Adam Lambert Finds ‘The Original High’ In New York City
Walked in a fan, left a Glambert.
Full disclosure time: I entered Adam Lambert’s show at Terminal 5 in New York City on Thursday night as a fair-weather fan, appreciating his brand of glam rock from afar, but never fully committing to his post-“American Idol” career. Sure, I’ve danced to a club remix of “Whataya Want From Me,” but what self-respecting gay man in his 20s hasn’t?
Somehow, I walked out of the venue after the show covered in glitter, wearing a tiger-striped Lambert concert tee and wondering why I’d never gone full Glambert before.
If the intention of his Original High tour for his album of the same name was to uplift audiences, then I was feeling high AF.
Since finishing as the runner-up on the eighth season of “American Idol,” Lambert has adeptly adjusted to the sometimes treacherous post-reality-show reality, releasing three critically and commercially successful albums, scoring a Grammy nomination and completing two tours with iconic rock group Queen.
The 34-year-old singer has also managed to remain unapologetically queer since his “Idol” days, championing LGBT causes both on and off stage. (Remember the outrage when he made out with his male keyboardist during the 2009 AMAs?)
But what has kept Lambert relevant seven years after his turn on “Idol” is his voice. Described by Queen guitarist Brian May as a sound that “reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world,” Lambert’s vocal talents were the focal point of his New York show. If there’s anything that “Idol” teaches its contestants to do, it’s how to sing live and how to do it well.
Starting the set with the funk-infused dance track “Evil in the Night,” Lambert’s high-tempo opener was a fix for the dance-deprived crowd, which was a strange mix of New Jersey moms, fangirls, gay boys and celebs like Tyler Oakley and Betty Who. Dressed in a geometric black-and-white number accented with sparkly high-top shoes and his tattoo-covered arms, Lambert performance exuded confidence and sexuality.
Next, he treated fans to the lead single off of the album, “Ghost Town,” which happens to bear a similar name to that one Madonna song. The track begins with a deceptive acoustic guitar riff, quickly scrubbed away by a thundering house beat. Lambert, along with his two backup dancers, upped the ante with a surprising amount of choreography that never detracted from the singer’s vocal power.
You heard it here first, folks: Adam Lambert can grind and body roll with the best of ‘em.
It go so hot and heavy that at one point a fan chucked a pair of underwear with the words “Sugar Daddy” emblazoned on the back onstage. “You can’t throw shit at my face, bitch. Not this face, c’mon,” he responded off the cuff before adding, “I’ll be your sugar daddy.”
Although his new album has its fair share of hits (see “Another Lonely Night” and “The Original High”) the crowd went from zero to alone-in-your-bathroom style belting, as the room collectively sang (screamed?) Lambert’s most popular song, “Whataya Want From Me.”
In addition to the highly performative nature of his music, a strong current of self-acceptance and “Born This Way”-light messaging ran throughout the show, reaching its peak with lyrics like “It’s me, I’m a freak / But thanks for lovin’ me / ‘Cause you’re doing it perfectly.”
During one interlude, Lambert thanked his fans, who “accept me the way I am” and made it clear that he is nothing without their support.
The thing that I’ve noticed about breaking out of theatre and breaking out of LA and traveling is that no matter where you’re from, no matter how old you are, or what the color of your skin is, no matter what gender you are, no matter what religion you are, what sexual preference you are, however you want to label yourself, which is getting so passé anyway, we’re all human beings. And you know what? We all got hearts. They’re the same damn organ and they feel a lot of the same shit and that’s what I love. I love that music can connect us and bring us together.
Yeah, it was a little hokey and might qualify for an eye roll, but in the moment the declaration was authentic and clearly resonated with the New Jersey moms in the audience. Just kidding — I was into it too.
Rest assured, he quickly got back in the groove with a praiseworthy “Let’s Dance” David Bowie tribute and a cover of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” Considering how deeply Lambert has benefited from the legacies of both performers, honoring the two was a superb finish to the show. His last message to the audience?
“Go get laid!”
Concert Review: Adam Lambert & Alex Newell Headline Terminal 5
by Wahnita King
The wind and snow did not stop Adam Lambert from lighting the stage on fire!
On Thursday March 3, Adam brought The Original High Tour to Terminal 5 in midtown Manhattan. In addition, Adam brought along 23-year-old Alex Newell to open the show. The line was long and stretched around the corner. All three floors of Terminal 5 were full. Drinks were flowing and the vibe was great.
Actor, singer Alex Newell aka Unique Adams from Glee, is the opening act for the Original High Tour. And what a pre-show it was! Adam said it himself, “Alex sung his face off, and always does”.
After coming in second place on American Idol’s 8th season, Adam has sold over 2.5 million albums, and has been nominated for a Grammy. He was also the first openly gay singer to top the album charts. By the end of Alex’s pre show performance, Adam’s fans were like putty in the palm of his hands. He started off in a modern/futuristic costume. He changed into a tuxedo to get his grown and sexy on, and ended in camo outfit. His back up singers were also his backup dancers, which made the show really intimate. He sang all the songs off The Original High album, from “Ghost Town” to “Heavy Fire”. He included some tracks from past albums such as “If I Had You,” “For Your Entertainment,” “Whataya Want From Me,” and “Fever,” from his first album. In addition, he performed “Running,” “Shady,” and “Underneath” from his sophomore album.
This is truly a must see show! With two former prime time performing artists, there is never be a dull moment. Check out Adam and Alex on tour if you are lucky or on iTunes!
REVIEW: Adam Lambert Struts Into New York City For ‘The Original High Tour’ | iHeartRadio
Posted Friday, March 4th 2016 @ 5pm by James Dinh
NEW YORK ⏤ With all dramatics aside, the last season of “American Idol” really does mark the end of an era in reality television that has discovered some of the industry’s best. From the unparalleled vocals talents of Kelly Clarkson to Carrie Underwood‘s reign over the country game, the long-running competition has pioneered the way we find the next chart-topper in a digital age, full of soon-to-be stars from platforms like YouTube and Vine. Still, the talents of season eight runner-up Adam Lambert shouldn’t (and won’t) go unacknowledged as the Fox show bids farewells after 15 seasons.
On Thursday night (March 3), New York City’s Terminal 5 turned into a frenzy affair filled with fans, ranging from teens to a, well, older demographic, including 53-year-old Antonia Silva, who has been to 9, count them, 9 Lambert shows. Let’s just say that only 12 minutes into the 90 minute set, she had already made me feel like I was in the middle of a gang of EDC crowd-goers. Talk about that general admission life.
Backed by a full band, backdrops and two back-up singers, who also served as dancers, Adam (with his perfectly coiled hair) was a foolproof showman, who strutted his way through a setlist that touched on the past, present, late and great.
After kicking off the show with “Evil In The Night,” a cut off his latest album, The Original High, the singer zipped through a number of fan favorites like his debut 2009 single, “For Your Entertainment,” his first Top 10 single, “Whataya Want From Me,” his latest single, “Another Lonely Night,” and a ton of other songs that made his Glamberts (a.k.a. the Taco Bell Best Fan Army contenders, including Ms. Silva) shriek, applaud and sing their hearts out for their vocally impeccable hero. To their delight, it was their sense of gratitude that Mr. Lambert recognized all too well.
“I gotta say ‘Idol,’ the world, the media, all that, it’s been challenging, but it’s people like you that make it all worth it. My fans accept me the way that I am and I love celebrating that,” the 34-year-old entertainer told the crowd.
“The thing that I’ve noticed about breaking out of theatre and breaking out of L.A. and traveling is that no matter where you’re from, no matter how old you are. … how ever you want to label yourself, which is getting so passé anyways, we’re all human beings. We all got hearts,” Adam continued. “They’re the same damn organs. We feel a lot of the same sh*t and that’s what I love. I love that music can connect us and bring us together.”
Throw in a few covers, including Tears for Fears‘ “Mad World,” a stellar rendition of
David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance” and a fitting medley of his own “Trespassing” mixed with Queen‘s “Another One Bites the Dust,” and the audience was in heaven, or perhaps they were simply experiencing Lambert’s “original high.”
Adam Lambert’s “The Original High Tour” is currently on the road until the beginning of April. Tickets are currently available on Ticketmaster.
REVIEW: Adam Lambert at Terminal 5 in New York, NY
by Melanie Gomez
After two nights of seeing Adam Lambert on The Original High Tour in the East Coast of the United States in New Jersey (one being in Atlantic City and the other in New Brunswick) the third show at Terminal 5 (March 3rd) in New York was by far the best.
With the show being a general admission event unlike the other two attended with seats, his fans (Glamberts) waited hours ahead of time in the cold to secure a front spot at the venue, in order to catch a clear glimpse of the superstar.
Not only did Adam perform extremely well like at the other two shows I went to, but he also added songs to the setlist, making the show even more unique. The original setlist for the other two shows featured the songs, “Evil In The Night,” “Ghost Town,” “Rumors,” “Whataya Want From Me,” “Lucy,” “After Hours,” “Mad World,” “Another Lonely Night,” “The Light,” “The Original High,” “Never Close Our Eyes,” “Let’s Dance” (David Bowie cover,) “Fever,” “These Boys,” “If I Had You,” and “Trespassing” mixed with Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.”
The setlist for New York’s show included additional songs, “Runnin’,” “Chokehold,” “Sleepwalker,” “Lay Me Down,” and “Shady,” resulting in an extended show.
Adam replied to a fan via Twitter recently saying, “I don’t like doing the exact same set every night. I like to change things up,” when being asked about bringing back some songs, which is most likely the reason for the change.
Throughout the show fans witnessed sensational lighting effects on the stage (some being red, pink, white, blue, and green) along with a back drop that featured operated pictures of Adam’s choosing, one being multicolored moving skulls, and multiple outfit changes.
Although Adam always does some dancing himself, making his shows just that much more entertaining, fans also got to see phenomenal choreography done by his tour dancers Holly Hayman and Terrance Spencer, who both had a solo at one point in the show.
Not only does Adam sing and perform remarkably, he has also takes the time to talk to the crowd, joking around, reminding fans to be themselves, and thanking fans for getting him where he is today.
I can highly guarantee that when you leave this show or any other Adam Lambert show for that matter, whether you’ve seen him live for the first time or not, you will leave the show completely wonderstruck.
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Adam Lambert Rocks Terminal 5 New York City
March 4, 2016
Adam Lambert touched down at New York City’s Terminal 5 for his The Original High Tour last night. The Grammy-nominated singer took the purple-hued stage in full force, singing and dancing; as well as taking a generous amount time to talk to the standing room only crowd and thanking them for thier support.
Lambert’s setlist was tailored to overwhelm his die-hards, performing all his hits, plus new album cuts and convivial bonus material, including a tribute to David Bowie and a unsuspecting “Another One Bites the Dust” live mash-up. Check some photos the PRO MOTION team took at the show and his full setlist listed below.
The Original High is now available on iTunes via Warner Brothers.
Adam Lambert Rocks The NYC Stage With His Original High Tour, Also Hangs Out With Tyler Oakley
Adam Lambert Takes His Original High Tour To Terminal 5 In New York City
Singer Adam Lambert performs in concert at Terminal 5 on March 3, 2016 in New York City.
One does love a day when there are photos of Adam Lambert‘s tour out in the world.
Last night the singer took the stage at New York City’s Terminal 5 for what everyone is saying was an absolutely amazing show. (Which like, is anybody surprised?) I really enjoyed this bit from the Huffington Post review, “Full disclosure time: I entered Adam Lambert’s show at Terminal 5 in New York City on Thursday night as a fair-weather fan, appreciating his brand of glam rock from afar, but never fully committing to his post-”American Idol” career…Somehow, I walked out of the venue after the show covered in glitter, wearing a tiger-striped Lambert concert tee and wondering why I’d never gone full Glambert before.”
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And if you’re looking for a really good interview with Adam regarding his latest tour, I liked this one from the Atlanta Journal Constitution (which is a site I have never read before). Adam spent most of his The Original High promotional tour talking about how his music has taken a new direction, and he’s talking about that new direction with his concerts, too. Although he doesn’t think he’s “toned it down.”
“It’s just taken a different direction. It’s still me. I’m still the same guy. I have my instincts. They’re never going to change. Some of the references and inspirations have shifted. Six years ago, I was really in love with glam rock from the 1970s with really outrageous outfits. I had sort of a campy delivery.”
You can read the rest of the interview here. I think it’s from today and the interview was conducted awhile ago, but it’s new to me, so maybe some of you missed it as well.
And look at that. Adam got a special visit after his show last night from his fellow Out Magazine Most Eligible Bachelor, Tyler Oakley.
“trying to be serious for a picture with @adamlambert but we were too giggly. go see his tour, it was SO GOOD. vocals, stage presence, theatrics, he is a star. “
Indeed he is! I quite enjoy the friendship these two have got going. And I really like Adam’s leather jacket. But that’s a different story. Well friends, it is time: please launch the gallery and go to town ogling some Adam Lambert photos. I’ve given you guys only the best (and hi-res of course), so please, enjoy.