Future postage stamp Adam Lambert sat down with Schon! magazine to talk about Queen, his status as an out performer, and his newest album The Original High, as he made his way to South America to perform with Queen at the Rock In Rio festival.
About the album’s narrative, Adam reveals that living in Hollywood, he’s seen firsthand the dual personality the city offers, and tried to express that, especially in the haunting first single “Ghost Town.”
“I’m pretty social. I like to drink, I like to go to clubs; I like to dance. I lived in Hollywood for 15 years and it’s an interesting city: on one hand, it can be very glamorous and full of fantasy and possibility and you’re always meeting beautiful people. But the flipside of that is that it can be very false and very hollow. I kind of wanted to talk about the dichotomy of that in the songs.”
On researching Freddie Mercury, and what he learned from him, Adam wanted to pay homage, but bring his own spirit to these classic Queen songs.
“When I watch the old footage of him, I am just blown away. He was just so free onstage. I don’t think it was super planned out in his head.
When I was approaching the concert it was really intimidating because I didn’t want to ever feel like I was imitating him. I felt that would have been kind of tacky but I was certainly paying attention to what was his intentions were. Both in his songwriting, and in the delivery of the songs, and in his stage presence.”
On the responsibility of being an out artist, Adam admits that it was an adjustment, but has fully embraced it.
“It’s been an interesting journey because I came out of the closet when I was eighteen. I come from a very liberal family, I was in theatre, so it’s never really been too much of a struggle for me. I was very comfortable with it once I came out.
All of a sudden I go on this show and there was never a line on the questionnaire, “What’s your sexuality?” I would never have hidden it, but it never came up. So afterwards, I did the Rolling Stone interview, which was branded “Adam’s coming out”. I was like, I’m already out! I’ve been out for a long time. It was a weird experience because it’s a crash course in what celebrity is. On how people decide how they want to see you and media can tend to project what they want to onto you. I had to learn really quickly what it was all about. In that regard, there were moments where it felt like a burden, but it also felt like a great opportunity to help educate people and to help breakdown some stereotypes.”
On the greatest misconception of Adam Lambert, he says “I don’t know anymore. I think I’ve tried to put it all out there. I think when you wear eccentric clothing and you perform confidently on stage it’s easy to assume someone is an asshole or a diva, and I don’t think I am. I’m sure I’ve had my moments, but I think I’m pretty friendly.”
Tell that to Mitsy, the headless zebra.