Adam Lambert – On the Record with Fuse – VIDEO

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Not much new in the half hour–the interview covered Adam’s time on Idol, his childhood, coming out, and the AMA controversy. But Adam–always thoughtful and well spoken–is fun to watch,

Video after the JUMP…

Adam Lambert: On The Record Part 1

Adam Lambert: On The Record Part 2

Adam Lambert: On the Record Part 3

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172 Comments

  1. I posted in the other thread, but about the interview, just enough with the makup, gay stuff, how did you know you were gay? I looked in the locker room at gym, Geesh. All this is soo old stuff, I enjoyed the stuff about the Album the little there was of it. I still could listen to Adam talk all day tho.

  2. I can’t watch the videos…it could be a problem with my computer. Can someone tell me if the videos are working for them? D:

  3. Why is it I can sit and listen to him say the same things over and over in these interviews yet never grow tired of hearing and watching him?

  4. Brought this over from the other thread. I suppose it belongs here…..

    I have mixed feelings about the Fuse interview. On the positive side, Adam seemed very relaxed and comfortable throughout the interview. Kudos to the interviewer for making him feel that way! I also loved how they played the total FYE music video at the beginning and parts of it during the interview.

    On the down side…….. It seemed that 25 minutes out of 30 were spent discussing Adam’s being gay in some way shape or form (AMAs, American Idol, the middle school locker room, his mom’s makeup, etc.).
    The final 5 minutes were spent discussing his music — FINALLY!!!! I would have much preferred the times to have been distributed the other way — 25 minutes for music and 5 minutes for “other”. JMHO

  5. So I guess the AMA thing is like his scarlet letter, in that a high-profile interview won’t go by without the topic being discussed (even though it’s been prodded to death).

  6. Nothing that new but always great to hear him talk and how he delivers. As Jim C. said today Adam knows how to interview. Two things that were a little different. His explaining the AMA performance and saying that there was industry insiders in the audience and that is who he was performing to and if there were children and families instead he would have performed differently. I think he understands now that just because there are no families in the audience, if its televised others are watching besides industry in the audience…but his explanation I can see it happening. Also the part about WWFM … he showed who he was and that wound up offending people. I felt for him a little. Whataya want from me has a deeper meaning for sure after the AMA’s. Like the interviewer too. Also have to say I never really watched or heard of Fuse but will watch it more now. More like the old MTV.

  7. I thought the interview was really good. I watched this with my daughter and we both loved it. The interviewer was really supportive and Adam was his awesome self!

    I also LOVED the clips of the singers who were Adam’s inspirations! Everyone he mentioned I also love. Prince, Madonna, Bowie, ….

  8. Adam can really give great interviews. But I agree with you dcglam I wish there would have been more discussion about Adam’s music and the people that influenced him.

    But he will probably have to talk about his sexuality in more interviews because he really is breaking new ground in the music industry and I guess it, unfortunately, goes with the territory. His amazing voice, ability to entertain, and postive, honest, and likeable personality and engery will make him a star. (Just my opinion)

  9. Randy said he could sing the Phone Book, and I believe he could read the phone book and I’d listen. He really does have a way with words. The gay part does come up too often but it really is great how comfortable he is talking about it. I’m sure this has help others. He just makes me happy, singing or just talking.

  10. It seems like the interview wasn’t over in the second video. Is there more? As a side note, is Idol on Tuesday and Wednesday this week?

  11. I think Adam is a talented guy, good singer. But I also think he’s been way over hyped – too much for his own good.

    Looking at his pic on the cover page, I always considered Adam to be one of the least attractive guys on Season 8. I know he had a weight problem younger and you can see he still suffers from bad skin. I always felt his face was disproportionally out of aligned with his body. He also has a puffy face, small eyes.

  12. Thanks so much for posting these! This may be repetitive for us but my college aged daughter didn’t know about a lot
    of this. She said he is very impressive for his honesty.

  13. dhunken very good post which I agree with and although we know all of this, potential new viewers won’t. Just like when I was at The Hotel Cafe this past weekend, there were people there who were wondering who the paps were there for and did NOT know who “this Adam Lambert dude” was. To be fair they did not know who Alsian Porter and Ferras were either but go every weekend to drink and hear live music inexpensively.

  14. tls62

    Why is it I can sit and listen to him say the same things over and over in these interviews yet never grow tired of hearing and watching him?

    I know me too. I think it’s because he’s funny and articulate and gorgeous. :) gotta love him.

  15. KNA — I suppose that is why they say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

    On another note, it is interesting that they left out the drug revelation at Burning Man. I thought I remembered seeing them talk about it on one of the earlier vids. I might be mistaken, though. At any rate, that is another topic that doesn’t need to be rehashed, in my opinion.

  16. Looking at his pic on the cover page, I always considered Adam to be one of the least attractive guys on Season 8. I know he had a weight problem younger and you can see he still suffers from bad skin. I always felt his face was disproportionally out of aligned with his body. He also has a puffy face, small eyes.

    That statement just amazes me. I agree to disagree about his eyes. LOL. That is one of his best features, imho.

  17. I know people are tired of the AMAs and Adam being asked about what it was like to come out. But, I’m not. The thing about Adam’s interviews is that he always brings something new. It’s like he’s releasing info a bit at a time. As Dhunken pointed out, this time he talked about the audience he FELT he was singing to at the AMAs, not even thinking about the viewers at home.

    When Adam talks about middle school and having no friends, I know a lot of people think, “Oh, well. Most kids feel isolated in middle school.” And while that’s true, I know from working in a middle school library for years that you aren’t going to find a more isolated child than an obviously gay boy who doesn’t play sports. Even the “nerd” boys don’t want anything to do with him for fear of being labeled gay by association. And while girls are quick to befriend such boys in high school, they’re reluctant in middle school because they’re obsessed with being seen as cool in the eyes of the alpha males. So, yeah. Adam’s fans might find it tiresome. But, I think it’s important. I know it sounds corny, but sometimes a kid really needs to hear that he’s not the only one who didn’t get invited to the parties or sat alone at lunch. And that, in the end, things can turn out okay. And sometimes, as in the case of Adam, more than okay. So, yeah. I don’t expect Adam to be a spokesperson. But, I really like that, when asked about his sexuality and what was like for him as a young boy, he’s so articulate and so cool about it, that it really might make a difference to some kid listening in.

    And I’m ready for part 3, too!

  18. On another note, it is interesting that they left out the drug revelation at Burning Man. I thought I remembered seeing them talk about it on one of the earlier vids. I might be mistaken, though. At any rate, that is another topic that doesn’t need to be rehashed, in my opinion.

    Yep. I noticed that too. I was watching for that segment since I was viewing with my nine year old. I’m also glad it didn’t get re-hashed. I’ll take the self understanding over the drug use anytime.

  19. Zsus: ITA
    I taught in middle school for a while, and I do hope that the kids there who would benefit from hearing Adam talk about this will be exposed to the interview, and other interviews like it.
    I love that his interviews are like his performances: never exactly the same. The same piece is being picked up and turned to us so that a different facet shows…and I am totally entertained! Can’t wait to see which facets are turned to Oprah…

  20. I thought it was an interesting interview and Adam was very articulate. I can’t stand hearing people mumble or dodge question that they don’t want to answer. It’s refreshing hearing someone being honest about his life. Even though I knew the answers to a lot of the questions asked, it wasn’t boring. I think he’s realized even though he didn’t set out to be a role model, he is a role model to kids who feel they don’t fit in. Not just to the gay kids, but the ones who are different in other ways that make them feel isolated.

  21. I liked hearing about his audition experience and the judges’ impressions of him. Is there a Part 3?

  22. i got to see the interview on Fuse earlier this evening, but couldn’t wait to watch it again. Never tire of Adam. I agree too much talk of gay and the idol finale. how about more about the music, all of his musical experiences and the recording sessions. For those that follow Adam we know what an interesting life he has led to get to this point and I am not talking about his sexual orientation. Yes, they did edit out burning man talk, what else was left out I wonder? I want it all, even if I have heard some of it before, there is something new or just refreshing in hearing what he has to say!

  23. Very well said Zsus. :-)

    So nice to hear about Adam’s parents. Unconditional love. Too many kids without that in their lives.

  24. Zsus, i get what you are saying. But what I get from Adam is that being gay is only an aspect of who he is and it really should not be a big deal. I know as a society we are not there yet, but the more this can be modeled the better, maybe some day we will get there. I can understand the curiousity, but when the interviewer wanted to know what the feelings were that Adam had to “know” he was gay it was like, turn it around and say “when did you know you were straight?” We have got to stop assuming this stuff thus making kids feel like they are “different” You are who you are, from birth, we patiently watch as it expresses. The support starts at home. Not all kids who sit alone at lunch are gay and some boys who don’t play sports and may at some point identify as gay have friends, depending, I think, on how they feel about themselves. My kid, eg, was always encouraged to march to his own drummer and I am sure he was made fun of, but who isn’t in those years. Other kids wanted to be around him because he was “different.” The bottom line though is it tickles me beyond measure that Adam is willing to talk about this stuff so candidly and compassionately and there are people like you who care! It makes me sad to know that many kids don’t get the support from the parents who gave them life and/or loved them.

  25. We love this beautiful talented boy with all our hearts. Thanks for the posting the video.Adam is a good hearted, good natured person with the love of entertaining that shows he is doing what he was created to do.

  26. kradamour, did you read the article that Adam’s dad’s girlfriend Amy wrote? I had put it in the blog when you had asked for a link.

    Adam is such a great interviewee. Never boring. Very articulate. Cute too. lol

  27. Oh, that’s weird. I just figured out my DVR cut off the last 10 minutes. I’ll tape it again and put the 3rd part up later.

  28. Like others have said here, even though we have heard most of these questions before and wish that it was more about his music, Adam is always thoughtful, honest, articulate, good-hearted, and endlessly entertaining in his interviews. He seems so comfortable and I love listening to him.

  29. I really wish that they would just talk about something new. I’m not going to watch him talk about the same thing over and over again, I mean I know that Adam doesn’t make up these questions but its not like he has absolutely no input to what he answers and were the conversation goes. Right now I want to here about the music instead of this, I mean he keeps saying that he wants it to be the music but he’s not doing anything to help steer it that way. JMO though and YOMV, if you like these interviews, good for don’t let me rain on your parade.

  30. oh shit just say the 3rd right when I put my last comment up dammit.

  31. Adam – Great interview. A HUGE fan.
    This is not criticism, just wanting you to succeed and get over this hump. Yet – if you “want more money”-
    1. Cut back on dark/edgy artistry and entertaining your own whims and pay closer attention to what your audience wants and JUST SING. Your audience is too distracted by all the excess stuff.
    2. Stop talking about your gayness. You say its not important, but then you keep talking about it. JUST SING.
    3. Gridlock performance was Stellar. But, take note that SOAKED was what got the most attention and raves. Sing songs like this and you will get noticed.
    4. Your voice is incredible, but 90% of Americans hardly know it. I mean who can sing a song like you did Brigadoon, or Soaked or studio version of Feeling Good? Even if you don’t like the style as much, this is the voice that will catch the WORLDS attention. JUST SING. At least for now. Go a bit more Crazy later after you have a bigger fan base to support huge concerts.

    TAKE YOUR PICK- DO YOU WANT TO BE KNOWN AS THE “GAY CELEBRITY” or the “SINGER PERFORMER”

  32. Different strokes for different folks…. I’ll listen to Adam talking or singing anytime. I like who he is. All of it.

  33. Hate to say it, but I think this interview is very telling of why he is in the spotlight anyways. His music isn’t what matters here, or else that would’ve been the topic of the show. I’m curious to see how long he can be in the spotlight when people are reacting this way, or people will just get over him once there are new contestants to think about. Just my two cents…

  34. dreamz, Adam keeps talking about his gayness because he keeps getting asked about it! His openness about himself is part of what makes him so wonderful.
    So he should ONLY do songs like Soaked? Wouldn’t that get just a little boring after awhile, for him and for us? And Brigadoon? Please…let’s not try to turn him into the male version of SuBo! One of her is more than enough.

  35. Ok, KNA, so you’re an expert in managing a singer’s career? You’re obviously a Kris Neil Allen fan, so no surprise over your opinion. Kris is getting lots of good press, too; don’t begrudge Adam his.

  36. Adam – Great interview. A HUGE fan.
    This is not criticism, just wanting you to succeed and get over this hump. Yet – if you “want more money”-
    1. Cut back on dark/edgy artistry and entertaining your own whims and pay closer attention to what your audience wants and JUST SING. Your audience is too distracted by all the excess stuff.
    2. Stop talking about your gayness. You say its not important, but then you keep talking about it. JUST SING.
    3. Gridlock performance was Stellar. But, take note that SOAKED was what got the most attention and raves. Sing songs like this and you will get noticed.
    4. Your voice is incredible, but 90% of Americans hardly know it. I mean who can sing a song like you did Brigadoon, or Soaked or studio version of Feeling Good? Even if you don’t like the style as much, this is the voice that will catch the WORLDS attention. JUST SING. At least for now. Go a bit more Crazy later after you have a bigger fan base to support huge concerts.

    i partly agree with you, dreamz, in 1 and 4

  37. I think Adam just wants to perform. But he is gay and that fascinates people for some reason. So he gets asked about it over and over… sooooo boring. But not his fault.

    The public is demanding this info, and then they hand wring and are oh so shocked.

    Silly.

  38. Oh darn! I could only see the first two parts before having to leave for work… now I’m at work and can’t watch part 3!!!

    I’d love to hear him talk about his music… but I have no problem with him answering the questions that were presented to him- he’s always gracious and always co-operative, even when you know he must be sick of talking about the same stuff over and over again.

    Re: what he should/shouldn’t sing- it’s true people liked Soaked on Gridlock- but people also loved Down the Rabbit Hole which was totally awsome, and also Sleepwalker and If I had you.
    Oh yeah- and people FREAKED OUT at Whole Lotta Love, even though it was the zillionth time we’ve seen it.
    Give up on fierce Adam?? Not in a million years!!
    And this is from someone who also loves Soaked and Broken Open- it’s just that Adam can do it all brilliantly.

    Thanks for posting these, mj- hopefully I’ll gather enough patience to wait to see part 3 in the afternoon…

  39. I’m glad he talked about his childhood experiences, not just as a gay youth, but as a rather isolated, lonely, different child. Correct, we all felt that way to a degree, but I know I did have friends, sports, a lot of school activities I was involved in.
    I have been a Jr. H and HS teacher, and as I listened to this, I was trying to decide if I could show it, or excerpts of it, at my HS. I teach special education, and these students also struggle with issues of discrimination and alienation.
    I cannot even express the admiration I have for Adam. His courage is beyond belief. He really is a pioneer, in a role he didn’t apply for, and he will need all of our love and support as he negotiates the unbroken terrain ahead of him.

  40. JUST SING.

    These are INTERVIEWS. You know, where people interview the singer. This wasn’t a concert.
    I’m thinking that the Kelly, David and Chris interviews will be talking and not singing either. Watch the AOL Sessions for the SINGING part.

    I really wish that they would just talk about something new. I’m not going to watch him talk about the same thing over and over again, I mean I know that Adam doesn’t make up these questions but its not like he has absolutely no input to what he answers and were the conversation goes.

    You won’t know if it’s the same thing over and over unless you watch every one of his interviews. Adam doesn’t dictate what the questions will be. He is respectful of his interviewer by answering the questions in an energetic and articulate manner. What should he do? Refuse to answer a question because he is bored with it. That would be something that a teenager does.
    The fact that Adam takes time to answer some of the same questions over and over again shows that he is patient, mature and respectful. Adam is the one who has to sit there and actively listen and answer the SAME QUESTIONS again and again. The viewer can just simply skip the interview or fast forward.

  41. I cannot even express the admiration I have for Adam. His courage is beyond belief. He really is a pioneer, in a role he didn’t apply for, and he will need all of our love and support as he negotiates the unbroken terrain ahead of him.

    That is really nice.

  42. Oh- and more happy news:

    WWFM is #56 on itunes!! (Is this the highest it’s ever been?)

    And Adam has cracked 300,000 twitter followers! Congrats!

  43. iluvai / NYC

    Respectfully, I know these are interviews…I dont mean sing during the interview…just in general. But, I disagree, I dont think the public wants to hear about “it” any more. I think it is the media trying to make stories and hype. In essence they are using him and controlling the direction it goes, but if he and his PR rep were smart they would turn it around and control it them selves. It can be done.

    I mean just look when you goggle sometimes you get all the old kissing photos of him. Someone is making an effort to keep those tagged and at the forefront. This takes work.

    Please dont get me wrong. Fierce Adam should not go away, and I loved all his songs at Gridlock, even Whole Lotta Love. I just know we are very ardent fans who love anything he does and says. But that is NOT THE CASE FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD. He deserves a chance and I want him to have it.

  44. Eh, as long as interviewers keep asking questions about the gay, he can’t really win.

    Option 1: If he does like he did tonight, and answers the those questions respectfully and thoughtfully, and as if it was the first time he’d been asked, people take him to task because he keeps talking about the gay.

    Option 2: But if he were to show impatience with the questions at all by short, monosyllabic answers, or go so far as to put his foot down and say, hey look, can we talk about my music now, even if he was ultra polite? Well, I give it 3, 2, 1 until the “DIVA!” stories start. And Queerty kicks off a round of stories about how Adam refuses to talk about his gay so he must be trying to shove himself back in the closet to appeal to chicks.

    Option 3: And LOL at the idea of trying to shape the interview beforehand by discouraging questions about the gay. How soon we forget. Adam’s people tried to do that with OUT magazine, and a shitstorm ensued. They won’t be trying that again anytime soon.

    So Option 1 is unfortunately the best of 3 crappy options. I think by being as open as he is with his answers, as often as interviewers ask, EVENTUALLY (and my god why hasn’t it happened yet?!) people will get tired of asking. I hope. Because I’d love to hear about the music more too. *brb going to find Slezak album deep dive interview and rewatch*

  45. I mean just look when you goggle sometimes you get all the old kissing photos of him. Someone is making an effort to keep those tagged and at the forefront. This takes work.

    No. No, it doesn’t. Sorry, but you’re just wrong. It takes the google algorithm. Whose main ingredient is the number of hyperlinks pointing to them. That is not Adam’s people. That’s just people. Linking to them. Again and again and again.

    I would bet money if Adam’s people COULD somehow get around google’s secret sauce, there would be a different set of pictures that popped up on that first page.

  46. Please dont get me wrong. Fierce Adam should not go away, and I loved all his songs at Gridlock, even Whole Lotta Love. I just know we are very ardent fans who love anything he does and says. But that is NOT THE CASE FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD. He deserves a chance and I want him to have it.

    I see where you’re coming from, and that you really care about his career- but how exactly are you making the assumption that the “rest of the world” doesn’t like “Fierce Adam”? I think “Fierce Adam” is what caught people’s (or should I say poeples? ;-) attention in the first place, and it is what sets him apart from all the “good singers” out there.

    The AMA’s was the only time that I agree he made a bad impression- but that’s because his singing was off, not because of the nature of the performance.

    And again- I don’t think he has to be “fierce” all the time- I really think that his ability to be a chamelion and be able to strip it down sometimes or “blues” it up or quirk it up (like DTRH or Fever)- is all good- it’s all part of his package (no pun intended).

    And I agree that maybe it’s time for his reps to try to steer interviewers away from the gay issue. Then again, last time they did that, remember the huge controversy that created, with Out magazine editor.

    Hopefully, if WWFM becomes a hit, and the following singles, attention will be diverted a little to the music again…

    EDIT: I see soverymel just about covered everything I wanted to say about the gay topic… :-)

  47. Option 3: And LOL at the idea of trying to shape the interview beforehand by discouraging questions about the gay. How soon we forget. Adam’s people tried to do that with OUT magazine, and a shitstorm ensued. They won’t be trying that again anytime soon.

    I see where your coming from but I respectfully disagree. I think the OUT outrage was the fact that he didn’t wanna talk about being gay to a gay magazine but talks about it with every other. Really I just think that was the reason the open letter happened and I doubt it would happen with a another magazine. JMO though.

  48. Off topic: Adam’s gone completely crazy on twitter and it’s awesome!

  49. soverymel:

    I agree with every single word you just posted…EVERY SINGLE WORD!
    Adam is really stuck answering certain questions and he is showing incredible patience and respect.

    But if he were to show impatience with the questions at all by short, monosyllabic answers,

    Exactly! And that’s what immature adults or teenagers do when they are bored with your questions. To answer this way would mean Adam was a bratty adult.

    Because I’d love to hear about the music more too. *brb going to find Slezak album deep dive interview and rewatch*

    THIS^^^ When an interviewer actually asks Adam about his music or his songs: he gives full, insightful, detailed answers.

  50. Destry
    01/12/2010 at 2:19 am
    Off topic: Adam’s gone completely crazy on twitter and it’s awesome!

    O lordy- he has hasn’t he??? It’s glorious! Ha! Seriously bb, I’m at work, I have to actually work! But there’s no ignoring this festive mood of his, hee hee

  51. Adam’s on a serious twitter spree tonight…he must be really bored

  52. MR
    “I see where you’re coming from, and that you really care about his career- but how exactly are you making the assumption that the “rest of the world” doesn’t like “Fierce Adam”?

    Yes, I do care about him. No, its not the “fierce Adam” that I think others are averse to, it is the AMA Adam. I’ve read hundreds of blogs, scowered Twittter, noted amount of press/articles and personally know at least 40 people (small general public sample) that initially had some interest in him, but after the AMA’s they just laugh at me. Record sales have declined from what they probabaly could/should have been. I know they are still taking notice of him (afterall, how can they not, he is intriguing) but I dont think he is compelling to them any more or as much and I think he needs to just take a break to focus on getting the “general public” back. This is just business.

    I mean really, dont all of us go to work and leave parts of ourselves at home every day so that we can function and succeed at work?

    Adam will never stop being who he is. He will just make more money.

    nuff for me for the day!! :)

  53. re Adam’s album cover (which AL talks about in video 3): We all know the reason some people didn’t like it. For some girls, it just got in the way of their fantasies. Like, go ahead, be gay, just play it straight. But Adam just insists on being himself and doing what he wants. I think Adam’s fun, fun, fun, whatever he does. I think he should go in the opposite direction for his next album cover and be all grunged up, like a logger who hasn’t washed in a few days, or even a homeless person. A little appropriate musical social commentary would make the cover not be gratuitous or insensitive. I would laugh so hard. Whatever he chooses, I know I will definitely be entertained.

  54. I think he should go in the opposite direction for his next album cover and be all grunged up, like a logger who hasn’t washed in a few days, or even a homeless person

    Haaa haaa haaa! Made me lol to imagine that…

    I would def. be entertained- but I see no chance of that ever happening… with his love for fashion and getting all pretty… but you never know… :-)

  55. Adam…I love & enjoy you being you….and people don’t worry, he’s a smart guy & knows when to pull it in…….rock on

  56. skat-girl@allycatlover
    I think the OUT outrage was the fact that he didn’t wanna talk about being gay to a gay magazine but talks about it with every other.

    Hmmm, I sort of agree. But IMO Adam was totally willing to talk about HIS gay and if you read the longass version online rather than the chopped up print version, he did. LOL, a LOT. He’s nothing if not open about himself. He just didn’t want to talk about other people’s gay, ie. the more politically charged issues. And yep, that really pissed them off. But ugh, DNW to open that can of worms discussion again.

    I guess what I’m saying is with the media kerfuffle that followed, the well is poisoned. Right now the whole OUT Magazine thing was a one-off situation that won some, lost some and is in the past. But any future attempt by his people to again control the questions asked in a big interview runs a big risk of it becoming public and turning from an isolated incident into a pattern. Which I think is one of the few things that could shake the media out of its seemingly neverending honeymoon with Adam. And I can’t imagine they’d run the risk at this point.

    ETA: mr and nyc thanx! *smiles*

  57. skat-girl@allycatlover
    01/12/2010 at 2:17 am
    Option 3: And LOL at the idea of trying to shape the interview beforehand by discouraging questions about the gay. How soon we forget. Adam’s people tried to do that with OUT magazine, and a shitstorm ensued. They won’t be trying that again anytime soon.

    I see where your coming from but I respectfully disagree. I think the OUT outrage was the fact that he didn’t wanna talk about being gay to a gay magazine but talks about it with every other. Really I just think that was the reason the open letter happened and I doubt it would happen with a another magazine. JMO though.

    Hello, skat-girl. I’m going to respectfully disagree with you here.

    The kerfuffle wasn’t that Adam didn’t want to talk about being gay. He didn’t want to talk about the POLITICS of gay. His people tried to shape the nterview so that adam wouldn’t have to talk about something he felt uncomfortable with– and we saw what happened.

    As someone who has interviewed many people, I can tell you that a good interviewer DOES NOT allow the interviewee to “shape the interview” or to control it. If the subject wrests control– you can bet it is not appreciated. It is no longer news and becomes pr.
    I’ve actually rejected or cut off interviews with people who were refusing to answer the questions.

    Adam is doing exactly what he should be doing– listening carefully and answering thoughtfully. He is not disrespecting the interviewer or the audience.

    btw, my husband, who watched the interview with me, is not at all invested in Adam. His comments: “I didn’t know that.” “That was interesting.” “He’s very articulate.” He’s a good listener.”

    I think WE are tired of the same old questions. But that’s because, as someone above mentioned, we watch every single interview and probably know them by heart. :lol:

  58. Looking at his pic on the cover page, I always considered Adam to be one of the least attractive guys on Season 8. I know he had a weight problem younger and you can see he still suffers from bad skin. I always felt his face was disproportionally out of aligned with his body. He also has a puffy face, small eyes.

    I think Adam is absolutely gorgeous. He has such sex appeal. That is why so many photographers want to photograph him. I

  59. Based on most of the comments about the Fuse Interview I would say that like or hate Adam Lambert peeps have a tendency to read and listen to everything about him.

    This was a good interview directed at the non-fan who is just getting to learn about Adam Lambert. And, from a layman, I don’t know of many interviews where the focus is on the technicality of the music and not on the person, themselves.

    I would think that the “average joe” just listens to music and doesn’t particularly want an interview to turn into a thesis on the music unless he is watching a show where they intersperse music with the spoken word and are into the “technacality” of the performance.

    And as for Adam being interviewed about “future plans” like the tour etc. Not many artists “spill the beans” ahead of time. Stuff like that tends to stay very vague until the promo starts in earnest. The worst thing is to build anticipation and then not have it come to fruition. Then someone is really labeled a dreamer and a wishful thinker.

  60. re: The above Starsruck2000 post: Whoever said Adam wasn’t gorgeous? Gorgeous isn’t all about good skin. Anyway, oily skin today, fewer wrinkles tomorrow. He is gorgeous, but I think his hair style could be more flattering to him. And he has gorgeous hair, but it needs to be longer, less spikey.

  61. I see where your coming from but I respectfully disagree. I think the OUT outrage was the fact that he didn’t wanna talk about being gay to a gay magazine but talks about it with every other. Really I just think that was the reason the open letter happened and I doubt it would happen with a another magazine. JMO though.

    Did you actually *read* the interview in OUT? Because he was nothing if not open about his experiences as a gay man. I think that was the reason he was so hurt about the ensuing controversy. He gave them an interview that was incredibly open and honest, and then they turned around and stabbed him in the back, because he didn’t toe their line about how a gay man should act in a “political” way. I agree with Larry Flick (Serius Radio) who pointed out that OUT was using Adam to revive interest in a dying magazine. That is despicable, imo.

  62. So glad those of is without Fuse channel had a chance to see the interviews.

    iluvai – I agree 100% with your post. When Gene Simmons (and many others) criticized Adam for talking about his sexuality and suggested he just shut up and sing it was SO maddening. That’s all Adam has ever wanted to do and when he tried not talking about being gay during the competition the media wouldn’t leave off with the questions and accused him of being coy. So then when he is honest and talks about it, he gets people commenting about how “disgusting that he promoted gayness” or is always talking about being gay. The guy can’t win with the haters. What comes across over and over however, is how polite, articulate and genuinely beautiful on the inside this man is. Alisan Porter tweeted that Adam feeds her soul and I know exactly what she means.

  63. This was a good interview directed at the non-fan who is just getting to learn about Adam Lambert. And, from a layman, I don’t know of many interviews where the focus is on the technicality of the music and not on the person, themselves.

    I’ve gone back and read the comments here and there.. then something occurred to me. A few weeks ago I turned on Lady Gaga’s interview. It really was very much in the same vein as this interview. Some was about the music, but much of it was about who she is. My husband doesn’t really like her much.. hadn’t seen any interviews with her. Since it was short, I turned it on while he was settling himself down for the night and we watched together. After the interview he had a completely different understanding of her. He still didn’t really ‘get’ her, but he was interested enough to be open and interested to give her Fame Monster a good listening to. I really think this is what this interview is about, not a diatribe about the ‘music’, but an introduction to the artist. Maybe this will work for Adam, maybe not. In all honesty this is what the Fuse show format is about.

  64. And, from a layman, I don’t know of many interviews where the focus is on the technicality of the music and not on the person, themselves.

    I would think that the “average joe” just listens to music and doesn’t particularly want an interview to turn into a thesis on the music unless he is watching a show where they intersperse music with the spoken word and are into the “technacality” of the performance

    Very good point, Tess!
    Usually when people are interviewed, they are asked about their personal life, not about their actual art, except on rare occaisions.
    Even when actors are promoting a film, they are asked two or three lip-service questions about the movie itself and their role- and then are automatically bombarded with personal questions.
    And I guess it’s just really fascinating for people to see a gay guy who’s so open about it so early on in his career. And who takes chances, whether some believe they are true artistic risks, and others believe they are cunning, attention-whoring antics- they still attract attention and a whole lotta conversation!
    Like Tess and Adamland, I don’t see any way an interview (except a specific interview with someone like Slezak or the bonus interviews on his album- which aren’t real interviews, but more how he wanted to present himself- and are seen by fans only) can be just “about the music”.

  65. tamalepie-

    Oh, I am soo with you on the knife-stabbing of OUT. That interview was one of the most interesting, sincere and exposed interviews I’ve read, and what Hicklin did was just disgusting. It’s like you allow someone to see your softer side, and instead of respecting it, he just kicks you.

    Nevermind, dead horse (but still- jerk!)

  66. I was so excited to hear/see this interview. MJ, thank you for posting so quickly. I was happy that I could “spend” some time with someone who I adore. Listening to a smart, funny, absolutely beautiful person (from the inside out) is a fantastic way to spend the morning/afternoon/evening…..

    It’s funny about beauty being in the eye of the beholder. I love how Adam looks and can honestly say that the only time I don’t find him attractive is when he puts on his “mean face”. My friends and family don’t understand or see what I see.

    Thanks again MJ for posting.

  67. re: The above Starsruck2000 post: Whoever said Adam wasn’t gorgeous? Gorgeous isn’t all about good skin. Anyway, oily skin today, fewer wrinkles tomorrow. He is gorgeous, but I think his hair style could be more flattering to him. And he has gorgeous hair, but it needs to be longer, less spikey.

    We all have different tastes in men. I think Adam is perfect just the way he is, hair and all.

  68. Not everything is the same questions over and over again:

    1. Never heard Adam talk about what a scary moment it was when his Dad found him looking at gay porn. We all know the story but this is the first I actually heard him talk about it.
    2. We knew he was a loner and didn’t have many friends, but first time I heard him talk about how isolated he was during middle school.
    3. First time I heard him talk about Rod Stewart’s comments on The View.
    4. First time he mentioned staying visible after Idol as a key to be successful after Idol.

    So yes, the topics are the same, but some things are new. I’m sure we will get the same topics when he is on Oprah so be prepared. :-)

  69. Great, great interview! I am so *interested* in Adam as a singer and a person….and my perspective comes from being a 60 year old southern lady!
    First, I would like to say that Adam seems to be the product of some terrific parenting. I can tell you that many parents would not and did not handle children being gay very well at all. It seems as though many could take some sound advice from his mom and dad. Being gay is such a sensitive topic for many in our society and I think Adam reflects a positive face to the topic. I, for one, am glad he talks about it….he has enlightened me and I am from an era where talking about it was taboo!

    For me the captivating thing about Adam is that he seems secure in his skin, is wonderfully tolerant and respectful to others and he can be wild and different with a flare…. and back all that up with an incredible talent. His performances on Idol and since have been impeccable (AMA ….his singing was not up to pare with what I had seen in his past performances…and that was a disappointment….but I digress…).
    All in all, I think he is going to be so much fun to follow! I hope he continues to be honest and true to himself…and to take his missteps, learn form them and make them right. (Okay, I am beginning to sound like his gramma here! :) )

    I am so looking forward to his ride! ;) Pix

  70. So yes, the topics are the same, but some things are new. I’m sure we will get the same topics when he is on Oprah so be prepared.

    Oprah will be interesting, I wonder what songs they’ll perform. Or I guess I wonder what the 2nd song will be. It’s nice that they have filmed spots in LA where he used to perform, already that is a bit of a new touch. I mean, people have talked about it, but it will be nice to see these places.

    I would love to know when the AOL sessions will be up too.

  71. Oh yeah- lorismile- I loved when he mentioned what Rod Stewart had said on “the View”!
    I’d been wondering if he’d seen it- because that was some great validation right there, besides being such a great comic television moment- when they’re all treating him like some elderly gentleman who would be mortified by telling him that adam pushed a man’s face to his crotch- and he was all “there’s nothing wrong with that!! It’s rock’n’roll!”
    Ha! I’m glad Adam saw that… :-)

  72. Hey, lorismile….what you listed…..ditto!!
    mr, I love your posts…are you a professional arbitrator. If not I’d say
    you have skills!

    I don’t want to immerse myself into this discussion, but….. well you know about but!
    I think that “most” of the the fans on this site want to know “all about Adam”in minute detail when possible. Sometimes we belabor the point by our very avid protestations.
    I just totally enjoy all of Adams interviews and, usually I do hear something different in many of them. Interviews help keep him in the public eye…so good!
    I like that Adam refuses to become a poster boy for “OUT”… ferocious
    people who will stomp on anyone’s constitutional rights to out people who are not comfortable for whatever reason. Not everyone is a warrior, some just want to live less boldly. Nevertheless, Adam is Heroic even if that is not his intention or his goal! Without trying he is going to impact this coming generation of tweens and teens especially the different kids, and I somehow think that his song “Masterplan” could become anthemic some day.

  73. Thank you justjude! That’s a helluva compliment! Arbitration is definitely something I would love to try in a few years, after gaining some experience- right now I’m still a rookie lawyer… although, at this pace, I won’t be gaining any experience, because I’ll be fired for sneaking all day to mj’s to post stuff about Adam when I’m at the office!!!!!!!!

    Crazy addiction I tell ya, crazy addiction… :-)

  74. 1. Cut back on dark/edgy artistry and entertaining your own whims and pay closer attention to what your audience wants and JUST SING. Your audience is too distracted by all the excess stuff.
    2. Stop talking about your gayness. You say its not important, but then you keep talking about it. JUST SING.
    3. Gridlock performance was Stellar. But, take note that SOAKED was what got the most attention and raves. Sing songs like this and you will get noticed.
    4. Your voice is incredible, but 90% of Americans hardly know it. I mean who can sing a song like you did Brigadoon, or Soaked or studio version of Feeling Good? Even if you don’t like the style as much, this is the voice that will catch the WORLDS attention. JUST SING. At least for now. Go a bit more Crazy later after you have a bigger fan base to support huge concerts.

    I sympathize with your feelings here. But aren’t you really saying to him: Be a different person. Live in a different time. Have control over what interviewers ask you about. ???

    None of these is possible or, in fact, desirable, I’d say.

    He doesn’t want to be a ballad singer. And if you’re an entertainer/artist/musician, trying to be the entertainer/artist/musician that the largest number of other people would want to buy things from, rather than being the one that you’re naturally inclined to be, really really doesn’t work very well, no matter what our market-oriented society tends to think!

  75. For those of us who seek out every interview Adam does there wasn’t too much new, that’s true. But I love hearing him talk even if there are no earth-shattering revelations. It’s a pleasure to listen to someone who is so comfortable, relaxed and articulate. Watching him is a pleasure too, because he’s well, you know………….gorgeous.

    Going to watch pt. 3.

  76. I loved the interview! Ok, I know I got some flack over the weekend for calling Adam a brilliant interviewee, but that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it :-)

    He’s just so natural, charming, down-to-earth, funny, candid! It wasn’t a ton of new material, but just hearing him talk about these things, his parents, influences, musical theater, other music influences, is just a lot of fun!

    Oh, and his hair looked really hot too ;-)

  77. But, take note that SOAKED was what got the most attention and raves. Sing songs like this and you will get noticed.

    LOL – really? I loved Soaked, but loved Fever too – and WLL may have been the most talked about for its epic awesomeness. So, YMMV – everyone has different favs, and with all things Adam, there are those who are gonna love the quiet side, those who love the OTT, wild side, and those who love both and everything in between!

  78. Talented or not, pretty or not, gay or not, that boy is one helluva charmer.

    I haven’t seen a lot of his interviews, but in the ones I have watched, the feeling I come away with most strongly is of his sincerity. When he says, “That’s me, that’s who I am,” he isn’t kidding. The occasional lapses he’s had come from the same place: a core of honesty. When I read people complaining that he’s artificial or phony, I have to laugh.

  79. 11 adds for WWFM yesterday, but nothing today (yet) fingers crossed!

    Tommy just tweeted they are on the plane! Go kick some ass on Oprah guys!

  80. 1. Cut back on dark/edgy artistry and entertaining your own whims and pay closer attention to what your audience wants and JUST SING. Your audience is too distracted by all the excess stuff.
    2. Stop talking about your gayness. You say its not important, but then you keep talking about it. JUST SING.
    3. Gridlock performance was Stellar. But, take note that SOAKED was what got the most attention and raves. Sing songs like this and you will get noticed.
    4. Your voice is incredible, but 90% of Americans hardly know it. I mean who can sing a song like you did Brigadoon, or Soaked or studio version of Feeling Good? Even if you don’t like the style as much, this is the voice that will catch the WORLDS attention. JUST SING. At least for now. Go a bit more Crazy later after you have a bigger fan base to support huge concerts.

    To me, this feels like telling Adam to sell out to whatever will get him the most attention, hits, etc. I think there’s a fine line to walk in order for a performer to be happy. And being happy is the most important thing. From what I gather, Adam would not be happy being a “Soaked” performer all the time. Hell, we already have Josh Groban if we want to hear a whole CD of that type of music.
    I don’t like everything Adam does – but what I got from the parts of the interview that I saw is – Adam REALLY likes playing dress up and putting on an act. That’s who he is and that’s what he wants to do. Good for him. Just because Soaked got a lot of hits doesn’t mean that is the type of music that will gain him the most popularity. It may mean that of the fans Adam has now, they really like Soaked. Adam is trying to reach beyond this fan base and appeal to, dare I say, a younger, hipper crowd. And he wants to do it his way. I say go for it! i don’t even like Soaked. I can appreciate that he sings it well, but it sounds too old fashioned for me. Okay, enough windbagedness from me :-)

  81. I’ve gone back and read the comments here and there.. then something occurred to me. A few weeks ago I turned on Lady Gaga’s interview. It really was very much in the same vein as this interview.

    I saw the Lady Gaga interview too, and ITA – very similar to this one. It was candid, about their lives, their past, their influences as artists. I loved how it touched on Freddie Mercury and Led Zeppelin too (though not much Bowie (except wrt the album cover), guess there wasn’t time).

    2. We knew he was a loner and didn’t have many friends, but first time I heard him talk about how isolated he was during middle school.

    4. First time he mentioned staying visible after Idol as a key to be successful after Idol.

    Yes, that #2 was really moving – I completely understand what that must have been like – and I can see why he gravitated toward the friends he had (has) in LA (artistic, open, accepting, free-spirited etc.)

    And #4 – that is controversial to some who say he is just about the fame rather than the music, but I see it as being smart enough to know that this is a tricky business, and that he has a HUGE opportunity with the Idol exposure, so it only makes sense to capitalize on all of that NOW, when it’s still freshest in people’s minds, in order to get the music out there, to entertain, which is ultimately his real goal.

  82. ETA: Didn’t mean to sound preachy or bitchy in my post above. At times I’ve felt like saying SHUT UP AND SING, but the more I see of him, the more I realize he wants to be successfull on his own terms, creating his stage persona, and having fun. I guess I can either enjoy it, or not. So far, I like more of it than I dislike. :-)

  83. To me, this feels like telling Adam to sell out to whatever will get him the most attention, hits, etc. I think there’s a fine line to walk in order for a performer to be happy. And being happy is the most important thing.

    Yes, ITA. I’ve said before that, imo, Adam’s album is not the most mainstream, accessible thing in the world. There are some risks there, lots of variety, lots of different influences, and certainly for an AI album it is not as straightforward as some of the others that came before.

    That said, I’m happy that this album seems to be very much the kind he wanted to make, with the styles and influences he wanted to bring to the forefront. If he had played it safer or more mainstream, he may be as big as Carrie or Kelly right now (and who knows where the future will still lead?) But ultimately what matters most is to create music that means something to you.

    For instance, I can’t really imagine just doing an album of all pure electro pop songs – that would just kill my soul, I think :-) But having a few is a lot of fun!

  84. Soaked is my least favorite song for Adam if being a pop star is the direction he wants to go. Sure he sings it well, I love the lyrics and message. But it’s exactly the type of song the ‘he’s too theatrical, he should be on Broadway’ naysayers will point to, unless he wants to go the ‘standards’ route.

    I like dancy, sexy Adam myself!

  85. This interview is all kinds of awesome. I love that the interviewer didn’t ask the same old boring questions and he actually did some research. Adam is just amazing as always and I think it helped that the interviewer made him comfortable. :D

  86. If he had played it safer or more mainstream, he may be as big as Carrie or Kelly right now

    Or not. I’m not sure that this kind of calculation ever really pays off for a musician over the long run. Seems to me that most people with long-term success mostly do what it’s in them to do and just keep doing that, rather than always trying to ride the particular wave of “exactly-what-seems-to-be-attracting-the-most-listeners-today.”

    It’s sort of like people who try to market-time their stock purchases, I think. That may get you a big score from time to time, but you can also go way wrong doing it. Better, over the long haul, to buy stocks for what you believe is their essential quality….And make music that seems like the right music to you.

    Making the music you want to make rather than trying to calculate what appeals to the most people may make you “just” a niche artist. But a lot of people with strong niches go on for decades and decades with solid results. That seems to me to be a surer thing rather than trying to go for the most mainstream sales, because what’s mainstream shifts a lot, it’s hard to predict, and if you end up not being entirely true to yourself that may show and people may reject you anyway. Plus, you won’t be all that happy.

  87. But it’s exactly the type of song the ‘he’s too theatrical, he should be on Broadway’ naysayers will point to, unless he wants to go the ’standards’ route.

    What’s wrong with theatrical????????????

    Hee hee, sorry about all of the question marks…trying to make a theatrical point here… I guess I’m just one of the lucky ones, who really digs all sides of Adam, in all his genres, in all his personas, in all his moods.

    On the condition that he sings on key, ofcourse. That’s where I draw the line.

    And so I can only complain about FYE- that song just doesn’t work for him live vocally (but the MV is siiick).

    Apart from that- I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!

  88. I love the edgy side of Adam. LOVE IT. I can’t imagine him shaping himself into anything different. I love the CD. I am wearing it out. I am not very music savvy and am so dang happy to have something I love to listen to.

    Also on record as liking Soaked (especially live) but not loving it. He does do ballads well but it would be a sad loss to music to hear him crooning for a living. It is Fever and Sure Fire Winners for me. With Sleepwalker (also good live) and WWFM rounding out my favorites.

    I already crave more music from Adam…. dang. It will be a long wait.

  89. If he had played it safer or more mainstream, he may be as big as Carrie or Kelly right now

    Kelly and Carrie took years to be successful. It wasn’t overnight. They’ve had multiple hit songs out. Kelly tried to go her own way and found the grass wasn’t greener then returned to what made her successful to begin with. So yes she’s successful but at what price to her “art”?

    Carrie, well she’s very successful in Country but I’m not sure about cross-over, how successful she is. The only song I’ve ever heard on the radio from her is Before He Cheats.

  90. mr – I love theatrical, but it’s not for everyone. Which is why I think Soaked is not the song to win over a large fanbase. I think Fever has huge hit potential, if this too uptight country can get past the first 2 words.

    And where the heck are the Adds today?

  91. Kelly and Carrie took years to be successful. It wasn’t overnight.

    LOL – I know, what I meant was I see them as playing more within the confines of their specific genre, more immediately “radio-ready” (and tbh, that kinda equates with more bland to me – in terms of the Daughtry “Nickleback-esque” sound, etc. )

    You can follow a formula, imo, and have an easier time of breaking through (example, any number of pop copycats out right now). I think Adam’s album is a little more eccentric than that, and I’m happier for that :-) He could have gone the “100% pop” route, and tried to score with that, but he didn’t.

    ETA: lucy, ITA – music is a gamble, and while you can try to guess what will be big, you’ll never know for sure what will click. Being a copycat is the safer route – higher chance of success, but lower potential payoff, imo. But being more groundbreaking, trying something new = higher risk, higher potential reward (I see Gaga as one of the stronger, more recent examples of that). Not that she is hugely groundbreaking, but just enough to be something that both clicks commercially and is quite new from what came immediately before.

    What I’m saying is, I’d much rather have Adam do what he wants than just be a copycat and TRY to be that huge success by guessing what will be the most popular, or something.

  92. sr4mjc-
    I understand. But like a few others here, I think that he should do what his artistic drive tells him to. And regardless if it is an upbeat or slower song, he’s almost always sure to be “theatrical”- from childhood, as we hear here and in many other interviews.

    And as long as he stays versatile, then sure enough, he will win over more and more people, imo.

    Heh, it’s funny that a few posts ago I was defending his right to be “fierce” and not just sing songs like “Soaked”, and now I’m defending his right to sing songs like “Soaked” and not just dancy songs…

    And I daresay I will defend his right to sing the dancy stuff if someone comes up and says he should just quit all the popiness and be more of a rocker (for instance)…

    So I just admitted to being a tad defensive, huh? Hmmm… hopefully I’m doing it respectfully, though…

    Love all you guys and all your opinions- it’ll be so interesting to follow this guy’s career- and then we can see who gave him the best advise, ha ha :-)

  93. Mary102, I totally agree with you – Adam wouldn’t be happy if he were to follow all the Subo’s or Josh Groban’s of the world. He has said it from the beginning, that he is not for everybody – why do people trying to box him, I do not understand :(
    a tamed Adam would be a boring, unhappy and dull Adam – me no like it …

  94. I’ve said before that, imo, Adam’s album is not the most mainstream, accessible thing in the world.

    I’ve read this before from Adam’s fans and I just don’t get where it’s coming from. I think the two words that most describe Adam’s album are ‘mainstream’ and ‘derivative.’ It’s full of songs written by people with lots of pop hits and Adam is clearly trying to be the male Lady Gaga. There is nothing even slightly challenging about the record.

    The Doves or Adele are examples of artists that not mainstream or accessible, not a guy doing Pink and Lady Gaga covers.

    As for Carrie taking a while to become huge, that’s just not true. Her first album sold well right out of the gate and it just kept selling. Her first single went to #1!

  95. I cannot even express the admiration I have for Adam. His courage is beyond belief. He really is a pioneer, in a role he didn’t apply for, and he will need all of our love and support as he negotiates the unbroken terrain ahead of him.

    Beautifully said.
    He’s got my love and my full support, for all the rest of my days.

    Even “somewhat” repetitive interviews are fascinating when Adam is the one being interviewed. There is ALWAYS something new to be found when he speaks.

  96. Great interview; thanks for posting it MJ. I hope I get the editing right, have not used before.

    One thing I respect about Adam is that he knows who he is both personally and musically. He lives openly as a gay man and only talks about being gay during interviews. Adam is doing something no other artist has done; he is starting his career as an openly gay man. Most artists waited until they had already become popular before they came out publicly. Bravo for him because he is an inspiration to many young people who are struggling because they are different. His life demonstrates to people that you should embrace who you are and it is OK to be different.

    As far as his music, IMO, Adam is being true both to himself and to his fans. I, for one, am glad he delivered what he promised — an album filled with eclectic tracks of music. The ballads tug at my heart strings, the anthem themed tracks make me believe that people can change the world, and the pop/dance tracks make me want to sing and dance. I love the edginess of his stage performances. I am looking forward to his tour to see his artistic side come alive on stage. He would not be Adam Lambert if he did not transform with the song. He is a chameleon onstage; he interprets the lyrics and draws the audience into his performance. For me, his stage performances and his amazing vocals make him the best current artist of today. His album sounds fantastic, but when he sings his songs live, he brings something new to the song and his vocals are kick a** sick. He sounds better live than in the studio, something that is not achieved by many other popular artist of today. I am so glad Adam was discovered on Idol and I expect to be listening to his music for a very long time to come. He is here for our entertainment, thank goodness!

  97. sallysimmons, I think it’s better that he wants to be the male Lady Gaga than a male Miley Cyrus or Brittney Spears – plus he’s got a great voice. He said many times that he was stuck in the 70’s on the one hand, but liked pop music on the other – he was confused about what to do with his album – but from I’ve read from critics and music experts – his album is really good, just because it is eclectic. :)

  98. a tamed Adam would be a boring, unhappy and dull Adam – me no like it …

    Yes to this :-) LOL.

  99. And going back to his interview, as Jim Cantiello has said – Adam knows how to play the game – he is asked questions that are on his interviewer’s agenda – he answers them honestly, interestingly and with a smile – and media love him for that – we all know how hateful media are about people who dictate what it is to be asked and what not (remember Billy Bob’s interview in Canada, anybody?). There are only a few Brangelinas in this world that can get away with being obnoxious to interviewers, press and the media, but even they court the media in different ways (charity, scandals, etc.)

  100. I am looking forward to his tour to see his artistic side come alive on stage. He would not be Adam Lambert if he did not transform with the song. He is a chameleon onstage; he interprets the lyrics and draws the audience into his performance. For me, his stage performances and his amazing vocals make him the best current artist of today. His album sounds fantastic, but when he sings his songs live, he brings something new to the song and his vocals are kicka** sick. He sounds better live than in the studio, something that is not achieved by many other popular artist of today. I am so glad Adam was discovered on Idol and I expect to be listening to his music for a very long time to come. He is here for our entertainment, thank goodness!

    that is beautiful “KAT80” you have expressed my thoughts but so much “betterer” than I could do–thanks!

  101. Really? He wants to be the male Lady Gaga?

    labels labels labels labels

    Edit: Seriously, he is supposedly copying Gaga, Freddie, Bowie, Prince, Britney, Muse, Pink…
    I guess if you’re even capable of copying such a variety, you must be original in some way…

  102. sallysimmons – well, it is all subjective. What you call derivative, many others would not. I don’t really know how mainstream songs like Broken Open or Soaked are.

    I’m not saying his is the most groundbreaking, inventive album ever, but imo it is more eclectic than most other AI alums’ first albums (again, not a hard bar to go over – lol). And that, imo, he could have played it much safer with say, all pop dance tracks, and he obviously didn’t do that with songs like Broken Open, Soaked, A Loaded Smile, etc. But YMMV.

  103. Mary102, I’ve been reading a lot of posts on different blogs – a lot of people who don’t like Idol (line ONTD) and are really snarky do admit that Adam’s album is quite good, surprisingly for an Idol alumn…..
    He’s just started – he’s got a lot of potential single hits on the album – I just hope that one of them will be Pick U Up – this song makes me so happy, like a truly cray cray person (and believe me, I am not a cray cray person in real life) :D

  104. agathe.hb-
    I loooooooove Pick U Up!!
    Although I hate to break it to you, I don’t think it’ll be a single :-(
    He never mentions it in interviews, niether do the interviewers, and I found the fact that he chose not to sing it at Gridlock to be foretelling that it doesn’t really have a future single-wise…
    Really hope to be wrong :-)

    oh- and Mary102-
    Please add to the list of unusual songs Sure Fire Winners. It really has it’s own sound, doesn’t it? Kind of like nothing else. I don’t even know what genre to put it in- Electrorock maybe? It definitely doesn’t sound like anything else that’s playing these days.
    And it kicks major butt!

  105. mr, I don’t know, how many singles do they usually issue from an album? does it depend on the success of previous ones? If, let’s say, he has a few successfull singles, won’t they issue more? I have no idea, can somebody englighten me? pretty please?

  106. agathe.hb – I completely agree – lots of strong songs on the album. I never ever buy albums (well, like literally once every few years – just buy singles otherwise) – and his album is one of the only ones where I love every song on it, because of their uniqueness, variety, the different moods, etc. And I had them all stuck in my head after just about 1 listen :-)

    I think it has a number of strong singles on it that are easily radio friendly – Fever, Sleepwalker, If I had You, Aftermath, Pick U Up (I love that one too!)

    Then there are the ones that aren’t really radio friendly, but are just as, if not, sometimes, more exquisite (I love Broken Open, Soaked, A Loaded Smile).

    Just something for everyone – what not to love ;-)

    ETA: How many singles are released is anyone’s guess – but it generally just comes down to, what will make the most money for the label. It costs money to release a new single (not payola, but ads, other behind the scenes stuff, etc.). If the cost of pushing the new single is worth it in terms of generating enough revenue through additional single and, especially album, sales – then they’ll go for it. If not, they won’t.

    Cook is a good example – he only got the two singles, which sucked for fans, but it was hardly a knock on his total sales – he sold a ton of albums, lots of singles, toured well, so all that meant was that the label decided releasing new singles would not add ENOUGH extra revenue to offset the cost of pushing the singles.

  107. well, I have a really large collection of CD’s (I dont’ download illegal music out of respect for the artists I like), but the last one I bought was like 10 years ago (Emma Shapplin). I loooove Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, et al. My daughter (she is 13) likes the same type of music :) (smart girl). So now, when I am so crazy about Adam, she is like – mom, are you OK? I just smile….

  108. I think singles are important for visibility, for the artist and for the album. But if you don’t really have songs that will work as singles… why release them? It will only cost you and you won’t get any visibility out of it.

  109. saga, so who decides, whether to issue another single from an album? producers? Like, for example, Lady Gaga has a 5th single that hit No. 1 – do they issue more singles from her album because the other ones have been successful?
    Or, let’s consider Allison – her single is not doing well, are they going to try another one? or will they just give up on her? (I would hate to see that, I love that gurrl)

  110. OK…this is my last addition to my semi controversial tirade :) on Adam making some changes. Just to reiterate…I LOVE ADAM.

    But, this is NOT ALL about “artistry” and being “true to yourself”. Adam has mentioned it several times himself — IT IS BUSINESS too. It’s about MAKING A LIVING FOR THE NEXT 5-10 YEARS! (Yea, really. Blah Blah Blah, remember those who struggle to live, making $300 a week at dumpy nightclubs in the name of “art”). I mean Adam has been there, living like a pauper. He now has a chance to secure his financial future permanently or take the risk of falling by the wayside like some others have. (Though I doubt with Adams extreme talent he would totally disappear. ) This is not selling out. It is being realistic.

    So, I still contend he needs to do WHATEVER it will take to get the general public back in his camp. I know Simon would agree with me. Paula would not!

  111. Mary102, but there have been discussions about some artists that have good single sales, but not album sales (Jordin or Kris) – I just don’t know much about politics behind releasing an album and deciding on what songs are going to be singles, etc. It sounds like gambling to me, just a little….

  112. dreamz, I do see your point, to me, Adam is in a pickle a little bit – sometimes it seems that poor bb wants to have his cake and eat it too :(
    he is walking a tight rope right now, but I am sure he is clever enough to find his way and be successful :)

  113. I love Fierce Adam. and as much as I jump up and down everytime he does something nuts and I smile like a proud mama, I also want him to be huge. Ulitmately I’d love him to do this on his own terms being BSC Fierce alien with all the feathers and makeup and rhinestones he’d like. even if it takes time like Gaga. I still think FYE has the potential to be a bounceback hit, a hit overseas first and it might catch on in the US later.

    I hope he stays in the cloud and doesn’t feel defeated a bit by the rejection of FYE. I want uber sexy Adam to come back and play. But alas, it is a business and I want albums #2 and #3.

    But for the love of Pete, where are the Adds today?

  114. saga, so who decides, whether to issue another single from an album? producers? Like, for example, Lady Gaga has a 5th single that hit No. 1 – do they issue more singles from her album because the other ones have been successful?
    Or, let’s consider Allison – her single is not doing well, are they going to try another one? or will they just give up on her? (I would hate to see that, I love that gurrl)

    I guess the criteria for releasing a single is that it will get airplay. I know a lot of Cook fans don’t agree with me but I didn’t really find a lot of radio friendly tracks on his album. I think the Kradisons have a great advantage over Cook and Archie here in that they all have several possible singles on their album.

    Personally, i think FYE has A LOT (more than 5!) of possible singles but Adam has other challenges to face except music quality. Male solo act in a female dominated field, gay artist trying to get airplay, trying to bring in rock elements in dance music etc… I think he has to thread carefully and walk slow to succeed.

  115. dreamz – I agree with you in terms of him needing (and I believe wanting) to be a success in music, and understanding that that means walking that fine line between doing something creative and personal (something he truly believes in as an artist), while also being marketable and commercial. That’s why the album, imo, has both potential commercial hits (FYE (yes, still believe in it, damn it!), WWFM, etc.) and more artistic, introverted songs (Broken Open, etc.)

    And I actually commend Adam for embracing both the business and artistic side of music. It’s just the smart, prudent thing to do. He is savvy enough to know, having lived in LA, struggled in the biz, worked in the trenches, etc. that you need to build that fanbase (as he said in the interview) to actually GET to present your music for an extended period of time and to entertain – that’s literally what he said was his whole point when trying out for AI.

    I personally don’t want Adam to be 100% self-indulgent (Simon-ism) by just doing songs that would appeal to him and maybe .05% of the population, but would keep him from ever having larger success. I think he wants, and deserves, a long, successful career, and that means making some compromises for the sake of the business side of music.

    I’ve always had even more confidence about his longterm success in part because of his ability to respect that need to be a little commercial, while still maintaining your artistic integrity. A hard thing to do, but it is possible, of course.

    So, I still contend he needs to do WHATEVER it will take to get the general public back in his camp.

    I have to disagree with this, though. In the aftermath of the AMAs, especially after the ABC cancellations, Adam’s post-interviews, etc. I really don’t think there is a huge sense of Adam being a pariah, in fact, much of the press talked about being on his side, saying ABC went too far, etc. Also, many praised him for actually going out there and stirring up some controversy, which got him attention. Not to mention, the AMAs are part of what Adam is about – he is not just some simple, sweet boy sitting on a stool and singing a weepy ballad – that is never what he’s gonna be completely about.

    I think the biggest issue now, as with any new artist, is just getting the music out there – meaning radio play (which he’s getting) – so more people outside of AI know about him and want to buy the music. Even if he had had no controversy on the AMAs, there’s no way of knowing if that ONE song, that ONE performance, would have really made 20 million people say, let’s buy that album (doubt it).

    You can never say for certain just how much it helped or hurt him, especially not in the long run.

  116. agathe.hb
    01/12/2010 at 1:42 pm
    mr, I don’t know, how many singles do they usually issue from an album? does it depend on the success of previous ones? If, let’s say, he has a few successfull singles, won’t they issue more? I have no idea, can somebody englighten me? pretty please?

    Oh- I am in no way an expert of singles releases- it’s just that he’s been raving on about Fever and Strut and If I had You many many times, and then there’s Music Again, which I bet will be his next single (I assume that because he singled it out on the CBS early show and the sticker on the CD singles it out, and it has gotten a LOT of great reviews- more than any other song on the album, I think)- and I also think SFW has a decent shot (also appears on the sticker) and my personal gut feeling is that Sleepwalker has to be a single- it’s got “hit” written all over it (now there’s a song I agree isn’t very original- but you know what? It’s easy listening and extremely catchy).

    And so… with so many options for singles, I don’t see how Pick U Up will ever be able to wedge it’s way in there…

    Once again- I would be thrilled if it happened… I like it better than Strut, that’s for sure :-)

  117. sallysimmons
    01/12/2010 at 12:54 pm

    I think the two words that most describe Adam’s album are ‘mainstream’ and ‘derivative.’ It’s full of songs written by people with lots of pop hits and Adam is clearly trying to be the male Lady Gaga.

    I think I disagree with you, WWFM and Fever are only two songs out of the album full of great songs. And I don’t think that Music Again, Broken Open, Sleepwalker and Strut sound like a pop-diva kind of songs. Not to mention Soaked and Down the Rabbit Hole and Master Plan. As Adam said ( and I completely agree, btw) the album is very diverse, every song having it’s own style and flavor. Yes, Adam’s is a fan of pop music, and he is trying to break trough as a pop star, but I do not think he is or trying to be just a male version of Gaga. :)

  118. Male solo act in a female dominated field,

    Yes! This is my number 1 issue in terms of Adam’s ability to break through. Especially with the rise of Kesha, it just becomes agonizingly obvious that, being a WOMAN in pop is much easier than a man right now (outside of bands or R&B/hip-hop).

    Very frustrating to me, because I think the music scene is more than ready for Adam (but they are sadly slow to change :-( ) If Kesha or Gaga had come out with something like FYE, or IIHY, it would have burned up the charts, imo.

  119. Just to bring up a slightly different point, my college-aged daughter and a lot her large internet community loved Adam on Idol. They did not realize his post-idol goal was to become a male pop star. They thought he was rock. They don’t listen to his album, even though my daughter has some of his rock songs from Idol on repeat. I think many people were surprised by his pop album.

  120. Sadly Adam is before his time as well as being behind his time. Hopefully there is still time for him to conquer this decade!

  121. Just to bring up a slightly different point, my college-aged daughter and a lot her large internet community loved Adam on Idol. They did not realize his post-idol goal was to become a male pop star. They thought he was rock. They don’t listen to his album, even though my daughter has some of his rock songs from Idol on repeat. I think many people were surprised by his pop album.

    There are actually quite a lot of tracks with rock elements on FYE (Strut, SFW, MA and Master Plan) but there is no WLL, that’s true.

    IIHY is a pure dance track but compared to others Adam is doing pop/dance music with rock elements. You dont hear that on Gagas stuff at all. I like it, it gives a rawer, edgier feeling to his pop tunes.

    Also fusing in dance into pop is something that is popular right now and coming more and more. It seems Adam is aware of whats going on in the underground music scene and trying to bring some of those elements into mainstream music.

  122. saga, I do agree with you yet again :)
    Adam has said many times that he wants people to dance to his music and have fun – his album is full of win in that respect :)
    so far he’s got good reviews of his album (many people are really surprised how good it really is). I say – give him time – with his voice and charisma he will break through :)
    and if US does not embrace him – we are waiting patiently in Europe for him to come here :)

  123. Just to bring up a slightly different point, my college-aged daughter and a lot her large internet community loved Adam on Idol. They did not realize his post-idol goal was to become a male pop star. They thought he was rock. They don’t listen to his album, even though my daughter has some of his rock songs from Idol on repeat. I think many people were surprised by his pop album.

    Interestingly enough, rewatching the S8 reruns, Randy REPEATEDLY tells Adam throughout the competition – “you have to make a rock album” – lol (to his credit, Adam always seemed to have a slighly awkward, “we’ll see about that”, look on his face).

    I know we’ve had extended talks about what IS rock (lol), but on AI he never really did straight rock. Even Satisfaction, WLL, BTBW were twinged with a more glam-rock, electro feel – exactly the direction he wanted to go more in with the album.

    I’ll admit, there isn’t as much rock on his album, but, tbh, he was never gonna be able to please everyone with the album, except maybe those fans like me who really loved every kind of performance he gave on AI (loved MW as much as WLL as much as Satisfaction or ROF or TOMT). His voice, charisma, and versatility sucked me in. And since I get bored very easily, that ecclectic mesh of styles (on both the album and on AI) are what I love so much about him.

  124. Mary102, I’m with you all the way – I love the eclectic Adam :)
    he can sing whatever he wants and I will listen (even Wild Horses, lol).
    Remember, when he said that he and Slash were working on something? I truly believe that he has just begun showing us his range and versatility – there is still a lot of surprises for us, faithful fans :) God bless his heart :)

  125. I really love his album, but it would have been great to have him do one or two songs that were rock similiar to WLL or BTBW. ITA about the looks he gave Randy when Randy kept telling him he needed to make a Rock Album, because that is who he is. I think since Adam has interest in so many genres of music and can sing about anything it probably makes it more difficult in a way for him to narrow down what kind of artist he should be.

  126. I’ll admit, there isn’t as much rock on his album, but, tbh, he was never gonna be able to please everyone with the album, except maybe those fans like me who really loved every kind of performance he gave on AI (loved MW as much as WLL as much as Satisfaction or ROF or TOMT).

    I don’t really agree. He is just not doing the daughtry/nickelback version of rock. If you listen carefully several tracks have interesting guitar riffs. It’s like he is taking the flashy parts of glam rock and tossing it into dance/pop tunes (keeping those beats that dance music are so good at). There are great guitar solos in Sleepwalker, Strut and Music Again. Aftermath is pretty Daughtry too. Even WWFM has a nice guitar part.

    I’d say it’s there (just compare to Gaga and you’ll see the difference) but it doesn’t dominate. No going-all-the-way-WLL but it’s there.

  127. Kate8, I think it would be really difficult for Adam to find songs of similar quality as WLL or BTBW :( It’s not the time for such music, I’m afraid… He has to go closer to mainstream to stay afloat…. Maybe later, who knows…

  128. Kate8, I think it would be really difficult for Adam to find songs of similar quality as WLL or BTBW :( It’s not the time for such music, I’m afraid… He has to go closer to mainstream to stay afloat…. Maybe later, who knows…

    I am really interested in Suburban Decay. Too bad it wasn’t included on FYE but I hope we’ll see it someday, somewhere. I thought Hawkings demo was really interesting.

  129. But, this is NOT ALL about “artistry” and being “true to yourself”. Adam has mentioned it several times himself — IT IS BUSINESS too. It’s about MAKING A LIVING FOR THE NEXT 5-10 YEARS! (Yea, really. Blah Blah Blah, remember those who struggle to live, making $300 a week at dumpy nightclubs in the name of “art”). I mean Adam has been there, living like a pauper. He now has a chance to secure his financial future permanently or take the risk of falling by the wayside like some others have.

    I agree with you about it being a business.

    I just happen to think that you generally have a better chance to connect in a *business* sense if you don’t try to read the audience’s minds and then put out something that you figure the most people would like.

    When I look at the musicians over the years who’ve had long=term success, I don’t really see any that I think tailored what they did to suit what they thought the largest number of people would buy.
    My suspicion is that that’s more likely a recipe for *business* failure than doing what you truly want to do as a musician, while, yes, of course, toning down the wilder of your inclinations a bit so as not to scare people off with something *too* out there.

    I truly don’t think that people get long-term business success by turning out music that they don’t really want to turn out but figure everybody will buy. So for that reason I don’t think an album of Adam singing ballads would work — or, if it worked as a one-off, that it would actually be a good beginning to a long-term career for him with a growing *sustained* fan base, which is what you really need to survive over the long haul. Just like I don’t think an album of Josh Groban singing electro-pop would work!

    I think that either people would smell the insincerity and forced nature of it and not buy it, or else it would lock you into being a ballads-only singer forever, because that’s what you’d started to build your career on. And that *definitely* wouldn’t work. And if you started out as the ballads-album guy and then tried to switch — well, then you’d probably lose that first fan base and have to build a new one nearly from scratch anyway, which probably isn’t what you want to be doing with your *second* album, seems to me.

  130. I don’t really agree. He is just not doing the daughtry/nickelback version of rock.

    LOL – so true! (thank god for that!) And I agree about the guitar solos – lots of them throughout the album (and really really great ones too – love it!)

  131. And we fianlly get an Add today, from Ottawa!

    I’d also like to say, I’m not ready for S9. I found my idol and am enjoying watching his career unfold.

    I’ll be watching tonight, but Adam is my Idol!

  132. yep, Suburban Decay sounds cool, I am also waiting for the European release of Vodoo??? has anybody heard it yet? Adam has said it was more suitable for the European tastes….

  133. And…. he’s #53 on itunes!!!

    Saga and agathe.hb-
    do any of you have that link to Hawkin’s Suburban Decay? I remember I liked it, but I only heard it once…

  134. WOW, surburban decay is waaaaay cooool, I can only imagine, what Adam has done with it :(
    I hope it will surface one day….

  135. thanks! Off to listen after I get home from work tonight. It’s fun to know there are at least two tracks to hear eventually. Fingers crossed for the Eclipse soundtrack for Suburban Decay!

  136. agathe.hb
    01/12/2010 at 4:17 pm
    WOW, surburban decay is waaaaay cooool, I can only imagine, what Adam has done with it
    I hope it will surface one day….

    Here here!

    Suburban Decay must surface one day! I’m curious to both hearing Adam’s interpretation and Rob Cavallo’s production.

    And it’s definitely rock.

  137. mr, I don’t know, how many singles do they usually issue from an album? does it depend on the success of previous ones? If, let’s say, he has a few successfull singles, won’t they issue more? I have no idea, can somebody englighten me? pretty please?

    They’ll issue more singles ONLY if the success of the singles is driving album sales. But if he has a radio hit with WWFM and the album sales don’t increase, they won’t invest in another single. Or at least, that’s the way it usually goes.

  138. sallysimmons, thanks :)
    it’s a really hard world out there for our Idols ….
    so does that mean that Kris is not going to issue another single? even though his single is selling pretty well? but his album is not?

  139. sr4mjc
    01/12/2010 at 3:26 pm
    And we fianlly get an Add today, from Ottawa!

    I’d also like to say, I’m not ready for S9. I found my idol and am enjoying watching his career unfold.

    I’ll be watching tonight, but Adam is my Idol!

    DITTO I never fell in love with a singer or a voice until Adam and he will always be my American Idol! I actually think he may have broken Idol and I am glad he was discovered on the last season that Paula and Simon were together

  140. Thanks saga, I can’t wait to see the whole mv and buy it. Adam looks adorable.

  141. Grrr..In Canada, without VH1 access! Oh well, I know one of my American pals–after all we are good trading partners!–will fire that little clip from Michelle Collins onto YT. Right?

  142. hey sr4mjc, If Adam and his merry band are flying out to tape Oprah, I
    don’t think kicking ass is quite the action to aim for. I think that they should consider being just this side of “Obsequious” and aim for K**s A**.
    Adam is a smart guy who knows what he needs to portray, with someone who has the ability to greatly influence how many of her fans will precieve this guy, who is a great singer, with a gracious personality.

  143. Sorry BeckyMD….didn’t post your Adam photo link properly and it deserves to be seen!!

    http://i47.tinypic.com/2mqlz4x.png

    had to bring this over from other thread…beautiful!..with an Elvis-y” profile.

    The most beautiful picture of Adam I’ve ever seen. Is he human or alien? Human does not look that gorgeous.

  144. outer…”Human does not look that gorgeous.”

    I agree!!..photo concept would make a very interesting album/single cover..a departure from the FYE look. A very “Adam” twist.

  145. Where’s the rest of the idol interviews? i thought this was an all-star idols thingee (w/ him front & center) :)

    Adam, as always did an awesome interview; never gets tired listening to him. Can’t wait for the big O. Lookin’ forward to SuBo & Adam’s Slow Ride…

  146. someone savvy in the industry should merge his musical and performance talent with the positive energy he exudes on video while articulating.

    i miss music on broadcast television. the only time you see musicians is as the closing act on late night television or american idol when they’re promoting something. no headliners, they’re too expensive. (but) there’s a wide variety of musical talent that could benefit from television exposure.

    an all-music show with lambert as the nucleolus and other musicians in revolving orbit (performing as well as shooting the s**t w/lambert) would be awesome.

    i music variety is considered dead. i hold out hope it can be resurrected, with a 21st century twist.

    it just may make ratings.

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