Adam Lambert | Orianthi | Allison Iraheta
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
June 4, 2010
By Dan Savoie
Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation Tour kicked off at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania last night. Tickets for the sold-out show were being flogged by scalpers for almost three times their retail value, but by all accounts, the extra charges seemed to be worth it.
At the request of RCA Records and 19 Entertainment, media were banned from attending the event, leaving them to rely on fans for reports, or God forbid, having to buy their own tickets to attend. One such company to take the plunge and purchase a ticket was the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader newspaper, which said “the singer owned the stage from the very first moments, giving the packed theater exactly what it wanted.”
Lambert himself took to Twitter to thank the fans: “Thanks Wilkes Barre for being such an amazing audience for our first show!!” He performed a short 65 minute set, which was packed with 14 songs, opting to leave out the title track from his platinum CD For Your Entertainment (which made an appearance as his intro music only).
Fan discussions the following day seem to center around the set list, which included a majority of material from his debut album and two cover songs that date back to his American Idol performances (Ring Of Fire and Mad World). A fan, known as myspencer50 commented on the Planet Fierce Forum, “I’d rather have another Adam song than a new cover any day! 14 songs in 65 minutes is pretty unbelievable.”
Lambert appeared on the stage dressed in a top hat, long brown coat, and dripped with swagger. He opened with the new song Voodoo, which quickly transitioned into Down the Rabbit Hole and Ring of Fire. The stage featured a metallic staircase and was loaded with plenty of lights for dramatic effects. Lambert was accompanied by his usual live band and a couple of dancers.
Lambert’s set list was: Voodoo, Down the Rabbit Hole, Ring of Fire, Fever, Sleepwalker, Whataya Want From Me (acoustic), Soaked (acoustic), Aftermath (acoustic), Sure Fire Winners, Strut, Music Again, Broken Open, If I Had You and Mad World (encore).
The show also featured Allison Iraheta and Orianthi, who at one point shared the stage together for a performance of Iraheta`s “Don’t Waste The Pretty