Adam Lambert Update – March 28-April 10, 2016
The double issue (AKA lazy-ass-missed-a-week-I’m-sorry issue)
KILLING US SOFTLY
Finale of U.S. The Original High Tour
Welcome to the Show with Laleh
Lay Me Down etc.
Adam on his Soapbox…”just don’t vote for Trump” LOL!
THANKS FOR THE IDOL MEMORIES!
The last 14 years of my life have been flashing before me with this @americanidol #finale upon us and seeing so many of the past contestants of the 15 seasons but have to give a special shout out to my friend Michele McCoy for my bobblehead she made for me. This made my day. And so do you. Xo #idolfinale #idolfarewell #idol #teamdalton #teamlaporsha #teamtrent
ON WITH THE SHOW
Adam arriving in Toronto to shoot Rocky Horror
Uberfan Jamie turns the corner and BAM! #Karma
AND ON TO THE EUROPEAN LEG OF THE TOH TOUR…
And the aftermath…
Chicago Tribune – Adam Lambert loses earring at Chicago concert; fan reportedly finds it “A fan reportedly found an earring pop-rocker Adam Lambert lost while performing last week at the Vic Theatre in Lakeview. The singer’s rep said the concertgoer contacted the show promoter and promised to mail the jewelry to Los Angeles, where Lambert has shows scheduled Saturday and Sunday.”
MORE EYE BACON
PRESS AND BLOG PICKS
Rolling Stone – The Lonesome Death of ‘American Idol’ “…The end of the Idol empire should have been a much bigger deal. It should have been an event. But instead, last night’s farewell episode just kind of dribbled away, like the final season overall. “Let’s do a Bowie tribute, except instead of Adam Lambert or Fantasia, we’ll have five folkie bros with matching acoustic guitars bore the living fucklights out of us all” — yeah, that’s the kind of brainstorm that might help explain why Idol was finished. It was as dreary as everything “Starman” was rebel-rebelling against in the first place….You could always count on Paula. Say what you like about the “Forever Your Girl” kid, she was excited to be there, getting up to dance or weeping her lashes off or just gushing her own special Paula-ese. You could trust her to tell Jordin Sparks, “You are in great, great vocal voice tonight!” Or inform Melinda Doolittle, “It’s awesome when you’re fantastic!” Or assure the greatest Idol singer ever, Adam Lambert: “Adam, you dare to dance in the path of greatness!” While the other hosts would get that shellshock-fatigue look in their eyes, Paula’s gung-ho enthusiasm and vocal voice never flagged. She dared to dance in the path of ridiculousness…And when Idol had an actual creative force on its hands, there was a night-by-night excitement — especially in 2009, the season Adam kept ripping shit up, with his “Mad World” and his “Feeling Good” and whatever the hell he was doing to “Ring of Fire.””
Yahoo -The 50 Coolest ‘American Idol’ Finalists of All Time Any surprise about who is Lyndsey Parker’s #1? “Why “coolest”? Because for years, many skeptics and snobs have written off this show as just some corny karaoke competition. This gallery proves otherwise. These very cool contestants were the game-changers, the mavericks, the edgy and indie types, the ones that kept things interesting and changed what people thought Idol could or should be….The most thrilling performer in the series’ history, Lambert brought theater, fashion, and an element of danger — along with impeccable, operatic vocals, of course – to the ‘Idol’ stage every week. The show was never quite the same again.”
Rolling Stone – Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best ‘American Idol’ Performances Adam takes 6 out of 10!! “Lambert perfectly matched Robert Plant’s vocal talent with his take on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” hitting every note and sexual innuendo with ferocious power. Afterward, Randy Jackson wanted a collaboration from the singer and guest Slash, while Kara DioGuardi hoped for a future Seventies classic rock and Eighties glam album from him. Simon Cowell’s big concern was that “nobody can top that now.”
Billboard – Adam Lambert Explains Why He Missed Attending (and Watching) the ‘American Idol’ Finale “Adam Lambert didn’t watch the grand finale of American Idol, the show that launched his music career, last night (April 7). He was too busy shooting his role as Eddie in Fox’s TV movie remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, set to air this fall.
“I know. I’m so sad I missed it,” he tells Billboard at 3:30 a.m. at the Toronto soundstage. “I’ll probably go find it online somewhere. It is bittersweet because if I hadn’t have been working on this, I would have definitely been there. But I was on the show two weeks ago, which was good.”
Entertainment Weekly – Adam Lambert reflects on his American Idol experience “Adam Lambert gave American Idol the jumpstart it needed when the franchise began to stagnate prior to his season 8 debut. The theatrical arena rocker staked his claim as one of the show’s most watchable contestants immediately, delivering a soaring rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at his first audition. In fact, Lambert’s performance of the song was so memorable that he currently fronts and tours with the members of Queen.”
Metacritic – Ranked: American Idol Seasons 1-9 “Arguably American Idol’s greatest find in its nine years on the air, Adam Lambert dominated Season 8 from start to finish. His unusual song arrangements, amazing vocals, theatrical performances and rock legend-like stage presence left all the other contestants in his shadow, including winner Kris what’s-his name. This season also saw the addition of Kara DiaGuardi at the judging panel and the new Judge’s Save feature that rescues a voted-off contestant from the jaws of elimination.”
Los Angeles Times – Can’t we just let Adam Lambert be Adam Lambert? “In 2009, this former San Diego theater kid struck the televised singing competition like a bolt of originality. He was sensitive but macho, showy yet deep-feeling. As a vocalist, he could level a room with pure power but was also capable of smaller inflections…”
Las Vegas Journal – It’s easy to see how Adam Lambert became a true American Idol Terrific recap of Adam’s career to date. “…Looking back, it’s hard to believe that Lambert — who later ended up being enlisted to stand in for Freddie Mercury in Queen — was the runner-up on “Idol,” bested by another singer, Kris Allen, who had a good voice but wasn’t all that memorable otherwise. The most admirable part of Lambert’s “Idol” legacy is how he followed his own muse at a time when everybody else seemed to be moving the other direction — not unlike some of the artists who inspired him; one in particular comes to mind…”
Las Vegas Sun – Adam Lambert entertains in sold-out show at the Foundry “The new Foundry was the perfect intimate venue to showcase Lambert’s talents, from vocals and staging to fashion sense — there were at least three costume changes for fabulous fashionista Lambert (the red, a sharp suit and blue-and-white denim) — and choreography.”
Rolling Stone – ‘American Idol’: 20 Best, Worst and WTF Moments “From Kelly Clarkson being crowned the inaugural winner way back in the summer of 2002 to Adam Lambert being robbed in Season 8 to this year’s farewell season reminding us just how much the onetime ratings juggernaut has fallen, the reality singing competition helped shape the modern landscape in which we now live…Often considered the gold standard when it comes to American Idol performances (and perhaps even the pinnacle of the entire series), Adam Lambert’s rendition of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” was so good that he was widely considered the presumptive winner for the next six weeks — until, of course, the slow-but-steady hand of Kris Allen (along with some help of controversial “power texts”) yanked the Season 8 crown off his head at the last minute….Speaking of Adam Lambert… Katy Perry went to bat for the contestant before the big Season 8 American Idol finale by wearing a cape with his name on it during her performance of “Waking Up in Vegas.” While the show attempted to censor the image out of any videos that surfaced, Perry had already made her point. Despite the high-profile endorsement, though, Lambert lost to Kris Allen in what some thought was a backlash against his perceived sexuality. But the runner-up got the last laugh by landing the cover of Rolling Stone just two weeks later to announce he was indeed gay — and six years after that, he was named the top-earning Idol alum of 2015 by Forbes. So, take that, haters.” Yeah!
Read it here.
VIDEO AND AUDIO FAVS
Ghost Town – Adam Lambert (violin/cello/bass cover) – Simply Three