Adam Lambert: Backstage At L.A.’s Staples Center
The backstage press area at L.A.'s Staples Center the day of the Idols Live concert just may have been THE most chaotic setting in which I have ever conducted--or attempted to conduct--an interview. It seemed like every Hollywood media type who'd ever so much as TiVo'd half an episode of American Idol was there, all at once, all interviewing all 10 Idols at the same time. It was pitchy in that noisy room!
And of course, the room's buzz only grew buzzier when superstar Adam Lambert sashayed through the door (he and Kris Allen were the last to arrive). Everyone understandably wanted a piece of the Glamerican Idol, but luckily I got him first, before the media frenzy became too crazy.
Naturally, one of my main concerns was that Adam be heard over the din. This meant maneuvering my internally-mic'd camera quite near his famous face, which rendered him a little skittish (a rarity for this confidence king!) and resulted in some pre-interview joking during which he vainly cowered from my tight-focused camera lens. But Adam needn't have worried: As you see from the clip below, he looked as fabulous as always. His makeup was impeccably applied and he was more than ready for his closeup.
So once we agreed on a suitably flattering camera angle, Adam and I enjoyed a quick pre-concert chat that, at one point, thrillingly included him singing me a snippet of his unofficial "theme song." I'll never hear that sexy tune again without thinking of The Glambert...and my guess is neither will his fans.
Here's the video of our conversation; I've also included a handy transcript of the entire interview to help you follow along, in case the audio isn't great...although Adam is quite audible because his theater background has definitely taught him how (in his own words) to "project":
ADAM: [as I move camera close enough so he can be heard] Don't get too close! I'll project!
REALITY ROCKS: Okay... [positioning camera by his face]
ADAM: That's CLOSE!
REALITY ROCKS: Does that work for you? [Adam winces and backs away, jokingly] Seriously, you look fine!
ADAM: [laughs, moves closer]
ADAM: Yeah! [laughs]
REALITY ROCKS: Because I was excited! So how are the fans out there reacting to it?
ADAM: I think people are really enjoying the Muse song. It's beautiful, and it's a nice contrast, too, out of the first song of my set, which is Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." So we go from, like, crazy/sexy hard rock into a kind of ethereal...I don't know how you'd describe it, like an ethereal modern rock. You know, it's a nice transition.
REALITY ROCKS: I think you're actually doing some good PR for Muse, because it seems like a lot of people are discovering them because of you.
ADAM: Well, I think the Twilight soundtrack did the biggest thing for them, in actuality, but I hope so. I think they're definitely a band that everybody needs to hear, and they should be huge.
REALITY ROCKS: Yes, they should! All right, I'm going to ask a couple questions that people have tweeted me that they want to know. They want to know how you feel about things like bras and stuff being thrown onstage...