Adam Lambert on ‘Glee,’ Being Hungover When He Recorded With Avicii: Videos


Adam Lambert stopped by On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk about his guest appearance on tonight’s Glee and getting to work with legends like Queen and Avicii.

The American Idol alum explains that this wasn’t the first time he attempted to be on the hit Fox show. In fact, he auditioned for the show back in 2009, but was turned down!

“[I’m] not bitter at all. I think things worked out great, [but] the guy told me I was too old and truth is, I probably just sucked. I don’t think I was good enough,” he jokes.

And now that he’s made his way onto the show, he couldn’t be more excited about his debut episode, titled “A Katy or A Gaga.”

“It’s such a good episode,” Adam says. “I’ve had such a good time with everybody. The cast, they’re a big family and they’re super tight-knit and have a bunch of inside jokes, but they welcomed me with open arms.”

Adam goes on to reveal he plays the character Starchild, who is like a younger, more amplified version of himself. “He goes into this audition and he gives them everything he has … he wears this obnoxious costume … and I think he’s just a dreamer and he gets up there and Kurt gets a bit threatened and says, ‘It’s not for me.'”

Sadao Turner / Ryan Seacrest Productions

Sadao Turner / Ryan Seacrest Productions

The episode features tracks from both Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, two artists Adam is friends with and who reportedly have beef with one another.

Adam clears the air and tell us: “It’s a really cool episode because there’s this supposed rivalry, which I guess doesn’t exist [between the two of them] … The truth is, a little healthy competition isn’t going to hurt anyone. If you’re in the top 10 in the charts, you’ve made it.”

Speaking of making it, Adam has had quite the year himself. Not only did he join forces with Queen overseas and in Las Vegas at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September, but he’s also recently collaborated with successful DJ Avicii.

“He’s so talented. He’s considered a DJ, but he’s really a composer. I mean being in the studio with him, he’s genius. We did the song [‘Lay Me Down‘] together with Nile Rodgers.”

Adam goes on to explain the story behind the collaboration, which is one for the books and includes the combination of a hangover and half an hour in the studio.

“I had gone to a friend’s birthday party the night before and had been talking to Nile that week … and he calls me the next morning and says, ‘Hey Adam, I’m down here in the studio. You should come down here.’ And I was like, ‘Shoot! I didn’t know, I went out last night … Dude, I had a really good time at this party … I don’t think you’re going to want me there.’ And he’s like, ‘Just come down!'”

“So I get down to the studio and he has a chorus worked out and the first line of the verse and he’s like, ‘What do you think?’ And I was like, ‘Okay, do you want me to keep writing it?’ So we just did it in about 35 minutes and I recorded it and it was done. On the spot, it was done.”

“I got a demo back,” he continues, “and was like, ‘Should I go back in and record it for real?’ And they were like. ‘No, we love it!'”

Tune in to Glee tonight on Fox at 9/8c.

And to hear who the last person Adam drunk-dialed and the last time he cried, listen to the full audio above when Adam played Truth Pong!