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Adam Lambert is days away from turning the big 4-0 and in a recent interview, the singer admitted he isn't jumping for joy about growing older.

Speaking to Attitude magazine, Adam said he finds it "slightly terrifying" that he's soon turning 40 because of his "Peter Pan complex."

Even so, Adam says he has much to look forward to in the years ahead because he is "on a personal transition right now into the next chapter" of his life, which is something he finds "exciting." 

But, when it comes to planning how he wants to celebrate his birthday on January 29, the Grammy nominee admitted, "I don’t have anything planned for my 40th yet. I'll do something with friends."

The American Idol finalist also looked back on his youth and noted that attitudes on homosexuality have softened since he stepped into the limelight in 2009.  "If I was growing up right now, a teenager or in my early 20s in 2021, would my relationship with my sexuality or gender be exactly what it is now?," he wondered.  "I don't know. It might be different."

He also stated, "As we get older, identity becomes less of a priority and mystery.  That’s one reason the new generation is so excited about pronouns and names for their gender." 

When discussing how times have changed, Adam pointed out that gender fluidity and queer culture are openly being explored and celebrated.  "You look at the scene now and it’s so much more accepted and visible," he remarked.

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ABC airs the latest in its Family Singalong franchise tonight: The Queen Family Singalong, paying tribute to the iconic British band via songs belted out by the likes of OneRepublic, Adam Lambert, Alessia Cara and Pentatonix.  But the a capella group says it was tough for them to convince the show's producers to let them sing their preferred song from the Queen catalog.

"We actually fought for that song!" Pentatonix member Matt Sallee laughs. "We said, 'Oh, please can we do 'Somebody to Love?' 'Cause it has so many harmonies and so many vocal parts, and it's just so theatrical and it just fits an acapella arrangement really well."

The problem, member Scott Hoying explains, was "The people running the show had some ideas of what [songs] we could do."

"They were like, 'We really are inspired by y'all doing this song.' And we were like, 'We're so down for that...But can we do 'Somebody to Love?'" he laughs. "And they were like, 'We'll see.'" 

Ultimately, Pentatonix got the green light. "We were really excited to get to do it," adds Matt. "I mean...Queen! They're massive...they're iconic... all the words, you know? And so what an honor to be able to be a part of an event like that."

Other performances include OneRepublic doing "We Are the Champions," Alessia Cara doing "Killer Queen," and Adam Lambert, who's currently the lead singer of Queen in real life, belting out "The Show Must Go On."

"You're going to hear Queen songs in new and different ways that you've not heard them before... and I think there's a lot of surprises in there as well," says Adam, adding, "I can't wait for people to see it!"

The Queen Family Singalong airs tonight at 8 p.m EDT on ABC.

 

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L-R: Adam Lambert and Queen's Brian May; ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Enough with the Disney songs: Get ready to sing along and rock.

The fourth installment of ABC's Singalong franchise, airing November 4 at 8 p.m. ET, will spotlight the music of rock legends Queen.  Hosted by Darren Criss, The Queen Family Singalong will feature various stars singing hits by the iconic British band, including Adam Lambert, who's currently Queen's front man.

The show will feature Adam singing "The Show Music Go On," OneRepublic taking on "We Are the Champions," Pentatonix doing "Somebody to Love," country singer Jimmie Allen and Miss Piggy doing "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," and more.

The casts of Disney's The Lion King and Aladdin will also perform a group rendition of "Don't Stop Me Now."

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If you think Meghan Trainor's out of her comfort zone hosting Top Chef: Family Style, just switch on over to E! tonight and watch her get back into music as one of the judges on E!'s Clash of the Cover Bands.

On the show, which premieres Wednesday at 9:30 pm ET/PT, Meghan and fellow judges Adam Lambert and singer/songwriter Ester Dean will determine which cover band from across the U.S. will win $25,000 and a spot on The Tonight Show.

The competing bands will perform music from acts such as Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, J-Lo and Cher, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, U2 and Elton John -- and they've got the outfits to match.

"I think what impressed me most about these cover bands is the transformation," Meghan tells ABC Audio. "Like, when you see their 'before' and then they come out after as, literally, Cher, you're like, 'Oh my God, they're the same person!'"

In fact, Meghan says the cover bands' looks were so uncanny that everyone outside of the show was fooled. She laughs, "In the building [where we taped], there was rumors like, 'Did you hear Cher was here today?'"

"They're so committed, and they come with their own costumes, their own makeup," she adds. "Like, a lot of the guys that were on the show were, like, 'My wife built this outfit,' and we're like, 'That's the cutest thing I've ever heard.'" So they give 110 percent and we just wanted to let them have a platform to shine."

But if Meghan had to be in one of these cover bands herself, which artist's music would she perform?

"I'd be in a boy band. I'd be in Backstreet Boys!" she laughs. "I really wanted to be, like, the next member!"

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Adam Lambert's mini Las Vegas residency runs October 20 through October 30 at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas, and he says his performance will be well-suited for the spooky season.

"It's a special set list put together for this time of year, Halloween being at the end of the month," Adam tells E! Online. "I'm very excited. It should be fun."

And while Adam isn't going to take the stage dressed up like a ghost or goblin, he'll still be paying homage to the holiday.

"I'm not doing costumes per se, I'm not dressing up in a Halloween costume, but I'm definitely giving you like, a dark, goth, creepy, spooky vibe," he explains. "Like 'modern witch-slash-True Blood,' but no fangs. But who knows? I might get inspired by the last show. I don't plan everything in advance."

You won't be able to see the last show unless you buy a ticket, but on October 29, Adam will be doing a livestream of his show for fans who can't make it to Sin City.  Meanwhile, you can catch Adam in action Wednesday night when his new show Clash of the Cover Bands premieres on E!.  He's one of the judges, along with Ester Dean and Meghan Trainor.

"It was so crazy because we filmed this show on the same exact stage and studio as American Idol," the show's season eight runner-up tells E! "So walking backstage into the studio every day was just so surreal...I enjoyed that full circle."

Adam adds, "And it made me keep in mind that when you get up on stage and...you're putting yourself out there to be commented on by three people at a desk in front of you, it's not always the easiest thing."

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The worldwide 24-hour Global Citizen Live concert. taking place September 25. has announced its lineups for both LA and London.

The show in Los Angeles will take place at the Greek Theatre and feature Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato, OneRepublic, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., The Lumineers, 5 Seconds of Summer and Ozuna, as well as music legend Stevie Wonder.  Tickets are available now at GlobalCitizenLive.la.

In a statement, Wonder said, "It is again my pleasure and honor to join with all of the artists who are using their gift of song to celebrate the Global Citizens’ event by doing our part in working against global warming, starvation and singing for equality around the world…We Are The Village!!!”

The London lineup for the show will feature dance diva Kylie Minogue, disco legends Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Duran Duran, Rag’n’Bone Man and "Beggin'" band Måneskin.

As previously reported, the New York part of the show will include Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, Coldplay and more.  Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, Black Eyed Peas, Charlie Puth and DJ Snake will perform from Paris, and Lorde, BTS, Usher, Ricky Martin, Green Day and Metallica will round out the broadcast.

ABC News Live will broadcast the full event starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on September 25, with a highlights show scheduled to air on ABC September 26 at 7 p.m. ET.  Tickets for Paris, New York City, and Los Angeles can be earned by taking action at GlobalCitizenLive.org.

The goal of Global Citizen Live is to encourage people to call upon world leaders, philanthropists and politicians to prioritize vaccine equality, climate change and famine.

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Can't make it to Las Vegas to see Adam Lambert during his limited engagement?  No problem: He's bringing the show directly to you.

Adam will livestream his at The Venetian Theatre at the The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on Friday, October 29. Tickets for the livestream are on sale now, and there's also a virtual meet-and-greet option.

"So excited to be able to connect with both in person and virtual audiences all over the world," Adam writes on Instagram.

Adam's limited engagement starts October 20 and includes shows on October 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30, 2021.

In other Adam news, Clash of the Cover Bands, the new E! reality show he's judging along with Meghan Trainor and songwriter Ester Dean, debuts October 13.

 

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Since becoming a mom, Meghan Trainor has pivoted from music to TV, because it allows her to spend more time with her son Riley -- and the Grammy winner says she knows how lucky she is to be able to have that option.

Along with Adam Lambert and others, Meghan will be a judge on the upcoming reality competition show on E! called Clash of the Cover Bands.  She'll also be the host of a new Top Chef spinoff called Top Chef Family Style, which will stream on Peacock.  In both cases, she gets to work a normal day and return home in the evening, with the added bonus of Riley being able to join her on set.  It's quite a change from her previous life as a globe-traveling pop star.

"Yeah, it's my dream and I still get to, like, come home and be working on music whenever I can," Meghan tells ABC Audio. "And I just love that I don't have to travel, honestly!"  She laughs, "Like, I don't even know...I couldn't even picture me dragging him on a plane right now.  It seems like a lot of work!

"I'm just so happy that we can drive 10 minutes to work and do our work and he gets to come with me," she notes. "So many moms out there can't bring their child to work every day. And I get to do that. So I'm super-lucky and I know how blessed I am. So it's been awesome!"

So far, neither show has a premiere date set.  Meghan's most recent album was A Very Trainor Christmas, which came out in October of 2020.

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Adam Lambert is apparently happening in Vegas, so he's staying in Vegas.

The singer's limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas has just expanded by one show: He'll now perform six dates at the venue.  The new date is October 20; the other dates are October 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30.

Tickets for the new show go on sale to the general public Saturday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.comvenetian.com, the box office or by calling 866-641-7469.

Adam is also set to perform on the worldwide Global Citizen Live telecast on September 25, along with stars including Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Alessia Cara, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Black Eyed Peas, The Weeknd and more.  If you want to see him right now, he's got a series of makeup tutorials on YouTube you can check out.

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