If you're a fan of American singer Adam Lambert, you'll know what the title of this blog post means.
For everyone else; no, I haven't fallen into a glitter rock time warp; in promise to a few of Adam's fans I'm writing a wee little blog about Adam Lambert's 'Glamnation' concert in Hong Kong. So if you're not an Adam fan, maybe best to see what those Chilean miners are up to and circle back in a day or so when I'm back to regular posting... or, you're welcome to stay and learn to love a new artist!
I interviewed Adam earlier this year in Australia, and we kind of bonded. Well I did anyway, he mostly smiled, listened and said things like "thank you... no really, thank you so much." You can read my gushy blog about our interview here.
Last night Mr Lambert arrived in Hong Kong on tour to sing some tunes and shake some of that famous booty. So, naturally, I had to go and check him out.
I will confess that I don't know all of Adam's songs... I know, what kind of fan am I? The answer is a perfectly normal, Natalie Murray-shaped one. I have an odd habit of loving artists and playing only 1 or 2 of their songs on some sort of death-loop until it's permanently scratched into my brain and those of others around me, whilst blatantly ignoring all their other tracks. I'm picky like that.
I discovered Adam Lambert when he was on 'American Idol'. So I was, of course, dying to hear him do some of his Idol covers... which is why I will get out my first negative comment quick and fast before a Glambert fan sniper-shoots me through my loungeroom window. He only sung two Idol songs... two! And they were my least favourite two, too. Try saying that ten times. Or after whisky.
But that's ok... I fully understand this is just me being boring, as Adam is an original artist now and has moved way beyond covers and all that Idol hoo-ha. But I guess Adam doing, "Black or White" and "If I Can't Have You" were a bit love-at-first-sight-ish for me. And you never quite get over your first love, do you.
But that's okay Adam, I forgive you and remember only the good times.
But now to the concert.
I'm not normally the one to 'blow the wind up' celebrities and overstate their talents... I mean, they get enough of that elsewhere, right? I've interviewed enough big names to refreshingly realise they are mostly just people with flaws and even weird bits. Anyone ever seen Leonardo's thumbs?? What's with that?
Ok back to the point.
But occasionally I will be 'caught' by a celebrity, where I feel myself shifting from cool-as-a-cucumber journalist to dribbling, red-faced, dorky fan. Past loves include Mick Hucknall from Simply Red (I could barely look him in the eye), Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan (she tried to set me up with her guitarist, bless her) and Dire Straits' David Knopfler (we're still friends on Facebook, yay). I tend to not, however, get swept away by the more 'mainstream' artists. But - somewhere along the way - Adam Lambert caught me. Cheeky bugger.
I first felt Adam win me over when I watched him steal the stage each and every week on American Idol (he was always too good for that show).
I felt it at our interview when he gazed at me with his tahitian blue eyes, listened hard to every word I said, thought deeply about his generous responses, and clutched my hands in his.
Where was I? Oh yeah.
And I felt it last night, listening to Adam sing his heart out in front of a very, very good crowd... seriously Hong Kong, you brought it and he rocked out because of it. Props to you. And you even threw bras on stage! How every rock n' roll... although haven't you heard? Adam's not really a bras kind of guy. But there's always hope.
I didn't really need to see Adam dance or gyrate, as nice as it was. I didn't even need to hear the background music, as jaw-droppingly talented as his musical director and guitarist Monte Pittman is. I just wanted Adam to sing. If it was up to me, he would have been up there alone; acapella; dry vocal. No reverb (that irritating, echoey effect that makes it sound like there's ten Adam Lamberts singing instead of just one).
But the thing I noticed is, in his slower tracks, if you close your eyes and just listen, suddenly it is just you and Adam in a room, and he's just singing. To you. I promise you he will surprise you all over again with every note, and you'll fall into a perfect little happy bubble. And just when your ears start to believe Adam Lambert, they'll start to get suspicious again... I mean, how does he hit those notes??
Singing aside though, it didn't surprise me that Adam the performer is a real gentleman. He's an
open-hearted stage traveller who speaks of love on stage in a way that doesn't sound cynical or even corny, it's a kindness and it's genuine. He honestly cares about
what the audience thinks and whether they are having fun. He's not bored, disillusioned, or over it yet. He's just getting started and he's still young and raw. This is the time to catch a singer like Adam live.
My favourite tunes of the night were 'For Your Entertainment', 'Soaked', 'Broken Open' and 'Music Again'. These are all stellar tracks... 'Whaddya Want From Me' however? I'm note sure if Adam really likes it all that much. He raced through it acoustically like there was a fire. He didn't try to sell it, so I was still not sold on a song I've always been a bit unsure about. Hey Glambert sniper, put down your weapon.
But I do like Adam Lambert. A lot. I think he's a ridiculously talented singer, with a gift from somewhere bigger than here. And, while that in itself is enough to buy my affections, he's also a man unafraid to share what and who he loves with the world.