loud and proud

Flam­boy­ant singer Adam Lam­bert talks about gay la­bels and his brazen on­stage an­tics ahead of his con­cert in Kuala Lumpur tonight.

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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.

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