OUT100: Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn

Tyler Glenn

Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle

The Moment: July 13, 1985: Freddie Mercury and Queen perform at Live Aid for a global audience of 1.9 billion people.

For Tyler Glenn, coming out this March in Rolling Stone was part of a hugely cathartic experience. “Right before the issue was released, I had a purging of all the fear and toxicity that had accumulated over my entire life,” says the Neon Trees singer. “I literally wound up in the emergency room, thinking I was having a heart attack.”

The rocker and practicing Mormon says he feels as if he “became Tyler 2.0 this year,” in part because his band released their third album, Pop Psychology, which yielded a “wild ride” of touring and promotion. Glenn also feels closer than ever to Freddie Mercury, whom he was honored to emulate. “He’s an incredibly important figure in gay pop culture, and I’m an incredibly flamboyant frontman,” Glenn says. “Plus, I look really good in yellow.”

Photographed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on August 22, 2014

Styling by Kyle Blackmon. Groomer: Leah Rial. Jacket by Acne Studios. Jeans by Topman. Shoes by Converse.

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