***Updated with pics and article by Valerie Scher, SDNN Arts & Entertainment editor*** Adam was in San Diego today to donate his KISS performance costume to the Hard Rock Hotel. He’ll be in good company with the Elvis and Madonna memorabilia that is already there. Carol and Lila, two of our administrators, were thinking about attending…I hope they made it and have a personal scoop with more photos for us later.
I think the glitter boots went with the costume! Dana, Glamb #6
Nothing can keep Adam Lambert down for long. Not the less-than-enthusiastic reactions to his performance on TV’s American Music Awards. And certainly not a bout with a stomach virus.
So there he was on Thursday at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, dedicating his KISS-inspired costume and killer platform boots from “American Idol’s” Season 8 Finale to the hotel’s memorabilia collection that includes items by everyone from Elvis Presley to Madonna. Adam’s costume, complete with wire “wings,” looked as if Elton John had designed it for use at a Star Trek convention.
Though not as outrageously attired, Adam seemed every inch the successful superstar during his Gaslamp appearance. We’re talking glam-rock chic, with artfully tousled black hair, black nail polish and glittery diamond rings designed by Loree Rodkin that were so huge that Liberace would have been envious. And his liberal use of guyliner highlighted those eyes that are so strikingly attractive in person.
“It always feels good to come home,” he said during a question-and-answer session, adding that he’d like to return in spring, as part of a concert tour. “I’ve never been to the Hard Rock Hotel. This area of San Diego has changed so much.”
Introduced by Jennifer White of Radio Sophie, the event attracted about 100 people, including fans and media members. From what I saw and heard, Lambert could hardly have been more gracious. No snarkiness, no attitude.
“I think I’ve talked about it enough, to be honest,” he said when brushing away a question about recent controversies.
This was the kinder, gentler Adam, the Adam who put the “lamb” in Lambert.
Why was he dressed in black?
“I like dark colors – they’re sexier,” he said with a big smile.
Which song did he find most gratifying to perform on his new album, “For Your Entertainment”?
“‘Fever,’” he responded, referring to the catchy, hard-driving number co-written by Lady Gaga. “I have a lot of respect for Lady Gaga. She’s an artist I look up to.”
How does he keep his voice in such good shape?
“Water and sleep,” he told SDNN, adding that he also does voice exercises regularly, if not every day.
Just being close to him was enough to thrill fans.
“I was first in line – I’ve been here since 8 a.m. this morning,” said Maryann Cummings, 25, a Web designer from Clairemont. “Adam is my favorite singer. He’s just a fantastic talent. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s from San Diego.”
To Saara Tenhola, an Encinitas-based exchange student from Finland, the event was an introduction to glamorous showbiz.
“I’ve never been to this kind of thing before,” said Tenhola, 17. “Adam is so cool.”
Very cool indeed.