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One last wish

October 15, 2022

by Juneau

We all know Adam has a superpower. And nothing has been more frustrating than to see him shunt it aside in pursuit of glittery baubles that are not in his wheelhouse. Back in the primoridal times, we suspect that Adam got the notion that to succeed commercially in music, you needed to own the copyright. So he decided he needed to be a singer-songwriter. Now, we applaud and support everyone in following their creative muse! But when someone has an ultra-rare gift—one that he himself admits makes him feel most alive—and squanders it, we would like to have a few words…

Adam, your superpower is your emotional intelligence married to your voice. Your vocal vibrations resonate with our heartstrings. Your empathy, your longing, your pain, borne upon the vessel of your voice, literally penetrates our flesh and liberates a potent elixer of serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Your voice delivers desire, tears, joy, catharsis. When coupled with the right music, there’s nothing else like it. Why do you think you captured the world’s attention on American Idol? Why does the media go crazy every time you cover a song during one of your shows? What are you doing with Queen if not reviving the band’s incredible music?

So yes, you should do covers. Not just do them. Embrace them. There are libraries full of great music, and they need an artist who can lift them off the dusty page and make them live again. There’s nothing second-rate about being a “cover artist.” Here are a few not-too-shabby role models:

Frank Sinatra

Elvis Presley

Aretha Franklin

Linda Ronstadt

Celine Dion

KD Lang

Luciano Pavarotti

Yoyo Ma

All iconic. Please Adam, recruit a world-class backing band with whom music-making will be sheer joy. People will pour into arenas to hear you (although more intimate venues – think Carnegie hall – would be perfect). Your recordings will go multiplatinum. You too will be iconic.

Last wish, and then I (Juneau) will shut up. Please consider recording an album of the greatest diva ballads. Most have been popularized by great female artists. You would bring something compelling and fresh to these songs. Something androgynous and universal. Your luxuriant, smokey baritone, your tender falsetto, your spine-tingling high notes and rock wails—you can bring it all to move new generations and especially those who have been left out of the old frame. 

I’ve started a list. It’s not all diva hits; there are some other favorites I just couldn’t resist including. Dear readers, please nominate your favorite diva ballads. Or other genres that would sound awesome if Adam were to balladize them…

Believe (of course)

I will always love you

Can’t help falling in love

Let’s get it on

I can’t make you love me

Tracks of my tears

Who wants to live forever?


Unchained melody

One more try

Nessun dorma

Over the rainbow

You’ll never walk alone

Wish you were here



God only knows


Another piece of my heart

Cry me a river

The Rose

Wish I could be free

I would do everything for love

I would do anything to have you back again

Bird on a wire

Let it be

10 Comments leave one →
  1. luval permalink
    October 15, 2022 8:29 am

    Excellent idea!

  2. Sherri Fox permalink
    October 15, 2022 9:30 am

    For sure. Add Into the Night by Benny Mardones

  3. adamsbonbon permalink
    October 15, 2022 11:07 am

    OMG. “If he ever did Let’s get It On”. Dead!

  4. Barb permalink
    October 15, 2022 1:29 pm

    Whole heartedly agree. You could knock those songs and singers off the charts with your God given voice. You have been blessed with a great talent and should share it with the world in a new way.

  5. Denise permalink
    October 15, 2022 4:50 pm

    Adam’s Superpower has always been interpreting a song and making it his own. That is true artistry that resides at the heart of what draws us in and touches us at the deepest level.

    I’d add Try (just alittle bit harder) to the growing list (Janis Joplin cover)

  6. Susan Graham permalink
    October 15, 2022 6:13 pm

    Totally agree!

  7. Gail Katz permalink
    October 15, 2022 10:15 pm

    I have always wanted Adam do the definitive covers of so many songs. My Way, In The wee Small Hours, a song from Chess, a song from Les Miz, some Beatles songs, some Gershwin.

  8. Carol Hagey permalink
    October 16, 2022 9:28 pm

    Thank god someone else is saying this! I would love the covers but also for him to get with hit songwriters and let them do what they want. I wonder what it was like with Max Martin and Shellback? I had such high hopes. Did he want to add his style and not let them do their magic? You know, the magic they do with Pink, Katy Perry, etc, etc! But to this list, I would add Vienna by Ultravox. Thank you again for saying this! We’ve missed you!!

  9. Leslie permalink
    October 19, 2022 1:10 am

    Going to see Adam’s witch-hunt at the Wynn encore…leave a week from today.
    Adam said there will be more covers in the show. I love his covers because as noted in previous comments his performances are usually vocally and interpretively better than the original artist; Adam has unparalleled vocal abilities and commits himself to every performance. I like it when he combines covers with his own material. Some of his early pop songs would be fabulous to redo acoustically with his matured voice.

  10. Leslie permalink
    October 30, 2022 5:52 pm

    Prior to going to see Adam at the Wynn last week , I watched YouTube videos of the Witch-hunt concert to see what songs Adam would be performing. A video of what I thought was Adam singing” Closer to You “ turned out to be Adam performing a cover of Nine in Nail’s “Closer” at the Hard Rock Cafe in Wheatland California. He covered that one very nicely. It received an enthusiastic reception at the Wynn , as did the whole concert. “Mad About the Boy “ was stunning. I was lucky to be beside two fans who were quite a bit younger than me but had seen Adam 40 times( at least). Like many others they became friends because of Adam . They described how Adam has positively influenced their lives, and had a few stories from the road too. Fun! They danced and sang, I danced and sang . I had to hold onto my son( Adam’s age) to make sure my rubbery legs could negotiate the stairs leaving the theatre. The covers were great but his songs were better. Adam was sweet , funny , sexy. The other fans and I weren’t sure we would survive “closer”. We did, but my family wishes I would quit talking about it.

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