Multi-platinum selling pop superstar and Queen’s frontman, Adam Lambert, stars on the cover of the Summer Issue of Attitude Magazine. After the recent announcement of the Queen + Adam Lambert’s Las Vegas Residency, “The Crown Jewels,” Adam is back in the UK this month joining the world’s greatest rock band on their European tour. The superstar, who has sold in excess of 1 million albums worldwide and was the first out gay man to score a number 1 Billboard album, speaks exclusively to Attitude about what Freddie Mercury’s legacy means to younger LGBT+ artists today, his own experience of expressing his sexuality in today’s music industry, his new solo music and the hugely successful Queen + Adam Lambert partnership. 



On his new solo music:
“Obviously Queen really inspired me. I don’t think this album is genre-specific. I think there are a lot of different influences on it. There’s rock, there’s FUNK, there’s soul, there’s disco, Seventies singer-songwriter pop and some Eighties flavours, too. That being said, there are a lot of modern influences as well, so it’s sort of a fusion.”

On taking advice from Queen:

“To be myself and not to try to emulate Freddie. At first I would try to hit the same notes and runs, then I learned to just sing the songs as they work for me, and in my style.”

On Freddie Mercury being ‘closeted’:

“I don’t know how “in the closet” Freddie actually was. I mean it was like another time where it was just taboo to even discuss it in the media. I think it might have been interpreted as him being tongue-in-cheek, but he sort of owned it from the get-go. There were interviews where they were asking if he was gay and he was like, “Yeah as a daffodil… gay as a daffodil.” And I don’t know if they thought because he was being flippant about it that he wasn’t being serious. But he never really said, “No, I’m not.”

On expressing his sexuality in the music industry:

“It has never been: “These are the rules.” It’s more about the struggle and the stress of what will and will not connect, and that has changed since I started out : As a pop artist you want people to relate to you and then at some point I had to just balance all of that out with who I actually am, as an artist, as somebody who wants to express himself.”



Attitude Magazine Credits:

Adam Lambert is photographed by Austin Hargrave at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Styled by Joseph Kocharian

Words by Cliff Joannou