Adam Lambert: His Concert, Two New Songs, ‘Rocky Horror’, And His Friendship With Kesha: Idolator Interview & Concert Review



I've always been impressed with Adam Lambert and how he handles himself in his interviews.  Often, his answers are so open and honest, you get to know him on a deeper level.  He recently phoned up and let us all know about his upcoming life adventures.

It was the day after Adam’s Idol gig when we hopped on the phone to discuss “Welcome To The Show.” It turns out he’s got another new collaborative song about to drop “any minute,” called “Can’t Go Home.” Lambert also gave insight into why he opted to not to take the lead Rocky Horror role of Frank-N-Furter, which he says he was originally approached for. (He’ll instead be playing Eddie.) And while the singer chose not to comment on anything regarding Dr. Luke, a producer he worked with on his albums For Your Entertainment and Trespassing, he did speak fondly of his peer and former labelmate Kesha. –

Here are a couple of the interview questions Robbie Daw asked Adam Lambert. 

You’re such a busy guy. You also have more shows with Queen coming up, correct?
AL: Yeah, this summer. It goes one right into another. I finish here in the States at the beginning of April. We do our two back-to-back L.A. shows and then I literally leave the next day to go film Rocky Horror in Canada. And then right after that I jump over to Europe and we do the UK and European dates for the solo tour for about a month or so. And then I go right into Queen. We’re doing a bunch of big festivals all over Europe.

Are you currently learning your lines as Eddie for Rocky Horror?

AL: You know, he doesn’t really have a lot of dialogue! It’s a really fun part because it’s very much a cameo. They actually asked me early on — this is sometime last year — to look at the role of Frank-N-Furter. I was really flattered, and I thought, yeah, that could be quite fun. But [with my] schedule, [it was] just not looking likely. And on a side note, I kind of felt like in 2016, to be cis and playing the role of a trans character, it felt inappropriate to me. In the ’70s, it was different. But nowadays we have such an amazing conversation that’s started about trans and gender in this world. I think casting Laverne [Cox] was so brilliant. It’s so appropriate, you know what I mean? And to re-imagine [the character], as well, because she’s entirely different. So I said no, but when they started announcing the cast, I said, “Wait a minute — what about Eddie? I wanna play Eddie! I could do that — that’s like one song. Let me just come in and do a bit part!” Because I really, really wanted to be a part of it. I’m a big fan of the original movie, and [director] Kenny Ortega’s a lovely guy. And then I heard that Cisco Adler was producing the music and thought, oh, this is gonna be good. So, I went in and I recorded my songs already. I did my vocals, and they turned out really cool. Now I’m going in for a week in April, in Toronto, to film.

Will we actually see you on a motorcycle in your scene?
AL: You might! [Laughs]

To go back to Laverne and the reason you didn’t take the role of Frank-N-Furter, it is very cool that we’re living in a day and age where we can have the authenticity of watching an actual trans actor play a trans character, and viewers will accept that.
AL: You know, I thought to myself, my friends that are trans — how are they going to feel about casting a non-trans person saying, “I’m a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania”? It’s dicey. I think they made a really bold, refreshing choice on that. It’s very forward-thinking and it feels very right now, which is going to make this remake really interesting. –

For the complete interview, head over to and see what else Adam Lambert had to say to Robbie Daw, like his new singles and his partnering up with Kesha.

I was fortunate enough to attend Adam Lambert's Original High concert last weekend in Hollywood, Florida at the Hard Rock Casino.  To my surprise Alex Newell, Unique from GLEE, opened for the American Idol alum.  Alex, and his very sexy drummer and keyboard player rocked the stage with about 6 songs.  The two older couples behind us didn't know who Alex was so we had to fill them in.  Bravo Alex. 

When Adam came out, the crowd was ready and he put on a great show.  He did most of his great hits and even "Mad World," one of my favorite songs from his time on American Idol.  Whomever designed the stage really put the color factor on level 11.  It was visually stimulating and kept you looking everywhere.


One mistake we did was looking at the setlist from other venues.  We counted about 5 or 6 songs (someone said 8)  that we did not get to hear in his hour and 20 minute performance.  The biggest one we did not get to hear was one of his Queen covers.  Depending on what venue you go to, you may hear him sing 14 to 19 songs, some with an encore, some without.  We waited for the encore, but when stage hands started pulling down the sets and the house lights came on, we knew it was time to go home disappointed.  Orlando didn't receive an encore either. 

It was a great show and what he sang was excellent, but who doesn't do an encore?  Garth Brooks did 3, with one of them being all on his own when he sang 5 songs.  Adam, we love yah, but give us an encore!

Did you see Adam Lambert: Original High?  What did you think?

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