The Voice’s John Legend and Adam Lambert Join Forces
Before Adam Lambert taped his The Voice finale performance, he stopped by John Legend’s “Trailer Talk” for a chat and duet! During The Voice lives, John conducts interviews with guests who are booked to perform on the show. Last year, Carrie Underwood dropped by to talk and sing before she and John sang their duet “Hallelujah” on the season 21 finale.
The Voice’s John Legend and Adam Lambert chose to sing Culture Club’s classic 80’s hit “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” which is a cut from the American Idol alum’s upcoming covers album, High Drama.
The interview was filmed right after the a shooting at an LGBT bar Club Q in Colorado Springs. Five people were murdered. Adam explained that he was dedicating his performance of the Duran Duran cover “Ordinary World” on the finale to friends and family who lost loved ones as a result of the deadly shooting spree.
“We started thinking about the words to the song,” said Adam. “It is about loss. It’s about grieving–trying to get back to normal, whatever that is.” He continued, “For people that are queer, we spend our whole lives in the shadow of what we’re told is normal.”
John mentions how some people who try to make “political hay out of demonizing the queer community.” Whether it’s a cynical way to attract attention, fundraise or for votes. “But what they aren’t acknowledging,” said John, “is that they are making people’s lives at risk.”
Watch Adam Lambert sing Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” on The Voice finale
Adam added, “I hope there are people out there that take a second and realize that the people who are being demonized–the public out there that’s falling for this are being taken advantage of,” He continued, There are so many untruths. There is so much propaganda and BS being thrown around.” Adam suggested that people talk to someone in the community, or do research online to learn the truth.
The Queen front man shared that he’s grateful for his American Idol experience. It gave him opportunities to travel, and also is the reason he met the members of Queen (They sang together on Adam’s finale). The fateful coming together led to Adam touring with the band worldwide. Speaking of Queen, Adam shared that until he found his footing with the group, his first year with the band was “really intimidating.”
As far as choosing the songs for his covers album, Adam thought about what songs he could “flip.” He wanted to do tunes people would recognize. But he also chose a few obscure numbers. “I wanted to stretch myself a little,” he said.