Adam Lambert at LA’s Roxy Theatre, Saturday January 30, 7pm live stream show (following the first, 7am show)
Lambert is farshunably late (only four minutes, but…) so we spend some time lurking in the chat room pre-show. “Got my adult beverage, ready for viewing #2,” one chatter shares. Many Glamberts brag about having also tuned in for show #1 of Adam Lambert Live From The Roxy in the comments, and we clock fans checking in from all corners of the globe including Tasmania, Toronto and the Netherlands. The suspense is real.
The ‘sound check’ screen switches to visuals of a drum kit, and we have lift-off! The American Idol runner-up and current Queen frontman opens with Stranger You Are from his latest Velvet set, and looks a million bucks (as expected) in a shimmery paisley suit, loads of neck bling, shades with diamanté-encrusted frames and towering, calf-shortening platform heels: “Now I’m rockin’ Versace with my dog/ In my shades, I’ma slay one day, y’all/ I’ma f-ck up a cheque and spend it all/ I’ma have a tequila kind of day” – cheers!
Lambert says he hopes we’ve put some glitter on even though we’re viewing from our homes. Absolutely everything about Lambert is glam, right down to his mic (and stand), which are dripping with crystals. And that hair! Lambert rocks a mullet with frosted tips. Such a bewitching set of peepers! Lambert is a makeup artist’s dream: so perfect that he looks like an avatar.
Funky-fresh disco anthem Roses inspires much bedroom dancing, Loverboy’s escalating chorus shows off Lambert’s vocal chops to perfection, and we can’t imagine any other vocalist on the planet singing ballad Closer To You. Lambert redefines ‘fierce’; you can tell that with album Velvet, he’s finally making exactly the kind of music he wants to make after a decade-long career as a recording artist.
OMG, he’s including Bowie’s Starman in the set! Lambert performed this song for A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day – a global streaming concert on what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday – and does not even need to switch into falsetto for those soaring high notes in the chorus. Truly remarkable.
During Bohemian Rhapsody, we totally feel for the guitarist who valiantly takes on Brian May’s majestic solos – but she makes it her own rather than trying to mimic every single lick. Lambert’s bandmembers are masked-up, although we can still see them smizing on occasion. What a killer ensemble! And Lambert is gracious enough to introduce them all by name: Zuri Appleby on bass, Michel’Le Baptiste on drums, Camila Grey on keys and lead guitarist JinJoo Lee.
Whataya Want From Me – the second single from Lambert’s debut album, For Your Entertainment – remains his biggest hit to date, and it’s a moment. Then that familiar Another One Bites The Dust bassline takes hold and Lambert goes to work – Queen’s material suits him so well.
Before this second live stream wraps, Appleby and Lee bring out a pink birthday cake for their boss. Happy 39th Birthday, Monsieur Lambert! Thanks for gifting us Adam Lambert Live From The Roxy.