I know the second part of this article has been a long time in coming (read the first part HERE). Sorry for the wait. To refresh, on May 5 Lila and I were lucky enough to win attendance at STAR 94.1’s Cocktail Hour Meet ‘n Greet with Adam Lambert. After the talk conducted by DJ Delana Bennett concluded, fans came up to Adam for questions, hugs and pictures.
Lila and I apologize in advance because obviously neither of us were thinking clearly and had a camera out to film the event. Sorry – we know, we’re kicking ourselves for it too.
Adam greeted us with a big smile and immediately commented on how Lila & I were dressed like twins. Completely unintentional! He even said he was originally planning on wearing a leopard print shirt too. We could have been triplets!
I couldn’t help but ask if he recognized us, thinking of several past meetings we’ve had including when we chatted with him at length when we were nominees for Super Fan Site at the 2012 NewNowNext Awards. He couldn’t remember our names but showed he did remember us. Lila said “we run the website . . . “ and before I could get out “that was nominated for Super Fan Site at NewNowNext “ he jumped in with “oh yeah! Which one?” And when we told him “Official-Unofficial, adam-lambert.org” he immediately said “oh, that’s my mom’s favorite! I read the comments there and I keep seeing comments about me and techno music. Tell them it’s not!” By this time, between being told we’re his mom’s favorite and that HE READS THE COMMENTS, our heads were spinning!
We started talking about the new music and he said how much he hoped the fans would like it. I asked if he had a special message we could give to the readers and he spoke from the heart and said “just tell them ‘thank you. And thank you for sticking with me and hold on cause there’s something for everyone. There’s a wide range from ballads to techno. But don’t panic about the techno – it’s not on everything!”
Then we took some pictures. My heart was pounding when I asked him for permission to take the following picture. Starting with Longineau at Fantasy Springs 1, I have been building a picture folder of me kissing rock stars on the cheek, and this is my crowning glory!
I spent some time talking with STAR DJ Delana Bennett about whether requesting music had any impact and also if fans aged 40+ had any voice. She said honestly, age doesn’t matter. They still listen to the phoned-in requests, it’s not just Shazam numbers or what’s being dictated down from corporate management. The DJs pass the requests on to the Musical Director and he puts the requests into the time slots. She assured me that Ghost Town would soon be filling bigger time slots as the weeks progress. She told me she attended an iHeart meeting where new music was played for the DJs and the “response to Ghost Town was amazing! This song will be HUGE! Give it some time – starting next week it will move into a different slot because it had the largest gain last week. I’m playing the s#!t out of it! You can quote me on that!”
She made my heart sing when she added “Adam will become a superstar. Maybe it hasn’t happened as fast as we all thought it would, but it will happen!”
We had quite a day there and are also very proud that a few days ago Adam chose to retweet the iHeartRadio Pool Party tweet that included us!
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) May 28, 2015
Lila and I always hoped that by being the first fansite and by keeping our heads down and doing good work, we would be happy with the results. We know we have your support and appreciate all of you for sticking with us!
~ Carol ~