Music Box Theater
Los Angeles, CA
December 15, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
December 16, 2011
By Cindy Cichon
Photos by Barbara Dengel
It has been quite a journey from Gridlock in Los Angeles on December 31st 2009 to the Music Box Theater in the same city December 15th 2010. The last two concerts in Los Angeles were the icing on a perfectly crafted cake. In my opinion, vocally Adam Lambert has no equal in today’s music industry. He was born for this. His second to last show, held at the Music Box ,was special in that Adam had performed there live years before with the Zodiac show. Full circle moment for Adam that wasn't lost in his performance.
When he took the stage for his opening medley his hair was swept up in a shellacked “pouf” on the top of his head…With every flip and sideways glance ..the first two rows of adoring fans were showered in a dusting of silver glitter…Mesmerizing . Slinking and strutting across the stage to songs that spotlighted his physical and vocal prowess.
Alisan Porter joining Adam onstage for the duet of Aftermath which she co-wrote was a special treat. Her vocals were also featured on the version of Aftermath which was included on Adam's debut CD For Your Entertainment. Their friendship was evident and moving.
Monte Pittman’s guitar solos threaded throughout the concert, while Tommy Ratliff, Isaac Carpenter and Camilla Grey’s artistic skills on their various instruments had the fans completely engaged. The crowd was delighted when Adam performed "A Change is Gonna Come" – a song that had special meaning to him. He had performed this song 6 years ago to the date on that very stage in The Zodiac Show and has since come full circle with a largely sold out tour and a Grammy nomination.
The circle is now complete. It was over way too soon. Didn’t he just do the opening medley?
I left the Music Box determined to soak in as much as I could for the final show of the tour at The Club Nokia. I chose a seat in the balcony for the final show. I wanted to see it all hear it all one last time.…every step every interaction every note…and again I was swept away.
In his true chameleon-like style ,ever changing, Adam strutted out his hair tousled and colored with splashes of bright blue…gone was the pouf of the night before and in its place the tussled sexy color splashed mop one side obscuring his glittery eye. The same show but so different.
Comfortable conversation with the audience. Easily and playfully singing each song. Soaked for me is the song that best showcases the power and control Adam has in his voice. Such an emotional soul baring song that had his audience silent until they exploded with applause at the last note. The first half of his encore was Purple Haze which he had never performed in the US, and as in his first solo show (not sure it counts as a tour date) at Gridlock New Years Eve, Adam chose to close this tour with Whole Lotta Love.
Thank you Adam. Your fans around the world love and adore you. We can't wait to see where your new career will take next…all we know is that we will surely be there with you.