To the glam rocker, Adam Lambert, the frontman of the legendary band, Queen for eight or so years now. The British band will be playing New York’s, Central Park on Saturday and headlining the Global Citizen Festival that aims to eradicate extreme poverty by rounding up support for its cause.
His view of the band’s growth
Lambert had quite a lot of things to say about how ‘Queen’ has grown and its influence on his life and opinions.
According to him, Queen has an aura of unity and empowerment. Which is very much true, the band has been a beacon of inspiration and hope for many over the years.
To summarize, “I think a lot of the Queen songs kind of boil down to that — they leave people feeling stronger and prouder.”, he said.
The band has gained more recognition among the younger generation due to the Oscar-winning film, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ The mercurial performer added that the working with the band has “stretched” him as an artist. He has grown to appeal to the older fans of the band along with the younger newer fans, through his solos.
The singer further spoke about how Freddie Mercury, former lead vocalist of the band, inspired him to be bold and unique with his style and song-writing. “He was not afraid to be big...He was over the top visually and sonically,” Lambert voiced. “He wasn’t afraid — he wasn’t even trying to fit into something.” The performer has “mad respect” for the late singer and would never try to imitate him. Says it would be “disrespectful to his memory.”
‘Queen’ had, three decades ago, hed performed an electrifying transatlantic charity concert in Live Aid 1985. The Global Citizen Festival will be their first headlining performance since then.
Adam also mentioned how he has become more interested in politics recently. “I hope that there are a lot of other people in that same boat because we’re looking at, in my opinion… a really negative time in US politics“. He hopes that there will be more involvement of the people in the 2020 elections.
Being an LGBTQ+ rights advocate, Lambert said, “those of us that are representing certain identities, I think it’s really important to sort of back that up with some real talk and real action.”
He went on to talk about how today’s music industry is more open to exploring unique ideas and acts. Authenticity matters more than it ever has and how music not just about marketability solely but much more.
His newly released project ‘Velvet: Side A,’ he considers it his most authentic work yet. “music that wasn’t me trying to play a game or trying to chase anything.” He laughed and continued, “It was like ‘I’m gonna do what the hell I want to do. And obviously the door is wide open, and everyone’s welcome to come to the party, but it’s my party.”
This confidence that has arisen in the artist is genuinely refreshing to observe. It showcases not only his development but that of the mindset of the music industry as well. It’s safe to say there is progress being made.