loud and proud
Flamboyant singer Adam Lambert talks about gay labels and his brazen onstage antics ahead of his concert in Kuala Lumpur tonight.
Adam Lambert may have ruffled some feathers when he locked lips with his bassist onstage during his recent asian tour dates, but the openly gay singer has no qualms about it.
“It’s just one baby kiss and people make a big deal about it. It’s art, it’s a performance, it’s not even real life,” said the outspoken 28-year-old singer in a phone interview from Hong Kong on monday.
In this early evening interview, Lambert was personable and attentive over the phone, taking his time to share the highlights (and hijinks) on his current tour in the region.
The glam-rocker has been on his Glam Nation tour since June and was spotted kissing his bassist, Tommy Joe Ratliff, at his recent Tokyo concert, as well as his infamous american music awards performance last year.
“It wasn’t even planned, it just happened. I was just being crazy and silly,” he said, adding that Ratliff is not his boyfriend. “I think he’s cute but no, we’re not dating. He likes girls.”
“I don’t have a boyfriend right now and I’m not actively looking but I’m open to it. Qualities I look for in a partner are honesty, humour and drive,” he explained.
Lambert, who has had a busy touring schedule this year, has little time for relationships. He was busy in the asian region this past month with shows in Singapore, manila, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Tonight the american Idol runner-up ends his asian touring adventure with a show at Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, in Kuala Lumpur.
On tour, he travels with a 21member entourage (band, back-up dancers, production crew), making his 90-minute shows in every asian city such full-on glam rock affairs with hits like For Your Entertainment, Time For Miracles and Whataya Want From Me to thrill the fans.
It is the San diego-raised Lambert’s first tour of this region, and fans can expect an audio and visual spectacular tonight at Putra Indoor Stadium.
While Lambert is loud and proud about his sexuality, the artiste revealed that “gay” labels can be frustrating sometimes. “There’s too much focus on it by the media. It’s all they ask me about. It can be a roadblock.
“But there is a positive side to that label. There aren’t many gay artistes out there. I’m just happy to be giving them more visibility,” he said rather frankly.
The flamboyant singer also started a new concert trend he calls “tongue diving”. during his gig in Providence, Rhode Island, in the United States, Lambert leaned over the stage and made out with two lucky concertgo- ers – a guy and a girl. after the show, he took to his Twitter page and declared: “Tonguediving is the new Stagediving. Get into it.”
But the singer told us with a laugh: “It’s just a joke!”
His fans are a crazy bunch too. “I’ve received some really adult gifts from fans. I’m sure you can imagine what they are. They make me laugh,” he said.
Earlier this week, the Islamic political party PaS had objected to Lambert’s plans to perform in malaysia, claiming his shows are “not good for people in our country” as they promote “the gay lifestyle”. Lambert has pledged to obey malaysian government rules that forbid the glam rocker to kiss anyone onstage and wear revealing clothes for his concert tonight.
despite the news, Lambert remained buoyant and upbeat throughout the interview.
“I don’t pay attention to negativity,” he said confidently. “It is my mission to promote freedom of expression and my main goal is to make people feel good about themselves.”
Though the singer told us earlier, “I don’t know if there are that many things to tone down in my show,” he later wrote on Twitter he has agreed to make a few “minor adjustments out of respect for the malaysian Government.”
Still, Lambert promised fans a show with “lots of glitter and leather” tonight at Putra Indoor Stadium.
There will also be a “Glam It Up!” best dressed competition tonight, which will be held from 5pm to 6.30pm near the entrance of the concert venue. Fans stand a chance to win meet-and-greet backstage passes just by getting their picture taken at the “photo-wall”. The contest is open to the public.
Lambert himself will pick five lucky winners, who will also take home an autographed “Glambox” containing Lambert’s tour edition Cd & VCd album, an adam Lambert mouse pad and a copy of Lambert’s If I Had You lyrics.
“I love it when people express themselves through their wardrobe. It’s like Halloween all year round!” he enthused.
Lambert, who notoriously popularised the “guy-liner”, added: “I love eyeliner. I love the way it looks. It’s just my style!”
as for what he is expecting from his KL fans, the rockstar exclaimed: “I’m waiting to be surprised.” n Adam Lambert plays Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, in Kuala Lumpur tonight. Opening acts are Dennis Lau, Daniel Lee and Iqwal. Doors open 7pm. The concert is jointly organised by Marctensia and Sony Music. Concert details and tickets at TicketPro hotline (% 03-7880 7999), or log on to (ticketpro. com.my) and (marctensia.com). Adam Lambert’s
CD (with bonus tracks and DVD) is released by Sony Music.
Play it cool: Adam Lambert ready for his first visit to Malaysia with a gig at Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, in Kuala Lumpur tonight.