Adam Lambert Interviewed by NPR for Story on Freddie Mercury – Another Sign That He’s “Arrived!”

National Public Radio (NPR) has published an on-air and a written story about Freddie Mercury of Queen. And who was one of the sources they used? None other than Adam Lambert! It’s a tremendous compliment and even more, it’s solid affirmation that he’s respected by the mainstream media and that Adam is someone to be taken seriously.

The following is the first part of the story, but go here for the complete story, plus you can hear the radio version and its transcript, where they interview Adam about Freddie. Today is a perfect day to post this, because it would have been Freddie’s 64th birthday! Happy Birthday Freddie!!


Click here for another NPR article quoting Adam on Freddie Mercury. It was probably from the same interview.

I wonder if he’s being sourced for high school and college papers yet?


~ Carol ~

From NPR on August 30, 2010:
Freddie Mercury chose a stage name in perfect harmony with his voice.
The mercurial rock star and lead singer of Queen was born Farrokh Bulsara on the East African island of Zanzibar on Sept. 5, 1946. The Bulsaras were Parsi — a group with ties to ancient Persia. Both his parents were from India.
The film Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story portrays him as an artist who mastered his craft in the West, but came of age in the East. To hear it in Mercury’s music, director Rudi Dolezal points to the song “Mustapha,” from Queen’s album Jazz.
“If you listen to a song like ‘Mustapha,’ you think this is very strange,” says Dolezal. “What kind of cultural influences, where does it come from?”
“If you know that Freddie was born in Zanzibar, then went to India, then came to London, which was like a culture shock, then you can see that it was multiculturalism that was combined in Freddie Mercury and the way he used his voice,” Dolezal says.
Mercury’s voice was untrained and unpredictable, sometimes soaring from an earthy baritone to a wild but heavenly tenor.
“It’s supersexy,” says American Idol star Adam Lambert. He spent hours upon hours listening to Queen, trying to figure out how Mercury did it. And when he auditioned for Idol, he sang Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“Freddie’s voice has so much texture to it,” Lambert says. “He kind of grabs at everything, he squeezes it.”

Again, you can get the whole story here.

About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)


  1. Thanks Carol, i had read the interview but really enjoyed hearing it!!!

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  3. Adam Lambert is not only an extraordinary singer , King of Voice but also an extremely articulate speaker .
    However, using the words ‘ kind of ‘ and ‘ like ‘ in his expressions , quite often spoken or written denotes hesitation or uncertainty . But I know Adam does not hesitate in whatever he wants to get across to his ever so admiring audiences . I think it’s more of habit in the use of the mentioned words.

  4. I created designer T-shirts inspired by Adam that I am selling. I gave Adam 2 on tour last Aug. & he loved them. He signed mine on ME! If interested, you can email me at and I can email pics & info.

  5. I must confess I had to look up Freddie Mercury on you tube to hear him sing. I was shocked that Adams voice is 100 times better than Freddie. I can see why Adam liked his uniqueness and inovations with wardrobe. So instead of using Freddie for his role model, I think he could do just about anything he wanted and would be himself instead of a Freddy Mercury copy.

    • now you know why when adam was singing with queen on idol final…brian may…looked at him when adam went way high…shook his head in amazement…adam is much better…not to mention better looking and more stable….

      • You’re wrong, Adam La fan of his for a reason.
        Freddy Mercury the greatest rock singer of all time.
        I love you , Adam !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Glamourclamor says:

    Adam has arrived so many times, he needs a train pass! Only kidding, but this is one more spoke in the circle of artist life for him. He is building and building, and it’s all good. I think we pretty much knew he had really arrived when he cut his hair and it went viral. Not sure any other Idol could garner so much press over a hair buzz. So happy IIHY doing well! We must vote more. Just a thought–it’s hard to vote for any length of time, not to mention boring. I start thinking of writing blogs or posts about Adam when I vote and before I know it a half hour has gone by. I vote twice a day, so of course, don’t use much of what I’m composing in my head, only bits and pieces. What’s Up with VH1????

    • FINALLY heard IIHY on the radio last night!!! Got so excited, I started jumping up and down! Made me soooo happy! Bout time they started playing it!

      • They are playing it a lot here on our most popular pop station…i know…when i hear it i start jumping around…such a fun…great song!!

    • gotta vote more than twice a day…i average 10 to twenty…..i also hear …you need to vote by wed. end…that the website cuts off votes by end of that day for that week..even though it is suppose to go through fri….

  7. I love Adam Lambert is so good.!!!
    He is extraordinary singer.

  8. Have you guys heard Adam is coming to Auckland NZ. I am also going to Sydney with my daughter so excited.

    • I am so Happy for all of you!! I know there is so much love for Adam Down Under. (no pun intended)
      I am also on the Glambword site ( as lizard eyes ) and I am also happy that since they changed venues people now get to bring their kids! Like Lisa can now bring her little Adam to see Adam!

  9. GLAMB#577 ElianeBrasil says:

    Hi / Oi
    Excuse me for write about other subject here and
    Let me apologize if I’ll be wrong but I think that IIHY is the same of days 8/31 and 9/1.
    Just look his hair and you see other side and
    if watch both videos (8/31 and 9/1) you see same video.
    Kisses / beijos
    (sorry my english)

  10. I was a big Freddie Mercury and Queen fan. My favorite video of all time happens to be Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. It is an awesome video!

    OT: Have any of you seen John Quale aka Prince Poppycock. His style reminds me of Adam. John has taken America’s Got Talent by storm the way Adam Lambert took AI by storm. John is all the rage right now. He’s also a cutie…hmmm, I wonder if Adam has seen him.

    • Sally,
      I”ve also fallen for the Prince! And I realize that it’s partly due to Adam. What I like most about Prince Poppycock is to see how committed he is to his character. Like Adam, I could watch the Prince all night. It’s clear that Adam has made enormous headway in the acceptance of gays in mainstream entertainment. He has so much to be proud of.

  11. He is so getting bigge. Anway I watching some YouTube videos of his Dallas concert. Omfg. It is so hot and the picture and sound is so awesome everyone will die. I can’t believe I missed it. I am 40 mins away. Stupid driving school. Had to do that. How I wish I would have been there. And ps to everything there was a hot kiss and a lot of teasing in this concert

  12. I need my fellow glambs to pass the word…go to VH1 today and vote for If I Had You…It was number 14 last week…first time out of top ten…lets keep it there till his next single or video release guys!!

    Good news ….my local very popular pop station is now playing IIHY everyday…..I coach in the evenings a couple nights a week and starting about three weeks ago this station started playing it…..It is big now in this area….Love Adam…I saw the Dallas encore…was my dream in Raleigh for him to do these two songs…but not…oh well…He is winding down is US tour…will soon leave for overseas…This means he is getting ready I wager to lengthen his set list for his mega concerts overseas…I here they are near sold out too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Adam Lambert BETTER than Freddy Mercury? Now I’ve read it all!

  14. Freddie Mercury & Adam Lambert the best singers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!