NME.com has a fun game they play with various rock stars, and this week was Adam Lambert’s turn. Some of these questions were pretty tough – how many can you get right?
After answering the questions, Adam gave some extra info from the point in question.
~ Carol ~
Posted from Gary Ryan at NME.com
In Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?!, we quiz a grizzled artist on their own career to see how much they can remember – and find out if the booze, loud music and/or tour sweeties has knocked the knowledge out of them. This week: pop star and Queen’s current frontman Adam Lambert.
“Justin Hawkins from The Darkness and Matthew Bellamy from Muse.”
“It was a whirlwind. The album was put together quickly after American Idol, and my A&R was reaching out and getting these incredible tracks. I wasn’t in the room when they were written. Justin wrote ‘Music Again’ and Matthew wrote ‘Soaked’, and I fell in love with both songs. I was a fan of both their bands, and was blown away they’d want me to do it. I later met Matthew Bellamy quickly at a festival after-party in 2014 – he was nice. I ended up writing with Justin a couple of years later. Actually, [Queen drummer] Roger Taylor’s son, Rufus, is now the drummer in The Darkness so we’ve crossed paths a lot now.”
Lady Gaga is also a writer on that record…
“She’s great. We worked on the song ‘Fever’ literally the day after she wrapped the ‘Bad Romance’ video. She came to the studio session in this crazy newsprint coat and all she had on underneath was lingerie – which was fabulous and very rock’n’roll! It turned out it was the jacket she wore in the video – she just took it from the set and wore it to the studio.”
“Which I found out later is a song title off her album. I’d met Taylor a couple of times before, but that video was a last-minute thing. We were both on The Ellen Show that day recording, and she came into my dressing room, said hi, we made small talk, then she said: ‘Hey, we’re doing this thing in 20 minutes right around the corner – do you want to be in it?’. And I said sure!”
The video proved divisive, with some claiming it was culturally tone-deaf to equate homophobia with online haters or a spat that you’ve had with another pop star…
“Well at the end of the day, if you get everybody talking, you’ve done your job in the pop world. Being polarising when you’re at that level can be helpful for your career. You know, I definitely could see both sides of the argument that was coming out but I think the big thing to keep in mind was that she was calling people to action – there was a big petition [in support of the Equality Act] that she was urging people to sign that was actually going to do something. So it wasn’t something that was only for commercial gain, there was actual social change being encouraged – and I appreciated and respected that.”
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