Adam Lambert on the coronavirus, Trump and the music industry


Adam Lambert performs with Roger Taylor of Queen at Suncorp Stadium on February 13, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia.

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International singer-songwriter Adam Lambert praised the governor of California and the mayor of Los Angeles for their responses to Covid-19, but told CNBC that at the federal level, American leadership is “a bit chaotic” .

The star, who lives in Los Angeles, said there were cases of “really wonderful leadership” in California, but when asked what he would most like President Trump to do, he replied: “I think it’s more than I want him to do less. “

“It seems to me that when he has a press conference and he talks, it only makes things worse. So if he just let the professionals, the health professionals, intervene, I think if he delegated a little bit more responsibly, that might be fine, “he told Tania Bryer of CNBC.

The White House was not immediately available to comment when contacted by CNBC.

Lambert, who has collaborated with rock group Queen as lead singer since 2012, described how he and his friends Brian May and Roger Taylor decided to release a locked version of one of Queen’s iconic tracks. They renamed it “You are the champions” and it is published for the benefit of the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for frontline health workers.

“Brian had been on a great cover recording sequence for his Instagram, and that’s where the idea started. He contacted us and said we are going to do “We Are The Champions”, “he said.

“Then we started to think about who we were going to dedicate it to, and then we have this idea of ​​why not go so far as to change the song title. I think this situation justifies this kind of iconic change and so that’s what we did. We recorded it separately in our homes on cell phones. ”

The global artist, who launched his career after being a finalist on American Idol in 2009, told CNBC how he thought the music industry would be affected by Covid-19.

“I think we are going to see a lot of alternatives to the live performance space. Everyone is struggling and finding new technology that is amazing. And it’s kind of exciting, because I think it’s a new challenge, “he said. said.

“Now that music is consumed in this digital format and streaming is sort of the primary means by which people hear things, I almost think that in some ways it would be a good time for us to broadcast music that way. “

The famous singer / songwriter was scheduled to perform live with Queen this summer on their 27-date UK and European tour, which has been postponed to 2021. He has also postponed concerts scheduled after the release of his latest album ” Velvet “in March.

Lambert told CNBC he had experienced moments of anxiety during the crisis response, and had started talking to a therapist once a week “just to know everything”.

“I encourage anyone who feels a bit uncomfortable or unsure to speak openly to a friend or family member. You’d be surprised how many people probably feel the same way you do and if you want to take it to the next level, talk to a professional, they’re there to help, “he said.

The singer and philanthropist created his Feel Something Foundation in 2019 to help solve the problems of the LGBTQ + community, including mental health.

He recently raised more than $ 46,000 during his first major fundraiser, by auctioning off Lambert’s stage outfits and red carpet for the benefit of GLAAD, the leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization at Covid-19. .

“I wanted to focus on LGBTQ issues, mainly youth homelessness which is a big problem, mental health and suicide prevention which is also a big problem. I also wanted to be proactive and start going into arts education and awareness raising to do something that is not just based on the crisis. I’m really excited, “he added.

Lambert told CNBC he would like to perform again later this year.

“This is my cornerstone, you know, I love to play,” he said.

“We have currently postponed my mini residence in Vegas to October. We are still waiting to know if this is going to happen or not, and if you don’t know, I say everyone must be safe, this is the most important thing and I will take the free time and I will create more of music. ”


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