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 Post subject: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:11 am 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:23 am 
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May 15 - Wango Tango (Los Angeles, CA) [Staples Center] SOLD OUT
May 22 - Kiss 108 Concert 2010 (Mansfield, MA) [Comcast Center] SOLD OUT

June 6 - KFest 2010 (Wappinger Falls, NY) [Duchess Stadium] Openers: Allison ON SALE (mickeybordentwo)
June 19 - KissFM Wham Bam (Toronto, ON) [Molson Amphitheatre] Openers: Orianthi ON SALE


June 4 - Wilkes-Barre, PA (F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT (Deezer, josielord, mickeybordentwo, newland21, WinkyDink)
June 5 - Sayreville, NJ (Starland Ballroom) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT (maeve94, nds575)
June 8 - Toldeo, OH (Omni) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT
June 10 - Council Bluffs, IA (Harrah’s Ballroom) Openers: Orianthi & Allison (PennyLou)
June 11 - Mahnomen, MN (Shooting Star Casino) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT
June 12 - Prior Lake, MN (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT (princessazula)
June 14 - Columbus, OH (LC Pavilion) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT
June 15 - Milwaukee, WI (Riverside Theater) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT (glammax, lambski, MadTex, MyJacket, pjd, Susan L)
June 17 - Hammond, IN (The Venue at Horseshoe Casino) Openers: Orianthi (glammax, MyJacket, nic9701, shootingstar, Susan L)
June 18 - Royal Oak, MI (Royal Oak Theater) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT (Arista, maxiford)
June 22 - New York, NY (Nokia Theater) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT (austintoo, catzmadam, KayTang999, maeve94, nds575, ysadam)
June 23 - New York, NY (Nokia Theater) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (catzmadam, maeve94, nds575, pooch, ysadam)
June 24 - Mashantucket, CT (MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT (antique1959, Fez, Hathor, mickeybordentwo, Totally )
June 26 - Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Spa & Resort/Event Center) Openers: Orianthi & Allison SOLD OUT (catzmadam, Deezer, JazzRocks, nds575, newland21, qoatg, WinkyDink, ysadam)
June 27 - Baltimore, MD (Rams Head) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (newland21, qoatg)
June 28 - Washington, DC (9:30 Club) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (catzmadam, maeve94, nds575, qoatg )
June 30 - Norfolk, VA (The Norva) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT

July 2 - Charlotte, NC (The Fillmore) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (kaetsa)
July 3 - Myrtle Beach, SC (House of Blues) Openers: Allison (ToxicLED)
July 6 - Knoxville, TN (Tennessee Theatre) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT
July 7 - Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (thursdaynext)
July 9 - Cleveland, OH (Allen Theater) Openers: Allison ON SALE (magnoliafan, TheSpindleshay)
July 10 - Louisville, KY (Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts-Brown Theater) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT
July 12 - Chesaning, MI (Chesaning Showboat Music Festival) Openers: Orianthi & Allison ON SALE (Arista, ysadam)
July 13 - Lansing, MI (Common Ground Music Festival) Openers: Allison ON SALE (Arista)
July 15 - Kansas City, MO (Midland Theater) Openers: Allison ON SALE (PennyLou)
July 16 - Wichita, KS (Cotillion Ballroom) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (PennyLou)
July 17 - Denver, CO (Paramount) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (freethinker)
July 19 - Boise, ID (Morrison Center) Openers: Orianthi & Allison ON SALE
July 20 - Seattle, WA (Showbox SoDo) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (qoatg)
July 21 - Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom) ON SALE (Mel P, Portlandia, qoatg)
July 23 - San Francisco, CA (The Warfield) ON SALE (getoverit, lisaloopner, Mary, nic9701,SB1965)
July 24 - Sacramento, CA (Thunder Valley Casino) ON SALE (getoverit, SB1965)
July 25 - San Francisco, CA (The Warfield) ON SALE (lisaloopner, Mary, nic9701, open2it, SB1965)
July 27 - Costa Mesa, CA (OC Fair - Pacific Amphitheatre) ON SALE (boys3girls0, glitterbert, SB1965)
July 28 - Costa Mesa, CA (OC Fair - Pacific Amphitheatre) Openers: Orianthi SOLD OUT (boys3gilrs0, glitterbert, SB1965)
July 30 - San Diego, CA (Copley Symphony Hall) Openers: Orianthi (boys3gilrs0, Law Mom, murly)
July 31 - Las Vegas, NV (The Beach @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino) Openers: Orianthi ON SALE ( glitterbert)

August 1 - Phoenix, AZ (The Marquee)
August 3 - Albuquerque, NM (Sunshine Theatre)(Peridot)
August 4 - Lubbock, TX (The Pavilion)
August 6 - Oklahoma City, OK (Bricktown Events Center) (TXArchitect)
August 7 - Springfield, MO (Juanita K. Hammons Hall)
August 8 - St. Louis, MO (The Pageant)
August 10 - Erie, PA (Warner Theatre)
August 12 - Upper Darby, PA (Tower Theatre) (Deezer, Fez, JazzRocks, laynie, newland21, open2it, WinkyDink)
August 13 - Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA) Openers: Allison, Orianthi (JazzRocks, WinkyDink)
August 14 - St. Jean, QC (Balloon Fest) Openers: Allison, Orianthi (clovispoint, MaggieMay)
August 16 - Concord, NH (Capital Center for the Arts) (antique1959, haremgirld)
August 17 - Providence, RI (Lupos) Openers: Allison, Orianthi (open2it, Totally)
August 19 - Hyannis, MA (Cape Cod Melody Tent) SOLD OUT (haremgirld)
August 20 - Cohasset, MA (South Shore Music Circus) SOLD OUT (haremgirld)
August 21 - Hampton Beach. NH (Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom) (antique1959, haremgirld)
August 23 - Clifton Park, NY (Palace Theater [was Northern Lights]) Openers: Allison, Orianthi
August 24 - Staten Island, NY (St. George Theater) Openers: Allison, Orianthi (maeve94, nds575, pooch, ysadam, )
August 26 - Roanoke, VA (Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre)
August 27 - Richmond, VA (The National) Openers: Allsion
August 28 - Raleigh, NC (Memorial Auditorium) Openers: Allison (glitterbug, kaetsa)
August 30 - Covington KY/Cincinnati, OH (Madison Theater) Openers: Allison
August 31 - Indianapolis, IN (Clowes Memorial Hall) Openers: Allison (glammax, MyJacket)

September 1 - Evansville, IN (Victory Theatre) Openers: Allison (glammax, MyJacket)
September 3 - Des Moines, IA Simon Estes Amphitheater (Walnut Street Bridge)(was Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheatre) Openers: Allison
September 4 - Rockford, IL (On the Waterfront) Openers: Allison SOLD OUT (MyJacket, pjd, Susan L)
September 5 - Peoria, IL / Peoria Civic Center Theater
September 7 - Dallas, TX (Palladium Ballroom)
September 8 - Houston, TX (Hobby Center) (Sister Europe)
September 10 - Thackerville, OK (Winstar Casino) (Chili Rellano, MadTex, TXArchitect)
September 11 - Tunica, MS (Harrah's Event Center)
September 12 - New Orleans, LA (Tulane University) (Sister Europe)
September 14 - Atlanta, GA; (Symphony Hall / Woodruff Arts Center)
September 15 -Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle)
September 17 - Melbourne, FL (King Center) (BocaBabe, getoverit, msunshine)
September 18 - St. Petersburg, Fl (Tropicana Field) ON SALE/WRISTBANDS REQ TO GET ON FIELD (mickey1)
September 19 - Hollywood, FL (Hard Rock Live) (adamamado, BocaBabe, Buderschnookie, getoverit, mickey1, msunshine)
September 21 - Puyallup, WA, Western Washington Fair (boys3girls0, MelP)

Headin' Overseas!

Overseas Concerts - US times: ... l=en&gid=6

September 25 - Singapore (Formula 1) (w/Daughtry)
September 26 - Singapore (Formula 1) (w/Daughtry)

October 3, 2010 - Nagoya, Japan (Diamond Hall)
October 4, 2010 - Osaka, Japan (Namba Hatch)
October 6, 2010 - Tokyo, Japan (JBC Hall)
October 7, 2010 - Tokyo, Japan (JBC Hall)
October 8, 2010 - Tokyo, Japan (JBC Hall)
October 10, 2010 - Manila, Philippines (Mall of Asia Concert Grounds)
October 12, 2010 - Hong Kong (Star Hall - HITEC)
October 14 - Malaysia (Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil)
October 17 - Aukland, NZ (Trusts Stadium)
October 19 - Melbourne, Australia (Palais)
October 20 - Sydney, Australia (Enmore)
October 22 - Brisbane, Australia (Tivoli)
October 25 - Honolulu, Hawai'i (Blaisdell Concert Hall)
October 26 - Honolulu, Hawai'i (Blaisdell Concert Hall)

November 6, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland (Cable Factory)
November 8, 2010 - Oslo, Norway (Sentrum Scene)
Novemebr 9, 2010 - Stockholm, Sweden (Debaser Medis)
November 10, 2010 - Copenhagen, Denmark (Store Vega)
November 12, 2010 - Munich, Germany (Theaterfabrik)
November 14, 2010 - Hamburg, Germany (Grunspan)
November 15, 2010 - Berlin, Germany (Postbahnhof)
November 16, 2010 - Stuttgart, Germany (Zapata)
November 18, 2010 - Paris, France (Trabendo)
November 19, 2010 - Cologne, Germany (Gloria)
November 20, 2010 - Amsterdam, Holland (Paradiso)
November 22, 2010 - Vienna, Austria (WuK)
November 23, 2010 - Zurich, Switzerland (Xtra Club)
November 24, 2010 - Milan, Italy (Magazzini Generali)
November 26, 2010 - Birmingham, UK (Academy 2)
November 27, 2010 - Manchester, UK (Academy 2)
November 28, 2010 - Glasgow, UK (ABC)
November 29, 2010 - London, UK (Shepherds Bush)

December 15, 2010 - Los Angelas, CA (Music Box)
December 16, 2010 - Los Angelas, CA (Nokia)

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:29 am 
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Glam Nation Tour
Wilkes-Barre, PA June 4, 2010
(originally posted June 5, 2010 @ 3:13 am)

I see I am 12 pages behind...

You have probably already seen the whole Glam Nation show by now! recap to come, but here are some teasers...

There is pricey tour merchandise...
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Roger seemed especially proud of these (not sure why - maybe his idea?):

Allison is looking and sounding good!

Orianthi come out to play DWTP with her...

Orianthi rocks on the guitar pretty hard...on the singing, not so much...

Finally - Adam comes out to cast his Voodoo spell!

And he brought LASERS!

(And lighting that wreaks havoc on picture taking!)

And Many Costume Changes!
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And Glitter and Glam and Awesome Singing!

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I have over 700 more pictures to sort through and get the best posted... but for now -

Just a couple things before I fall asleep...

Adam was smart to keep press away for the first few shows - a couple sound glitches to fix; otherwise a great, polished show - fantastic lighting effects - dancers very enjoyable.

Funnest surprise - Ring of Fire!
Lovely surprise - acoustic Aftermath - Love!

Falling asleep now...will catch up after a few hours rest and before heading home. May not have a recap until after I get back home...


 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:29 am 
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Wilkes-Barre Part 2:
(originally posted June 5, 2010 @ 10:11 am)

In general, I'll say the concert was so much fun, and I was really impressed by the production elements! The lights and lasers were just fabulous. I just love the lighting and colors of this show. My pictures won't do it justice. I think the trade-off for close-up pix is the difficulty capturing how truly magnificent the lighting effects are. I also got very little of the backdrops in my pix- which really add to each number. The laser lights are just fantastic, throwing images all over the walls and ceilings of the theater...Also, from where I was, I never really ever saw Adam's feet (blocked by the peeps in front of me) so I never knew he was barefoot the first part of the set - how cool! (And that's why it's good to have pictures from all views - close, far, above...!)

There were a bunch o' costume changes. The dancers were great! (I especially liked the really fantastic "tribal" dance break they did during Adam's first costume change.) I could tell Adam really reached back to his theater background.

Adam worked the stage and was in great voice and delivered a lot of change-ups on the songs. The song that was the absolute surprise highlight for me was the acoustic version of Aftermath - just loved it! My only complaint is Adam's set is over too soon!

..."A little less Orianthe, a little more Adam, please!" (She is a fab guitar player, but singer..not so much.) I thought Allison looked and sounded great (she has lost weight). I wouldn't have minded her set being a little longer, either. Eventually I will get Allison's and Orianthe's pix done, too. ;)

Back to Adam - It was so exciting to be at the first concert! I've never been able to do that before. Can't wait for the rest of 'em!

newland21 - Photo Album ... 3639_HeMLg

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:38 am 
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I got to sleep around 1:30 last night, woke up at 4:30 and took an extra half sleeping pill, so I'm not at my bounciest best right now. I brought my camera with me to the concert, but didn't take any pictures, and our seats (my friend felt well enough to come with me) were third row from the top, so things were a bit impressionistic.

All that having been said- it was a phenomimal evening. Just amazing.

The crowd at the merchandise stand made me very grateful I'd sold my Nokia tickets- it was real unpleasant being jostled by so many equally heaving breasted women, as we pushed our way to the tee shirts. As best I could tell, no one bought any of the Allison or Oriantha merchendise. No one bought an Adam Lambert is my bf sticker or the half gloves. The disco ball key chains went, as did the posters, and lots of tee shirts. I got the orange lettered one that lists the concerts on the back, and my friend got the Eye of Horus one. Other people bought the green one, so there seemed to be good tee shirt distribution. There were no phone cases and, sadly, there were no programs. The latter seems like a silly mistake, since a book of Adam photographs would sell like hotcakes.

Allison was cute and adequate, very Idolette. Orianthi is one hell of a guitarist, but there was no variety to her music; it was all same paced and noised and she seemed to be on forever.

Adam's part of the concert was a whole other ballgame. In my Clay obsession days, I went to my share of Clay concerts. He has a terrific voice and is a charming performer. But, not unlike Allison, there was still a quality of Idolette amateur....

Part Two:

With Adam, there was nothing but professionalism. It was a fully realized event. There was variety to his singing and the show's pacing. There were breaks for him to change costumes, but things went on even if he wasn't there. The band was brilliant; the dancers were brilliant. The light show was super brilliant.

The whole thing felt like a special event.

Adam sings so magificently; there is such richness and power to his voice. I was thrilled at the start of each number and heartbroken when each number ended.

One woman had to be escorted (by three men) from the theater; she looked ill, but I didn't notice her until they started taking her down the stairs in the balcony section where we were seated.

My friend (who had refused to go to the AI concert with me last summer) was thrilled at what Adam sounded like live. She also commented very favorably on his costume changes (and exrpessed great relief that he wasn't in harem pants...

Part Three

(I've lost track of where I was) but I think I was writing that she loved how the different costumes reflected different moods in the music. Also how the costume changes gave Adam a chance to stop singing. She expressed concern that 70 concerts might be too much strain on him (my friend is a worrier, so she also worried about sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll lifestyle on Adam, during our drive home).

From 3 rows from the top, you could still see Adam's glittery eyelids.

About 2/3 of the way through Adam's set, I thought, This man is going to be rich. It just felt like it's all there for him. I've been to lots of concerts, many memorable ones, but this was a theatrical experience. My friend said it was like Cirque de Soleil, rather than just a carnival.

There were many families (my friend was very impressed with the wideness of age range) and many kids (and the concert was certainly PG friendly). I'd say female/male ratio was 17 querzullion to 1, yet, that one man managed to sit right in front of me (I'm a big head magnet).

Oh dear. I sense a part 4 coming up...

Part 4 and I trust the last.

Even way up high, thanks in part to the light show, I felt as much a part of the action as the people with the front row seats. My friend pointed out that the shrieking was actually very well mannered- there'd be this universal wail of ecstacy at the start of a song and at its end, but things got silent while Adam sang.

Also I saw nothing thrown onto the stage.

But it was a delightful experience to be part of an 1800 person orgasm. The sexual energy in that building was amazing.

Finally, the couple of times Adam made social chit chat, it was like he was a whole other person. At one point, he lost it to giggles. There's still that excited little boy part of him, that makes this whole triumph even sweeter.

PS- Not really a part 5

This was the first of my 3 Adam shows. I'm not thrilled about sitting thruogh Allison or Orianthi again, but I'm already envious of poeple who are going to 6 or more shows.

Whether Adam changes the lineup, or keeps the set list exactly as it is, this is a concert experience that I would love to enjoy multiple times.

If anybody here is hesitating at all about going to a concert, I really recommend going. It was an amazing level of pleasure and excitement

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:56 am 
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josielord wrote:
I was there, too!

Everybody's giving good recap stuff so I'll just add some random thoughts, in no particular order.

I think it's said that merchandise is where performers really make their money (right?) If it's true, Adam's gonna be friggin' rich. Fifty dollar T-shirts going like hotcakes. Three people selling the merch couldn't begin to keep up.

Oh, and none of the T-shirts looked to be a woman's cut ... but they are really nice and soft. I bought two - the two I think Mad Tex (?) wants: Eye of Horus and the blue disco ball one.

This venue had 1,800 seats. I'd read that there isn't a bad seat in the house, and I agree with that. The whole thing felt VERY intimate. Also, it was one of those cool old Art Deco type theaters, which made it even more perfect for Adam's theme.

Wow, can he dance!

The audience was very diverse. Of course many more females but lots of young guys walking around with Adam haircuts.

He is sooooo not an Idol type performer. He looks like a total pro up there and just owned the frigging stage from Second One. No surprise there, right?

The reporter that PAID for a ticket is a guy :) And the fact that he did that is proof to me that he knows Adam is a significant performer. (Do you think he'd have done that for Gokey or Scottie Mac?)

My ONLY complaint is Mad World for the encore. I think we all wanted to go out on a huge bang, heh. Was sad that he didn't do WLL. The rock version (non acoustic) of WLL could have been a good ender.

As everyone (I think) knows, this was an assigned seating concert. But the crowd jumped to its feel the second he appeared and never, ever sat down, even for slow songs. My point is, this makes me think that people who are hesitating about GA shows should maybe consider them ... you'll probably be standing the whole time anyway. Plus with the smallish venues he's playing at, even if you're near the back I think you'll still see him well.

I've had mixed opinions on the dancers, but they look GREAT in person and Adam dances so well with them.

That's it for now. If I think of anything else I'll add it.

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:17 am 
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Location: Little Criminal
Starland Ballroom
Sayreville, NJ
June 5, 2010

Recap of last night - I apologize in advance if this gets TL, but my brain is going a mile a minute trying to process all of what I experienced last night. Here we go
The Set-Up
We arrived at the venue at around 5. There was a long line, but it was spread out - people on chairs, blankets, etc. Given that we knew some who had arrived at 8:30 in the morning, we weren't all that far back. By the time the doors opened, we were in the first third of the line. We headed for the floor, but I (height challenged) and DD (tall but a little claustrophic) decided that we couldn't stay there, so we went to the back of the room and found a spot against the wall with a perfect (although a bit far away) view of the stage, and a place to sit (on a ledge). We were thrilled. Allison came on promtly at 7:30, much improved since the concert at the Highline in February, and then Orianthi played for way too long IMO. Then the stage changed as excitement built.
NB - at this point we had an unfortunate incident that distracted me from the opening of Adam's set, but I'll skip that part and stick it in at the end in case anyone gets that far.
The Reveal
And there he was, looking for all the world like The Raven Pimp (tm DD) - you've seen the photos so you know what I mean. He was larger than life, and looked about seven feet tall. Stunning image. The first group of songs were great, but I was thrown off by the shortened versions. Each was over before I could settle down and immerse myself in it. As always, Adam drew me in so completely that time was suspended. When he emerged in the long black coat to finish the first group with Sleepwalker, he was again stunning. DD, who is very visual, noticed a lot of things that I did not, especially in the background projections, like wolves' eyes, skulls and ironic images in Fever. I was focussed only on Adam.
The Experience
All of the vocals were stunning. No crazy runs, lower keys for most songs, but that strong and soaring voice owned the music. Aftermath was lovely and the vocal embellishments that you can hear on the videos were even more noticable live. Dancers looked great and complemented him well. They are smaller than he is, another thing that makes him look larger than life on stage (I saw a post that said the WB stage was larger, and he needs that. The whole production seemed too big for Starland. Stage size might have to be a consideration in the future). Best surprise - Sure Fire Winners - great live performance of what is not my favorite song. Also IIHY was superb. They've perfected it technically, but it retains all of the joy and the tour "theme".
The Concept
Loved the concept for the tour as Adam described it on that blog, but IMO it doesn't quite work. There isn't enough time in one hour to fully develop the themes he is trying to convey in each of the three sections and it moves quickly from one mood to the next. This is a minor critique, and I can see his vision realized in the costuming, lighting, etc. but I'm not sure that the shifting moods comes across well.
The Shallow
Bare chest - OMFG. And the stiped jacket may be my favorite piece of Adam fashion ever. Tommy was in love with his own hair last night, and threw his head around constantly, waving the skunk head up and down every chance he got. Adam and Brooke dancing - my mind went all kinds of places. Adam was hot hot smokin hot.
The Conclusion

I can't get enough. The performance was incredibly engrossing and over way too quickly.

As for the unfortunate incident, our wonderful spot was at the back of the bar. DD (age 16) went to the bathroom right before Adam's set and when she tried to come back Security stopped her and wouldn't let her return to the area. She and my friend (another tall person) left (I stayed where I was, and the bad mother guilt is killing me) and found a spot to stand outside the bar, but they couldn't see very much, and I was texting back and forth to make sure she was allright throughout the first four songs. DD was embarrassed at being caught doing something "wrong", thought I would be mad at her for ruining my night, and sad that she lost her spot. I was worried and tense about the whole situation, but in the end it worked out and she had a good time.

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:32 am 
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Wilkes-Barre recap by Fifth House Sun
Tour 1, Show 1.


“Ohhhh!…Do you know what you got into it…”

Almost two thousand people – me giddy-grinning among them – are on their feet, singing double entendres in perfect show choir unison.

Remixed FYE is clarion-calling the faithful and we are beyond ready. Lights are down, our momma’s not home, and this is a cauldron long past bubbling.

First show, first tour. It’s really happening.

We have endured weekly "I can’t believe I just saw that amazingness" cheering alone from our living rooms. Stumbled our way – not believing we were actually doing something so sanity questioning – to finding each other around the campfires of the internet. Worn out our mouse fingers power-trending polls and tracking down every possible pixel of decent audio. And breathed every breath of the OMG trail from first mic stand grab in 2009 Portland to the seven-minute transubstantiation of Fantasy Springs WLL.

And this is it. First show, first tour. No one to answer to but himself. And us. And we want it.


I am completely aware of being there. And how all across the internet fingers are clicking keys as anxiously as we, awaiting the start gun, are already holding on to the seat backs in front of us.

And then, it’s time.

Band swoops on stage, the roar begins. First chords of Voodoo. And the screams become like airplane engines if what they blasted were high-pitched torrents of "Yes!!!!!!!"

And he’s there.

High on his chosen platform. Back lit so the outlines are like some kind of Mad Hatter against the moon. He’s singing, though the screams are now a steady wall of sound with no spaces – a phenomenon full of heady joy that will tremble the walls of this Art Deco palace after every number tonight.

He slowly, carefully, prowls towards us down the memories of his own portable Feeling Good Memorial Stairs.

And rummaged out of ten thousand clicks of interview watching, as the crowd is following Paula’s excellent advice to "take it all in" and examining every inch of the intricate costume, make-up, and magician’s movements, while bouncing to VooDoo’s not overly familiar spell, one all-important quote from Adam Lambert to Simon and the world is planting inside my mind : "Theatrical is good".

Oh, my, indeed, it is.

This show is very theatrical.

Not overly so, at all. It’s got kick-ass Rock Star through and through.

But there are full-fire theatrical moments that are as close to scripted play or musical production numbers as a traveling rock concert can get.

They’re like magic nuggets of condensed power interlaced through the world-class Rock 'n Roll. Characters he can embody and expand. Interactions with the dancers that will do exactly what dancing always does over time – after the body has memorized every synchronized move giving emotions the solid foundation on which to express with just a flicker – and that is to delight.

He may sing the same songs 70 times. Or change up a few here and there, most especially the encore. But even if it’s the same set, every night, it will never be the same show twice.

Because packed inside this traveling jamboree of legend-in-the-making rock show are change-up opportunities that are 100% theatrical.

And if you are lucky enough to have spent time participating in that transforming communal rhapsody known as live theatre you will recognize them as you cheer.

This is what Rock Star looks like now, Earthlings.

No limits, no categories, no snarling poseurs, no fake electro augmentation pretending “catchy” is the new synonym for talent.

This is a show that can grow each time it’s performed.

First show, first tour. No one to answer to but himself. And he’s built an expandable potion that he can brew and flavor whatever way he pleases. That can deliver exactly what he’s always promised: Entertainment.

While still slamming down Pure Rock Star better than any hot rocket frontman who’s ever stalked the stage.

The astoundingly mature restraint of this nuanced accomplishment could floor you if you weren’t so busy trying to not float away in the fun.

He didn’t try to accomplish too much in the short rehearsal time and, let’s face it, not-yet-unlimited budget of a first-time headliner who skipped the opening act transitory step.

But he’s structured a flexible, portable, sizzling, magical container that can go as far as he likes.

By using, among other powers, theatrics.

There is room for nightly decisions to give that night’s exact crowd exactly what it needs, one of his most remarkable skills.

There is flexibility to add storyline, or subtract it. The lasers can adapt to location. They’re atmospheric, not bombarding. There are pencil beams and curly cues. Swirls and long trails.

The pictures that project behind him could change every night, and he probably carefully selected each one. Though, like Paula said, when he’s on stage, all you see is him.

For example, there are apparently moments in the show where he’s wailing in front of a giant neon sign that reads "Hot Sex". I did not see this sign. I did have some momentary experiences of its message during the 60 some minutes. And it’s hard to miss the opening dancing of Fever is Adam and just the male dancers.

Adam introduces the band by their full names now. Monte is officially music director. Brooke is his choreographer. There are legions of roadies, four buses, two equipment trucks (my hotel room, serendipitously, overlooked them all).

This is grown-up stuff.

This is how pioneering creativity is prospered. Choose what you want to make most powerful and express it fully. He seems to have recognized that trying to make everything happen leads to watery nothing at all.

He no longer needs to set his hair on fire.

He has chosen to ignite his audience’s lives. It’s a much deeper, more satisfying, bolder, bigger fire to start. And it never has to stop glowing its warmth.

The unstoppable, game-changing impact of expert theatricality will unfold over the 70 performances.

But first show, first tour, I was surprised, intrigued and amused to recognize the energetic archetypes that a man known for his blindingly sexy charisma chose to present.

The first image he gives us is not Mr. Hot Rock God. It’s Mad Hatter, New Orleans meets Wild West Magician Medicine Crow.

This really is New Orleans homage. Inspired by Dr. John. The original. (An African American healer, here’s a picture on Dr. John, the singer’s web site, www.

Adam is all bent elbows and spell twining three-foot fringe dangling from his long arms. Jutting emphasis on angles in the cross steps of his careful footwork and fancy feathers plumed off the king-size top hat. (Not the first costume of the evening to remind you how tall he is. And how happy you are about that.)

Buckskins are among the many Native American knowledge bases co-opted by the White Man. Leather fringe flittering was a kind of camouflage. It broke up the solid outline of human form. Like much magic, including feathers, it eventually became decorative.

But this Puppet Master pulling the strings of his dancers causes me just a tiny personal smile. He’s a Shaman! Yes, interestingly, this character has White Man Wampum and firewater blurred aspects that polygot New Orleans has always known.

But he’s a Shaman!

Adam performing has felt like a Shaman in command many times to me. Kundalini rising, respectful energy exchange with his audience. Smiling, happy, pure goodness of delight in being there doing his flat-out best to bring joy to those watching.

But still, always in energetic command.

Sheer, utter, command. As he is, right now, and will be throughout the entire show.

He is combined complete masculine power and sweet, happy puppy giving. Grounded from barefoot toe tip to insouciant sky-high Elvis hair by being fully present. Alive with himself. Yet, he’s clearly there only and completely for his audience.

Half the people sitting in the orchestra will believe he made eye contact with them, several times. Even me. And I’m in the 12th row and know I can’t be seen.

What he’s connecting to is the joyful energy flowing ceaselessly towards him. And that there is no place in that audience he can’t look and make contact.

Light, sweet control. Deft, barely discernable control. Master’s touch. Never lets go. All for us.

He has put out his palm from note one, we are all in it, and he will take care of us until it’s over. Energy, intention, highest good magic.

He is an instructional video in how to use energy on stage. Awake, aware, alive, sparkling. Shimmy shake cutie-pie.

And, then, thrust, pop, yes that really happened, just like you felt it way down inside, alpha male.

The show’s first song may be about VooDoo (a widely misrepresented religion) but it’s not dark. He can’t be dark. He’s too happy to be there. And his intentions for the world are all about peace, love and growth-inducing change.

Still, first show, first tour, lights up, there he is, a Shaman.

The Mad Hatter will take us Down the Rabbit Hole, issuing one of the most unnecessary invitations in the history of stage performance: Come on and follow me.

He’ll shed the fringed jacket to become a sutra seductor in Ring of Fire. And the barefoot temptation then lathers us through what may become the best Broadway Production number known to Rockland: Fever. Adam and the dancers fan themselves in cute unison. But there is no cooling us off.

The first costume change – covered by some still emerging as how far theatre/rock to take it dancing – is another energetic archetype Adam both completely inhabits and inverts. A new silhouette of power, up high. But this time in a long, floor-dusting, form-outlining coat.

He could be a Mage, a Priest, a Sultan, a King. Sleepwalker organ chords slowly build. Heathcliff. Phantom. He’s wearing what could be a cassock, a wizard’s cloak, a prince’s robe.
This is classic leading man stuff. With every twist imaginable.

And continuing evidence that the supremely gifted costume designer knows the importance of showing what the headliner is working with. Including the impact of a flash of long, strong thigh. And broad shoulders. (Expressive, broad shoulders that later can sway the third costume change’s magnificent striped leather jacket as if it had tail feathers)

But now it’s the Magician King’s top coat he’s wearing when he’s sitting on his stool, talking directly to each of us, singing directly to us all. And when a moment occurs, for the first time, that is certain to happen 69 times more.

And that’s when he sings "Thanks for loving me…" in WWFM.

Before he can even get to “doing if perfectly” the audience has roared up its happiness. He reacts. This is big magic. There are almost two thousand people beaming love. And they represent untold thousands more who love this man, his fearless dedication to excellence, and the happiness he creates.

Who want his best. His fullest, strongest, most interesting and inspiring self.

And they don’t get much chance to say this to him directly, personally, nor he to us, and this song, this moment is mutual opportunity for that to happen.

It was splendid. And will only get more so.

Adam seems aware that this is an unique fanbase. In Fever, he wiggled his fingers out to beckon in the entire venue singing he wants to "get all of you alone" and you believe him.

For this hour, this time, he is here for each of us. There is two-way love going on here. But right now, this is his job, this is his responsibility of the relationship. This is where he shows up and holds nothing back.

Our job is to try to stay in our bodies enough to enjoy the energy of so much love beaming around and forget everything but here, now, and the fun.

An interesting choice Adam has made with his show is apparently to become a patron of the arts and promote dance.

The dancers are used like spices. Sparingly, but with just the right flavor. They are not, praise Terpsichore, yet another hack rendition of Pop Star accoutrement number 4: Beat Bopping Bodies.

This is way more genuine musical production than that step-clomp-wriggle-du-jour stuff, that’s almost become a parody, usually with a phalanx of same-size all males, covering up auto-tuned lip synching.

As many of us discussed when Adam’s somewhat less than unique dance numbers hit the internet, Adam does not need ordinary Pop Singer dancing. And that’s not what’s happening now. This is real dancing. Including his.

News to no one, but Adam has got some moves. And over time, he and the dancers hitting those beats together is gonna be big fun. It already is.

And no video has shown just how fast and skilled that fist-pumping interchange he does with choreographer Brooke really is. And at the end of the show! Where did he get the energy.

On one hand, it doesn’t really matter what else is happening on stage. You’re gonna tractor beam him. But the dancers have the potential to both enhance the show and further showcase his originality. The man can dance. And choreography is another way to demo his talents.

And while I am a RL supporter of modern dance, wasn’t expecting dancing without Adam. It is not clear exactly how the dancing interlude moments are going to evolve. Felt a little bit like the times where the dancers are on stage performing without him should be either more original and complex, or just shorter.

But like the band playing without Adam – and Cam, Longineau, and Tommy are great musicians, and, of course it’s always a pleasure to hear Monte Pittman play – there may be more to come. Or less.

As he introduces the show closing "If I Had You", Adam preaches his message of Put Love First. That "if you are not connected to Love" nothing means nothing. Most especially Rock Stardom.

There has been much to learn about love as an Adam Lambert fan.

He’s an unwilling Pied Piper who only intended to entertain. But has ended up launching dialogues and discussions. And creating a wired fanbase of diverse people with a love of creativity, of joy, of happiness, of peace, connection, community, newness, diversity, and fun, that is no small instrument of intelligence and power.

Right now, on this tour, Adam can use that unwavering support to do anything he chooses.

The shows are sold out. Everyone in the audience wants him to strut his stuff.

Hope he gets to try everything he ever wanted, even if it’s just for a minute a night, to see how it might work. The chance to do that doesn’t happen often. And all his hard work created it. Hope he can seize it and use it as time and tour grind, of course, will allow.

There is so much first tier amazing singing and entertaining going on that he could go crazy nuts, let’s just try this, every once in a while and even if it – like all pursuit of creative greatness must include – splatted and clunked, this audience would still have the time of their lives.

It’s his container, he built it, he can use it as he pleases.

Can’t wait to see it again. For unknown reasons, my seat experienced the worst sound mix imaginable. Echo like a Miley Cyrus track. Band overload. His voice mixed down too soft, and echo echo echo flabby. Like a bad car radio three blocks away. And even without getting to enjoy those clarion clear notes only Adam can do, it was a spectacular experience.

Do what ever you can to get there – within reason, of course. But consider a broad definition of reasonable.

And if geography or circumstances prevent that, hope some moments of reporting here on the things videos can’t entirely show enhance your vicarious entertainment.

He is as amazing you want him to be. And this is just the beginning.

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 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:22 am 
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K-Fest 2010 (Wappinger Falls, NY) [Duchess Stadium]
June 6

mickeybordentwo wrote:
I'm home.

You know what he sang. You know what he wore.

He introduced the band (no keyboardist) and the dancers during IIHY.

When he was finished singing, someone from the radio interviewed him, and Adam plugged the Glam Nation tour.

As I was waiting for the shuttle bus to take people back to the train station where our cars were, I eavesdropped on two young women standing behind me.

"I love Adam," one young woman said.

"It's because he's unavailable," said her friend.

"Oh no," said the first young woman. "I'm going to have him."

They were very cute.
Now that I've had supper and a good night's sleep, I'm a little more coherent about KFest.

Fest is the operative word. It felt like a festival. Lots and lots of families with young kids. Lots of teen girls. Lots of moving around and talking and playing and a little bit of dancing on the fringes. People smiling and laughing. People in military garb throwing pencils into the stands, with bobbysox worthy shrieks as the pencils landed (never underestimate the power of free).

After complicated and threatening weather, it turrned into a stunningly beautiful late afternoon; blue skies, puffy white clouds, a strong, cooling breeze.

The stage was set (as best I could tell) in right field. I sat in the bleachers by the third base line and could see nothing of the stage. Maybe its top, but that was it. People standing in the outfield could see the stage, but I got there so late I would have been in the back of the standees and seen nothing anyway. Lots of people were sitting in the bleachers, and maybe there was a different place to sit with a better sightline, but it didn't seem worth the effort to find out.

There was a scoreboard, which most of the time showed the performers. In between performances it showed texted messages. There were quite a number of I love Adam Lamberts and at least one proposal of marriage for him.
K-Fest Part Two:

I sat behind a family (or what I assume was a family), a father, wearing a tee shirt that said something like It's Good To Be Called A Redneck, and a mother and a couple of teenage daughters. Very nice people, who shared their sunscreen with me (I'd brought a rain poncho, but hadn't thought about sunscreen). They stayed to the very end (a lot of people left early, the way you'd leave a baseball game early, to beat the traffic), and if I interpreted their actions correctly, the two young daughters were thrilled to get a photograph of Adam, and Mr. Redneck thoroughly enjoyed his performance (he kept his eyes glued to the scoreboard and applauded after each song).

Since I could only see what was on the scoreboard, I had only the most general visual sense of what was happening. The sound quality varied, which was disappointing since it had been excellent for Train (although they'd had a problem that caused them to stop between songs at one point. Also Train encouraged us to sing Oh Fuck, which I didn't think of as particularly family friendly, and led me to have quite a little debate with myself about the meanginglessness of language). Anyway, Adam's sound quality at points was a little strident, but at times was crystal clear. And Adam, having the voice that he does, overcame bad sound systems.

Of his six numbers, I think I loved Fever the most. First of all it's fun, and this was a fun event. People wanted to hear songs they knew, and Adam was hindered that his only big hit was a ballad.
Third (and I hope last) part of K-Fest report:

But there was something cheerfully audacious about Adam singing, and performing, a lusty song to another guy at this country feel family event. I guess it was like Train urging us to sing Fuck. Maybe it was because it may have felt country but really it was just an exurb of NYC. Maybe it was because performers don't care where they are; they have a way of doing things and they don't veer from that. Or maybe things have changed all over America and the perception of change hasn't caught up with the reality.

After Adam finished performing, he was interviewed briefly (I don't remember either of the other two performers I saw being interviewed) and he put in a plug for Glam Nation. By that point, we were all trying to get out of there, which took an extraordinary amount of time (I got out of Yankee Stadium last month in less time than it took to get out of Dutchess Stadium last night).

They announced on the loudspeakers a couple of times that there were 10,000 people there, and it was advertised as a sellout.

Allison was an unexpected surprise performer. She sang well before I got there, but the comments I heard about her afterwards were that she was good, but no one knew who she was.

While we stood on endless line waiting for the shuttle buses, Adam's 2 buses and a stretch limo the size of Long Island passed us. We had no way of knowing which vehicle carried him, but we waved in ecstacy at the thought that he might be on one. People waved back, but we'll never know who they were.

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:01 pm 
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June 10 - Council Bluffs, IA (Harrah’s Ballroom)
originally posted June 11, 2010
** This was an outdoor show on grass. We were told at the show that it did sell out and that the configuration with chairs and standing is set at 3,500.

We got to the venue at about 4:00 and Adam was doing his soundcheck as you all already know. We got in line and I would guess we were about 100 people back and we were lined up about 300 feet away from the buses. You could clearly see people coming and going into the buses and I was so impressed becuase no one ever mobbed them or even went near the buses. About the only crowd reaction was when ever Allison or Tommy came by several people would call their names and wave. Tommy moved around a lot attracting the most attention and at one point just kind of hung around near the back entrance of the hotel where about a dozen people went over and talked to him.

DH being 6'1" peaks over the covered fence and notices that about 100 feet back from the stage are signs that indicate no chairs beyond this point. We look at the crowd ahead of us and notice almost everyone has a lawn chair so he says, "Ya know if we didn't have our chairs we could get right up front to the stage because we aren't that far back in line but that would mean would literally be standing for 4 hours once they open the gates at 6:00." Now DH likes Adam but make no mistake he was there for me so I was real hesitant to make that call. He eggs me on by saying I may not ever get this opportunity again. So I think back to SusanL's advice:
Susan L wrote:
WOODSTOCK BABY--smear the mud and dance like it's 1969!!!

and say, "Let's go for it! It will be something I will always remember!" So the plan works perfectly but we were still one row back. He notices an openening right on the barrier a bit further stage right than is optimal and grabs it. I go and look and stage equipment is going to block me from a RoF visual AND there is the biggest speaker known to man immediately in front of me, but the idea of being front row and is more than I can turn down so that's where we stuck. Plus to be honest being able to lean against the barrier for all that time was worth the compromise.

Since it was an outdoor venue everyone was loud, upbeat and very chatty. At one point one of the gals says she just got a tweet from the venue that states the first person to locate the tweeter gets a M&G with Adam and describes what they are wearing. It turns out the person was very near us and she says, "Should I go? I don't want to lose my spot." Everyone starts saying GO GO We'll hold your spot. So she runs over and gets the M&G and when she comes back she says he was SO sweet and autographed some things and she had her picture taken by a pro and they also took a picture for her using her camera. She said he complimented what she was wearing and she freaked out and yelled back, "YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL! and then was humiliated. He just laughed and told her to have a good time and roll around in some glitter. :)

When it was about time for the show to start Lane stood on the stage and started taking her flip phone vids and stills and was SMILING so I figured the crowd was good. I now wonder if that was when people thought she was scanning for streams. Anyway Alli was good and during her set LP is watching from the stage and Adam is sitting in a patio area with Sutan and Lane trying to be low-key (not show ready yet) but failing miserably, everyone up front notices. Orianthi was meh (not my cuppa) and besides that Ori is waaaaaay heavy on bass and drums, remember that gigantic speaker right in front of me?? My friend the security guard on a break between her songs says that it was new last week and is much louder than the previous one and was specifically to louden the bass and drums. Before Ori's set is over DH has his hands over his ears and as he is the designated picture taker I started to fret. My friend the security guard comes to the rescue and slips DH some ear plugs. YEAH!

Adam comes on and he is just so real and larger than life and suddenly my feet don't hurt anymore and that hour whizzes by. The big speaker makes videos impossible, it turns out my husband isn't a very good picture taker with women jumping up and down around him all the time, I was blocked from RoF and BO and I would do it a hundred more times. It was all worth it to be that close to him while he was singing his heart out. We were surrounded by young people and it was the kind of crowd that the boyfriends put the girls up on their shoulders (which friendly security guard dispatched with quickly), and the energy was good and he just looked so HAPPY.

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:53 pm 
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June 12 - Prior Lake, MN (Mystic Lake Casino’s Mystic Showroom)

I tried to get tickets for both MN shows. Every pre-sale and regular sale was a fail. By some miracle, lambski was checking out Ticketmaster and found tickets after seeing my pitiful post on MAIN. :) Thank you, lambski!!! <3 So I was able to get tickets two days before the show!!! I was seeing Adam Fucking Lambert live, bbs!!!

These must have been late released/held tickets because they were really really good seats. I attended the show with three very good friends who came away very impressed with Adam. A big thank you to cj for helping me figure out "what not to wear"!!! I <3 you, cj!!!

Here's a slightly tweaked version of my 3AM flailing!!!

I don't know really what to say!!! He was unbelievable!!! My seats were unbelievable!!! He was perfect. Eventhough I've watched just about every youtube of this tour/every song so far, it was just this beautiful, incredible experience. Stand out moments for me: Soaked---unbelievably beautiful. SW---LOVED. BO---he did some incredible thing with his voice. OMG---Voodoo and ROF. Strut, he did the crotch/cane twirl and everyone LOL. I really couldn't take my eyes off him. I really only noticed the others when near him. Aftermath--you just want to cry after it's so lovely.

The venue was so clean and really nice. They were very strict.

HIS VOICE!!! OMG, he sounded BETTER than his cd, any youtube, TV performance or anything I've heard/watched!!! His voice just filled the place. He totally blew my mind. I was like, I want a cd of THIS. I mean, I love the cd but his voice LIVE???!!!! There really aren't any words to describe it. His voice is an experience.

The crowd was there for Adam. Very respectful to Allie and Orianthi but didn't come alive until Adam.

I'll just add the things about Allie and Orianthi. I really wonder if they both need some REAL help with getting their mixes correct.

I really was excited about seeing Allison. I thought live would make a difference for me because I always had so much trouble understanding her. Allie looked gorgeous--she has a rocking body. I want her dress. But, I still had so much trouble understanding her. None of her songs captured my attention. Then, her last song, I think it was her first single---her voice was just gorgeous!!! I was kind of pissed. Did they just get her mix right? On the last song? IDK. She had better stage presence than Orianthi.

Orianthi--all her music sounded the same. The only song that got any real response was According to You. I really liked Courage. There were either 2 Orianthi fans or 2 Adam fans that felt sorry for her and stood her entire set. And, her guitar was so distorted that all the praise everyone gives her had me scratching my head. Again, mix issues? I couldn't understand her either. I'm not saying this to be mean, but she wore these crazy heels and walked around awkwardly playing her guitar. It just wasn't very attractive. Her drummer is HOT. His arms were killer. I thought my friends were going to go nuts over Orianthi, she is very beautiful and they didn't. They were meh.

I was honestly a little worried by then about the venue's acoustics. But, then Adam comes along and his voice is so soaring and clear. I think everyone's mouth was just hanging open, like am I really hearing this?

I was wondering if it was just me because I knew the words to his songs? But, my friends were like no, Adam just pawns everyone. Is it the amount of time he puts in at soundcheck? The band did not overpower him. I really came away respecting Monte and his guitar playing so much more than before. He was way better than Orianthi, IMHO. Aftermath was killer with Adam's vocals but Monte's guitar playing was beautiful. Also, I think Adam having so much diversity in his set really makes a difference. If all his songs sounded like Fever, would his show hold my interest? I think Adam is a genius. From the imagery to the staging to the dancing it was just a perfect theatrical production. I mean that in the most complementary way. Adam has a SHOW, a cohesive, well thought out show.

Moments that stood out:
We were all waiting for him and we hear: "Hi." (Kind of sweet, and sing-songy--very much like when he was in the UK and he gets out the van and greets fans.) And, I swear everyone collectively freaked out. He was testing the microphone? IDK, I've never seen it mentioned before but it was just the perfect little thing that made me smile like an idiot. FYE started playing and I swear the place just erupted!!!

He danced over to the side when LP had his intro/solo. Pelvic thrusts to the beat. **yeah, I died**

Tommy rubbed on him and Adam called him a kitty-cat. It was cute. {eta: I originally thought it was kitten. Memory fail.}

He danced with Sasha when she was on the side platform kind of like he does with Brooke. He was soooooo happy and told us over and over at the end thank you. Sooo sweet.

His speaking voice is so sexy. I know you know this!!!! But it was just **thud** for me. When he came out in that last outfit, let's just say it fits him like a glove!!! My eyes kept straying south and there was really something to see!!! ;p

Oh, I forgot. LP had pigtails. When I first saw him I was, did he cut his dreads? Then I realized he had them in two pigtails. It was weird. ;P

He popped Brooke in the face/mouth. He was talking with his hands as he introduced her and accidentally hit her. He said, "Oh, shit--I hit you." He was so contrite. I felt so bad for him. They danced, she went to sit down, she was laughing at him, he still wasn't over it. He said to the audience, "I hit her," kind of in disbelief. At least, that's how I remember it.

Wow. You know I loved him before, I just fell in love all over again.

Things that surprised me:
**very few glammed up
**mixed crowd (lots of older men, lots of moms with kids, lots of couples, lots of teens, lots groups of guys, and of course lots of women of every age)
**the lasers were incredible

Honestly, it few by!!! When I realized he was on IIHY, my heart kind sunk. It was just about over. :(

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:21 pm 
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June 16, 2010

glammax wrote:
Hi everybody ...I have to say the hair looks fabulous in person. I noticed right away even in the top hat. Once the hat came off, it looked more tribal. Adam must be tired of the retro Elvis look LOL! On to my recap ....I did not need a glambulance btw ...

MyJacket and I met Susan L, MadTex and their respective friends for dinner. So much fun meeting everybody. Alli was good, but Orianthi did nothing for me --will be at Adam's merch table during her set on Thursday at Hammond.

And I said to MyJacket I thought after three days of singing MW for the encore Adam might be bored and ready for WLL ...oh boy I was right. So I'll start there and work my way back for a change :) There better be video because I really didn't catch everything. I couldn't believe my eyes when he laid back on the stairs, it was unbelievably hot. He was on fire and at one point came to end of the stage and let the fans grab at him ...when they got to his knee he took a step back. I seriously laughed -- he knows EXACTLY what he is doing every minute!!!!

IIHY was just the dance party of the show and the WHAT he has added is so cute. He sounded fabulous on Music Again, but I want to marry Strut. The cane, the coat, the dancers, and his voice and moves...WOW. I've seen the gif for the little turning off the light move he does and had no idea where it came from ...LOL now I know. It is such a great way to end the song. Somewhere in this section is Broken Open and I actually sat down and just took in it. Beautiful ....

Some random thoughts ...he is so freaking adorable it hurts!!! Yes, ROF, WLL and many of the other songs are hot and sexy, but he just makes me smile all the time. In the center section in the 6th row the sound was a little distorted IMO. Sound from the speakers and sometimes Adam. The couple next to me were around my age :) and the husband bought the wife tickets as a gift ...and he shared he likes Adams voice but his style of music is not his thing. He went to get a beer and when he got back I asked if was ready for what was coming ...and he said he might need 9 more beers!! Regarding the kids being taken out on twitter ...I didn't see many kids at all. Do we believe every thing we read on twitter. Oh, and people texting and tweeting during the concert were very annoying. I need a break ...more later.

eta: The restaurant was around the corner from the theater, and the buses were parked on the street. Susan saw LP's little head and we went running to the windows! I didn't see him, but Alli did walk by a little later. And a hilarious side note, I ran into my neighbor sitting two rows behind me ...she is 18 and knowing we both had this love for Adam in common was fun! Also, there were signs for Adam in one of the balcony boxes. Girls ...Idol is over!

A couple more thing and then bed ...IMO it took a long time for Adam to come out for the encore. Maybe he was hydrating (it was hot as hell in there), maybe he was discussing ...but I was getting nervous there would be no encore. The brocade coat Tommy wears in beautiful, but I swear I didn't notice him at all until Fever I was stuck on watching Adam!

MadTex wrote:
I'm not going to post a full recap because I'm still on the iPhone. The concert was unbelievable!! His vocals were incredible, he gave us plenty of glory notes and rock wails. "Eyes baby eyes" was high and piercing just like I like it. Soaked was a master class. And then of course, we got bluesy WLL and Adam making love to the stairs TWICE, which he clearly really enjoyed. (apparently, we were good audience so we got rewarded! Susan knows the story on this). It was the best accoustic WLL I've heard!

Our seats were incredible, 11th row center. The mix was perfect after the first two songs (the band was a little too loud at first). Accoustics were fantastic! My friend who was a fan but not an obsessed one, was in awe. She LOVED it!

Oh, and the pictures don't do justice to the haircut. It looked awesome! The shaved side allowed for a ver cool sparkly wide stripe of silver glitter to be afixed from the corner of his eye into the shaved part of his head. It really looked incredible. And the front was emo style. It was effing hot in there. Adam said he was literally soaked to the bone. So he kept swiping his hair out of his face. (srsly, had the venue not heard of A/C? Ther was literally no air movement and it was muggy. Maybe they were trying to recreate New Orleans.)

And, I got to meetSusanL, glammax, myjacket, and bubbles(who lurks but doesn't post! What a great bunch of women!

I'll write a more substantial recap later. Off to bed...
Susan L wrote:
I just wrote a very detailed recap and lost it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, now I will have to be brief--because I MUST GET TO BED.

Awesome to meet Glammax, MadTex and MyJacket!! Lovely, real people to connect with in this virtual reality we all spend so much time in ;-)

WLL: I was lucky to spend most of the concert 18 fucking inches from the stage, dancing my ass off because of the friends I met on the ticket line!! A couple of them had scored a Meet & Greet. Monte told them that Adam performs WLL if he "feels it" from the crowd.

WELL, HE CERTAINLY FELT IT IN MILWAUKEE TONIGHT!!!! It was a great crowd, in a beautiful theater (not a casino maybe?) and, WLL was epic. Maddie, you got it right when you posted the gif from Art4Life....It was a bit of that, a bit of Indio and a whole lot of hot. Adam and the band seemed to really be in a groove with each other and Adam did not hold back in anyway with that perfroomance. It was incredibly sexy and he pulled out all the stops vocally. It was a very big wow moment to end the concert with. And it was a great concert.

So much attention to detail in the costumes, the lasers. The dancers were great--they add a lot of fun spirit on the stage. Adam seemed to be having a blast--he was campy, he was HOT, his voice soared (Soaked was stunning), he rocked it out, he smiled like a thousand suns after Aftermath.

He's really good, really, really good.

MyJacket wrote:
I’ve uploaded my photos from Milwaukee. I must say Adam has the most expressive body and facial movements, it’s hard to not capture them. I did, however, veer from the full-on right side hair pics, cause like princess, I’m more partial to more hair is betterer.


Yes, Adam, you are Hot….Sex!

Link to remaining SmugMug pics

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:56 am 
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I never did get around to a full recap of Milwaukee, and it seems a bit late for one now, especially with the other fabulous recaps here from that show. I'll just add a couple observations.

While the crowd was predominantly female and probably skewed a bit over 40, there were plenty women (and girls) representing the younger age sets. I saw no one who resembled a "frau" or "sparkle cow" (and I'm going by definitions established by the haterz). What I did see were a venue full of people overwhelmed with joy and love for an artist and his music. Most people looked pretty conventional (my friend said she felt overdressed in her sequined tank top), though there were a few men and women glammed up. I saw some wonderfully accommodating husbands and boyfriends who actually appeared to be enjoying themselves. There were gai bois and lesbians (yay on that part! I feel we are underrepresented in the fandom.). A room full of lovely people.

The show did seem quickly-paced. (side-note:Hammond could have been sped up because of a venue curfew. That's typical of casino gigs. Running long results in pricey fines for the artist). I don't often attend concerts for new artists, but the friend I brought with me does so frequently. She actually said a 60 min. show is pretty long for a new artist. She said 30-40 minutes is pretty standard. She was surprised Adam sang so long and said it's testament to how good his album material is. So, perhaps, we're being indulged and just don't know it!

I agree that BO isn't quite right, as much as I loved it. My thinking is this: Adam stands up-stage encapsulated in fog, blue light, and soft lasers. There's an ethereal, atmospheric quality that's surely intentional. The band is off-stage; the music is piped in. The presentation is celestial and supernatural, which fits the sound of the song. The unintentional consequence to this presentation, however, is the song becomes emotionally disconnected from the audience. It sounds and looks beautiful, but the performance's ability to move and transform the audience is slightly askew, IMO.

I am really awful at selecting favorites of pretty much anything. This is just part of who I am. So, I don't have a favorite number from the show. Soaked was the most amazing vocal of the night, for me. RoF was brilliant. I really loved the energy of Fever and IIHY. Pure fun mixed with stellar vocals! Aftermath has finally found its place, which makes me very happy. (It's one of those songs I "should" love because I want to marry the message of the lyric, but I could never count in my top songs. Now I can.) And, of course, WLL. The epic of that has been well-covered here. :)

Orianthi is an excellent guitarist, and her singing was better than I expected. Her mix was off so that her instrumentals, particularly the lead guitar, overwhelmed the vocals. Or, perhaps this was intentional. ;) She could learn a thing or two or three about stage presence from Adam, however. She was pretty boring to watch. And she likes to sing/play with her eyes closed, which I find very annoying.

ETA: I'll search for my initial quickie recap and copy that here, too.

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:38 pm 
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nic9701 wrote:
Back from Hammond! It was AWESOME. Things I loved, in no particular order: the lasers, all of Adam's outfits, the way-cool intro to "Sure Fire Winners", meeting glammax, MyJacket, and Susan L, the lasers!, the two huge video screens that allowed a closer view, watching MyJacket take more pictures with her kick-ass camera, the double encore of MW and WLL, the fact that I couldn't stop smiling from beginning to end, and the LASERS! Seriously, those things add such a great element to the show, and because we were sitting up in the balcony, we got their full effect.

Not a very "dancey" crowd, especially up in the balcony, but the floor was packed and the cheers were loud. Adam's set flew by so fast! His voice was amazing and he's such a natural on stage - nothing we didn't already know around here, but it's pretty great to see/hear it in person. No "Broken Open", but if that made room for the double encore, that's fine with me. I was trying to pick a highlight and I really can't - I loved it all equally!

glammax wrote:
Sorry, the stairs did not get lucky tonight ...but the MW/WLL was a nice surprise.

However, I really did miss BO. LOL at myself because I thought the little turning off the light move he does came from Strut. Not so much -- from SFW. MyJacket, nic9701 and I were up in the balcony and it was an entirely different experience from Milwaukee. ITA with every thing nic9701 just posted. Looking down on the GA section actually made me glad I wasn't down there, but I did miss the up close view and feel of the show.

MyJacket, Hoopla didn't waste any time. One of your Milwaukee pictures is on the link to the Hammond concert thread.

MyJacket wrote:
Last to the party again, lol. nic9701 and glammax said it all. We were pretty far back but nothing can stop that voice from bouncing off all the walls. It's such a different experience from another part of the venue, almost like a whole different concert.

I can't begin to tell you guys how much your comments mean to me. It's like Adam and I share a little bit of something with each picture. No, I'm not dilerious, honest. It's just that now I can't not take pictures. TXArchitect, your story and compliments made me cry, seriously. Your dd was adorbs then and beautiful now. Our love affair with Adam takes so many different forms and those of us who like to take pictures share the same love as say, lambobsessed does, with her WLL's (lol) and others with their vids. We're a good combination, all of us.


The pics from tonight are strange for sure. nic9702 likes lasers, we got lasers! Probably going to end up more artsy fartsy than clear and close.

Once again, you guys are awesome. I'm so proud to be a part of the fandom, we are havng a blast! Thanks.
shootingstar wrote:
I have to start with this Mae West quote:
"It isn't what I do, but how I do it. It isn't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it."

This made me thing of my first live Adam Experience. He was amazing. At one point I literally forgot I was watching a concert - he sounds so PERFECT, even better than his CD. He was everything I could want - except it was much TOO SHORT!!!

I wish I could have hung with nic/glammax/susan and myjacket!!! I did get to meet glammax and myjacket. that was a treat. I really wanted to hang with you guys more but I had to appease the hubby and let him gamble. I hope you guys weren't offended.

I was pretty close to the stage on the floor but I'm so short and man did my feet and back hurt in the end!!

AND, he definitely said "I love you" to Tommy this time around. So I will assume that he did in fact say it in Milwaukee.

My camera sucked so pics were useless, but I'm loading vid to see if I got any gems there.

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:41 pm 
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Susan L wrote:
Hi All! I drove a total of 7 hours yesterday for one beautiful hour of Adam on stage. You have to understand--after working exclusively from home for the last year, I now have a 15 minute commute. I am going to need a vacation from my 2-concert week!

Well, my friend Simone is now a convert! She came with me to the two shows. After the first she said, "he certainly does have a great voice...I get it...but he's not the love of my life (she's referring to my state with that one!)." After the Hammond show, where we were about 4 rows back in GA, she could not stop talking about his charisma. "He has that capacity to make everyone in the room feel like he's looking right at them, doesn't he?".

She loved meeting up with my AWOP friends *waves to Glammax, MyJacket & Nic*--and my two friends that I met on the ticket line in Milwaukee (I think I might be joining them for Rockford!). She thought all the people were so sweet and was fascinated by the whole scene. We met a lovely young woman in line who was there by herself. She had the most AMAZING eye makeup, body glitter on. It turns out she's a professional makeup artist who does makeup for many things, including drag shows. It was her first time seeing Adam, she was so thrilled. We met a couple who drove in from West Virginia.

As we were talking during our drive home, and I was babbling rather nonstop about a wide variety of Adam subjects, she commented, "He has an incredibly large heart, doesn't he?".....I think she does get it ;-)

I was 18 inches from the stage in Milwaukee and 4 rows back for Hammond. The Hammond venue was rather cavernous--it had great sound, jumbotron screens and a large stage--and good air conditioning. It was probably an easier work environment for Adam & Co. However, I loved the old Riverside theater in Milwaukee and the sense of intimacy created by its architecture. I felt a more intense energy from the crowd in Milwaukee--I think that is why we got such an incredible WLL there. But I know that feeling wasn't shared by everyone who was at both shows, so I think the Hammond show played really well for the audience. There were definitely more pretty boys at Hammond--Adam had been networking in Boystown I think!! I missed Allison and Taylor (I initially thought maybe Taylor had partied too hard when I saw there were only 3 dancers--then I remembered that he is only 19--because I KNOW WAY TOO MUCH ABOUT THESE PEOPLE). I missed Broken Open, even though, like others up thread, I could see that it is an energy dampener--but I love it. The show seemed shorter than Milwaukee. I don't know if that's because I had already seen it, because BO was edited out, or if they are getting tighter and quicker at moving through things. I actually feel that this is a valid critique of the show. Don't get me wrong, I understand the vocal acrobatics, his need to get through 70-odd and counting shows, etc, etc. But, it is too short IMO. I think Adam needs to come up with a way to stretch out some aspects of the show. It's a pacing thing to me, something he would understand I believe. He is remarkably aware of the audience, so that's why I feel like he would understand our need for a bit more time. Another 10-15 minutes and I believe the arc would feel complete.

Aftermath was GORGEOUS. I really have not liked that song on the album. The performance last night made my buddy Simone cry (and she had only heard it once before, in Milwaukee). It could even become one of my favorite songs of his--and I am a dance-Adam-fan! Soaked is another epic moment in the concert. It is glorious to hear that voice soar through a large venue.

I always thought I would love SFW in concert, and I do. It segues from an instrumental interlude (when the band, esp Monte, really show their stuff) with amazing lasers into SFW. It works really well. You can see/hear why Slash is wanting to work with Adam. He has an incredible rock voice--and that song is just plain FUN. And what's great, is that even when singing rock--you can hear the vocal and the LYRICS!! Sit yourself down Orianthi, and take notes!!!!!

The finale/encore was great. I thought we would get MW, since we had the epic WLL two days prior. MW was good, but not feeling right to me as a final note...and then Monte started to change it up and my eyebrows went up! WLL was not nearly as scorching as Milwaukee, but it was still SOO good. I just think I really like hearing him sing the blues!

I remember, back in the day, wishing that Whitney Houston would experiment and do albums of different styles of music because I wanted to hear her incredible voice take on Jazz and other genres.

Adam is giving me that gift--he really is an unbelievable musician, who seems to be able to wrap his voice around any style of music. And he takes them all on. He thrills me, really, really thrills me. The only problem is that no show will ever be long enough!

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:42 pm 
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lambski wrote:
Okay, now I'm inspired to do my BRIEF Milwaukee recap, after reading MT's and seeing Hammond reviews (boo, I couldn't go to that one!). Very, very quickie recap:

Awesome performances - all of them!
1. If I could cut anything (I agree w/upthread somewhere), it would be SFW.
2. Voodoo didn't get the time it deserves.
3. Broken Open was too long - my DD (who doesn't know the song from Adam ... hahaha!) said she thought it dragged at a peppy point in the concert. I love BO to death (my favorite), so it was great for me, but ...
4. 75 minutes would be better for the whole crowd. They were wanting MORE. Now maybe they HAVE to do the 1 hour because of varied venues and time constraints and all, but we were SO sad it wasn't longer. I wanted way less Orianthi (I agree - boring) and more Adam. But then, I am an Adam fan.
5. Crowd was hopping! Great response to everything - great fun! Especially the squirming around on the stairs for WLL - got shrieks of delight from my 2 DD's. They thought he was hotter than HOT.

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 7:58 pm 
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maxiford wrote:
My recount: part 1

Well I don't know how to start except to say, picture it, Royal Oak Theater, June 18, 2010. Now this is an old style theater in the middle of a booming old town full of restaurants, shops, lofts, and train tracks running right through the middle. The front of the theater faces one street and I found some people there when I arrived about 3:00. They were signing people in and wrote a number on my hand (112) and I proceded to the end of the line that would be allowed in first cause we printed tickets off the computer. Had to go around the corner. It put me next to the side of the theater and we were on the sidewalk. Made some friends standing there and of course if we had to leave for a minute no one minded. Well, I am looking at the street and there are the fricken buses and trucks! Then my daughter showed up with her camera. (Found out later that the bus Adam was on was in the back.) Saw Longineau come out of the bus, Allison, Orianthi, and Tommy! They are all so tiny, smaller than I expected. Got some pics. Now I am getting more hyped of course.
Well let me tell you how thrilled I was to see so many teens and young adults there! And lots of men too. Then all heaven broke loose cause they started the sound check. We were at the side of the theater so we could hear everything, quiet of course, but every few minutes a worker would come out the side door and we got blessed with beautiful sound. It surprised me Adam sang every song. It is like he is doing a whole concert for the sound check. Ok, back to the crowd. One girl had the most beautiful eye make-up she could have been right up there with Adam! Then as the time got closer more and more people went by to go to the end of the line. Funniest group- 3 ladies all dressed properly and the 3 men in suits and ties! Heee. Lady and her 8 year old daughter behind us were all glammed up and we found out they had meet and greet passes. The lady knew someone from the theater. Her family is in 4 or 5 of the clips in the fan video of IIHY too. So they left the line at 7:30.
maxiford wrote:
part 2
When they let us in I was surprised. No one checked anything. I ran for the stage but it was already 4 or 5 deep (all the meet and greet people were already there). So I went to the steps to the next tier. Then something told me to go behind the rail at the side and that is what we did. We were up about 3 feet from the first level and about 25-30 feet back from the stage. Absolute perfect view!!!! And we could lean on the rail. We were in front of what would be Tommy's spot. Dayam we were lucky cause within seconds the first level was packed so tight I don't know how anyone under 6 feet could see anything and the steps (about 6) to my level were filled and that level as well. The balcony was full but had seats.
Now we waited and waited. The concert didn't start until about 8:50. Alli was really good. She has gotten thin and she really is stunning. While she was singing someone handed her a paper and pen. She took it and said, "You want me to sign this now?" Then she laughed and set it on the stage. She just seemed to be having such a good time and the crowd was really cheering. During her set Jodie and I noticed the signer on the right wing of the stage. He was signing Alli's songs and bouncing and dancing along. He was great and a lot of fun to watch. Of course I didn't hardly notice him when Adam was on.
Then we had to wait again. It took a long time to take down Alli's stuff and set up Orianthi's. But then we waited more and it seemed everything was ready. Finally she came out and she was well received too. She can really rock and my daughter likes her a lot. I have to say I enjoyed her set. She is not as personable with the audience but I think she will learn to be as there were times when she made good connections.
Then we waited again. An this time we waited so long even after Adam's stuff was set up. The electricity in the place just kept getting higher. Because we slightly to one side we could see the stage side. When Monte and the rest of the band showed up there everyone erupted. Then we could see Adam. Well, from then on it was just a huge loud party. Never let up except a little on Soaked. I think even Adam was overwhelmed. Every song was spot on and he didn't let up at all. He look devine, can't think of adjectives to describe that marvelous creature. The finale was cute. Monte started a song and Adam said, No not that one! Then he did it again. Then he started MW. Then we got WLL too. Well I must say my ears are still ringing with the sounds. I think my old ears can't take the noise as much as young ears do. I thought the volume almost distorted the sound but my daughter said no.
maxiford wrote:
part 3
During Alli this 6 foot tall and 3 foot wide guy was spinning through the crowd trying to tell people to shut off cameras etc. But no one listened and we saw lots of taping. Jodie took some pics for me and I will try to share when she sends them to me. It was 12:30 when I got to my car. I did stand in line for a shirt after the concert for about 15 min. I got the black one with the blue A on the front and the tour dates on the back. Jodie and I went for some food. I think she enjoyed the concert a lot. She is really more into country but in some ways I think she would like Adam more if her friends did. Most of them don't and she probably feels the peer pressure and won't fully admit she likes him. She did say he put on a really nice concert. She goes to a lot of concerts to compare.

Well I am finally Adamized live!

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:02 pm 
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Arista wrote:
I have witnessed Glam Nation and I have survived to tell the tale.

I must warn you again that I don’t have a succinct way to sum up my experience as a whole, so I will focus (too much) on the details. Sorry if most of this is not interesting to anyone else, but it is for me as much as anyone, to document everything before I forget about it. If I don’t write it down now, I never will…

I set off from home quite a bit later than I intended, hit traffic at several points along the way, and wound up getting lost in the suburbs of Detroit, so I didn’t reach the venue until after 2 o’clock. (Luckily, I heard IIHY on the radio on the way, which probably made me considerably more zen through the tense moments.) When I drove past the theater, I could see two lines had already formed, and I knew one of them was for the “VIP entry (aka anyone who chose to print tickets at home for a couple bucks more or get the bar code sent to their mobile phone) and one line for everybody else (will call and mailed tickets). Luckily, parking was a snap because I thought to get rolls of quarters when I went to the bank, so I quickly got to the line. When I got in the VIP line, I was told there was someone in front of the theater taking down names and issuing numbers so that people could leave for a while and get back in line (doors did not open until 8, so it was going to be a long wait). I received the number 98, and was handed a permanent marker to write the number on the back of my hand. It was hard to gauge how many were in line already since some people had left, but it was already wrapped around the side of the building so I was a bit relieved to know that I was at least within the first 100 (for VIP). I went back to the end of the line and the woman who got a number right in front of me was complaining that they wouldn’t let her put down everyone else in her family (who wouldn’t be getting there until hours later) and they told her the others would have to get in line at the end when they arrived. She was pretty pissed off and asked if I thought it was fair. I was actually fine with them not agreeing to let the rest of her family cut in line, but I am inclined to avoid confrontation so I just shrugged noncommittally. I was rather bummed because I knew she would not be a line buddy that was going to help me pass the time.

I sat down and ate my lunch, then painted my fingernails. (I’d planned to do it the night before, but decided to get to bed instead so that I would be well-rested. I painted my toe nails before leaving the house, but ran out of time.) It was breezy at that point, which was nice but kind of wreaked havoc on my polish, making it dry on the brush before it got to my nails. Not the most professional-looking job I’ve ever done, but it helped pass a few minutes. The weather was very sunny and it was already feeling pretty hot. More people arrived to get in line. There were buses parked along the block and we knew that somebody familiar had to be aboard them. A semi with equipment pulled up and they unloaded an exercise bike off of it, hauling it over to one of the buses (it turned out to be the one that the band and Allison were hanging out on). I got out my umbrella to try and block the sun, but it was hard to do while sitting down against a wall. I spoke a few times to people behind me in line. One of them turned out to be a teenage girl who I recognized from the Michigan thread at Adam Official who was there with her mom. They live on the north and west side of the state and Royal Oak is the south and east side, so they started out from home at 8 a.m. and arrived in Royal Oak around 2:30. Long day for them. They were both very nice to talk to and let the people around them take turns using the lawn chairs they had brought. The girl had gotten her picture taken with Tommy and Longineu while they were off the buses, so I knew at that point to be watching the buses more closely. At one point I saw Longineu and Monte walking back to the buses with bags of food and drinks (they were coming from the direction of the McDonald’s up the street). I didn’t feel like rushing up to ask for pics when they were going to have lunch or whatever it was, so I decided to hang back. A while later, Allison got off the bus and was standing in front of it. I could tell from far away that she was not really camera-ready. A woman who was near me in line went down to the bus and then came back, saying Alli went back on the bus because she said her hair was still not dry and she didn’t have any makeup on, but that she would come out later. She did come out again, but I just watched from my spot in line. At one point, a mini van drove up and some women got out including a little girl of probably about 7. They were all very glammed up (spell check does not recognize “glam” as a verb – how tragic). The girl had a feather boa and feather earrings, the teens had sparkle makeup. One had her hair done kind of like Ke$ha and another had silver eye makeup and rhinestones coming from her eye kind of like Adam did the other night. The little girl’s mom had a headband with peacock feathers hanging from it. (I wound up feeling a little bummed that I didn't dress more OTT, but I'm glad that I wore what I did, because given the temperature I think it worked out fairly well.) The dad, who had been driving the van, joined them in line later. We noticed that the mom and the little girl were both wearing Eye of Horus temporary tattoos on the inside of their wrists like Adam. Those looked awesome – they said they got them online.

After a while, I heard a few squeals and figured that must be Adam going by. I had heard he was on another bus inside the venue loading area, so I didn’t see him go into the venue for sound check…but we did hear the sound check from outside! The stage door was just a few feet from where we were waiting. Some of us stood in the alley (closer to the door) to hear better – WWFM, DTRH, and ROF could be heard fairly clearly. When one of the guys from the venue would open the door and the music came blasting out, people begged them to leave the door open. One of the guys asked the people to move out of the alley because the venue would be liable if something happened to people on their property. I took advantage of that time to call my friend (who bought me the ticket) – she loves Ring of Fire. Unfortunately, the song finished just as she picked up the call, but we spoke for a little while anyway. I wound up being fairly pleased to be where I was in line, because we had a clear view of the buses and got to hear the sound check. If we had been around the front of the building at the start of the line, I don't think this would have been the case.

Some guys came around with cases of cold bottled water to pass out, which was so nice (and unexpected). I couldn’t tell if they were from the venue or what, but it was greatly appreciated. (The venue had apparently told people who called earlier in the week that getting there any earlier than 4 o’clock was crazy. I don’t think they really “got” how Adam’s fans are. If the water was from the venue, I do appreciate that they didn’t want any of us to pass out.) It was HOT and although I had remembered to put sun block on my arms and neck before I left the house, I did not put it on my toes, which felt like they were burning up and which turned out to be the hardest part to keep out of the sun, and I did not bring any extra sun block along. (Other than that, I was pretty proud of how I packed, because I didn’t forget anything major. This is coming from someone who frequently forgets to bring any clothes to sleep in on a trip, so…yeah. Success. My necessities: mini fan, umbrella for rain or shine, earplugs, and TICKET – I almost forgot it.) I left the line for a while to take some stuff back to my car and get something to eat. When I came back, the line was considerably longer, but we were moving up into some shadier areas. Unfortunately, the breeze had died down a bit so it was awfully hot. I spoke with another woman who was near me in line. She had gone to Toledo and Hammond (it sounded like her planned vacation had fallen through so she was taking the time off to go to some of Adam’s shows). I didn’t get online Thursday night or Friday morning, so I was floored when she said he’d done two encores the previous night, including WLL. We talked about his time on Idol and his own music. It was really fun to talk to people who knew what I was talking about when I mentioned a band member by name or referred to The Zodiac Show or a detail from one of his videos. I am not used to talking about those things with other people in person, unless I’m telling someone about it who is hearing all the information for the first time. She and I agreed to be buddies when we got into the venue and try to stake out a good spot. The people who had issued numbers apparently weren’t with the venue and never did come through to do a line check, but I do think that even just having the numbers helped people stay honest about where they were supposed to be in line. A group of women came back a few minutes before the doors were supposed to open and tried to jump into the line in front of us (they knew they had gotten there “about the same time”), but when we showed the numbers on our hands, they realized they had gotten there a little later than us and moved back to their spot in numerical order.

Doors opened and they started letting people in at 8. We hurried into the venue and down the ramps to the front. It was super-dark along the sides and I almost tripped on something (still have no idea what it was – maybe a water bottle). We had talked about going to the front of the first tier up if we couldn’t get into the first couple rows on the main floor in front of the stage, but when we got to the front of the tier, there was still a lot of room below so we decided to go for it. We wound up slightly left of center, around 5 or 6 people back from the stage (people weren’t exactly standing in “rows” so it was kind of messy and hard to count). I would say in the end I was about ten feet from the stage. I was almost directly behind this guy that was well over 6 feet tall, so I was a little worried about that, but we got herded a bit to the right so at that point I wasn’t quite behind him anymore. This was only a little after 8, so we knew we’d have to stand for at least another hour before anything really happened at all. I had agonized over what kind of shoes to wear and wound up buying some wedge thongs with a little bit of a platform. This was my first time wearing them, which was incredibly stupid (one of my setbacks on the way out of town was to stop for band-aids…I have to say, Band-Aid Tough Strips did the trick! They rock! [/product placement]). Anyway, I was really glad that I had something with a little bit of height to it. I’m about 5’5” so not really short, but with the extra inch or so I was able to see over the people holding up cameras.

There was a ton of equipment set up on stage, and at one point Neil tried to go from backstage right to backstage left…by crossing in front of all the equipment. He made it about halfway and people started cheering loudly, so he kind of smiled while shaking his head and quickly turned around to go back where he’d come from. A few seconds later, he crossed again by passing behind all the equipment, and a few people cheered again but he made it across safely. People were crammed into the area up front pretty tightly. There were a lot of teens in the crowd; guys here and there, but mostly women (I’d say maybe 80-20 for the ratio, although more guys came up front after Orianthi was done). I was right behind two teen girls who were very excited when Allison’s band started to trickle out. They had obviously met some of the band members before (definitely could have happened before the show if they waited by the buses) or at least knew a lot about them. They really got into both Allison’s and Orianthi’s sets. It was kind of nice to be around people who were enthusiastic and getting into the music, even though Adam hadn’t come out yet.

Allison’s set was fun. Her band is young and energetic; they seemed to be having a great time. I don’t know most of Allison’s music, but “Don’t Waste the Pretty” was a highlight to me. Alli was very cute and a passionate performer. Still, I had brought earplugs for her and Orianthi’s sets. I could still hear them, but didn’t want my eardrums to be entirely destroyed before Adam even came out. The ASL interpreter was almost as much fun to watch as what was happening on the stage. The lighting on him and the way he moved along with the signing really had the rock feel to it. (I kind of wish I had remembered to look over at him during Adam’s performance, but seriously, as soon as Adam was onstage I didn’t give anything else another thought.) When Alli’s set was over, her equipment was moved out and they started setting up for Orianthi. I could not believe how long it took between sets. Somebody onstage appeared unhappy with the audio feed from the drums, and kept motioning to people around the stage and in the mixing area. It took FOREVER for Orianthi to start. I’ve read more than once that her music all sounds the same, and while I wouldn’t go that far (she does have some songs that start slower and softer, but I suppose they do sort of all build to the same place), it was not hugely thrilling for me. One thing I did enjoy was watching her face while she was playing the guitar. I’m sure some of it is played up for the audience’s benefit, but the expressions on her face were just so intense at times. It made me wonder how she experiences the music. (Does she visualize it when her eyes are closed? Does she feel it flow out of her fingertips? I work with children with autism and I suppose it makes me curious about other people’s styles of learning/creating and their sensory systems.)

After her set, the crowd was buzzing. I think the set-up for Adam took even longer than Orianthi’s. My feet were killing me, I was hot, hungry, and thirsty, and I felt like I needed to crack my back, but there was nowhere to bend or twist to make that possible. There was a very large and intimidating woman from security who came into the crowd to warn people that if they were taking pictures they’d have their cameras taken away and they would be removed. Her Scowl of Death was withering. She said that if she saw a flash then you would get kicked out, but I think that was kind of a bad choice of words because they were anti-picture taking (not just flashes). At one point during one of the sets (can’t remember whose) a security guard planted in front of the stage held his hand up in front of someone who was trying to take a picture to block their shot. The group of fans in front of the stage started to shuffle as people jockeyed for position. There were a few times I was afraid some sort of scuffle would break out. People were getting a bit testy. One benefit from my perspective was that the tall guy’s row went to the left slightly while mine moved slightly to the right, so my line of sight was no longer anywhere near him, and I was even a little closer to center stage. (The girl who wound up behind him was quite short and kept trying to get him to move to the left or right, but really, that would have just made people behind him to the left or right annoyed instead. I can absolutely see why she was frustrated, but I don’t know if she realized this would be a solution for nobody but her.)

FINALLY, they started playing FYE and the lights went down. Everyone was screaming it and getting worked up. When Adam walked out, I was a little surprised to see that the entire side of his head he’d shaved was covered in glitter (not just a streak like in Milwaukee). Even before the lights went up onstage, you could see his head sparkling big time. When Voodoo started and he strutted to the middle of the stage, it was all rather surreal. It took me a minute to register that this was happening right in front of my eyes. It worries me that we grow so accustomed to seeing things on a screen that when we witness them for ourselves there is a sensation that it is somehow not reality. Luckily, I think the crowd experience is what finally brought me out of that haze. Lots of people were dancing (at least as much as they could while packed in fairly tightly) and cheering. “Ring of Fire” was divine and when he went into the moaning “Oooh…” before the final lines – HOT. “Fever” was one of my favorite parts of the evening, because the crowd obviously knew all the words and was sooo into it. That was really cool to hear, since it is not one of the singles and thus you could really tell you were surrounded by people who genuinely love his album. Everyone up front seemed to be dancing, and shaking their hands in the air on the choruses.

One thing that struck me was how many times Adam seemed so immersed in the song that he appeared to get choked up. His eyes looked misty during “Sleepwalker”, “Whataya Want From Me” and “Soaked” (and I may be missing one or two others). It really surprised me with WWFM (I think it was right after Monte has a solo guitar moment, but I could be wrong – I hate that I am already forgetting some of the details!). “Sleepwalker” was so gorgeous. One cute thing that I noticed during “Soaked” was a Cam moment. I so rarely read comments about her, and when I do it is usually about the moment in IIHY when she is introduced and you can barely see her behind the keyboard. Well, during “Soaked” it is just her and Adam onstage so it is a bit easier to focus on her, and she’s at the keyboard facing the audience (I think she has several boards back there and during IIHY she is turned to one on the side, which is one reason it’s so tough to see her). Anyway, the crowd went crazy at what they thought was the end of “Soaked” (right before he comes in a capella for the last repetition of the chorus). When Adam found a moment to start singing again, I could see Cam looking out and smiling. I couldn’t tell if she was smiling at Adam’s voice or at the audience’s reactions to him, but either way it just struck me as a rather sweet moment. One thing that surprised me a bit was the number of people singing along during Adam’s acoustic set. I had heard that generally fans were pretty respectful and only made noises between songs, but that was not so at Royal Oak. The crowd was very responsive, with lots of cheering and screaming during intense moments and between songs, and then singing along and dancing to pretty much everything. I think part of the singing along thing may have been because Alli and Orianthi both urged people to sing along when they knew the songs (“Heartbreaker” for Alli and “According to You” for Ori.) Maybe it was just the people down in the mosh pit – that was my only perspective so I couldn’t tell. At any rate, I finally decided “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” and sang along a bit myself (along with dancing my ass off). It was so easy to get caught up in the energy of the crowd. I wasn’t sure if this was unique to RO or had happened at previous stops, because after Wilkes-Barre I was trying to avoid most clips. I have looked at some more today though (although not all stops yet), and from the ones I’ve seen I think we may have been a bit different in terms of noise and dancing levels.

I had a bit of a personal moment during “Aftermath”. The sincerity and earnestness in his delivery of the line “Tell a stranger that they’re beautiful” hit me hard. It reminded me of last year, when I fell for him while watching Idol. I was having an extremely rough time in my real life, and he was the best kind of escape imaginable. And I think part of that was rooted in his absolute positivity. He is able to see something beautiful in everyone, and that inspired me at a time when I was unable to find anything beautiful in myself. I realize I was brought up to be critical and find fault in everything, so knowing others take the opposite approach is so foreign…and so powerful to witness. I’d seen it in movie characters before (“Say Anything…” has been my favorite for years, and Lloyd Dobler is pretty much the poster child for this mindset), but to realize it can actually work in practice is rather remarkable, even revolutionary, for me. I find myself looking for beauty in myself and in others, instead of the flaws. The shift is slow and it’s a work in progress, but I know that it’s thanks to him. I have a lot of anxiety around people and am still not at the point of being able to “tell a stranger that they’re beautiful”, but it was transcendent to experience a piece of the “love…love…” he feels in those moments, however indirectly. He radiates it, and he makes the crowd feel it every moment he is onstage. I got pretty choked up when those lines expressed it so plainly.

Plus, this was the only time I got to see his bare feet. (He was sitting on the stairs, which were pretty far back and his feet were up high enough to be seen. I could probably develop a toe fetish pretty easily...)

“Sure Fire Winners” is one of my least favorite songs on the album, but I had read people say that and then report it was really fun live…and I absolutely agree with that assessment. He got so into it. I remember loving the intense look on his face during the verse with “My baby clothes made of leather and lace” – he was practically growling. Fierce. Everyone in the crowd was pumping their fists on the choruses. I think this was also the first chance to see him in all of his glittery glory. His arms were covered in gorgeous sparkles and there was sparkle dust in his hair and on his chest. “Music Again” was wonderful, in that it was an absolute mutual love fest between Adam and the fans. He pointed out at the crowd on the chorus and we all pointed right back. As you’ve probably read above, he encouraged singing along on this one, especially with the last “eyes baby eyes”. “Strut” was another highlight. The Coat is so fantastic and the cane moment is a whole other level of amusing in person (especially when the Glambulge is right there in front of you – let it all hang out indeed!…OMG, I can’t believe I just went there). It cracked me up, because everyone screamed when he put The Coat on…and then again when he took it off. (I guess the first was for the awesomeness factor and the second was for the disrobing factor.) “If I Had You” seemed to come way too soon. It was another mutual love fest between Adam and the fans. I adore it. I also got a kick out of the dance with Brooke – she was going slow and being slinky and smooth and it took Adam a minute to catch on, so he started trying to bump and grind first LOL. I think I caught her smirk when he tried to switch gears and she was already just about done. His moments of spontaneous playfulness are so joyous. I could not help grinning to see what fun he was having. You can tell he is still cracking himself up with that “More cow bell!” aimed at Longineu.

Everyone went backstage after IIHY and the audience was screaming like crazy, then started chanting Adam’s name, then went back to screaming. (I think the screaming, more than the sound system or anything else, was what killed my ears. When you get that many people screaming at the top of their lungs (and we were) it is just piercing in a way that is indescribable. My ears were ringing last night when I got home.) They came back out and did “Mad World” (I really like that arrangement and didn’t go to the Idols tour, so it was nice to hear this live), then quickly transitioned into WLL. Everyone went wild over that, and I was just so excited because I was telling my friend earlier this week that I had to witness that live at least once, but I didn’t think it would happen at Royal Oak. Indescribably awesome that it did. I don’t think his moves were as explicit in this version (although, as others have pointed out, none of it seems as explicit before it’s slowed down and made into GIFs) but the energy was smokin’ hot and his voice was killer. He started out stage left and then went upstage a little bit and appeared to be egging on Longineu and then Monte during their instrumental portions. I think he was so into it that he actually almost forgot the “Baby” and started to launch right into “You need…” then caught it so it turned into “You…BABY! You need…LOVE~!” The end killed me. Dead.

Frankly, I’m stunned that there was no need for a glambulance. Of course, if there had been a need for one I may never have known, because I was so close to the front that there could have been all manner of BSC things going on farther back in the crowd and I wouldn’t have ever realized it. I was actually relieved to get here and see that no one had posted they heard on Twitter that someone needed medical attention during the show. The wait outside was hot and tiring, and a lot of people were probably dehydrated afterwards. Standing on your feet for hours in one spot after all of that does not help, and there was no place to move in any direction. A couple of the teen girls were taking turns squatting towards the ground (as close to sitting as you could get) but they had to hold the other’s hand to help them up and let the other one have a turn. There were moments during Adam’s set where I couldn’t feel my toes anymore (my shoes could have been partially to blame), and had to try to move a step or two this way or that way to get some circulation to my feet and make sure my knees weren’t locking up. There was only seating in the balcony – everyone else was standing the whole time. Considering they were running at least 45 minutes behind by the time Adam started, it was pretty miserable. I think we all collectively forgot the discomfort once he was in front of us, but it amazes me that there were no major mishaps. Even if your mind is engaged elsewhere, your body can still only take so much. When it was time to leave, I could barely bend my knees to walk. (An unsettling glimpse into a future of arthritis pain.)

By that point I was dying of thirst, but the bar had closed and was no longer selling water, and I still wanted some things from the merchandise table. So I got in line for that. Turned out, I was right behind the family in the mini van I’d seen earlier, including the little girl with the feather boa. (I think this was the same family that maxiford mentioned got into a M&G.) Her mother was recounting how the little girl had viewed the concert (mostly between the grid of a railing, since she could not see over the railing without standing on her tiptoes) and how she had to be protected from a teen bumping her repeatedly as she flailed through the whole show. Then the little girl would start in with her “Get outta my space, beyotch!” spiel (uh, not those words, but that was definitely the message, complete with hands on hips and head bob, with maybe a finger wag thrown in here and there). The mom proudly stated that the girl had learned a lot about standing up for herself that night. She also mentioned talking to Adam, and her daughter talking to Adam, but I did not realize that was as part of the M&G until reading maxi’s post. Makes sense now. As I spoke to them more, I realized why the little girl looked vaguely familiar to me – she was from the IIHY fan video! In fact, the entire family was in the video. The little brother (who was not in attendance) was the Tommy lookalike who went crazy on drums, and even the husband is there in an incognito moment (he is an Adam fan too). I heard about them filming the pool scene. It was all so fun, and yet surreal to grasp that these people were known in the fandom (I mean, I remember hearing about the kids in that video before I even got the chance to watch it for myself) and yet they were people that could be my next door neighbors or stand behind at the grocery store. One thing that repeatedly struck me throughout the day was how literally everyone I interacted with was connected to the online fandom, and had not just a casual knowledge but an intimate awareness of so much that goes on. While in line, someone from their group spoke to a relative at home and learned that some nasty storms had come through and everyone had been warned to go into their basements for a while. (We were completely oblivious while inside. Thunderstorms had been forecast earlier in the week, and I’m so relieved that they didn’t hit while we were outside in line or kill the power in the middle of the concert.) I wound up buying the t-shirt of Adam blowing the kiss (even though I hate that they were only men’s tees – those are just not ideal with a woman’s hips and thighs) and the IIHY cover poster. I did see the iPhone (or whatever gadget it is) cover was for sale, but wasn’t sure if that was something new or if it had been at previous venues. I did not like the designs on the front of either tour date t-shirt as well as some of the others, but now I wish I had bought one because I’m sure they won’t have them at the non-Glam Nation dates, if they sell Adam merchandise at all.

On the way back to the car, I passed the buses. There were about two dozen people waiting in front of the band one. Monte was among them – it took me a minute to notice him, because he was right there with everybody else just hanging out. (I dunno if the usual suspects were there last night. I don’t know what they look like in order to tell.) I got back to my car and drove to McDonald’s, where I ordered a smoothie, a large Diet Coke, and water. I was so damn thirsty. In my attempt to find the expressway, I ran across a huge branch that had been blown down into the street. I knew it had rained because the streets were wet, but apparently it really stormed. When I got back to a main road, there were police at many of the intersections blocking traffic from the side roads because power was out to the traffic lights. I once again got lost, but was proud to find the way on my own. I listened to Adam’s CD most of the way home but turned it off when “Aftermath” was about to start. I wasn’t sure how I’d react to hearing the album version of it after that gorgeous stripped down version. But today I listened to it and found myself belting right along with him. I have such a newfound appreciation for and love of that song.

Glam Nation was a remarkable experience, and I’m so grateful I had the chance to be a part of it. I look forward to the shows in July, but know they will have a different vibe. I think there will be a lot more fans of Idol who are just curious to see Adam or casual fans who like hearing him on the radio but may not have listened to his album on repeat for days. Which could be a good chance to hear him, but it won’t be with others who are all whipped into a frenzy. That is something I’ll never forget.


So that's it, folks. I warned you it would be monstrously LONG! If you have questions about things, go ahead and ask away but it may take me a little while to answer.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:10 am 
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Elybe wrote:
OMG...OMG...that's about all I can manage for now. It was a full. freaking. set. I haven't seen all of the Glam Nation tour videos, but it looked like he used the same costumes and production, too. The crowd was AWESOME, and Adam was just...beyond words. I'm still in awe.

And yeah, the almost-kiss reports are true. It was during the opening verse of Fever, and it was like a series of teases with Adam getting progressively closer and closer. I totally thought he was gonna go for the whole thing for a moment there! I'm not a shipper by any means, but that was pretty freaking hot.

Man, he was ON tonight. More when I can get my thoughts together.

clearone wrote:
I was there as well and this about sums it up. Canada loves them some Adam Lambert and did he ever get the love!! Huge crowd chanting his name and banging the seats for the encore. Awesome stuff!! Guess I missed the Tommy moment but then I wasn't watching Tommy and still don't get the Tommy love. Monte was totally incredible on guitar and totally rocked!!

Adam needs to do a Canadian tour. If the reaction tonight was any indication, it would sell out in a hot minute.

Elybe wrote:
Video already! How am I supposed to sleep now?! Ah, who am I kidding. I can't sleep on this high yet anyway.

I can't put into words how excited I was when I realized Adam was going to be treating this like a Glam Nation tour stop. I remember being confused when the DJ introduced Adam ten minutes before Adam actually hit the stage, unlike the other acts who came on immediately after their introduction. I wasn't that familiar with the stage setup, so I didn't really clue in until the lights went down, Adam's picture filled the Jumbotrons, and the FYE re-mix started playing. At that point...holy shit.

Seriously, I can go on and on about how incredible he was live and how unspeakably beautiful his voice is, but what I really can't get over is how much love and positive energy the crowd threw his way tonight. The audience ADORED him. Multiple cars were blasting his CD as they drove out of the parking lot after the show. I've been to enough concerts with lifeless crowds that it was amazing to actually be part of a sea of people jumping, singing along, throwing their hands up and generally losing their shit to Adam's music. Meanwhile, during Soaked you could have heard a pin drop. For a venue containing that many people, that’s saying something. I didn't see a single person sitting down at any point during his set, and not ONE PERSON budged during the interlude before the encore. This was a radio event, so people had every reason to believe that that was the end of the show, but not one person moved so long as there was still the slightest possibility of Adam coming back on stage.

Gah, that was just unreal. He was born to do this.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:14 am 
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maeve94 wrote:
Very quick post about tonight from my Blackberry so thumb typed. Amazing crowd that loved him the licks were playful and fun, but also hot. Vocals great although some sound issues, unfortunatley most noticable during soaked. Fever and SFW both fabulous. The best part - adam could not contain his joy. We got that 10,000 watt smile throughout the night. Saw Lane, Roger and Slezak. A great evening - can't wait to do it all again tomorrow. Fuller recap later.
And I met Austintoo!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:21 am 
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WinkyDink wrote:
MUPpet home from Manhattan!

If I may be so bold as to coin a phrase for that human ring of fire known as ADAM:


Yeah, that 45-minute intermission gave me the willies about catching my late bus, but hot da*n! He shimmied like my ecdysiast sister Kate; he wailed like a sex-ay banshee; he pointed to MEEEEE!!!! during IIHY! (Why, yes, I WAS in the Reserved-Seats-Of-Which-I-Had-Been-Told-Were-None, and had a fantastic center view! Fellow AWoP'er Deezer and I were the only ones around standing and fist-pumping, and Adam really DID look straight at us!)

We had entered the line at 5:30 p.m., and that put us around Broadway and a half-block down 45th! Event security had it so under control, it was impressive! Counting off groups to enter the venue. And then when we got in? Calm. Order. 'Twas way better than I had imagined! Could've stood about 20 rows back, but hey---SEATS, remember?! Binoculars and multiple TV screens helped!

Merch not at W-B included the iPhone case, belt-buckle, $15 8x10 glossy of FYE cover, and the DOG-TAGS! Bought the last for $20.

Saw Idol tour Guy Ray and PR Guy Roger. LP came to our section for Allison.

But to the point: TOMMY LICKED ADAM! was the other way 'round?! HAHAHAHAHA! Awesome and weird and like, whoa!

Did I mention Adam shimmied? Heh. And strutted, preened (asking at one point, "Do I look pretty?"), danced, and shone like the superstar he is.

His voice filled the venue, and not like the sheer loudness of his two predecessors, either, but like the soul-stirring carillon of a cathedral.

The whole hour was a whirling dervish of sound and movement and color, all for our entertainment.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:01 am 
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maeve94 wrote:
maddie wrote:
He tweets.

2nd night in NYC was even better than the first. Amazing energy in the room. Thank you all for being such a great crowd!!! 11 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

Nokia 2,0 was off the chain!! The crowd LOVED him and he loved us right back. Such a different energy from the previous night. Adam's vocals were astonishing - at turns raw, soaring, growly, and always perfectly on pitch (he had a lyric fail at one point - hee). Soaked was stunning. The crowd was silent during the a capella portion (although some fool had to call out to him at that moment. He delayed his next entrance to recapture the mood). IIHY was non-stop fun, including the necessary wardrobe adjustment. I was actually jumping up and down throughout, and I'm old. Having this experience with the awesome Catzmadam at my side made it even better. She thanked Slezak for the mention, but chided him about the "middles aged" part!
And the "cute boys" photo'd above were at the busses. I didn't know they were the ones in Neil's tweet until I saw the picture here. Adam was beyond amazing last night. Happily, I have now seen him enough to be able to process the experience as opposd to being overwhelmed and unable to take it all in.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:34 am 
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catzmadam wrote:
Hi everybody *jumps up and down and waves* - thanks for all the flailing and squeeing for me - love it! GAWD!!! I've been having withdrawal symptons from the boards - it's been days........, sorry to have been absent, but there is soooooooooo....... much freaking epic going on here right now and I've also lost my damn voice from too much screaming over the last 2 nights.... ADAM, ADAM, ADAM.

This has to be a quick flyby post unfortunately, as we are all going out for dinner soon. I promise to get back with recaps and an explanation of what happened with Slezak for you all. It was a total LOLZ. Yes KayTang, that was me you saw talking to Slezak and his partner on the floor at the back of the crowd :) :) :)

OMFG - I'm still coming to grips with the incredibleness that is AFL live. Simply. Totally. Blown. Out. Of. The. Water.

Many thanks to Maeve94 and ysadam *blows kisses* for keeping you guys up to date with my whereabouts. It's just as well they know where I am, cos I'm not sure I do!!!! Says hi to Austintoo - so great to meet you finally :)

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:37 am 
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princessazula wrote:
From twitter feed:
needacoke Piano by @negativeneil in hotel lobby

negativeneil why can't a guy just commandeer a hotel lobby piano without strangers harassing him? Hotel staff kicked me out for causing a scene.

He's kind of annoyed. ;)
antique1959 wrote:
I was there for the Neil debacle...I was wandering around looking for Fez and sat down in the hotel lobby to call her...and there was a slightly familair looking young fellow quietly playing the piano over to the side. If finally dawned on me why he looked was Neil. I tried to quietly grab a picture with my blackberry, while appearing to text away...Never in a million years would I have approached him. And, he is quite good, btw. But it wasn't long before he drew a crowd of the "sparklecow" types (and yes, I'm using the term in a derogatory manner). They were obnoxiously taking flash pictures crowding around and generally being in the way....and yes, a hotel employee did approach Neil and ask him to stop. He was annoyed, I think, and I was annoyed for him.

On another note both Fez and Hathor are just precious!!

And...Allison needs to stop chewing her words, but girl can sing!

 Post subject: Re: GlamNation Tour!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:47 am 
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Hathor wrote:
Oh my fucking head. Adam is sensational. His voice live is beyond words. I can't even describe how it feels to hear him live.

He is beautiful, sexy and that voice.

I am just mesmerized and in awe.

I have never in my life heard anyone sing like that. The concert was amazing.

I met Fez and I knew I would adore her and I absolutely do. Met Totally and Antique and hooked up with needacoke. She is the best.

But everyone needs to see Adam live. Words can not sescribe how his voice moves you and curses through you. I was in the rafters and yet I am fullfilled.

Night all. Incredible stupendous that is all.

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