Adam Lambert Announces 2016 U.S. Tour Dates
Adam Lambert's long awaited tour of the United States is now a reality.
The American Idol Season 8 runner-up will kick off his 22-date The Original High tour at the Paramount in Huntington, New York on Feb. 23.
The 33-year-old entertainer teases these will be his most "comprehensive" shows yet.
"I am so thrilled to be getting back to my fans in the U.S. with this tour," he tells Billboard. "I saw a lot of fans over December doing radio sponsored shows which were really fun, but this is going to be different because this show I put together myself with my team."
The 90-minute show will feature music from The Original High with "some old favorites as well."
Lambert is coming off the success of the worldwide hit "Ghost Town" off the Warner Brothers release The Original High, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The response to it was so strong that the singer felt the time was right for a full solo tour.
"I couldn't believe the plays that it got on Spotify. That blew my mind," he said. "I think when you have music that is connecting with lots of different people around the world, you have to respond to that. I'm very thankful."
The singer, who will rejoin Queen for some festival dates in Europe this summer, said he's applying the lessons he learned touring with the British rock group to his live show.
"I’m really thrilled because I got to set up my game with the visual aspect of the show and kind of stringing the songs together in a way that tells a story emotionally," he said. "It's really interesting because I wanted to get all these songs in. One of the things that I worked on with Queen that became a real strong point is stitching songs together. It keeps the energy moving."
Asked for details on the stage setup, Lambert said he's "definitely stepped it up" for this one.
"We have lighting, and we have video content that is carefully curated for each song," he said. "I have two dancers on stage who are also background singers and will do something a little different, and a four-piece band that is incredible."
As always, Lambert has the fashion angle covered, too.
"You know me. When it comes to this kind of stuff, the fashion has to make sense. It has to fit the music that I am singing so, with this new tour, it’s different than the Queen look," he said. "With Queen it was me getting to pay tribute to ‘70s and ‘80s rock n' roll and Freddy Mercury and what he inspired me to think of when I think of rock star. With this one, with The Original High Tour, it’s really from my imagination. My reference points are contemporary and designers that I know personally and things that I am drawn to."
The tour will wrap in Los Angeles on April 2, so Lambert -- who was recently named Forbes top earning American Idol veteran with earnings of $10 million in the last year -- can finally enjoy the $2.995 million Hollywood residence he bought in 2014.
"I was in and out all last year," he said. "I had enough down time. But too much down time and I start going crazy. I like to be busy."
Speaking of busy, it must be noted that there's a big gap in his schedule just in time for the American Idol series finale on April 7. Will fans get to see him on that stage one last time?
"I don’t know if I should say," he said coyly. "The cat’s not out of the bag yet."
Pressed for a hint, the singer just laughed.
"Yes, most likely," he said. "Yes Ma’am".
Beyond that, the singer wants to "breathe." That will be a little tough over the next few months, as he is also serving as a judge in the touchtunesbreakoutband.com talent competition.
"I think for the next six months I am performing a lot, and after that point I think I will take a little bit of a break," he said. "And then I'll start working on something new. Who knows?"
Presale tickets for The Original High tour go on sale 10 a.m. Wednesday morning (Jan. 13) through the Citi Private Pass program at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets go on sale to the public 10 a.m. Jan. 15.
Tour dates are as follows:
Feb 23 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Feb 24 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
Feb 26 - Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Feb 27 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Caesars Atlantic City - Circus Maximus
Feb 28 - Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Mar 1 - New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theater
Mar 3 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Mar 5 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Mar 6 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Mar 8 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Mar 10 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Mar 12 - Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
Mar 13 - Orlando, FL @ Universal Studios Florida - City Walk
Mar 14 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
Mar 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Mar 23 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
Mar 25 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
Mar 26 - Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
Mar 28 - Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Mar 30 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Apr 1 - Las Vegas, NV @ LIFE at SLS Hotel
Apr 2 - Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre