Leno Afterparty Reveals Stories From Adam Lambert’s Past!

Last Tuesday (1-17-12) I was up in Los Angeles attending the taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, when Adam Lambert gave that incredible performance of Better Than I Know Myself. I am so grateful that my girlfriend Diana Juarez had extra spaces on her ticket, and offered them to Lila and me. A few days later, miraculously Lila also got tickets, and was able to invite more local fans to be with us in-studio. Through Twitter and email, we found that many more of our friends would also be there.

Wanting to continue the party with so many great friends, I arranged an after-taping dinner at Miceli’s Restaurant, a wonderful Italian restaurant that a few of us had eaten at before, when we were in Los Angeles for another Adam adventure. Both Miceli’s locations (Hollywood and Universal City) are known for being the only restaurant in the area where the serving staff sings while you’re eating. Our group of 8 grew to 12, then 16, then 19. In fact, many of you might know them via Twitter. Our group consisted of (twitter names) @lliillaa, @lisalisansd, @suz526, @glspence01, @CoralMermaid, @Sue_in_LA, @angelraj, @remavineyard, @Sherry12559, @adams-kitty, @ovationimpact, @heartnnsoul, @diedreinorbit, @adamfanann, @scmtnbert and me, @cmhagey. Also joining us were Mary Jane, Janis and Sandi. (Sorry, I don’t have all the Twitter names!)

From my several conversations with the restaurant updating our number, I learned that a few of the staff knew Adam, and they were thrilled we supported him. They were looking forward to a group of Glamberts coming in!

As we were finishing our delicious meal, server Shannon Warne, came up to the table and greeted us, telling us she’d been in plays with Adam ten years earlier. We were all so excited that she came to talk with us. This was someone who actually knew Adam! We started asking her about him, and she quickly told us “everyone knew how special Adam was.” They knew he was going to be a star! She was quick to point out that the Adam she knew didn’t look like the Adam of today. She said he had reddish-blond hair and his weight was different. I don’t think this was news to anyone, but those within his past circle may not realize how much his fans know about him!

Shannon was happy to share some stories from their friendship. This was during the time of American Idol’s first seasons. She told us she didn’t watch the show, but Adam was obsessed with Kelly Clarkson. After Season 1 was over, Adam would make Shannon sit in the car with him and listen to Kelly’s CD. He sang along and raved about how good she was! Then Season 2 came on, and every week he’d make Shannon watch it with him. We asked who he liked that year, and she said when it came to Ruben and Clay, that he liked Clay. They never talked about voting, but she told us she “was sure he was voting like crazy!” I feel so much better now about the hours I spent, voting for Adam! If he did spend time voting for Clay (or anyone for that matter!), then he truly understands the efforts his fans have made for him. I don’t remember if you could text vote during the early seasons, so if not, he was sitting on the phone hitting the redial, just like us!

Soon after Season 2 of American Idol, Shannon and Adam lost track of each other. This is until Shannon started seeing television commercials for Season 8 and she couldn’t believe it when she saw Adam on them! She called him and left a message asking “what are you doing on that show?!” He texted back something like “OMG! Everything is going so fast – it’s really crazy!” Unfortunately, that was their last contact. Maybe if he reads this, he’ll get back in touch with her! 🙂

To learn more about Shannon, you can visit her website here.
Shannon Warne, Singing server at Miceli's who worked with Adam Lambert
Shannon Warne

After Shannon left our table, we were so giddy, not believing our great luck in meeting her. Next, our waiter Christopher Carothers tells us he’d also been in plays with Adam! We’d already been delighted in listening to Christopher sing that night, and couldn’t believe he’d been keeping this secret! Hadn’t he heard the table talking about Adam and the stunning BTIKM we’d just heard?!! He went on to tell us about a night in 2002 when they were appearing together, whent Adam cleared the house! Adam and Christopher were in the Fullerton Civic Light Opera’s performance of My Fair Lady, at the Plummer Auditorium. When the second act started, Christopher was on-stage, and all of a sudden the fire alarms started going off. Backstage, Adam had knocked a soda can over onto the fire alarm, causing the audience to evacuate. Christopher said Adam got into trouble, but not as much as the person who left the can there!

Like Shannon, Christopher also says he knew Adam had talent like no other. It seems everyone knew Adam was a star among stars. You can learn more about Christopher here.
Christopher Carothers, Singing server at Miceli's who worked with Adam Lambert
Jan and Christopher Carothers

Even though I couldn’t see Adam when he sang, I’m not complaining. I got to be there and hear it live! But most of all, I had a fantastic day spent with the most incredible group of ladies, and the bonus of hearing these amazing stories from Adam’s former peers. Glambs, we got our first exclusive! I’m happy to share this with you! 🙂

Love ya!

~ Carol ~

About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)


  1. Great story, Carol! It sounds like a truly magical day!! Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  2. Lila - Glamb #3 says:

    It was great fun! It’s always nice to meet other like-minded women!

  3. Ann Johnson says:

    Thank you for putting together the after-party. It was wonderful to meet the Glambs and I am looking forward to seeing you again. I have been following this site since the early days of Adam on Idol, I even have a number # 402. My sister was very active on this site and she got me started. Following Adam was a real bonding experience for us, we had so much fun together and I learned to use the computer! I have been shy about leaving comments, but

  4. You guys are so lucky to live in California or close enough to visit!! I’m so jealous!!
    Thanks for the stories……i loved reading them!!

  5. ElianeBrasil Glamb #577 says:

    Hi / Oi
    And I’m happy to read this!
    I keep my Glamb number because I like to be part of this group, so happy , that like to share news to fans like me, so far away…
    Beijos / Kisses

  6. Ann Johnson says:

    I am still learning how to work this ddarn thing…I will try to stay more connected and not lurk…lurk before you leap..ha ha my twitter name is adamfanann. Again thank you for this great site, Ann

  7. Loved reading stories about our lovable dork before he was the Glamgod!…I know some of those lovely ladies…. Wish I had been there to share the fun!

  8. Carol….Thank you so much! This is so wonderful to hear all the heart felt, positive feedback about our Adam! It truly shows that back in the humble beginning his spirit was genuine, enlightened & bigger then life. I was very privileged to meet Adam In person at a Meet & Greet in Vancouver, Canada in 2010. Let me tell you…he is truly special !!! He makes you feel like you are the only one in the room when he talks to you. His eyes lock on to yours and they speak volumes about the gracious beauty of spirit & soul. This was right after Idol & the beginning of his amazing journey on the road to Rock God hood.
    I will be a dedicated Glambert…ALWAYS!!!!!!
    Thanks so very much for this exciting insight for all us Glamberts!
    XOX Always…”Adamicted”

  9. Thanks for the wonderful story about OUR Adam. Its so exciting that he will back in the spotlight again. (Even though he never leaves our spotlight!) I was glad to see Tommy is still with him and the rest of the band sounded great. I live in the San Francisco area and last year was able to catch his concerts 2 consecutive nights in 2 cities about 100 miles apart. My friends thought I was nuts, but I had a blast! Meeting other glamberts in line was so much fun, I cant wait to see the schedule!!

    • Ann Johnson says:

      You sound like my kind of girl. I live in the Monterey Ca. area and I went to those San Francisco (2) and Sacramento concerts on the Glamnation tour,,,So much fun, I really pushed my comfort zone and I found out that I could travel by myself and have fun. At the Sunday Warfield concert I met a girl who had flown all the way from Japan to follow Adam to each of his concerts in California. She was really sweet, when Adam sang Aftermath she wrapped her arms around herself and rocked gently back and forth. She looked so peaceful and happy, she even sent me a magazine with Adam on the cover, and a fold out center fold picture of Adam,, it also had an article @ Adam and I thought it was interesting that the questions from his interview were written in Japanese, but his answers were only written in english.

  10. Carpl, you did a great job capturing the Leno “after party”! So much fun to be had in 2012, can wait to experience AND read about more Adam adventures!

  11. I loved your stories. So much fun. Thanks for telling us all about it. I also follow several of the people you met in LA on my Twitter!

  12. ovationimpact says:

    Many of us know that Kevin Bacon has been the king of the 6 degrees of separation for over a decade. Well, I now believe that Adam Lambert has and will become the king of that favorite game, 6 degrees of separation… as it doesn’t seem like one can go to Los Angeles and not meet someone who has an Adam story. And Shannon and Christopher’s stories were great wonder to hear with regards to the early years of Adam’s journey to Global Stardom.
    Thanks for telling these marvelous stories and the added photos. But, most of all thanks for including me in this FUN FUN gathering of Adam Fans.
    Hope to see and talk to you all again along the ever expanding internet, virtual-world and real-world journey of Global Superstar Adam Lambert.

  13. I’m envious of all of you who have met ADAM eye to eye.
    It’s my greatest wish and I just cried for this wish in my heart.
    GOD, I pray.

  14. Ann Johnson says:

    It is true! I have a 6 degrees of separation story with @ ovationimpact, we met at the San Francisco Glamnation tour, and she took me with her to see Adam on idol, and on Jay Leno last week!!!! She is a lot of fun and I hope you all get to meet her, we both love Adam and it was the beginning of a great friendship..

  15. maryjsworld says:

    thank you, carol, for capturing our feelings experiencing adam at leno and then at dinner when christopher and shannon shared their stories —- it truly was a magical moment in our Glamily…..6 degrees of adam separation indeed!!!

  16. Hmmm why did Shannon think it was necessary for everyone be told about Adam’s natural hair color and weight issues when he was younger……..? Seems a bit petty to me

    • Carol, Glamb #7 says:

      Oh Terry, she wasn’t petty at all. She was extremely nice and her demeanor showed us how much she loved Adam. She just didn’t know that we knew that Adam looked different than he does now! Please don’t read anything negative into this! 🙂
      Thanks for being a loyal follower!


    • Lila - Glamb #3 says:

      Right, because Adam never talks about his natural hair color or his weight issues as a child.

  17. Thank you for sharing.That must be a great day.
    Whe LOVE all the news about Adam .
    HUGs and LOVE from the Dutchglamberts.

  18. Thanks so much for posting this, Carol, and for sharing your great day with us – really appreciate it. Yup, I’m also a little jealous of all you guys who live in California – looking forward tremendously to a glimpse of Adam when he’s in the UK on 2 Feb!

  19. LOVED reading these stories! You lucky folks, who have seen Adam up close and personal, provide validation of his awesomeness for the rest of us not priviledged to live in California. Keep it coming!

  20. Wish I could have been there for that one!!! Sounds like it was a blast! Next time for sure!

  21. Carol, thank you for sharing this with us!

  22. Hi. I would have loved to join you for the afterparty. Sounds like it was fun! FYI, I am @songwriter4 on twitter.

    I was seated next to Leila for the Leno show and got to say hello to her. It was Neil, Neil’s girlfriend, Sauli, Leila and me in that order. Sauli was really cute and had a nice smile! Great show!

  23. Loving every word of this story and every glorious Adam adventure–past, present, and future. Thank you so much for sharing, Carol. Isn’t it fabulous to have such a sweet connection through our sweet and magnificent muse? Can hardly wait for Chapter 2 music and tour!

  24. We are loving all this input, too! Wish we could have been there & met the man with the “mostest” eyes in the universe! Can’t wait til he gets to the eastern coastal states, maybe we can follow him around. Sure would like one of those magazines with the centerfold, if possible, contact me at katz52@morrisbb.net and maybe we can work out contact info! Also, is there anyone out there that would like Adam to do an acoustic set, with maybe a CD & DVD??????? We’d sure buy that!!! Thanks, Carol for woking this all out. Love 4-ever and a day Rita aka alambertlvr and Donna aka sparkleyz. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 We are “Beggin’ For Mercy”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Thanks for sharing that great night you had with Adams Old friends…So awesome!!
    Can you believe how sweet Adam is and he wanted to just hang out an listen to Kelly sing…Hope she get’s this info on how big a fan he is of hers and I just LOVE how Adam always compliments everyone else!

  26. tweeterpie says:

    Thanks for sharing the great Adam stories. It sounds like you all had a great time & I’m jealous that you all get to see him perform LIVE so often. I’ve seen him LIVE a few times myself, but always have to wait for him to come to my neck of the woods. He is ALWAYS worth the wait though & I am so EXCITED for the release for this new album and tour. I KNOW IT WILL BE ADAMAZING, AS USUAL!


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