Adam Lambert has been in Europe and Australia promoting his new track “New Eyes” which is the first single off of the American Idol season 8 alum’s forthcoming album, Velvet due out in two parts, starting in September. This, is ahead of hitting the road as the frontman of Queen beginning in July.
In a recent interview with Studio 10 in Australia, Adam outlined the unusual schedule for Velvet, in addition to revealing the music biopic in which he’d love to star.
“I’m doing something a bit untraditional and I’m going to release this album in two halves,” Adam told Studio 10. “Side A of Velvet comes out in September…and Side B will come later.” He added, “It’s just a new way of doing things. A way to…extend the whole experience.”
On Tuesday, Adam revealed on social media that his next single, “Comin In Hot” will be released on June 26.
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) June 18, 2019
When Adam traveled to Germany on this current promo tour, he played a few tracks from Velvet at a private event. The set list included “Superpower,” “Loverboy,” “Love Don’t” and “On The Moon” as well as “New Eyes” and “Comin In Hot.”
“This project took a while to finish,” Adam said of Velvet. “When I started the album I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do. And so I just kind of experimented sort of casually with certain writers and producers in the studio and explored.”
The release of “New Eyes” arrived with a short cinematic clip. The 70’s inspired mini-movie is the first in a series of short films that Adam plans to release alongside the album.
As far as biopics are concerned. Adam has a cameo in the hit Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, playing a trucker who cruises Freddie at a truck stop. The success of that movie has inspired the Elton John pic Rocket Man, which is also making waves. Adam revealed that he does have his eye on a particular biopic that’s currently in development–the upcoming Elvis Presley project, which will be directed by Baz Luhrmann.
“I’ve been compared to Elvis quite a bit,” Adam says, mentioning his appearance on NBC’s recent Elvis Tribute special, which was a recreation of the iconic 1968 Comeback Special. On it, Adam performed “Blue Suede Shoes.”
“Yeah, you heard it here first!” Adam laughed as he imitated Elvis’ Mississippi drawl, “Audition me, c’mon….I got the lip.” So far, Luhrmann has cast Tom Hanks as Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Adam’s schedule is busy. He’ll be out with Queen in July and August in North America. Afterward he says, “I have the rest of the year to work on my project and perform my music.” Then, he’ll be heading to Asia in January to play shows in Korea and Japan, followed in February by stadium shows in Australia. “I’ll have time after that to do more,” he said, “It’s kind of really cool.”