Even the Blade’s political reporter needs to cut loose every once in a while, which is why I was psyched to cover Adam Lambert’s concert in D.C. earlier this week.
The gay pop sensation — arguably the most successful and talented second-place winner on Fox’s “American Idol” — performed at D.C.’s 9:30 Club on Monday as part of his “Glam Nation” tour.
Lambert entered the stage in his usual over-the-top attire. Wearing a fearthered top hat and a long purple coat, he looked somewhat like a cross between a pimp and Abraham Lincoln.
Many of the songs from his latest album made up the performance, including “What Do You Want from Me?”, “Ring of Fire” and “If I Had You.” My personal favorite, “Fever,” a song was written by Lady Gaga, was among the songs he sang.
Lambert altered his attire throughout his performance to accord with the mood for his songs, although each outfit was stylish. By the end, he was wearing a sleeveless vest with black boots and sparkly pants — in my opinion, a very hot outfit.
Never one to shy away from controversy — even to the consternation of some conservatives — Lambert engaged in a little intimacy with a bandmate as part of his performance. As he sang “Fever,” he stroked his bass guitarist’s hair momentarily and gave him a smooch on the lips.
I was a little surprised that “For Your Entertainment,” the eponymous song from Lambert’s latest album, wasn’t included in his performance. Instead, just before Lambert came on stage, a recording of the track was played. It’s too bad because it’s one of my favorite songs and I would have liked to hear him perform it live.
The sold-out performance was packed with a diverse audience ranging from gay men, lesbians, punk rockers, pre-teens and soccer moms. It’s amazing that Lambert fans — sometimes referred to as “Glamberts” — make up so many different types of people.
Jeanni Centofanti, a former Blade staffer and lesbian D.C. resident, said she attended the concert because of Lambert’s transformational impact on the music scene.
“Adam is a fabulous spectacle and he’s bring back mainstream glamrock and goth in a way that hasn’t been done since the 1970’s,” she said.
His engagement with the crowd made the 9:30 club — a smaller venue enabling each person in the audience to be at least somewhat near the performer — an excellent venue.
“Washington D.C, what’s up people?” Lambert shouted at one point. “You’re a sexy fucking crowd tonight!”
Lambert added he was “distracted” from his singing “by all the pretty people” in the audience.
The crowd — singing along to the songs and dancing in the limited space available — ate up Lambert’s performance.
During “If I Had You,” one of the closing songs, Lambert asked the crowd to sing the chorus for him, which they gladly did at the top of their lungs.
In all, a rocking performance from Lambert that I thoroughly enjoyed along with all the Glamberts in attendance.