“I definitely think they’ll be comfortable,” Lambert said of fans who will see him on the tour, which begins Thursday (June 3) in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. “That was kind of an artistic experiment, the AMAs. I learned a lot from it. I learned what my limitations are. I learned what my audience wants to see. The [Glam Nation] concert definitely is sexy, but I feel if anyone thought [the AMA performance] was not tasteful, this is tasteful.”
The 2009 “American Idol” runner-up told Billboard.com that his show is “visually inspired by turn-of-the-century New Orleans…a kitschy, glam, voodoo, crystal ball, black magic kind of look [with] a lot of psychedelic, classic rock visual references. Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Keith Richards — those are the people who have inspired the look and the feel of the show. I had fun with the projectionist and my costume designer and…[the show] has its own little world.”
Lambert said the concerts will also have a theme running from beginning to end. “From the top of the show I’m inviting the audience to take a journey with me into this emotional and thematic world,” he explains. “At the beginning it’s more about seduction, venturing into the unknown and taking chances — mystery and intrigue and sexiness. The midpoint of the show really explores heartbreak and vulnerability and honesty, and then the latter half of the show is celebration and joy and love and connection.” Lambert also promised “a surprise cover [song] or two,” as well as a mid-show acoustic section that he said “will vary from night to night, week to week.”
With the tour, Lambert remains focused on his 2009 debut album “For Your Entertainment,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in November and has spawned three singles — the title track, the top 10 hit “Whataya Want From Me” and the currently rising “If I Had You” — as well as a “Remixes” set in April. He says working on his next album is “a little ways off. I think that in the new year, after January, I’ll probably get to start working on it. At this point my focus is really on continuing to put out singles from [‘For Your Entertainment’] and this tour.” He did acknowledge that he’s collaborated with Nikka Costa on “possible future music,” but did not elaborate.
As for figuring out his career approach these days, Lambert referred to advice he received from Madonna. “She basically said you can’t pay attention to all the extraneous crap. You can’t listen to the critics. You can’t be affected too much by what people want. You have to keep your eye on the prize, and even though your attention and your goal is to entertain people, you have to kind of follow your own instincts. That’s what I’ve really been working at. And I that think I’ve come to a great space of late on how to achieve that and what my goals are, and just coming from a positive, productive place, I feel like that’s the best I can do.”