“I wanted the album to be a real snapshot of my life, my real life, my authentic life in L.A. over the past 15 years," Adam Lambert tells Out in the August cover story. "I wanted it to sound like music I listen to when I go out or when I’m at the fucking gym or in Runyon Canyon or in my car. It’s a bit of a melancholy album, you know? It’s talking about the ups and downs of life in Hollywood.”
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“I chilled out a little bit. I don’t know if it’s just being in my 30s. When you’re younger and you’ve got a skill, you tend to show off more—you feel like you have more to prove. Over the last few years, I’ve gotten into a place where I feel a little more confident in what I do, and I don’t feel I need to prove myself as far as ‘look at all the tricks I can do.’ Now music for me is more about wanting to prove that I can feel something.”
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“It was just the way things went down. At that time, how many mainstream music artists did we have that were out? Elton John and George Michael—and his whole coming out was tabloid fun. There hadn’t been a blueprint to follow. That was the one thing I wished I’d had: a little more guidance. There were definitely moments of frustration and pressure, but there’s been a lot of goodwill as well, a lot of support from fans and media people, and it’s balanced out. I don’t have any sort of bitterness about it.”
“I just generally grew out of that old look and enjoyed new ones—it’s as simple as that. There’s also a point where I was working really hard to achieve a look that I was really into, and it was really fun and I wanted to stand out and be crazy and be weird and make a statement with the stuff I was wearing. I look back on some of those red carpet looks, and I’m like, What were you thinking?”