The media blitz has begun, and here is one of the first interviews that Adam has done to promote his, ONLY 2 DAYS AWAY, Glam Nation Tour!! I must keep breathing, I must keep breathing…
Adam Lambert Talks To Media About His Upcoming Tour
Robin Thibault / Wednesday, 02 June 2010 15:37
Adam Lambert’s much anticipated tour, “Glam Nation” kicks off this Friday in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Today, he did a conference call with the media to talk about what fans can except. AINow’s Renee Snyder was part of that call.
Adam on the tour:
He says the show itself is being visually inspired by turn-of-the-century New Orleans meets psychedelic classic rock. He is working with Skingraft Designs for the costumes. As of now, there are no collaborations expected on tour right now. There will be 2 surprise covers, but Adam won’t dish. He wants them to be a surprise! There is not a set plan to change the show, but there will be shifts in song selection. This will mostly be during the big acoustic section in the middle of the show. This section may vary from night to night, week to week.
People that were uncomfortable at the AMAs will definitely be comfortable at this show. The concert is sexy, but if anybody thought that (the AMA performance) was not tasteful, this is tasteful.
He tried to give the show a world to exist in, and a reason why each song comes next. He fell love again with his song “Voodoo” and realized that all of his songs could live in that world: turn-of-the-century New Orleans meets modern New Orleans, voodoo, crystal ball, magic. There is also a lot of psychedelic, classic rock visual references (people like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Keith Richards that have inspired the look and the feel of the show).
For this tour, he honed in on the spiritual quality of performance. There is something magical that happens between you and an audience when you’re really connected. My fans are very passionate about what I do, and now that I’ve gotten to know them, the show is really built for the fans, the people that have been so supportive.
In the show, there is a really strong message of love. “From the top of the show, I am inviting the audience to take a journey with me through this kind of emotional thematic world. The beginning of the show is more about seduction, mystery, intrigue and sexiness. The midpoint of the show is heartbreak and vulnerability. The latter half of the show is celebration, joy, love and connection.”
This tour gives him more freedom than the last tour and when he was on American Idol. Most of the people coming to his show are fans and are aware of his music and his career so there are not many first impressions that he’s making. But that is a bit of a challenge because he needs to reinvent songs. There is less pressure to prove anything and more of an opportunity to create something.
Adam did have a hand in choosing the opening acts for the tour. Allison was one of the options and he said he definitely wanted to go with her because she is incredibly talented and he wants more and more people to be aware of her music because it’s awesome. He had already met Orianthi and he thought she would be a good counterpart.
Adam on his biggest influences:
As far as influences, this tour was definitely influenced by the big pop tours, such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paula Abdul – people that put on a show with a visual and a story and a theme. They reinterpret a song both visually and musically to give a context. His background in musical theater really helped him a lot with the tour. It’s first and foremost about the music, but he also wants to give people something to look at, giving them a reason why each song is next in the set.
Adam on his next single:
With regard to future singles, Adam was asked if Fever will ever be a single and whether the male pronoun could have an impact on that. “The male pronoun is definitely a little bit of a red flag, but we haven’t talked about it yet…we have to see how the feel is in the market, what the trends are, what would be the best choice for me career wise and strategically.”
Adam on his first album:
When asked if he was required to conform when making his album, Adam laughed, “Clearly, conformity really isn’t my thing!” As an artist and a business person, he made music that has a mass appeal quality to it and some music on the album that’s a little more specific. He felt like people were expecting something. Even though he performed a lot of classic rock on American Idol and he is fond of it, in the challenge of making new music and coming up with his own music, he wanted to do his brand of pop music and do something a little bit different. When making the album, he learned the most from Linda Perry. She has a really strong personality and reminded him that he is in the position to make commercial pop music but that he also set himself up to make something different. That encouraged him to have a balance of music on the album that included music that’s more accessible and music that’s more experimental.
Adam on a second album:
With regards to a second album, it will be even better, because he will have more time to work on it. Plus, having been on the road, he’s learned about audience expectations and will be more artistically educated the next time around. Adam doesn’t expect to start working on the second album until around January.
Adam on Idol Finale:
He was not invited to perform. When they did the tribute song for Simon, it was originally just supposed to be the winners singing. But then they invited all of the idols that attended to sing as well. It was all very last minute. Had he known, he might have rethought his attendance. It was a miscommunication, there was no drama or hard feelings.
Adam on his image:
He classifies his image as glam rock. There’s the 70s glam, the 80s glam, and right now for the tour, he’s going for a look that is really inspired by “psychedelic rock star” blended with “steam punk,” which is Victorian era fashion mixed with modern elements. Punk rock mixed with retro kind of historical clothing. Skingraft is designing a lot of custom pieces for the tour.
With regards to his sexual preferences, Adam wanted his career to be an open book. He’s always rolled his eyes at celebrities keeping secrets and trying to put forth an image that is manufactured. He wanted to be who he wanted to be because it would be easier. He figured people knew about his sexual preference based on his history in LA as a performance artist and being somebody out and about so he figured he would own it. He’s proud of it. “If the audience doesn’t like my sexuality, then they can find some other artist to look at.”
Adam on his journey from ‘Idol’ to now:
He was asked what his been the most amazing part of his experience so far. Adam says, “It’s all been pretty fuckin’ amazing!” He thinks that getting to conceptualize his first headlining tour is a dream come true. He thinks his album is really strong and he loves all the music on it. And performing on stage is what he is best at