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|8/31/09 Adam Lambert and Another Idols Live Show: Kris Allen Who|
The “ American Idols
Live!” tour took to the Scottrade Center on Saturday night and yet again, Adam
Lambert delivered amazing performances to the crowd. He always seems to be the star of the show, no matter where he performs, making some people still wonder why he didn’t win. According to stltoday.com
, despite all of the top 10 contestants giving great performances, it was still Lambert that had all the star power
, even over the winner Kris Allen
. Adam definitely brought to town all the style and swagger that his fans saw
him exhibit on “American Idol.” Kris Allen treated his fans to his renditions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and Kanye West’s “Heartless.” The other 8 contestants also performed, with Megan Joy pulling it together for a performance of Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Let Your Hair Down.” And Anoop Desai seemed to get the crowd going with his renditions of Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind,” Ne-Yo’s “Mad” and Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.” But Adam still appeared to outshine the rest, with performances that included Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” More on the story here
Adam Lambert to Debut First Song in 2012 Movie
has been busy in the studio getting ready to release his first album. But the first post-Idol song we’ll be hearing come out of those talented pipes will be on the big screen!
According to MTV News
, Adam has recorded a song for the upcoming film 2012
, slated to come out this fall. The news broke via Queen guitarist Brian May, who wrote about the track on his personal blog.
He wrote: "I have to say I was completely blown away ... it's truly sensational. In fact it's so obviously a number one smash, any bookie would be mad to take bets on it. I am not kidding. I'm not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists ... but Adam's voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world. Its an awesome performance. No doubt about it. The world of Rock has a bright new star."
The song was reportedly produced by Cavallo, who’s worked with former Idol winner David Cook, Green Day, and My Chemical Romance. 2012
isn’t a movie for the faint of heart. It’s an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
So you can imagine Adam’s song will probably come at a climactic part of the film, where’s he able to show off what he does best—putt Mariah Carey’s range to shame.
No word on the track name, but we’re looking forward to the movie now! Shortly after this fall, Adam’s debut album will be released as well.
|8/13/09 Adam Lambert helps Kris Allen Write Songs|
We all know that every “ American Idol
” winner’s debut album, is either a make or break situation, but this year’s winner Kris Allen
has apparently got a secret songwriting weapon
. And according to mtv.com
, that weapon is season 8 runner-up and Kris’s best friend
Adam Lambert. Kris claims that Adam
will get a song and ask him what he thinks about it. And apparently he does the same and asks Adam for his opinions. Kris has admitted that he has needed Lambert’s help, as he’s struggled while balancing writing and recording, with all his “Idol” winner’s duties. And apparently, Allen has already worked with the likes of Fray guitarist Joe King, hip-hop producer Salaam Remi and famed songwriter Claude Kelly on his debut album. Although Kris is not sure how many of those collaborations will actually end up being on the album.
Sun writer Sam Sessa interviewed American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert for this piece
in today's paper. Lambert and several of the other Idol contestants will perform at 1st Mariner Arena
Wednesday as part of the American Idols Live tour. Here are some bits and pieces from the interview that didn't make it into the article:
Adam, did you ever go back and watch clips of your "Idol" performances?
I actually bought them on iTunes so they were high quality. It was a really good learning tool -- to go back and review my performances. Performing on TV was definitely a new thing for me. I tried to learn as much as I could by reviewing those videos.
There's a rumor going around that Queen asked you to be their lead singer. Is that true?It's pretty much a rumor. Basically what happened was, [Queen's guitarist] Brian May expressed an interest in possible future collaborations. That's really as vague as it was. The press decided to run with it. Of course, I'd be honored to sing with him any time. Queen is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Freddie Mercury was a huge influence on me musically.
Did you hear from any of the bands you covered on the show?I heard in a roundabout way that the lead singer from Tears For Fears was really into what we did. I heard that Muse was happy with what I did. Ii'm also performing one of [Muse's] songs on the tour. That's pretty much it. I haven't heard from a lot of people.
What do you think about Ju'Not Joyner's allegations
that "Idol" was rigged? I guess everybody's entitled to their opinion.
In Part Two of this four-part interview with Adam Lambert, the "Idol" runner-up discusses his early experiences in show business and the experience of hanging out with Val Kilmer when they appeared in "The Ten Commandments" together. Part One of the interview can be read here.Your first job was working on a cruise line when you were 19. Which cruise line? How long were you in Germany?Six months, and it was Berlin, mostly, but then Hamburg and Munich. We went to Italy for a week and performed there. I went to Amsterdam for a week.
Holland America. That was through Anita Mann Productions. Usually their leads were older guys, like leading men. And they had one guy they had to get rid of at the last minute. They needed somebody and I went in there and auditioned. I was so green. I had no idea what I was doing, but Anita really liked my voice. She said, “You can sing. You’re going to play the lead part.” Everybody else in the cast was looking at me like, “He’s going to be the lead? He’s 19.” So it was a tough situation. We were rehearsing and I didn’t know what was going on. It was totally over my head. She’s saying, “Just imagine that person will be there, that person will be there and that person will be there.” It was fast. It was overwhelming. It was the most information that I’d ever had to take in and I was not quite confident enough yet to own it. I felt a little intimidated by it. So I got out there on the ship and they weren’t very nice to me and they were really catty. Finally we did the first night’s performance and I kicked ass and they were like, “OK, we’ll leave you alone.” My career thus far has always been about proving myself in these weird moments, and then once I prove myself, people are like, “Oh, OK.” So that was my first job, and I went around the world. I was on the ship for 10 months.What was it like being away for so long?
Incredible. I saw the world when I was 19 and 20. I was in Russia and Scandinavia and the Mediterranean and then we did the East Coast and we pulled into New York on Sept. 7, , right before Sept. 11. We were doing the tourism thing and when [the attacks] happened, we were up near Nova Scotia and we had to stay out on the water for three days because of security. It was pretty wild, pretty scary. Did that, then did the Caribbean, then went across the Pacific. Hawaii, down into Australia and New Zealand. It was amazing.You were working at night, so your days were free?
Yes, I got to do a lot of sightseeing and tourist type activities. I really wanted to go live the culture. I wanted the nightlife. I wanted to be able to go and meet young people and go drink.After 10 months, did you leave the ship?
I came back home and started auditioning again. Did some Civic Light Opera shows in Orange County and here.
And home was Los Angeles at this point?I came back to L.A. and I was just auditioning for things. A couple Broadway auditions came through. I signed with a manager and she hooked me up with some jobs and then I was cast in a European production of “Hair.” And so I was in Germany for six months, and that was a great experience because I was longing to go back to Europe and really live there. That was a huge turning point for me personally, because I finally got comfortable in my own skin – or started to.You were also at the right age to become your own person.
Yes, I was about 21, 22, and it was a big eye opener for me. I think anyone who does “Hair” gets really invested in the meaning and the message and the whole community feel of it. I was really close with everybody and there was a lot of discovery and a lot of free-love mentality. I was discovering a lot about myself. Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, a lot of it.
Were you performing “Hair” in English?
Most of the time, and then midway through the production, the producer decided that he wanted us to do all the dialogue in German. No one spoke German, so they had a dialogue coach come in and teach us phonetically. No one knew what they were saying and so if someone dropped a line, we’d have to switch to English. It was an absolute disaster, but again, what an experience. I look back on it now and think, “That was crazy.”
Did you have to re-establish yourself every time you came back to California?
I did. I was out of the loop, but it was good for me. I really liked traveling and I don’t like routines. I’m not into the same-old. I like novelty, so I think it was really good for me and it helped me grow.
So up to this point, you hadn’t sung rock, just theatrical songs?
It was mostly theater music at this point. There was one little thing -- there was a girl involved with the theater company and I knew her family. Her parents and my parents got along really well. They had similar views. They were really liberal and just wanted to have a good time. They would have parties and we would hang out and everybody would jam and it was all like our parents’ music. That’s how I got into the ’60s and ’70s stuff. Her dad was a classical guitarist and my dad plays the keyboard a little bit. So we would sing the Stones and Dylan and Joni Mitchell and Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix and all that stuff. They really loved the Doors. So I was exposed to all that music. And then, it wasn’t anything serious but we decided to form a band. It was like a little garage band with her dad and her and me and my dad and we wrote some original stuff together and recorded it on a six-track tape deck. We were called the Gutter Rats. Or Vicarious Lives.
How far did you take it?
We never performed. We just did it for ourselves, but it was cool because it was definitely not musical theater. It was definitely very ’70s feeling because of our parents and they were showing us what to do. We had fun.
What other work did you do before you were cast in “Wicked”?
I auditioned for more TV and film projects. I was never fond of the auditioning process. I’d never really considered myself the strongest actor, so I never really went for it. I did a couple more theater things. Did something at Reprise over at UCLA.
What was the Reprise production?
“On the Twentieth Century” with David Lee as the director. He was great. I did a production of “Brigadoon” in Texas at Theatre Under the Stars, so I had my Equity card finally, which felt like I had arrived. I was a professional now. I was getting paid enough money to live on, to really pay my bills, and it was going to lead to more work. I did a production of “110 in the Shade” at the Pasadena Playhouse and then I got cast in “The Ten Commandments” at the Kodak Theatre with Val Kilmer and that was a big turning point for me professionally because I had my own song and I was a character.
Who did you play in “The Ten Commandments”?Joshua. Everything was copacetic by the end, but in the beginning, I was doing all this promotion for them to get interest built for the show and singing the song everywhere. I was on the Chabad Telethon and I was in love with being a rock star and I was going to rehearsal with nail polish on and eyeliner from the night before, and the director came up to me and said, “Could you take all that off?” and I asked, “Why?” He told me, “The producers are a little uncomfortable with it. They don’t really get it,” and I said, “But we’re not in costume yet. Why does it matter?” He said, “They feel like you’re supposed to be the leader of the Hebrew army by the end of this and they’re really uncomfortable with the way it looks.” And I told him, “This is theater. This is a pop musical. What ... is your problem?” So I faced more opposition, like I did on the cruise ship. It was that same type of thing repeating itself where I felt like they just didn’t believe in me, which was really hard for me. I found out later they had been seeing other people trying to replace me. When the show opened, I was one of the only people that got good reviews, so it was the best victory ever. You were worried about my nail polish and I’m getting better reviews than [others], so that was a big moment for me.It was interesting hanging out with Val Kilmer because he took a liking to me and a couple other people and we would always go and eat together and we would go hang out at his house and he just really wanted to have a group of friends during this experience. I’ve lost touch with him, but he’s very cool. Eccentric but cool, and it was interesting being in the shadows with him in public. It was my first taste of what it must be like to be a celebrity and have people want your autograph and having people take pictures of you. It was a good eye opener for me, what it must be like to be a celebrity and to be famous.
Fame has its positives and its negatives.
It taught me a lot. I realized Val had to really watch what he said. Then I was kicking around Hollywood ... and going to clubs like Hyde and seeing famous people and getting photographed here and there. Right after “Ten Commandments,” I did the Zodiac show, the first one at the Music Box, and I sang “A Change Is Gonna Come” in a full glam-feathered outfit.
The same Sam Cooke song that Simon Fuller chose for you to sing on “American Idol.” Did Simon know that you had performed the song earlier in your career?
I don’t know. We never talked about that, but what was interesting about that was I changed a lyric in it. Instead of “I’m afraid to die,” I sang, “I don’t see what’s wrong with a little glitter around my eyes,” because I wanted the song to be about what I was dealing with on “The Ten Commandments,” this weird, ignorant, “Why are you wearing nail polish?” Like this weird discrimination because I was expressing myself and having people feel uncomfortable with that and then everything tying into my sexuality and just being alternative in any way and wanting the song to be about that.
It’s interesting that that came full circle with “Idol.”
Really weird and the same issues. Maybe more far-reaching this time and less personal.And then “Wicked” happened right after the Zodiac show. Toward the end of our run on “Ten Commandments,’ there was an audition for the first national company and the casting director had heard of me because of the reviews for “Ten Commandments.” That really set me up for that. I don’t think I would have gotten hired if it hadn’t been for that. I was hired as an understudy for Fiyero on the national tour and we rehearsed in New York and that was a blast. It was a great moment for me because I felt like I’d finally arrived. Even though it was the tour, it was a Broadway production. It was the highest caliber thing that I had been a part of. “Ten Commandments” wanted to be that and had all this money behind it, but it was a disaster. So this was a successful hit show that I was now a part of and it felt validating to get that job.
You were in the ensemble, so you were on stage every night, even if you didn’t go on as Fiyero.
Oh, yeah. I was an onstage cover. And we rehearsed it in Toronto for about a month before we opened and we ran there for about 2½ months. So I spent time in Toronto and then we went to Chicago. Spent a couple of months there and then here in L.A. a couple months and then San Francisco. And at that point, it was about six months into it and I felt, “I think I’m done,” and I got to this point where I thought, “This is what I’ve been working toward my whole high school career and my early 20s. This has been the goal, Broadway,” and I knew that I could probably go into the New York production the minute a track opened up but I wasn’t satisfied. Probably because I was in the ensemble. I’m not going to lie. It was probably a step down from “The Ten Commandments” situation. Bigger show but not as featured, not as much attention. Not doing what I felt I was supposed to be doing.
How often did you get to play Fiyero?
I went on as Fiyero a couple times and it was really fun. I thought I did well, but it was only a couple times. The guy hardly ever missed. So I dropped out. I thought, “I want to be a rock star.” During “Ten Commandments,” I had a friend who encouraged me to play around with Garage Band and come up with my own stuff, so it all happened at once. I started messing around with the idea of recording. I got really interested in that while I was on the road with “Wicked.”-- Fred Bronson
|8/04/09 Adam Lambert: The ultimate interview, Part One | "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert sat down with writer Fred Bronson for a wide-ranging interview. In Part One, Lambert talks about his early musical influences.We know from watching “American Idol” that you were raised in San Diego, but where were your parents living when you were born? Oh, yeah. This karaoke machine was really cool. I also had Wilson Phillips, Mariah Carey’s “Emotions.” These are my first CDs. I remember them quite clearly.
I was born Jan. 29, 1982, in Indianapolis, Ind. I believe I was conceived on their honeymoon in Puerto Rico. I should have a little T-shirt that says, “Conceived in Puerto Rico.” They had me about nine months after their wedding.
My parents moved me out of Indianapolis when I was about a year old. My mom and dad said: “This isn’t the right fit for us. We want to go somewhere else.” So a job opportunity opened up for [my dad] in San Diego and we moved.
Where in San Diego did you grow up?
North County, mostly. When we first moved out there, it was Rancho Bernardo and then we ended up moving when I was 4, maybe 5. Right around the time my brother was born, [we moved] to Rancho Peñasquitos, which is just inland of Del Mar, and that’s where we settled.
What is your earliest memory of music?
My dad was a college DJ, so he had a really huge record collection and he is very proud of it. There was always music playing in the house, all vinyl. He was a Deadhead, so there was some Grateful Dead, which I never really got into. There was a lot of classic rock. Bob Dylan. Bob Marley was playing a lot. My dad has really good taste in music.
Do you remember playing his vinyl albums?
At some point later in my life he would let me touch the records. That was a big deal though because I didn’t know what I was doing. Where else did you hear music? Did you listen to the radio or shop at a local record store?
I never was a big radio listener, probably because my dad listened to his records. As I got older, I had a stereo and I had tapes. I was more into playing the tapes than the radio.
I remember going to the Wherehouse and buying the two-for-one CDs. The first tape I remember having was Paula Abdul’s “Shut Up and Dance” remixes tape, which I was very into. I remember having an Elvis karaoke tape.
And singing along to it?
When did you realize you had musical talent?
At 10 years old, I was put into a musical theater company, a children’s theater company. I was really creative early on and I think my parents were trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I had a lot of energy. I was hyper and they put me in indoor soccer and T-Ball and I didn’t really love it. I was in the Cub Scouts at one point. They tried everything -- swimming lessons and other activities -- but I was very creative at home and wanted to play dress-up and make believe and recite things, so they figured that theater was a natural fit.
I got into all the musicals and the first time I realized [I had talent] I was doing a production of “Fiddler On the Roof” and there’s this scene where this Russian guy has a featured solo in the “L’Chaim” number. It’s like a bar scene. He’s the big guy that holds the note forever. It’s that big showoff moment, and I was playing that part.
How old were you at that point?
I was 12 or 13 and I really enjoyed singing it and all of a sudden, everybody was saying, “He’s got a really great voice,” and there was all this buzz. All the parents were saying, “He can really sing,” and the director said, “You sound great. Do it again,” and he was showing me off, having me do it for all the other kids. That was when I started taking voice lessons and knew this is something I really like. I’m good at it.
And that was kind of my thing. I didn’t like doing stuff unless I was good at it and I didn’t like trying to get good at something. I wanted to just do what I was already good at. Like soccer, I was having to work at it so I didn’t like it. I didn’t like to practice piano, it was so foreign to me. But there was something about singing -- the idea of using my voice, I was very comfortable with that.
A lot of my early singing was more mimicking. I copied things. That’s how I learned how to sing at first, by copying.
What were you copying? Songs from musicals?
A lot of theater stuff. I listened to a lot of cast albums. I had “Les Miz” and “Miss Saigon.” I was obsessed with “Phantom of the Opera.” I remember when the revival of “Grease” came out, I had that CD. Right as I was going into high school, “Rent” came out. That was a big deal. The cool thing is that my dad had the concept recording of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and showed it to me, and “Tommy.” That was really cool for us because it was his world and my world kind of coming together, the idea that they were musicals. He loved that we had something in common and we both loved the “Jesus Christ Superstar” recording and we sat and we listened to it a couple times.
In 1994, there was a production of “Tommy” at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, and that’s how it became a Broadway show. We went together and he got really into it.
Was “Tommy” the first Broadway show you ever saw?
No, I remember seeing “Phantom of the Opera” in L.A. when I was a kid and it was very exciting and I think “Les Miz” came through the Civic Theater in San Diego. “West Side Story” was on tour. I remember seeing a couple national tours come through. When I was a kid, because I had gotten into theater, my younger brother started getting into it, too, and my mom got us head shots and an agent up here in L.A. So we would commute for auditions all the time.
Hardly ever for theater. It was for commercials, TV, jobs like that. I did one commercial when I was a kid and you can hardly tell it was me. My brother got a ton of work. He was luckier than I was.
What was the commercial?
It was a Century 21 commercial. I must have been 11. I ran around with a dog in the front yard and they did a crane shot. I was out of school for the day and I thought it was the coolest thing. That was the first professional thing.
Were you cast in any of your high school’s musicals?
Yes, back in San Diego, as an after-school activity. Plus I was in the Metropolitan Educational Theatre for eight years. It was run by a man named Alex Urban.
Is that the theater group we saw you visit on “American Idol”?
Yes. That was a highlight. I also worked with a woman named Lynne Broyles, who is my voice teacher. And she had a little community theater company and we did some performances with that. Then in high school, I was in chorus and I was also in the drama club and I sang with a jazz band, so I had a bunch of different outlets. And there was also a thing that they did in high school called Air Bands. It’s a big deal in San Diego and it’s almost like a staged music video. Everybody lip syncs but it’s like a performance. It’s hard to explain. It’s like a choreographed staged costume concert. You know, if you look at Janet Jackson or Madonna or Michael Jackson, their concerts are really stylized. And it was like kids taking music and creating medleys and costuming and building sets and creating a storyline through them. It was this big competition in San Diego and I got really involved in that in high school and I look back now and realize there was so much that went into it and I got so passionate about it that I think that kind of mentality of putting together a show from start to finish is definitely going to come in handy in the future. It did on “Idol,” [the idea that] I had to put a number together.
What did you learn from taking voice lessons?
I reconnected with my voice teacher because of “Idol” and I invited her to come to the show. I asked her, “What was it like when I first came in? What was going on?” And she said, “You had this seamless sound to your voice, but you wanted to understand it. You wanted me to explain physically how it worked all the time and when you couldn’t hit a note, you wanted to know why and you wanted to fix it.” She told me, “You were really intense about it,” and that was very interesting to me. I remember [bringing her] the “Jesus Christ Superstar” recording and all those high screams that they do, and I said, “Teach me how to do this,” and she replied, “You don’t teach that sound. That’s something you just make. I think you might have to get older to make that noise.” So I waited.
Aside from the commercial you did when you were a child, what other early professional work did you do?
At about 16, I auditioned for the Starlight Theatre, which is an outdoor theater company down in Balboa Park. It’s a semi-professional thing; we got paid a little bit but it wasn’t union. We would literally have to freeze for planes going over because it’s right in the path of the San Diego airport. So there were little stoplights in the orchestra pit and if a plane was coming, it would go yellow and red and you would freeze. It was crazy.
I was in the ensemble for both “Hello, Dolly!” and “Camelot” and then the next summer, I did shows at Moonlight Amphitheatre, in Vista up in North County. I did “The Music Man” and “Grease” and I played Captain Hook in “Peter Pan.”
While you were doing this theater work, were you also listening to rock music?
In high school I started watching MTV and listening to pop music. As random as it sounds, I was really into Missy Elliott and I remember that Britney and Christina had just come out and ’N Sync and Backstreet Boys. I liked all the dance remixes.
You mentioned being in a jazz band during high school, so you were exposed to all kinds of music.
When I was younger, I listened to a lot of musical theater and then as I got older, I wanted to hear cool pop music.
The jazz band would have guest singers for their concerts and that was a really good educational experience too because that was the first time that I was singing with a full band. Even in the theater company, we didn’t have an orchestra. It was all piano because it was cheap. But then at Starlight, there was an orchestra and all the school musicals had an orchestra, so I started finally getting experience working with a full band. But the jazz band was cool because it wasn’t musical theater. It was swing standards, so that was a departure for me and I did some Sammy Davis Jr. You know, standards like “Paper Moon.”
Were those standards new to you?
I had heard them here and there but a lot of them were new and I would have to learn them. We did some blues. It was very educational. And then in choir, we were like a classical choir. So we were doing a lot of Latin and various languages and it was all a cappella and very orchestral and complicated. That taught me a lot about using my ear and harmony.
At this point, did you know what you wanted to do with your life?
I wanted to perform. Even in high school, I was saying, “I want to be on Broadway. I want to go do theater.” So I had this dream that I was going to go to New York and do Broadway and go to college first. My grades weren’t ever amazing because I was so distracted with all the outside activities that I never really cared enough. I was like, “Eh, I don’t want to do my homework. I don’t want to study for the test.” I just got by. I was a B student and so I didn’t have good enough grades to get into the good schools for theater. I wanted to go to NYU. I wanted to go to Cincinnati. I applied to them and I didn’t get into any of them. I did get into California State Fullerton.
Were you a drama major?
I went into the school as a musical theater major because they had a BFA program for musical theater and right as classes began, I had started rehearsals for “Grease” at Moonlight and it was my first time playing a part. I was Doody and I was so excited that I got to sing my own song and that I was going to be in the show and featured and I was so distracted that I didn’t go to class at all. And so by the fifth week, I didn’t really want to go to school. The show had closed and I wanted to learn on the job. I thought I could get more jobs, and it was kind of wishful thinking. It was a little idealistic. Youth, you know, but I thought, “How can I be in school anymore?” The last 18 years of my life, I’ve been learning and I want to live and I want to go and be in the real world. And I had sat through a couple classes and I thought, “I’m not going to learn anything here. They’re saying stuff that I already know.” I was being a little bit ridiculous, and I learned the hard way that it doesn’t really work that way. I left school and my dad said, “I’m not paying your bills. You’ve got to get a job.” So I got a job working at Macy’s in Orange County at the Main Place mall right near Fullerton. I was doing retail and I stayed there for about six months and then I moved to North Hollywood. I had a couple friends that had moved up. I hung out with them and I was miserable. I couldn’t find a job. I couldn’t work. I was fat. I was a little lonely, and then I got my first job, which was on a cruise ship. I was 19.
-- Fred Bronson
|08/04/09 Adam Lambert keeps defying expectation|
American Idol runner-up joins tour arriving at 1st Mariner Arena Wednesday By Sam Sessa | From the Baltimore Sun
"American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert
is anything but subtle.
In his first "Idol" audition, when Lambert sang snippets of "Rock With You" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," the acid-tongued judge Simon Cowell called him "theatrical and therefore not current."
When the 27-year-old singer made his "Idol" debut, audiences couldn't help but notice Lambert's spiky mop of devilishly disheveled hair, his dark guyliner and darker fingernail polish. But Lambert wasn't about to tone himself down just to appeal to more people. And because of that, he never thought he'd get too far on the show.
"I remember getting into the competition and feeling like, 'Oh, I hope I crack the top 10,' " he said. "I never thought I would get that far in 'American Idol,' considering that I'm a little bit more alternative."
Maybe it was Lambert's uniqueness that people latched onto. Or maybe, once they heard his dynamic voice, they were willing to look past his flashy appearance. Either way, they helped give Lambert his big break through the show. Now, he's working on a solo album and performing in the American Idols Live tour, which comes to 1st Mariner Arena
Cowell was right on one count - Lambert does indeed have a background in theater. He spent his early years on stage, performing in musicals such as "The Ten Commandments: The Musical" and " Wicked." Some of the skills he picked up there carried over to "Idol," he said.
"I learned a lot in theater as far as how to please a crowd and create a 'number,' " Lambert said. "I tried to do that each week with 'Idol,' from what I was wearing to how I used the stage to lighting things and sound things I used along the way. I just wanted to create a mood and theater definitely gave me that knowledge."
As for "not current"? Well, the American public proved that wrong when they voted him to the No. 2 spot. That's despite the fact that Lambert made no attempts to hide his sexuality. Though he officially came out on the cover of Rolling Stone, Lambert never denied being gay. Though photos of Lambert making out with another man surfaced during the "Idol" season, they seemed to have no negative impact on Lambert's rise.
"I'm surprised that people looked past a lot of the other stuff," he said. "Maybe I suspended their disbelief and allowed them to be entertained. I think that's what music should be."
On the American Idols Live tour, Lambert opens his set with Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," then segues into "Starlight" by Muse and "Mad World" by Tears for Fears. Audiences can also expect "Slow Ride" by Foghat and a medley of songs by David Bowie - an artist Lambert looks up to.
"Bowie's a great example of somebody that brought out visual theatrics to help him tell his story," he said.
When Lambert gets a day off between cities, he works on his forthcoming solo album, he said. He's booked a couple recording sessions along the tour, which continues through mid-September. After it ends, he's going to devote all his time to finishing the album. So far, he's pleased with how it's coming together. Lambert said he has even co-written some lyrics on a handful of songs.
"I'm excited that I have some creative control and input as to what is going to be in the album," he said. "Contrary to popular belief, they do not puppet us around after 'Idol.' They're giving me a lot of creative control."
As for the songs?
"They're sexy," he said. "There's a lot of sexy songs - songs that are fun to dance to. There's a lot of anthems and stuff you can sing along to. It pretty much just kicks ass."
Though it doesn't yet have a title, the album is slated for a November release. And Lambert isn't hiding his enthusiasm. That wouldn't be his style.
"We're really, really, really excited."
|8/03/09 Idol's Adam Lambert out of meet and greet after Tampa stalker alert|
No meeting Adam Lambert, here with Kris Allen.
Update:Adam Lambertreappeared at themeet and greet events once the American Idol SummerTour 2009 left Florida.Furthermore, apparently he has not yet recovered his Twitter account, and the last tweet on it was still the hacker's.(End of update.)Adam Lambert was not at the meet and greet at the American Idol concert at the Bank Atlantic Arena in West Palm Beach onJuly 29th because of a reported stalker alert at the concert in Tampa.A report
by the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts Examiner brings sad news to the many fans of American Idol's Adam Lambert.Melanie Heywood writes, "While at the American Idols concert this past week on July 29, when a friend of mine went to purchase a photograph of Adam to get autographed, she was told that Adam would not be at the Meet and Greet event due to threats from a stalker at the Tampa concert the night before," adding "Reports stated that 'evidently there [were] some people...wearing some insulting Adam, t-shirts and there is some girl outside by the buses who they are concerned about. So Adam didn't come out to see the fans.'" There were also reports of tweets mentioning the suspicious girl.Apparently,Adam Lambert's verified Twitter account
was hacked, as well. However, the superstarannounced his return via tweet at 10.49am on July 15th:"Hey guys it's Adam, I got my Twitter running back. I want to give a shout to AINOW.com for the support. Thank you guys, love you all." That was alsohis last update so far, which might hint to the fact that he is choosing to stay away from the social networking site for a while. According to Heywood, rumor has itthatAdam Lambert will not attendthe meet andgreet events at the remaining stops of the American Idol 2009 Summer Tour
.Sorry to hear that, But there is always the music to listen to, even if you don't get to see him in person. Right?
|Adam Lambert in the new issue of USWeekly|
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|Idols Speak Out About Adam Lambert Hackings || |
The red flags started to go up a few days ago with a suspicious tweet from Adam Lambert’s Twitter account. The original hijacked tweet, which has since been deleted, said that in exchange for sending a friend request to some of his (Adam’s) alleged friends on Myspace, you could get a chance to talk to Adam. We now know that Adam's social networking accounts, both twitter and facebook, & his email were hacked. The confirmation that Adam’s twitter has been hacked came this afternoon from Danny Gokey. Danny tweeted, “Hey tweeters Adam asked me 2notify u all that his Twitter account as been hacked and he’s working on regaining control of it.Let peeps know.” But, seconds after Danny Gokey's tweet, a new tweet came from @adamlambert: “hey guys it adam just got my twitter running back. :)" The back and forth continued as Danny then sent out a new follow up tweet: “Hey u all me and Adam are gonna bubble tweet the truth. Apparently someone on his account posted right after I did saying it’s him." ALSO!
In a series of Bubble Tweets (here
), the Idol gang is speaking out about the hackings. The vids are actually quite hilarious! Adam has a message for the hacker: "Whoever you are out there, get a life!" Danny added, "For real man...move on." And Kris added, "Get out of his stuff!" original article
| Next up in our Idol interviews are Adam Lambert and Megan Joy, who are more similar than you think. What was Adam’s first impression of Megan, and what does the blond beauty say about his style, and the person he loves? Find out below, and check out AI clips on Fancast. What did you think of Adam when you first met him? Megan: I thought he was so gorgeous. Adam: Aww! Megan: I thought I could probably talk to him. I felt like his style was someone I could relate to and have a decent conversation with. And we did-it was nice. And when you first heard him sing? Megan: Uh, come on! He’s incredible. I think my mouth was literally on the floor. He’s amazing. And Adam, your first impression of Megan? Adam: I remember seeing her during Hollywood week, and I was like, she is gorgeous. And then she opened her mouth. She had this quirky posture and mannerism about her, and I was like, that’s cool. I just thought she was so edgy. I hoped that they get it. I was so worried it would go right over their heads, that the judges might not like it. But they got it. I was so proud of her that she made it on the show. What’s your biggest pet peeve about Adam? Megan: Should I tell them about the salad? (laughs) [Side note: We overheard Megan saying that Adam eats his salad very meticulously.] Sadly now, he’s so maximo busy. I don’t have him around me enough for him to bother me. Adam: Give me about a month! She’ll have more to complain about. Megan: I’ll get back to you on that. Megan is better than you at what? Adam: I think Megan is… I don’t know how to answer that question. We actually have a lot on common I think. Megan: We have very similar strengths. Adam: Yeah, we do. Megan: We’re both independent, we’re both outspoken. We are who we are. We don’t waver. Adam: We’re both diplomatic when needed to be. What is Adam’s least favorite part about fame? Megan: I’m sure that a lot of the people prying into his personal life can be tiresome and frustrating. Especially to the people he loves that are involved, that have nothing to do with it and shouldn’t. And what is Megan’s favorite part about fame? Adam: Fighting off all the gorgeous men that are beating down her door! What does she think when people say that not only can she sing, but she’s also gorgeous? Adam: Well in today’s world, one helps the other. Adam is most grateful for what? Megan: His fans, his relationship, his family, his friends. Just the people that make his life as awesome as it is. And for Megan? Adam: I think that she’s happy that she’s got all these opportunities that are being presented where she can support her son and to have a career. To have some independence and some security. What does Adam do that cracks you up the most? Megan: Adam is hilarious. He has these voices that he does that will always crack me up, no matter if I hear them a million times. And I like looking at him! Adam: Aww, you’re so cute! What was it exactly that drew you to Megan? Adam: I remember the first time we actually talked. We were in rehearsal at CBS and we were in these little waiting rooms. We just sat down and started talking. We immediately started talking about relationships, and life, and the real stuff. And we were both just really open about it. It was really cool because we connected on a real level. It wasn’t about music— it was about life. It was cool.|
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|07/08/09 'IDOL' Star Adam Lambert Talks Tour & Debut CD To ET|
AMERICAN IDOL 8 season eight runner-up Adam Lambert talked to Entertainment Tonight about the 'IDOL' tour, his upcoming debut album and his very public "coming out." Find a sneak peek of the interview below. ET: What will you perform on the tour? Adam Lambert: I am doing a David Bowie medley at the end of my set: "Life on Mars?," "Fame" and "Let's Dance." We are doing it much like I am doing my album. We are trying to produce them with an electronic, dance-driven edge. Hopefully, it will set the tone for the type of material I am doing. To read the complete interview at Entertainment Tonight Online, click here.
|07/06/09 Adam Lambert, Kris Allen Hit the Stage Again as American Idols Live Tour Kicks Off in Portland |
Goth kids, soccer moms and diehard Idol junkies — including one superfan with Clay Aiken’s autograph tattooed on her shoulder — packed Portland, Oregon’s Rose Garden last night for the inaugural performance of American Idol’s summer tour. (Go behind the scenes with Lambert and Co. hours before showtime here.)
The two biggest stars of the show — winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert — embraced what endeared them to millions of fans throughout Season Eight. “Glambert” was out in full force, with tight pants, his otherworldly wail and a tribute to the original rock androgyne, David Bowie. Wrapped in a plaid shirt and a pair of jeans, Allen kept it simple and real, embracing the stripped-down soul sound that elevated him from dark horse to worthy champion. (Get all of Rolling Stone’s Adam Lambert coverage — photos, video and more — here.)
An adorable montage of Allen’s baby pictures, plus David Cook’s new video and a few airborne beach balls, kept the audience entertained as Idol No. 10 Michael Sarver prepared to take the stage. Backed by a small band with a big sound, the full-voiced Texan kicked off the show in high spirits with Gavin DeGraw’s “I’m in Love with a Girl,” which he dedicated to his wife, Tiffany. Megan Joy took the stage for two numbers — and lots of
shimmying — reprising one of her best Idol performances,
“Put Your Records On.” Piano man Scott MacIntyre left his pink pants at home but his rendition of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” — and his gentle mocking of Ryan Seacrest’s attempt to high-five him at the auditions — drew some of the loudest applause of the night. Sure, the Idols can sing … but can they dance? As Rolling Stone reported
from the Idol tour rehearsals, choreographer JaQuel Knight was putting the Top 10 through a workout, and Lil Rounds confessed pre-show that she was nervous about nailing the complicated choreography for Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” but her moves — and stylish cat suit — did the R&B diva justice. Luckily, the pulsating psychedelic patterns that backlit the stage weren’t enough to throw Rounds off her game. Throwing a bone to the older folks in the audience, Anoop Desai started off his set with a pitch-perfect “Always on My Mind,” the Willie Nelson crooner that wowed the judges during Grand Ole Opry week. But New Jack Anoop emerged — gyrations and all — with “My Prerogative,” the Bobby Brown track that got him through the Wild Card round and into the Top 13. The Idol groove continued with a charismatic Matt Giraud, who got the crowd moving with his piano-pounding version of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” then paid tribute to another soul great with an outstanding “Georgia on My Mind,” giving his elastic voice the full workout, from raspy growl to falsetto. Following a group medley that ran the gamut from Billy Joel (MacIntyre and Giraud on dueling pianos) to a taste of rap from Rounds and Desai, Allison Iraheta took the series’ fairly tame group number “So What” and made it just as tough as Pink’s version. With wind in her pink and purple hair, guitar strapped across her torso and a voice like a pack of cigarettes, the youngest Idol showed off her rock moves like a true rock goddess in the making. Amid a sea of glow sticks and handmade T-shirts floated the hokiest sign of the night: “I’m okey dokey with Danny Gokey.” The only Idol to perform a Michael Jackson song on tour, Gokey punctuated his “P.Y.T.” with funky spins. (Adam Lambert discusses getting the Michael Jackson news here.)
Dressed in his Sunday best, the church music director waxed philosophic about following your dreams, closing his set with two crowd-pleasing Rascal Flatts ballads. In true Robert Plant style, Lambert made his arrival known, punctuating his three-octave howl on “Whole Lotta Love” with pelvic thrusts and microphone straddling, then quickly switched gears for the haunting “Mad World,” showing off his crystalline falsetto against a moody backdrop of smoke and twinkling lights. After reprising “Slow Ride,” his energetic duet with “little sister” Iraheta, Lambert closed his set with a medley of Bowie songs, then sunk down into the stage to the loudest cheers of the night. Marked by explosive bursts of noise and color, the countdown culminated in Season Eight champion Allen, who eschewed theatrics for a straightforward set of Idol favorites, from the soulful, percussive “Heartless” to his stirring piano-and-vocals interpretation of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Calling for a sea of cell phones and lighters, Allen finished his set with a plaintive rendition of “Hey Jude,” bringing the rest of the Idols back on stage to close out the show with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” … perhaps a tribute to former band member Randy “the Emperor” Jackson?
Set List: Michael Sarver: “I’m in Love with a Girl” (Gavin Degraw); “Closer” (Ne-Yo)
Megan Joy: “Put Your Records On” (Corrine Baily Rae); “Tears Dry on Their Own” (Amy Winehouse)
Scott MacIntyre: “Bend and Break” (Keane); “A Thousand Miles” (Vanessa Carlton)
Lil Rounds: “Be Without You” (Mary J Blige); “No One” (Alicia Keys); “Single Ladies” (Beyoncé)
Anoop Desai: “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson); “Mad” (Ne-Yo); “My Prerogative” (Bobby Brown)
Matt Giraud: “Hard to Handle” (The Black Crowes); “Georgia On My Mind” (Ray Charles); “I Found You” (The Fray)
Allison Iraheta: “So What” (Pink); “Cry Baby” (Janis Joplin); “Barracuda” (Heart)
Danny Gokey: “P.Y.T.” (Michael Jackson); “Maria Maria” (Santana); “What Hurts the Most,” “My Wish” (Rascal Flatts)
Adam Lambert: “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin); “Starlight” (Muse); “Mad World” (Tears for Fears/Gary Jules), “Slow Ride” with Allison Iraheta (Foghat), “Life on Mars,” “Fame, “Let’s Dance” (David Bowie)
Kris Allen: “Heartless” (Kanye West); “No Boundaries” (Idol coronation song); “Bright Lights” (Matchbox 20); “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers); “Hey Jude” (The Beatles)
Encore: “Don’t Stop Believing” (Journey)
|07/05/09 Idols Live Tour descends on Portland, OR |
Portland, Oregon is not a city that makes a big fuss about itself. From its single driving lane streets, to its bicycling and microbrewery culture, to its gentle hills and ever-present greenery - pleasant, livable, amiable Portland gives off a constant sense of understatement; of a city who's charms are best enjoyed at a slow meander - not from the rear view of a speeding Ferrari. This weekend American Idol came to town. On Sunday night, the fifty city Idols Live Tour kicks off at the Rose Garden Arena and all week long, the great goliath in entertainment has occupied the city.Not that you'd necessarily notice at first glance. A hotel bellman, asked if he had seen the Idols, nodded that he had; they'd been out and about for the past week - in town rehearsing ahead of the show. Asked whether the Idols were mobbed when they went out, he shook his head. "I guess people in Portland don't watch much TV."
|Sneak Peek of Adam's Tour Jacket|
American Idol: Kris Allen, Adam Lambert & the Gang Dish on the Summer Tour July 1 9:10 AM PDT by Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna
As the American Idol top 10 rehearse day and night to get ready for their first tour, which kicks off Sunday, July 5 in Portland, Ore., one little logistical thing is bugging the boys. "The guys' tour bus is overcrowded. There's only one bus for the boys and there are seven of us, and no, Adam and Kris don't get their own bus," Scott MacIntyre told us when we caught up with them at rehearsals last week. Before you think he's a squeaky wheel, all six of the other guys echoed that sentiment. Michael Sarver said, "I'm not gonna lie. I just wish it was part of the budget to have a third bus. It's like the testosterone tour this year. No one is looking forward to the cramped boys' bus." Indeed, the girls have it easier with just three female contestants, a mom and a backup singer or two. "We got lucky," joked Allison Iraheta. "I feel bad for them!" Read on to find out which contestant calls herself the "skanky one," which one disses the judges, which one has one tiny regret and what the American Idols Live Tour 2009 is going to sound like... Michael Sarver: "The order of performances goes in the order of elimination. So, since I was the first of the top 10 to be eliminated, I'm opening the show. And the higher you got in the competition, the more songs you get to do in your own set. I think it's the best spot of the night because you get all that fresh energy from the crowd and you get to introduce the whole show. I need to get them on their feet and energized. I'm doing two songs I didn't do on the show, but I don't want to spoil it." Megan Joy: "One song I'm doing is Amy Winehouse's 'Tears Dry on their Own.' It'll be jamsy [sic]. And my color is pink. I'm wearing a supertight, super minidress. I'm gonna be the skanky one. It's going to be fun." Scott MacIntyre: "My set is going to be along the lines of singer-songwriter, pop-rock, British pop and very acoustic rock. But I'm planning on getting everyone singing. I will be using the piano in a major way on the tour." Matt Giraud: "My Twitter fans wanted me to do 'Georgia on My Mind' [made famous by Ray Charles], and I listen to them, so that's one of my songs. What's great about this tour is that we have choreographers now for our own individual sets. We should've had that one the show. I didn't have the coolest moves like some people on the show." Anoop Desai: "My set goes from ballads to [Bobby Brown's] 'My Prerogative,' but it'll be cooler than how I did it on the show. I'm embarrassed when I look back at that performance. This will be more refined. I like bigger crowds. I just don't like four people sitting at a table talking to each other while I'm singing. So yeah, I'm looking forward to the bigger crowds. It'll be nice to sing without having to worry about camera blocking." Lil Rounds: "My set is the party set. You gotta have your dancing shoes on for my set. I'm doing the leading ladies of R&B. I have choreography and dancing. I've been told my set is one of the harder sets to do vocally as well as moving-around-wise. We all picked songs based on who we are trying to be as an artist." Allison Iraheta: "I'm doing three songs. One is one from the show, [Janis Joplin's] 'Cry Baby.' I really enjoyed doing that one so much. My set is rock. I'm gonna be sweating. After rehearsal the other day, Kris gave me a hug and he was like, 'ewww.' My shirt was soaked in sweat. It was funny. So, yeah, I'll be the sweaty one on tour." Danny Gokey: "I'm excited to do the full version of Michael Jackson's 'P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)' because I only got to do about a minute and 45 seconds on the show. I'm doing four songs. It starts with 'P.Y.T.' then I do a song with a Latin feel to it. The third song is a heartfelt ballad, and the last song is the inspirational song 'My Wish' by Rascal Flatts. I want to end my set inspiring people. The song talks about living life without regrets, enjoying it for what it is and not being held down by personal tragedies." Adam Lambert: As we reported this week, Adam said, "I'm closing with a David Bowie medley that goes from 'Life on Mars" into 'Fame' into 'Let's Dance.' It's doing major justice to the original Bowie intention behind them, but we're adding synthy, dancey electronic elements to it. I'm wearing a custom-made blue, metallic silver bomber jacket with tails and spikes and studs by Skin Graft. They've hooked me up with some really sick fashion." Kris Allen: "Because I go last, I have nothing to do until later, but I'm so weird I'll probably be watching from the wings anyway. I'm doing some songs from the show. I can say one: 'Hey Jude' by the Beatles. It's gonna be huge. I do five songs." Group Numbers: One of the group numbers will be Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." Matt added, "We've classed up the group numbers. We have cool moves now. They're not as cheesy as the group performances we did on the show." (Thank God for that!) For the list of tour dates, to go www.americanidol.com.
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June 30th, 2009 Adam Lambert And Kris Allen To Duet? According to eonline.com, American Idol finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen are planning to collaborate on a song writing project.
The two are going to be spending a lot of time together as they travel around the country on the American Idol tour. Adam tells the website, "It could happen, Maybe we'll write a song on the road." And Kris adds, "We have to figure it out, but yeah, we should do it."
The two were also questioned about they're budding friendship and both were amused when Kris was asked if Adam is his "closet gay" friend. He replied, "As much time as we spend tighter, I would probably say so."
Lambert then answered back, "He's definitely becoming my closest straight friend," and he added "that's something I am trying to get across that it doesn't frickin matter." He continued "That's what's wrong with the world, why can't everyone just get along?"
|06/28/09 American Idol pays tribute to Michael Jackson |American Idol is paying tribute to Michael Jackson with an encore of Michael Jackson Night from last season. This is the first time that Fox has aired a previous episode. The American Idol episode from March 10, 2009 will be broadcast on Monday night, June 29 on Fox.
The special Michael Jackson tribute includes the following performances:
- Lil Rounds – The Way You Make Me Feel
- Scott MacIntyre – Keep the Faith
- Danny Gokey – Pretty Young Thing
- Michael Sarver – You Are Not Alone
- Jasmine Murray – I’ll Be There
- Kris Allen – Remember the Time
- Allison Iraheta – Give in to Me
- Anoop Desai – Beat It
- Jorge Nunez – Never Can Say Goodbye
- Megan Joy – Rockin’ Robin
- Adam Lambert – Black and White
- Matt Giraud – Human Nature
- Alexis Grace – Dirty Diana
Michael Jackson died suddenly on June 25, 2009; but his legacy lives on in this music and the way he has touched people around the world. Tune into American Idol on Fox to see the tribute performances in homage to The King of Pop.
|06/26/09 Kris Allen, Adam Lambert Reveal Plans Behind “American Idol” Tour|
06/26/09 Adam Lambert vs. Hi Fi Records In the battle of he said, they said between Adam LambertOn With the Show and Hi Fi Records regarding the upcoming release of Lambert’s album, an internal memo from the label was recently leaked crediting the “American Idol” runner-up as the co-songwriter on nine of the 11 tracks.
The internal memo, which was published on TMZ.com Thursday, is typed on Music Publishers Company of America paper and dated June 23 with the subject as “Adam Lambert – ‘On With The Show’ – track listing.”The flamboyant glam rocker is listed with 50 percent songwriting credit on “Beg For Mercy,” “Crawl Thru Fire,” “Kiss And Tell,” “Just The Way It Is,” “Turning On,” “Runaway,” “15 Minutes of Fame,” “The Circle” and “mp3 Killed The Record Companies.”“Want” and the title track are credited to Michael Burtscher.Last Friday the tune “Want” was released online with Hi Fi Records issuing a statement explaining it was the first single from On With The Show, which the singer co-wrote and recorded pre-“Idol” fame between 2007 and 2008. The label announced it would be releasing the album on Hi Fi Recordings/Wilshire Records this summer.
Lambert then released a statement of his own, saying he was hired in 2005 as a studio singer “to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on. … [I] can't wait for people to hear what my music really sounds like."
On Wednesday a Hi Fi Recordings rep told Usmagazine.com "The songs were recorded in a professional recording studio with top notch musicians and producers since the music was always meant to be released. Of the 11 songs that will appear on the album, On With the Show, Adam co-wrote eight with Monte Pittman (Madonna’s guitar player). As co-writer and performer, Adam will receive significant royalties just as any superstar artist would.”Thursday evening Lambert released another statement following the leaked internal Hi Fi Records memo."I was shocked to learn that songwriting demos of songs that I co-wrote and recorded over the past few years may be released in an album. Like a rough draft that a writer does before finishing a book, I did not intend my work on these demos to be heard by the public. I was unaware that anyone intended to release these recordings until I heard about it in the press, and I'm very disappointed by this entire situation."Hi Fi Recordings has since responded to Lambert's latest statement."As we've already outlined, releasing this music was always the plan. That plan was changed by Nineteen Recordings after Adam won America over with his extaordinary talent. It's a shame that his management/record company choose to disavow their clients work and discredit him as a songwriter. ... We apologize for what has become a tiresome tit for tat, particularly on a day that we mourn the loss of a truly original, game-changing entertainer - but unfortunately, each statement released in Adam's name contains a different story."Last month I was doing some innocent Adam Lambert Google sleuthing and I stumbled upon a couple of On With The Show tunes.“Kiss and Tell” could totally be a hit dance song and I think “Crawl Through The Fire” is channeling the classic rock goodness of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla.” Although I was disappointed with “Want,” I’m now excited to check out the rest of the tracks!Lambert’s debut album of new, post-“Idol” material is set for release this fall on 19 Recordings/RCA records. He’s working on the album with RedOne, the producer behind Lady Gaga hits such as “Poker Face,” “LoveGame” and “Just Dance.Click here for the TMZ article.Click here for the Usmagazine.com article.
|06/22/09 Adam Lambert Addresses “On With the Show” as “Want” Heads to iTunes UPDATE|
“Want,” the first single off a pre-Idol collection of songs sung by Adam Lambert titled On With the Show, will be available on iTunes starting tomorrow, June 23rd. On With The Show, which is due out later this summer — before Lambert’s official debut on 19 Recordings via RCA — features 11 tracks Lambert recorded during his three-year partnership with producer Malcolm Welsford and Wilshire Records, who will release the disc. A press release boasts that eight of the 11 songs on On With The Show were co-written by Lambert, and that the album features “recent tracks” recorded “over the course of 2007/2008, right before Lambert’s meteoric rise to prominence.” However, in a statement Lambert issued this weekend after “Want” hit the Internet, the Idol runner-up was quick to explain that — despite Wilshire’s claims — some of the recordings date back four years ago, and the songs don’t feature his songwriting. “Back in 2005, when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio,” Lambert said in the statement. “The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on. I’m thrilled to be working with some of today’s hottest songwriters and producers and can’t wait for people to hear what my music really sounds like.” As Rock Daily reported last week, Lambert has already drafted Lady Gaga producer RedOne to contribute tracks to his official debut album. (Check out photos from our Lambert cover shoot.) On With The Show and his fall debut disc might not be the only Glambert-related releases on the horizon: According to the Wilshire press release, the indie label has “two albums’ worth of material [Lambert] recorded.” According to MTV, neither Lambert nor Idol’s 19 Recordings are expected to take any legal action to prevent On With The Show’s release. As for what fans can expect from Lambert’s real debut, “My album is gonna be siiiiiiiiick,” Lambert said on his new Twitter account.
|06/22/09 `Idol' rat pack: 10 finalists prepare for tour |
By LYNN ELBER |AP Television Writer
BURBANK, Calif. - In a small, unadorned studio far removed from cameras, spotlights and songs ending with an instant review, the top 10 "American Idol" finalists are getting ready for a nationwide tour.
They're working on the intricacies of a group performance of "Don't Stop Believin'," with Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre singing and playing at dual pianos and the other eight, slouching comfortably on leather couches, adding their voices from the sidelines.
With so much behind them, and so much ahead, they manage to come across as friends who've gotten together for nothing more than a casual jam session.
"I'm not feeling the backup vocals," Danny Gokey offers at one point, after Adam Lambert notes that a transition in the reworked song is sounding awkward.
"I'm open to suggestions. It's very much a collaborative effort," responds musical director Dave Kochanski.
It's also, at least this morning, a relaxed one. At one point, Gokey delivers a full-blast note and, adding his own color commentary, declares the "crowd is in shock and awe." Later, the former Milwaukee church music director playfully exhorts the room, "If God's been good to you, I want you to say yeah!"
Kris Allen, the mellow Conway, Ark., contestant who came out on top, said he expects the tour that begins July 5 in Oregon to be a welcome contrast to the weekly show experience.
"The energy is going to be better on tour," Allen said, and it will be easier to loosen up and feed off the crowd's energy. And, he added, "no one's judging you."
"I'll be with my friends, have a good time. I'm really excited," he said.
There will be family as well as pals. Allison Iraheta, who at 17 must have an adult accompanying her, can count on her mother or sister being on hand. Lil Rounds of Memphis, Tenn., expects her husband and three children in visit her in a few cities. Same with Allen's wife, Katy, although "she's not following me around," he said.
At least three of the finalists will have more than the tour to think about: Allen, Iraheta and runner-up Lambert already have deals for albums.
How will Lambert, for one, manage to record and tour?
"You tell me," he responds, with an easy grin. "We're doing a lot of great preliminary work on the album right now. ... It's just double-duty, you know, multitasking."
He's co-writing material for the CD and is enthusiastic about working with RedOne, who's produced hits for Lady Gaga and Sean Kingston, as well as Greg Wells (his artist list includes Katy Perry, who played favorites on "Idol" by wearing a cape emblazoned with Lambert's name) and Ryan Tedder.
Lambert, whose powerful voice and glam style made him both an object of admiration and mystery during the Fox TV singing contest ("I know who I am" was the mantra he repeated to questions about his sexuality), said in a Rolling Stone cover story that he's gay.
During a break from the tour rehearsal, Lambert said although "I wear myself on my sleeve," he wanted to keep part of his life private as he introduced himself to the "Idol" audience.
"It's weird when you're all of a sudden thrust into the public spotlight. It's a hard road to navigate," he said, and "you have to protect certain parts of yourself and see how it's going to play out. ... I really wanted people to identify with my entertainment before my personal life. I wanted people to enjoy my performances and get on board."
"Now that some people have, I feel more free to become personal," he said.
Iraheta, who calls her "Slow Ride" duet with Lambert a personal "highlight" of the contest, said the pair, both of Los Angeles, have been talking about recording a song together.
"I'm definitely down for that ... that would be so much fun," Iraheta said with a grin.
She's also upbeat about something else: Getting rid of her braces.
"There's just one sucker, a tooth in the middle, that just doesn't want to get straight," she says. "But I'm just tired of the braces so I'm probably gonna get them out before we hit the first venue."
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Apparently American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert recorded an album in 2007 and 2008, before anyone had ever heard of him. Now, not shockingly, somebody is trying to cash in with these early recordings. A label called Hi Fi Recordings/Wilshire Records has just released a "single," called "Want," from the sessions, and an album, On With the Show, is due out later this summer.Check out the song below, then let us know what you think. Is this nothing more than a cheap cash-in? Or can you never have enough Adam Lambert?
John Hecker, CEO of Hi Fi Recordings, said Friday that the tracks were recorded in 2007 and 2008.
"We were presented with a business opportunity," said Hecker. "We accepted because Wilshire Records had a long working relationship with Adam, and it resulted in excellent music that they had the rights to. The music has an audience, and it deserves to be heard." Hecker said Wilshire Records approached Hi Fi Recordings about releasing the material earlier this year when Lambert was gaining success on the show. He said the album will feature 11 or 12 songs, many of which were co-written by Lambert.
He described "On with the Show" as a "complete album" that would include mid- and up-tempo songs, ballads and rock tunes.
UPDATE: Lambert has just released a statement responding to the release of this new song:
"Back in 2005 when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio. The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on. I'm thrilled to be working with some of today's hottest songwriters and producers and can't wait for people to hear what my music really sounds like."