Adam Lambert is, without doubt, a truly beautiful specimen of manhood. He is also a breathtaking singer and great entertainer.
I was desperate for Adam to bring his Glam Nation tour to the UK for months. Then he announed the London date and within a day I had my hands on one of the hotly coveted tickets. I couldn’t wait and even booked the day off work so that I could go early to queue. Unfortunately I’ve been so wrapped up in other stuff I’d all but forgotten the show and I’d not listened to the album in weeks. Yesterday was a rather stressful day anyway and to make matters worse it was also tube strike day (do NOT get me started on that, I’m still furious about it). Not sure what time to arrive, I ended up leaving earlyish with the intention of checking out the queue situation and then possibly going for a coffee if there was no need to wait in the cold. It took me over two hours to get there and by then there was no point in not joining the queue. In the end I waited for four hours in the freezing cold to get somewhere in around the fifth row, a fair bit off centre. Unfortunately, there was little more I could have done about it as the first four rows or so were made up of people with ridiculously expensive meet n greet tickets.
Complaints aside, I still had a very good spot and after an hour or so the feeling had returned to my toes, which helped a little. There wasn’t quite the same magic as when Take That are on stage, but even so, when Adam finally appeared most of my discomfort disappeared. He played pretty much the whole album and it was a great show, if a bit on the short side. I’d love to see him again in a few years (though obviously I’d love to see him again before then), when he has more material, in a big arena gig. He has so much potential with all the ‘glam’ stuff to put on a spectacular show. Shepherds Bush Empire, whilst lovely for it’s intimacy (I also saw Basshunter there last year) doesn’t really allow for much in the way of set or spectacle.
That said, I still loved it/him. I was actually totally blown away by his voice. I mean, I always knew he had some serious talent, but I had no idea he could sing so well live. I have to admit I was a little disappointed with a few songs, specifically ‘Soaked’. It’s one of my all time favourite tracks by any artist and I love the way he normally sings it live, with the big drawn out notes in the final rendition of the chorus. This time he did it differently and didn’t do any of that. Was just a little bit gutted. I also would have loved to hear ‘Time for Miracles’ and think given his whole ‘love’ theme, he should’ve included it, though I can’t find any record of him singing it live, so perhaps there are good reasons for it’s lack of inclusion. I would also have loved him to sing ‘Can’t Let You Go’ as well, as it’s such a beautiful song, but I always knew that was a long shot. (On that note, the way he said ‘love’ when he introduced the theme sounded like something straight out of ‘Hair’ and the two-finger peace sign seemed to be a bit of a theme too. Left me thinking that I’d love, love, LOVE to see him and Gavin Creel together – it would be too awesome for words!)
He made up for a whole lotta my grievances, however by snogging his bassist (again). Tommy Joe Ratliff is cute (or at least looks it when he’s all made up – edit: having seen more pictures since I started writing this last night, I have to say, he’s just plain cute, with or without the glam. In fact I have a bit of a crush on him too) and apparently straight, but he seems to spend a lot of time kissing and/or tongue duelling Adam. It’s sooo hot though! Especially the way Adam grabs Tommy’s hair and comes over all dominant *shivers*. I’ve been tempted to write a Drarry fanfic inspired by Adam for ages, involving glam!Harry doing a lot of strutting which drives lust-crazed!Draco insane. All this Adommy stuff is just adding fuel to the fire. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a band!Drarry fic before, but I think I’m going to have to write one and soon, before the mere thought of it melts my brain (second edit: This has now been started, with Adamesque!Harry and Tommyesque!Draco. Whether I ever finish it or not, however, is another matter). I actually spent far too much time watching Adommy vids on youtube today, but seriously… So. Damn. Hot.
I appear to have digressed somewhat… So, point: Adam = fabulous. I had an amazing time and it was definitely worth all the discomfort and the inevitable cold which I’m sure will manifest itself in the next couple of days. In fact, I got the impression that most of the people near me had seen the show at least once before, if not more, which left me wishing I’d splurged and gone to see him elsewhere as well. And of course I’ve been listening to his album practically non-stop since yesterday morning and watching youtube videos and drooling copiously over pics/vids of both Adam and Tommy (and Adommy) and I now wish I’d gotten back into him before the gig rather than after it, I think I’d have enjoyed it all a lot more if I’d been more excited/in the mood. What sucks the most is who knows when he’ll be back here again. (I’ve discovered that obsessing over British bands is so much easier/more fulfilling, simply down to their proximity.)
Somewhat surprisingly, I actually managed to take a few decent pictures (amongst the hundreds I seem to have of the camera belonging to the irriating woman stood in front of me) and I shall leave you with one of my favourites (a little blurry, but there’s just something I like about it) :
Until next time, keep it glam,