Adam Lambert whirlwind visit
In the past 12 months, he's played to a TV audience of half a billion people in China, performed alongside Queen, released his second album, and turned 30. It's fair to say 2012 has been a pretty big year for Adam Lambert.
The ex-American Idol contestant is in New Zealand for just a couple of days to talk up his new album Trespassing.
But it's clear Lambert is about more than just catchy pop songs and theatrics.
In September the openly gay singer hosted an event supporting a marriage equality bill currently being debated in Maryland.
He said while he had publically stayed out of politics until now, this was an issue he couldn't keep quiet about.
"In the States, with the election coming up and this major social issue, I feel like it's my responsibility to speak up about it.
"I'm fortunate to have the visibility as a gay artist - and obviously there is more to me than being gay, but it is something I am very proud of, the fact I have been able to be so open and forthcoming about my sexuality in my career.
"I have opinions, and they are strong ones. And I want to be able to voice them about something I am so passionate about. Anybody should have the right to get married and have equal rights as the other types of people that are married. Creating a separation there, and creating a lesser-than citizen, for an American, it feels unconstitutional."
Lambert doesn't believe in separation. Yesterday he spent an hour meeting hundreds of fans - or Glamberts as they are known - and signing copies of his album in Auckland.
It's been two years since he was last here, but after the controlled process of American Idol, Lambert wanted the time to take the reins on Trespassing.
"I'm so proud of [the album]...I put a lot of my energy in it, I executive produced it, which was really exciting, I got to co-write a lot of the songs, so I feel like it's me all over it.
"And it's totally different [to For Your Entertainment]...I love experimentation, I love doing new things and trying to challenge myself creatively."
One of those challenges was performing six shows earlier this year as the front man for Queen.
Even after selling more than a million albums and performing to fans all over the world, the prospect of singing the songs made famous by one of his idols, Freddie Mercury, was daunting.
"It was an absolute honour. I remember I got the call and I was completely flattered and floored, and completely intimidated at the same time."
After just 10 days rehearsal with the band, Lambert performed the biggest show in his career - to an audience of 250,000 people in Ukraine.
He said the challenge the opportunity presented was matched by the chance to work alongside his heroes.
"I learnt a lot from Roger [Taylor] and Brian [May]. They have seen so much and been through decades of the music business and they were so wise, when it came to so many aspects of it. So just really absorbing some of that knowledge and experience was really good for me."
Adam also popped into Stuff for a live-chat. You can reply it here.
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