Sun writer Sam Sessa interviewed American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert for this piece in today's paper.
Lambert and several of the other Idol contestants will perform at 1st Mariner Arena Wednesday as part of the American Idols Live tour.
Here are some bits and pieces from the interview that didn't make it into the article:
Adam, did you ever go back and watch clips of your "Idol" performances?
I actually bought them on iTunes so they were high quality. It was a really good learning tool -- to go back and review my performances. Performing on TV was definitely a new thing for me. I tried to learn as much as I could by reviewing those videos.
There's a rumor going around that Queen asked you to be their lead singer. Is that true?
It's pretty much a rumor. Basically what happened was, [Queen's guitarist] Brian May expressed an interest in possible future collaborations. That's really as vague as it was. The press decided to run with it. Of course, I'd be honored to sing with him any time. Queen is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Freddie Mercury was a huge influence on me musically.
Did you hear from any of the bands you covered on the show?
I heard in a roundabout way that the lead singer from Tears For Fears was really into what we did. I heard that Muse was happy with what I did. Ii'm also performing one of [Muse's] songs on the tour. That's pretty much it. I haven't heard from a lot of people.
What do you think about Ju'Not Joyner's allegations that "Idol" was rigged?
I guess everybody's entitled to their opinion.
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