Adam Lambert can now add a Queen Las Vegas residency to his impressive list of achievements after completing a 10-day run with the legendary Brit rockers.
And with that wrapped up, the American Idol alumnus is now turning his attention back to his new music (and acting).
With Adam’s last album coming out over three years ago, fans are eagerly awaiting something fresh from the superstar vocalist – and the long wait is nearly over.
“I’ve been working on it for over a year, maybe even two and a half years but now it’s really entering the final stages and it’s all coming into focus, so that feels really nice,” he tells us in his dressing room at the Park Theatre in Las Vegas just a few hours before he’s due to join Roger Taylor and Brian May on stage.
The singer, 36, remains coy about potential collaborations, but does agree a duet with arguably his biggest fan – former Take That star Robbie Williams – has been a long time coming. So will this album be the album?
“Nothing has happened but it definitely could make sense at this point,” he smiles. “We haven’t talked about it, him and I, but I would definitely be honoured.”
New X Factor judge Robbie has been dishing out glowing shout outs for years now. After watching him live earlier this month, Robbie described the American Idol runner-up as “an absolute god when it comes to performance and vocally".
And the feeling is mutual, with Adam telling us: “Isn’t he so sweet? Every time I’m like, ‘Oh Robbie’. He’s such a down to earth guy. He’s so, so sweet.
“What I like about him as a fellow artist is that he’s so inquisitive. He’s got a lot of questions; he wants to understand things and people. I love that about him. I think he’s really cool. He’s a curious creative.”
Though one artist who probably won’t be appearing on the album is Adam’s good friend Sam Smith.
“If he has any time,” Adam laughs. “He’s so f**king busy!”
A lot has happened since the singer released The Original High in 2015, and he reveals the upcoming record is going to surprise the Glamberts.
“The album is a slightly different sound from what people may have heard from me before. My experience touring with Queen and the stuff I’ve gone through in my personal life – the good, bad, weird. It’s all kind of added to my point of view on it.
“I’ve grown up a bit and you can hear it in the music. It’s a good reflection of where I’m at.”
When pressed for a release date, Adam says in an "ideal world" something will be out before the end of the year.
As well as working on his album and touring with Queen, he’s also been busy with a number of acting projects, including a part in an animated movie and also another secret TV project.
“I want to get more into it,” he admits. The two projects I’m talking about I had so much fun. It was such a breath of fresh air.”
It’s been almost 10 years since Adam was runner-up on American Idol behind Kris Allen – a name some won’t even remember now. He’s succeeded where so many of his talent show peers haven’t. What’s his key to longevity in such a brutal industry?
“I’m never satisfied. I always want more. I always want to do something new and simply put, it’s what I love. When I get on stage I feel more comfortable there than I do in many social situations. I feel like that’s my purpose.
“It’s the thing I can contribute, you know? I don’t know if I have anything else I feel that way about in my life.”
Laughing, he adds: “Except the shoes.”
Adam also discusses how open he has been about his sexuality and how accepting the industry has become towards gay artists since he appeared on American Idol in 2009.
“When I came onto the scene after Idol it was definitely an interesting landscape that I didn’t quite know how to maneuver because there weren’t a lot of examples before me," he says.
"You have legacy artists that have since come out during their careers, like Elton and Freddie Mercury later on, although Freddie didn’t really come out fully until he was nearly gone.
“So there was no real blueprint on how to do that as an openly gay artist, so there was some trial and error.”
But Adam insists he wouldn’t have done anything differently.
“I’ve stuck to that mission and I think I’m lucky I’ve maintained enough of a career to be here in 2018 where the tides have turned a lot and it’s now not such a taboo thing. As far as the industry is concerned, they’re looking at it and going ‘this is doable now’. It’s not something they’re as scared of.
“And same thing with the public. The public are like ‘we’re understanding the diversity available to us as an audience and you don’t have to be gay to like a gay artist’, because ultimately music is music and the human experience is the human experience.”
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