Adam Lambert Meet and Greet / Q&A Acoustic Performance Session – Nashville, TN – 107.5 The River – 03/09/2012
Posted on 3/11/2012
Written by Christina Williams
(aka Alabama Tina)
When I think of Adam Lambert I think of someone who is an extremely talented vocalist, heavily involved in charity work that is close to his heart, and someone who isn’t afraid to be himself. I was all too excited when I found out that I would be able to write a blog for Concert Blast at a private Adam Lambert event being held by the radio station 107.5 The River in Nashville, Tennessee and sponsored by Direct Auto Insurance.
Upon arrival, people were lined up along the sidewalk outside of the station waiting to see their own personal American idol. The energy amongst the fans was running high. The radio station let everyone in and I made my way straight to the beanbag on floor closest to the stage. The station was so kind to us and had chicken provided by Zaxby’s. The setting was a small and intimate room that truly allowed the fans to get up close and personal with their favorite stars. The radio station’s “Intern Adam” came out and introduced Adam Lambert with his guitar player Tommy. Adam started immediately with his best southern accent and stated, “Howdy.” An acoustic version of his newest single “Better Than I Know Myself” followed immediately. He used his voice in such a melodic way that it flowed beautifully. The crowd was definitely into it, especially when he generously rose to the high notes with ease.
After the performance, Intern Adam interviewed Adam Lambert for a few minutes on stage. He asked him if the new music video for “Better Than I Know Myself” reflected where he was at this time in his life. Adam responded, “Everyone has two sides to themselves, both light and dark. One day you wake up in a happy mood and one day you’re in a crappy mood. The video is both sides of your personality. Sometimes we have to learn to shut off the negative voice, but both sides need to get along with each other to have a complete personality.” They joked that Adam’s new cd titled “Trespassing” was coming out in “Mapril”, sometime between April and May, but either way, hopefully very soon! Intern Adam then read an email from a listener who was at the event. She wrote about how she had been treated badly by classmates and how Adam had been an inspiration to her, helped her stay strong, and helped her in being herself. She cried the whole time the email was being read which touched everyone in the crowd. Adam got up and gave her a big hug. It was a moment that none of us will ever forget. He then said that we could be proactive as people, even if it is just using mind over matter, especially if bullying is involved.
Adam and Tommy then began performing “Whataya Want From Me” and the crowd went wild. Again, it was an effortless sounding performance of beautiful and strong vocals and melody. Adam uses his voice as an instrument and that is what makes him so unique. At one point Adam says, “Turn that guitar up!” Adam has a way of really making you feel uplifted when he sings.
Adam ended graciously with a Q &A session interacting with the fans. He shouted, “I love these people, we should talk!” Some questions came up about American Idol and Adam responded that it didn’t matter when he lost because he got to perform every week and then he gave Kris Allen a nice shout out by bringing up that Kris’s new single just came out and is really good. He was asked about the industry in which he tried to explain was a little tricky, had a lot of loopholes, and was somewhat complicated. He had to learn about things like what gets on the radio, how many times it gets spun, and what your demographic is. (For those of you who wanted to be successful in this business, online universities are offering a certificate in music industry which can help you launch your music career).
I then asked Adam, “Would you ever like to venture into movies and if so what type of character would you like to play?” He said, “Yea, movies would be fun. Right now I want to focus on my music, but if something good came up that would be cool.” Someone in the crowd yelled out “Elvis!” and we all laughed. Many people, including myself, think he looks so much like Elvis with the exception of the make-up and hairstyle of course. Adam continued that he would like to play an actual character for sure, like maybe a funny character or a troubled character. He was asked about artists that he is currently listening to and he is really into Bruno Mars at this time. Another question involved Adam touring with Queen. He responded that there is not a tour scheduled with Queen, however, he does have a date scheduled to perform with Queen in the United Kingdom at the Sonisphere Festival on July 7, 2012. Although other questions were asked, this was leading to the end of our Q & A session with Adam.
Everyone lined up to get a quick photo with Adam. He thanked me for coming to the show and I thanked him for performing. He is one of my favorite performers of all time and such a nice guy. An Adam Lambert concert is not just a concert, it is an event, and you will be entertained. When you leave an Adam Lambert performance of any kind, you leave feeling inspired, uplifted, and happy in general………….I think that this is what Adam Lambert is all about.
(aka Alabama Tina)
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