Ring of Fire High Quality Video and MP3 (below). Adam is on FIRE, another HOT performance tonight, true to who he is as an artist and not afraid to take risks. A very creative, current, unique, revolutionary and sexy version of ‘Ring of Fire’ using a middle eastern scale. Ring of Fire is a country music song popularized by Johnny Cash and co-written with his wife June Carter. This was personally my FAVORITE Adam Lambert’s performance vs. Black or White and Satisfaction. To me this is one of those catchy songs that you just can’t get out of your head once you hear it a couple of times.

Watch the video and let us know what do you think about this performance? You can comment below, follow the forum thread or join our live chat discussion.

Here’s the FULL video with the introduction and judges comments:

Another version, shorter, smaller but with slightly higher quality:


Screenshots from this episode:

Adam Lambert Screenshots from this Episode


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The other contestants performed:

Matt Giraud – So Small (played piano)
Scott MacIntyre – I recognized his song, but for the life of me I can’t
remember the name of it. (played piano)
Michael Sarver – Ain’t Goin’ Down Till the Sun Comes Up
Allison Iraheta – Blame It on Your Heart
Kris Allen – To Make You Feel My Love (sat on a stool)
Lil Rounds – Independence Day
Danny Gokey – Jesus, Take the Wheel (partial standing O)
Alexis Grace – Jolene
Anoop – You Were Always on My Mind

FINALLY… my personal comments:

First off, I’m a studio musician and I’ve been a musician for 13 years. Like a lot of people would objectively agree, the music industry in general has been at its lowest since 2004. With ‘lowest’ I (we) mean poor melodic composition and songwriting, no uniqueness/originality, technique, lack of connection and less passion in delivery.

As a musician I feel this is driven mainly the struggles a musician must endure to make a living, the mainstream media and how many ‘sell out’ artists make it in the business. Musicians making music to make sure it sells, instead of to make sure is a phenomenal melodic composition that connects with people. There are other factors but that’s beyond the scope of this forum.

Beyond Adam Lambert being good looking and his image (well, I’m a straight male), I’m really a fan of Adam Lambert’s art. I TRULY believe in him as an artist. For me, tonight with ‘Ring of Fire,’ he showed how willing he is to take risks, stay true to himself despite all the pressure and to even push his own boundaries. I thought his performance was very catchy and simply BRILLIANT.

While I found myself today watching ‘Black’ for the 100th time in a Pearl Jam concert (where the singer tries hard not to cry because he is so connected to the lyrics of his song), or listening to the Beatles, Led Zeppellin, Pink Floyd, and many of the bands that American Idol praises, I actually think that the music industry is just starting to make a huge come back and people like Adam Lambert are leading the way.

Yes, it is rebellious and it feels like another music revolution.

Cheers to the future of classic: ADAM LAMBERT.

Thanks for hearing me out


  1. douglas handy says:

    adam is amazeing…the most provocative voice to come down the line since freddie mercury…who needs synthasizers!


  3. Love how he shifted the song into a minor key. Makes it memorable (as if anything he does wouldn’t be!). I gotta say – Adam is so far beyond anyone else up there – it’s like every week I tune in to see the Adam Lambert show. Pity it’s NOT the Adam Lambert Show. I could really get into that. As it is…..he sings for 2 minutes then bam! Adam’s gone, and I have to wait another whole week. *sigh* Wonder what next week will bring? 7 days and counting……

  4. Lots of people freaked out and didn’t vote for Adam,after his Ring Of Fire performance.I say,if they jumped ship that fast,they weren’t real Adam Lambert fans to begin with! I personally loved it! Its was mesmerizing,mysterious,dark and brilliant!!! His voice sounded so beautiful!

    There is something about Adam.I know this is gonna sound crazy,BUT…….when he is on stage I go into a trance…..cannot hear or see anything except that beautiful voice,those eyes,his lips! The way he moves his hands and body.And when he is finished I feel drained and my knees are weak! WHEW! At this point I don’t care if he is straight,gay,bi or an alien from another planet….THE MAN IS AN AMAZING SINGER AND HE IS PASSIONATE! NOT TO MENTION FREAKIN SEXY!!!

  5. Milwadamfan says:

    I loved this song when Adam performed it, but when I heard the studio version I loved it even more! I like it better than Black and White, so much so that I find myself hearing the song in my head at work and humming bits and pieces. Queen was dead on when she said it’s mesmerizing, mysterious, dark and brillant. I would add that it’s the sexiest song I’ve ever heard and haunting in that the song won’t leave my head!

    Simon couldn’t have been more wrong in saying it was a horrendous performance. Different, yes, but why is different horrendous and indulgent? Adam’s pitch in the studio version sounded perfect to me, and I dare anyone in the competition to even attempt to sing that version of the song and hit the notes that Adam hit.

    As far as I’m concerned, any song that is adamfied is better than the original. I can’t wait for next week for another wave of brilliance to hit my ears and another smokin performance to make my eyes bleed.

    • sanjaman says:

      By far Ring OIf Fire was my favorite Adam Lambert performanc on AI. It showed an artful talent. Not since Elvis have I seen someone who is so uniquely true to himself.

  6. Wilhelmina says:

    That was hot! He looked like he’s gonna take his shirt off…OMG it makes me sweat! This is amazing…hot hot hot! Can’t stop repeating that word, but it’s true, this is so freakin’ HOT!!! I luv his jacket btw ;)) <3

  7. He Soundz Soooooooooooooooooo Amazing 🙂

    He Iz Sooooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Especially The High NOtez

  8. I love all of his performances, but Ring of Fire was by far my favorite. Sheer genius, he is fantastic. Whether he wins or not doesn’t even matter anymore, he’s on his way to an amazing career and I can’t wait to hear what kind of album he makes. By the way, it’s not just the younger generation he appeals to — I’m a 45 year old woman and in awe of him.

  9. I loved him from the second I heard him at the auditions.
    It’s funny how people were so shocked by Ring of fire. It’s the most amazing performance on AI EVER. I think it was BRILLIANT.

  10. Dilana Responds to American Idols Adam Lamberts Ring of Fire Performance
    Dilana responds to the use of her version of Ring of fire from her RockStar SuperNova Performance.

    PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 18, 2009 – The entertainment scene is a buzz today over Adam Lamberts performance on last night’s show.

    When asked today what she thought of Adam Lambert’s performance from March 17, 2009 of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire Dilana responded with, ” I am stoked that Adam Lambert from American Idol chose to use my version of Ring of fire on last night’s episode. It’s an honor knowing that my arrangement and “cashmere” version of the Johnny Cash classic “turned him on” to the point where he wanted to use it on the show.”

    The people in Dilana’s camp also stated that she would love a chance to meet with Adam on the show and do a duet with him.

  11. This is the best American Idol performance EVER. It woke me up to Adam Lambert. I’m now in love with him.

  12. I was just amazed by his Ring of Fire cover performance. Truly innovative and captivating!

  13. When adam sang this song he put me through a trance of happiness. His voice is soo beautiful and aluring that at the end of this song it made me feel so happy and weak at the knees. He makes me go crazy in a good way. His eyes would keep me coming towards the t.v and im falling head over hills for him.

  14. ONE OF MY FAV’S!!!
    adam, simon was soooo wrong, i LOVED IT!
    Australia loves you

  15. As a country music fan, “Ring of Fire” will never be the same to me. It haunts me. Kris, your roommate ,has progressed and grown as an entertainer, but you have used your experience from the Broadway stage into something never before seen on IDOL. When I was in high school I had a fantastic drama teacher who told me it takes looks and talent and drive to make it on Broadway. I had the looks and the talent, but did not have the drive. My contemporary, Martin Sheen did. You have it all. I have had a wonderful life and have no regrets. I know you have knocked around for years and you are totally deserving of this great exposure. This contest is not about sexual orientation, it is about talent. It is a singing contest! I wish you the very best from a senior citizen.

    we like Kris too

  16. AdamAdmirer says:

    Kara and Simon didn’t get it – bravo to Paul and Randy for appreciating this man’s unending talent and ability to bring it every week!

  17. Suzie Que says:

    I think Adam Lambert is somehow related to Elvis. I know he doesn’t sound like Elvis, but his personality matches that of Elvis. Elvis was unique in his time, and so is Adam. His looks are uncanny to Elvis. If he hasn’t checked his family tree, he should!

  18. toplesswithElvis says:

    Did anyone else notice that the guy sitting next to Adam’s mom is the one in those “kissing” photos that have become so (idiotically, IMHO) notorious?

  19. inna_wein says:

    I think in… fact I am sure that Adam Is the Most talented for a LOOOOONG LOOONG time we’ve seen so far and he is the real deal every song he sang he made it much more great to listen …. he adds so so much spice and talent and more than words can express . I just think that every thing he touched he turned into gold every song he sang he turned it into H O T in every way and tks to him people will listen to all these song that he sangs and MAN he did a great GREEEEEEEEEEATEST job he is WOW TALENT.

  20. Susan A says:

    This is one of my favorite Adam Lambert renditions. Mesmerizing

  21. We own a bar and I am so looking forward to his first album…hopefully Ring of Fire will be on it and I
    for one will be playing it over and over.

  22. i love adam from head to toes i love every single part in his body his voice his lips his eyes his bady wooow so sexy when he dance or movin on stage when i watch him i feel like im hit by lightning like there is avolcano into my body and i think ring of fire is a magical song and sooo hottt dark so sexyyy i love it and luv u adammm kisses

  23. This has been one of my favorite songs by Adam, although I love them all…..but Ilove the controversy this song lended……argued with my friends who hated the song that it was brilliant and mesmerizing, and that Johnny Cash was a rebel, and I think if he were in the audience listening to that song, I think he would have given Adam a standing ovation……

    Adam is going to remodel the music industry, and Iam so ready to watch his magic unfold into the next music legend….

  24. November and I am still watching his performances. Each performance was a work of a true entertainer.
    His is original and he is HIMSELF, We love ADAM.

  25. I just love him…this was absolutely positively brilliant, a million times better than the johnny cash version, and onehundred percent original Adam. Once again….Love him so so so so so so much! 😉 a billion thumbs up

  26. Hello from Norway! 🙂

    By “accident” I`ve seen Adams “Ring of Fire” at You Tube and it`s probably the most amazing song and vocal performance I`ve ever heard (and believe me, I listen to a lot of great music)! Johnny Cash` version is also fantastic, but this is just unbelievable. Awesome. Does anyone know if it`s possible to get Adams version on cd? Can`t find anything but videos, and I really want to hear this song at my cd-player, in the car and so on.

    Would be grateful if anyone could help me!
    Thanks 🙂

  27. i’m from iran but now i’m in istanbul, and i think a real adam lambert isn’t a jaw man;a gay man; or he don’t have nailpolish and make up,did you like a boy like this?????????????????

  28. 3 or 4 nights past i had a beautiful dream about adam,in my dream he had a beautiful black hair without makeup and he didn’t kiss any boy,and sang on stage……………..i just love this adam………but i don’t find him now …any time..any where…………

  29. i love it so much,”’when the power of love over comes the love of power, the world will know peace”’ -jimmi hendrix-



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