American Idol Season 8 alum Adam Lambert astounded the house with Queen at iHeartRadio’s Music Festival opening night Sept. 21st.
Their opening number included “Bohemian Rhapsody”, ”Another One Bites the Dust”, and “Crazy Lil Thing Called Love”. Lambert’s vocals soared through the lyrics of these well-known singles as they do on his own releases For Your Entertainment and Trespassing since his departure from Idol. During the performance, Fun’s Nate Ruess joined Queen for “Somebody to Love” and brought Lambert back out for “Fat Bottomed Girls”.
Lambert strut the stage in tight jeans and high-heeled boots reminiscent of Prince’s Purple Rain fame. With lead guitarist Brian May beside him, he lent his unique vocals to “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.
On RollingStone.com Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May commented on Lambert’s musical style before the performance, saying, “He does bring his own approach and he has this amazing range, a [sic] beautiful tone and he really fits our material so well…..He has [sic] passion…(and) a little bit of camp.”
Born Adam Mitchel Lambert on Jan. 29, 1981, Lambert is an alumnus of the children’s theater group MET2. This may account for his onstage presence, as continuously displayed on Idol and throughout his own body of work. Lambert’s flair and unique style is well-received. His wide range and onstage poise set him apart from the other contenders. His rendition of Tears for Fears’ Mad World earned a standing ovation from Idol judge Simon Cowell, known for his scathing reviews. He later performed the song in a duet with Cyndi Lauper in a charity concert. Rumors persist that the two plan to record the duet, but have yet to come to anything.
Along with his incredible vocal range, his propensity for heavy mascara ad black nail polish put him in the same breath with glam rockers like Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, two legends who influenced Lambert’s unique approach to his performances. His openly gay lifestyle also makes him a hero to the LGBT community.
Despite his loss to fellow Idol contender and roommate Kris Allen, Lambert’s post-competition success continues to grow. For Your Entertainment (2009) debuted at No. 3 on Billboard, while Trespassing (2012) hit the chart at No. 1. His single “Whataya Want from Me” earned him a Grammy nomination (2010). He has toured with Queen to pay tribute to icon Freddie Mercury and rumor was hot that he may be invited to replace former front man Paul Rodgers.
Whatever he does next, Lambert is sure to continue to delight “Glamberts”, constantly bringing energy and excitement to any performance of any song he chooses to sing.
Written By: Brandi Tasby