ADAM LAMBERT'S ON AN 'ORIG­I­NAL HIGH'

The openly gay rocker is break­ing bar­ri­ers while singing his face off

GA Voice - - Front Page - By SHAN­NON HAMES

From cruise ship singer to Broad­way per­former to “Amer­i­can Idol” run­ner up, Adam Lambert has cer­tainly had a steady climb up his mu­si­cal ca­reer lad­der. In fact, Bill­board mag­a­zine re­cently re­ported that of all of the “Amer­i­can Idol” alumni from the pre­vi­ous 14 sea­sons, Lambert was the top earner for 2015, rak­ing in close to $10 mil­lion. Adam spoke with Ge­or­gia Voice about his new al­bum, his role in tour­ing as the front­man for Queen and his up­com­ing At­lanta per­for­mance at the Taber­na­cle.

Ge­or­gia Voice: You just re­leased a new al­bum, “The Orig­i­nal High” – tell me about that.

Adam Lambert: The al­bum was ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Max Martin and Shell­back. It is def­i­nitely pop mu­sic, but the sub­ject mat­ter is a lit­tle more melan­choly and more bit­ter­sweet than the stuff I’ve done in the past. It’s hard to sum it up, but I think it kind of ex­plores the ex­plor­ing. No mat­ter who we are, we’re look­ing for cer­tain things in our lives. We all hit walls where all of a sud­den we feel un­sat­is­fied, or we

long for some­thing but some­times we don’t even know what it is we’re long­ing for. It just kind of talks about that search -that chase - of de­sire and long­ing and how we deal with it and how we push it for­ward. I think, deep down, ev­ery­body just wants com­pan­ion­ship and love.

What’s your per­sonal fa­vorite song on the al­bum and why?

I’m bad at fa­vorites … I can’t choose a fa­vorite song! They’re all so dif­fer­ent. There’s no way to pick just one.

One of my fa­vorite voices of all time was that of the late, great Fred­die Mer­cury. He had the voice of an an­gel. When Queen asked you to tour with them, what did it feel like for you to step into his shoes?

It was an honor to be asked to sing with them. I first met Brian and Roger at the “Amer­i­can Idol” fi­nale and they were so sweet and so sup­port­ive. It’s great to be still tour­ing with them—we are do­ing some Euro­pean fes­ti­vals this sum­mer.

Some­times, hav­ing large-scale suc­cess can turn peo­ple into some­thing they aren’t. Have you ever felt you were los­ing your­self or do you feel, in­stead, like you’re evolv­ing as a per­son?

I wouldn’t call it evo­lu­tion; I’d call it adap­ta­tion. You need to adapt to things chang­ing con­stantly, or else you’ll get lost.

What do you do to stay grounded?

I have the same friends that I’ve had for years. Af­ter get­ting off of a long tour, just get­ting to­gether and hav­ing din­ner with that group of friends seems to ground me.

Who are you lis­ten­ing to mu­si­cally?

I lis­ten to ev­ery­thing – I’ve got mu­sic con­stantly play­ing. That new Zayn Malik song (“Pil­lowtalk”) is re­ally pretty. “Drive” by Pretty Sis­ter is a great driv­ing jam and I love that new song from Alu­naGe­orge “I’m In Con­trol”.

There seems to be a move­ment in Hol­ly­wood from LGBT ac­tors to ex­pose the dif­fi­cul­ties that they have find­ing work in that in­dus­try. Do you feel it’s the same type of en­vi­ron­ment for LGBT singers

and mu­si­cians in the mu­sic in­dus­try?

There are a lot of par­al­lels be­tween the two in­dus­tries. There are dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions be­cause in mu­sic, it’s per­sonal, whereas in film/TV, it’s play­ing a part.

What hur­dles (if any) have you faced be­cause of your sex­u­al­ity?

Be­ing a so­cial mi­nor­ity al­ways comes with its chal­lenges.

If you could have din­ner with any­one from his­tory, who would it be and why?

I’d love to have din­ner with Fred­die Mer­cury. I’ve heard so many great sto­ries from the Queen guys over the years, and they say that we would have got­ten along great.

Oh, he would be in my top 5 list, too. You are com­ing to At­lanta next week – do you have any­thing you want to say to your fans in the ATL?

I can’t wait to see all of your faces at the Taber­na­cle on Tues­day night! I’m very proud of “The Orig­i­nal High” tour. I worked very hard to put to­gether a show that takes the au­di­ence on a jour­ney with me… from the dark, to the heart, and then to the club for a big dance party! I hope ev­ery­one will come out and see me.

You can catch Adam Lambert per­form Tues­day, March 8 at the Taber­na­cle in At­lanta.

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