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ADAM LAMBERT

THE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED ADAM LAMBERT IS PUTTING FREDDIE’S KITTEN HEELS BACK IN THE CLOSET AND SLIPPING INTO HIS CREEPERS FOR A THIRD ALBUM, THE ORIGINAL HIGH, TAILOR-MADE FOR A ‘POST-GAY’ WORLD

PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSEPH SINCLAIR

FASHION: JOSEPH KOCHARIAN

Killer

ADAM WEARS T-SHIRT BY DIOR HOMME; BRACELET BY SHAMBALLA JEWELS

Queen

Adam Lambert – commended replacement of the hitherto irreplaceable Freddie Mercury – is due to meet me in the lobby of the Corinthia Hotel London any minute. I’ve been sitting inconspicuously at a table underneath the resplendent Baccarat chandelier – in the midst of such stars as Rebel Wilson and the Japanese Prime Minister, no less – wearing a pair of the most heavy-duty headphones his publicist could find, plugged into the eccentrically-cased iPhone that can only belong to one man. On it are four titleless tracks from his eagerly anticipated third album, handpicked and arranged in a Lambert-curated order for my listening pleasure.

With production duo Max Martin and Shellback at the helm of this project, new music will come as a delightfully catchy shock to a UK audience who, for the most part, familiarised themselves with Adam as the beguiling new frontman of rock legends Queen on their televised New Year’s Eve show and the tour that followed. The camp glam-rock he became known for as a solo-artist on American Idol and the two albums that proceeded to top charts in the States has been reigned in to make way for a sound that’s sure to slot in seamlessly alongside popular music this side of the pond, and despite reluctance from his PR team to even hint at it, I get a pretty good sense of the lead single that’ll break that trans-Atlantic seal in the very first track I’m played.

Lyrically, Adam’s new music sticks to his ‘post-gay’ ethos, referencing samesex love and lust but still equally relatable to 16-year-old girls in Mississippi as 30-something gay Londoners, in much the same way as Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour. I made the hasty presumption when I first heard the album title, The Original High, that it took its name from the drug high he once told a journalist he’d had at Burning Man Festival in Nevada back in 2008, where, on a bus with a flamethrower wielded on top, he experimented with ‘certain funguses’, had a psychedelic experience and came to the realisation he had to make his dreams happen by trying out for the U.S. talent show that saw him rise to fame. I’d shortly find out that there are a few more dimensions to it than that.

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The latest Attitude is a glam rock spectacular with America’s biggest gay singer Adam Lambert on the cover, chatting about everything from working with Queen to his new solo material, and what he thinks of taking on Sam Smith in the charts and homophobia. We also have the only interview with former Westlife star Mark Feehily who opens up for the first time about his troubled dark years to re-emerge as a very different kind of solo artist. As we approach the General Election we have exclusive interviews with David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Nicola Sturgeon and Natalie Bennett, challenging them on LGBT issues and asking why they deserve your vote. We also rate the leaders’ style, and have interviews with a spread of LGBT candidates from around the country. Elsewhere in the magazine, we speak to Broadway stars Michael 'Ugly Betty' Urie and Christine Baranski, and we wave goodbye to Mad Men by talking a look back at Mad Men’s gay storylines. We also get a sneak peek inside John Whaite’s newly decorated home, and put Lulu to the How Gay quiz.
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