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I've Had Adam Lambert...and It's Ecstasy
Oct. 22, 2010
There’s a line in the chorus of Adam Lambert's current hit single, “If I Had You”, where he sings, “If I had you, life would be a party, it’d be ecstasy”. I know it’s not polite to kiss and tell but having had Adam Lambert, I can tell you from personal experience – it is ecstasy.
I’ve had him up close and personal seven times. But if you include all the times I’ve had him through the internet where the intimacy level may be lacking and not quite as satisfying as having him live, well, it’s just too many times to count.
Had him in an intimate dark upstairs room in New York City’s meat packing district one cold night in February after he’d supposedly had a few. You know what they say about how alcohol affects performance? Not. Adam was a wild man. And the man really packs some meat. Flew up there again a few months later for another intimate rendezvous in an underground club on West 16th Street. He was a bit gentler, but he didn’t disappoint. In fact he gave it to me so good I went back for an overnighter in a ritzy hotel in Connecticut two nights later. He was so amazing that night I was stunned by the intensity of the experience and was high on the memory of it for weeks - and constantly thinking about when I could have him again. And again. And again. And I did. For three steamy Florida nights in September. And I want him again.
Because Adam Lambert has a great package. And he knows how to deliver the goods.
The package is the delightfully eclectic mix of songs on his debut album, For Your Entertainment. The goods are the dazzling talent and sizzling showmanship with which he delivers them in his immensely successful sold out Glam Nation Tour that just ended its 70 city North American run and is currently playing to an international audience.
For me, like many of Adam’s fans, going to an Adam Lambert concert is like keeping an appointment with a secret lover. The kind of lover that, if you’re lucky, only comes along once in a lifetime. I count the days till we’re together. I gaze at his picture. I buy clothes that I know will please him. I get a new haircut, mani and pedi. I want to sparkle for him. I spend extra time before the mirror adding glittery touches to my makeup, and apply that special scent just before I grab my keys and run out the door. I drive too fast and I feel my heart beat faster as the time approaches.
Because I know he’s that good.
I take in my breath as he appears. I drink all of him in with my eyes. Every nerve in my body stands at attention, comes vibrantly alive. As he performs, I feel him deep inside me. I am caressed by the rise and fall and timbre of his voice, aroused by his playful teasing, amazed by his skill and prowess in sensing exactly what I want, driven wild by his look and the way his body moves, and my body moves with his to the rhythm of this dance we both have come to cherish as we climax together in perfect harmony of intoxicating sights, sounds and sensations. And when it’s over, I collapse in a heap of hot glittery sweat and spent desire. Only to be left keenly aware that I want him again.
Adam begins the Glam Nation seduction in a whirlwind of purple splendor, beckoning me closer with the dark and sultry “Voodoo”, and skillfully entrancing with the hypnotic “Down the Rabbit Hole” and “Ring of Fire” as only Lambert can sing it. Next comes the playful teasing foreplay of “Fever”, and as my temperature rises he leaves me to go change into something a little more comfortable. He returns enrobed in flowing black, seething with passion, and takes me captive with the earthy, heartbreaking “Sleepwalker” where he exposes deep emotional scars, only to pull back in self protection to poignantly question where all this is going with his smash hit single, “Whataya Want From Me”. Suddenly quiet and very still, he draws me close and plunges with his whole being into the raw and stunning “Soaked”, the exquisite purity of his vocals compelling me into submission, and as I surrender with my whole being, he takes me, and we become as one. After, he leans back and holds me softly, his attention turning to my own scars, and he tenderly strokes me with the sweet and touching “Aftermath”. He rises, cleans himself up a bit, and returns to me clothed in triumphant bravado to claim what’s his with the fist pumping pop/rock anthem, “Sure Fire Winners”. He’s the man. He knows it. I know it. And we celebrate it. Exuding alpha male from every pore, proud as a peacock, he shows off his sexy bad self to the pulsing beat of the campy “Strut”, then reminds me, as I realize our time together is almost at an end, that the intensity of satisfaction he leaves me with is the reason that I listen to “Music Again”.
Yes, Adam Lambert is an exceptional lover. And having him is ecstasy. He knows what being a first-class entertainer is all about. Adam has said that he gives us what we didn’t know we wanted, that his job is to take his audience away to where we forget our troubles, celebrate being alive and lose ourselves in the heights of a fantasy world he creates for us. And he accomplishes that, and then some. While other performers may merely give a peck on the cheek, Adam leaves many feeling like they’ve had a particularly satisfying one night stand that they are determined to turn into a long term relationship.
Adam closes his set with the rousing and joyful “If I Had You”, the exchange of love between him and his adoring audience so thick you can almost reach out into the air and grab a fistful of it in your hand. As he sings those words “If I had you”, he points at us on the “you” as we point back at him, a gesture of reciprocal love, loyalty and appreciation. I know with all my heart that I mean it. I love Adam Lambert. Does he love me? Does he mean it? Does it matter? No. Just as a great lover should, when Adam struts out onto that stage, the master of superb entertainment that he is, he sweeps me off my feet and makes me believe, for a few magical and exhilarating moments, when time seemingly stands still, that I am his and he is mine. And fans all around me, of every age, gender, race, color and sexual orientation share in that fantasy with me. He is an equal opportunity lover.
Fantasy and reality came face to face when I actually did get up close and personal with Adam at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood Florida this past September at a pre-concert meet and greet when Glam Nation made one of its last stops of the U.S. leg of the tour. Having had him so many times you’d think I’d slink over to him, drape one arm over his shoulder, lean in close and whisper in his ear in a sultry, breathy voice, “Remember me wild man? We’ve had some really incredible times together.” But as I walked towards him I was suddenly overcome by an unexpected shyness born of a shift from the fantasy world he so masterfully weaves for me to stark reality, which unceremoniously and unavoidably slapped me in the face. To me this was my long time cherished secret lover. But to him I was one of hundreds of thousands of nameless lovers who pass through his life in a blur of hectic days and nights spent traveling from city to city on a tour bus, catching sleep when he can between trysts, trying to meet the unending demands on his time, his person, his privacy, and sometimes his sanity, to satisfy all of his lovers. It showed in his face and demeanor. It was there in the sound of his voice. And most keenly of all, it was there in his eyes.
My lover didn’t know me.
It was all a lovely fantasy.
Such is the bittersweet relationship between fan and idol. But it testifies to the power of this gifted entertainer to create a musical experience that satisfies on such a visceral level that you’re almost convinced the fantasy is more real than real is.
Yet, all is not lost because, in a fantastical kind of way, I can honestly say that I’ve had Adam Lambert, although it may be more accurate to say that he’s had me. This love affair is not over. As one of the brightest rising superstars in Pop Music today, Adam Lambert will be around for awhile. I know that someday, given the depth and breadth of his talent, I will have him again. And it will be as thrilling as the first time. It’ll be ecstasy. And, like the first time, I’ll leave once again yearning for more.
Maybe you’re an Adam virgin and haven’t yet had Adam Lambert. He’s not hard to find. He hangs out on YouTube, VH1, MTV, radio stations, magazine covers and in music sections of stores all over the world and the web. He’s waiting to seduce you too, through his music, his heart, and his magnificent voice.
His sophomore album is due to be released in Fall 2011, and hopefully you can arrange an intimate rendezvous of your own during his subsequent tour, and you can have him too. I’m reconciled to the fact that I have to share. But if you are ever fortunate enough to have Adam Lambert – remember. I had him first.
***Since this article's publication RCA has released Glam Nation Live, a CD/DVD combo of Adam's live Glam Nation concert, filmed in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Adam was born. The CD quality is superb, highlighting Adam's masterful vocals in the forefront, and the DVD is professionally produced and stunning in its multidimensional presentation of this, Adam Lambert's first concert tour. Click on the Amazon.com link above to purchase, and you won't have to wait till his next tour to have him. Having had him myself, I can assure you you won't be disappointed!
Author's note: Within weeks of publication of this review, Adam Lambert received his first Grammy Award nomination for his superb vocal performance of the Pink/Max Martin penned rock ballad and Top 40 hit, "Whataya Want From Me", Adam's 2nd single release from his debut album, For Your Entertainment. He was nominated in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category alongside the likes of Michael Jackson. Yeah, I told you this guy knows how to perform. ; )
***Adam's sophomore album, "Trespassing", is due to be released in early Spring 2012, with the first single, "Better Than I Know Myself", coming in Dec. or Jan. Watch for it!
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Adam performs the stunning "Soaked"
...then turns up the heat for "Sure Fire Winners"!
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