Kris Allen & Adam Lambert Talk About Life After Idol
American Idol is ready to hit the road! Season 8 winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert were on hand at a press day in Los Angeles on Thursday to talk about the Idols Live Tour, which kicks off in Portland, Ore., on July 5, and will take the top 10 ó which also includes Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and Scott MacIntyre ó to 50 cities in North America. PEOPLE spoke separately with Allen and Lambert about their upcoming albums, the tour and how their life has changed. Ė Jed Dreben
Are you moving or planning on staying in Conway, Ark.?
My wife is going to move back home for the tour, so we still have to have a place to live, and still have our apartment. But things have changed completely. Four months ago, I could have never imagined ever doing anything like this. I donít get much sleep now but thereís a lot of work to be done writing for the album and Ö rehearsals, as well. Itís nonstop but Iíd rather be doing this than anything else.
How is the recording process coming along?
It feels great! It feels great to know that youíve wanted to do this thing your whole life and to know that you have an album coming out in the fall that youíve worked hard on that is you.
Can you tell us anything specific about the album ó how many tracks, guest appearances?
None of that stuff I know yet. I donít know if weíre going to have any collaborations and I have no idea how many tracks, but I think the CD is going to be great, I really do. A lot of good songs.
Do you think people will be surprised with your sound?
I actually do think people are going to be surprised, but in a good way, hopefully.
Whatís been the hardest thing about recording?
Itís a lot of work. For me, I felt like the songs would come easier writing-wise and collaborating with people. Itís just a process and you kind of have to get used to it and weíre very, very new to this and youíre kind of just thrown into, ďHey, youíre going make a CD in four months. And Youíre going to be on tour for three of those months.Ē Ö We are music industry virgins, but I feel like we had the best experience and you kind of learn a lot from Idol, and you got to work hard.
What are you taking on tour with you for those long bus rides?
If I got my iPod and my phone, I am perfect because you can talk to people and then you can listen to great music, which I like to do.
Are there any songs youíre excited to perform?
I think they let us say one. Iím really excited to perform ďHey JudeĒ by The Beatles just because itís such a great song.
How is the album coming along?
I am so excited! I think itís going to come out in November. We havenít found a title yet. And Iím working with RedOne ó heís an incredible producer who did Lady Gagaís hit material. Iím working with Linda Perry, with Greg Wells, with Ryan Tedder, Sam Sparrow ó amazing writers and producers. And Iím getting to co-write. I wrote a song with Kara Dioguardi from the show. Itís awesome.
What will the vibe of your album be?
Itís really about finding the sound that I want to communicate my ideas to people. On Idol, youíre doing cover music thatís tried and true material. I went the route of doing a lot of classic rock because I knew that that was the more vocal and it was songs that everybody connected with. In creating new material, I want to do something modern that will stand the test of time, and something thatís new. Iím being careful not to stay stuck in that sound, because it could end up being dated. So, Iím going to try to take the best musically from that era and make it mix with modern pop electronic production. It should be really different.
Whatís been the reaction since you came out on the cover of Rolling Stone?
The response that Iíve felt is mostly positive support, so I think thatís great. Itís a testament to us really trying to become a bit more progressive and focus on what really matters which is that Iím an entertainer and a singer and thatís what it really needs to be about. My private life really has nothing to do with my ability to entertain.
How will you pass the time on a crowded tour bus?
Definitely iPod. You know, escape in music is the best way to kind of be in your own little world. Books as well, Iíll probably grab some books.
Any specific artists youíll have on rotation?
Iím such a music junky. I have everything all the time. You name it, Iíve downloaded it.
What would you put on your concert rider?
Weíre not quite at the level right now where we get our own rider for this tour. I donít know. I would love to have a masseuse on sight ó that would be cool.
Any cities youíre especially excited for?
Connecting with people that are in different cities across the country is going to be really cool. Iím excited for the L.A. show. Obviously, Iíve lived here for eight years so this is my home base now. And then my hometown, San Diego, where I grew up.
What else are you excited for?
Iím looking forward to banking that paycheck. Iím not going to lie, I mean, thatís not my first priority, but, you know, I think for all of us, having gone through experience, to be able to walk away with some financial security in these tough times is really nice.http://tvwatch.people.com/2009/06/26/kris-allen-adam-lambert-talk-about-life-after-idol/