Adam Lambert Rocks With Lady Gaga, Pink on Debut LP

Singer's new album inspired by Motley Crue, whiskey, David Bowie

Finalist Adam Lambert performs onstage during the American Idol Season 8 Grand Finale held at Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, California, May 20th, 2009 Credit: Kevin Winter/American Idol 2009/Getty

With stunning vocal prowess and equal-opportunity sex appeal, Adam Lambert is American Idol's first real rock god. Just six months after tak­ing second place on Idol, the 27-year-old singer is releasing his debut, For Your Entertainment, a retro-futuristic dance-pop collection featuring tunes penned by Lady Gaga, Pink, Rivers Cuomo and Muse's Matt Bellamy.

"The vibe is a blend of old and new, to take a classic-rock-sounding track and ask, 'How can we modern­ize this, how can we give it an electronic edge?'" Lambert says. "I want it to be a little bit over the top and tongue-in-cheek, and at other times, I want to do something vulner­able and real."

When you put your album cover online, it got a lot of criticism for being too campy and too gay.
But that's what I was like on Idol! When I did "Ring of Fire," that was pretty camp, so I don't understand why the cover is a surprise. People are forgetting me at my wildest — with plat­form boots and rhinestones around my eyes. Is the album cover that much of a depar­ture? Hunky Dory and Velvet Goldmine were a big inspira­tion, along with old Poison and Mötley Crüe covers. It's fun — it's supposed to be kind of campy.

Do you think some people feel differently about you since you came out?
Gene Simmons spouted some­thing, that he thought I'd ru­ined my career by coming out. He's obnoxious, and what a hypocrite — all he talks about is his sex life. He was being a dick — and he's not the greatest singer. I guess he's a good busi­nessman, I'll give him that.

What are your go-to tunes when you're getting ready to go out?
Goldfrapp's Supernature was on rotation for, like, a year. It's electronic, but it has an organ­ic, psychedelic feel to it. When I heard they were working with Christina Aguilera, I was like, "Aw, she beat me to it."

Any music you don't like?
I really respect Bob Dylan — but I just can't get into his voice. And I'm not a huge Kanye West fan — or of rap in general — but he's got sick visuals.

Lady Gaga wrote a song for you. What was it like work­ing with her?
Even though she seems super-eccentric and out there, as a person, she's really down-to-earth — very New York. The song was a demo of hers from three or four years ago. At the end of the session, we had a drink — and then recorded more after some whiskey. The song captures us partying.

There's also a tune by Justin Hawkins of the Darkness.
Their song "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" is a great example of kitschy, glammy rock & roll. I told the producer, "I want it to feel like it's a time capsule to the Seventies, and we're going to blast oil into space." It's a rock song at the core, but it has all this sonic ear candy all over it.

What did you dress up as for Halloween this year?
I walked over to a Hollywood Boulevard costume shop and bought a pair of fangs and creepy white contacts. I was a "glampire" — it's a vampire with full-on fashion.