**UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS!!**
December 2nd took me on a monumental Adam Lambert Roller Coaster ride. The ride begins when I get an email from my friend Glenda, who I met at the Homecoming Events last May. She tells me that she had gotten tickets to see Adam appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show. So, naturally I call Lila, my partner-in-crime for EverythingAdam! (If you’ve read my past posts from the summer concert time, you remember I met Lila at Adam’s Homecoming events in San Diego, and since then we’ve become very good friends. In fact, I have her to thank for introducing me to Fernando, owner of this web site.)
Sorry, I digress. We both go online and apply for tickets, thinking there’s no way we’ll get them. From the application process, I learn there are two events to get tickets for: the show and the Outdoor Mini-Concert. Heck I want the mini-concert!! So I apply, holding my breath, and couldn’t believe I immediately got them! I call Lila and we’re flying high just thinking about it.The mini-concert is scheduled for the day after Lila and I will be returning from Las Vegas, where we’ll be seeing Muse. We’ve even been wondering if Adam will be there, because Muse is a favorite band of his, and they’re only playing 5 dates in the United States. But weeks after buying these tickets, we find out they’re now playing in Los Angeles the next night, so Adam would most likely be going to that concert instead. But we can hope! Now I’ve found out Adam has appearances at Jingle Balls around the country on the Muse dates.
After applying for the concert tickets, I go on Twitter to catch up with the latest. Through a tweet I find out that Adam will be at the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel on December 4th, two days later!! By re-tweeting the message, I could qualify for VIP GUARANTEED access. They said only 150 would be let in. First thing I do is re-tweet, and then call Lila again! We scream, and then start re-tweeting. We’re flying even higher now. Then the roller coaster zooms to a crashing halt. I received an email from the Kimmel ticket agency that Adam’s appearance and mini-concert has been canceled. I won’t go into any of that – we all know the hypocrisy of the situation.
So we both retweet, don’t get selected as VIPs, but we’re going anyway, hoping to get in. We had no idea how many people would be showing up for this. Luckily both of us work out of our home, so our schedules are flexible for all this gallivanting around town, following (or chasing?!) our passions!
On December 4th, we get back on our early-morning roller coaster for our 20 minute drive downtown. We arrive at the Hard Rock Hotel early to check out the scene. It’s 10:30 AM and Adam is due for a 3 o’clock appearance. Amazingly, there was only one other person in line, a very devoted fan named Maryann who had been in line since 8 AM. Lila and I are excited because since we’re #2 and #3 in line, we know we’d definitely be getting in.
As the hours tick by, we can’t believe there aren’t that many more fans getting in line. Around 2 PM, the line is about 20 strong. Some PR/promotions staff come out and urges us to call anyone we can to come and be here. They can’t be too surprised. With such short event notice, it’s hard for people to rearrange their days to get off work or make childcare plans, to spend the day standing in line. Maryann told us it was announced on AdamOfficial and Twitter. Hardly mass media reach!
Several local media film and print crews showed up and were interviewing and filming the fans in line. It was interesting to note that every local channel showed up, except the local ABC affiliate. Hmmmm.
Here is the video from our local FOX News with comments from both Lila (1:10) and me (1:40).
We were let into the lobby around 2:45 PM, and it did fill with about 150 people. We noted that Adam’s dad Eber was standing in the back of the lobby, leaning up against a post. Since he’s a San Diego resident, we’re not surprised that he’s there. A few fans went up to him to chat and take photos, which he very kindly obliged. He looked so handsome. I heard some young girls remark how much he looked like Adam. I laughed and said, “no Adam looks like him!” Lila and I had brought some special mementos that we were hoping to get signed by Adam. She had her personalized GLMBRT license plate,
and I had my May 25 People Magazine that covered the Idol’s Homecoming visits.
Here’s that issue showing the photograph of Adam at the high school (upper) and coming through an autograph line at the radio station that morning (lower). I was at the station and asked him to sign my CD. While he was signing it, I asked him if he received the Ice Cream Dipper I sent him. (I had it engraved with: Adam, Here’s the scoop – You ROCK! Carol.) He looked right at me, flashed a gorgeous smile saying “Yes, I love it!” People Magazine’s photographer had captured both of us in that moment. I thought it would be so cool to get him to sign that picture, and he did! That’s the back of my head wearing the headband and ribbon. Lila is pictured in that shot too. She’s in the upper left of the picture,wearing a black jacket, holding up a camera. You can see Adam’s signature in the picture above. He was using a silver Sharpie that day!
Video with me asking Adam about the Ice Cream Dipper at :22.
At the Idol Tour Concert in July, Lila and I had tried to get these articles signed at the bus arrival, but Adam didn’t come out to the waiting fans. After the concert, he only came out for 10 minutes, so it didn’t happen then either. Because of this past experience, I started thinking of alternative ways to get my magazine signed. With Eber standing behind us, my mind went into motion. I figured that Adam would be spending some time visiting with his dad, so maybe I could ask Eber to have him sign it, and then I could pick it up from . . . .someplace! I gathered my courage and approached Eber and introduced myself. I told him I had been at one of his Poetry Nights (Lila and I did go, and I’m still writing a later article on that!) and he said, “yeah, I thought I recognized you!” OMG!! We spent some time talking about poetry, and then I moved into some chit-chat, saying I hope he’s getting more time to be himself now, and not so much being “Adam’s dad.” (Aw man, I hope that didn’t come out wrong!) He said he hasn’t been doing too much as Adam’s dad for the past 10 years, and laughingly said he’s been trying to get him to sign over a car to him!” I laughed, wondering if Eber wants the Mustang! We both laughed, and then I let it out. I told him about the magazine I was hoping to get signed and asked that if I didn’t get it signed that day, could he have Adam sign it. He said “sure,” and that I should write my name/address on it so he could get it to me. I told him “thank you” and would see him afterward, if I didn’t get it signed. He told me that Adam wasn’t feeling well – that he had the stomach flu or food poisoning, so that may have to be the case.
Soon Adam came out, walking down the stairs behind us, and around to the part of the lobby where they’re doing the presentation. I’m not sure what you may have seen, but it was on all our local channels and CNN. Check YouTube for clips. Adam looked incredible and Lila and I were blown away. They unveiled the costume he wore with KISS at the finale, and spoke of how he was taking his place amongst other rock legends who have donated their memorabilia to the Hard Rock. Adam remarked that we was thrilled to be included, considering he was the New Kid On the Block! After the presentation, we were told Adam would be taking a break since he wasn’t feeling well, and would return to sign autographs and meet the fans. Phew! We still have our chance!
After a short while, Adam did come back out, and he spent time talking with the media, and then the fans. Lila and I rushed to the side he was starting on, both getting our #1 items signed. At 1:37 you’ll hear Lila say “thank you” and at 1:43 you’ll hear me talking to him about the magazine picture. He said he remembered me! I’ll go down in history as “the ice cream dipper lady. It could be worse!!
In addition to her license plate and my magazine, we both brought copies of Rolling Stone and Details just in case we got lucky! After Adam signed her plate and my magazine, Lila rushed to a later point in the line, but I got detained by a reporter asking me questions about why I was such a strong fan. We also spoke about the Finale Watching Party that Lila and I arranged, and how we both were Leaders on the Glambs fan site! By the time this was over, Adam was just about to leave. Lila rushed back to me saying she got both of her magazines signed, and how I should go try for my additional autographs. We tried, but he was already done. We could tell he was exhausted from being ill and everyone around us had commented on how we could tell he wasn’t feeling well. It’s amazing how well we know him by now!
I went back up to Eber, thanked him for his offer, and told him I was able to get the magazine signed and he said “oh good.” I then gave him a business card from the Glambs that we’ve made up to distribute at functions, and requested that he give it to Adam. We want to make sure he knows about us! I told him I’d see him at the next Poetry Night.
At this point, we ran into another friend and we spent some time talking. She informed me that Adam’s staff was in the bar off the lobby. She didn’t know their names, but I wanted to go talk to them. I’d sent emails just after learning about this event to his team at 19 Entertainment. This was to the same gentleman who I’d emailed and spoken with when the Tour was coming to San Diego, hoping to get some time with Adam, so I could write a story for our fan site. I’m still hoping to get this story! So I went into the bar and introduced myself. Sure enough the man in the bar was Roger, the VP of Music/TV Publicity US from19 Entertainment, the same man I’ve been talking/emailing with. When I said my name, he said “did you just email me?” I couldn’t believe it! He remembered! I told him who I was, gave him a Glamb business card, told him I was an author, and said I’m still hoping to get some time with Adam. I asked if he and Adam were aware of our web site. He said yes they knew of us, and that we did really good work. He said it was important for us to keep doing our good work and to keep promoting Adam. He said things were crazy right now, but after January he was sure I could get some time with Adam! Oh man, my head was spinning with excitement, but I tried to keep my cool, to remain professional and not be a fangirl!! We spoke a little more about what’s going on right now with the ABC situation. He assured me “it’s all good.” I didn’t want to make a pain of myself, so I left after that. But I did go back to get his business card!
This was a great day that I will always remember. Hopefully, you will all get to have your days too. And what day wouldn’t be complete without a late night spoof!