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Wes Strick interview on the meaning of Adam Lambert

February 4, 2011

By Juneau, co-author of the book On the Meaning of Adam Lambert

Wes and Juneau, by Stevie Wilson

My voyage to see the final Glam Nation concerts in L.A. in December was amazing at so many levels (I apologize for not having written it up yet – my mind was blown to smithereens and I’m still gathering up the pieces). I particularly cherished sharing the experience with Wes Strick and his vivacious wife Marla (aka “Vernon and Gladys”). They are Adam enthusiasts and got right into the spirit. We had a hilarious glamming up session before the Music Box concert, and Marla captured some fantastic photos and videos which I have shared in my Glam Nation Finale post. I interviewed Wes about his reaction to our book and to Adam’s music. I was interested in his thoughts because he is a serious devotee of music, a former rock journalist for Rolling Stone, and terrific writer of screenplays (for Martin Scorcese, Tim Burton, Mike Nichols among others), winner of a 2010 People’s Choice Award for best horror film screenplay, and two novels (most recently Whirlybird). You can read more about Wes here.

The audio volume is a bit low. We suggest listening with earphones.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan permalink
    February 5, 2011 12:36 pm


  2. February 5, 2011 1:06 pm


    I will have to catch up with the podcast on another computer.
    I’m fascinated by your necklace in the above picture-it’s so beautiful!
    That’s all!

  3. Dinah-mite permalink
    February 5, 2011 6:16 pm

    Still waiting to order the bundle–still not right on link…


  4. Mary S permalink
    February 5, 2011 11:03 pm

    Excellent interview!! Thank you, Wes Strick, for explaining it so well! And thank you, Juneau and Xena, for scouting out such classy, intelligent, knowing people to delve into Adam’s many gifts! Love it!!!

  5. February 7, 2011 6:58 pm

    So great to see Wes on video. I would have liked to have seen Marla talk about her impressions as well. It was an amazing event.. and amazzing time– something so transcendental. The experience in a smaller venue was so powerful — and still would provide enough wattage to light up about 1/2 of LA because the enthusiasm of the crowd was amplified x 10 by the smaller venue. We were feeding off the energy of everyone else in the theater. Amazing.. and thank you Wes & Marla for sharing that event with me.. and also the great sushi place too

    • February 7, 2011 11:44 pm

      I asked Marla but she was shy (!) about speaking on camera. Wasn’t it an amazing time? – J

  6. March 5, 2011 11:35 pm

    I wanted to share this cool post-Grammy note I received from Wes:

    “I’ve been thinking about you cuz I went to the Grammys (long story) and had an aisle seat and all these living legends kept walking past (Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Hudson) on their way to the bathroom … and then who should suddenly be standing a foot from me in the aisle … but AL!!! Looking glorious, I must say. And, impulsively, I thrust out a hand and we shook heartily and he smiled glowingly and his DNA was all over my palm ..!!!

    People were calling out to him, and he was beaming back at them … But I was the only fan close enough to touch him. No, I don’t think he knew who the hell I was, but he couldn’t have been more gracious. As we shook hands, I said, “You’re fabulous.” He smiled and answered, “Thank you.” He seemed humble and regal, simultaneously …. and then he was gone.”

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