Adam Lambert Interview: Queen ‘Golden’ recordings and eye make-up


Adam Lambert took part a telephone interview to Australia earlier this week (27 May). He chatted to Jonesy & Amanda about his first experiences meeting and performing with Queen on AI, leading to a small tour 2 years ago, how he found the guys and working with them – and now going into a much bigger tour, landing in Australia in August. Discussesd eye make-up and whether Queen might mix him into any remaining Freddie Mercury recordings…


TRANSCRIPT continues below….

Adam Lambert Interview With Jonesy and Amanda On WSFM 101.7 – 2014 – 05 – 27

INTERVIEW by Jonesy & Amanda (27 MAY)
with Adam Lambert as he prepares for the Once In A Lifetime Tour with Queen

TRANSCRIPT: by Jen Tunney:

AMANDA: Well it’s for the first time in 30 years when Queen tour Australia later this year with Adam Lambert joining them on stage. Adam rose to fame after being runner up on American Idol, but went on to win great accolades. I think he’s probably one of the most successful Idol performers ever. “What Do You Want From Me”, “If I Had You”. He’s got a new album out. It’s all happening for Adam and he’s joining us right now

JONESY: Basically, how good is he?

AMANDA: How good is he? Let’s let him tell us. Good day Adam, how are you?

ADAM: Good day. How are you? I feel good. I do feel good.

AMANDA: Were you a Queen fan? I know you sang “Bohemian Rhapsody” when you auditioned for Idol, but have Queen always been in your blood?

AL: You know, I didn’t quite know them when I was a kid, but I think I discovered them a little later and fell in love. I think the first time I heard a Queen song and really asked ‘Who is that?” was when I saw Wayne’s World, when I was a kid, and they had “Bohemian Rhapsody” in there, and then over they years I’ve started falling in love with classic rock – I mean between Freddie’s voice, and songwriting and the guitar work, they’re like one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

JONESY: What’s your favourite Queen song that you just love singing? AL: You know, it’s really… I think it changes, you know, every time I’m on stage. but I really love “Another One Bites The Dust”. That’s one of my favourites.

AMANDA: I just thought you went off when you sang “Fat Bottomed Girls” I love that when I saw you perform in Idol.

AL: That’s a lot of fun, yeah, that’s a fun one.

AMANDA: What are the other guys like? How was that when you met them.

AL: They’re amazing and you know, and I had a feeling when I met them doing the Idol… (unclear?) They actually came and were invited to play “We Are The Champions” for like the finale and I sang with them then. That’s when I first met, and then we did a couple of little things here and there and [ended up] two years ago doing a small tour of Europe and the UK, and going into that touring situation, I didn’t know what to think. I thought, you know, I hope that they like me. I hope that I do them proud, you know. I think that was what I was most concerned about. They’re awesome. They’re very warm and they’re paternal and they’re very very giving and I think they just have a lot of joy when they’re on stage. They love being up there and playing their music and connecting with their fans. It’s quite pure. It’s great.

JONESY: And there was so much work left from Freddie. Before he died he recorded so much stuff. Have they thought about mixing you in with any of his stuff?

AL: Oh no, you know, I don’t know. You know to me it’s a fine line between collaborating and bringing things into this generation and keeping things classic and pure and I, I dunno how I feel about that. I think that would be a little odd. I think the recordings that they have are golden. Amazing recordings, and I wouldn’t want to mess up that.

JONESY: Well we’re looking forward to you coming. My wife is such a fan. She thinks that you are the hottest guy in the world and she loves your eye make-up. Seriously, she’s always, “Can you put some eye make-up on?” and I said “I don’t know if I’m an eye make-up guy.” But she loves your eye make-up.

AL: You know, I have to say, I’ve kind of retired it.

JONESY: What! You’ve retired the eye make-up! She’ll be devastated. AL: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I haven’t been wearing it that much for the last year.

AMANDA: Ah, well she’ll still recognise you hopefully, ‘cos you’ll be fronting Queen.

AL: (Laughing) Oh – that’s funny.

JONESY: We’re looking forward to Queen with Adam Lambert August 26th, All Phones Arena… tickets go on sale tomorrow. Go to for information. Adam Lambert, thank you

ADAM: Thank you. I can’t wait to see you guys. J

ONESY: How good is that?

AMANDA: Isn’t he sweet?