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Glamrock star and American Idol season eight runner up, Adam Lambert, joined us in-studio this morning to talk about his tour and recording a new album.
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Since most of us will never experience an extravagant tour like the one Adam is on right now, we were naturally curious about what it’s like. Lambert told us, “It’s wild! The bus driver is amazing. He cleans the sheets, takes out the trash. It has some luxury to it.”
In spite of the excitement, or maybe because of it, Adam admits that tours can be draining, “It can catch up with you a little bit, but that bus is parked right outside, I can take a nap whenever I want.” He adds that even if he is “tired, I get on stage and my fans are so wild and amazing and positive and it wakes you up.” Looks like an audience of crazy fans works just as well as a Red Bull!
After competing in American Idol and taking the runner up spot, Adam has experienced the lifestyle of the rich and famous, which includes being chased down the street by intense fans: “A couple of us went over to a bar…and we were like ‘Ok, let’s have a beer’ and then we left. I was just in the shadows the whole time, I didn’t want to be like ‘Look at who’s here!’ so we got in a cab and this drag queen got wind that we were there and just started hollering and screeching and started chasing me and he was running in these heels; he was going for it in these pumps and they didn’t break and I was impressed so I stopped the cab and took a picture with him!”
Aside from drag queens in bars, Adam Lambert has created an impressive and faithful fan following: “They’re great, they’re real sparkly! It’s real passionate. I see a lot of the same faces in the front row from city to city, so there’s a lot of people following the tour around. They give me gifts…they’re really great.” Lambert seems especially fond of his fans.
As for his new single “If I Had You,” Adam told us that it reflects where he is right now at this point in his life: “It’s actually saying something really positive, you can have all this fame and fortune and glamour and it’s great, but…if there’s not love and connection, it doesn’t mean anything.” He recognizes that many can be “dazzled” by the glamour of a lifestyle like his but in the end, how many records you put out is “not what happiness is.” It’s so refreshing to see a huge star like Adam Lambert recognize that there’s more to life than money and fame. His humility impresses us all, and ensures that he’ll have a long and successful career as a rockstar for the masses.
A new record is in the foreseeable future, as Adam told us in the fall he will be working abroad on writing and recording new music, and hopefully releasing an album in the spring time: “I’m really excited to write some new music based on some of the stuff I’ve been going through this year and things I’ve learned. I’ve also learned a lot about what the audience wants. You know, its like field research and you go out on the road and you’re like, ‘Oh ok they like that!’”
Adam hopes to make music that is “fun and uplifting,” and he realizes that he is fortunate to have opportunities he has, and if “you’re lucky enough to have a song on the radio and people listening to it…I think it’s really good to be able to uplift them and put something positive out there.” So, in short, Lambert’s goal is to release music that sends out a positive message to his listeners, while still maintaining an upbeat vibe that people love. “I think that’s the key—hopefully you’re selling a lot of records that have a good message.”
If you’re in Southern California, catch Adam Lambert Tuesday and Wednesday night at the Orange Country Fair!