Adam Lambert – Yahoo Music Interview and More

Check out part 2 of Lyndsey Parker’s “back porch” interview with Adam Lambert. Part 2 is all about the music. A couple of interesting tidbits: The Sam Sparrow song “Voodoo” that was left off the album will be included in an upcoming EP of remixes. And that rumor about a possible Justin Timberlake collaboration? Not true.

I’ve included Part 1, in case you missed it.

BONUS: Dave and Jimmy Grammy interview. Adam’s brother, who traveled to LA from Brooklyn to help celebrate Adam’s birthday, surprised him on air. Very cute.

Video after the jump…

Part 2

Part 1 (If you missed it)

Dave and Jimmy – Adam Lambert Grammy interview (Adam’s brother surprises him)

  • conklas

    Thanks for posting MJ, I just finished watching this when I came over to the sight. Really good interview, especially part 2. I think people (even non fans) should watch this because it gives a deeper insight where Adam was going with his CD. Interesting stuff.

  • Truthiness

    I bet that TfM pushed out Voodoo, another reason to dislike that song. Not that I needed another reason.

  • ptslittlecomment

    I FLOVE these interviews. Adam is so open and honest. She is a great interviewer, asking open-ended questions and then shutting up and listening.

  • saga

    I bet that TfM pushed out Voodoo, another reason to dislike that song. Not that I needed another reason.

    Uggggghhh. Don’t make me cry.

  • Rub

    Please no more collaborations with the non-relevant(irrelevant) Hawkins and his lousy writing skills. Bring on Butch Vig

  • BeckyMD

    Lyndsey Parker’s interviews are great. I hope Adam can have hit songs to buy himself the freedom to experiment further artistically because I love his first album and want him to have the support to make more music.

    There are so much more in this interview that I want to comment, but what hasn’t been discussed in this blog and at the end it all comes to what kind of music we like and whether we can identify ourselves to the artist. So I just keep the comments I want to make to myself, and keep wishing Adam the best of luck.

    Maybe one comment. I wish the burning man moment had happened a couple years earlier. But maybe things happen in the way how they are supposed to happen in terms of time and form.

  • emmuzka

    Eighteen and a half minutes of talk, shot with a hand-held and with no editing, and it works great. He is such a talent. The same way as brands are valued according to their value without the product, Adam’s charisma surely has a great value outside his music. Don’t get me wrong, his music is great, too, but he has the *something* that is needed in the music business.

  • dhunken

    The Yahoo interview is one of the best I have heard with him about his music and what his thought process is in that vein. He impresses me on his knowledge of the industry and his humbleness on what he can and can not do. Is there any word on when the EP is coming out. I want to hear the Voodoo song and the remixes. (Didn’t know that there would be remixes of WWFM) I liked this interview too because it show that Adam is very serious about his music and his place in the music industry. He likes his dress up and fashion and mag covers but He LOVES his music and singing and performing. I think that sometimes that gets miss-represented and people think that he is more about being a tabloid icon when in reality he is all about the music. The more interviews I see of him the more and more I love Adam the artist. Thanks MJ for posting all these interview the past few days. I love the surprise by his brother during the interview. He was genuinely happy. The “Adam owes me $20″ t-shirt part was hysterical.

  • luval

    Part 2 lindsey parker interview was great.

  • saga

    Rub, I like Hawkins songs. I totally understand that Suburbian Decay doesn’t fit into his album but I soooo wanna hear it. And I wanna hear Vodoo too.

    Hmm, I kind of wish he’d gone even more electronic. Or maybe more electronic rock on some stuff. I mean, todays rock doesn’t have to be Nickelback. Like a dirty, electronic rock sound…

  • rs

    Lyndsey’s interviews are the best ever! He is so relaxed and gives such insight into himself. It’s really just like sitting on a front porch listening to old friends talk. And as he just twittered: Vacation! Ciao BB!!

  • Chicagolaw

    Wow, nice job, Lyndsey. Love hearing Adam talk about music and the process. So much good content, and so interesting. I wish there was a part 3.

    And, I really get the feeling that “Suburban Decay” will show up somewhere.

  • saga
  • zuper

    According to the interview the “Powers That Be” don’t feel Music Again will work on the radio. I had to stop the watching the interview to make this quick comment:

    Yes it will!!! THIS is the kind of song that is different and will stand out. THIS is the kind of music he promised us – glam rock fusion. For months we heard how he was going to put twists on the current conventional music. WWFM is nice but it doesn’t stand out. Music Again is notable, defining, and bold.

    Back to watch the rest of the interview. . .

  • Truthiness

    According to the interview the “Powers That Be” don’t feel Music Again will work on the radio. I had to stop the watching the interview to make this quick comment:

    Yes it will!!!THIS is the kind of song that is different and will stand out.

    I agree with TPTB on this one, I don’t see that song doing well on radio. It’s too camp and I just don’t see the general radio listening public, at this point, to be into it.

    And I think it’s cheesy. Which I get it’s kind of supposed to be, which fine, but for most people? No. It’s not hard enough rock, it’s not Nickelback or Daughty, it’s Glam, which isn’t popular in the US as a sound. It’s not techo/dance or electro enough to hit people in that area. It’s neither fish nor fowl in terms of things that people seem to like these days, so I think it would be a big fat failure if they tried to release it as a single. YMMV, of course.

  • saga

    Well I wouldn’t put out MA now. Maybe if he has a few succesful singles he can take a chance on releasing MA. There is nothing like it on radio, yes, but that also means that if it works it could be huge.

  • star

    I loved both of these interviews. Adam’s astrology obsession cracks me up. “He’s not gay, he’s just a Libra.” And he talked astrology with JT, of course. LMAO. :P

    Can’t wait to hear “Voodoo”!

  • zuper

    Pausing the interview again after this comment from Adam.

    I sang a lot of classic rock because none of the other contestants were. I had to find a way to seperate myself from the rest of the group.

    This is what I was trying to say earlier. It applies in the real world just like it does on Idol. If you want to stand out put something out there that isn’t like everything else. I don’t know why his team is afraid to push songs like MA and SFW.

    Back to watch the rest. . . I have just been frustrated lately with the choices being made. He is celebrated because he is different, then turns around and pushes a very mainstream (nice) song.

  • zuper

    No. It’s not hard enough rock, it’s not Nickelback or Daughty, it’s Glam, which isn’t popular in the US as a sound.

    I agree with you that it isn’t popular in the US right now. But how does something get to be poplular if nobody ever does it “because it isn’t popular”? I know that probably only makes sense in my head.

    As far as Nickelback or Daughtry is concerned. I’m officially bored by them. Daughtry was my absolute favorite idol ever – hands down! My anticipation for his album was huge. BUT it all sounds the same and the same as so many others out there right now. Same with Nickelback. Actually, half the time these guys and others are interchangeable. Give me something different already.

  • Chicagolaw

    I love MA, and I agree that it would stand-out on radio, and in the best way. And it is clearly a critical favorite. But, if radio won’t play it, it doesn’t matter. I do think that a song like MA could possibly have a chance if Adam can get a couple radio hits behind him. He can put out great stuff, but then it is essentially out of his hands and in the hands of PDs, who basically call the shots. This was a really great interview, and it will be very interesting to see what his team picks for the next single.

  • lorismile

    He is celebrated because he is different, then turns around and pushes a very mainstream (nice) song.

    DING DING DING DING to this!!! My faves are MA, PUU and SFW. Those are the 3 I listen to first and then the rest. WWFM is not my fave on the CD, it’s somewhere in the middle. Much prefer his live versions of this song.

    I have not yet seen either of the Yahoo interviews and you guys are making me nervous!!!! I’m not sure MA would fly on the radio but, damnit, I want them to at least try at some point. (Yeah, like I have a say because it is all about what I want LOL)

  • lorismile

    Loved The Times article. Favorite line “Being the first of anything can come with its complications and controversy”

    You ain’t kidding!

  • Chicagolaw

    I just think that he is forced to push the very “mainstream, nice song,” (which I love, by the way) because that is the only Adam Lambert song that is going to fly on radio right out the gate. I wish it wasn’t that way, but I think it will be a journey for Adam.

  • PattyH

    Love Lyndsey’s interviews! Music discussion and music answers!
    I agree with Adam that Music Again would not be played on the radio. I would think that RCA does marketing research and surveys with PDs. Probably why WWFm came out so soon afetr FYE. However, a few more mainstream hits and I think Adam could release Music Again, maybe 3rd or 4th single. :)

  • koshka

    Back to watch the rest. . . I have just been frustrated lately with the choices being made. He is celebrated because he is different, then turns around and pushes a very mainstream (nice) song.

    If you keep watching I think you’ll see his thought process on this. I find it fascinating to hear his thoughts on the music industry and the balance between artistic integrity and being a commercial success. (Oh and about the success of pop divas) He at least admits the reality of the situation, more than I can say for most popular artists.

  • zuper

    Done watching finally. Nice interview. Thanks for letting me vent about MA and which songs are getting pushed for singles. This was just something that has been driving me crazy for two months now and when I heard Adam say the “powers that be” thought. . . it just struck a nerve. Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better now. Who know MJs place could be so theraputic.

  • sr4mjc

    And I love in the Brazilian article, he said they are looking at Fever for a single but probably international. I’ll have to dig the link up.

  • dcglam

    In my opinion, out of all the interviews (and there have been many) Lyndsey Parker’s is at the top. I have so much respect for her as a journalist. She focused her entire interview on what Adam is all about — the music. Kudos to you, my dear Lyndsey!!!

    This interview totally pointed out how serious Adam is about his career. The guy is such a hard worker and deserves every single accolade that is coming his way. I especially love his comment….. “It’s a business. I can’t just do whatever I want!” This must be especially challenging for Adam because he seems as though he is such a ‘free spirit’. I am hoping he is able to come up with a good mix between the two, so that he is both happy and satisfied with his music. I certainly am both happy and satisfied!!!! :)

  • dhunken

    I know it may not be radio friendly (don’t know why? still have trouble with Radio friendly songs and a great song on an album. ) but my favorite song on the album is SFW (Master Plan is a close second) I play the heck out of that song and never get tired of it. It is the best of everything IMHO that is Adam. His voice on it is amazing. The chorus I think is catchy and it would be a great spots song. (Olympics) I think there is nothing out there remotely like it right now. It is a mix of the old and new. Anyway that is just my take. I still think it should be his next single but It won’t be unfortunately. :-(

  • dcglam

    I so agree with you, dhunken. “Sure Fire Winners” is an awesome song! OMG….. Adam’s vocals are incredible in that song. :)

  • adamlover

    what a great interview, its soo good not to hear the same questions over and over again!!

  • Pixie Baker

    This afternoon I spent a great deal of time reading the thread here on sales this week! It was so frustrating at times to read all the different opinions…the charts….the numbers….the predictions….everyone trying to figure out who would be a success….why some *idols* have failed! I loved the reading but came away….a little befuddled! ;)
    And then I watched this interview….especially the second part. I learned so much…from the horses mouth…and I think I get it. It seems complex but basically simple….if it *ain’t* gonna sell on the radio…then you are sort of out of luck. It must be soooo frustrating for idols trying to make it their own way….if the PTB say no …it is no. It is all about the $….market…very interesting!
    (BTW, I do appreciate the info from some here that are so knowledgeable on all this stuff……daunting at times in the reading but informative!)
    I wish everyone could view this interview because it does give some great insight. I got the feeling that Adam must read here because he seemed to quote some comments here!

  • koshka

    Pixie – there are a lot of armchair authorities when it comes to AI… take everything you hear with a grain of salt.

  • 8sourcandy

    Lindsay,

    You should have reminded him that YOU had suggested that his album include re-mix versions when you interviewed him for his FYE debut.

    I think ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ represents my idea of what Adam Lambert’s sound is. I also LOVE ‘Pick-U-Up’ and ‘Fever’… I really love them all. I have been collecting all The Citizen Vein material I can get my hands on. NOW that collection would make a hell of an album. Maybe you can have a sit down with him and Monte and ask if that will ever happen. Also, see if you can get snippets (full versions would be ridiculously awesome) of ‘Voodoo’ and ‘Suburban Decay.’

    It is so great to hear an interview conducted by someone who is so knowledgeable and passionate about music. :)

  • GreenHippo

    (Yeah, like I have a say because it is all about what I want LOL)

    lorismile But you are the buying public, we all are. But some industry dudes always want to tell me what I like and what not. And since I am older then most, I don’t seem to count at all… Adam made me want to listen to Music Again – sigh!

  • OnePlusSix

    As usual, Adam is his usual articulate, interesting self…so refreshing to have an interview where the person being interviewed actually has something to say and isn’t fumbling with words. Thanks to Lyndsey for a great job, once again! Hopefully the powers-that-be will see past their noses and give Adam’s music an honest chance instead of trying to dictate what the masses should have thrown their way. It’s called the right to choose. Thanks MJ for bringing us these interviews and, Adam, rock on!

  • Truthiness

    Oh and as someone who makes many typos, mistakes, but doesn’t have the power to edit after awhile (curses!) not a big deal…but mj it’s Sam Sparro, not Sam Sparrow. Sparrow is what Cook was singing about, and thus by tapping into Simon’s seeming phobia of songs with bird in the title.

  • lucy

    Wow. This is the interview I want to hear from *every* Idol that I’m interested in — a nice detailed chat about their songs and their albums, why they made the choices they did, what choices they couldn’t make and for what reason, and how *they* hear in and conceive of the bridges and B sections and choruses so I can compare it to what I’m hearing. I’ve heard little bits and pieces of this kind of talk in various interviews with various idols over the years, but I don’t remember one that had so much actual detailed *music* and business talk all in one place. Love it. Lyndsay, go track down all my favorite Idols and ask them these questions!

  • JenOhio

    Great interviewer and interviewee! :)

  • TwigLA

    Lyndsey always does good interviews. She does her research and asks thoughtful questions most of the time. It was nice hearing Adam talk of all his goals.

  • Cookiebr7

    This is a fabulous interview! Finally, it can be about the music. I, too, was disappointed about TPTB saying that Music Again isnt for the mainstream radio, but I understand. I agree with some others that maybe it could be later on, but not now. I was wondering what they all consider “the singles” to be? If you look at the AOL recording sessions, he did IIHY, Strut, WWFM, Fever, and Soaked. Are these then “the singles?” I love Soaked, but I cant see it as being mainstream radio friendly. I thought for sure Sleepwalker would be a big hit….Tedder usually scores on top 40. I am surprised by the lack of interest in that song, with writers like Ann Powers referring to it as a “throwaway?”

  • Finn

    Great interview. He just seemed so relaxed, and the way he looked into the camera, it was, as though he was talking directly to you. Loved it.

  • Finn

    I thought for sure Sleepwalker would be a big hit….Tedder usually scores on top 40.

    I lOVE Sleepwalker. I wish I could have seen him sing it live at Gridlock. The vids sound quality isn’t so good, but I can still tell it was absolutely awesome live. It has such a haunting quality, and when Adam added some of his ‘wails’ live, WOW!!

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ onlinepastrychef

    The more I hear Adam speak, the more I admire his intelligence, passion and pure ability to talk without um-ing and ah-ing. So refreshing. Thanks to LP for doing a great interview, as always. Regardless of whether every song is primed for Single Stardom, I love all of them and listen more frequently than I sometimes care to admit. Cannot wait to see him live w/o the Idol/FCC constraints!

  • luval

    Interesting how some posters in the past wrote about Adam and his international fan base potential and this is what he talked about. So smart in thinking forward this way. The music on his album is for everyone and like he says can translate into any language. So happy for him. Like Isabelle (the 89 yr old super fan) says….Adam, you will be a huge star. No need to worry. Your fans are with you no matter what on this amazing journey of yours. And RELAX on your vacation!!!

  • lorismile

    really wonderful interview. So nice to hear in-depth discussion about the music. I bet Adam really appreciated that after all the same old questions he normally gets.

    I think as long as he strikes the balance between the artist and the business, as I think FYE album has done, he will be fine. I love MA, SFW, and PUU but I can’t see those being popular on radio (I didn’t think Fireflys would either so….). WWFM is very mainstream and not my fave but not the worst either….somewhere in the middle for me. He really sold it for me after watching him sing it live. I have no idea what the next single will or should be. I can’t see Fever (radio / people are just not ready for the he pronoun yet here in America, sorry to say), nor Soaked (too slow).

    He’s very intelligent and understands music very well. I think he’ll be able to give us what we want, even if we don’t know what that is for, hopefully, many years to come.

  • Laury

    Beautiful words Luval.

  • lorismile

    Loved the interview where Neil surprises him. So cute!!! I remember his Mom saying in an interview that Idol brought them closer.

    Love Neil’s humor “Tshirt that says Adam Lambert owes me $20″ HAHAHAHA

  • PattyH

    dhunken, I agree about Sure Fire Winners. I repeat it everytime it plays! I think it could be a ht and would be picked up for commercials and by sports teams. Since they are “bringing the heat,” it’s the perfect song for the Miami Heat! :)

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    I love them, but I still haven’t watched the interviews from yesterday!!!!

  • martha

    First, thanks again, MJ, for videos. Because of the ‘porch’ interviews, I finally understand why Adam didn’t make a classic style Rock album.It makes sense.
    As for charts-today-Feb 3,2010
    Billboard 200 top albums, all genres : Adam Lambert #21
    Rolling Stone Top 40 albums: Adam Lambert #21
    It is a co-incidence his being at the same position both charts because other people on the two charts are not in the same position on both charts.

  • http://twitter.com/lindsav adamland

    I really love them all. I have been collecting all The Citizen Vein material I can get my hands on. NOW that collection would make a hell of an album. Maybe you can have a sit down with him and Monte and ask if that will ever happen.

    Monte had a Twitter party a few days ago and talked about Citizen Vein. They have about 23 songs altogether and he and Adam do want to make an album of those Citizen Vein songs, but ultimately it is up to RCA. This is something that they have always wanted to do. And the rest of the guys want to change the name Citizen Vein – only Adam likes that group name.

  • Mitla96

    I still think that Fever would be the biggest hit off the album. My teenagers LOVE it and only commented on the pronoun the first time they heard it. They are MUCH more attracted to the “Light’s on and your Mom’s not home” lyric!

    I love Sleepwalker too, not only as a song but because Aimee Mayo was so invested in it :)

  • Miss Chaos

    Adam is so interesting and fun to listen to. My only complaint is that he says words I never heard of or understand, and unless I wrote them down and looked them up I will never know what they mean. For a boy who quit college, where did he get such a big vocabulary???

  • celtcwrtr

    lambert clearly has an extensive vocabulary because he’s a reader, regardless of the fact that he quit college. more than likely he’s read more than what would be assigned in a classroom, and he’s retained it.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Ok,I fiannly watched yesterday’s interviews.adam’s gorgeous and ROTFLMAO but the last few minutes of the yahoo interview(pt.1) about burning man weren’t on YouTube.could someone please let me know what that was about? Thanks.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    I floved part 1 of the yahoo interview.lyndsey’s awesome and it was about the music.best interview in a long time

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    I love adam’s album as much as anybody,but on the rap-dominated top 40 I think the only song that’s radio-friendly I wwfm ,because it’s soo catchy…(and awesome.but yknow most things on top 40 aren’t awesome)…

  • Mary102

    OMG – that interview was FANTASTIC!!! All music! Fianlly!

    He is incredibly savvy about the realities of the business and about the compromises you have to make. I imagine that made the transition into making an album for himself that much easier. Wow. Just really impressed with how intelligent and realistic he was about everything. So candid, open. Loved it!

    Yeah, I still don’t get why ANYONE really expected him to be 100% rock. And his point is perfect there – uh, no one plays rock on the radio anymore (unless it’s the Nickelback/Daughtry kind) – and that is NOT Adam’s style.

    Oh, and I totally need to hear Voodoo and Suburban Decay NOW :-)

    ETA: Oh, and Adam is totally gorgeous in the interview too! Jacket is super hot, and LOVING the hair!

  • Mary102

    I still think that Fever would be the biggest hit off the album.

    ITA – Fever is incredibly catchy, sexy and fun. Sleepwalker has great potential too (not to mention, both are blessed by current royalty of radio – Gaga and Ryan Tedder). IIHY could work too, I think.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Rofl Neil.I <3 Neil lambert sooo much….

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    My battery is about to die so I want to say I’m excited about the remix ep and can’t wait to hear voodoo and suburban decay.

  • Mary102

    AHHHH! Loved the Neil surprise! That was beautiful and hilarious! Aww, Lambert bros FTW!

  • BeckyMD

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYZ56-HDCdI

    something fun :)

    Canada interviews scored big but this Lyndsey Parker interview rocks!

    Btw now z100 is having a contest by which you can win 4 tickets to the Idol rock mytown show + meet & greet.It targets to fans of Adam but if you have no problem browsering 100 Adam photos, you can try too.

  • baddabing

    It was definitely refreshing to hear a more in depth and candid account of his process as an emerging artist. I am so happy to support someone like him – beyond just the music. He is such a nice bright and interesting light.

    I love how subjective music is – I personally can’t tolerate “Sleepwalker” – I think it is my least fav on the album. But I generally don’t like Ryan Tedder’s music anyway, so…there ya go.

  • Mary102

    but if you have no problem browsering 100 Adam photos, you can try too.

    Lol – uh, that’s what I call a weekday ;-)

  • will

    the last few minutes of the yahoo interview(pt.1) about burning man weren’t on YouTube.could someone please let me know what that was about?

    He just refutes the “myth” he says Rolling Stone created about how he had a revelation while tripping on acid at Burning Man that he should audition for AI. “You think I was on acid thinking about Simon Cowell?” “Give me a little credit, I wasn’t imagining Paula Abdul dancing in the clouds.” He says the magazine used “poetic license” to come up with that story, that his “ephiphany” had nothing to do with AI but it was about realizing his purpose in life and that he had to take initiative to make things happen. It was shortly after Burning Man, when he got back to L.A., that he decided to audition.

  • Mary102

    I love how subjective music is – I personally can’t tolerate “Sleepwalker” – I think it is my least fav on the album. But I generally don’t like Ryan Tedder’s music anyway, so…there ya go.

    Well, to me – I look at the songs differently depending on whether I’m thnking of what song will be a big radio hit, vs songs I love the most. Though I do like Sleepwalker a lot too, some of my favs on the album would probably never work on radio (I LOVE Broken Open, for instance, and Down the Rabbit Hole – but don’t imagine either on radio).

  • Truthiness

    Well, to me – I look at the songs differently depending on whether I’m thnking of what song will be a big radio hit, vs songs I love the most. Though I do like Sleepwalker a lot too, some of my favs on the album would probably never work on radio (I LOVE Broken Open, for instance, and Down the Rabbit Hole – but don’t imagine either on radio).

    Exactly. I like Sleepwalker, but I flove Broken Open. I think Sleepwalker has the potential to do well on radio, don’t see that for Broken Open.

    So yeah, Sleepwalker is one of the ones that I think has potential to be a good single.

  • BeckyMD

    I flove dtrh until two weeks ago on a sudden I can’t stop listening to sleepwalker. I have it on all day literally. I think it could be a hit too.

    I’m thinking about WWFM remix a while ago. I listen to Z100. After midnight z100 starts playing more upbeat songs or remix of mid tempo songs like Already Gone, Battalfield. WWFM needs a remix for that period of a day.

  • cwg509

    wow, that was a really interesting interview about the music.

    I think Lyndsey has a good point that Adam still has to ease people into his preferred sound and focus on his more accessible tracks. Radio would definitely be more friendly towards a mid-tempo song (as has been proven with WWFM) and Sleepwalker does hit all the current buttons (Ryan Tedder song, mid-tempo, easy to sing along to, pleasant vocal). Same idea perhaps with his styling and look (he seems to be experimenting with how far out to take his styling).

    It will be very interesting to see how they play this out when he starts touring. I just saw Gaga in NYC, and it is hard to imagine what the response to the same theatrics would have been say, a year ago, when she was less accepted. Nothing gets you artistic license like record sales, and Adam does seem to recognize this clearly.

  • mr

    Great great interviews!!

    I love that because some time has elapsed since his debut, he feels more at ease to discuss his thinking process and analyze the way things are working… And kuddos to Lyndsey ofcourse for asking great questions, and making it feel like chat between friends and less an “interview”.
    I loved that he wanted to work with David Bowie- I completely agree that Bowie seems to have a whole different way of thinking… I will cross my fingers for such a collabration to happen! If Bowie’s still into music, that is… :-)

    About the single discussion: it’ll be a tough one. I agree with everything Adam said about needing to be smart about it, and once you’re successful, you have more artistic space.
    But I honestly don’t know which of the remaining songs on the album are a sure bet to be radio-friendly- except Sleepwalker. But I also think Sleepwalker would be a mistake to release as a follow-up to WWFM, because it’s too similar a vibe, and it would make Adam seem very bland…

    All the other songs have their pros and cons- none of them are completely “mainstream”- maybe Fever would have been mainstream ifit were sung by a girl, but as it is, it may come off as too subversive for American radio…

    I, personally, agree with dhunken and others who would like SFW as the next single- I think it has the potential to be huge, because it has a killer beat and a lot of funky electronic elements (yes- and he slays the vocals- which are completely rock…). But, yeah, it would be a big risk- because nothing sounds like it! So it’ll either be a huge hit or a huge flop….

    Jeez, I do not envy Adam&manegement for having to make these decisions!

  • rachiel

    hi! i love reading all of your comments.

    on the shallow side, am i the only one who loves the “let there be light, ah, let there be light” sidecomment of adam and rewatched it like a zillion times!?! he is sooo adorable and squishable!!!

  • AndreaH

    My favorite song on the album by far is “Music Again”.

  • melicert

    Count me among those who hope Adam gets to release another album wherein he is able to take more chances and more fully realize his vision, whatever it is. He is a canny character in his approach to the mundane, practical, and strategic aspects of his career. His attention to the long term view shows patience, maturity and intelligence.

    Personally I suspect he downplays the rock aspect to some extent because he doesn’t want to be seen as too retro, or as a cover act, which of course as an AI alum is a charge he has to contend with, like all the others. He mentioned that rock = classic rock = covers for him quite a few times in the LP interview.

    I for one hope he doesn’t refuse to carry the torch for rock n’ roll completely. Maybe he and Monte will get to release something under the Citizen Vein imprimatur; I vehemently hope so because Adam is uniquely, exquisitely, and amazingly suited for rock and roll IMHO. It would be a crying shame not to rock out from time to time when you have a rock wail like Adam’s. I LOVE IT.

    Also IMHO, the Citizen Vein clips tend to contradict the proposition that rock is necessarily retro. Plus the Bowie-style glam rock of the 70’s was all space-age and futuristic so that must mean it’s current now! hahaha

    If rock is dying, it’s due to having been left to the devices of more neutral/neutered musicians, like some mentioned by previous posters. Rock used to be dangerous! and exciting!, but the type of rock now heard on pop radio mostly sounds indistinguishable from Christian rock – pretty bland and very safe. (No offense intended to CR fans.)

    If rock is going to live on, it needs artists with fire and charisma to recharge it. If the young’uns don’t play it and lend their youth, energy, passions/libidos to it, it doesn’t stand a chance. Like latin, rock will be a language only old boring people speak. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Justin Bieber will record a rock album! j/k – that would actually not be good for rock n roll but maybe sound the final death knell.

    Perhaps I’m a relic (at 38?), but an Adam and Christina Aguilera rock and roll duet would kick some serious ass! I saw her sing with the Rolling Stones on their semi-recent concert video and i was totally blown away by her. But I guess as far as youth and vitality goes, even she’s no spring chicken anymore. Wow I just made myself feel really old.

  • Frozen

    Count me among those who hope Adam gets to release another album wherein he is able to take more chances and more fully realize his vision, whatever it is. He is a canny character in his approach to the mundane, practical, and strategic aspects of his career. His attention to the long term view shows patience, maturity and intelligence.

    Personally I suspect he downplays the rock aspect to some extent because he doesn’t want to be seen as too retro, or as a cover act, which of course as an AI alum is a charge he has to contend with, like all the others. He mentioned that rock = classic rock = covers for him quite a few times in the LP interview.

    I for one hope he doesn’t refuse to carry the torch for rock n’ roll completely. Maybe he and Monte will get to release something under the Citizen Vein imprimatur; I vehemently hope so because Adam is uniquely, exquisitely, and amazingly suited for rock and roll IMHO. It would be a crying shame not to rock out from time to time when you have a rock wail like Adam’s. I LOVE IT.

    Also IMHO, the Citizen Vein clips tend to contradict the proposition that rock is necessarily retro. Plus the Bowie-style glam rock of the 70’s was all space-age and futuristic so that must mean it’s current now! hahaha

    If rock is dying, it’s due to having been left to the devices of more neutral/neutered musicians, like some mentioned by previous posters. Rock used to be dangerous! and exciting!, but the type of rock now heard on pop radio mostly sounds indistinguishable from Christian rock – pretty bland and very safe. (No offense intended to CR fans.)

    If rock is going to live on, it needs artists with fire and charisma to recharge it. If the young’uns don’t play it and lend their youth, energy, passions/libidos to it, it doesn’t stand a chance. Like latin, rock will be a language only old boring people speak. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Justin Bieber will record a rock album! j/k – that would actually not be good for rock n roll but maybe sound the final death knell.

    Perhaps I’m a relic (at 38?), but an Adam and Christina Aguilera rock and roll duet would kick some serious ass! I saw her sing with the Rolling Stones on their semi-recent concert video and i was totally blown away by her. But I guess as far as youth and vitality goes, even she’s no spring chicken anymore. Wow I just made myself feel really old.

    me too, i flove what Adam did with WLL and his part in the We Are The Champion duet, and when i watched him for the first time, i thought that he would suit rock. Even though rock (i’m not counting in the bland pop-rock things) is not ‘mainstream’ now, i still love it and really want to see Adam do rock. Hope he will in the next album.
    And i dont think that only old ppl listen to rock, cuz i listen to rock and i’m a teenager :)

  • mr

    Melicert and Frozen-

    I’m in the middle of you guys ( I’m 29) and also love what rock used to be…

    I have no doubt that Adam is capable, talent-wise, of reviving the spirit of Rock’N’Roll, and giving it a current twist- and I have nothing but admiration for his love of experimental sounds- mixing electronic elements to rock music etc.- like in SFW, for example. I think it’s awesome!
    But I also understand his fear of releasing something that just doesn’t get accepted, and then having that “failure” stamp on your forehead, like what almost happened with FYE…

    All in all, though, I think that in order for him to be that “superstar” some of us think he can be, he will have to take the risk of releasing something that isn’t a sure bet, and hoping it takes off instead of tanking. Like I said earlier- I’m rooting for SFW, because I think that out of all the songs on the album, that is the most innovative, fresh, rock’n’roll, yet dancy and fun, all at once!

  • dreamz

    GREAT INTERVIEW. Adam as always, refreshing.

    Also, so glad to hear Adam agrees with my many rants that this is business, and finding that balance between artistry and marketability in order to have longevity. Not being self indulgent etc. So to those who bashed me…how do you like them apples?

    And, though Lindsey may have interest in a more Rock punch, I am sooooooooo glad Adam is not currently seeking that route, yet still delivers a classic rock sound at times. I too thought it was just an image that Idol was portraying for the show.

    Can’t wait too see Adam at Fantasy Springs concert! Especially for a repeat of SOAKED. His description of Soaked was very cerebral. I love that about him. Keep using those “big words” Adam. It’s nice to know not all musicians are brain dead!

  • mr

    dreamz-

    You’re going to see him in Fantasy Springs? Lucky girl!!

    Have a blast!

    Also- it was always obvious to me that Adam was trying to balance the bussiness aspect with his artisitic vision.

    As a rock fan- I am also open minded enough to like new things, and new genres, and evidence points to the fact that no matter what “official” genre Adam is singing- when he’s performing he always puts rock elements into it (unless it’s a real slow ballad)! It’s like he can’t even help himself (eg. Sleepwalker at Gridlock).

    I loved his description of the middle section of IIHY- that it sounds like Van Halen- YES!!! That’s true! I had also noticed that when listening to IIHY, that the guitar was sounding really interesting (around the part where he sings :”the fashion and the stage- they might get me high” and the guitar goes da-da-da, da-da-da) but I couldn’t put my finger on what was so special about it- until Adam just pointed out that it was a bold implementation of rock-metal in an otherwise completey euro-electro-pop song!
    Really cool!

  • justjude

    I am so happy to hear that Adam will be leaving for a European tour.
    While he needs his US base, he really needs to cultivate the rest of the world as many people from many countries are quite intrigued by what they have heard and have expressed a desire to hear more of him and to attend live concerts.
    America seems very conflicted culturally with Adam ( at least its conservative christian base). It appears they feel he is the devil clothed
    as a pretty glittery pied piper……Hide the children! Lots of thug mentallity spewing hate on many of the open comments of many
    weeklys and other publications.
    I admire adam for taking such a thoughtful approach, as to what will
    be accepted by mainstream, versus keeping as much integrity in his
    artistry as possible. I would love to think he might entertain the thought
    of making another EP that could be released to a larger
    audience that could be played on Euro radio or sell primarily internationally.
    I would love to hear what he has done with Suburban Decay and add
    Music Again, and consider 1 classic rock cover. OK I’ll quit dreaming
    for the moment.
    So TPTB are a bit stymied by what to drop as his next single, and are trying to choose something “Pablum,” so they can make their best profit,…..same old bottom line.!
    I have a lot of respect for Adams integrity.

    So, Adam. Please remain true to yourself.
    Be carefull of your health and be moderate in all things remembering your body is your temple. Be sure to pay attention to, all of, what your
    astrological chart has to say. For sure, it supports your vision and you now get to run with your galactic road map, trying to follow where this journey will take you!!!

  • mr

    ummmm…. question:

    Excuse my ignorance, but, what’s an EP?

  • emmuzka

    Excuse my ignorance, but, what’s an EP?

    EP = Extended Play; A CD (or a vinyl) that holds more songs than a single (usually 4-7) but that are shorter than an album.

    I don’t know how popular there are to relese these days, but they can contain, for example, remixes or they can be a first record of a starting band with only a little original material or recording money.

  • mr

    oh- thank you for that info emmuzka!

  • agathe.hb

    oh, these interviews are so much fun, I loved that radio one :)
    Neil is one funny guy :) sence of humor and quick wit runs in the family :)

  • AnninSD

    Love the interviews. Open spontaneous interviewing is always better. And the great thing is Adam can talk and talk and not just say um and ah like some people. He can THINK as he is talking and speak to all matter of subjects with intelligence.
    Love him! Can’t wait to see the reaction to him over seas.
    And Neil is great too. I love the relationship he has with his family. Obvious love and like going on there.

  • mr

    agathe.hb
    02/04/2010 at 9:09 am
    oh, these interviews are so much fun, I loved that radio one
    Neil is one funny guy sence of humor and quick wit runs in the family

    I know, right? I keep remembering what Adam told Michelle Collins in their first interview- that his brother makes him seem socially awkward! Which is something I can’t even fathom! Maybe as an adolescent Adam felt socially awkward, but he is totally making up for it now! He’s just great.

    I love Neil’s wit- but otoh feel he needs to grow up a little- sarcasm is really cool when you’re a teenager, and kind of charming up to a certain point, but some of his tweets/blog posts are a little too hostile for my personal taste… still like reading his stuff though- at least he has opinions about substantial issues, right??

    It would be a trip to meet both these guys, i think…

  • sr4mjc

    I’ll post this also in the headlines thread, but I see Adam’s name on this cd!

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/13376052

  • agathe.hb

    mr, I like Neil’s writing, have you read his story about the AI concert? pure entertainment. That boy can write :)
    and I loved how genuinely happy and surprised Adam sounded when he saw his brother that was really fun
    and when when the radio guy said that he has Venus and a penis – I almost spilled my coffee :D

  • mr

    agathe.b-

    Oh, I really like Neil’s writing too! I think he really has a way with words, and has real potential to be a writer, journalist, etc. I was merely stating my little piece of criticism, that I think sometimes, not always, his comments are bordering on teenagerish naysaying… if that makes any sense to you… but, yeah, he’s written some awesome blogs before!
    I loved his recap of the AI performance, or his description of a very unsuccessful night with some girl… too funny!

    And I totally missed Venus with a penis! Man, those interviewers were drunk, weren’t they? lol

  • retjenny

    dreamz
    Can’t wait too see Adam at Fantasy Springs concert! Especially for a repeat of SOAKED. His description of Soaked was very cerebral. I love that about him. Keep using those “big words” Adam. It’s nice to know not all musicians are brain dead!

    I am soooo with you on this. If we get to hear SOAKED I think I will go home with a happy heart!

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

    I’ll post this also in the headlines thread, but I see Adam’s name on this cd!

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/13376052

    He is! It’s the Fonzarelli remix of FYE!

  • Starry

    Luv Lyndsey’s interview, she always does such a great exchange, allows Adam to expand a little more on the music, thanks, and I must say Adam looks fabulous in that shade of brown, warm, rich, and lovable, really nice with his eyes and skin tone, softens the jet hair – which I love, but warms it up a bit. Can’t wait to hear Voodoo and Suburban Decay -

  • Mary102

    If rock is dying, it’s due to having been left to the devices of more neutral/neutered musicians, like some mentioned by previous posters. Rock used to be dangerous! and exciting!, but the type of rock now heard on pop radio mostly sounds indistinguishable from Christian rock – pretty bland and very safe. (No offense intended to CR fans.)

    ITA. I LOVE that old school rock (big Led Zeppelin fan here), and agree that rock like that hasn’t been around in awhile, and that today’s form of it is just so bland and almost “boybandish” – no danger or risk, as you mention, and Adam, imo, is so much about embracing the danger and risk of performing live, spur of the moment, etc.

    As we saw in Gridlock, though – I completely agree that some form of rock will always run through his performances and songs :-)

  • JazzRocks

    I have nothing to say about the interview that hasn’t already been said. One of the best ever. Lyndsey did a great job focusing on the music, but with a less articulate interviewee it wouldn’t have come off nearly as well. He’s just a fabulously articulate & savvy guy.

  • BestAI

    Oh, I really like Neil’s writing too! I think he really has a way with words, and has real potential to be a writer, journalist, etc. I was merely stating my little piece of criticism, that I think sometimes, not always, his comments are bordering on teenagerish naysaying… if that makes any sense to you… but, yeah, he’s written some awesome blogs before!
    I loved his recap of the AI performance, or his description of a very unsuccessful night with some girl… too funny!

    And I totally missed Venus with a penis! Man, those interviewers were drunk, weren’t they? lol

    I don’t understand the teenagerish reference. Neil’s writing and vocabulary is much more sophistated than a teenager. Adam has said, when asked about Neil, that he is really, really smart, and knows a lot about a lot of things. I think his expertise is in politics (Poli Sci major). Neil is an excellent writer (and speller, ha!) and quick witted with pen, whereas Adam is quick witted verbally. Neil has said Adam has a gift for speaking, which many reporters have mentioned after interviewing him.

  • dreamz

    MR – I agree, Neil could grow up just a bit. I agree, it is fine when you are young, but then you need stop with the hostility.

    BestAI – Neil is obvioulsy very smart/witty and does write well, however he is way too cynical and sometimes even hostile to those who have differening opinions. I prefer open dialog/discussion that might include all sides. They used to call it debate. Analyze and discuss topics and then decide your own point of view. But no hostility.

    Yet, I briefly met neil, and though he might have been toasted he was very warm. Im sure, just like the rest of us when we are young — he is finding his way.

  • mr

    BestAI- I wasn’t saying Neil wasn’t intelligent or knowledgable! He most certainly is! But, and this is my own personal opinion, I believe that in order to really create, you have to be able to let go of your cynicism a little- because cynicism is a mask- and art and truth cannot emerge when you’re hiding behind a mask.
    That’s what I mean when I say “teenagerish”. Definitely not stupid! Just hiding a little- and venting out with lots of negativity, not always justified…

    That is, btw, one of the things I love about Adam so much- he is determined to really experience things, to be open and positive and exposed- and therefore his ability to really create is optimal…
    Yes, he loves dressing up- but it’s always with a wink and not too seriously, and he’ll immediately strip down and be himself again later.

    And please please don’t get me wrong! I’m not dissing Neil! I really like him, and reading his stuff, like I said. Nothing wrong with a little constructive criticism though, I think (hint: I was given the same advice myself a few years back and it has done wonders to improve my creativity in what I was doing then, so I think it works…)

  • BestAI

    mr: Yes, I see your point. Even Adam has said that Neil is very cynical. His cyncism could be derived from numerous experiences: 1) When in CA, he worked in a dead-end job after college; probably a mindless position for someone who needed more challenge. 2) As a poli sci major, he has been frustrated with the government for many years. 3) His emotional age needs to catch up with his intellectual brain. 4) His perceived personna: negativeneil. 5) For such strong convictions, he is still very young.

    BTW, his blog has become very popular (because of Adam), and he has gotten responses, probably similar to yours. Some have advised if he wants a career in journalism… this is what you need to think about. He actually was very receptive to some, and I’m sure he is taking those to heart.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    EP’s are popular.the climb was on an ep!

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Thanks will :)

  • dhunken

    sr4mjc
    02/04/2010 at 9:50 am

    I’ll post this also in the headlines thread, but I see Adam’s name on this cd!

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/13376052

    Did you see that Susan Boyle’s Wild Horses is on this cd as well. #14 Wow Susan Boyle with a Dance club remix.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Fianlly watched it.like Kara,5 words: BEST.INTERVIEW.EVER

    lol rrly? Music by a scottish cat lady in a club? Wow

  • Laury

    LOL Saga I never expect that!! SuBo’s Dance club remix song.

  • sr4mjc

    Oh No! I didn’t see that So-Bo (as the call her on the disc) remix! yuck..

    I guess RCA just gets a small cut of sales on this?

  • karenc

    If rock is dying, it’s due to having been left to the devices of more neutral/neutered musicians, like some mentioned by previous posters. Rock used to be dangerous! and exciting!, but the type of rock now heard on pop radio mostly sounds indistinguishable from Christian rock – pretty bland and very safe. (No offense intended to CR fans.)

    The problem, though, may not be that the musicians aren’t out there, it may have more to do with the attitude by the record companies that rock music won’t have a hit. I’m sure there are plenty of rock bands out there that will not get signed by a major label because of this. I am hoping that there will be a band that really changes what is going on in music, like Guns and Roses in the late 80’s then Nirvana in the 90’s. Though even if an artist isn’t really creating or bringing back a sound, they could create some terrific music within the type of music they are in.

    I am also a fan of David Cook, and I really like his more rock orientated music, some of which wasn’t on the cd but he did it on tour. This may explain why there weren’t more rock songs actually on the cd, or even of the songs that were released, because the record companies do not believe a rock song can be a hit.

    I think that rock seems to be gaining a bit of popularity this year, especially with Kings of Leonand Paramour being so popular. It might be that I’m listening to music more, but it seems like there is more that I like. I mainly like classic and alternative rock. I also like Muse, and can see Adam doing that type of rock, which he touches on in this cd. Before this past years a lot of the alternative bands that were out were interchangeble to me.

    I do think that if Adam had tried to do more of a rock cd, it might have been sucessful being that the rock songs he did on the show were well liked. If he wanted to do something different, that’s his choice over what kind of artist he wants to be. I do really like some songs on his cd, and I love him and his voice.

  • celtcwrtr

    lambert’s not only extremely talented, but also an intelligent and savvy entertainer, who recognizes the industry for what it is.

    the interview was also somewhat depressing and poignant, as it illustrates and brings to light the downward spiral of the music industry to what it has devolved to today.

    oh for the glory days of geffen… music, film and the written word have not benefited by the corporate bean counter mentality who controls things and does not possess a creative bone in its body. it’s all about the bottom line.

    so why ask why? what is is.

  • lazyc0w

    great interview and rather sad regarding the music business. yeah its a must watch interview for all.

    btw.. so how many unitsof album did he sell last week? I didn’t see any update regarding the units sold for album, only saw for singles.

  • lazyc0w

    I love music again! And seems like soo many do. Most people think its different and like the rock and dance vibe to it. So isn’t that a good representative of what the response would be to the song? Most ppl seem to like it more than not, so isn’t that a good reason to make it into the next single?