Ep.379 – Adam Lambert @ Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

Chrystal Jul 9th, 2010 | By
Category: Adam Lambert, Nashville, Orianthi, Ryman Auditorium, Video Concert Reviews

~SEE ADAM LAMBERT LIVE~

I went from “meh” on Adam Lambert to “Team Glambert” in less than 24 hours. I haven’t followed American Idol since Taylor Hicks won; nothing against Hicks, I just lost interest. My family, however, has outlasted Brian Dunkleman (remember him?), Paula Abdul, and, now, Simon Cowell. They love it to the point of recording the show and watching performances 2 or 3 times. This year’s Nashville audition (July 17th) will be my sister’s 3rd time trying out for Idol. Rock on, sis!

Tweeted by @adamlambert

Anyway, my father pokes fun at everyone. Normally, Lambert would be a sitting duck; so, when my dad started raving about Lambert, I decided to see what was up. I can’t say it was love at first sight/listen. In fact, an embarrassing amount of time went by when I thought “Whataya Want from Me” was a Toni Braxton comeback single. No lie.

Doesn’t matter, I still wanted to see him in concert. When I heard he was coming into the radio station building where I work, that’s when I got excited. I hung around 107.5’s performance garage waiting for the fans to clear so I could get my picture with him. He was crazy beautiful up close.

That sealed the deal. I needed to go to the show, and as I willed it – like magic, my ticket angels provided.

Orianthi

I made it to the Ryman Auditorium during Orianthi, who tore up that guitar. I think she needs to slyly move away from the pop songs, and redirect her sound to the Rainbow Room glory days. Please, oh please, bring that glitter rock/hair metal sound back!

The upstairs lobby was packed with people waiting in a roped off line to buy $40 Lambert t-shirts and other memorabilia. Usually, I’m the only one rocking fake eyelashes, but this night, people were all done up.

Kellie Pickler in the audience

Idol contestant shows are fun, because you get a grab bag of people, and Lambert attracts the party types. He ran the Ryman like I haven’t seen before. The first few songs were blistering with lights and fantastical splendor, like a PG Marilyn Manson or Cirque Bezerk show.

You usually get the bare bones of the artist at a Ryman performance. Just as I started to think that the effects might be too heavy for the venue, Lambert addressed the audience and described the sequencing of his set list by emotion. He began a stripped down set, including “Whataya Want From Me,” which I was stunned by. Wait, he’s going to sing the big hit six songs into the show? Ballsy! But then again, I was filled in by some fans on the popularity of “The Glam Bulge.” I’ll leave it at that.

During this section, Lambert sang “Soaked,” written by Muse. I detected a lot of Matthew Bellamy in Lambert’s voice, but this song was where Sarah Brightman popped into my head; clear, ambient, classical tone. That’s when it all clicked, and I understood Glam Nation. Underneath all the seduction, snappy garb, and showmanship (CHR essentials) is a true talent that is difficult to mock. It’s clear that Lambert was destined for a musical career, and can succeed in any format he decides to tackle whether it be Pop, musical theatre, or singing lead for a Queen tour. Can someone make that happen?


~SEE ADAM LAMBERT LIVE~

The rest of the concert played out beautifully (‘Strut’ was another favorite), and afterward a large crowd of audience members stuck around, waiting patiently outside for Adam to make his way to the bus. Me? Well, I strolled back to my car looking at my picture with Adam taken earlier at the meet and greet, with “It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube playing in my head. Because, it certainly was a good day.

Hellz Yeah!

Visit On the Meaning of Adam Lambert for a great post on this show with videos, pics, and Tweets from the night.  Also, www.1075theriver.com has some pictures and interviews from Adam’s station visit.

www.adamofficial.com

www.orianthi.com

Adam Lambert – Strut

Adam Lambert – Soaked

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9 Comments to “Ep.379 – Adam Lambert @ Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN”

  1. Angie65 says:

    I can only squeee hearing all these great comments about him and his performances. Everything that everyone says about him pretty much sums up everything that I felt for him since the day I became a crazed fan more than a year ago. I haven't gone to his concert yet, not until he comes to Australia, but never miss his performances on youtubes, which are all are soooooo good that it hurts my heart not being able to see him LIVE any earlier. And then even more painful to hear from everyone who says that those videos don't do enough justice!?? oh Lordy, how am I able to survive any longer!!?

  2. justine says:

    The concert looks wild! He does have a one of a kind voice that kind of takes you places. Will definitely try to check it out after watching these video clips! Loved him on Idol!

  3. melknowl says:

    Really enjoyed your review. It's fascinating to hear the perspective of someone going into the concert basically cold. It makes me smile to hear how you got sucked in just like the rest of us LOL.

    I'm not normally into Idol, I usually watch it in the background just so I know what the hell all my coworkers are talking about the next day, but last year I got completely pulled in, funny enough, by Adam's crazy banshee wailing version of Ring of Fire that made my jaw drop, and then he just kept on bringing it week after week. I love that he got the chance to reprise that at THE Ryman, right where Johnny himself once stood. Chills, srsly.

    I've only got a couple more weeks till Adam hits my town, and I'm so excited that it's a bit ridic. I actually went to the Idols tour last summer for the first time, felt a bit silly since I knew he only had a 20 minute set of covers songs, but his voice live absolutely blew me away, it was freakishly amazing, and made the nite totally worth it. Although his album was under the same constraints as most Idol finalists, needing to be cranked out in about 3 months time to make the holiday shopping rush, it has a surprising low burn rate, it's so diverse that it's like a really good mixtape. More than 7 months later, it's still one of a select handful in heavy rotation in my car. But Adam is like the gift that keeps on giving, he is one of those rare performers who is not only terrific in the studio, but is somehow even better live, reinventing his album tracks in creative ways to keep things fresh, and delivering them with performance flash and a crazy awesome live vocal that makes normally sane, financially responsible people go home and immediately check ticketmaster and stubhub to see if there's another show somewhere, anywhere in range so that they can see it all over again.

    Anyway, thanks so much for your perspective, happy to hear you enjoyed the show! As for me, I have 16 days and counting, woot! And if it wasn't for school starting up again soon and needing to earn money for it, I have a feeling I'd be following the dude all around the country if it was at all possible. LOL like a more glittery Deadhead. Dammit why am not independently wealthy, that'd be so FUN!

  4. Sandy says:

    I must say…glittery deadhead has to be put in the Adam dictionary. Great description of fans following him around the country. I saw him in Milwaukee when he sprawled out on the stairs…can’t even tell you how wild the crowd went. Love him forever…the best entertainer out there.

  5. Anne says:

    Nice to have a new convert to the cause. "Soaked" is one of my favorite Adam Lambert songs b/c it is the one that will most often send shivers up and down my spine. I've never had a song or an artist do that before. It happens w/ "Broken Open" a lot too and "A Loaded Smile" etc . . . but "Soaked" could bring me to my knees if I Iet it . . . clear, ambient & classical . . .

  6. famose1 says:

    I was in Nashville and when I saw Adam sing Ring of Fire I could not help but think of Randy Travis when he said I guess you'll never play at the Grand Ole Opry. Surprise Randy — Adam did sing there and was phenomenal. I love the charisma of Adam and he is so smart, humble, talented, witty, sexy, funny, gorgeous…can't think of enough adjectives to described this man. If you get a chance to see him you should go…you will not be disappointed but will be enlightened. Going to Atlanta in September. Can't wait…I love this man!! Oh and Sleepwalker and Fever are two of my favorites.

  7. DANA MARTIN says:

    I JUST WANTED TO SHARE MY GLAMNATION EXPERIENCE. I SAW ADAM IN NASHVILLE JULY 7 AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM, 5TH ROW. I WAS SO EXCITED TO BE SEEING HIM IN SUCH AN INTIMATE, UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL SETTING, BUT I WAS TOTALLY UNPREPARED FOR HIS SHEER PRESENCE THAT I WAS TOTALLY OVER-COME WITH EMOTION. WHEN HE ASCENDED THE STAIRCASE, I ALMOST CRIED. I WAS TOTALLY EMBARRASSED. I ALMOST COULDN'T BREATHE. HE IS EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL IN PERSON AND I DIDN'T THINK THAT WAS POSSIBLE. IT TOOK ME AT LEAST 2 SONGS IN TO GET OVER IT. THEN I SCREAMED SO MUCH I ALMOST THREW UP. :) IT WAS BY FAR THE BEST SHOW I HAD EVER SEEN. HE GENUINELY SEEMS GLAD TO BE THERE BECAUSE HIS SMILE IS SO REAL. AND HIS ENERGY IS MAGNETIC & THE CROWDS LOVE HIM. THE AGE RANGE OF THE CROWD WAS FROM 1 TO 100. HE MAKES EYE CONTACT WITH THE AUDIENCE AS INDIVIDUALS AND NOT AS A COLLECTIVE GROUP. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU COULD WAVE AND HE WOULD WAVE BACK. THERE ARE JUST NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HIM. HE NEEDS HIS OWN LANGUAGE. I HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT MY 2ND ROW SEATS TO THE TUNICA, MS SHOW SEPT. 11. I WILL LET YA'LL KNOW HOW IT GOES !!

  8. karen says:

    I like to think of those Glam Nation Tour followers as, Glamheads. Ha Ha.
    One Adam Lambert live performance is wonderful and will make you happy, but multiples are life altering. It is not often but when it happens it is so great to see an entertainer perform live like Adam Lambert that truly enjoys the "For Our Entertainment".

  9. Steve says:

    Great review!!! It's wonderful when you get a freash original reaction to Adam. You actually took the time to incorporate music, patrons, your thoughts and some neat editing to make this a first rate review. I will look at "you tell concerts" in the future for my insights as to upcomming concerts.

    Thanks

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