Sometimes in the desert, you can figure things out. That’s what Adam Lambert discovered a couple of years ago at Burning Man, the annual Utopian festival in Nevada. At the time, he had been hanging out in the nightclub scene in Los Angeles, at Hyde and other celebrity hot spots – “It was negative, and really dark, all about cocaine and synthetic-ego bullshit,” he says – and he felt a little bit lost, not sure of what he wanted to do with his life. “I was getting bitter,” he says. “I was looking for something, and I wasn’t sure what it was.” At Burning Man, he drove around in a bus with a flamethrower welded on top, performed in an impromptu musical revue called the “Big Black Man Show” and experimented with “certain funguses.” Then it happened: “I had a psychedelic experience where I looked up at the clouds and went, ‘Oh!’” he says. “I realized that we all have our own power, and that whatever I wanted to do, I had to make happen.’” And what he wanted to do was to try out for American Idol. These are not the kind of stories that one expects to hear… Read full this story
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