Adam Lambert has been telling interviewers that he recorded a song for a soundtrack, but has been very coy about the details. “It’s not my call to be the one making the announcement,” he told E! Online.

Not so coy, is the drummer, John Miceli, who played on the track.   He spilled that the song was for the upcoming disaster film, 2012. Now, Queen guitarist, Brian May confirms that the song is, indeed, for 2012.

Recently, he got the chance to listen to the new track while hanging out with singer Meatloaf, producer Rob Cavallo and Miceli.   Brian loves the track…and Adam too:

And I was privileged to hear a track that the guys have finished for Adam Lambert … a song for a forthcoming film, 2012. I have to say I was completely blown away … it’s truly sensational. In fact it’s so obviously a number one smash, any bookie would be mad to take bets on it. I am not kidding. I’m not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists … but Adam’s voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world. Its an awesome performance. No doubt about it. The world of Rock has a bright new star.

Very cool compliments for Adam from the legendary Brian May…

 
  • wyked_whyspers

    Wow, way cool for Adam, can’t wait for it to come out!!!

  • kijico3

    WOW!!!! Amazing compliments from Brian freakin May WOOOTT! I am so happy for Adam, he must be so thrilled by this :clap_tb: Is it November yet? It’s going to be an epic month!!!

  • Sherena

    I can’t wait to hear this song. Will not get my hopes up into thinking that it is brilliant, because of the usual reasons, but I’m thinking that at least this means the song definitely isn’t bad. It’s definitely not the youtube demo we heard…

    I always get nervous when someone says that Adam “will definitely be a hit” or in this case “obviously a number one smash”… it makes it seem like anything less is failing.

  • isisdagmar

    Yay! It’s not like this means his future is set or anything, but between having a song in what could be a major movie and getting that kind of intense praise for his voice from a rock legend, it’s a good day for Adam. :) Thanks for posting this, MJ.

  • GeminiDolly

    So, did Brian May like it?

  • Winks8

    Wow, I couldn’t dream up a nicer endorsement if I tried! That is really great for Adam. Not that I had any doubts about Adam’s talents, but hearing those glowing remarks from someone who is so well respected in the music biz just adds to the excitement for this song.

    I wonder if his single from his album will be released first, or the 2012 song?

  • BestAI

    So, did Brian May like it?

    So, what do you think, Simon?

  • emmuzka

    Over-praise makes me umcomfortable. No-one can predict a sure hit; maybe the movie is a bomb and the song goes down with it, maybe it never gets a video, maybe its just a shitty power ballad.

    But maybe it truly is good. If Brian May had to slip in some praise for the song just as a part of the plan to create buzz, be hardly would have been *that* positive about it.

  • luvadamlambert

    WOW I am excited. :jittery_tb: that is awesome! wake me up when October ends….. :)

  • BestAI

    I’m still hoping Adam does a few concerts with Queen very soon. I think it will be benefit them all. How much longer can Queen make music/tour? Adam can also expand his fanbase.

  • Vanessa

    :clap_tb: Go Adam Go!!! :thumbup_tb:

  • dietcoke

    I rather keep my expectations low. But that is a very cool compliment for Adam, so I am happy for him. Hopefully the song is indeed good and will be used in the movie.

  • LucyN

    Silly of me, but this kind of made me tear up. To think how far he’s come since this time last year. The song may be a hit or may not be, but he’ll always have that compliment from Brian May. Adam must have to pinch himself these days.

  • lambrina

    OMFG. THAT IS SO COOL! I’M SO HAPPY FOR ADAM!!

  • haruhi

    Amazing compliment. Great job, Adam!

  • agathe.hb

    IT’S GREAT!!!! I am soooooo happy for Adam :) I could see that May loved Adam during the finale – it was all over his face :)
    thanks MJ – what a nice thing to start my morning

  • Chipmunk

    I especially like it when he gets compliments on his vocal ability as he deserves.And coming from Brian May that’s a huge compliment

    I’m so happy for him!

  • AdoK

    Congrats Adam! Very good news. If it is so powerful song it will be an important part of the movie imo, not an aside story.

    It seems that we will get a sense of his post-idol music sooner than even the single, which they plan to release in October. When should we expect 2012 trailers?

  • Chipmunk

    LucyN
    Aug 15th, 2009 at 3:22 am
    Silly of me, but this kind of made me tear up. To think how far he’s come since this time last year

    Awww..you sarvered!

    Dont mind me, but I’ve been dying to use that phrase since Sunn told me what it meant…..And since I dont “sarver” much about anything, this was a perfect opportunity :razz_wp:

  • https://twitter.com/draddee Sunn

    I’m not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists ‘ ¦ but Adam’s voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world.

    Brian May’s words about Adam and the 2012 track turned me into jelly. Oh, my. I utterly sarvered (lol chipmunk) when I first read it. In fact, I declared my undying love to terraj who first tweeted it to me, and I totally meant it. LoL!

    ETA:

    Congratulations Adam on an amazing complement from a living legend, I wish you nothing but the very best of everything.

  • Dlynne

    I have goosebumps! I’m sooooooo happy for Adam!

  • http://twitter.com/terra_zephead terraj

    @Sunn You’re welcome.
    I was like OMFG when I saw Brian May’s post. Coming from one of the greatest rock guitar players in the world, who’s played with the inimitable Freddie Mercury, it’s one of the greatest compliments ever.

    ETA: BTW, a quote from Adam can be found on the Official Queen website (currently on the front page)
    http://www.queenonline.com/home/
    Direct link is here: http://www.queenonline.com/news/1358/

  • -Sharona-

    Very cool compliments indeed! My curiosity is killing me now, even more than before after such compliments coming out from May.

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    You know – almost every person writing a tour recap has said that Adam’s performance is in another league. He just really is that good. One doesn’t often have the chance to watch the birth of a superstar. Now I know how people felt when first discovering Elvis. I can’t wait for the video! Adam’s opening opus is number one on my Christmas list this year…..and if the hubby doesn’t slip a copy into my stocking – I’ll definitely get it for myself!

  • soveryMel

    Dont mind me, but I’ve been dying to use that phrase since Sunn told me what it meant’ ¦..And since I dont ‘sarver’  much about anything, this was a perfect opportunity

    No offense at all to Sunn, and it’s entirely possible that there is an additional meaning that I haven’t seen related to last few weeks emo!Sarver tweets — But I believe the original meaning is different. It came from a tweet early on from Sarver saying something like “did I miss something?” I’m not 100% sure, but I think it was during one of those crazy Idolsphere internet storms of either Michael’s infamous “godly love” vid or Danny’s cousin’s facebook shenanigans, when the sheer amount of internet uproar made that one little tweet extra-lulzy. IIRC, Michael later deleted that tweet, which just cemented the legendary clueless moment by calling more attention to it.

    Um, so basically to sarver is to completely miss something, to forget it or to not realize that something (often something epic) was going down.

    Hope that helps. :)

  • lambrina

    Um, so basically to sarver is to completely miss something, to forget it or to not realize that something (often something epic) was going down.

    This is what I always thought it meant too! :)

  • lefil

    Hmmm.. Will this song be released as a single?

  • lola

    I was also excited when I first read this and posted it in another thread as an OT…. but I have to keep my expectations low so that when it actually became a hit then it’s…..party time! It is really heartwarming to hear these compliments from a respected legend and from others in the music industry as well. The latest compliment I read before this Brian May blog was from Daughtry who we all know is a Kris fan. He mentioned that he is amazed with Adam’s vocal range which only a few male vocalist possess. It’s exciting but at the same time scary because expectations now are running high putting more pressure to Adam.

  • honowoowoo

    BRAVO Adam! :clap_tb:

  • https://twitter.com/draddee Sunn

    Um, so basically to sarver is to completely miss something, to forget it or to not realize that something (often something epic) was going down.

    Could be,I’m not sure about earlier uses of the word or it’s origins, but the way I’ve seen it used was always to mean over-emo. I could be wrong ofcourse.

    ETA: BTW, a quote from Adam can be found on the Official Queen website (currently on the front page)
    http://www.queenonline.com/home/
    Direct link is here: http://www.queenonline.com/news/1358/

    And with a gorgeous pic of Adam as well :)
    Thank you again terraj.

  • realvivi

    AWW Brian May LOVES Adam too :wub_tb:
    “world of Rock has a bright new star.” SO it’s a rock song right?

  • http://www.irish-wolfhounds.com Buderschnookie

    Um, so basically to sarver is to completely miss something, to forget it or to not realize that something (often something epic) was going down.

    This- a clueless bumble.

    This praise from Brian May is far more meaningful to me than a newsblog full of concert reviews by music scene wannabes. This comment comes from an authentic rock legend who has written and performed some of the most beautiful and influential music in rock history. That he did so while standing next to the most accomplished and acclaimed rock vocalist in history just adds to the magnitude of the statement.

    I also try and keeps my hopes to a reasonable level, but I can tell you that reading that Brian May statement made my heart so full of happiness for Adam that I will be flying high for days.
    That was just epic.

  • becausehelives

    He`sang with Freddie Mercury so I ‘ll take his word for it. WOW. just WOW. what a compliment. Adam must be tickled pink.

  • dyg1

    This praise from Brian May is far more meaningful to me than a newsblog full of concert reviews by music scene wannabes. This comment comes from an authentic rock legend who has written and performed some of the most beautiful and influential music in rock history. That he did so while standing next to the most accomplished and acclaimed rock vocalist in history just adds to the magnitude of the statement.

    I also try and keeps my hopes to a reasonable level, but I can tell you that reading that Brian May statement made my heart so full of happiness for Adam that I will be flying high for days.
    That was just epic.

    This! I have been elated since I read May ´s comments yesterday. Queen has been one of my favorite rock bands, and Adam just stole my heart from the moment I listened to him singing Bohemian Rhapsody. So, I couldn ´t be happier with this spontaneous comment.

  • Studio57

    Take THAT Mr. New York Post critic!

    To get kudos from one of the best rock guitarists in the world- actually two if you count Slash- who had the most charismatic frontmen with arguably the best voices in rock, well- I think any argument to the contrary would be invalid.

    I am sure most people reading this already know about that DDD website that lists the best of the best in all things rock. I spent a good amount of time looking at that website, and those are some tough, knowledgable rock fans that really know their stuff. Their lists are the most thorough I have ever seen, and it’s the first time I saw a breakdown of music chords explained when it came to Adam. Please 19E- you have a rare gem on your hands, don’t F it up!!!!!!!!!

    And I hope Adam puts away the Lady Gaga and Peaches CD’s.

  • ShameonAI

    I seriously loved seeing BM smiling sweetly at Adam at the final show. He seems to genuinely adore Adam, doesn’t he? But as much as I felt extremely thrilled to read BM’s comment on Adam’s vocal ability and the soundtrack, I am trying to keep my expectations low. Anything can happen and we will never know!

  • JazzRocks

    I saw a trailer for 2012 the other day – no Adam music yet.

    That tribute from BM was thrilling for me so I can only imagine how happy Adam must be. He absolutely has the potential to be a once-in-a-generation superstar. I can only quote this:

    Please 19E- you have a rare gem on your hands, don’t F it up!!!!!!!!!

    This is the REAL news, not that silly leaked photo-shoot pic.

  • mitchellvii

    Good lord, Adam is gonna wet his pants when he reads what the epically famous Brian May has to say about the soundtrack. Incredible. Good job Adam. Now I hope the expectations won’t be too high.

  • Bowie1

    WOW! I knew Brian May liked Adam but I didn’t know the depth of his appreciation for Adam’s amazing talent. This might sound silly but I felt really ‘proud’ for Adam. It validates my first feelings that Adam was a superstar in the making and I was lucky to be able to watch it happen….be ‘along for the ride’.

    Now I just keep waiting to hear an opinion on Adam by Bowie and what he thought of Adam’s musicial tribute to him during the tour. Bowie has always been in a league of his own creatively to me!

  • screamingisgood

    I guess I both sarvered and jellied with this news! Brian May is such an enlightened and talented musician that I will drink his Kool-Aid and totally believe whatever he says. And, yes, I’ll just throw right in and let my expectations soar out of this world all the way to Planet Fierce with no containment and wild abandonment. I have NO doubts of Adam Lambert’s brilliance and uniqueness, and if Brian May, who is totally in the know, says so, I’m feeling so good. Holy MOG, does this excite me!!! Thank you Brian, for your HUGE vote of confidence for our boy. He had me from Bo Rhap. Take that, G. Sim.

  • lamslova

    I am THRILLED for Adam, what an opportunity! The exposure from this will be unreal! Its exciting that people in the biz appreciate Adam’s uniqueness and his brillliant vocal ability.

    has it been mentioned when this movie hits the big screen and does anyone know if its before or after “Twilight New Moon”?

  • Tess

    Brian May, Slash, Meatloaf….some of the legendary big guns and they have a nice warm soft spot for Adam. And Rolling Stone thinks he’s pretty good, too. I think a lot of newbies would die for that kind of endorsement.

    And we aren’t talking about a particular song or album here….we are talking about the talent of a man and that is what is being praised. The songs and albums will come and go, but the talent is a constant that these guys seem to think will shine for awhile.

  • BeckyMD

    I’ll thrilled by such a high compliment from Brian May. I feel happy for Adam.

    Do you guys think it’s a powerful ballad or a rock-ish song? I lean to believe it’s a ballad.

    If the song is not selected in the movie, can it still be released in Adam’s album? We can’t let it disappear into nowhere.

  • Truthiness

    mj, I’m sure you probably noticed this,

    He spilled that the song was for the upcoming disaster film, 2021. Now, Queen guitarist, Brian May confirms that the song is, indeed, for 2012.

    You transposed the last two digits at the end of the first sentence from 2012 to 2021. Not a big deal of course, I thought I’d mention it. I know I wish I could edit things past 15 minutes in some of my posts. I wonder how people can actually understand them at times. Must be that part of the brain that allows people to find patterns and lead to recognition from that.

    Anyhew, while I of course really enjoy seeing something so nice about Adam from someone like Brian May, I also share the apprehension of setting the bar too high for Adam. Once again. *sigh* So Brian May, love you as I do? Not helping in the quest to lower expectations for Adam to say, human levels. But the upside to this is who is going to see this quote beyond some in the AI blogosphere? So there is that.

  • readon

    That is truly awesome. I can’t wait to hear the song.

    Please 19E- you have a rare gem on your hands, don’t F it up!!!!!!!!!

    This too.

  • chatbrat11

    Silly of me, but this kind of made me tear up. To think how far he’s come since this time last year. The song may be a hit or may not be, but he’ll always have that compliment from Brian May. Adam must have to pinch himself these days.

    Considering I’d never heard of Adam Lambert until January of this year, I am just so happy for his accomplshments.

    I loved Adam from his 1st audition, and cringed at the “theatrical” remarks from Simon and Kara which haunted him throughout the competition. Then “Kissing Gate” just in time for the top 13. Then the EAS interruption just before he was NOT named the American Idol. Then there was the RCA contract, followed by the “Want Not!/OWTS” fiasco.What a rollercoaster ride!

    I too shed tears of joy for Adam. I’m more proud than a stranger has any right to be!

    I get what Brian May means about the depth of Adam’s talent and his ability to project those gut wrenching emotions along with awe inspiring vocals.

    It’s a great day for Glambert!

  • http://www.f3properties.com Animated

    Being given recognition by Brian May , a legend in his own right, is really like another standing ovation for Adam. I am enjoying how Adam’s career is unfolding . Means that there will be more exciting music to look forward to .

    And sorry to be off topic a bit, but it seems like other Entertainment guys are taking notice of Adam. Here is a comment from Mad Men’s John Hamm :

    http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/08/hugh_jackmans_wife_to_face.html

    “If I was on American Idol, if I was Adam Lambert, for example, and I was walking through a mall in suburban Minnesota, there would be riot. But I can do that and be totally fine.” ‘”Jon Hamm [Watcher/Chicago Tribune]

  • karend

    It’s still thee … scroll down to the third item, after the comet picture …

  • jms

    Not helping in the quest to lower expectations for Adam to say, human levels

    I don’t understand this need to lower expectations. If these guys think he’s great, they should say it. Adam has a truly phenomenal vocal ability that is very rare these days in rock music. They’re excited and they want to celebrate it. Yay!! Good for them! And GREAT for Adam especially if he really does want some of his tunes played on rock radio stations. Because he’ll NEED these endorsements to get some of the snobs to even look at his music. After all, he comes from musical theatre (strike one) and Idol (strikes 2 AND 3). Add to that the fact that he doesn’t worry about toning down his swish when many in the rock world feel he acts too effeminate (go Adam!), only whether the performance matches the music. I for one do not want to see any lowered expecations. Bring on the praise so people will take a serious look at him.

  • mahrikka

    Coming from one who performed side by side with a legend, THIS is a compliment. I can’t wait to hear that song.

    I’m most impressed with this statement because it makes me hopeful for longevity.

    but Adam’s voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world

    I’m thrilled for Adam and very excited for fans!

    It also helps me feel sane for multiple daily Internet visits for Adam-related news. :)

  • wjmtv

    Disaster movie…directed by a guy with some big hits…song by a dude with mad skills…

    I wonder if we’re setting up for a repeat of “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”? That one did some nice things for someone’s music career once upon a time.

    Good luck Adam. I hope history repeats!

  • Squirrely

    This is great news! I wonder if the NY Post will write about this since they wrote about the crappy ‘album cover’ picture.

  • LisaE

    Being a massive Queen fan, I squealed a little over this HUGE compliment. Not gonna lie.

    However, I still read it as a song that was made for the movie, and not a song that will definitely BE IN the movie. I’m optimistic, but until I’ve heard confirmation that the song is actually in the movie, I’ll wait.

    But … given that the song has received such high praise, hopefully it will show up on Adam’s album in the fall, as a bonus track if nothing else.

    Hmm, actually …. The movie’s release is Nov. 13. Soundtracks usually come out about 3 weeks before. Would that make it around the same time as Adam’s first single? Does that sound right?

    ETA: MJ, it would be great to know if Adam heard the compliment. Maybe when you meet him you can get his reaction… ;)

  • nickiet

    I am just OVER THE MOON insanely thrilled for Adam!! He so much deserves all the adulation he is receiving!! This is such a HUGE compliement coming from the GREAT Brian May!   I respect his  opinion so, so much.   SOOOO happy for Adam and for us, his fans!! GO ADAM!! Cannot wait to hear the song & see the movie !!  

  • SouthernKradamFan

    I didn’t read the rest of the responses. I don’t mean this in a bad way because people are entitled to their opinion, but I bet some are going “Way to raise the expectations so high Adam will disappoint people!”

    Well anyway, I am just SO, SO excited for Adam about this. I don’t know…if Brian May says that (and even says he doesn’t turn to jello often) than it must actually be very, very good. Even if some are disappointed…I have a feeling there will be many more raving about it! :)

  • weareallinnocent

    This makes me very happy.

    Love Brian May. Love Adam Lambert. Kudos to Brian for stepping out in support of Adam. Kudos to Adam for being himself.

    This makes me very happy.

    Regardless of what does or does not happen next, THIS makes me very happy. :-)

  • hollygo9

    Not helping in the quest to lower expectations for Adam to say, human levels

    Word. I’m afraid that all of this hyperbolic praise is going to come crashing down on him like a ton of bricks. At this point, if he’s not the second coming of Elvis/the Beatles, he’ll be savaged.

  • cwg509

    Whoa, that seems really impressive coming from the usually reserved Brian May (one of the most awesome musicians ever).

    I just keep remembering him with Ace Young, and his look of disgust. So it’s not like he gushes over just anyone.

    As far as expectations with Adam, I think this helps people approach his music with the premise that it will be hit material. I don’t see how that hurts him.

  • AllenTX

    I don’t think anyone can guarantee it will be a radio hit, even Brian May. I don’t know how often Brian May still listen to the radio nowadays. I for one, am very puzzled by lots of radio hits. My point is even a vocal masterpiece doesn’t automatically becomes a radio hit which nowadays is more about a hot beat and catchy hook.

    Still, getting a rave review from Brian f*king May should send anyone up to the moon. Congrats, Adam.

  • snuffles

    hollygo9 Aug 15th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Not helping in the quest to lower expectations for Adam to say, human levels

    Word. I’m afraid that all of this hyperbolic praise is going to come crashing down on him like a ton of bricks. At this point, if he’s not the second coming of Elvis/the Beatles, he’ll be savaged.

    Only by the obsessive internet dwelling denizens of AI Land. In the rest of the world it will get buyers outside the AI Bubble to check out Adam’s music when it drops – to see what all the fuss is about. Then if they like what they hear, they’ll buy!

  • Teri63

    …And GREAT for Adam especially if he really does want some of his tunes played on rock radio stations. Because he’ll NEED these endorsements to get some of the snobs to even look at his music.

    I second this. I can understand, from a fan point of view, not wanting to get too excited, only to be let down if Adam turns out not to be as successful as he’s being anticipated to be. I really think, though, that the favorable opinions of industry professionals like Brian May shouldn’t be lumped together with the all the oftentimes OTT gushings being lavished by Glambert fans. When such a positive remark comes from someone like Brian May, who has been in the business long enough to truly recognize rock talent, I think we can, without reservation, get excited for Adam. He needs fan support, of course, but having the endorsement of someone so truly admired by nearly all in the industry and who played alongside a rock legend, lends amazing credibility to Adam as a serious musician. What must it feel like to be Adam right now, knowing that the famous Brian May of one of his all-time favorite–not to mention one of the world’s all-time greatest– bands admires HIS talent? Wow and way to go, Adam, is all I can say!

  • Q3

    There are now three reports about this song now from credible sources:

    John Miceli a member of Meat Loaf’s band who was at the recording session and first blogged that the song was in 2012:

    I just finished a track with Adam Lambert and Rob Cavallo (producer) for the movie 2012. What a great tune and amazing vocals. (Note: blog entry removed from his site.)

    Billy Master’s who wrote in the Windy City Times:

    Sometimes intriguing casting happens behind the scenes. For instance, getting chosen to sing a song in a film can be quite a coup. And we can tell you exclusively that Adam Lambert has signed such a deal. Roland Emmerich has produced and directed such blockbusters as Independence Day and Godzilla. His latest project, 2012, is due out Nov. 13 and is one of those star-studded end-of-the-world flicks’”with a Mayan or two thrown in for good measure. Lambert just went into the studio to record a track for the flick’”and Emmerich was impressed enough to consider using it for the closing credits. Bravo!

    http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=21948

    And now, Brian May’s amazing complement!!

    Plus, in an interview with E! Adam said:

    M.V.: Adam, I would love to hear more about the soundtrack. When will we find out?

    Adam: I still can’t say anything. It’s definitely happening, but it’s not my call to be the one making the announcement. Sorry!

    Looks to me like it is probably going to be used in 2012 and that at least the drummer from the recording session, Rob Cavallo (producer) and Brian May think it’s good. And, if Billy Masters is right, so dose Rolland Emmerich, the director.

    2012 isn’t exactly a diaster movie. It’s an “end of the world” movie. It is based on the Mayan calendar which ends in 2012. People must deal with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons, glaciers, and so on as the earth is destroyed. But also there are some people who get chosen to leave earth in spaceships. I hope that Adam’s song (if there is one) is used for the “uplifting” part of the movie at the end — the chosen ones surviving and rebuilding the world or moving to another planet or however “man” survives” in this on. And that would be the end — fitting with the use of the song during the credits. Just a guess.

    Here’s a link to the 2012 site: http://www.whowillsurvive2012.com/

  • Studio57

    has it been mentioned when this movie hits the big screen and does anyone know if its before or after ‘Twilight New Moon’ ?

    I believe 2012 has a one week head start on New Moon. It comes out the 13th and I am pretty sure New Moon comes out the 20th.

    As far as whether the song will be released before the movie- it could go either way. The theme song from Titanic was released a week before, but the theme from Armageddon was released over a month after the movie. And no, I am not comparing Adam’s songs to these ones, they were just the first ones that came to mind.

  • snood199

    Hmm, actually ‘ ¦. The movie’s release is Nov. 13. Soundtracks usually come out about 3 weeks before. Would that make it around the same time as Adam’s first single? Does that sound right?

    Maybe they’ll use it as a single? That would be good promo, especially if the movie is a blockbuster type (not necessarily a good movie; as somebody else mentioned, see Armageddon/I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing).

  • Adamme

    Billy Master said

    Emmerich was impressed enough to consider using it for the closing credits. Bravo!

    So is it good that the song be used for the closing credits? Can it be included for Best Movie Soundtrack for the Oscar next year?

  • Tess

    It’s interesting to me that I have heard a lot about the fact that Adam is going to crash and burn and that his comet is bright but fleeting. I also seem to remember a lot of people insinuating that “the next AI concert is going to be Adam’s downfall”. Every concert someone waits with baited breath to declare Adam a failure…and every concert he is embrassed by the audience. The tour has now moved from coast to coast from deep south to far north and the Adam excitement is still there.

    Even if Adam’s first album is not steller he will sell a ton. Geesh, many idols, including last years finalists, have put out pretty bland and passive first albums but their fans still supported them and continue to do so and they seem to be building a bigger and more music oriented fan base with their tours and live promos.

    Adam’s talent has been recognized and that will not diminish…he may have some bumps during his trek but he isn’t going to wither on the vine. And all of the professionals who have heard his “new” stuff are very enthusiastic in their praise…and they aren’t going to be putting their cred on the line when the stuff isn’t up to snuff.

    I, for one, am going to stay very positive about Adam’s career. I think he is going to continue to move forward and gather more people in. I’m not afraid to say that he is a very large and commanding talent and that he has a very bright future….

    edit: keep your remarks focused on the subject NOT on criticizing other posters opinions. THIS IS NOT A FAN SITE

  • Duke

    I’m not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists ‘ ¦

    I just moved to jelly simply by reading this review. Soooo stoked for the song, and this is great news for the album too- means adam is on the right track.

  • Calliope

    And I hope Adam puts away the Lady Gaga and Peaches CD’s.

    Oh, please no! While I know I am in the minority with Peaches, I hope I am not completely in the minority when it comes to electropop/dance infused tracks as I still see a fair bit of that stuff happening, just with Adam’s vocals (and while I love all genres, electro-based music is my favorite, so I want some). It’s not that rare for artists not in the mainstream to shuffle between styles, and quite effortlessly at that.

    Word. I’m afraid that all of this hyperbolic praise is going to come crashing down on him like a ton of bricks. At this point, if he’s not the second coming of Elvis/the Beatles, he’ll be savaged.

    Only from those who are waiting for a reason to savage him and overly invested fans. I doubt the media/industry and general music-buyers/Adam fans would savage him if he did very well by today’s standards and didn’t catch on like an old icon, which nobody will do anyway (but I have mentioned that over and over on this blog).

    Anyway, nice quote from May. I wonder when bookies are going to take bets. ;)

  • butte009

    ‘If I was on American Idol, if I was Adam Lambert, for example, and I was walking through a mall in suburban Minnesota, there would be riot. But I can do that and be totally fine.’  ‘”Jon Hamm [Watcher/Chicago Tribune]

    Exactly what is suburban Minnesota? Iowa, North/South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Canada?

  • jms

    and this is great news for the album too- means adam is on the right track.

    I think the jury is still out on that. After all, the album is being done by multiple producers and we don’t know if this song or any others by this producer are on it.

    Either way, this is still great news! And I do expect Adam’s album will be really good too, just possibly with a different style of music than this song. Although I am keeping my fingers crossed that this might be one of the sing along anthems Adam said is on the album.

  • Q3

    So is it good that the song be used for the closing credits? Can it be included for Best Movie Soundtrack for the Oscar next year?

    The only the first song on movie credits can be nominated for an Oscar. But if this song makes the movie and if the song is on the nomination list, there are new rules that make it harder for a song to get nominated. In brief:

    The Music Branch Executive Committee now requires that qualified members vote on the nominee list and rate songs from 6 to 10. Only songs that average an 8.25 score can be nominated in the category. If no songs average 8.25, then that Oscar year will not feature a Best Original Song category. If only one song clears the 8.25 barrier, then the next highest-ranked track will join that song as a nominee, regardless of its score, just so there’s a little suspense on Oscar night. The category will still have a five-song maximum if the votes warrant it.

    Academy voters will still be shown clips of the song being used in a movie when voting on the category ‘” in the past this has hurt songs that soundtrack the end credits but lose a lot their meaning when isolated from the rest of the film.

    Note: The old Best Original Song category has been eliminated to make time because the Best Picture category has doubled to 10 nominees.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Good lord, Adam is gonna wet his pants when he reads what the epically famous Brian May has to say about the soundtrack. Incredible. Good job Adam. Now I hope the expectations won’t be too high

    This makes up for the michellin man/bob’s big boy hybrid pic from yesterday! Adam’s life must be a roller coaster ride, with continual ups and downs. I’m really excited to hear this song and very happy for Adam.

  • oceana

    Wow, great compliment from Brian May, it really makes me want to hear the song. There’s going to be some exciting new music coming out this fall. Lots to look forward to.

    And me being a David Cook fan, I hear that Rob Cavello is working with Adam, I know he also produced David’s cd, and David golfs with him and they are friends now, so then I wonder if Adam and David will cross paths from this, i.e. does Adam golf too? Anyway it’s just something fun to ponder. I think there’s mutual respect between Adam and David.

  • tiger92

    It’s interesting to me that I have heard a lot about the fact that Adam is going to crash and burn and that his comet is bright but fleeting. I also seem to remember a lot of people insinuating that ‘the next AI concert is going to be Adam’s downfall’ . Every concert someone waits with baited breath to declare Adam a failure’ ¦and every concert he is embrassed by the audience. The tour has now moved from coast to coast from deep south to far north and the Adam excitement is still there.

    Well said! I’m choosing to stay positive also! I can’t predict how the song or movie will turn out, no more than anyone else can. I can recognize that this is extremely high praise from a well respected musician who played for years with a well respected vocalist. Brian May is impressed with THE VOICE. And so am I.

  • star

    I’m not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists ‘ ¦ but Adam’s voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world.

    I love this comment from Brian May because it’s not about a flashy stage performance…it’s about his voice. And I love that he’s not just recognizing Adam’s technical skills; he’s recognizing his ability to interpret a song simply with his voice. I don’t think Adam got enough credit for that during AI. But he’s amazing at it. The best examples of that IMO are the studio recordings of “Feeling Good” and “If I Can’t Have You” (crappy production be damned on that one; the vocal is flawless).

    Can’t wait to hear this song!

  • Susan M.

    Love Brian May. Love Adam Lambert. Kudos to Brian for stepping out in support of Adam. Kudos to Adam for being himself.

    This makes me very happy.

    Regardless of what does or does not happen next, THIS makes me very happy. :-)

    Yes!! I just get a thrill when I think of how Adam heard about it yesterday ‘“ did someone text or tweet him? What an endorsement! So very, very cool.

    Also, I can’t think of a more knowledgeable and respected person in the industry as Brian May, across all genres. And with more than 40 years experience, the guy knows his stuff. He has no reason to gush, but apparently he was moved to, so I can only conclude that comes from a very sincere place.

    And of course no one can predict what’s going to be a hit, but as someone with his level of experience (who has churned out countless hits), I would think he had developed an instinct. My guess is it’s a power ballad ala DWTMAT, which certainly works.

    Brian May is also an astrophysicist; maybe he can figure out a way for us to make contact with Planet Fierce …

  • tinawina

    In the rest of the world it will get buyers outside the AI Bubble to check out Adam’s music when it drops – to see what all the fuss is about. Then if they like what they hear, they’ll buy!

    I agree. The buzz only helps him. He just needs to get as many people to check him out as possible when he drops. Any backlash from not launching like Carrie and Daughtry would mostly come from Idol media and superfans. The rest of the world will not pay attention like that, methinks.

    That said, I don’t think anyone saying calm down is a “hater” trying to “jump all over Adam fans”. LOL. Its not about Adam or his potential or his talent, its about TPTB’s history with screwing that up for past contestants. They don’t have the greatest track record with this sort of thing when it comes in a unconventional box.

    But either way, Adam is going to be set. Beyond set really. I think he’s a natural fit for the international music market. Plus, he is a good looking charismatic guy with an incredible voice and industry types LOVE him. Even if the unlikely happens and he’s a flop as a recording artist, there would be a dozen high profile stage and screen offers waiting for him. Out of all the season 8 finalists, Adam is the best bet to make the most money long term. He will have a strong career for a long time no matter what, IMO.

  • jill16

    I am so ecstatic for Adam and so proud of him too! Can you imagine how his parents must feel? Coming from Brian May, this is HUGE!

    I find myself wishing the summer away. My concert isn’t until the end of this month, and with his album and soundtrack coming out in the fall, summer can’t end soon enough.

  • Ladyguard

    Am I wrong or has this been the first time that there has been this much buzz around anyone that competed on the American Idol stage. I find it fascinating. I love that Adam is front and center in the news. It tells me that American Idol viewers weren’t the only ones that recognize Adam’s talent. :cheese1_ee:

  • Southern Breeze

    I’m so happy for Adam. I think he is going to have a major career and I can’t wait to watch him soar. I’m so proud of him. Congratulations Adam…the world is at your feet.

  • Susan M.

    It tells me that American Idol viewers weren’t the only ones that recognize Adam’s talent.

    Yes, and many have testified (myself included) that we became “American Idol” viewers BECAUSE we recognized Adam’s talent.

  • therubberdoll

    @star:

    Star is actually my name, too & I am 100% with you on your comment!

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    Hmm, actually ‘ ¦. The movie’s release is Nov. 13. Soundtracks usually come out about 3 weeks before. Would that make it around the same time as Adam’s first single? Does that sound right?

    Possibly. My mind keeps going to Kelly Clarkson and “Breakaway.”

    According to wikipedia (yeah, yeah I know, not always reliable, but I remember this from way back when the album was first released, as well), she recorded it for the Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack as kind of a “bridge” between her first and second album, to tide the fans over until her 2nd album came out. It doesn’t seem that the song was ever originally intended to be included on her 2nd album, but due to its’ success from the movie, it was not only included, but became the title track as well.

    Granted, this situation isn’t exactly like that. But it makes me wonder whether this song a) is going to be on Adam’s album as well, and b) if it’s possibly going to be the first single.

  • Q3

    The only thing that is puzzling me about Adam singing a song that will be on the soundtrack for 2012 — and it being used over the credits — is that it is so different from anything that Roland Emmerich has done in the past. Most of his films, and all his sci-fi movies, have dramatic classical scores for most of the movie and for the opening titles and end credits. Somehow as excited I am about the prospects of this song, I feel that it could also be just OK and in the soundtrack because Sony wants it there – $250 million buys them a say in some things.

    For me the big question about this song is will it be on the “2012 Video Game”? Even if the movie isn’t the expected blockbuster, the VG is one of the most anticipated games in the gamer world — a place were there are a lot of Adam fans, particularly the women/girls.

    I think the jury is still out on that. After all, the album is being done by multiple producers and we don’t know if this song or any others by this producer are on it.

    If RCA/Sony think that the song is a hit, they will most likely put it on Adam’s album because Rolland Emmerich’s soundtracks not big sellers.

    My total guess/hope is that Adam’s release schedule looks like this:

    September – focus on MadWorld, no real release, just digital single – Tie in to FlashForward. (Dramatic ballad)

    October – Adam’s first single released. Something fun and sexy, perhaps from the RedOne sessions. But, something radio worthy and that pushes some artistic boundaries. (Electronica/Dance/Rock fusion)

    Early November – 2012 single released. This is probably a dramatic song, perhaps in the Muse space with classical influences – just based on the subject matter and Roland Emmerich’s past scores. (Dramatic anthem)

    Mid-November – album is released. (Mixed genre)

    I would hate to see a push behind Mad World and then a movie song from 2012. It would frame Adam as a “theatrical” singer vs. a rock performer — and make him seem so commercially packaged. Well just my theory.

  • tinawina

    Am I wrong or has this been the first time that there has been this much buzz around anyone that competed on the American Idol stage.

    I don’t think so. There have been hugely buzzed about finalists before, either with fans or with media and industry (Clay, Taylor, Carrie, maybe the Davids to some degree) but he seems to be the first that has all 3 not just talking about him, but talking about him in a positive way.

  • SpenserJ

    Wow. Such kind words from one of the senior statesmen of rock. Whether the song is a hit or a flop, I’d say this, in and of itself, is a moment Adam can be very proud of.

    I think it’s a positive for Adam that he appears to be doing a decent job of keeping himself in the press. Especially during what is traditionally the “down time” between the heavy Idol finale press push and the fall album promo press. That’s at least one thing he’s got going for him.

    After that, it’s all up to the music.

  • dhunken

    What Q3 Said!!!!! :thumbup_tb:

  • Teri63

    I would hate to see a push behind Mad World and then a movie song from 2012. It would frame Adam as a ‘theatrical’  singer vs. a rock performer ‘” and make him seem so commercially packaged.

    Hopefully preventing this scenario is the fact that it seems it’s all going to happen so quickly, with everything scheduled for release during the brief fall season. If this is the case, Adam really should have a variety of styles out there all at once for our listening pleasure. For someone who wants to mix it up stylistically-speaking, this promises to be a great introduction to the outside-of-Idol world.

  • cookcricket

    Wow, Brian May sure knows how to get hits on his site!!! LOL! :)

    Congrats Adam. I hope it’s right up there w/ “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”.

  • sunsurger

    I’m still hoping Adam does a few concerts with Queen very soon. I think it will be benefit them all. How much longer can Queen make music/tour? Adam can also expand his fanbase.

    and

    This praise from Brian May is far more meaningful to me than a newsblog full of concert reviews by music scene wannabes. This comment comes from an authentic rock legend who has written and performed some of the most beautiful and influential music in rock history. That he did so while standing next to the most accomplished and acclaimed rock vocalist in history just adds to the magnitude of the statement.

    I also try and keeps my hopes to a reasonable level, but I can tell you that reading that Brian May statement made my heart so full of happiness for Adam that I will be flying high for days.
    That was just epic.

    Couldn’t have said it better! :clap_tb:

  • Bowie1

    MJ

    Do you have a link to the Brian May comments? I have family and friends who enjoy reading and watching Adam’s career unfold and I’d love to be able to send this to them.

    I really enjoy your website and all of the diverse comments and views of your readers. I go to websites just devoted to Adam but, I find, because yours is giving other peoples’ perspectives on their favorites, it’s much more fun! I find myself laughing and enjoying reading all the witty and passionate comments! And I always come here first for the latest news. Thanks for all you do!!

  • realvivi

    Do you have a link to the Brian May comments? I have family and friends who enjoy reading and watching Adam’s career unfold and I’d love to be able to send this to them.

    Enjoy :)
    http://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssb.html

  • ShameonAI

    Hey Bowie1, the comment was taken from BM’s blog:
    http://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssb.html
    just scroll down, you will find the entry titled “THINGS I DID IN THE CITY OF ANGELS”

  • Bowie1

    Thanks for the help!

  • Jhoy2theworld

    All I can say is WOW!!! What a great endorsement from one of the rock legends. I can’t wait to hear it. I’m a huge Queen fan and now a huge Adam fan (he had me in “I’m not skerd”). I hope one day they can do a benefit tour together and I’ll be the first one in line. And I can’t wait for Adam’s album. I wish him all the success in the world!!!

  • BestAI

    I would hate to see a push behind Mad World and then a movie song from 2012. It would frame Adam as a ‘theatrical’  singer vs. a rock performer ‘” and make him seem so commercially packaged.

    The track from 2012 has May’s stamp of approval, so I wouldn’t worry about Adam being labeled a theatrical singer. There have been many different types of singers who have had their tracks in movies. Mad World is already being played worldwide, so being part of a tv show isn’t going to change anything other than give Adam a little bit more exposure.

    For Adam, this just gives him more worldwide recognition, especially in this stage of his career. I believe Adam is bursting out of his AI bubble loud and strong. Better high expectations than no expectations.

    Way to go Adam Lambert!!!

  • webster

    I like the fact that May was so specific in his comments, but now I really want to hear it so I can see what he’s talking about.

    Not helping in the quest to lower expectations for Adam to say, human levels

    I don’t get this. Most people have probably not even heard that he’s on this soundtrack, let alone have any expectations about it. And even so, the most this will do might be to get people to either listen in the first place, or, if they just hear it in the context of the movie go “oh, that might be the song May was talking about”. They’ll use their own ears to like or not. If they think it’s awful, it’s as likely to effect their opinion of May as it is their opinion of Adam. But May not mentioning it, or giving it a tepid thumbs-up, wouldn’t make people like it more.

    Word. I’m afraid that all of this hyperbolic praise is going to come crashing down on him like a ton of bricks.

    Does this mean you’ve heard it, like in the trailers? (I saw one trailer before it was in the press that Adam might have an associated track, but I’m pretty sure there was nothing Adam in the trailer – I think I’d have noticed, but maybe not). If so, what aspects of May’s comments do you think were hyperbole? If not, why the assumption that the praise was OTT? Is it based on May’s general habits (I’m not familiar at all)?

    My own main question: does May’s taste match mine enough for this to have predictive value for me? Or, for those interested in Adam’s career beyond your own personal buying/listening habits, does May’s taste match a significant number of the current music listening public? Though he’s experienced and knowledgable, he may be speaking primarily from his own personal taste in vocals, which may or may not match what a lot of people are interested in. It may be that people say, “wow – finally a current male rock singer that really has some technical and expressive chops! Finally! It’s been too long!” Or they may say “The man has skills, but that operatic rock thing is just not where it’s at for me.”

    For people who like the former, it’s good to hear praise from someone who knows what he’s talking about. But it’s not going to have much effect on people who like the latter. (Of course, people can have their minds changed, too. I did. But that won’t come from hearing a review, only from hearing the actual singing)

  • NewFan

    Many really great things happened during the AI Finale. It was a great show and everyone shone brightly. But two things, concerning Adam, particularly caught hold of my attention. Carlos Santana reached out to shake Adam’s hand during his own guitar solo and Brian May did a complete double take (complete) when Adam stepped up beside him and sang just that one line. I’m sure that Adam was keen to impress Brian May and was sincerely pleased when he did … but I’m equally sure that he didn’t expect Santana’s gesture … which was kind of funny, really, because it threw him off his choreography and Santana just barely got back to work on time. Wonderful, “real” moments though. Two truly gifted, hard-working people simply recognizing a third. Adam will get a lot of praise in the future but that night it was completely spontaneous and genuine. Wonderful.

  • Sydia

    Wow…Adam sure is getting some wonderful props from peeps with legit creed in the business. I have to admit that I am impressed. A guy like this isn’t just gonna talk out of his a@%, cuddos…to Adam and his fans.

  • lulwut

    It’s great for Adam to get praises from Brian.

    It’s just feel weird, no.1 smash? I don’t believe him. Call me cynical. I think we’ve heard enough of hyperbole comments for AI contestants. Anyone still remember Cook’s debut was going to be another White Album and Joshua Tree?

  • Kanga22

    Such an amazing, amazing article to read. I admire Brian May so much.
    What an honor it was just to read this article!
    I am so excited for Adam.
    And am thrilled that legendary Rock Stars appreciate and respect his talent.
    This is only the beginning…

  • jericho

    Anyone still remember Cook’s debut was going to be another White Album and Joshua Tree?

    Hmmm well I was never really a Cook fan (that comb-over still freaks me out) even though I thought he was the best of his season however I just don’t remember any other top 3 idol contestant getting this much buzz. For a while there it was pretty close. There was Clay, Fantasia, Daughtry, even the Davids last year but I think the Brian May love has kinda pushed Adam beyond the others. ymmv

  • NewFan

    Adam’s first album is already huge thing … because a year ago none of us were ever going to hear it.

  • Calliope

    It’s just feel weird, no.1 smash? I don’t believe him. Call me cynical. I think we’ve heard enough of hyperbole comments for AI contestants. Anyone still remember Cook’s debut was going to be another White Album and Joshua Tree?

    I think that comment was actually more in regards to the UK than the US, which is actually rather interesting. Unless he is using his thoughts on this song going big in Brit-lingo (number 1 smash hit is thrown around a lot in terms of getting a hit song, and bookies take bets on this sort of thing there) but meant it overall. It is hyperbole, but the way it was articulated is on the good side of it.

    I don’t remember people mentiong Cook’s debut as another White Album or Joshua Tree (granted, in my view, bad hyperbole does lazy comparisons). Who said that?

  • SparklesATL

    And even so, the most this will do might be to get people to either listen in the first place, or, if they just hear it in the context of the movie go ‘oh, that might be the song May was talking about’ . They’ll use their own ears to like or not. If they think it’s awful, it’s as likely to effect their opinion of May as it is their opinion of Adam. But May not mentioning it, or giving it a tepid thumbs-up, wouldn’t make people like it more.

    One thing to consider in addition to what you said, radio is more likely to pick up the song because it’s in the movie rather than because an “Idol” made it. As a matter of fact, FM radio is notorious for NOT playing an artist because they did come out of the Idol machine. Of course there are exceptions, Carrie, DAUGHTRY, Jennifer Hudson, Clay. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t Cook, who is great by the way, having a struggle with FM and is leaning more toward the “Alt” category? Even Kelly Clarkson has had her ups and downs.

    If the song is good, most moviegoers probably will not remember or even know who is singing it. They’ll just want to hear “that song from the movie.” If I hear songs I like in a movie, I’ll just go home and google the movie to see if I can find who did the song. The majority won’t even know who Adam Lambert is, much less Brian May.

    The point I’m trying to make in my rambling is that Adam is more likely to gain a fan base who don’t even care about Idol simply because they like the song.

    All of this speculation is based on the song being really good and memorable. I won’t know until I hear it myself.

  • lulwut

    I don’t remember people mentiong Cook’s debut as another White Album or Joshua Tree (granted, in my view, bad hyperbole does lazy comparisons). Who said that?

    Cook

    I think that comment was actually more in regards to the UK than the US, which is actually rather interesting. Unless he is using his thoughts on this song going big in Brit-lingo (number 1 smash hit is thrown around a lot in terms of getting a hit song, and bookies take bets on this sort of thing there) but meant it overall. It is hyperbole, but the way it was articulated is on the good side of it.

    How do you know he’s referring to a UK No.1? He’s not from a British band. We don’t even know what type of song it is, brit rock? pop? power ballad? No.1 smash for what? If we going by new star for rock world it seems like a rock song.

  • tinawina

    I don’t remember people mentiong Cook’s debut as another White Album or Joshua Tree (granted, in my view, bad hyperbole does lazy comparisons). Who said that?

    Cook was asked in a couple of interviews about his musical goals, and he said his aspiration was to make a classic album like the two mentioned. Of course, idol junkies took those statements and ran with them in all the predictable ways. LOL.

    I don’t know about a movie song being more palatable to radio, it really just depends on the song and how its marketed. Some Idols have had trouble with CHR and some haven’t, in the end it just comes down to song quality, promotion, timing and luck.

  • Calliope

    How do you know he’s referring to a UK No.1? He’s not from a British band. We don’t even know what type of song it is, brit rock? pop? power ballad? No.1 smash for what? If we going by new star for rock world it seems like a rock song.

    Because Brian May is British? I wasn’t talking about the feel of the song, but the terminology used to describe it as being a hit. I’m American, but have lived in the UK more than I have the US in the past 5 years and those terms are how people describe “hits” in the UK, including taking bets with the bookies. So when Brian mentioned that, I thought he was either taking about what it could do on the UK charts (they rarely take bets at the bookies for what will happen on the US music scene) or was just using British lingo to hype it up. It has nothing to do with Adam’s country of origin or as a band.

    As for the hype from Cook about Cook vs. May about Adam. It’s different. It may not translate to anything, but it’s not the same, especially since May spoke in descriptive terms, not comparative.

    ETA:

    Cook was asked in a couple of interviews about his musical goals, and he said his aspiration was to make a classic album like the two mentioned. Of course, idol junkies took those statements and ran with them in all the predictable ways. LOL.

    Oh, okay. That makes a bit more sense and doesn’t seem as hyperbolic. One can aspire to such a goal without declaring their next album the next Joshua Tree. Thanks for the clarification. LOL

  • suebrody

    If Brian May doesn’t understand music, who would?! He predicts the song will be a huge hit; he could be mistaken, just as anyone could. And it’s not as if Adam is out there peddling the single, nor is he doing that with MW as the FastForward theme song (if it is). I’m sure Adam knows about May’s praise, I’m sure he’s excited, and I’m sure he’ also a tad busy with the tour, recording his album, photo shoots, meet and greets, and Twitter parties. ;-)

    Anyway, huge kudos to Adam. Hope the single is a smash. If it isn’t, so be it, and I agree; if the single is successful, this could garner him a strong fan base of non-Idol record buyers (of which there happen to be a lot; a whole lot). I can’t wait to see him in concert on Tuesday, but I am more excited about his future work and predicted (by many, and no, not all) success.

    edited: there’s nothing to understand. everyone here is entitled to an opinion

  • alxsavage

    another White Album and Joshua Tree

    Seriously? Like the 2 greatest album from the greatest bands ever? We can’t deceive ourselves, not even those albums where The Beatles’ or U2′s debut albums. Maybe someday David Cook and Adam will make great albums, I just will never expect too much from a debut album that thousands of fans are expecting, expectations will always be too high.

    BTW, about this whole matter, it’s just Brian May’s opinion, and he is one of those persons who are entitled to say predictions like that; I would be worried if Adam was the one saying that.

  • lulwut

    Seriously? Like the 2 greatest album from the greatest bands ever? We can’t deceive ourselves, not even those albums where The Beatles’ or U2′s debut albums. Maybe someday David Cook and Adam will make great albums, I just will never expect too much from a debut album that thousands of fans are expecting, expectations will always be too high.

    The hyperbole is all too common for idol contestants. D’Arch’s once-in-a-decade voice anyone? Directly from Billboard. Blake Lewis was going to sell 5 million of his debut.

    I don’t think my reaction is “this might not be good,” just don’t believe it.

  • Maria22

    This praise from Brian May is far more meaningful to me than a newsblog full of concert reviews by music scene wannabes. This comment comes from an authentic rock legend who has written and performed some of the most beautiful and influential music in rock history. That he did so while standing next to the most accomplished and acclaimed rock vocalist in history just adds to the magnitude of the statement.

    I also try and keeps my hopes to a reasonable level, but I can tell you that reading that Brian May statement made my heart so full of happiness for Adam that I will be flying high for days.
    That was just epic.

    How wonderful for Adam! And his fans! It just made my day! Yippee!!!!

  • unique28v

    I especially like it when he gets compliments on his vocal ability as he deserves.And coming from Brian May that’s a huge compliment

    Yeah. Too many times we discuss everything except for the main thing which is the voice and vocal ability. lol This is really cool for Adam. Coming off of a reality TV show, the sooner one can get street cred the better!! I wonder if this is the first single that Adam will be releasing in October or if it will at least be on his album?? Oh well. Time will tell.

  • LaurelG

    It’s a lovely compliment and I agree with a poster upthread, it came from a sincere place. Brian May wasn’t being interviewed, wasn’t being asked a question. He volunteered this information. I take it more as a compliment on Adam’s instrument and interpretive skills. In terms of the song itself, will the tastes of the 2009 buying public coincide with Brian May’s? I don’t know. I hope so. I’m cautiously optimistic.

  • Maria22

    Susan M.
    Aug 15th, 2009 at 12:25 pm
    It tells me that American Idol viewers weren’t the only ones that recognize Adam’s talent.

    Yes, and many have testified (myself included) that we became ‘American Idol’  viewers BECAUSE we recognized Adam’s talent.

    THIS!

  • newswoman

    What is most important and most exciting about this compliment from one of rock’s most revered musicians is that it completely legitimizes Adam as a rock star.

  • Q3

    Just to clarify what I wrote — I was trying to say that I expect that Adam’s October single will NOT be the 2012 song because they will make sure to position him as a rock singer, not a theatrical singer.

    Am I wrong or has this been the first time that there has been this much buzz around anyone that competed on the American Idol stage.

    I don’t think so. There have been hugely buzzed about finalists before, either with fans or with media and industry (Clay, Taylor, Carrie, maybe the Davids to some degree) but he seems to be the first that has all 3 not just talking about him, but talking about him in a positive way.

    Adam’s getting a lot of buzz and it is almost all positive. At this point in his Idol career, Adam has substantially more press mentions, feature articles and online mentions in blogs, social media and online comments than any other Idol contestant.

    Last year David Cook set a new Idol buzz record, but Adam has exceed even that. BTW Kris also exceed David Cook’s post Idol buzz levels, but not close to Adam’s level.

    The big question is, is this just a momentary buzz spike for a few months or a sustained period of positive buzz and press like Kelly has achieved and maintained.

  • star

    Anyone still remember Cook’s debut was going to be another White Album and Joshua Tree?

    Well, if Cook himself is the one who was saying things like that, therein lies the difference. Brian May is saying all this complimentary stuff, not Adam.

  • NewFan

    I’m afraid that I’m not an AI fan and probably never will be. I only stumbled on it this year because I kept seeing “Adam Lambert” in the MSN Entertainment section. I saw it so many times that I finally caved in to take a look. So now I’m a fan of Adam and Kris and Allison and I’m an admirer of all the others. I’m glad for this diversion and the set of musical discoveries that came with it but I’ll not be watching AI again.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Do you have a link to the Brian May comments? I have family and friends who enjoy reading and watching Adam’s career unfold and I’d love to be able to send this to them.

    I linked to it in my post. Click on “confirms”. Also, if you click on “has been” it will lead you to an older post that has a thorough description of the background of this story.

  • Matt

    Just more and more pressure on Adam. At this point, the media is really going to have a field day if he doesn’t become a superstar.

    We shall see. I still wish him the best.

  • pdlove

    This must be some song!!!!!! The song is one thing but it is the artist who really makes it happen. I can’t wait to hear what Brian is talking about.

  • Bowie1

    MJ

    Thanks. I get how to do it now. I appreciate everybodies help!

  • lola

    Even if he gets flaks from the media from failing to become a superstar as they predict him to be, that won’t change my admiration to his great talent. I don’t think he is also aspiring to be one either. He just wants to sing and earn enough money to support him and his family. It’s the media who are making their predictions of him as the superstar in the making. So it’s their problem if they failed in their predictions and they can make theories of why he failed.

  • Mary102

    Wow! Well, just when we thought we might have a chance to lower expectations for Adam after the photo shoot pic that shall not be named, we get a quote like that to send the expectations through the roof again ;-) Adam just can’t win. Not that that kind of praise is a bad thing, but, idk, hyperbolic much?

    Still, I’m getting more and more excited to hear some of this stuff.

  • isisdagmar

    I definitely take the “sure-fire #1 hit” comment with a giant grain of salt–even Brian May can’t predict something like that. But the comments about Adam’s voice are amazing, and true, and hearing them from someone like May is an incredible thing.

  • Truthiness

    Honestly for me the most valuable part of this compliment from Brian May is that Adam will probably be thrilled about it. But I don’t think it means this song necessarily will be a hit. Who knows? It could even be great and not be a hit. Happens all the time. And it doesn’t even mean that Adam is more, or less for that matter, legitimatized as a rock artist. Great compliment though it was and from someone I happen to admire from the world of rock music.

    But that’s just me. I feel like the Debbie Downer of Adam fantards. Oh well.

  • Matt

    Well, if Cook himself is the one who was saying things like that, therein lies the difference.

    Cook never said that. Not sure why people are saying he did.

  • isisdagmar

    You’re not a debbie downer, Truthiness: I don’t think this comment has much or anything to do with how successful or not Adam will be and how successful or not this one song will be; it’s just a great compliment from a rock legend, and that kind of respect and recognition is a lovely thing for Adam and others to hear.

  • Calliope

    I definitely take the ‘sure-fire #1 hit’  comment with a giant grain of salt’“even Brian May can’t predict something like that. But the comments about Adam’s voice are amazing, and true, and hearing them from someone like May is an incredible thing.

    Nobody can predict it, that’s for sure, and what is more amazing is how May complimented him. However, what I was trying to say is that the language is quite common in British terms on saying it’s a good song/hit/whatever. It’s hyperbolic, but in a way that fits with Britishisms, in my opinion. The part that made me wonder about it is whether he was thinking a bit literal with the British charts since that would be interesting and add to the idea of marketing Adam internationally. That was the more “hmm” (not necessarily likely though) aspect of it.

    In context of hype, the way they do it in the UK is usually more OTT, with much more build-them-up-then-kick-them-down attitude, superlatives and mass-hype. The only thing that I found that lined up with this less was he said he wasn’t kidding, so I don’t know if he meant it a bit more literally (which still won’t translate into anything, but he might think it is that good and likely, especially if they market it). And if people can analyze a Kradam dance, I can get analytical of May’s words. ;)

  • webster

    Honestly for me the most valuable part of this compliment from Brian May is that Adam will probably be thrilled about it. But I don’t think it means this song necessarily will be a hit.

    I agree that it might not at all be a hit. I couldn’t possibly care less if it’s a hit. Personally, I also don’t particularly care whether Adam is thrilled with the comment – I mean, good for him, but whatever. What I do care about is this: this might possibly mean that the music Adam is making is really good. May is a good musician and has heard even more good musicians. He has, afaik, absolutely no personal, professional or financial reason to say anything other than what he actually believes. So maybe this means that it really is good. That would be awesome.

    If you’re the Debbie Downer fantard, then maybe I’m the Paddy Prove-it fantard. I’m ready to go ape-shit crazy if he unleashes some good music. But I’m absolutely not interested in hearing him sing whatever just because he can or because he likes it or because it’ll sell a million.

    Frankly, all the discussions of what is, was, will or won’t be a hit kind of surprises me. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just very foreign to me. I listen to lots of music, lots of artists, and I’m pretty sure none of them are selling hundreds of thousands of records or even close. But then, I have no idea how much they’re selling or where, and it never occurred to me to wonder. It never occurred to me, as a fan, to care. I’ve thought maybe it’s an Idolworld thing: after voting these poor bastards in to a contract, we then want to make sure they succeed. We’re armchair record execs. Is that it? But maybe it’s just me, maybe other people routinely keep up to date on record sales and hit status etc on all the musicians they follow. Maybe I’ve been a bad fan all along and didn’t know it.

  • isisdagmar

    However, what I was trying to say is that the language is quite common in British terms on saying it’s a good song/hit/whatever.

    Oh, I know! My comment wasn’t directed at you, bb–it was just a general comment on May’s comment. :) I thought your discussion of British terms was really interesting.

  • Calliope

    isisdagmar:

    Oh, I know! My comment wasn’t directed at you, bb’“it was just a general comment on May’s comment. :) I thought your discussion of British terms was really interesting.

    Oh, okay. Phew. ;)

    Seriously, though — the conversation always takes odd turns with Adam.

    webster:

    But then, I have no idea how much they’re selling or where, and it never occurred to me to wonder. It never occurred to me, as a fan, to care

    It’s definitely an Idol thing, but partially due to “participation” from the viewers, making them feel like a part of it. However, I also think part of it is if the Idol tanks on a bad album, then that kind of hurts any chance at longevity in the business, especially in relation to the indie/small artists I listen to. So less of a chance of ever getting a quality album out of someone who interests you talent-wise.

  • suebrody

    Sorry, MJ. It was my excitement over Adam’s possible future. My apologies.

  • Adamme

    Thank you Q3 – yes.. I guess what I meant was to be nominated for Oscar.. but thank you for your explanations.. learn something new every day.. actually I learned a lot by hang out in mjsblog.. everyday.. lol

  • Adamme

    I’m sure Brian May’s opinion about Adam was sincere, but this is also a good marketing for him in the US. Anything Adam is creating a buzz / news. His twitter party or his ugly Glitter Michellin man has creating lots of buzz. So Brian May’s blog has creating buzz for the movie, for Adam and for Brian (Queen) in US and maybe the world. Makes people curious more.

    And yes.. I ‘m still dreaming and hoping to see Queen and Adam collaborations .. pleeezzeeee make it happen.

  • kw

    “Anyone still remember Cook’s debut was going to be another White Album and Joshua Tree?”

    LOL—-No one ever said Cook’s debut was going to be another White Album and Joshua Tree. David made the comment that he would love to write something along the lines as the White Album or Joshua Tree some day.

  • Sherena

    But then, I have no idea how much they’re selling or where, and it never occurred to me to wonder. It never occurred to me, as a fan, to care

    I don’t think it’s just an Idol thing. I’ve always cared how much my favorite artists sell, because I want them to establish enough of a fanbase that they can 1) be making music for years to come and 2) get more creative freedom from their labels, making their music more interesting.

  • justjude

    I was at the cineplex to see Julie & Julia last night. But, before that they showed the “’2012″ trailer and I just felt good that when I see it in Nov?, I will be staying for the final credits as I understand that Adams song with be sung with the credits and I am looking
    forward to hearing it!!!
    While I love what Brian May had to say about the piece was very encouraging, I never
    count on any release being a “hit” even before it is heard by fickle or loyal fans. Hopefully,
    Most Fans will give him an honest chance and he will be giving his best and the rest is up to “IT”. Personally, I believe He “got the goods” if her can handle all the heat he gets
    from so called fans and also some “reverse psycology from Non Fans!!
    SO JUST ROCK ON ADAM!!!And the universe will unfold as it should!!!!

    PS:Julie & Julia was so so funny and just a great Dramady!!!!

  • reinharv

    It will be kind of difficult for Adam to live up to all that hype about him. He unfortunately will always be fodder for gossip rags. With all the comments about him being a superstar then a) Why didn’t he win A.I.? and b) How many of his A.I. songs charted in the top 100? and c) did Rock radio play any of his A.I. songs and how did they chart? Did he beat David Cook’s record of 11 songs, or even David Archuleta’s 3? Of course last season’s A.I. tunes only stayed available for 4 days after the finale and no album of the contestants were compiled & made available for sale as they did this year. I believe Cook’s A.I. songs/downloads were over 1 million. I can’t imagine how many dowloads it would have been had it been made into an album & available indefinitely.

    There is no doubt that Adam has talent. You have to have talent to be in a Broadway-type stage. They don’t just put anyone on that stage and let them sing/perform. To say “he belongs on Broadway” is not an insult, but that is where Adam belongs. That’s just my opinion.

    It will be nice for Adam to have a song on 2012 that’s for sure but most of the time those songs are at the end when credits roll & people exit. The only advantage for Adam would be if that song is included in his debut album and not just be a song in a movie soundtrack. That would be the only way it would be a smash hit on the radio.

    Yes, we watch A.I., we blog, etc., but most people I know do not blog, don’t twit, and do not watch the show at all though might have in the past, aren’t into Rock music or know who is who & never read RS. Most of the people who “vote” on American Idol don’t even buy the CD of the person/people they voted for. If that was the case then every single “A.I.” CD released would be multi-platinum on the day of release.

  • poporange

    Believing the hype generated on American Idol last years American Idol was going to be a huge Rock star out of the gate.Right now not really but then always thought AI’s terms of being successful are way to high. Adam vocally has the best range of any Idol contestant which I heard. The end of the movie credits is pretty good probably better if it was in the movie..Some might say “cool song” and buy it. (the song from “City of Angles)The hype if it lives up wait till the Idol wave ends .If Adam doesn’t Adam will keep jamming and the world will keep spinning..unless of course Taylor leaves FNL thats another story…:)

    Thanks for the heads of the movie Julia and Julia…

  • Teri63

    To say ‘he belongs on Broadway’  is not an insult, but that is where Adam belongs. That’s just my opinion.

    While I think Adam would definitely do well on Broadway, that’s not where he chooses to be at this stage of his career, and, happily, it seems that Brian May feels he could do well in the world of rock. In my opinion, being able to sing on Broadway and being theatrical in style doesn’t mean that an artist necessarily belongs there and that his or her singing talent could not translate to any other form of entertainment. Obviously, Brian May doesn’t have a crystal ball, but he has been in the industry for years and played alongside one of the all-time great rock vocalists, so I can’t help but feel a little encouraged by his supportive and hopeful words about Adam!

  • SparklesATL

    Is hyperbolic the new OTT?

    I prefer OTT. hyperbolic reminds me too much of math class.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    “Did he beat David Cook’s record of 11 songs, or even David Archuleta’s 3? Of course last season’s A.I. tunes only stayed available for 4 days after the finale and no album of the contestants were compiled & made available for sale as they did this year. I believe Cook’s A.I. songs/downloads were over 1 million. ”

    It would be impossible for Adam to beat David’s record on Itunes because
    1) Adam’s coronation song was not promoted, Kris’s was. The winner’s song went platinum for Cook. I believe that song is still available on Itunes – but I agree, it’s hard to judge since the rest of Cook’s singles were pulled…although I think most of Cook’s fans knew that and purchased the itunes at that time.
    2) Kris and Adam didn’t sing as many songs on AI so I don’t know how that effects the number of songs to download or chart.
    3) the economy is terrible, which is a factor
    4) we will never get the total numbers for either season 7 or 8, so it is next to impossible to judge.
    5) Kris should be compared to Cook, not Adam as Kris won, but Kris had the unfortunate NOBO as his coronation song.

    ETA- As far as your question on why Adam didn’t win if he’s so great…that is one that has been debated to death…and there are too many theories to list.

  • dhunken

    To say ‘he belongs on Broadway’  is not an insult, but that is where Adam belongs. That’s just my opinion.

    You may not mean it as an insult but when the music industry tells someone they belong on Broadway. It is meant as a backhanded compliment. I am sure and I have read that Kris fans would feel insulted if someone said “He belongs singing in the coffee house circuit. It is not an insult but that is where he belongs.” I am sure regardless if it was just someone’s humble opinion you would have many Kris fans feeling it was an insult.

  • BestAI

    Yes, we watch A.I., we blog, etc., but most people I know do not blog, don’t twit, and do not watch the show at all though might have in the past, aren’t into Rock music or know who is who & never read RS. Most of the people who ‘vote’  on American Idol don’t even buy the CD of the person/people they voted for. If that was the case then every single ‘A.I.’  CD released would be multi-platinum on the day of release.

    So, how did Kelly, Carrie, and Daughtry become so successful?

    Fortunately for Adam, he had the buzz while on the show (and not just because he was gay) and continues to get it. Perhaps not any more than Clay or Taylor (I wouldn’t know because I never read anything about them). Being on American Idol is a jump start, with a ready-made fanbase. From there he would expand his recognition being on a few covers, and many, many articles in magazines; I’ve been at the beauty shop and have seen many pics of Adam on the inside. Adam won a couple of awards, has been featured on TV quite a bit during and after AI (even O’Reilly’s show).

    To sum up, being on AI, being seen here and there all adds up. So many people who have never watched AI, never read blogs, nor have seen Adam in mags, know who he is. Those people may not even know Kris won, but, as I mentioned they know about Adam.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    Aw! I left for a weekend away to the sound of giggles at Adam’s Michelon Man album cover suit (my own snickers included) only to return to find Brian May has posted a powerfully nice compliment about him in his blog. I feel like a proud mama knowing some of the greats of rock – Brian May, Slash – are in Adam’s corner. Does this mean he’ll be a superstar? Well, for God’s sake, who knows? Certainly not Idol fans whose record on picking potential superstars for winners is currently 2 to 6. (Kelly and Carrie being the only winners to reach superstar status. Cook is still a work in progress, and I really don’t think anyone expects Kris to become a superstar.) I’m happy to wait and see what happens to Adam. As poporange said, if he’s not the next great thing, so what? The world will continue to spin, and Adam will keep on making music.

  • justjude

    I actually have a few idol CD’s, starting with Rueben, Clay, Fanstasia and I got my partner Taylor (not my fav as preferred Yamin and daughtry and the davids and by golly I will have adam Kris and Alli. I also have a lot of great and varied music. Sound Tracts Yeah (philidelphia story, City of angels,Don Juan de Marco,p Hustle and flow and on!!!!
    In fact, I have many diverse types of music (eclectic). And while my apple pod has mostly new stuff Adam Kris,alli, matt, as well duffy(gorgous singer writer, Adele so cool

    I still listen to a lot of old jazz and blues…alternative ,techno pop..little boots
    And I even love a lot of the old song that are covered on idol But only if they are better than the originals

    Time will tell where Adam will place but I sure wouldn’t put him back in theater. I’ve seen exerpt from some and while He has sung some outstanding songs….His acting …Hmmmm..Not so much for me. I am convined This is his natural environment!!!!ROCK ON slinky beautiful BOY!!
    I’M Still looking for ward to hearing Adams Film track!!!
    ……..

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    “”Anyone still remember Cook’s debut was going to be another White Album and Joshua Tree?””

    I love Cook, I do, second after Jason last year. Jason is still my favorite Idol of all time but Adam is in a whole nother realm, beyond the regular Idolites, he seriously is. I cannot imagine him not doing as well as Mr May has said he will