What an amazing article by Wired4Music member Nathan, about his identity, and about meeting Adam Lambert!

We are so lucky and privileged to feature Nathan’s article, and grateful that he’s shared such a special moment with us!

 

 

Long before I met their current leading man, indeed, long before I realized I was part of the LGBTQ+ community, Queen were one of my favourite artists.

The genius of the lyrics, and the range of styles – from the deeply poignant, to weird but magnifico opera, disco and others, was all so enchanting.

And then I heard Adam Lambert, the “new boy”, as Brian May says. I was mesmerized as put his own spin on the songs, and sang the hardest of notes to hit effortlessly, with a gorgeous tone. I was in love. So when the leader of Mosaic (my LGBT Youth Group) texted to say that Adam was coming as a guest, I jumped off my sofa – “How have they managed to do that!” was my response!

 

His charming, humorous, down-to-earth manner did not seem befitting of a man so talented. Informative yet generally interested in us, he gave a fascinating insight into his experiences as a gay man in the music industry, including his sexuality becoming a big issue while on American Idol, being advised to strip back his colourful front cover for an album by his record company, and keep the legacy of Freddie Mercury alive.

When he opened the floor to questions, I just knew I had to ask something! By then, I had already started writing about my experiences with Aspergers and mental health, so I wanted to ask how writing had helped him…if I could speak. I have a stammer, but he was so kind and friendly, and put me at ease while telling me how writing had helped, and been therapeutic for him.

 

But even better was to come. A couple of weeks later, Mosaic had not only been invited to meet Adam backstage at the 02 Arena, but we also had tickets to the Queen concert! I was even more excited (as the YouTube video at roughly 3:26 indicates!), and my heart beamed when he remembered me from before, and asked me how I was!

 

After that night, Queen and Adam’s music has become far more meaningful to me. As a gay, autistic man, I certainly know a thing or two about struggling with my identity, and feeling like I don’t fit in. Somebody to Love, The Show Must Go On, Whataya Want from Me and These are the Days of Our Lives speak to me in special ways, and give me great reassurance that I’m not alone.

I recorded a cover of Days of Our Lives for work experience. I’ve been scared of playing it to people, as I can still be fearful and insecure about my voice, looks, and who I am in general. But now, with the help of family, friends and Adam himself, I am sharing this loud and proud, as I am proud of who I am, and how far I have come. Adam, one thing is certainly still true. When I look, and I find…I still love you!

 

 

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