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Adam Lambert delivers glam-tastic show at The Tabernacle

Considering the amount of theatricality in an Adam Lambert show, there’s an extreme danger that it could all collapse into a pile of forgettable fluff.

Adam Lambert is one of the most talented singer “American Idol” has seen in its nine seasons.

Adam Lambert is one of the most talented singer “American Idol” has seen in its nine seasons. Hyosub Shin/

But Lambert is more than a prettily painted pinup able to get both boys and girls to fawn over him.

He is one of the most – if not the most – talented singer “American Idol” has seen in its nine seasons.

So while it’s a hoot to watch him prance around the stage in feathered shoulder pads and a top hat – call it his own Freddie-Mercury-meets-P.T.-Barnum look – his presence is even more gripping when he starts to sing.

See photos of Wednesday’s Adam Lambert concert at the Tabernacle.

At a nearly-sold-out Tabernacle Wednesday night (his second show in as many nights, the first at Woodruff Arts Center), Lambert bopped through an hour-plus set that highlighted his multi-octave voice and solid pop songs that veer from potent ballads to club thumpers.

His supple voice sounded undiminished as he stalked through a haunting version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and the disco-tastic “Fever” – impressive considering he’s been on a fairly grueling tour since June and will soon head to Japan and Australia for dates through October.

Lambert is a natural showman who moves fluidly and is vocally capable of taking a song such as “Sleepwalker,” one of the more pedestrian offerings on his “For Your Entertainment” debut album, and making it a highlight thanks to his lovely voice that can swing from a whisper to a wail.

But the most illuminating example of his abilities came on the operatic “Soaked,” a powerful ballad that he handled with the polish and passion of a Broadway vet.

Though Lambert was clearly enjoying himself throughout the show, thrusting his pelvis for a sassy routine with a cane on “Strut,” gleefully aerobicizing the glam rock anthem “Music Again” and even turning the uncomfortable warmth inside the venue into a joke about the “hotness” of the crowd, he was particularly unfettered during a special encore.

It’s usually his bassist, the New Romantic/Flock of Seagulls throwback Tommy Joe Ratliff , who garners most of the non-Lambert attention on stage, but on this night, drummer Longineu Parsons received a tribute that should have the Glam Nation all atwitter.

Since the dreadlocked sticksman is departing Lambert’s tour to return to his band, Yellowcard, Lambert and the other three members of his group donned dreadlocked wigs during a tight and tuneful rendition of T. Rex’s “20th Century Boy” as a cute way to say goodbye.

Expect to find it soon on YouTube, where Lambert’s evolving career is already a digital encyclopedia.

Since the start of his tour, Lambert has given his fellow season eight competitor Allison Iraheta primo visibility with an opening slot.

The upside is that Iraheta, who was recently dropped from her label, gets a chance to remind people that she possesses a brawny set of pipes and the potential to develop a career.

The downside is that, live, Iraheta too often resorts to shouting rather than singing and could use some guidance in steering her vocals.

As with most of the “Idol” alums – especially the also-rans such as David Archuleta, Elliott Yamin and Melinda Doolittle – it was gratifying to see how Iraheta, at only 18, has developed as a performer.

A diminutive figure in black with a maroon mane that she flailed like any good rocker chick, Iraheta connected with the snarling rocker “Don’t Waste the Pretty” and the acoustic “Scars.”

But her messy, breathless version of Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” and the hoarse yelling throughout “Friday I’ll Be Over You” were evidence that Iraheta’s raw edges still need some smoothing.

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September 16th, 2010
8:48 am

Love Soaked. It really shows off his vocal talent. This guy is without a doubt the best vocalist and performer to come from American Idol.

Carlton W

September 16th, 2010
8:50 am

@Humpty Humpinstein the nursing home is calling. You left your teeth on the nightstand.


September 16th, 2010
9:09 am

“No doubt Mr Lambert absolutely ruins T. Rexs 20th Century Boy” – hey humpty – novel idea here – why don’t you listen to it before you assume that you will hate it? If you hate it then, fine, if we all liked the same music life would be boring. But because you don’t like the way he looks, he must not be any good? Life fail on your part – open your mind.


September 16th, 2010
9:17 am

Humpty Humpenstein stalks Lambert articles and tries to get fans to interact with ‘him’. Don’t respond. Don’t know why the stalking, get a life!


September 16th, 2010
9:19 am

Ms.Melissa what a great review. Lambert really puts on a great show. It is nice to see the showmanship back again. There is no doubt he will be doing the large arenas soon.

Humpty Humpinstein: It is great to see you go out of your way to search Lambert videos. Was your idol not busy?


September 16th, 2010
9:24 am

Dear Humpty H.,
I think I have seen your silly moniker and negative comments before, have I? Since I don’t seem willing or able to lower myself to your apparently uninformed level, I will simply suggest that someone as “unbiased” and “magnanimous” as you appear to be would do well, in the future, to go to Youtube and watch at least one of “Mr. Lambert’s performances, before, you pronounce sentence on his appearence and/or his performance. I just know you meant to. Did you not?


September 16th, 2010
9:25 am

Thank you for an enjoyable review which actually focuses on the music and showmanship of Adam Lambert! I’ve been to three concerts on the Glam Nation tour, and each of them was delightful in it’s own way. This show will be remembered especially for the dreadlock tribute! The fact that Adam isn’t afraid to take risks, repeatedly challenging himself to keep his performances fresh, makes for a very thrilling ride. I’m proud to be an Adam Lambert fan. He isn’t only the most talented singer to come from American Idol but also, in my opinion, the most talented singer . . . period.


September 16th, 2010
9:43 am

Adam isn’t the most talented singer comming from idol, but he is the most talented singer in now days, no other singer can match Adam’s vocals. Way to go Adam. You are IT.


September 16th, 2010
9:49 am

Im so excited to experience the Adam Lambert concert. He will be here in Manila in October and I want to find out if he will live up to my very high expectations.


September 16th, 2010
10:02 am

Sounds like a great show! Wish I would have been there to see it… off to search youtube’s video library. I am really liking Adam Lambert these days.


September 16th, 2010
10:03 am

Thanks for the review. The dreadlocks were a riot. Who else but Adam F. Lambert could pull off a reggae Whole Lotta Love in Halloween dreads? I have also been to 3 Glamnation shows because one just isn’t enough and wish i could go to more. It’s more than a concert, it’s an event.


September 16th, 2010
10:08 am

His show is actually going to the Pacific in October and then Europe for the entire month of November, and I believe some dates in December as well. Amazing 6 month world tour for someone just starting out. And practically sold out everywhere.

[...] It’s the #67th stop for the GlamNation tour, and the gang stayed a second night in Atlanta – at the The Tabernacle (Atlanta, GA)! Check out the complimentary review from Access Atlanta’s Atlanta Music Scene. [...]


September 16th, 2010
11:17 am

I can’t wait to see him in concert!:)


September 16th, 2010
11:19 am

Excellent review! So true:) I am happy someone actually cares to inform about the name of the songs, about the band and about the whole tour. Your comparisons are very suitable and visually pleasant. Also, thanks for pointing out the best songs. Great job, Melissa!


September 16th, 2010
11:23 am

@Humpty Humpinstein,

Sorry for your life, man. You must be bored, bitter, or both.


September 16th, 2010
11:40 am

This was a great review and one that actually talks about the music…very nice for a change.


September 16th, 2010
11:49 am

I was at the concert last night and I was exhausted when it was done! LOL. Can’t imagine how he does it almost every night! I loved it! The special long tribute to Longineau was amazing! Adam is going to be around for a very long time. Can you imagine what his next tour will be like in the bigger venues? But I’m happy that he got to do this tour in smaller venues because it’s up close and personal. Although I wouldn’t mind being MUCH closer! LOL


September 16th, 2010
11:51 am

AND Longineau was wonderful when he came out to the crowd in line and signed autographs and allowed pictures with fans!


September 16th, 2010
12:26 pm

Thank you for the good review. I watched youtube and It looked like a fabulous time for all. I can’t wait to see the show before it heads off overseas. We were lucky to have him in the USA for 70 concerts for then off to sing to the rest of the world.


September 16th, 2010
12:36 pm

Melissa, thanks for the great review! Going to see him for the 2nd time this sunday, can’t wait. I also agree he is not the best singer out of idol, he is the best singer out there today of all the singers that did not come from idol also.


September 16th, 2010
12:46 pm

Adam is incredibly talented whose live performances are not to be missed! Have seen him twice and blown away. The world already knows how great Adam is, and can’t wait for all the naysayers to be put in their place! Adam rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 16th, 2010
1:03 pm

Melissa, thanks for the review that actually talks about music and performances. Too many reviews are concentrating on Adam’s audience and his sexual orientation that reading your review was like a breath of fresh air.


September 16th, 2010
1:15 pm

I have to ask people why are they thanking Melissa for a great review? She didn’t review Your concert. She reviewed Adam Lambert’s concert. I find it odd when people do that. She’s not complimenting you. There is no need to thank her. Also, how many people does it take to respond to the one idiot poster?

My response: Adam is the most talented singer to come out of idol. There are some talented singers from Idol ie, Clarkson & Hudson two heavy hitting vocalists but I think Adam has the best range and technically the most gifted. By far the best stage performer (others don’t even come close). So if I get fans of others panties in a knot but just stating the truth. I didn’t say the others weren’t talented because they are. Just saying his vocal talent is amazing. You have to see him live.

Janet F

September 16th, 2010
1:26 pm

@Humpty Humpinstein – Hump along home, not only did you forget your teeth but you also forgot your brains and your humanity.


September 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

Does anyone think that Adam Lambert remind you of Boy George.


September 16th, 2010
1:33 pm

What a great review!! I’ve been to 6 shows and this review is spot on. Adam is a born entertainer and a genuinely nice guy not to mention gorgeous. His vocals are otherworldly. His Glamnation Tour is sooo much fun you can’t stop at just one!


September 16th, 2010
1:35 pm

Some clips of Adam’s EPIC performance bidding off his talented drummer, with Whole Lotta Love in reggae (spelling???) style:
TCB/WLL Side view:
WLL front view:

These are found on youtube, not mine. Enjoy


September 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

I’m a little embarrassed to say in Adam territory, that I’m a huge fan of that cute kid from Canada (don’t want to mention his name here, haha). My friends are huge Adam fans since his audition (have to admit he’s really cute too). One girl couldn’t attend his concert so they asked me to go. Since I had nothing better to do, I went along, Not expecting much and not knowing his songs, I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun. Haha, the ages of some of his fans. 60-year old men were dancing. Wut? Adam’s vocals are insane. I now have two favorite singers, and even tho Adam has the edge on talent, I still think my boy from Canada is cuter.


September 16th, 2010
1:52 pm

Great review of Adam’s vocal skills, performance abilities, the band members. Sounds like a great show to attend!


September 16th, 2010
1:54 pm

Melissa thanks for a very fair and interesting review of the concert last night. I’ve seen Adam live once in June and was “blown away” by his vocals and stage presense. He is by far the most talented and vocally gifted male singer in my lifetime. I stopped going to concerts over 15 years ago mainly because no entertainer interested me any longer. But when I saw Adam on AI I feel completely in love. Now I’m a mega fan.

Mary Bowen

September 16th, 2010
2:05 pm

No Mr Humpty, it’s not Halloween, it’s called a theatrical performance with costume for added perception. Ever heard of that? You might actually want to check out an Adam Lambert performance of Twentieth Century Boy before you start hacking it up. I think you will be amazed at his interpretation & delivery, if you are capable of freeing up your mind of whatever baggage is blocking it. Glam Nation concert = fabulous music & presentation!


September 16th, 2010
2:09 pm

Adam WAS AMAZING!!! i don’t know how he does this. Every night he give %200. last night was EOIC!!! my friend was there and she still didn’t RECOVER. LOL i will see him in FL and will meet him after the RAYS game. My 2 fav things under one ROOF. Adam Lambert and THE Tampa Bay RAYS!!!! we are Number ONE in the AMerican League, so I am thinking Saturday game will be a sale out!!! And Adam’s concert will be EPIC!!!

Great review. I like Alison and I agree with your observation. She needs time to grow. I wish her luck!! She has A GREAT potential.I always said that she tries for AI too soon.


September 16th, 2010
2:14 pm

@ mellisa. Fair enough. We, Adam’s fans are NOT trying to convert ppl into liking him. We want ppl to give him a FAIR shot BEFORE they bad mouth him. ISN’T ‘T IT fair???? Your guy from Canada,LOL. is VERY cute. I have NEVER said anything bad about him. My kids like his music. so I respect it, a lot. They, too, respect my admiration for Adam.
Glad you had fun at the concert. I wish MORE ppl were open minded like you!!!


September 16th, 2010
2:21 pm

Melissa, loved your review! Adam’s concerts are great – I’ve attended three. They’re an auditory and visual feast in a very party-like setting.

Melissa (the poster), glad you became a fan. Be careful, ’cause once he’s in, he owns your heart. :)


September 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

I thought Allison was really bad. I find she tries to act the part of a rocker girl, and comes across as a phony. I wouldn,t call her voice beautiful, she shouts way too much. I can see why Jive dropped her, she is not marketable.


September 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

I listen to all Adam’s songs w/earphones as to keep my experience more personal. When he came on the stage with the dreadlocks, my earphones were vibrating! What a fun experience. This guy can do anything. Noticed he was wearing dark lipstick last night, probably in protest to the article about guys shouldn’t wear make up. You go Adam, your fans are 1000 % with you.


September 16th, 2010
2:57 pm

Great review. For me personally, I’ve never experienced more sheer joy and excitement from an entertainer. And I mean, EVER! Adam is IT for me!He makes my heart sing! I won’t try to explain it. That’s just how he makes me feel!


September 16th, 2010
3:13 pm

I was there screaming with every one else. He is so amazing, to watch and listen to. I was glad he let it all go and just did his thing in the encorel. He always leaves you wanting more !!! Wow, I had the time of my life.


September 16th, 2010
3:18 pm


September 16th, 2010
3:26 pm

This almost 30 year old, GaGa wanna-be can’t write, can’t dance like MJ, Chris Brown, or even Usher, and can’t create anything in production like GaGa does. He completely uses sexuality, selling sex, gossips, dirty pictures, throwing gay crushes on good looking men, dissing other artists, putting guy’s head to his crotch in public, even telling little kids some drugs are fun to try? Go away to theater. That’s the best fit to show your theatrical crap. This guy is one I will never ever buy his music in my entire life.

ATLMusic Lover

September 16th, 2010
3:32 pm

I feel sorry for you haters who simply do not get Adam. His concert was amazing and his talent is endless. He did not disappoint. His talent is appreciated by rock and pop greats in the music industry from Juda Preist, to Queen, to Elton John, Pink, Slash among others.

It is a pleasure to watch his successful tour break records and leave jaws dropping.

Kudos Adam.

Haters….get over yourselves.


September 16th, 2010
3:50 pm

Great review! Adam Lambert is amazingly talented!


September 16th, 2010
3:50 pm

Sorry, Jackson – you’re completely off the mark. Look at the liner notes on his album and you’ll see what he’s written. As far as production, he was very involved in the entirety of it – there’s a recent article by the production crew in how creative he was and is. As far as MJ is concerned, why don’t you give the guy more than few months to show you what he can do. Saw Brown and Usher – they’re OK – so overhyped. Gaga – a few good songs and some crazy costumes – can she sing? Not very well. Lambert’s so past these people with his gorgeous voice, beautiful and charismatic stage presence, and intelligence and humor. And, in addition, he’s a kind, generous, loyal guy. Get real.


September 16th, 2010
3:52 pm

So Jackson – I take you are not a fan. Great review!


September 16th, 2010
3:57 pm

It’s not clear whether jackson reads the tabloid garbage or writes it.

[...] from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, only Allison Iraheta parts below: Since the start of his tour, Lambert has given his fellow season eight competitor [...]


September 16th, 2010
4:29 pm

Thank you for your review. You are absolutely right pointing out that American Idol has never had and will never had again the better singer than Adam Lambert. His vocals and artistic abilities to entertain are absolutely genius.


September 16th, 2010
4:30 pm

derek Allison is performing her job as an opener to get the crowed going and revved up. People tweeting from the show really liked her.


September 16th, 2010
4:56 pm

People at the concert are there for Adam Lambert. I along with the majority of Americans aren’t buying Allison. Any opener would do well with him. I guarantee you when Allison prepares for her next chapter, audiences will be tiny. She is completely riding on the shine of Adam. She does not sell herself as a serious rocker. Im sure shes a nice person but this is the music business. Jive dropped her because she’s one the the least succesful Idols to date.