Adam Lambert is busy promoting Ghost Town, the first single from his upcoming third album, The Original High. He made a visit to hometown San Diego, including two radio stations and made some very lucky fans extremely happy. And Lila and I were two of them!
I won 2 tickets for the exclusive Happy Hour from San Diego’s Star 94.1. I thought for sure it would be on Friday, May 8th, Adam Lambert Day but it was May 5th instead. The station eventually released the date online but we were sworn to secrecy about the location. On-air, they said they were keeping the location secret because they know the Glamberts! They said the last time Adam was here (March 30, 2012, promoting Trespassing) and they had a contest, even non-winning Glamberts filled the parking lots and the DJs had no room to park. Yes, Lila and I were part of that non-winner group! They didn’t even tell the winners the location until 4 hours prior to the event. And again, I was cautioned to keep it a secret, so that’s why I didn’t write about it ahead of time. I knew people would ask, and I would hate to say no, so I took myself out of that situation by keeping mum. Almost as good as Adam keeping mum for 1 ½ years about his new label deal!
The event was at Bali Hai, a restaurant overlooking the water on Shelter Island, very close to the airport. This was good planning because as soon as it was over, the Warner Bros personnel whisked Adam away, saying he had a flight to San Francisco to catch, for even more promotion the next day. It’s so nice to see how actively Warner Bros is supporting Adam and his new music! Right Glamberts? You’ll hear about this in the video.
So let me share with you how our Happy Hour went, and please forgive me for fangirling through this! I want to write this so you can feel like you were there. Winners were chosen on Friday, May 1. Listeners were asked to call the station starting at 7:50 AM, and every hour after on the: 50, ending with 4:50 PM. I woke up that morning, determined to win. Fortunately it was a non-work day for me. I got very lucky and scored on the 11:50 AM call-in, even getting through a few times on earlier hours, but being the wrong caller. Fortunately the call only lasted about 5 minutes, because I had a 12 PM date with the computer, trying to get tickets for a Muse event, but that’s another story!
There were only 10 winners, and each could bring a guest. The morning of the Happy Hour, they gave away one more ticket, which went to a super fan from Temecula, about 60 miles away. With only 11 winners, each with a +1, this was going to be an intimate event!
Of course Lila went with me. Aside from being best friends and a loyal Glambert, Lila also won a contest recently for an AWOLNATION concert at the KROQ Red Bull Stage in Los Angeles and brought me. They’re one of our favorite bands. Another magical, small audience event and still another story! So me bringing Lila was KARMA baby!
The Happy Hour was from 5-6 PM and we were asked to arrive 30 minutes prior for check in. We got there early, just in case of traffic. Lila and I were the first ones to arrive, no surprise there. We went upstairs to the outside patio and chatted with Hayes and Chris from Star 94.1. They told us this would only be for 30 people. The patio was small, with two 4-seater tables, four 2-seater tables, four tall 2-people tables, and a station backdrop, perfect for pictures. Lila and I took a 4-top, both sitting on the same side, looking right at the backdrop, figuring that’s where Adam would spend most of his time. They told us he was going to be coming around, from table to table, spending time with each of us. Woo-hoo! We were going on a speed-date with Adam Lambert!!
The patio filled up, but only with about 25 people, and believe it or not, the majority didn’t look like Glamberts. Two full-on fan girls asked to sit with us and we now have Robin and Jamie at our table. Robin was the girl who won from Temecula earlier that morning. They were really bubbly and excited. Turns out, Jamie had also won tickets for her and Robin to a morning promotion event from JACK FM, another San Diego station. How lucky can you be?! Food was brought out to the tables from Bali Hai. We munched on Wasabi Fries, Spring Rolls, something fishy that I can’t remember, and fried shrimp. Lila and I ordered tame drinks, deciding to forego alcohol – we were giddy enough!
Robin, Jamie, Lila and Carol toast the event and enjoy Happy Hour munchies!
A little after 5 PM, running on classic Lambert time, Adam comes up the stairs onto the patio. We cheer and we’re greeted with huge smiles from him.
He takes a seat at the Star 94.1 backdrop with Delana Bennett, one of Star’s DJs. They immediately start talking about Adam being back home in San Diego and he tells us he came down the night before, going out to eat with friends, and how he had such a good time. They begin talking about Ghost Town, The Original High, working with Max Martin, and then opened it up for questions.
Adam flashing a great smile with DJ Delana Bennett
Enjoy this 14-minute video that begins shortly after they started talking, shot from our table by @robinsmith66. I’ve been waiting for it so I could really share the event with you, and she just sent it over to me! At 5:45, you’ll hear me asking a question about what influences Brian & Roger may have been, personally and with songwriting. He answered, keeping his focus on me the whole time, and giving me MY most original high! At 8:14, I added the Shazam to the conversation and Adam encouraged us “Glamberts, spread the word! Shazam the heck out of the song. It’s great, it helps a lot.” I then mention the caution we’ve received about only Shazaming it once a day, and he’s surprised how much we all know!
At 10:05, our tablemate Robin brings up the topic many of us have imagined doing, but never had the opportunity or the guts to! As politely as possible, she tries to tell Adam that he is NOT a pop singer! He sets her straight. He is who he is. Not the rock coverboy from Idol. She explains she just doesn’t want him getting lost in the pop circus. When the idea of a tour is brought up he stresses “I know everybody’s excited to come see a tour but what we should be focusing on is getting these songs out there first! That’s gonna create a bigger . . . .that way I can tour and do a bigger show.”
At 12:52, I got to ask if he was happy with the early results of Ghost Town and he told us “the first week of Ghost Town has been my best week at radio ever!”
Now sit back and enjoy Happy Hour With Adam Lambert!
Video courtesy of @robinsmith66
I have a lot more to share, including a special message from Adam directly to you, the readers of our site! You’re not going to believe what he told us! But this post has gone longer than I thought it would and I don’t want to wear you out. After waiting so long, there’s only so much we can take – ha ha ha!
[Update: You can read part two HERE!]
~ Carol ~