Read the Adam Lambert Rolling Stone Interview

The Gossip Candy blog has some scans of Adam’s Rolling Stone interview up.

  • Read the Rolling Stone interview HERE.

The interview should put to rest all those questions about Adam’s sexual preference.   Yep. He’s gay. Next.

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Adam’s path of self-discovery is detailed, starting with his childhood–how it felt being the odd one out at school, coming out to his parents, losing his virginity at 21, delving into the alternative LA club scene–exploring all the experiences that made Adam who he is, at least from a social-emotional perspective.

There’s some interesting Idol tidbits, too. During Adam’s Idol run, when the Burning Man kissing pictures leaked–he truly forgot to take them down–Idol producers gave him the choice of how he wanted to handle it.   He decided not to address it during the competition, afraid it would detract from the singing (it would have).

“I am an entertainer, and who I am and what I do in my personal life is a separate thing” Adam says, “It shouldn’t matter, except it does. It’s really confusing.”

Adam’s best freinds during the competition were Kris Allen–who Adam describes as open minded and liberal–and Allison Iraheta.   Adam hints at a little tenstion with Danny Gokey, who wasn’t as “progressive” as Allen.   Adam says he discussed religion with Danny a few times, but “Danny was by the book, and the book is The Word, ” he adds, “I respect that, just don’t try to push it on me, and we’re cool.”

Adam dumps a lot of baggage into this RS interview.   Poor TMZ and National Enquirer!   They’ve been deprived of so much material.   Not only is the gay question been put to rest, but so has the drug use.   It was an “a-ha” moment he had at Burning Man while on halucinogens that led him to consider trying out for Idol.   That’s got to be a first.

The article overall paints a picture of Adam as sensitive, good natured, thoughtful, and self-directed.   He’s a bit of a bad boy who loves to push people’s buttons.   He dialed back his personality during his Idol run to keep from scaring   America, but it wasn’t an act.   And I suspect, now that he’s free of Idol and just about to embark on his recording career, he’s setting the record straight not only about his sexuality, but also his sensibility.

Adam’s got an edginess that was only hinted at on Idol. And if he’s going to compete with the Madonna’s, Lady Gaga’s and Justin Timberlake’s of the music world, it’s probably best for Adam to shed that squeaky Idol image for something a little more daring.

Now all he has to do is make a good record.   If Adam and his label delivers, Idol could produce their first true male pop star.

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177 Comments

  1. MJ, thank you so much for the updated news on Adam throughout this week. It has been a very hectic week and all Adam fans have been spoiled. :) Not to mention there’s his first interview on ABC’s 30/30 this Friday.

    And…..I can’t wait till he releases his record. it’s going to be epic.

  2. I love this article sooooo soooo sooo much!

    My only question, Adam said previously that his Wicked castmates convinced him/pressured him to audition for idol. Now the article says it was a trippy revelation at Burning Man that made him decide. So was the wicked thing a fake answer? Or maybe both answers are real? Still not sure.

    ADAM LOOKS SO SMOKING HOT ON THE COVER! I WANT MY ISSUE NOW! :)

  3. MJ..i just love this site. Thank you so much for allowing us to get all the breaking news. And, the fact that I am obsessed with Adam…never before has that ever happened with any other idol, makes is perfect for me.

    We could tell all along that adam knew exactly what he was doing. He obviously is kind hearted, funny and caring but I always truly believed that it wasnt about winning for him, it was about having a platform for america to see him each and every week. I know that is why i tuned in every week, to see my 90 second adam lambert concert and get a glimpse of that gorgeous face. Lets not forget that the reason that everyone is so caught up in adam is his incredible talent, first and foremost. But, talent..as incredible as his is, isnt enough. You need a story, a personality, an edge.. that something special, that IT factor. The man is smart, savvy, breathtaking to look at and breathtaking to listen to.

  4. This is awesome.I like the article.I like the insight on Adam.I think Danny could
    how to respect diversity and differances from kris though.poor Adam.I bet Danny was always up adam’s butt about how to live his life.

  5. MJ, thanks for the wonderful synopsis of the article. I felt the same way reading the article. There were moments I teared up during it, the talk of his parents and his feelings of being different. I think we’ve all had those moments, and reading about his reactions and experiences humanized him for me in a way that I don’t know another interview could have.

  6. I just read the entire article and compared to what I have read in Rolling Stone the past 30 years it is rather tame. But for those whose sensibilities are more conservative by nature will ooh and aah a time or two and may wish that Adam had a bit more filter. Being me, I was never offended, laughed a few times, and welled up a bit, too.

    I don’t believe the article is intended as a bombastic piece of journalism, it has its bits of sensationalism, and isn’t intended to be family friendly. If people feel uncomfortable with the Adam they knew on American Idol this article will probably reinforce that feeling. For those of us who feel we have a realistic understanding of who we thought and think Adam is will be fine with the article.

    Not knowing Adam I can’t expand on how he feels other than to say if I were him this article would be cathargic and liberating. Adam has often said he is who he is, and if he’s comfortable in his skin then I am comfortable with him.

  7. My only question, Adam said previously that his Wicked castmates convinced him/pressured him to audition for idol. Now the article says it was a trippy revelation at Burning Man that made him decide. So was the wicked thing a fake answer? Or maybe both answers are real? Still not sure.

    Both real. He mentioned the idea t o wicked castmates and they encourage him to do it.

  8. I bet Danny was always up adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s butt

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Would that be in the “godly way?!”

    Ok, I’ll stop!

  9. He is SO quotable. I lol’d over him saying he’s trying to get Zac Efron to go to Burning Man. :P

    Simon Fuller made some pretty lofty comparisons in there. I had no idea who Marc Bolan was…I had to google!

    Anyway, I absolutely loved the article. Very entertaining and well-written!

    ETA oh and I guess we know the source for the MSNBC diva story now. NYC taxi driver, ha.

  10. Reading that article leaves me with a contented sigh and a goofy smile. Adam is who he is, and I absolutely love him. He is just incredible in every way, and the feelings I have about him are so many and so strong I can’t even put them into words. That is all.

  11. I am trying hard not to read it online, want to get my hands on the actual copy tomorrow, I hope I can find it, god I’m already freaking out that it may be sold out :frown_tb:

  12. MJ, thanks for the great summary of the wonderful article.

    Adam has a wicked sense of humor and that little bit of “bad boy” really makes me smile.

  13. so mucMJ..i just love this site. Thank you h for allowing us to get all the breaking news. And, the fact that I am obsessed with Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦never before has that ever happened with any other idol, makes is perfect for me.

    What Adamlover said……

  14. Loved it. He comes across as really genuine and honest to me. That combined with his talent makes me think he’s going places. I love the fact that there’s a bit of a bad boy in him.

    I’m also happy that the three I loved the most obviously clicked. I’m not sure why it matters. But it’s cute. Go Kradison!

  15. looks like there isnt really much left for the tabloids LOL….i mean he basically described everything that they would want to get him for haha…..he is real and i love it and i love how he is comfortable with himself now

  16. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m also happy that the three I loved the most obviously clicked. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure why it matters. But ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cute. Go Kradison!

    Yes! And they’re all signed! GROUP 2 FTMFW!!!!

  17. LOVED LOVED the article. Adam you rock!!! I will def buy a couple of copies this weekend.

  18. I bet Danny was always up adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s butt

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Would that be in the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“godly way?!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    LMAO. You kill me, weareallinnocent. :)

    I’m trying to decide if I want to read the scans or wait til I have the hard copy of the magazine in my hands. Decisions, decisions. :)

    ETA:

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m also happy that the three I loved the most obviously clicked. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure why it matters. But ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cute. Go Kradison!

    Yes! And theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re all signed! GROUP 2 FTMFW!!!!

    THIS. Yes! :) I love those three and I am so, so, so, so, so, so happy for all of them.

    All this news the past couple of days, plus the Magic winning tonight (FINALLY!), plus watching Moulin Rouge earlier makes me a really happy girl tonight. I will sleep well. lol.

  19. Thanks MJ! I’m gonna have to pass on this one, I want to read the whole interview on the physical magazine, the temptation is gonna be hard to resist, but hopefully, it’ll be in my country this week :).

  20. Fabulous article! I really wonder what non-Idol watchers will think of it. MJ, as usual, your summary is spot on. Thank you so much.

  21. Really interesting read. Nothing in it that shocked me. It was nice to see that the AI publicists left it up to Adam what to do aout the photos that leaked — I admit I thought they may have pressured him to just keep quiet.

    It seems that Kradison is really a tight-knit trio, which makes it all the better that the 3 of them have signed their record deals so quickly.

  22. I love how he makes experimenting with a girl seem like something exotic: he may just be edgy enough to try it. A beautifully coy way to turn common misconceptions about sexuality inside out. What a troublemaker!

  23. “Clay Aiken is gay, and I’m gay, and we couldn’t be more different. Do we have anything in common besides the fact that we like dick?”

    ha ha

    He’s faced a firing squad of entertainemnt reporters every day, desperate to know when he’s going to answer the “question dangling over his head”, as one of them put it. He shrugs. “I kind of like things dangling over my head anyway.”

    -dead- I love this man.

  24. The launching of Adam Lambert is a very well orchestrated move by 19E . I have to hand this it to this company ,they know their business.
    In another press release , 19 has gone into joint venture with Red Zone the one responsible for several global hits. See press release below.Adam’s presence in 19E makes sense .

    Read again the press release of 19 re Adam being signed. It is all falling into place. I think long before American Idol was done, the wheels were already turning on how they will create the Adam Lambert.

    All we have to do now is just wait and see if their plans come out as mapped out, and we can enjoy the fruits with Adam’s music.
    For some of us it might not be exactly what we thought , but I think they are now creating something that we will all end up saying – This is the Music we Need. We probably will not know what hit us when it comes out !

    Right now its like we just need to get the first album and know what it is.

    The readers of Rolling Stone can dissect it, analyze each word and phrase made by Adam but it will all point to one direction – keep the pot warm and stirred until the album comes out.

    This people sure have great business sense. I am enjoying this.

    Adam , this is your time now. Make good.

    http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/06-02-2009/0005037317&EDATE=

    http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-09-2009/0005040962&EDATE=

    http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=21754033

  25. à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Clay Aiken is gay, and Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m gay, and we couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be more different. Do we have anything in common besides the fact that we like dick”

    Is that a direct quote from the article?? Me blush…. Me don’t care!!!! And Adam you are nothing like Mr. A. You got that right!

  26. My RS was waiting in my mailbox tonight. Oh Happy Day! I love the fact that he punches buttons. Then again I am an Aquarian too. It’s just what we do.

    He comes across as very self directed, smart, and with a realistic view of show business. Can’t wait for his album!

  27. Adam calls the guy he is dating “voodoo down” so I googled

    “Run the voodoo down” = tell the truth, keep it tight, do what you do at the highest level.

    Here’s a Cassandra Wilson song on the topic:

    I got high john in my pocket
    and mud in my shoes
    walked all the way from Mississippi
    just to spread the news
    don’t care for idle conversation
    I’m not your girl about town
    but when it comes to make music
    I run the voodoo down

    And, the name of a Miles Davis track on Bitches Brew album.

  28. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m also happy that the three I loved the most obviously clicked. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not sure why it matters. But ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cute. Go Kradison!

    I know right? When I read that I was like “Kradison is canon! Yaaaay!!!” Hehe.

  29. Well, I guess I’m odd man out here, but I just felt a little sick when I read that article. Drug use, indiscriminate sex, ummm, yea, not exactly the future we hope for, for our kids.

    Adam is ultra talented, no denying that. Just wish he’d kept that to himself, instead of unleashing it all for publicity’s sake. Some things are just too much 411.

  30. cmheart Jun 10th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    1,800 a week for Wicked? Struggling my assà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    :) Haha.

    For L.A., yeah it is still on the struggling side, believe me (studio apartment) this was the last job he had, before that he was working sporadically.

  31. Just the other day, an American Idol chauffeur told him that he had no problem with him, “because at least you’re not girly.” Lambert shudders. “Man, its so ignorant, ” he says. “Why can’t some men have strong feminine sides? Does that make them less of a man? I dont know why our society has such an emphasis on masculinity and femininity.
    =====
    Geez, did that person really think they were paying Adam a compliment? Ouch.

  32. Wow! What an article. He’s really the anti-Idol in the best way possible. I wonder if AI even knew what was coming from that sweet-faced and good-natured kid they met during the auditions!

    I laughed out loud at his KISS quote: “I was so excited. I was like, “I’m going to glue rhinestones on my eyelids, b****! That’s right, American Idol in platform boots. You ain’t voting anymore.” You got that right Adam, and people STILL loved it.

    I also loved his quote on Allison. The judges didn’t get her, but Adam got her and I love that.

    Need to read again…but thanks for saving me an early morning trip to the store!

    Finally…for those who don’t want to know a lot (and I mean, a lot) about Adam, and want to just stay focused on his music, I wouldn’t read the article. MJ sums it up nicely. :) I’ll just add that the author described him as charming, funny, sexy and magnetic…and also a free spirit – a guy who “prizes love over money and peace over power.”

  33. For anyone taken aback…there’s unfiltered gay guy casual talk in the article…if you’re new to this…it’s gay male youthful subculture you are glimpsing, from a man two days after an exhausting and exhilirating performance high, low on sleep, loosened by champagne and about to fly to NY. Freewheeling and candid. Utterly refreshing.

    “Bawled through Hair“….I love this guy

  34. Great site MJ! All this Adam is finally bringing me out of forever lurkdom. I absolutely loved the RS article. While his voice just kills me (and I have listened to everything I could find), I am blown away by the person. How can someone so fierce and fabulous have such a sweetness and genuine kindness at the heart? He is also wickedly smart and that is so attractive.

    Anyway, good going Rolling Stone; very, very well done.

    For some reason, the drug experimentation doesn’t bother me. He was in his early twenties, traveling in Europe performing Hair (have you seen Hair, lol), and obviously going through a period of self-discovery. The Adam of today strikes me as someone who is very aware and very in control of all that he does

  35. I’m happy for him. It’s a great article. I’m glad he put it all out there, when and where he wanted to, instead of allowing the tabloids to do it. Rolling Stone was the perfect choice. People who normally read RS are not shocked by much. I’m certainly not. I know there will be many who will be shocked and will consider him to be a poor role model. Personally, I’d much rather focus on the positive effects of embracing who you are – that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

    Also, since it appears that his management has a plan, it’s going to be fun to follow his career. More than anything, though, I’m happy that they are allowing him to be himself.

  36. Adam’s tweet from about an hour ago —

    “Finally some rest. Got some bad news today, everything will be fine. Thanks for the support. You guys are the great ~ Adam.”

    What’s his bad news?

  37. Yes, waiting for the actual magazine. Thanks mj, you’re the best! Your summary makes me want to read it even more!

  38. That was a good article, I thought Adam came across as pretty likable. I thought it was cute that he didn’t really want to talk about his new relationship because he didn’t want to jinx it, and I was touched by his story about coming out to his mom, it was a pretty good way of breaking the news, not like the drunken mess I was lol. Some praise for him as been a bit too effusive but that comes with reading fan sites lol, he does come off a bit immature for 27, but sweet and down to earth. A few nitpicks though. I wish he had been as condemning of ecstasy as he was of coke. From personal experience both can really fuck you up. The not voting until this presidential election is annoying too. I think it is really lazy and ignorant to not exercise your right to vote, but at least he owned up to it being a mistake.

  39. Holy crap, Sarver just went on a tweeting rampage – like, seriously 20 tweets in the last hour. He says some things about Adam…

  40. Thanks for your take MJ. Insightful as always. I am glad he got it all out there. Better him than some person with a grudge or looking for some easy loot. He took his power in his hands. I like that.

    indiscriminate sex,

    I certainly didn’t read alot about that. Losing his virginity at 21 and a little experimentation for a single person of any orientation is way more ‘normal than what I’ve been noticing with kids these days.

    As for this twitter thing, I keep reading that he doesn’t have a twitter, so that’s a fake right?

  41. just sayin – adam has said he is not on twitter. it’s a fake.

    i loved the article and felt it was an enlightening peek into who he really is and how he got to this point. although talk of his sexuality pervades it, i think it is mostly woven into the story because it is a significant part of his story and relates to different periods of growth he has had.

    im not put off by his talk of drugs and im really surprised by whoever said, upthread, that he talked about sexual promiscuity… i didnt get that at all. he was a virgin until he was 21 and it is clear that he has been and wants to be in loving relationships.

    i dont think this contradicts the adam that we have come to know… it is just a closer picture of a very complex person – and aren’t we all complex, multi-faceted people? i would hope so. who wants to live a one dimensional life?

    MJ – your summary was spot on.

  42. Adam doesn ´t have a twitter account.

    I looove the article, and I love Adam even more.

  43. No, Adam doesn’t have a Twitter.

    I wish he had been as condemning of ecstasy as he was of coke. From personal experience both can really fuck you up.

    It said he tried it, not that he does it on a regular basis. The drug talk doesn’t phase me. I wouldn’t have much music to listen to if I shunned every artist who’s experimented with drugs.

  44. Thanks for this little summary! I’m trying to hold off on reading it til I have the magazine in my own hands, but I’m finding out that it is harder than I expected! It feels so weird to me to be this invested in a contestant post-show….

    Anyway, I think MJ’s summary might do the trick and hold me off until tomorrow! :)

  45. Okay, Adam doesn’t have a Twitter. Thank you. That’s good to know. I will definitely quit “following” fake Adam. :)

  46. Maybe Adam will get a chance to talk more about his plans for his music when he does this live chat I found out about. All top 8 are scheduled, starting with Anoop and Scott tomorrow (Wednesday). Hopefully some interesting stuff will come out of these little chit-chats…

    All chats start at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, unless otherwise noted
    Wednesday: Anoop Desai
    Wednesday: Scott MacIntyre (rescheduled), 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT
    Thursday: Lil Rounds
    Friday: Matt Giraud
    Monday, June 15: Allison Iraheta
    Tuesday, June 16: Danny Gokey
    Wednesday, June 17: Adam Lambert
    Thursday, June 18: Kris Allen

    http://www.comcast.net/tv/eyeonidol/66318/idoltop10chat/

  47. Ok I cheated. I couldn’t wait. I read the article and I have to say it was a great read. I so love him even more now and I so love his mom. No wonder he has such a great relationship with her.

  48. It seems that Kradison is really a tight-knit trio, which makes it all the better that the 3 of them have signed their record deals so quickly.

    Yeah, I love that the article said they were a clique and that Alli called them 2 bros and a sis…

  49. Star, I didn’t say I wouldn’t follow his music because he did drugs, that would be idiotic. I was just saying I wish he condemned ecstasy like he did cocaine, especially because he has been involved in the club scenes over in Europe where it is so rampant. I know too many people who think ecstasy is not a hard drug or dangerous like coke, and I hope he still isn’t using it because ive seen it ruin people’s lives even worse than coke.

  50. Risalea,

    Well, I guess Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m odd man out here, but I just felt a little sick when I read that article. Drug use, indiscriminate sex, ummm, yea, not exactly the future we hope for, for our kids.

    Adam is ultra talented, no denying that. Just wish heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d kept that to himself, instead of unleashing it all for publicityà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sake. Some things are just too much 411.

    I concur. You’re not alone.

  51. Great article! Seems like this Diva and I have some things in common….i had Goldfrapp on while reading this article and had a smoke oh and I’m also gay……now why didnt i get on the cover of rolling stone when i came out years ago? :razz_wp: The boy has wonderful taste in music and hope it transcends onto his album.

    MJ, this is a great site you got here. You are a wonderful writer as well. Thank you for your time and effort.

  52. risalea: Who said Adam was the hope for the future of our kids? Not him. Not me. No one I’ve heard. He’s a dude who sings. Well. That’s it.

    I think he’d like to give the “weird” kids hope, but that’s a heck of a lot different than being the great gay hope of the future.

    Do you read RS much? This article was tame. Very tame by RS standards.

  53. The RS article is seriously amazing. Just finished reading it. This dude could not have won Idol and given this interview. No way would TPTB want such a “wild Idol” representing their brand. All’s well that ends well.

    Holy crap, Sarver just went on a tweeting rampage – like, seriously 20 tweets in the last hour. He says some things about Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    Holy crap, you’re right. Spammed my whole twitter homepage. Sounds like he’s getting “godly” tweets from Adam fans. Also, I’m Christian so this is not a Christian bash, but I really can’t stand people who talk about God all the freakin time and bring God into EVERYTHING about their lives. Dude, separate sometimes.

  54. great read! I LOVED it that he’s so genuine and honest, which is really rare in the industry. so sick of all the lies, politically correct answers and diplomatic press from all those celebrities. this guy is the REAL DEAL in every way!

    I’m a teenager and I find it very inspiring in that he enrourages us to always stay true to ourselves and keep learning about your own person and the society around you. I’ve had moments struggling to be comfortable in my own skin. I’ve had doubts, confusing moments, made mistakes…but we all learn from it.

    the truth is, we don’t want some saint to be our role model. we want the REAL one, the one that we could relate to, the one who has the guts to try and learn constantly, the one who has so much passion, love and insight, who isn’t afraid to be himself and express himself.

    I’ve never find any celebrity so inspiring as Adam. I’m straight, I don’t do drugs and will never try it. but it is the essetial part deep inside him that is so inspiring!

    he’s truly my IDOL! although we couldn’t be more different. kudos to him!

  55. “Well, I guess Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m odd man out here, but I just felt a little sick when I read that article. Drug use, indiscriminate sex, ummm, yea, not exactly the future we hope for, for our kids”

    – I understand your concern about our kids. But the reality is out there and our kids will run into these “vices” whether we like it or not. That’s why we are here to guide them. I don’t see Adam as different to people I know who have undergone the same stages while trying to discover themselves as an individual. Out of curiousity, they will experiment everything but that doesn’t mean they will carry this on for the rest of their lives. There will come a point of realization and a sense of direction after passing though that stage.

  56. lovethecheesyshow … thank you for your post! it is nice to see what a teenager has to say… especially when it was so well put.

    i think what you get from adam is the most important contribution that he can make (aside from his music). living an example of unabashedly being who YOU are – owning it and loving it.

    im 26 and i also needed someone to remind me of this… life is too short to spend hung up on useless insecurities… especially ones that are the result of images of “right” or “acceptable” that others try to impose on you.

  57. Loved the article! Love Him . And what a naughty boy saying he is a little Bi curious. Just making the ladies happy isn’t he . Made me happy. lol. i wish him nothing but Mad success, and i will be right there watching him .

  58. Okay. I have never bought RS magazine, nor do I think I have ever read any articles from/in it, but that was a friggin’ *great* interview. I had to ROFL at his dislike of Nickelback – I live in Vancouver, where they’re from, and there are probably equal numbers of people here who absolutely detest them (my brother being one) as those who love them. Heehee, still chuckling.

    …And now that Adam has finally walked out of that large crystal-clear glass closet he was ‘hiding’ in, I really truly hope that the focus can now shift from the sexuality topic to the MUSIC! Pretty pleeeeeeze?! [she says, to the universe in general]

  59. OMG the cover!! The last poster I had was of Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson … what would my “kids” say if I hung this cover on my wall? For sure, you’ll see me on that “intervention” tv show! LOL!! Dear Lord, where’s my high blood pressure pills?

    MJ, you are THE best! Seriously, if you’re ever in Hawaii … call!

  60. Well, I guess Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m odd man out here, but I just felt a little sick when I read that article. Drug use, indiscriminate sex, ummm, yea, not exactly the future we hope for, for our kids.

    Adam is ultra talented, no denying that. Just wish heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d kept that to himself, instead of unleashing it all for publicityà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s sake. Some things are just too much 411.

    Well, I totally disagree about this being too much information. Seems to me that this article provides the perfect opportunity for parents to act like, well, parents and engage their children in dialogue about the issues of drug use and indiscriminate sex.

    Great interview and article, btw.

  61. MJ, it’s about time I reactivate my facebook account … are you there too?

  62. OutlandoGirl
    risalea: Who said Adam was the hope for the future of our kids? Not him. Not me. No one Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve heard. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a dude who sings. Well. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s it.
    I think heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d like to give the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“weirdà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  kids hope, but thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a heck of a lot different than being the great gay hope of the future.
    Do you read RS much? This article was tame. Very tame by RS standards.

    He also did not say, anywhere in that article, that he currently engages in and/or condones indiscriminate sex. As for engaging in any kind of indiscriminate sex in the past – even if he did, why would that be such a gigantic OMG? I think by the time people reach the age of 30 (just for example), 99.99% of them have engaged in “questionable” activities at least once or twice. …What’s that expression about throwing stones and glass houses?… Just sayin’.

  63. Crazy day. Traveling. Got excited with the superb orchestration by 19E re Adam launching. Business savvy moves like this always gets me keyed up .

    But above all today à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ your article above MJ is like the voice inside our heads. Thank you very much. Your grasp on the heart of the matter is quite out of the ordinary. I cannot thank you enough for putting into words what is in our minds and hearts.

    Although we are knowing you only through your being a literati, you must be an exceptional human being for having such a keen insight . Once again , thank you.

  64. Love the interview. I had little doubt, because RS can deliver some pretty great pieces, and in this case they had good material to work with.

    It’s nice to get a feeling for Adam’s journey of “self-discovery” so far (not only the sexuality side). I get the feeling that, although he seems to be more at ease with himself now, he is still working on it, which is the way it should be when you’re 27 (or 37, or 47…).
    And I admire the way he has been fearless about it so far and he keeps pushing his own boudaries.

    About what people said above about him not being the ideal role model, personally I disagree. I would wish all kids had the same freedom and fierceness to find out who they are as Adam.

  65. I thought this was a fantastic article. This was Adam’s history and what a brilliant way to tell it in his own words.

    As to the indiscriminate sex, he refers to losing his virginity at 21, making out with a few people in clubs, falling in love with his ex-boyfriend and he now appears to currently have someone he is dating, that’s not indiscriminate in my book.

    Overall, I thought it really showed us the human side he has never claimed to be perfect or desire to be some saintly paragon of virtue to be put on a pedestal, the fact that he has faced a lot of insecurities, made mistakes and struggled through a lot of trying to find himself and figuring out who he wants to be, everyone goes through that, everyone, the journey may not be exactly like Adam’s but it’s a struggle for most people. The fact that he is so comfortable with who he is now and willing to put himself out there so completely despite the ridicule and irrational hatred that he has faced from a lot of corners is pretty amazing.

    The boy just wants to sing and I for one can’t wait to hear him do it.

  66. Thea: About what people said above about him not being the ideal role model, personally I disagree. I would wish all kids had the same freedom and fierceness to find out who they are as Adam.

    I agree about the freedom and fierceness in discovering oneself but not involving drugs or promiscuity.

  67. Reading MJ’s summary and the whole interview makes me feel the whole RS thing was brilliant.

    Adam’s basically covered it all, now time to either go bust or gold with the music and it will have evrything to do with the material put out and little to do with anything else…he’s covered the basics about his life pre-idol. Aside from a possible sex tape floating around, nothing more to it….Done and dusted by the man himself…so unto the music!

    Loved the article,loved the cover,love the buzz I’m loving Adam Lambert!

  68. Thank you, to Adam for the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Halloweenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“getting to play dress-up for a livingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  with regards to his music-style quotes and thus verifying my view that he is not a true à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“music artistà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ one who lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes their musicà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ but simply a singing actor

    Noctem seizure: Adam has been living and breathing all kinds of music since he was ten, it would seem, and doing it professionally for 8 years. The fact that the performance aspect of music excites him so much doesn’t make him a singing actor–it means that he’s more in line with David Bowie, Madonna, Prince, and other artists who intensely value the performance aspect of their work. That doesn’t make them superior or inferior to artists who don’t care as much about the dress-up elements of music–just different. It takes all types to make the world interesting. Adam’s passion for music and his meticulous attention to detail with regards to it is evident, as is Kris’ and Allison’s–I think that their passion and focus is what distinguished them from some of the others and is why the three of them now have record deals.

  69. Thanks, MJ. We don’t have the magazine here (lest I order it double the cost). I just came from work and I’ll browse through the links you posted. I just wish that people would move on with the controversies having laid to rest, and focus on Adam as the talented singer.

    With Kris, Allison, and Adam signed, nothing can be more perfect, that is, other than their success now and in the future.

  70. Good summary. Well drugs fuel the club scene so Adam might as well show he belongs early. I guess we’ve come a way from even past seasons where a few risque pictures could derail you off the show.

    I kind of wish Adam had tried to make it the old fahioned way. Idol has remained sort of the G rated part of music which is always kind of refreshing when you listen to most of the stuff on Top 40 currently.

    Adam has kind of ended that. I enjoyed the interview but it won’t end anything. His image is obviously sex, drugs, outrageousness. That’s what he’ll be selling from now on so get used to it.

  71. That sarver needs to take it down a few steps on twitter lol.We know he and danny both adam in “godly” ways.I feel bad for Adam.He has to hang out with
    people like that? Well atleast his two BFF kris and allison will go with him on tour lol.

  72. Love Adam even more now, he is so real. Can’t wait until his music comes out.

  73. His image is obviously sex, drugs, outrageousness.

    I think its unfair to include drugs as part of his image. He might not condemn the usage of drugs but he certainly did not encourage it either. He even draw the line with cocaine. I think its too early to form an opinion on what Adam would bring to the table – sexy and outrageousness? yes. However i do not think Adam would be like other celeb that end up @ rehab

  74. On both counts, he couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be more different from David Cook. Like I said yesterday, I am suddenly appreciating DC even more the last couple daysà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Whoa, fanboy! ;-) When did David Cook become the poster child for all that is good and right? I wonder what we’d learn about Cook that we don’t know, if he were to face a probing interview…. That’s right, we don’t know, we just have to wonder, and idolize. :-)

    Adam’s not hiding himself or pretending to be someone he’s not. I’m shocked, shocked I say! LOL At some point, parents have to enter the fray and involve themselves in their children’s lives, and learning about life. And, presumably, that will, at the very least, include a discussion of how every person is human and flawed and that none should be held to a standard beyond that or put on a pedestal and followed without question — alla Jim Jones and the kool-aid. It could also include the Len Bias example of how, with drugs, it can only take a single try to kill you. Hopefully, though, it also will include teaching principles, independent thinking and self-direction.

    As easy as it may be to place the responsibility (or blame) for missteps on Idols (of all kinds), it doesn’t belong there. To me, that may be a greatest discussion point from this “teaching moment” for our kids.

  75. I couldn’t resist reading the whole interview! I confess to being a little shocked by his candor, but upon reflection I think it is a great thing. BTW, for those who think dressing up with crazy costumes AND glittery make-up isn’t like Halloween, than what is it? Do you think Gene Simmons and the rest of Kiss really take all that make-up seriously? It is an ACT people! They are putting on a SHOW… nothing more.

  76. Actually Sarver’s twitters aren’t all that bad. It sounds like someone is attacking him and Danny (and maybe speculating about them?) but it sounds like he is telling them to back off. There are more than I’ve copied below but these aren’t that bad to me. [Numbering added by me. Start at the bottom.]

    10 But I love them anyway. :)
    9 And the best person to ask that of is Adam. He knows my heart for people. Its amazing how media can make something out of nothing.
    8 After today I will no longer defend the issue. I just want people to know my true heart and not what they think they know. I love everyone.
    7 And no I did not say anything ugly to Adam. Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.
    6 I am not just married but happily married. If you don’t know what Im talking about then your not to blame. And I know there is love out ther
    5 I do know people have my back but my wife means a lot to me and I want everyone to know that. I am fine. Just want everyone to know.
    4 Anywho God bless you all. Hope you are all gearing up for the tour.
    3 To all of you that have been so encouraging thank you so much. I will try to keep up with twitter the best that I can.
    2 Believe what you believe but do not hate. It is not welcomed here.
    1 Also if you are a fan and have defended me thank you. But, in defending me please do not judge or ridicule my friend Adam.

  77. Great article & I pretty much agree with MJ’s assessment.

    Adam has done some stuff in his young life (he is only 27), but overall, I like his commitment to going after his dreams and having a positive outlook. It’s great that he liked helping the other contestants and that he is so close to his family.

    It’s funny how different things are interpreted-I do think Adam is sexy & outrageous, but I love how he has said time and time again that he can’t wait to make an album. It might have been Matt G or one of the others, but they talked about Adam’s passion for music. It would seem that he also has a passion for dress up and entertaining, but I think the two can co-exist.

  78. I have to say MJ that you really confuzzle me sometimes!! Yesterday I was reading some of your stuff and thought – she really does not like Adam or think he is going to succeed. And then I read this and think the opposite! :)

    p.s. this is my favourite place – there are some scary sites out there!

  79. noctem seizure

    Through this article, Adam further confirms my perception of him as being an utterly self-obsessed individual.

    I don’t know what makes you think Adam is an utterly self-obsessed individual. In a Top Seven interview, all other contestants agreed that Adam is the one everyone goes to for advice. If he doesn’t care about other people, then why did he bother to help them?

  80. But, the day he talks in a simply casual way about having used crystal meth or LSD or whatever, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m forever done with him. I feel that strongly about drugs/ drug use (over and above weed)à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Hmm.. my knowledge on drugs very limited – but has Adam said about crystal meth and LSD in the article? Or by saying fungues – it totally translates to LCD and meth? He did mentioned he tried ecstasy but the way it was mentioned it was more experimental rather than casual use.

    I am not into drugs – in fact in my country – ‘recreational’ drugs are illegal. Even weed etc. Since its difficult to get drugs – the problem in high school would be glue sniffing etc. (Not to say that there is no drugs problem but the probabilities of knowing someone involve with drugs is slim. Drug dealers caught would be sentence with capital punishment)

    Hence: I do not think drugs is cool but my level of hatred for drugs is less as compared to someone who had seen firsthand the damage that drugs had cause.

  81. A nice article, I thought the writing style was awkward at parts, but that’s nothing to do with the actual content or Adam.

    As to the actual content of the interview, it was fascinating. Non of the revelations are shocking or even surprising to me. Anyone who’s seen the pre-idol picture and has had a fair experience of gay culture could not have been surprised by anything said ion those 5 pages.

    The acid use; I’m a brit who reached my University years in the early 90’s so I’m no stranger to the rave and acid scene.
    Do I condone it? No.
    Do I recognize and understand it? Yes.
    Does it lead me to make any judgments as to a person’s character who has experimented with such a scene? Absolutely not. I know too many respectable bankers, lawyers and straight-laced civil servants who have done their fare share of the elixir in times past to ever do that. In one’s 20’s life is all about exploration and curiosity. It’s about finding what’s missing, and Adam it seems has been doing just that. So he’s no different than anyone I know in that respect.

    The most moving part of the interview, the realization of Adam’s sexuality by both boy and parent, was moving. It made me cry a little, though I doubt I’m unique in my reaction.

    Adam comes across as an innocent really. someone whose bloomed later in life than usual, and as such is still not quite jaded by what life has to offer. He is a bit of a child looking for the rude bit in a novel mumy’s reading. Or for a way to make the vicar say F%*# without realizing. And that’s so endearing. So charming is this need to poke fun at all that is serious and cynical about real life. It’s a rare gift and a recipe for happiness.
    His vulnerability comes to light, for me, on the very last page of the article. When he says his biggest fears is losing his parents and ending life alone. That last one is something he on common with every gay man I know. The fear of being old and alone. But his fear of his parents dying shows a boy still emotionally vulnerable, untempered by life’s cruelty and injustice yet. This contributes to his child like love of life and it’s joys but it also means that the true test of adam’s metal hasn’t come yet. His character is yet to evolve in the most significant way, when it is faced with the unimaginable and conquers it.

    As to NC’s criticism of Adam not being an artist who lives and breaths his music, well that’s one definition of an artist. It’s also the most clichà ©’ and restrictive definition of an artist. Artists are human beings with more than just on aspect to their lives, or one forum through which to express themselves. Adam’s art, as I understood it, is performance art. It encapsulates the visual with the musical. That’s what he means by dress up.. Self expression through music as a visual experience as well as auditory. Think of it as a pop-opera. Vy the way that’s how Madonna, Lady Gaga, My Chemical Romance, Goldfrapp, Bowie and Queen approach their music… As dress up. Are they not serious artists either?

    It was a lovely article, I’ve no doubt it will shock many and thrill many more. More power to the man, he is a refreshing breath of air in this stale uninspiring world of pop-music. With everything is out and on the table, the Idol persona successfully shed, all he needs to do now to fulfill his promise musically.

  82. I can’t edit my comment, but regarding Adam’s talk of sex :

    I’m not saying that he would have waited, but waiting until marriage is not an option for Adam.

    Charity Work: I think that the Crazy video on youtube came from some sort of charity benefit. But no doubt, Cook is so amazing for all he has done for the cancer cause.

  83. I hear ya, noctem.

    Personally, I think we have to adopt a wait and see approach, generally speaking. It’s hard to compare the two on the human level that you are, since we’ve not yet seen whether Adam succeeds, and if so, whether he’ll choose, in part, to channel his success in the same (or similar) manner that Cook has, in part. From what I’ve seen though — his graciousness and applauding those who helped him along the way, his willingness to help others behind the scenes, his empathy and approachability to his peers, his home visit and messages to kids, being himself without apology, effectively dealing with the scrutiny (and hate) heaped upon him, openly embracing those different from him, and his words about humanity — I have reason to hope for the future with him. Truly, I believe that people can change the world one-on-one without adopting a very visible cause. Either way (or both) can be effective (or not, as the case may be.)

    But, if a person is looking for a reason to hate on Adam, there are plenty of hooks on which to hang a proverbial hat.

  84. Adam made Page 6 in the NY Post today. But it was a pretty small, not prominently placed item. The main focus was on the the Burning Man drug epiphany. I wonder if the Post (Murdoch owned)purposely is downplaying it.
    My guess is that it’s a non story – Who didn’t know Adam was gay? so it’s not worthy of much mention in a gossip column. I wouldn’t be surprised if the story gets less media buzz than people expect. And most of the interest will be in the drug not sex angle.

  85. Thought the RS article was well done. Have been reading the many comments on several blogs and sites today and am amazed at how conservative and judgemental people can be. WOW, it’s a bit like the 60’s and 70’s never happened. Also have been happy to read much by way of support and acceptance.

    edit: keep the focus off criticizing your fellow posters

    If what he talks about in the article makes people want to cast him as a cross between a bad influence on the tender buds of youth and spawn of that devilish rock and roll then I have some teenagers I would like them to meet – if you scratch the surface of middle America even just a tiny bit what you will find makes the things Adam has done seem not only tame but pretty normal!

    In today’s 24/7 obsessive compulsive – got to know everybody’s business – environment, I applaud him for being honest and open about who he is and what shaped him and in doing so making himself potential cannon fodder. For those who weren’t paying attention during Idol, or only seeing Adam reflected through themselves, then I am sure a few things might have come as a bit of a wake up. But news flash this is a 27 year old MAN – I for one would be disappointed if he didn’t have a few stories to tell.

  86. I have read and reread the RS article.

    Those who will sensationalize it will talk only of the sexuality and the drug experiments or drug use . Wave after wave of the – I told you so , that he is hiding something conversation – will be wafting from one end of America to the other. The shaking of the heads, and the clucking – good thing he did not win sigh- will be all over the place.

    But there will be those who have read this article and will feel its poignancy . That there is a Dad, a Mom and a son who need to come to terms with who they are in relation to who the son is.

    I was touched reading about how Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s Dad asked a friend whether he should ask his son about his sexuality. A father always wanting to do right with his child.

    I was very touched when Adam talked about how he and his Mom came to an understanding and acceptance on how to relate regarding his sexuality. You can feel that it is all in the context of how deeply the mother loves her son, and how much the son needed for his mother to continue to love him.

    And when Adam said his greatest fear is losing his parents. You can feel that what keeps him grounded and able to go through all this is his Home. He belongs to his Mom , his Dad, his brother. At the end of the day, they are the ones who will unconditionally be there for him. And he knows that.

    Whatever the stories that will come out about drugs or anything the Media or parts of society want to crucify Adam for , and whatever excruciating challenges will come his way when his career will start to soar, you will just know that with parents like that , Adam may falter but will not fall far, they got him.

    This I believe is what should exemplify the real meaning of American Idol. American Life is not honey and vanilla. It is not a bed of roses.

  87. I still haven’t read the entire article. Trying to hold out for the hard copy. But I’ve read enough to know that I love the guy Adam is. I loved him on Idol, but he has become so much more now in my eyes. He displayed his nice guy side on the show & it’s now obvious that he’s a far more complex and more interesting human being.
    The RS writer said the thing that surprised her the most was his candor. No PR at all. That has to be a little unique and a lot refreshing.
    Leila & Eber have created this exotic, wonderful creature and I hope all of his wild and crazy dreams come true.

  88. Noctem: I don’t know for sure what all of those artists do or what Adam will do, but by your standards, an opera singer who simply sings the music that someone else has composed is not a true artist because she’s just performing. Or is that not what you’re saying?

    And I would be surprised if anyone here considered Britney Spears a true music artist.

    Animated and JazzRocks: Yes, Adam’s parents sound amazing. His whole family is hilarious, and every kid should have such supportive parents.

  89. What kind of artists? Music artists? Well, do they write their own music, compose their own lyrics, and play their own instruments? Or at least two or even one of the above? I believe all or most of the examples you cited do.

    However, if they do none of the above, then they are the very definition of pre-fab. Britney Spears dresses up too. However, she does none of the three. And, no I would not consider Britney a true music artist.

    I don’t get your point. How is this relevant to adam? If you’re to judge him on his music or whether he writes his own songs and treatments shouldn’t you wait till his music comes out before you pass that judgement.

    As for instruments, a voice is an instrument, and handles his voice like the instrument that it is. He doesn’t just sing, plays his voice like a true savant. Or are you going to tell me that Pavarotti is not an artist because he doesn’t play an instrument?

    You may judge Adam any way you wish. And make your judgement true by refusing to buy his CD when it comes out. You will forgive me if I decide to withhold my judgments in his true musical worth until then. Oh, and by the way, when I say musical worth I don’t mean sales numbers.

    ETA:

    jpfan
    Jun 10th, 2009 at 8:08 am
    Adam made Page 6 in the NY Post today. But it was a pretty small, not prominently placed item. The main focus was on the the Burning Man drug epiphany. I wonder if the Post (Murdoch owned)purposely is downplaying it.
    My guess is that ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a non story – Who didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know Adam was gay? so ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not worthy of much mention in a gossip column. I wouldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t be surprised if the story gets less media buzz than people expect. And most of the interest will be in the drug not sex angle.

    The story has gotten all the media buzz already, heck it already did, Yesterday was Adam day even Keith Olbermann had a segment. And all the buzz was about the sex angle. But doesn’t you see that’s the genius of this whole PR strategy. They buried the lead!!! Olbermann said it yesterday the headline should have been the drug use. But the way they played this whole past 2 weeks, TPTB managed to burry it in a sex non story. Absolutely brilliant. From now on, you’re right the buzz will die down, and the gossip columnist will have little to dig into. It’s all good.

  90. This I believe is what should exemplify the real meaning of American Idol. American Life is not honey and vanilla. It is not a bed of roses.

    Every word you say! Adam wants this RS article to be from his point of view. And that’s what you get. If you read between the lines; about his family, about him afraid to be alone, and the way he sees things; all these exemplify him as a real person. Not someone trying to politically correct; every one of us has a moment where we deviate.

    Adam wouldn’t do anything stupid to jeapordize everything he has worked hard for. =) Good luck, Adam.

  91. I agree with everything you said Mj. That was a good summary.

    I do hope RCA does Adam’s talent justice. His first single is going to have to be off the chain. I already know his music video will be. lol

    I’m glad TMZ and National Enquirer are out of material. Hopefully now they will move onto someone else and leave Adam alone. lol

    I love the friendship between Kris, Adam and Allison. Kris comes off as such a nice and accepting guy. He was at the Hollywood Awards with Adam. They support each other, and its so great to see that they aren’t competing with each other. They both can be successful in their respective genres. Its so refreshing in today’s angry society.

    I’m curious to see how much “edginess” Adam will have with his music. In the RS article, he states that KISS was not a favorite band of his, but after doing that performance anything else he does will look tame in comparison. lol Its going to be interesting and fun this fall with 3 debut albums coming out. lol

  92. What kind of artists? Music artists? Well, do they write their own music, compose their own lyrics, and play their own instruments? Or at least two or even one of the above? I believe all or most of the examples you cited do.

    However, if they do none of the above, then they are the very definition of pre-fabricated. Britney Spears dresses up too. However, she does none of the three. And, no I would not consider Britney a true music artist.

    Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald didn’t write their own music, either. There are lots of ways to be a musician and performer.

    Adam does write his own music, though, and I have no doubt, will write more. He’s clearly a creative person to the max, in multiple ways.

    I find the article kind of heartbreaking. He always has been and still is a very very vulnerable kid, albeit a highly intelligent and professional one. Hollywood gay culture, the music industry — all pushing his buttons in different ways, shoving him in different directions. Very hard stuff for somebody so open and soft inside. Still, he seems to have a knack for gathering and keeping around him very good people — fine taste in actual boyfriends, for example, and an obvious desire for a long-lasting strong partner relationship — and I think this will probably see him through.

    On gay guys and dress up: Well, I’m sure there are certainly many other motivations, too — some of them mainly intellectual and artistic — but when you spend a lot of your life feeling that you have to hide who you are, even from yourself at times (read about Adam’s childhood and adolescence and you see this in spades), I think dress-up as a mode of existence probably feels good, and helpful, actually.

    I think he’s made clear that he is and intends to be a sex-positive person and performer. That won’t sit well with some people and will be heartily embraced by others, and I’m sure he’s perfectly okay with that.

  93. “TPTB managed to burry it in a sex non story. Absolutely brilliant. From now on, youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re right the buzz will die down, and the gossip columnist will have little to dig into.

    I’m sure Adam will continue to use his “softer” drugs so I’m not sure that’s a non issue. Although it probably is to most here. Still seems like they wasted some publicity he’ll need in the fall when the album drops. (I’m not saying others don’t smoke pot or other things but they’re not as open about it.)

  94. Adam has participated in many events for charity of one sort or another, I found three in about three minutes of reivew on Youtube and remember reading something a friend said about him participating regularly in these types of events but I’ve read so much I cant remember the article:

    A live performance from Yitzhak Rabin’s (the late prime minister of Israel) “Celebration of Life” concert 2005. This is the song Rabin sang while he was shot to death. Adam sang “Shir Ashalom”, hope I spelled that right at a tribute concert.

    In 2004 he participated in the Chabad telethon to raise money for a Jewish organization which helps Jews in many aspects all over the world. He sang “Is Anybody Listening”.

    And in 2005 he sang Crazy for the Arts4Life2 benefit which I beilieve is an AIDs organization, although I am stating that from memory and could be wrong.

    While Adam has not been outwardly spoken about these things, his religious background and activism, he goes about quietly doing the things he thinks are right without tooting his own horn about it. Just like helping his fellow contestants on the show, he didn’t bring it up, they did.

    I don’t really care what anyone else thinks, in my book that is solid gold, platinum or even titanium!

    No one is perfect and drugs are an issue, so is teen sex which apparently he avoided for the most part (although not completely), but looking at the whole picture, this is a guy I would definitely consider a good role model for teenagers in this day and age.

    It also gives parents the chance to take the responsibility of talking to their kids about the sex and drug issues. The role model issue really belongs in the home, not on tv of any kind regardless of weather or not it is supposed to be a family show.

  95. That was a great article. He came off well. I think I am coming off the fence about him. I really like him as person. I’m more curious to hear what kind of music he makes.

  96. Nice Sunn.

    I have no problem with the article. Adam is not raising my kids and he is not my moral compass. He hasn’t hurt anyone. I see it as his life to do with how he pleases. He actually seemed to me to be a pretty harmless person. Will he harm himself? I hope not. But I see it as his life to do with as he pleases. I am not looking to Hollywood for guidance, just entertainment. Is it sad when a person goes down in a blaze of drugs or alchohol? Absolutely. But I really feel it isn’t my call… isn’t my life to control. I wish all the best for them.. hope they learn whatever it is life is trying to teach them.

    Life can be messy, especially when you are young. The sooner we make this reality a safe and kind place, the less people will turn to drugs and alcohol to escape.

  97. I don’t see how a guy who credits mushrooms with getting him on Idol is a great role model no matter how much charity events he’s done. But other Idols have had their drug issues. They just usually do a mea culpa and say they’ve moved on. I don’t get the sense from the article that a guy looking to set up a “hookah den” in his home has moved on. But maybe he’s just into that style of decor. :)

    On the other hand, I don’t look to TV for role models. So we agree there. Although I have appreciated the Idols in the past who’ve kept a relatively “clean” images. It’s pretty rare these days.

  98. Actually Sarverà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s twitters arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t all that bad. It sounds like someone is attacking him and Danny (and maybe speculating about them?) but it sounds like he is telling them to back off. There are more than Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve copied below but these arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t that bad to me. [Numbering added by me. Start at the bottom.]

    10 But I love them anyway. :)
    9 And the best person to ask that of is Adam. He knows my heart for people. Its amazing how media can make something out of nothing.
    8 After today I will no longer defend the issue. I just want people to know my true heart and not what they think they know. I love everyone.
    7 And no I did not say anything ugly to Adam. Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.
    6 I am not just married but happily married. If you donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know what Im talking about then your not to blame. And I know there is love out ther
    5 I do know people have my back but my wife means a lot to me and I want everyone to know that. I am fine. Just want everyone to know.
    4 Anywho God bless you all. Hope you are all gearing up for the tour.
    3 To all of you that have been so encouraging thank you so much. I will try to keep up with twitter the best that I can.
    2 Believe what you believe but do not hate. It is not welcomed here.
    1 Also if you are a fan and have defended me thank you. But, in defending me please do not judge or ridicule my friend Adam.

    This is why twits shouldn’t tweet! Jesus Sarver!

    As I said in the other thread, anybody who follows David Cook knows heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s no saint in terms of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“moral virtueà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ he drinks and swears and performs raunchy songs on stage and drops curse words sometimes when heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s up there and gambles and goes to strip bars and picks up groupies and takes fake-gay photos with his friendsà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    The point being what? Do all the stuff you wanna do, including gasp “indiscriminate sex’, but just don’t tell RS about it? I think the only big difference is that you like his music. Otherwise it seems just like a don’t ask, don’t tell policy.

    His vulnerability comes to light, for me, on the very last page of the article. When he says his biggest fears is losing his parents and ending life alone. That last one is something he on common with every gay man I know. The fear of being old and alone. But his fear of his parents dying shows a boy still emotionally vulnerable, untempered by lifeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cruelty and injustice yet. This contributes to his child like love of life and ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s joys but it also means that the true test of adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s metal hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t come yet. His character is yet to evolve in the most significant way, when it is faced with the unimaginable and conquers it.

    Damn, that made me well up. I felt that so profoundly while reading the article.

    The story has gotten all the media buzz already, heck it already did, Yesterday was Adam day even Keith Olbermann had a segment. And all the buzz was about the sex angle. But doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t you see thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the genius of this whole PR strategy. They buried the lead!!! Olbermann said it yesterday the headline should have been the drug use. But the way they played this whole past 2 weeks, TPTB managed to burry it in a sex non story. Absolutely brilliant. From now on, youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re right the buzz will die down, and the gossip columnist will have little to dig into. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all good.

    Smart, huh?

  99. the notion that they do get the same respect and often sell more sickens me.

    I can see this, kind of. I actually feel this way myself sometimes, kind of. …

    Do you take the next step? — Because when it comes to plays and movies, the people who act in them and the people who direct and produce them all get way way way more money than the people who write them….The differences are quite a bit more drastic than they are in music, even. And the people who wrote the original books the things often are based on get way less money yet! Our whole cultural payment system is based on paying the performer more and the writer considerably less –as close to nothing as possible, in fact, if you ask some writers and composers I know.

    Thing is, though, that is not the fault of the performers. They’re doing their job, and it’s art of a different kind but art and skill nevertheless. So I think the outrage — if there’s to be any — probably needs to be directed at the system and not the performers, who simply have a different set of gifts and are using them, and end up getting paid more because their gifts are more visible.

    Lots of payment weirdnesses exist in the arts. Look at dancers, for example, who have to work extremely hard and nevertheless are faced with drastically foreshortened careers, compared to actors and singers. Yet compared to actors and singers, they earn next to nothing. They don’t get invited to the red carpet either. I don’t know why that is, but I guess a partial theory is that they’re moving around too fast most of the time for people to get major crushes on, and we’re more likely to get crushes through looking at faces and hearing voices than by admiring somebody’s fast moves. And we pay peopl on whom we crush!

    Plus, Adam has written songs, and he writes poetry, too. So he doesn’t really fall in the non-writing category, exactly.

  100. Toucheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ on this point. I guess my response would be that classical forms of music are in a different category than rock or pop because of the years of training and study that are mandatory to master them.

    Then Aretha Franklin is a hack too, right?

    :laugh_tb: Okay, I’ll leave you alone. I actually don’t care whether you like Glambert. But I do have a pet peeve when people put down singers. I think good singing and performing is an art in its own right, so if someone does it well they should get full credit and should not be considered less than other musicians. And no, Britney Spears is not a singer, but plenty of others are.

  101. Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not to say I havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t enjoyed many songs and recording artists that fall under that category in the past and even today. I have and I do. But, when I think about it, the notion that they do get the same respect and often sell more sickens me.

    I see your point NC and I respect it. Although I would hate to live in a world where, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Pavarotti, Um Kalthoum, Elvis, Fairouz, and Maria Callas are treated with disdain when compared to Lady Gaga (who does write her own music amd plays the piano beautifully).
    I guess to me, art and the value it is always in the eye of the beholder.

  102. Well, media in central Europe aren’t interested at all in AI as a show. Normally there would be no mention about anyone, only once – couple weeks ago I read an article about best AI earners (they introduced Carrie, J. Hudson, Cook and Archie) and compared them to our national Idols (the show flopped here years ago after only 4 seasons, now we have Got Talent instead).
    This time we have an exception, the biggest (tabloid-ish) news portal in the country put today Adam’s RS coming out in their ‘Sensation’ section (still, front page). Paired it with his IMO pretty terrible photo. :) Of course it stirred regular, heated, not very polite debate about being gay, not much speaking about his singing, voice, the show or the winner. Though I know he has some real fans here.

    At least he gets publicity and recognition across Europe, don’t know if it’s positive one, but still it’s something that no one except Kelly will get.

  103. A hookah is just flavored tobacco – hookah cafe’s are over in San Francisco

  104. I don’t need my entertainers to be role models. As a young teenager I adored Guns N Roses, but my parents certainly didn’t expect them to be role models for me. That was their job, not the job of whoever I was listening to on my cd player. Having said that, I don’t see anything morally objectionable in Adam’s behavior. He lost his virginity at 21–that’s pretty late compared to a lot of people. He’s made out with random people in bars. I, and everyone I know, has done that at one time or another. He cusses. Big deal, so does most of the world. I’m not a fan of drug use, but I’m not going to condemn him for it. I don’t think Adam’s a hardcore drug user and if my kids ever did find out about Adam’s drug use I would see that as a great opportunity to talk to them about the issue. More than anything, I see Adam as a wonderful way to teach my children that it’s okay to be who they are, that it’s okay to own all the ways they are different. The world would be a lot happier, more peaceful place if we could all do that and allow others to do it as well.

  105. For me, just as with Adam’s performances and recordings, it takes me a while to digest what just happened in its entirety. Throughout the process I go through many thoughts and feelings. Last night, I was gleeful about the whole spectacle–the cover, article, official signing. His honesty and humor grabbed me at first. This morning, some of the more tender parts of the article have sunk in, particularly the part about his relationship with his parents. Sometimes the full impact of Adam takes a while to hit. I often find hidden and buried bits of myself in the process. This is why I love the arts, and Adam so far has all the makings of a brilliant artist who can help take us on a long and wonderful ride if we so choose.

  106. Toucheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ on this point. I guess my response would be that classical forms of music are in a different category than rock or pop because of the years of training and study that are mandatory to master them.

    Are you kidding me? He started taking vocal lessons when he was 10!!!!
    He has been singing for 17 years, the reason he was such a standout from all other contestants ever on Idol was because of the mastery he has of his voice.

  107. Olbermann said it yesterday the headline should have been the drug use. But the way they played this whole past 2 weeks, TPTB managed to burry it in a sex non story. Absolutely brilliant.

    Yeah. The experimental drug use came from left field. lol No one expected that or for Adam’s honesty about it. People don’t even like to admit when they are addicted to perscription drugs let alone trying a recreational one. Since it comes across as experimentaion and misguided youth on Adam’s part, I don’t think it would have received much traction anyways. Especially since he no longers participates in that type of behavior. But yes, that was definitely more “news worthy” than Adam being gay.

    It was a brilliant move on Adam and his team’s part. There is nothing else to dig up. Unless of course Adam does something new, but his past is all rehashed. We now know the man. Its now time to hear the music!

  108. Thanks for posting the full article, mj!

    Very interesting read. Unfiltered indeed. Maybe it’s must me, but I wasn’t totally buying the whole “bi-curious” part. Did he essentially invite his female groupies to bring it on? Maybe he better get a little Adderall in him before he does anymore interviews. It’s one thing to be candid and another to inadvertently (or not?) invite the crazies to hound you for the rest of your life.

  109. You’re right about hookah. I just don’t think the article reads as if Adam is done experimenting with drugs. I think it’s clear he credits psychedelics with helping open him up. It’s not a big deal but just out there for an Idol contestant.

    I think the bicurious stuff is smart marketing.

  110. She comes from the gospel tradition, you brat! Years and years of singing in churchà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ a different kind of artistry altogetherà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and those years could be seen as an alternative to the formal study/ training of classical singers.

    (Ok, ok Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m sure you can come up with some other example to poke a hole in my exception to my rule-rule. But, youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re still a brat!)

    :laugh_tb: Why yes. My name is tinawina, and I am a brat. I admit I have been called that once or twice. Ha! *cough* Chrstina Aguilera *Cough*

    Still luv ya, Noctem :wub_tb:

  111. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t get the sense from the article that a guy looking to set up a à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“hookah denà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  in his home has moved on. But maybe heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just into that style of decor.

    JPfan. since I live in the Middle East I feel that I have to speak up for the hookah LOL! I’m not looking to be a poster girl for a civil right’s movement for hookah smokers though. Lol.
    The Hookah, also known as a sheeshah, argeela, water pipe. Is in it’s most common and traditional usage a tobacco smoking instrument. Also a hookah den is simply a carpeted room, with floor cushions and ottomans instead of sofas. I in no way interpreted his reference to it as an indicator of drug indulgence, well I can’t really can I? Since I live in a country where every house has a hookah room (called the traditional salon usually) that is used as a casual reception rather than for smoking the hookah, but more as a description of a certain ambience he seeks. The boy said he likes middle eastern influences in his music, so I assume he’s attracted to certain aesthetic parts of the culture.

  112. Noctem: you don’t have to be trained to be a pop/rock singer, but you do have to be trained to have the kind of vocal mastery that Adam has. You don’t necessarily have to spend years singing in a church to become a gospel singer, but Aretha Franklin did. Some classical singers start training when they are practically infants, some (like Natalie Dessay) start training when they are adults. Some great actors train for years, some don’t. Adam didn’t have to train to be the kind of singer he wants to be, and yet he has–that seems like devotion to artistry (which is no knock against pop or rock singers who don’t train–everyone’s different).

  113. She comes from the gospel tradition, you brat! Years and years of singing in churchà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ a different kind of artistry altogetherà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and those years could be seen as an alternative to the formal study/ training of classical singers.

    Adam’s clearly had a ton of vocal training, however, and clearly practices assiduously what he’s been taught. If you have much experience with classical singing, you can see how he’s using pretty classical technique in all his performances. The range he has is a gift but the ability to use it without audible breaks from register to register and use it so strongly even in the high registers (as well as do a bunch of other things with it, such as screaming on pitch) all come about 100 percent from training and practice.

    I’m a (mostly but not entirely amateur) singer and an instrumentalist, mostly on the classical end, and for me training my voice has actually been considerably more arduous and complex than learning instruments, despite being born with a big, rangy, and purportedly pretty trainable voice — which is why I’ve shirked it, mostly.

    Music has a gazillion facets, and very few people — I want to say *no* people — have the time or energy to come up even close to professional standard in more than a couple of them. Besides vocal training and instrumental training, you’ve got theory and such, too. Plus, Adam’s an actor and has obviously trained and practiced that, too, another time- and energy-consuming activity. There are only so many hours in a day — especially when you’re doing eight shows a week.

  114. I realize hookah isn’t necessarily associated with drugs. Unless Adam is smoking smoke pot or hash in there, it’s all good. Or even if he is. That’s his choice.

  115. I realize hookah isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t necessarily associated with drugs. Unless Adam is using his bong to smoke pot or hash, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s all good.

    Given what he’s said about needing humidifiers, I think the hookah room may have more to do with his home-decor tastes as anything else (and maybe a place for friends to hang out and do their own smoking), lol.

    Boy loves decoration, and I can see him getting heavily into that whole harem/couch/cushions thing.

  116. Alright, I’m done for now, I didn’t make it to bed at all this night and am now waiting up to go get my copy of RS at 9am, hope it’s out when I get there.
    Too many emotional subjects with no sleep probably brought out a few lectures which I generally tend to avoid, as I hate it when people lecture me!

    My opinion, Adam is a great guy and I will be watching and waiting with anticipation for whatever he does next!!!

  117. Since I can’t sing a note, or read music, rythym tends to escape me, and I have a hard time memorize a haiku much less a full song I am far from an expert on anything musical. Therefore, for me my criteria for judging a singer/musical artist/performer is, I am sure, totally different from someone who has a musical background. Therefore I have to rely on things that are more intangible. I could make a two page list but the short story is that Adam has those tangibles in spades.

    I also like to “know” a bit about the artists that I support. They don’t need to open their lives up for me but it is nice to know what they feel are the forces that have created the person they are. And this has to go beyond their musical influences. We are who we are based on our life journeys. Successful painters and writers, poets and sculpters, singers and actors create their art out of place deep inside them. That is why I think so many fail, because they haven’t experienced anything to feel anything.

    Nothing shocks me anymore, I’ve been around too long and am way to worldly. I am glad Adam revealed a bit of himself to me..I now feel that I can understand where his music will come from and why he performs like he does. And I can’t speak for anyone but myself and am in no position to judge anyone else, but I think Adam was very brave (and a bit calculating) putting “everything” out on the table. It sure reinforces my trust in him as a current and potential “Artist”.

  118. One note from then new Rolling Stone interview that made me very sad:

    On experiencing discrimination:
    A few years ago, I did a musical with Val Kilmer, The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. I was finally personally awakened, wearing nail-polish, feeling attractive and comfortable in my own skin for the first time. We’d go out sometimes with Val, and it was the first time I’d ever been around a celebrity à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’  it felt really fabulous. One night, we hung out at his house and Sean Lennon came over to jam with us. I was like, John Lennon’s son? This is the coolest thing I’ve done in my life. But I had a lot of problems with the people putting on the show. One day, the director pulled me aside and said, “Can you turn it down? The producers are a little uncomfortable. It’s a little too … gay.” I was like, “Um, are we doing a musical here? I’m sorry, there are fags all over the place, dude.” It was very upsetting.

    I have The Ten Commandments DVD (of course, LOL), and I got it from borders.com. It is cheesiness beyond belief, but also looked like it was a fun musical to be in, and Adam’s voice was brilliant (shock). If you haven’t heard Is Anybody Listening by now, you can download it (or you could), or see his performance on youtube, and I highly recommend it. But the fact that he was called out for being too gay? Sadness. And yet no surprise.

  119. noctem, please remember that what we now call classical music used to be ‘VERY modern music at the time is was written, Mozart for example was considered a No No by many people for being too daring etc.
    The same was with painting – some people thought Picasso was a hack with no artistry, just because he did something new
    And what about the Beatles for example? Used to be very controversial, now they are considered classic
    :)

  120. I have The Ten Commandments DVD (of course, LOL), and I got it from borders.com. It is cheesiness beyond belief, but also looked like it was a fun musical to be in, and Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s voice was brilliant (shock). If you havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t heard Is Anybody Listening by now, you can download it (or you could), or see his performance on youtube, and I highly recommend it. But the fact that he was called out for being too gay? Sadness. And yet no surprise.

    Particularly sad given that he was, hands down and going away, the best thing about that musical — and I’m including *everything* in the musical in that statement, including book, score, acting, singing, costumes, etc. And reviewers agreed with me on this.

    When we wish that he wouldn’t talk so much about being gay, I think we probably ought to remember that this is what you face when you’re gay — even in musical theater! And Adam isn’t even on the effeminate side! Gay people can’t make it not about being gay until other people stop making it about their being gay.

  121. ADAM IS AMAZING, for shelfish reasons I hope he doesn’t get too mixed up and messed up into the drug scene. I want him to be around for awhile to entertain my pants off!!! HE seems to smart for that anyway but who knows. Anxiously awaiting more music!

  122. I loved the interview.
    It made me see Adam as a real person, not just a performer.

    I can’t wait till we get some new music from this guy!

    Has anyone bought a real copy yet?
    I was thinking of going out today to hunt one down.

  123. But, in general, my musical prejudices are being exposed. I pretty much have unreserved disdain for the idea that singers can be on stage singing songs that were written, composed, and arranged by other people and backed up by instruments that are being played by others too, and they still get the same respect and often greater sales than those performers who do all those things themselves.

    I don’t really understand this disrespect towards singers. Musicians play other peoples songs too. Also it takes a lot of practise to be a really good singer and your instrument is very temperamental and can change from day to day. It is very common that classical singers cancels performances because they are not in tip top shape and can’t hit that high note that they have to.

  124. I have to say MJ that you really confuzzle me sometimes!! Yesterday I was reading some of your stuff and thought – she really does not like Adam or think he is going to succeed. And then I read this and think the opposite! :)

    Being a fan of an artist doesn’t involve me shutting off the critical part of my brain.

    I like Adam, but I don’t love all his performances, think he’s perfect, or blindly believe he’s destined for musical stardom. I still have questions about his musical direction, and wonder where his place in pop music will be. I’ll have good and bad things to say about Adam as his career progresses. As a fan, that’s just the way I roll.

  125. Ellie2
    Jun 10th, 2009 at 10:34 am
    Hey, Sunn, can I ask where in the Middle East you live?

    Kuwait mainly, but I travel a lot around the region.

  126. Well, this article/attention has influenced sales, Adam’s album was at 49 yesterday morn, was 40 last night and is now at 36 on the iTunes charts.

  127. Rolling Stone has put up more of the interview.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/28577050/adam_lambert_in_his_own_words_sexuality_kris_allen_and_life_after_idol/3

    And THIS is exactly what I’ve been trying to say to those who keep harping that “his personal life is his personal life!!! (Oh. Except when we want to tear it to shreds by condemning his drug use, choice of words, the fact that he hasn’t done enough charity work to suit us. Then, it’s no longer his life. It’s ours to bitch about. But, the gay thing? Totally his business so keep it out of the press so it doesn’t overshadow Our American Idol.”) Anyway, Adam practically took the words out of my mouth:

    There’s the old industry idea that you should just make sexuality a non-issue, just say your private life’s your private life, and not talk about it. But that’s bullshit, because private lives don’t exist anymore for celebrities: they just don’t. I don’t want to be looking over my shoulder all the time, thinking I have to hide, being scared of being found out, putting on a front, having a beard, going down the red carpet with some chick who is posing as my girlfriend. That’s not cool, that’s not being a rock star. I can’t do that.

  128. ” (Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not saying others donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t smoke pot or other things but theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re not
    as open about it.)”

    Double standards? If you hide what you do, it is ok. Hmmmm

  129. “During plays, Adam would hang out in the girls dressing room while we were changing, and every once in a while a mom would walk by and ask him, ‘What are you doing in there?” says Danielle Stori, a singer-songwriter. “And we’d be like, “C’mon, it’s only Adam!”

    priceless.

  130. Reminder:

    I’m feeling a little sarcasm and anger creeping into these replies. Dial it back, please.

  131. The key word in the post you replied to was à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“mandatoryà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . It is not mandatory to be trained or study to sing rock or pop, although as you pointed out, it can help.

    But, Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve never heard of someone becoming a classical singer without prolonged and rigorous training and study. Maybe thereà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s some prodigy somewhere who has done that, but none that Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve ever been aware of.

    If I’m following this, if someone who sings chooses a genre for which it is MANDATORY to have years of vocal training, study and practice, then they fairly can be called “artist.” But if someone else who VOLUNTARILY trained, studied and practiced vocally for close to two decades enters a genre for which that training is merely helpful, but not required, then they cannot be deemed an “artist.” Got it. :-)

  132. Good article, though I was disappointed with the photos. The cover shot is fabulous, but the photos inside the magazine are recycled from the internet. Per the Rolling Stone video, there were a lot of photos taken. I’m surprised to not see some of those instead of the old internet photos.

  133. When can we expect an announcement about Adam’s A&R and management team? Elephant1212, any more hints?

  134. Just finished reading the whole thing. Very happy with it, and i’m glad we got to see the “real” Adam Lambert, and not the american idol adam lambert.

    People can criticize and judge him if they want, but EVERYBODY has things in their past that they aren’t proud of (ie sex, drugs in adam’s case…not that adam isnt proud of who he is, but im sure he say his sexuality as a possible detriment to his career since its not generally accepted in the US), and it takes a real man to throw it out there for everybody to read about. I believe this to be true: Adam Lambert will be the next American Icon. i hope they let him try out for S9 tho…

  135. Yah know, Bo Bice was arrested for pot and cocaine before Idol. TPTB knew about it and let him through anyway. I’m glad, because he was my fave that year. He was also a runner-up. For all the talk about it being a “family show,” it’s really up to the producers to screen their contestants (and they do). They don’t seem worried about it, so neither am I. I’m more interested in the music. Time will tell in that regards with Adam, but he sure put on a helluva show on Idol. I also think he’s pretty badass to be so open, candid and accepting. To me, that’s admirable.

  136. I loved the photo of Adam with his hands crossed in front of his face. It was haunting and erotic and pulled you in just as his “Mad World” performance did. I almost felt as if I could smell his breath. It was a true piece of art. I’m glad they chose this instead of some cutesy photo.

  137. I’m just blown away by the most amazing interview I have ever read. Adam is one of a kind, and I so admire his courage and honesty. I’m very moved by his life story and his struggle to understand it all. I understand the profound loneliness that many gay people experience. I feel he described the drug experimentation during his dark days……and his description of the drunk bar filled days around cocaine using people seemed like a big ole negative to me. I feel he’s seen the negatives of drugs. I so feel for him with all the pressures surrounding him. It must be intense.

    I am glad Adam has gotten to the place he’s at now. He seems to have such a good head on his shoulders and I’m a huge fan. He would never be where he is if he had any drug issues at all. He’s known to be one of the hardest workers out there.

    I don’t think Adam, Allison or Kris know what musical direction their cd’s will be about. I’ve heard every year about how this Idol or that is soooo clear about their musical direction, and every year their cd comes out and is different from expectations. It is always so irrelevant to judge them on that now. Not a single Idol cd has turned out to be what they said or what people expected. And that would be stifling if it did because how do they know right now. Right now before they are embarking on an incredible journey.

    This process they are about to enter is new. Major record company. Opportunity to work with very talented producers and songwriters. A lot of help. They will experience a lot of growth. It will be a process. None of them know what the end product will be. I’m excited to see what this growing time produces for all three. It’s a very exciting time.

  138. Good article, though I was disappointed with the photos. The cover shot is fabulous, but the photos inside the magazine are recycled from the internet. Per the Rolling Stone video, there were a lot of photos taken. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m surprised to not see some of those instead of the old internet photos.

    There are new photos inside, she just didn’t scan them on the gossip candy site links with the clearer type.

  139. I’m very disappointed with the photos also. The video of the shoot show so many great ones. I love the ones with him in the white shirt with suspenders and the snake on his shoulder. Bummer.

  140. Well I have to say…no I don’t actually but I’ll say it anyways, lol…I didn’t find what he said at all shocking or offensive, he has said on previous occasions that he is an honest individual and wears his heart on his sleeve…I thought most of the interview/article was candid, funny and well, entertaining which I’m sure is what he was going for…he has worked hard and deserves his spot in the limelight…besides he didn’t want his sexual preference to be at the center of things but the media wouldn’t leave him alone about it…I would have told them all to fuck off but he chose to just get it all out there in hopes that they wouldn’t bother him with all that nonsense again which is exactly what I’m hoping. I think he is a very talented singer and performer and frankly that’s all I care about. He said that he reserves the right to talk about his sexuality but he gave a lot of intimate details..more than we needed to know I think but maybe he also did it with his fans in mind and thought that this would give his fans more insight as to who he is as a person…my initial impression was really good, I really liked how the article began but then I think it digressed into some triviality..I understand the author/interviewee wanted to show his many facets (smart, humorous, flirtatious, earnest, etc) but they really have to describe the bit about his stop at the salon?
    That was just bad editing I think because they probably had more material they could have used idk…I think they were trying to reach a lot of ppl but focusing on what he said would have sufficed.

  141. Adam may not have had a Bar Mitzvah, but based on those RS photos of him as a young kid, it appears he did go through that other rite of passage for a lot of Jewish kids: Rhinoplasty!

    But, damn, if he did have a nose job, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. Does anybody know if he did or didn’t?

    Or can I just hope that my awkward teen will see his nose eventually slim down too? :mrgreen_wp:

  142. yay — got myself a copy of RS this am. Interview is terrific. Wish there were more photos from the photo shoot (hope they continue to publish more on the web-site over the course of the week). Clearly the writer was taken with him (as we all are). It is also fantastic that RS and other major publications (e.g. LA Time — hooray for Ann Powers) have been so supportive of him. Adam is no dummy, he knows, in the words of Eminem “you only get one shot do not miss your chance …this opportunity comes once in a lifetime” (or something like that)

  143. Since Adam looks just like his Dad and they seem to have the same nose…just sayin’.

    Besides, don’t we grow into our features?

  144. But, damn, if he did have a nose job, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s one of the best Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve ever seen. Does anybody know if he did or didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t?

    IMO, Adam definitely had a nose job. Think about it: He had a rather large nose, he was always on stage, and the guy knows what looks good on him (ie the transfer to black hair)…nobodys tip just shrinks like that. But i do think he made the right choice in gettin one because im sure it helped him be a tad bit more comfortable on stage…nothing wrong with doing it especially if your job requires you being looked at by thousands of people. I think it looks awesome too.

  145. Besides, donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t we grow into our features?

    Grow, yes. Shrink, no.

  146. Animated, great post and it made me tear up!
    I really hope people could see things beyond the drug, sexuality stuff like you did. and you put it into such beautiful words! Thank you!

  147. twinkle, thank you!

    living an example of unabashedly being who YOU are – owning it and loving it.

    absolutely! you said it a thousand times better than my long-winded post.

  148. Really liked your summary of the RS article, mj. Based on what you wrote, I think you pulled from it pretty much what I did. I agree, the personality we saw on the show wasn’t an act, just dialed back a bit so as to not “skeer” the viewers.

  149. IMO, Adam definitely had a nose job.

    Guess Adam should have talked about braces and cosmetic dentistry too. No matter how much we put out on the table there always seems to be more stuff to add to the list of what we want to know about our Idols. :wink_ee:

  150. Finally got a chance to read the whole article. I really liked it. It’s good to see that candid side of Adam, and I wasn’t particularly shocked about any of it. Parts of him remind me so much of me (probably why I like him so much) – free spirit, very open, especially open about art and expression, etc. Though I must say I’ve yet to reach his level of being completely comfortable with everything about me.

    I love the summary on the first page about his natural “electricity” in person, infectiously sunny disposition, sense of humor. Those were always some of my favorite traits of his – the smile, the laugh. One of my biggest pet peeves is artists who take themselves too seriously, and I’m glad he never seems to do that. Life’s too short to not just enjoy the ride – which it sounds like he’s having a blast doing. Good for him!

  151. Let me see, just because Adam doesn’t play any musical instruments but likes to put on a show, he isn’t an artist. So that means if someone is a crappy singer, can play guitar and composes music should be taken seriously. Well, Celine, Streisand, Adam, and all you singers who have incredible voices should pack it is because you are not to be respected or relevant.

  152. I don’t know about nose job – I’ve read someplace that the reason why Barbra Streisand never had a nose job was that it would affect her voice and she chose not to f”’ it up.
    The same thing was with Freddie Mercury, he really hated his teeth and had a huuuuge complex because of it, but he was told that if he fixed his teeth it could have affected his voice.
    I think that Adam was just fuller in the face
    And even now his nose comes bigger in some photos, when his face is chubbier (e.g. his clip with Slash)

  153. i think I know why his nose looks fuller – because his eyebrows were blond and the ridge looked wider because of that

  154. Forgive me folks. Between this thread and the other one, I haven’t gone through all the overwhelming amount of comments concerning the article, but I wanted to put my two cents in …

    Admittedly, I probably won’t be buying Adam’s album, but I really liked this article and the cover as well (it suits him). He’s had an interesting life journey so far and he’s honest and unfiltered about it. It’s incredibly refreshing, and somewhat inspiring. This is who he is. People are going to take it or leave it, and that’s totally okay with him. Being an artist is about self expression. If you can’t be yourself, there’s no point to it.

  155. Re: Nostrilgate. I don’t know. I think the nose in the high-school picture looks an awful lot like the current nose — but maybe he just has more fat under his skin all over, which does tend to make your nose, too, look a bit more — fluffy.

    I can’t really see his nose in the kid picture. But I think if he had the job, he must have had it before his senior year in HS, which I kinda doubt…

  156. Adam may not have had a Bar Mitzvah, but based on those RS photos of him as a young kid, it appears he did go through that other rite of passage for a lot of Jewish kids: Rhinoplasty!

    But, damn, if he did have a nose job, ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s one of the best Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve ever seen. Does anybody know if he did or didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t?

    Or can I just hope that my awkward teen will see his nose eventually slim down too? :mrgreen_wp:

    No, he hasn’t had a nose job. It just thinned out as he got older. It happens to most people who have button noses as a child (not all though). I’m just saying because my sister works in a department that helps the police searching for missing children by creating an image of what they would look like however many years down the line since their disappearance and she says that Adam has one of the most “predictable” facial developments from baby to toddler to child to adult.

    Anyway ……………….. totally off topic :biggrin_wp:

  157. As a teenager, I think this article is wonderful and I do think Adam is a good role model. None of the stuff he said was particularly shocking to me, I hear things just as crude all day long in high school. Any parents who think they can shelter their children from bad language or crude sexual talk should spend a day in high school. As for his drug usage? Again, not shocking. Plenty of people experiment, and Adam’s experiences sound pretty normal. Now just to be clear, I have not ever tried drugs nor have I had a drink in my life, but I still think Adam is a positive role model. He is so open and confident that its inspiring. I think everyone can relate to the feeling that they don’t fit in, or that they’re too different to ever feel normal or good about themselves. Adam is proof that anyone, even those who feel weird or different, can achieve success and eventually be comfortable with who they are.

  158. Just deleted a PILE of posts.

    KNOCK OFF the bickering and the defensive fan warring please.

  159. Animated, your post put tears in my eyes.

    “And when Adam said his greatest fear is losing his parents. You can feel that what keeps him grounded and able to go through all this is his Home. He belongs to his Mom , his Dad, his brother. At the end of the day, they are the ones who will unconditionally be there for him. And he knows that. ”

    My biggest fear is losing my parents too. Only family will give unconditional love. I have 2 boys myself and I know regardless of whom they grow up to be, I will be their mother to love and support them forever.

    Adam is real. He is human. He is special.

  160. I really don’t think Adam had a nose job. Since he starting singing at age 10, and the fact that he has had extensive training after age 10, he would have been told that any surgery on his nose would change his vocals.

    Billy Joel had his nose broken a couple of time before he became famous. He wanted to have surgery but was told he would change the way his voice sounded so he opted out. The same for Barbara Streisand.

  161. I received my Rolling Stone in the mail today and one of my favorite parts about it was that the article preceding Adam’s article was about the War on Drugs. Coincidence? It pretty much outlines how America is changing it’s attitude about the legalization of marijuana and how many changes this administration has already made (towards de-criminalization) and how people on both sides of the aisle are on board with the changes (Why? reduction of violence, less dangerous than alcohol yet more available, overcrowding of prisons and lack of focus on rehabilitation, cash crop, etc.) I read the magazine in order and it really put Adam’s statement in context (not that I cared about it anyway).

    Nose job? Nope. Watch Idolatry again. He looks a lot like his old photos in those videos. Plus, I have to add that my nose definitely thinned out and stopped taking over my face as I got older and lost that baby look — hello cheekbones, normal nose, jaw line…and it took until college. Some of us aren’t born gorgeous. ;)

  162. if there are any international fans that can’t get rolling stone magazine and would like the one of adam, of course. i have extra from some neighbors. i will be happy to mail one anywhere. just let me know.

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