It’s clear that ‘Welcome To The Show’ is a pretty personal song for US star Adam Lambert.
Featuring a vocal appearance from Swedish songstress Laleh, it’s a self-empowerment anthem; a middle finger if you will, to those who dare try to box us into their ideals of ‘normal’.
“I notice such diversity in my audiences when I’m on tour: Young, old, male, female, Trans, Gay, Straight, White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and every beautiful in-between,” Adam explains in a statement. “The common bond is that they are all HUMAN BEINGS. No matter how we identify, the human heart has a universal set of emotions and needs. Sure it’s idealistic, but couldn’t we be recognizing our similarities, instead of our differences?”
The clip, below, also marks the first time that Adam has produced one of his music videos himself.
“With the help of my friend and long- time collaborator Lee Cherry, we set out to co-direct something notably honest. I spoke with Laleh and we agreed on the vulnerability we wanted captured on screen. I think the more we as artists share ourselves openly, the more someone out there may feel inspired to do the same. I also felt a strong feeling of empowerment in creating this video independent of the label system. It was time to shoot this one on my own. This video isn’t about selling a song, or product placement, or racking up viral views. This is intended simply as a creative expression.
“It’s a thank you to all of you who choose to accept and love who YOU are! I want you to keep celebrating exactly who you are, even if you don’t fit into the worlds ideas of what they think you should be. Take your flaws in stride, nurture your talents, take pride in your Queerness, and share all the love you have.”