Stellar Review of Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation Tour!

Adam tweeted a review to the Nashville stop and it took my breath away. This is the review that we’ve all privately been writing, but we haven’t seen something like this posted in mainstream news . . . until now!

I know it’s a tiny bit old, but we never get tired of reading or hearing great things about Adam, right? I’m including the entire review from USA Today’s Idol Chatter, and then giving the link in case you want to read the article complete with reference links. See here for article.

~ Carol Glamb #7 ~


Adam Lambert brings his Glam Nation Tour to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

In a summer that has seen concerts and entire tours fall by the wayside, Adam Lambert has put together something impressive: A sold-out tour of large clubs and small theaters playing to a thoroughly devoted audience that comes not for the big single but to bask in the presence of the artist. Most concerts these days feel like a luxury; to his fans, an Adam Lambert concert feels like a necessity.

Wednesday night, Adam brought the Glam Nation Tour to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, a former church tabernacle and the longtime (and, with the recent flood damage done to the Grand Ole Opry House, the current) home of the Grand Ole Opry (you remember, the place Adam told Randy Travis he had “no plans” to play). Fellow American Idol alumnus Allison Iraheta and Australian guitar whiz Orianthi opened. The sold-out crowd of nearly 2,400 included Sleepwalker co-writer Aimee Mayo, former Idols Kellie Pickler and Chris Sligh, and Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta.

Adam began with the stage bathed in purple light, singing Voodoo against a cloudy, full-moon backdrop. In his top hat and tattered long coat, he resembled Baron Samedi, the hard-partying undertaker character of voodoo lore, a loa who escorts souls on their journey into the netherworld. And maybe, with second song Down the Rabbit Hole — during which lasers created patterns on the stained-glass windows at the back of the Ryman balcony — there was just a touch of the Mad Hatter, as well.

When the band began Ring of Fire, the Ryman crowd went absolutely ballistic. Easily one of the night’s most anticipated performances, Ring of Fire has a lot of history in this venue.

Johnny Cash met June Carter, his future wife, backstage at the Ryman during a Grand Ole Opry show back in the ’50s. Carter later wrote the song about her feelings for Cash, then Cash took it, turned it back on her, and made it into a huge hit. During the ’60s, Cash shot his television show for ABC on the Ryman stage, and the venue hosted the memorial service for the song’s co-writer, Merle Kilgore, in 2005. (For what it’s worth, I think Cash — the kind of guy who got a kick out of sitting on his patio with a crow call just to fool crows into thinking he was one of them — would’ve loved Adam’s take on Ring of Fire and the way it gets under some people’s skin.)

Not until Fever did Adam do a song that appears on the basic version of the For Your Entertainment album. It’s a huge risk for a performer to start a set with so many non-album tracks — the only other act I can remember seeing pull a stunt like that was Bruce Springsteen, and he’d been playing to his faithful for nearly 40 years at that point — but Adam’s fans, many of whom may have the entire set memorized from watching YouTube videos of his previous concert stops, stayed with him like they were hits they’d heard all their lives.

Adam flirted with all the dancers — and some amazingly high notes, as well — during Fever. Then the dancers got a tribal/industrial intro to Sleepwalker, while Adam changed into a full-length black coat.

After Sleepwalker, Adam said, “It is such an honor to be performing here at the Ryman,” as he sat down on a stool for the acoustic portion of the set.

Adam has constructed his concert like a three-act piece of musical theater. The first act is filled with the “mystery … intrigue … sex” of songs like Voodoo, Down the Rabbit Hole and Fever. The second act, with its acoustic songs, has all the tension: the questioning of Whataya Want From Me, the crushing heartbreak of Soaked and the emotional turnaround of Aftermath, a song Adam said was about “looking inside yourself for the answers.” The third act begins when Adam returns in sparkly, sleeveless black, and it’s all celebration from Sure Fire Winners through Strut, Music Again and If I Had You.

That song, which closed the main set with an introduction of the band and the dancers, plus an audience sing-along, “is what this whole show’s about,” Adam told the crowd, because “you’re not edit anything if you’re not connected with love.”

One of the best things about the live Adam Lambert experience is the way he has completely reinterpreted many of his songs for the tour. Anybody who comes in expecting the arrangements from For Your Entertainment is in for a big surprise.

The songs the band performed acoustically, for instance, were great showcases for that voice, giving it plenty of room to play. Soaked, with its classically romantic melody and solo piano accompaniment for much of the song, took on a structural resemblance to Eric Carmen’s dramatic ’70s pop ballad All By Myself. Sure Fire Winners, almost a dance anthem on disc, got a thumping rock treatment.

Both of the encore songs — Mad World and Whole Lotta Love — sounded completely different than they did when Adam performed them on American Idol. Mad World quickened to around the pace of the Tears for Fears version, while Whole Lotta Love settled into a slinking, acoustic groove with a spacey, stretched-out middle section.

The few weak spots will work themselves out with experience. The transitions during Adam’s costume changes could be smoother (though it wasn’t like anybody was complaining, and they clearly thought the pay-off was worth the wait), and Adam sometimes relies on the obvious, even going so far at one point as to explain his set list.

And then there’s the length of Adam’s set, which many reviews have noted. Bluntly put, it’s short — slightly more than an hour, including the encore. But don’t think the audience felt short-changed. Here’s the thing: the show’s not just short, it’s quick. The entire concert lasted about three hours, but it seemed like half that. Allison’s six-song set flew by, and Adam’s hour felt like about 15 minutes. Just like Adam’s team understands how to create demand for tickets, Adam gets one of the basic show-biz rules:

Always leave ’em wanting more.

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. Princessshakeitup says:

    I also had read this review and was so thankful that he is finally getting some more mainstream praise! In light of all the entertainers and musicians that are having to scale back and cancel shows, you’d think Adam’s SELL OUTS and folks staniding in lines for hours would make the news more, wouldn’t you!?

    Oh, and if anyone wants to join me in making Adam’s costume changes go smoother, sign in here!

    What a fantastic weekend of Love! Call me crazy but, with all the violence in the world, I say MORE KISSING!

    • cheryl 334 says:

      PRINCESSSHAKEITUP…………………. You and I agree everytime on Adam. I hate the war and violence, but I’d still llove to see Adam kiss a girl, too!:) Call me crazy………!

      • Princessshakeitup says:

        Possibly YOU!?

        • cheryl 334 says:

          OK! OK! OK! I’LL BE THE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):)

          Thanks for asking.

          • Um I would um I could be that girl he kissed………..would have to make it to a live concert first……….I so envy anyone who has seen Adam live………my dream is to one day experience Adam myself……….oh yeah his concert too………lol 😉

    • SisterMaryMadWorld says:

      Princess, if you help Adam with costume changes, he’ll never get back on stage! Rockford, here we come!

      • Princessshakeitup says:

        You know me so well…I was thinking the same thing! Hey, I haven’t heard from Sister WLL in a few days and I just read where Adam tweeted that he had just been chased in a cab from a McDonalds in Lansing by a bunch of Drag Queens! Makes me wonder what she’s wearing these days…
        Speaking of the Rockford concert, I saw where someone is selling 2 tickets for front row center for the concert for $600.00 plus per seat. Can we say, “Car Wash”!?

        • SisterMaryMadWorld says:

          Are you kidding? Can we hold it in St. Kitts? We could “wax on and wax off” while dressed in our glam attire.

  2. I also read this and printed it off to keep, our boy is one by one knocking these places dead, with this his first tour. I feel like I have actually been to some of these concerts thanks to all the fans that post and Sue and co for keeping things ticking over, thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. Dearest Adam,

    Wish we’d been at the Ryman Theater for your concert, especially until we found you, we had kinda lost our rock ‘n’ roll roots, but YOU brought them back to us. although we still like the country music of today, your version of “Ring of Fire” is exquisite and we want yo hear MORE!!!!!! Maybe a pairing of you and Miley Cyrus, her “Can’t Be Tamed” video seems like you both worked on it and we are sure there are many more collaborators out there that your vocals and perfection could make MUSICAL MASTERPIECES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your style and vocals and just everything about you would make any song ever written no mattter what genre, except maybe rap, and you if any could do it might even make it enjoyable.

    We LOVE you forever and always and hope with all our hearts that you will get to the point you can do some smaller venues like The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at the Asheville Civic Center, in Asheville, NC or Greenville, SC or Spartanburg, SC. We can even make it to Atlanta if we can afford the tickets and boy are we gonna try!!!!!!!

    Love, Rita, Donna and Cliff


    • cheryl 334 says:

      RITA NORTON…………………..You are SPOT ON!!!! Perfectly said. Adam can make anything better!!! I totally agree! He is just UNBESLIEVABLE and UNCOMPARABLE!

      Luv, Cheryl #334

    • Mary-Ellen #444 says:

      Rita if you can go to Atlanta, Go! There is nothing like seeing Adam live for yourself even though the videos posted here are fabulous and so important to all of us. Been to 2 concerts so far and will do one more before the end of summer; still trying to think of ways to get to more!

      • Even if you would have to beg, steal or borrow, do it!
        Don’t miss out on a life changing opportunity.

  4. cheryl 334 says:

    YEAH! I read this article a couple days ago, but lovedf it too. I, too, am so happy that the nation, including Tenn. and Ky. are giving Adam his ‘dues’ more than any other state. I spent most of my life in Ky and Tenn. and my uncle was Gov. of Tenn. in the late 60’s and early 70’s and lived most of my youth in both states. Southerners are loving people and aren’t afraid to give those ‘dues’ to whoever earn them, and Adam has, like Elvis did. It took Elvis much longer to get his ‘dues’, but he did!

    I think Adam’s performances in Tenn and Ky have besen his best to date!!! He seemed to feel ‘at home’ there, and I am sooooo happy for him!

    He keeps getting ‘better’ and I can’t bsellievfe it, cuz, I said from the beginning he was PERFECT already and ‘icvonic’ and there was no room for improvement. I mean, how could he improve on ‘PERFECTION”????? 🙂 I thought it was impossible! Adam keeps doing the ‘impossible’!!!


    Peace-Love-Light-Truth-Fun-Happiness-Perfect-Honest from and to Adam………………………………

  5. Hey Guys,

    Thanks for all the updates and comments, I really enjoy reading them. You’re such GREAT fans!

    I will be seeing Adam on July 23rd at the Warfield in San Francisco, I’m so looking forward to it.
    Is anyone going that evening?

    Don’t know if you are aware of this site, but it has some great photos of Adam!
    Go to the Library
    Click Time Machine
    Scroll down and click on the dates
    Keep scrolling to see all the great pictures of Adam

  6. Adamisamazing says:

    Thank you for the article, Carol. I read it before, but never hurts to see it again. Nice reminder of the awesome show he puts on. As a Texas born girl, I’m glad the South is treating him well. It is so funny, if I hear Adam is on anything…I will watch it, read it, hear it – not miss it, if possible. For example, I heard that a portion of Adam’s song “IIHY” was on The Hills (a show I’ve never seen), so I found it on You Tube and watched the show, just to hear that. I think it was Season 6; Episode 11. Then, I heard “WWFM” was playing while Spain lifted their trophy for the celebratory win of the World Cup. I did what I could to see that moment. I’ve had his CD on an endless loop in my car for the past year, and can’t get enough. I watch the videos from all his concerts, and on and on…I can’t get enough of this major pop/glam/rock star! Like Paula Abdul said, “he makes me feel better than good.”

  7. Wonderful review! Who cares if it is a tad bit old. I always enjoy reading such positivity about Adam.

  8. AdamIsOurAI says:

    Excellent review – finally!! I went to the concert in Charlotte. Absolutely everything I thought it would be plus a great venue for that size of an audience. Adam is truly fascinating in every way.

  9. I feel like I keep saying the same thing over and over about Adam but it is just so obvious what a brilliant talent and business mind he has. To do his first tour in the smaller venues which allows him to shine and to reach his audience, just as he did on Idol, through our TV screens, was a great move. For the media to observe how he connects with us makes it impossible for them to criticize his performances. When someone gets up on that stage night after night and never falters or misses a beat, how could you find anything bad to say. It is Adam Lambert’s time and no one can deny it.

  10. at his Connecticut tour the front row seats at MGM Grand theater went for $1,000 each…well worth it I thought…

    • cheryl 334 says:

      MARADAM……………………………… I agree! I was front-row upto-stage at his concert! $37.00/know how to lie!:)

  11. Judysdancin Glamb #580 says:

    I own a dance studio and know a lot about costumes and quick changes, therefore I feel I am the most qualified for the job of changing Adam’s costumes!! I can always use assistants tho!! Great review for our Adam!!

  12. Great Review, read it last week and was thrilled for Adam. Maybe best he isn’t in the news a lot. Look what happened when he shaved part of his head. Wow! around the world it went. Besides most stars/artists hit the news when they go to jail, get arrested, divorced, cheat, etc., all not so good news. Then most the ent/reporters hold panels to decide how horrific the news is and how to publically chastise these people, or like in S Bullock’s case how to fix their lives. Like any of this is anyone’s business? Amazing!!! I think in some cases can ruin careers, and boy do they sure try. So happy Adam’s fans leave him to live his life as he feels fit and support that endeavor. Ever since the AMA’s I have thought him one of the most courageous people in the public eye. In your face, take me or leave me!!! Well we take you just as your are and love you the more for it.

  13. LatinaAdamLambertLover says:

    I’m so excited he’s getting the recognition he deserves.
    Adam is vocally superb! We love Adam Lambert!!!!

  14. I am from California, but visiting near Kansas City this weekend. Does anyone have extrea tickets
    for Wichata? I can’stand not seeing Adam anymore. I am so jealous of all of you that have been to his concerts..Help, Help

  15. What a great performer and a great review. it is about time he gets the recognition he deserves. He saved American Idol – what talent. my wife and i had all but given up on that show until Adam came along. We have tickets to see him in MA and in Albany, NY.