Fresh off releasing some of his best work to date, the six-song EP Velvet: Side A, Adam Lambert is in full on press mode. It’s giving us a chance to learn some great factoids about our favorite glam rocker for our next gay trivia night.
In an interview with the LGBTQ+ news site PrideSource, interviewer Chris Azzopardi asked Lambert what it was like singing the iconic late-90s hit “Believe” during a tribute to Cher at last year’s Kennedy Center Honors. The singer immediately started gushing, calling her “one of [his] heroes.”
“I really had an amazing time doing that,” Lambert said. “[...] Obviously she’s an icon. She’s had, like, moments in every decade that she’s been around; it's so undeniable, and to sing for her, what a treat. And it was such an honor.”
But Lambert said getting to honor Cher by singing one of her most beloved songs was personal for him. The 37-year-old singer told Azzopardi that he bought Believe, her 1998 album of the same name, when he was “still in high school,” after purchasing his very first car during his senior year.
“That CD had just come out and I remember listening to it really loudly on the freeway and listening to ‘Believe,’” he said. “So when I got up on stage to do that, that memory came flooding back to me.” We love to see dreams come true!
Unfortunately, the two didn’t get to talk after the performance, as Cher’s Broadway show was opening the next day. Still, she sent Lambert a “very sweet” message via email.
Lambert says that he couldn’t see Cher crying during the performance because she was too far from the stage, but when he saw the footage later, the singer realized how amazing the moment was. “Wow, that’s pretty special,” he said. Yes, it is!