Adam Lambert On Getting the Michael Jackson News: “Everybody Just Stopped”

Adam Lambert tells Rolling Stone magazine that the Idols got the news of Michael Jackson’s death while they were rehearsing for the tour. Adam was performing “Whole Lotta Love” on stage when Lil Rounds ran into the room and whispered something into the producer’s ear.

‘I kept singing and looked over at them with a confused look on my face, ” says Adam, “and one of the producers mouthed to me, ‘Michael Jackson just died.’ I went, ‘What?’ and stopped singing. Everybody just stopped.’ 

Idol rehearsals were canceled for the rest of the day, and he and the rest of the Idols avoided negative press about Jackson as they digested the news. ‘What he was capable of as a showman, and what he brought to the world, outshone any of that, ‘  Adam says.

Adam also mentions that his first American Idol audition song was “Rock With You, ” a performance that particularly impressed judge Paula Abdul. “Paula was really grooving to it, ” he says.

The RS article also reveals one more Adam Lambert tour spoiler, “Whole Lotta Love”can be added to the list that includes: “Mad World”, Muse’s “Starlight”, a David Bowie Bowie medley of “Life on Mars”, “Fame” and “Let’s Dance, ” and the “Slow Ride” duet with Allison Iraheta.

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