MoreGlam' date='Jul 10th 2010, 7:03 PM
Adam Lambert leaves 'em wanting more at PlayhouseSquare's Allen Theatre
Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 5:40 PM Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 5:51 PM
John Soeder, The Plain Dealer John Soeder, The Plain Dealer
“I’m a freak, but thanks for loving me / ’Cause you’re doing it perfectly,” Adam Lambert crooned, to a roar of approval.
You could feel the love long before this glam-rocking 2009 “American Idol” runner-up even set foot in the spotlight Friday night at PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre in Cleveland.
The packed house (dominated by women of all ages) went nuts during the set change, when a huge image of Lambert appeared above the stage. A few minutes later, when smoke machines started belching theatrical fog, fans cheered all the more loudly. And when the lights finally went down just before 10 p.m., it was time to kiss your eardrums goodbye.
With a four-piece band and four dancers in tow, Lambert announced his arrival with “Voodoo,” a cyber-disco number found on his new “Remixes” EP. He wore an oversize top hat with a sparkling “A” on it and a long coat with furry trim and fringes, conjuring a spooky yet playful vibe that suggested Marilyn Manson week on “Glee.”
Following elaborate song-and-dance routines to the tune of “Down the Rabbit Hole” and a snake-charming update of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Lambert turned his attention to “For Your Entertainment,” his debut album, starting with a spirited take on the Lady Gaga-penned “Fever.”
Lambert, 28, was almost halfway through his set before he got around to small talk.“Hey, Cleveland – what’s going on?” he said. “You having fun? Me, too.”
He sang with power and passion throughout the evening, effortlessly slipping in and out of a stratospheric falsetto during the sparse ballad “Aftermath.”
Another highlight, “Soaked,” was a rock-operatic aria worthy of Meat Loaf.
Lambert’s most entertaining songs, including “Sure Fire Winners” and his latest single, the pounding “If I Had You,” transformed the venue into a giant dance club, complete with multi-colored lasers crisscrossing above the audience.
Lambert obviously put some thought into the sequencing of the show, which flowed like a mini-musical about obsession and redemption. The production was highly choreographed, minus any moves as eyebrow-raising as Lambert’s S&M-flavored stunts at the American Music Awards in November.
Too bad he chose to recast his biggest hit to date, the Top 10 smash “Whataya Want from Me,” as a stripped-down ditty for just voice and guitar -- a curious decision that robbed the song of some punch. This is only Lambert’s first headlining tour, so it’s a bit early in the game to be overhauling arrangements.
The only other drawback was the hourlong concert’s brevity. Lambert left ’em clamoring for more, bowing out too soon with a cover of the Tears for Fears oldie “Mad World.”
What do we want from him? A few more songs would’ve been nice.
Down the Rabbit Hole
Ring of Fire
Whataya Want from Me
Sure Fire Winners
If I Had You
joooory' date='Jul 10th 2010, 7:38 PM
claysbutterfly' date='Jul 11th 2010, 11:53 AM
Me and Tommy :wub:
idolfreak05' date='Jul 11th 2010, 3:13 PM
yeah Cleveland was :w00t: It was such a good concert! I didnt know all his songs--bad Glambert :haha: but regardless had a blast! I have been to SO many concerts and his was so different--like a theater production almost really and the lasers were great! I loved seeing Allison but couldve done without Orianthi....I hope some of his merchandise goes on sale soon :ermm:
I would SO go again and yeah MW was WAY too short--he was rushing it or something :no: Pics/videos coming soon! Feel free to post them here for I am not sure how too,.....
joooory' date='Jul 11th 2010, 4:48 PM
joooory' date='Jul 11th 2010, 4:55 PM
glambert_lover' date='Jul 11th 2010, 5:08 PM
This show was an absolute blast! It just seemed way, way too short. He could have played 10 hours and I would've been cool with it :)
Before the show, I met Allison. After, I met LP and Tommy. I got autographs from Allison and LP.
claysbutterfly' date='Jul 11th 2010, 5:41 PM
Here's my other pic of me and Tommy. Also, one of me and Allison. Allison was out about 5:30 i think.
joooory' date='Jul 12th 2010, 8:45 PM
Adam being Interviewed by Listeners Nicole and Allie.
idolfreak05' date='Jul 18th 2010, 7:40 PM
here are some of my photos-- I have more but my FB is being :wacko: and only allows me to do simple uploader for the other ones come up with an error. I am also trying to figure out where to put my videos up at that wont take forever..suggestions???
Who is online
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest