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Adam Lambert Finds His Superpower

December 15, 2019

by Juneau

Adam Lambert’s many virtues—his peerless vocal instrument, dazzling looks, steamy sensuality, and endearing personality—have also been his Achille’s heel. With a voice that can out-belt every other diva on the planet, leap over rock gods in a single bound, riff faster than a speeding bullet, and gently twine velvet fingers around your heartstrings, he may well be the most versatile singer alive. Yet being so abundantly blessed can be a kind of curse. Everyone wants him to rescue their favorite genre. Classic rock! Heavy metal! Pop! Broadway! Opera! Or for whatever material they think will turn him into their cash machine.

Between his own nebulous desires about the type of career he wanted and a relentless fusillade of advice and demands by fans and corporate suits alike, our superhero has struggled to find his groove. But no longer. As he unveiled this past Thursday evening in the elegant Renaissance revival Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, Adam has finally come into his own. This 80-minute set, which launched his Era Four solo tour, revealed Adam at the most confident we’ve ever seen him.

Dressed in a stunning midnight-blue velvet suit and sporting artfully scruffy hair and beard, he was relaxed and playful. His trousers flared into bell-bottoms voluminous enough to shelter a litter of puppies, or in actual case, dazzling silver Louboutin platform boots that lofted Adam to supermortal heights. He strutted out sporting Gucci shades and opened with “Stranger You Are,” then doffed the glasses to dazzle us with his cerulean blues and gold glitter eyeshadow. Later, he shed the jacket to reveal an elegant Gucci silk blouse and Gucci belt buckle. (LOL! Best brand ambassador!). That was the extent of his costume changes and it was enough. More than enough. Much as he loves to dress up, the numerous outfits that have become a kind of trademark for him were also a distraction. Now, with just one outfit, he exuded joy and comfort in being simply fabulous.

Backed by his excellent touring band, which included his Idol “little sister” Allison Iraheta, Glam Nation keyboardist Camila Grey, and Original High guitarist Adam Ross, Adam kept the focus on the music. I found this to be a much more satisfying concert experience than previous tours, where the sets, multiple costume changes, and dancers, while fun, could be distracting.

Above all, with this tour, Adam has crafted a musical lane that is authentic and taps into his greatest superpower—his emotional intelligence. When he digs deep into the heart a song, as he did with his newly released cover of “Believe”, he is at his most intimate, cathartic, and healing. While there is no denying the release that fans find in dancing, partying, and drinking in his sexual aura, I believe what brings us back to his shows time and again until we lose count are the ballads. A high note for me in Worcester was the alchemy he worked with “If I Had You,” which he sang right after telling us about his new Feel Something Foundation. This radio hit was never my favorite, so I was unprepared to be emotionally floored by his reinterpretation of the pop dance tune as a soulful ballad. He “covered” his own hit and made it so much better.

While it’s often said that Adam Lambert could sing the telephone book, that’s no way to find artistic fulfillment or success. What Adam had on American Idol, and what he has often lacked in his solo efforts since then, are songs worthy of his voice and interpretive skills. Songs with lyrics and melodies that move our souls and change our lives. When he has produced such gems (like “Outlaws of Love” or “There I Said It”), they were inexplicably not promoted as singles. But he no longer has to kowtow to the bean counters. With the financial freedom he has gained from touring with Queen, the musical experimentation, life experiences, and maturity he has gained over the past decade, he has truly reclaimed his superpower. We can’t wait to see what he does with it. Believe.

Adam Lambert Update December 15, 2019

December 15, 2019

By Juneau. On Twitter @JuneauXena & @AdamLambertBook.

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WORCESTER

Mechanics Hall, December 12

Full playlist, via the amazing TALC HD. Thank you!

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Mechanic’s Hall, Worcester

December 14, 2019

by Xena Princess Warrior

I’ve been thinking about last night’s performance. I had a perfect seat, fourth row, centre with the two rows in front of me empty. Had I been interested in taking pictures or videos, I certainly had a clear view as he stood at the mic, positioned at the front edge of the stage. But I’m not. I needed to be still and focus on him life-size, hoping for eye contact but then again, unimportant.

I had a dream many years ago to see Adam perform in a concert hall, I would be seated centre orchestra, about a third of the way back from the stage and no one in front of me. Beside me, my closest Glambertina friends and the rest of the hall filled with fans.

Adam is on stage with only a couple of musicians, perhaps a piano and an acoustic guitar to accompany him. The audience stilled by his emotional performances of the soulful ballads and roused at the upbeat, dance numbers with new and interesting arrangements.

Last night came pretty close to fulfilling my utopian dream, very close. He was perfect, loose, having fun, relaxed, happy to see us.  I soaked him up, filled my heart, soul and mind with him, his beauty, his character and that voice. He was joyful and at times soulful, moved and happy to surprise us! At dinner before, a few of us made a wish list of songs for his performance. Lay Me Down, Feel Something, Please Come Home for Christmas, Believe, and he bestowed them all upon us! Surely ballads will mark his place in the pantheon.

I believe he missed us, as we have missed him, up close and personal, with great acoustics, a large repertoire of songs from which to choose, and fine musicians to back him up. Yes, the huge stadium and arena tours are wonderful, but this, this is all his, as are we. Love and affection shared among us, intimately.

As we did with the Glamnation Tour, I wish Juneau and I could pack-up the Glam Van and follow him around the smaller venues, meeting friends and making new ones.

Adam Lambert Update December 8, 2019

December 8, 2019

By Juneau. On Twitter @JuneauXena & @AdamLambertBook.

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DO YOU BELIEVE???

“A lot of you have mentioned wanting a studio recording- so here’s a little holiday gift from me to you. Thank you for being the most loyal and dedicated fans this queen could ask for! 🦄 BELIEVE is out now!”

Here are links from Empire of where to stream “Believe”

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Adam Lambert Update December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019

By Juneau. On Twitter @JuneauXena & @AdamLambertBook.

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LOVERBOY LIVE SESSION

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CHARITY AUCTION FOR TICKETS!

The Sonoma County Community Foundation is auctioning 2 pairs of tickets with M&G and $800 airline voucher, one pair for the Dec. 16 Bowery Ballroom in NYC and a pair for the El Rey Theater in LA on Dec. 21. Bidding remains open for three more days! Bid here.

 

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DEPARTMENT OF EYE CANDY

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Adam Lambert Update November 24, 2019

November 24, 2019

By Juneau. On Twitter @JuneauXena & @AdamLambertBook.

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IT’S LATE AT NIGHT…

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LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH

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Adam Lambert Update November 17, 2019

November 17, 2019

By Juneau. On Twitter @JuneauXena & @AdamLambertBook.

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THE TALK

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