns me on... What the hell did I just write? Love is in the process of taking over this world slowly but surely. Wow, I've come along ways in a short period of time. If it can happen to me, it can happen to the world. Anyways, this is my perspective. I'm a stright guy with 6 kids and a wife. And we all love Adam... Rusky
American Idol's Adam Lambert: Balls of Steel! by Brad Laidman
This Adam Lambert thing has really started to disturb me. I mostly watch American Idol as a guilty pleasure, but this guy is seriously starting to make me question my sexuality and my rock edge. The best way to make someone think you are a completely uncool loser is to tell them that you saw a megastar last night on American Idol. How do I tell my friends that I blew off the first half of my hometown Cleveland Cavaliers playing in the playoffs to watch a glammed out, proudly homosexual cabaret singer lay waste to our best memories of Robert Plant and Elvis Presley? And now I’m so wired up by it, I’m blowing off the second half to write about it.
Was Adam Lambert really in the bottom two last week on American Idol? It was shocking and hard to believe, but my first inclination was abject depression that perhaps it was a wake up call. Perhaps America wasn’t ready for the overly dramatic, over the top androgynous chaos of Adam Lambert after all. There’s little doubt in my mind that Lambert wants to win this competition. Surely, he’d be forced to dial it down this week. The fact that it was going to be Idol’s first rock week made the thought of Lambert hiding his true self even more depressing. I mean, if Lambert has the Bill O’Reillys of the world freaked out at the image he’s been throwing out to the world on Idol, imagine what he’d think of the glittery six-inch platform shoes and skin-tight leather outfit that anyone who has been paying attention knows that Lambert really wants to be wearing. Imagine my delight, when exactly the opposite happened. I should have never doubted the man that Paula Abdul called the “bravest contestant in Idol history.” I’m not exactly sure how you tone down Adam Lambert, but certainly coming out in Elvis ’68 black leather to take on the ultra-histrionic Robert Plant’s most histrionic vocal performance isn’t the way to do it. Are you kidding me? The amount of balls it takes to appropriate that Presley look, stance, and sneer to add a whole lotta makeup and sing Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” is earth-shatteringly, mind-bogglingly ballsy.
Idol judges are fond of telling their contestants to stay away from the Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey numbers. Well, everyone knows that you don’t mess with Robert Plant. Unless Lambert just blew this thing completely out of the water (and he did!), he’d not only look completely ridiculous, he’d probably cause major riots and looting in our inner cities. You just don’t go there, do you? Was that really Slash up there endorsing Lambert’s performance? I’ve got to believe that Led Zeppelin is holy ground for Saul Hudson. Did he really just say that he’d normally never consider being on this less than hard rock cool show, but there were a couple of artists that he really wanted to get a chance to work with? I’m going to go way out on a ledge and guess that the former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist wasn’t there to work with Danny Gokey. Let’s instead note that Slash is currently part of a super group, Velvet Revolver, desperately looking for a new lead singer and it's obvious to everyone with a brain that Adam Lambert can blow! Do I really have the guts to go all Jon Landau “I’ve seen the history of rock and roll and his name is …” to the explosion of androgynous thunder and lightning that was the opening of last night’s show? Hell no, I’m no Adam Lambert, but there was Slash sitting proudly in the audience putting his reputation on the line. God, help me ever having any credibility again. I’m raving about someone appearing on a show where one of the judges (Kara - Miss “Studio 57” Malaprop, herself) faulted one of the singers (Danny Gokey, who was left gasping in the dust trying to out-scream Lambert) for choosing to sing “Dream On” rather than an “earlier Aerosmith” song, by naming two songs that band did over a decade later! My mother felt it was unfair that Lambert got to both open and close the show (an electric duet with Alison Iraheta on Foghat’s “Slow Ride,” where he seemed to libidinously and brazenly encourage the 17-year-old further out onto the ledge, which should probably be illegal in most of the South). My response was that it was unfair that Lambert is 1000 times more talented and charismatically fascinating than the three other poor saps that had to try and follow what could conservatively be called a looting of everything that has historically been the American Idol franchise.
At the top of the show America’s favorite Dick Clark wannabe, Ryan Seacrest, pointed out that dress rehearsal had to be skipped due an unforeseen collapse of one of the show’s promotional towers. From my point of view, the producers of the show should be happy that Lambert’s epic assault didn’t cause the whole roof to collapse, killing everyone fortunate enough to be there to see it. Yes, I just said that. Here's the truth by far — the gayest part of last night’s show was poor Kris Allen and Danny Gokey teaming up to bring us some Styx, which is pretty amazing when you consider that Lambert isn’t hiding his sexuality like Clay Aiken did. There isn’t going to be a “Yes, it’s true, I’m gay” People magazine cover in Adam Lambert’s future. Lambert’s cover is more likely to say, “Please, weren’t you paying any attention?” For anyone with any remaining doubt, check out the back of this Upper Deck American Idol trading card where Lambert lists his hero as gay icon Harvey Milk. Yes, all of my “cool” friends are mocking me right now. Thankfully, I have Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong on my side. “That kid that's on there — Adam — hitting those high notes?” Armstrong told AOL’s Spinner.com. “Pretty badass, man.” Pretty, badass – indeed.
You are invited to transport yourself to a different plane of consciousness. Lambert’s a “take you on a journey” artist rather than a “tell you my story” artist. Both kinds can be fun and provoking, in different ways, but it is a difference. Right here, you’re invited to get drunk on music and join Lambert’s party, and it’s implicit in the vision of the gal drinking herself silly that you may be doing it to escape some very bad things in the world (many of which will be explored in the second half of the show). At the same time, it’s a joyous-feeling song. This tension among joy, despair, and escapism is going to matter, later.
Lambert’s feel for a compelling beat is masterful. I suspect a person with three left feet could dance coherently to Kickin’ In. It doesn’t sound all four-on-the-floor, yet the beat is easy to follow.
The music is complex, and it’s talking to you. There’s a lot going on here. There’s the string riff that sounds almost like a fiddle, leading into the clapping (state fair hoedown, much?). There’s the vocal and drum build to Lambert’s entrance. There’s a tense little string riff under the early “she puts the shot glass down” in counterpoint with a cowbell-like form of percussion that creates a sense of urgency and also gives more sophisticated dancers some extra reference points to work with. There’s a rock-styled build under “can you feel it, kickin’ in?” roughly where I’d consider a bridge to be, finally breaking some of the compulsive drive of the music. If this is commentary on the compulsive search for escape, we are so there. While I sort of wish Lambert worked with more sophisticated lyricists, more in the Pet Shop Boys mode, I have to admit that he’s making the music do a lot of the social commentary that I’d ordinarily put into words.
Q for Brian May: you’ll come to Poland with a new singer who you conctracted for 6 concerts. Why did you chose Adam Lambert?
A: It’s good to work with talented musicians and we met such a musician. Adam is a great guy and without a doubt very talented. He has an incredible voice. Freddie would have loved him – both professionally and personally. Especially because Adam is charming, very casual, easy to work with and he has an amazing instrument - his voice. Music is his passion, he lives and breathes music, just like Freddie once did. He is also a showman, just like Freddie was and he has a natural ability to connect with audience, what is a very important part of being a rock singer. Because for me music is not only sheet music. It is a kind of conversation with the audience and that is very important. What is weird is that the organization who was doing auditions for singers for “We Will Rock You In Las Vegas” didn’t notice Adam. Adam applied to play Galileo and they rejected him. He didn’t get through and we didn’t get the chance to meet him then. What is crazy for me is that a guy like him comes in and no one noticed him!?
Q: Who was punished for that?
A: Heads should have rolled because of that, but the organization doesn’t exist anymore and we backed off of Las Vegas.
Post by Craazyforadam on Mar 3, 2013 23:24:10 GMT -5
Fan video with collection of quotes make by various celebrities about Adam during AI8 season. It's just a selection, but a very good starting base:
Dane Cook Ellen DeGeneres Christina Applegate Laura Saltman Michael Orland Sam Harris Elliot Yamin Simon Cowell Kerri Kelly (Alice Cooper's Guitarist) Colbie Caillat Jamie Foxx David Archuletta Slash Diana DeGarmo
'This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you'
from the song 'Vincent', by Don McLean
Dropping of the Micheal Sarver interview here. Hoopla linked it in the daily thread a few days ago. Start at the 32min mark to hear Michael talking about Adam; how Adam had made him a better person and later fun on the AI tour.
The upcoming tour's genesis began in earnest at last year's iHeartRadio festival, when the group received critical acclaim for their hit-heavy set. "He does bring his own approach and he has this amazing range, a gymnastic, beautiful tone and he really fits our material so well," Taylor told Rolling Stone of Lambert at the festival. "He has all the elements – he has the passion, he has the humor, a little bit of camp. And when the shots are down, he has the power. It’s incredible," May added.
"For us, Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A., that's magical nostalgia in a sense for us, but much more than nostalgia, because that's what we do, and that's when we were at our peak and I think we can be at a new peak with Adam," May explains. "For Adam, he hasn't done these things but he's played with us, he knows us and he's the man. He's the guy to pull this off. He's incredible."
Both May and Taylor feel that there is no question that Mercury would have heartily approved of the job that Lambert does fronting the band.
"It goes without saying, really," notes May. "Freddie admired quality and talent and I know Freddie would gasp at some of the stuff that Adam takes on."
Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.
BRIAN MAY SAYS QUEEN MAY "GET A LITTLE ADVENTUROUS" WITH SET LIST ON TOUR WITH ADAM LAMBERT 101.7 THE BONE 7 March 2014
Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor revealed to the world on Thursday that the band will be teaming up with ex-American Idol finalist Adam Lambert for a North American summer tour that likely will be the group's final trek. Queen and Lambert have joined forces on several occasions over the last few years, including a brief European tour in 2012, but this will be the first time they'll be mounting a multiple-date run in America.
May says that, in addition to playing Queen's classic songs, he, Taylor and Lambert may dig a little deeper into the band's catalog during the tour, which gets under way June 19 in Chicago.
"I think we'd like to get a little adventurous," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think we'll have quite a long rehearsal period to try things out. Yeah, we're up for anything…We'll all bring our ideas to the table and we'll try stuff out and…who knows?"
May adds that collaborating with a singer who's as talented as Adam inspires him to be more creative and inventive on stage. "You just get that extra little kick, which makes you take more chances and be more dangerous," Brian declares, "and go for it."
As for Taylor, he says Lambert ranks "right up there" among the best vocalists Queen's members have ever played with, which, of course, includes the band's legendary late frontman, Freddie Mercury. "Freddie will never die for us, obviously, in our minds, but [Adam is] just so good with our material," Roger tells ABC News Radio. "He's just one of the great singers, so…I think it's a really great marriage."
May, meanwhile, notes that that "marriage" is something fans of both Queen and Lambert are clamoring for. "I see 'em already on Twitter, y'know. It kind of makes me laugh…it's like, 'We need QueenBert!'" jokes Brian. "You know, from Argentina, from Tierra del Fuego, from Beijing, I dunno. The whole world wants us to be together, I think, which is great!"
Queen + Adam Lambert's North American tour features a total of 19 dates, and is scheduled to run through a July 20 show in Washington, D.C. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, March 14, via the Live Nation mobile app and at LiveNation.com. American Express Card Members get early access beginning this Monday in the U.S., and Tuesday in Canada.