By Michael Slezak
June 25, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Image Credit: Joe Kohen/WireImage.comAdam Lambert is less than a month into his first headlining tour, so you can forgive him for having a moment of “Frick! I don’t know what I’m gonna do!” when he first began thinking about costumes, visuals, and a set list for his Glam Nation extravaganza (which wraps up Sept. 21 in Puyallup, WA).

Not to worry, though, the American Idol season 8 runner-up proved to be a quick study, drawing inspiration from turn-of-the-century New Orleans, Dia de los Muertos, and John Galliano, among other things. Adam says he also wanted to make sure his show had “an emotional through-line” that took his audiences from a dark and seductive world to a mood of heartbreak and introspection — until they finally arrived at a place of joy and connectivity. But if you’re worried Mr. Lambert is getting too deep, fret not: “It’s all tongue-in-cheek. There’s rhinestones on everything,” he says. Press play below to get the full interview conducted backstage before Adam’s June 23 concert in New York City. And to get all my Idol-related news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.

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