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In Concert: Adam Lambert at 9:30 club

adam lambertThe former "American Idol" runner-up brought his over-the-top spectacle to 9:30 club Monday night. (All photos by Evy Mages/TWP)

By Chris Richards

You can guess what it looked like. Rainbow lasers slicing through the air. Lots of leather, feathers, glitter and bling. A sequined microphone. Sequined everything, really.

But when Adam Lambert's Glam Nation tour erupted on the 9:30 club stage Monday night, it wasn't so much a feast for the eyeballs as a test on the eardrums. The singer, famous for taking second place in the eighth season of "American Idol," proved that his voice may actually be too powerful for its own good. Unchecked by Simon, Paula, Kara, Randy or human dignity, Lambert would often venture into timbres somewhere between nails-on-chalkboard and sneaker-on-basketball-court.

"My baby walks so slow, sexual tic-tac-toe," he sang during the opening verse of "Fever," punctuating his words with the thrusts and gyrations of a thousand MTV videos. As Lambert began skyrocketing into higher vocal frequencies, the audience did its best to return the gesture with shrieks of adulation.

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And what a loving audience it was. Young men in raccoon eye-shadow stood shoulder to shoulder with retired moms in Crocs -- all parties wailing with joy as Lambert sauntered across the stage during "Strut." As with many of his songs, the lyrics were totally insipid and very clearly enuniciated. "I want to start a revolution/A type of personal solution," he sang in a Broadway-ready delivery. "We all have got our own pollution/It's all about the execution."

Awkward couplets like these, of course, are part of what make Lambert the weirdest (read: greatest) of all the "American Idol" alums. Sure, he's openly gay and incredibly fabulous, but his charm lies in the fact that he's a swaggering hair metal howler trapped in the body of a pop newbie who still doesn't sound completely sure of himself. Onstage, the 28-year-old belted almost every note as if blessed-slash-cursed with a superpower he's still learning to control.

But between songs, he offered charms of the aw-shucks variety, appearing geeky and affable while introducing his backing musicians. After giving his drummer the green light to dive into a solo, the singer blurted out, "Oooh, cowbell!"

And that was the one moment where Lambert offered a true glimpse-of-self amid the campy, prefab charade that comprised the rest of the evening. And no, there's nothing wrong with campy, pre-fab charades. But Lambert hasn't fully learned how to inhabit his character -- he hasn't even figured out who that Aquanet-doused character might actually be.

But that didn't stop him from rattling off a few vapid platitudes between songs. Before the histrionic jingle-jangles of "Aftermath," he waxed thoughtfully, "Sometimes I think it's better to look inside yourself for the answers."

The only moment more grimace-inducing came during a cover of the Johnny Cash hit "Ring of Fire" -- a drippy, psychedelic vamp that bordered on caricature thanks to Lambert's serpentine dance moves and fluttering fingers.

It was painful -- but not literally. That came during the encore as Lambert tore into Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," bringing the song into a caterwauling, ear-searing crescendo.

Some fans put their hands over their gaping mouths. Others stuck their fingers in their ears.

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By Chris Richards  |  June 29, 2010; 12:10 AM ET
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Comments

You are entitled to your opinion. I respectfully disagree. Adam Lambert is a once in a generation talent. Producer Rob Cavallo, Brian May of Queen, and others agree with me. His tour so far has been sold out. Apparently, your opinion is in the distinct minority.

Posted by: sdljroller | June 29, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Your review is a bit snarky. I'll wait to hear the fans and others attending weigh in on this.

Posted by: rkdc | June 29, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Who woke up on the wrong side of his cave this morning?

I'm gonna guess Elvis gyrated too much...The Beatles grew their hair too long...and Mick should have never said "Let's Spend the Night Together" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

You have written a review without any respect for the audience in attendance, stating an obviously biased observation on their seemingly simplistic musical appreciation.

I suggest you take in another show,,,and bring your mother, your sister, your daughter, or your wife with you. Or any man who can get over his discomfort around flamboyant entertainers, and ask them what they think.

And as the man himself once said, "It's all about LOVE", so you, dear critic, should get a little glitter into your life...

Posted by: Dawn_2010 | June 29, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

This is the most idiotic review I have read yet. Can this "critic" actually see and hear? Adam's show was one of, if not the best performances I've ever seen.

"a swaggering hair metal howler trapped in the body of a pop newbie who still doesn't sound completely sure of himself"

Are you joking? I am astounded at how self-confident and COMPLETELY SELF-ASSURED he is as an entertainer. Oh - and did I mention that he is so utterly, totally, unbelievably HOT that he had the audience (both men and women)in a complete state of delirium?

40 sold out shows and counting. International acclaim. Crazed fans who camp out overnight to get into the show first. I suggest you get your hearing tested, your vision checked and then go to another Adam concert.

Posted by: pippy | June 29, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

So sorry for your obvious hearing impairment. You forget there will be video evidence to dispute your utterly absurd "review." Anyone who would like to hear the spectacular voice that stalked that stage tonight need only go on YouTube within the next several hours.

Posted by: cos2mwiz | June 29, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

I was at that concert tonight. How could our impressions be so different?

I think you wanted a hard rock concert and didn't get it. So you reviewed it as a failure of your expectations, not what Adam was actually presenting.

That bluesy version of Whole Lotta Love is the most genious interpretation ever.

Posted by: isisthecat | June 29, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Richards, you would do well to do more research about Adam Lambert and his Glam Nation Tour before making such derogatory comments about him. There is a theme to his concert and a purpose to it all. Unfortunately, you don't get it and it is your loss.

I believe Adam Lambert is very well aware of who he is and what he is trying to express. His vocals are immaculate and he is the most articulate speaker I have heard for years.

Check out a few of his interviews, and you might just be surprised.

I have read reviews from people who were there tonight, and have heard nothing like what you have expressed. I assume you WERE there, right?

Each to their own, but your concept is so way off base. This man has a wonderful voice which will be heard for many years. Get used to it. :)

Posted by: sallyg60 | June 29, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

This is probably the worst review I've ever read, not because of the criticisms of the concert, but because it's so poorly written. I'm sorry, but this article makes absolutely no sense. Obviously Mr. Richards know little or nothing about this artist or Adam Lambert's background or career. This article does not make any valid points or is even based on logical thinking. I'm sorry but I can't believe this is the Washington Post.

Posted by: limiller23 | June 29, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Very one-sided review. Obviously chose to ignore how obviously happy the crowd was with the show? If you hate Adam why would you expect to like his concert?

I was at the show tonight and he was AMAZING- I'm hearing from multiple people that this was his best show yet- it doesn't have to do with decibel level or body rolls- his voice is UNREAL. It is gorgeous and moving and the crowd was loving every second of it. If people covered their ears, it was probably because of the crazy teenage girl screams.

While I respect your right to an opinion, I think you somewhat failed as a journalist to capture the essence of the show. Way to misrepresent a truly great artist.

Posted by: ducky21 | June 29, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Really, Chris? That's why all Adam's concerts are sold out, right?

I wonder if people insult your writing and truth telling abilities as much as you've insulted Adam's singing.

Posted by: staciegirlie | June 29, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

I was there, and I thought Adam's performance was absolutely incredible. I love that voice - I don't want him to tone it down. And Ring of Fire was one of the highlights for me. His concert tonight was the most exciting, exhilarating experience I've had in a long time.

Posted by: dfrgshop | June 29, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

This is the most ridiculous review I've ever read about Adam! This writer is obviously way too old to be going to, let alone appreciate, an Adam Lambert concert! Adam is brilliant and beautiful inside and out! After all of his years of experience on stage, he knows who he is and he's comfortable in his own skin.
Maybe try out a Kris Allen concert Chris, I think he's more your speed.
GlamNation is amazing and coming to a city near you! :)

Posted by: Kimmerz | June 29, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

The 1st major problem with your review is that in life there is very little that everything is wrong, and you can't find some good in something...So just based on that your review is complete BS..!

But the main problem with your review, is that many can and have said many negative things of Adam Lambert, but slamming his ability to sing has never been one of them.

Your review is so far outside the realms of reality that it can not even be taken seriously, so why did you even write it???

Posted by: growdreams | June 29, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Everyone has a right to their opinion, but yours is totally ridiculous. I think you should see a doctor to check your eyes and ears because something is definitely off about you. You are definitely not reviewing the music. Your whole review is so derogatory that it becomes sickening. This was a hatchet job. I think you have an agenda and it has nothing to do with music. You should really not be writing about music, when you clearly do not hear or see the most exciting performer in today's music world with the greatest voice I have ever heard. This review so infuriates me. I can accept a fair review, but this was far from that.

Posted by: barbls | June 29, 2010 2:46 AM | Report abuse

Some reviewers expect an artist to adhere to what is and other reviewers expect something new. You missed the point of this talented young man. His near sold-out tour says volumes more than your descriptions. Adam Lambert is an unstoppable force that will change pop music. Read your own review 5 years from now.

Posted by: walton3 | June 29, 2010 2:49 AM | Report abuse

Well I was there and I was thoroughly entertained. Awesome show. Great vocals. Great energy. Great music, band and dancers. I love the theme of his show and how the whole show breaks down into three parts. The mystical, sexy intro moving into the acoustic heart break and then finally rock out and dance to the joy of living and loving. The crowd was loud and into it and he poured his energy right back into his performance. His Ring of Fire is off the hook. Also Sleepwalker, Soaked, Strut, Music Again.... I could go on there is not a bad song in the bunch. For his encore he improvised a whole new version of Whole Lot of Love and again sang with outstanding vocals.

I just don't know what show you were reviewing. If you don't like his music or style fine but be honest. The crowd loved him. The band and bass was so loud for Orianthi's set you couldn't hear her sing. Too lazy to mention Allison's great opening or Orianthis set? Adam fan's go to hear him sing.

Posted by: marmom | June 29, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahahahahhahahah You are Ridiculous. Seriously were you even at the show.. Adam is the most incredible singer I have ever heard live. You obviously are an idiot!! The crowd went nutz for Adam as they do with every sold out show which by the way has been every show he has done so far SOLD OUT!!! there is a reason for that. He is entertaining he is beautiful and he is not afraid to be himself which we all appreciate. I hope you never review another Adam Lambert Concert cause it is obviously painful for you.. Go to the Opera or a Gokey concert you belong there.

Posted by: Netmeg99 | June 29, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Are you aware of the fact that theatrics, androgeny, and laser shows notwithstanding, this man has been written up in opera publications because of the incredible quality and range of his vocals. Perhaps you needed to do a little more research before you took off on this entirely biased and uninformed tirade against a multi faceted and thoroughly entertaining performer.

Posted by: barbk121 | June 29, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

You referred to missing the point in your review - yes sir you did...

I have seen the top acts since the early 1970's and no one at this stage of their career came close. Some who were at their pinnacle did come close, but none surpassed the singing talent of Adam Lambert and few "put on a show".

Even the most famous stood there and sang their songs cuddling the mic. No interaction with the audience, few came close to dancing while singing, and only 3 ever did costume changes.

Lights, thematic thoughtfulness and dancers - only two came close. Now add stellar vocals - one came close - so that means young Mr. Lambert wins.

Posted by: dragonfly194 | June 29, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Mr Richards, are you a dung beetle? Because this commentary reeks like a huge ball of sticky sh!t being pushed by your hind legs.
There isn't one paragraph in your article that I can read without imagining you crouching over your digital thesaurus and plucking words to flow from your poison pen.
Firstly, I was there, were you??? and this was one hell of a performance that pleased a venue full of fans with incredible energy, visuals, stunning vocals, playfulness and sexiness.

You are so far off base and out in left field with your review that I have to squint to even see you.

Posted by: noskerdycat | June 29, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

Clearly you are not an Adam Lambert fan. I wouldn't have a problem with that had you been able to provide your readers with an objective review. I realize that enjoyment of music and lyrics is subjective. However, with your chosen profession I would assume that at the very least you could hear the perfect clarity and stunning range that Adam had tonight.

I'm also of the opinion that you don't "get" Adam or the flow of his set list. During the concert Adam takes you on a journey through the stages of a doomed relationship. The beginning as you fall in love and the other person puts you in a perpetual state of Fever. To the painful end when you become a Sleepwalker, Soaked to the bone with the realization that this person isn't "the one". And then finally to the Aftermath, emerging a stronger person, ready to Strut and find someone who makes you want to listen to Music Again. When you do find that person you then make a Whole Lotta Love.

Since you don’t understand Adam or what you saw and heard tonight then I’m pretty sure you won’t get my comment either.

Sincerely, A proud member of the Glamnation

Posted by: on_a_halfshell | June 29, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

Hey, everyone. YouTube "Ris Paul Ric". This is the music from the author. I could only listen to one, "Purple Blaze", and it was awful. Amazing that he can judge Adam so harshly.

Posted by: mandy7 | June 29, 2010 3:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that you saw the same show that I did. I'm a huge Led Zep fan, have been since the 70's. Maybe there's a bit of envy involved? I don't know. What I do know is, the man can sing. He's friendly with his fans and his fans love him. He's not your 'usual cup of tea', that's for sure. And I have no doubt that some people might find him out of likable range, but for me, and many many others....he's the new rock god. Just saying man....think you are entitled to your opinion but I have to whole heartedly disagree.

Posted by: wizardesslyn | June 29, 2010 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Dude - I was at tonight's Lambert concert. It was absolutely epic. Vocals were insane. Production was awesome. Whole concert went by in a flash.

Admittedly, I think the speakers WERE overpowered by Whole Lotta Love. Anyone holding their ears was dealing with insane speaker overamplification issues (I was wearing earplugs b/c EVERYONES set - Alli/Orianthi/Adam's had WAY too much bass and my ears buzzed every time I tried to pocket them). All I know is that my head & chest was vibrating like a mo'fo by the end of the song. Wouldn't change a damn thing tho'! Again, totally awesome.

And yep - some of the patter seems a bit canned. Honestly, as long as the singing (and dancing too - the dancers are also impressive) is that good, I don't care much about the short inter-song blather.

All in all - awesome concert. If people can get tickets for whatever future venue he's in...get them.

Posted by: EdgyPostcards | June 29, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Come on, people! Why are you wasting your time?

Chris Richards had the intention of writing a negative review of Adam Lambert's show from the moment he heard the show was booked.

1 - He has never liked Adam Lambert.

2 - The contributors here are not professional critics or even journalists but independent, and mostly amateur, writers. Despite the "music critic" title given in his resume on this site, Chris Richards is simply the WP's music blogger in chief.

3 - He learnt during American Idol, as did so many other bloggers, that negative comments about Adam Lambert guarantee masses of hits on your blog (that is a blogger's oxygen because they can then use the figures to pretend the next time they apply for a real job that people are actually interested in what they have to say).

Posted by: candlelight | June 29, 2010 4:00 AM | Report abuse

I believe you have failed to research or understand the relationship between Adam and his fans. There is no way in the world that Adam's fans would attend his concert and stick their fingers in their ears on what is known as a coveted encore named Whole Lotta Love. People have been begging and pleading for him to sing it, and only few chosen venues were lucky enough to hear it. As you can see the people's comments here, his vocal is the focal point of his fans' unity and everything else like his charm, humor, intelligence, sincerity, good looks and sweetness are just huge bonus. You are entitled to your opinion, and I would have respected your article if you didn't sound so blatantly bias against him.

Posted by: worldtraveler3 | June 29, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

Clearly you don't "get" the magic of Adam Lambert, who has created this summer's best and most exciting live performance. There is a reason he is selling out in minutes at virtually every venue and creating more buzz and activity than many of these venues have seen in years -- Adam is a once-in-a-generation talent whose vocal abilities, work ethic, style and spirit remind us there is still a lot of beauty in this crazy, mixed up world of ours.

But as Anais Nin said, "We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are." So it comes as no surprise to me that sadly you completely missed the theme of Adam's Glam Nation Tour.

Open your eyes, Chris. More importantly, open your heart. Take a trip and fall into the glitter. You might just surprise yourself.

Posted by: itsjuls | June 29, 2010 4:14 AM | Report abuse

After reading your review, this fan is "putting [her] hands over [her] gaping mouth and metaphorically sticking [her] fingers in [her] ears" at the "grimace-inducing, pre-fab" nature of your comments.

Adam Lambert's vocals are out of this world fabulous-- sometimes campy fun, sometimes almost operatic, and sometimes hauntingly vulnerable. What notes exactly were you hearing? Because the notes I was hearing couldn't have been the ones you described.

And, contrary to your description, Mr. Lambert absolutely knows who he is and lives perfectly inside the character of each song he sings. That makes his show one of the best I've seen in years.

The reaction of the audience, those whom you describe as young men wearing "racoon eye shadow" (read gay) and "retired moms wearing crocs" (read irrelevant) was overwhelmingly beyond enthusiastic.

I heard many of those lucky enough to get tickets to this sold out concert, an audience much more diverse than your stereotyping suggests, say afterwards that they had never been to a better show or heard anyone sing so well live before.

Of course, you are entitled to your opinion. And you enunciate it very clearly. But your voice, in my opinion, is rather insipid.



Posted by: NBlake555 | June 29, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse

Your Ombudsman should take note. This marks the second time in the last week in which the Washington Post embarrasses itself by allowing an uninformed, biased blogger with an agenda to spew opinions that are out of sync with reality. As a Libertarian I was as offended by the Dave Weigel debacle as I was by this ridiculous hatchet job. The Post is becoming a disappointment.

Posted by: alan29 | June 29, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

note to lambert herd - adam is not perfect. unbiased eyes see him much differently. and what they see may not be in agreement with your skewed view. i find adam to be talented, but more into role playing the part of a singer and pop star than really feeling or connecting with the music like a true musician and artist does. everything is an act with him - for your entertainment. news flash adam, and adam fans - people don't need glitter, top hats, all this bs to be entertained. they want to hear and see you putting thought, care and attention in the music. adam's concert feels more like a traveling las vegas revue that we've all seen 100x before. don't back down washington post. we applaud you for exposing the truth about this prefab idol creation who needs to strip away all this dreck and frou frou and get back to basics - the music.

Posted by: dyneri | June 29, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

omg, the tone of these comments is laugh out loud funny. why do you lambert fans persist in showing your asses, and making fools out of yourselves everytime someone doesn't kiss lambert's glittery ass - you are the most insane, clinically insane, and delusion group of fans i've witnessed. adam has to be embarrassed by you, the way you come off to those outside your little adam bubble. i applaud the post for their honesty in reporting their impressions of the show - not the ones you ignorant mean spirited assclowns would have liked to have read, because you all are just freaking delusional. thank you washington post for telling the truth. and you glamberts can go to hell - really.

Posted by: dyneri | June 29, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

I was at the show last night and couldn't disagree more with the author. I can see someone "not-getting" the camp and the glitz, but his vocals were on-point. Adam has a blast on stage and he takes everyone along the ride with him. I can't believe the writer was at the same show as I was! However, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. If you have a moment, Google News Adam Lambert and see what kind of reviews his concerts have had up until now and you will read dozens that differ from this. Nails on chalkboard? Really?

Posted by: teacher_md | June 29, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

This snarky, condescending and inaccurate review is hardly worthy of the Washington Post.

Posted by: mamo1 | June 29, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

I was surprised to see two negative comments in a row, then less so when I saw they were from the same person. Just fyi dyneri, contrary to the characterization provided in this article Lambert fans are too diverse to stereotype.

I'm a 46-year-old straight man, formerly a radio program director. I don't consider myself a "glambert" but I certainly don't deny that I'm a fan. I was a huge fan of Robert Plant when he had his vocal range, along with Freddy Mercury, Steven Tyler and in a different genre, Pavarotti. I also happen to prefer concerts with over-the-top theatrics and visuals (like flying inflatable pigs and lasers), but for me that's secondary to the music. Adam's divers fan base is united primarily by an appreciation of his voice. Nobody in pop or rock today has Lambert's technical vocal ability.

The shock and outrage expressed in these comments is from people who are drawn to Adam because they are passionate about music. The reviewer is clearly not a fan of glitter and that's fine with me. However, I'd guess that it's his characterization of Adam's rock wail, belted in a controlled upper register in full voice and on pitch, as an unpleasant "nails on chalkboard" that destroyed this reviewers' credibility and has drawn so many expressions of contempt from those of us who have heard him sing live and were left with a very different impression.

Posted by: alan29 | June 29, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't at the 9:30, but after seeing the clip of "Whole Lotta Love" on Youtube, wish I had been. Looks pretty damn hot to me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u1HmabIYTE

Posted by: raveldog | June 29, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

all I can say is that seeing is more believing of the truth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rEvZyHSF1c), and it's usually not wise to trust the subjective writing of someone with a very obvious axe to grind.

and finally as someone who's seen Zeppelin more than once live Lambert has made Whole Lotta Love - in all the variations he chooses to perform it - so very much his own.

Posted by: celtcwrtr | June 29, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Adam Lambert has "a whole lotta learnin'" to do before he'll ever stand in for Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Posted by: merrill1 | June 29, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I guess Mr. Richards is just looking for a little bit of attention!!!! I saw Adam Lambert in NYC - no one can compare to his vocals ....no one. All of the hoopla surrounding Lambert would not work if he voice and talent did not shine through.

Posted by: lcmc | June 29, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

In your pretense to be "in the know", you've come off looking like an absolute joke. Mr Richards, Adam is a phenomenal talent, but you, you're a struggling typist.

Posted by: Kudzu1 | June 29, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

@merrill1, were you there at the concert last night? If not, you would not know, would you? A video wouldn't be the same as live.

The author, Chris Richards is probably jealous because his music career failed. His album Purple Blaze (he goes by Ris Paul Ric) never went anywhere. Has anyone even heard of him?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ris_Paul_Ric
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2if-kCWXNA

Posted by: mandy7 | June 29, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion but it's very clear you just don't get that Adam isn't just a singer but a true performer. He's so entertaining it's almost sinful. You Mr. Richards just don't get it and shouldn't be reviewing something you don't understand. Better stick to people that don't intimidate you and quit wasting your readers time.

Posted by: carrd49 | June 29, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

After the Courney Love show at 9:30 and now Adam Lambert, we have to admit that though rock n roll may not be dead, it sure does smell funny.

Posted by: curtb | June 29, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I was unfortunate and was unable to get tickets to 9:30 club, oh how I wanted to be there. BUT I did go to Rams Head Live in Baltimore and it was hands down the BEST concert I have ever been to and that is comparing to Prince Purple Rain.

What this Blogger "FAILED" to do was research the artist that he was reviewing. How LAZY...you are supposed to be independent reviewer but how can you gain any credibility when you comment about STUPID things such as costume changes. You didn't get it and you DON'T get it. You talked about his enunciation of words...DUMBEST thing ever said, so what are we supposed to expect...slurred words? Then loud? You were at at concert!!!

WAPO PAY for a REAL Music critic.

Posted by: Pumpkin31 | June 29, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

DYNERI

“note to lambert herd" -
Starting with an insult is always impressive, and conducive to what's likely to be a well thought-out and expressed post.

“unbiased eyes see him much differently” -
Unbiased? Is that what your bitter rant is supposed to be?

“i find adam to be talented but more into role playing the part of a singer and pop star than really feeling or connecting with the music like a true musician and artist does” -
I bet 99% of artists wish they were able to “role play” that voice and Adam's exceptional talent generally.

“everything is an act with him-for your entertainment. newsflash adam and fans- people don't need glitter, top hats, all this bs to be entertained. they want to hear and see you putting thought, care and attention in the music.” -
Oh dear! It's such a shame that Jackson, Bowie, Mercury, Elton, Madonna, etc, didn’t have you to tell them where they were going wrong... think how successful they could’ve been if only someone had told them to wear jeans and plaid shirts. Better go and tell Lady Gaga while there's still time, before she totally blows her chances of a career.

“adam's concert feels more like a traveling las vegas revue that we've all seen 100x before” -
Errrmmm.... and you’d know this how? Are you suggesting you were there? If so, as such a raging hater, why?

“this prefab idol creation who needs to strip away all this dreck and frou frou and get back to basics- the music” -
You call the most original artist to come out of the stinking cheesefest of American Idol - the only one who’s actually broken the mould (or even the mold) - a prefab creation? Priceless! Adam’s level of talent is rare, including his ability to give an acoustic or acapella performance as easily, naturally and flawlessly as a full-on one. If you’ve got it flaunt it. Basics are for lesser mortals.

“omg, the tone of these comments is laugh out loud funny” -
Well, someone capable of writing the most hilarious, inane and insane rant I’ve read in a long time should know.

“you are the most insane, clinically insane, and delusion group of fans i've witnessed” -
As above.

“adam has to be embarrassed by you” -
How kind of you to save anyone else the trouble by embarrassing yourself.

“i applaud the post for their honesty in reporting their impressions of the show” -
Again, how would you know this? Were you there? If so, why?

“you ignorant mean spirited assclowns” -
I don't suppose you even see the irony of what you've done there, do you?

“glamberts can go to hell– really” -
You end your posts in the same mature and rational way that you started them, and in the same calm and considered tone you’ve demonstrated throughout. Hugely impressive! I’m sure every neutral, and maybe even some fans, have come around to your way of thinking, such is the eloquence and obvious intelligence of your argument. Have you considered running for Office, the UN, the diplomatic corps....? Or perhaps just writing a music review for the Washington Post?

Posted by: FrankieBGood | June 29, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I was at the concert last night. I am a middle aged fan and I did not have crocs on. Your sterotyping is so disrespectful--like middle aged fans can't enjoy today's music-?? So you have to make fun of them? Adam Lambert brings all kinds of fans together (certainly a better message than you are doling out)--there were young, old, gay, straight, male, female, glammed, and conservatively dressed fans there last night. The energy he posseses on the stage is amazing-- no lack of self confidence there, he truly knows who he is as a performer, the charisma is not to be denied. The speakers were not conducive to showcasing his voice unfortunately. I have heard, seen him in other venues and the sound system was much better than at the 9:30 Club. Nevertheless the crowd loved him, Allison, and Orianthi. Why did you stay if you weren't having a good time, there is no negativity needed in such a happy, partying environment. Adam puts on a show and you obviously don't appreciate such entertainment. Your loss. His reviews have been great (read them from Baltimore the night before as an example), his shows sold out all over. I am enjoying reading the true reviews of the people who were there along with me and came away wanting more Lambert! Get your dance moves updated, Chris, or get someone more hip and more informed (as to what Mr. Lambert was conveying with his thematic show) to do these club reviews. And by the way, I dragged my husband and son there last night and they came away very impressed; so right there is an indication of the talent and showmanship Adam Lambert posseses.

Posted by: Mals | June 29, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Too bad someone can't have a different opinion of Adam Lambert. Glamberts need to get a life. He is not the second coming. He is not the greatest singer/performer that ever lived. So sad you all claim he is love and diversity, but when someone disagrees with you, they are called names and told they are stupid, homophobic or ignorant. You claim that everyone is entitled to their opinion and then start all the crap that just proves you really don't believe anyone is entitled to anything but following the herd. Sorry just because you are vocal about your "love" for someone you don't even know, doesn't mean that the ones that don't like his performance are unintelligent or that their opinion is invalid.

Posted by: kw4974 | June 29, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse


Seriously, the review and the responses are most entertaining. Ninety five percent of all concert audiences are presold. Why else would you shell out the dough? When was the last time you heard an attendee dis the performance?

Someone who gets paid to go is another matter. You can claim that the reservations expressed by Mr. Richards are inaccurate but it was a mixed review and that alone indicates true thought went into the writing.

Posted by: edbyronadams | June 29, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Chris Richards

Out of interest, what did you study and what did you major in? English, music, journalism .....? Does your college give refunds?

Posted by: FrankieBGood | June 29, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Had Lambert not been the recipient of the American Idol producers' "stagecraft" treatment last year - just as Lee Dewize got it this year - he wouldn't have made it to the final two. His singing just isn't enjoyable to most people - hence, headlining at the 9:30 Club (no disrespect meant to the 9:30, but it ain't the Verizon Center or Merriweather). He's got the drama thing down, but drama doesn't come across on the radio.

Posted by: kemp13 | June 29, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way, I meant to mention that I loved the lasers.

Posted by: Mals | June 29, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Edbyronadams

I think you need to look up the meaning of the word "mixed" as much as dyneri needs to look up "unbiased".

Posted by: FrankieBGood | June 29, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Mr. Lamberthas lots of fans, and wish him a long and successful career, but people, really? Sold out does not equal talented - whether it's an opera or the hottest DJ from Miami.

Posted by: kbockl | June 29, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

You insulted the fans with your own negative stereotypes so that really discounts your review in my opinion.

Adam Lambert may not be to everyone's liking but his talent is undeniable. I've seen the youtubes of the performance and his singing was spectacular. He hits those high notes better than anyone I've heard in a long time. And what's wrong with enunciating words clearly. I wonder if the reviewer is so used to to singers sitting on a stool with a guitar that he's lost sense of other musical styles. Or maybe the reviewer cares more for rap music with its half-naked women and men prancing around on stage mumbling into the microphone. The reviewer also failed to mention the songs where Adam slowed it down and sang accoustically. There was no mention of Allison Iraheta or Orianthi.

Clearly the reviewer didn't want to be at this show and the writing and snarkiness of the review reflects some personal bias also. Next time, the Post should send someone who doesn't bring so many personal dislikes to the table.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | June 29, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Chris, you are brave to challenge the delusions of Glamberts. But maybe that was your point. I rather enjoy a critical take on Adam and get tired of the too often one-sided worship that has absolutely no substance. I personally think Adam has the most amazing voice I've ever heard, but I agree with you, sometimes I wonder if 1)he knows how to control it 2) he's not sure how to use it in the direction he's taking and/or 3)he hasn't quite figured out what he wants to do. With his talent, he has a lot of options and with time, he'll work it out. The concert tour is a great attempt at experimentation and it's incredibly entertaining, but it always feels like he's grasping at what he wants and overacting to compensate. Trying too hard - there isn't anything wrong with that, but it doesn't have the finesse of someone who has more experience. I sense he'll eventually fine tune what direction he wants to take with these opportunities and we'll see great things from him in the future.

Posted by: bartholomew1 | June 29, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Finally, a reviewer who's not afraid to give an honest opinion in fear of being called "homophobic." For some reason, it's impossible for Adam's fans to believe that not everyone considers him to be the next Elvis. He seems like a very nice person, but he's nothing special. Not everyone likes super-high-pitched glam rock voices.

Posted by: jillian1 | June 29, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

...and his fans are making a joke of him.

Posted by: jillian1 | June 29, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

kemp13
Hey, that's not the way the music industry works. Lady Gaga played at DAR Cosntitution Hall less than a year ago. Timbaland played 9:30 a few months ago. The big venues like Verizon Center just won't book you until AFTER you've proven yourself in the only way they know, by selling millions of songs. Has nothing to do with quality. But don't worry, Adam's getting there.
Having seen shows at both venues, I'd actually prefer the 9:30 Club.
And Adam was truly awesome (says 47 y.o. straight guy)

Posted by: krickey7 | June 29, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

It's interesting how people are using his "sold out" shows to defend him. The venues are anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 and the tickets are relatively cheap. Selling out these concerts isn't that much of a challenge....

Posted by: bartholomew1 | June 29, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I can't speak for anyone else, but my ears were ringing because of all the screaming I was doing!! LOL!!! Except for the venue, that was the best time I've had at a concert in a very, very long time!!!! All I do know is everyone all around me sure seemed to be having one hell of a time, and that's reality! Adam is an exceptional talent and entertainer! Lack of self confidence...oh, I don't think so...seriously?! I don't even know where that comes from...I'm a 46 year old straight married woman, all walks of life are having a great time getting to be a part of Adam's success...it's just the way it is people!! Some of the jealousy out here is just pitiful. Life is short, enjoy what you enjoy and if you don't enjoy something...then just stay the hell out of it...it's that simple.

Posted by: dmcrayton | June 29, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

DYNERI

I am sorry but KEMP13 has just taken your comedy crown with his comparison of Adam Lambert to Lee DeWyze.

KEMP13

If you knew the first thing of what you're talking about, you'd know that all his staging on Idol was Adam's idea. Just because other contestants haven't had the vision or imagination doesn't mean that he who does should be denied what is there for all the contestants to make use of if they had the ability and nerve.

As for his voice, was he given that "stagecraft" at his audition? In Hollywood week even? His voice isn't enjoyable to most people? Please don't mistake your opinion for that of anyone else, let alone try to put it across as that of most people. What does that say about the winner's voice who he has vastly outsold in America alone? What does that say about this year's last two whose studio recordings and debut singles barely darkened the door of the charts? How do you explain the airplay? How do you explain the platinum (and counting) single? How do you explain the multi-platinum and gold certifications around the world? How do you explain the vast international appeal and success in a timeframe that no other Idol contestant has even got a whiff of even being played on radio outside of America, never mind shifting a single or album outside of America? Which Idol contestant on their first album and first headlining tour has headlined at a venue the size of the Verizon?

I don't think even Mr Spock would be able to see the logic in your statement.

Posted by: FrankieBGood | June 29, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

@jillian1 I agree. His fans are intolerable and if you say anything that isn't worshipping Adam Lambert you are either homophobic, jealous or just a hater in general. Glamberts aren't capable of thinking so they get really obnoxious if someone else expresses an opinion outside of their program. It doesn't compute.

Posted by: bartholomew1 | June 29, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

We try to be respectful of criticsm of Adam, but only when it is based of fact, not what is obviously a pre-concieved dislike. You can argue with costumes, presentation, personality, but with the voice, NO. That is not just my opinion, but that of real music critics who evaluate such things for a living. Do we love the ridiculousness of Adam's costumes? Yes. Do we laugh WITH him at some of his antics?
Of course. But when he goes from FEVER with all the innuendo to SLEEPWALKER which breaks your heart, with such facility, that is an artist.
I am an individual who has an opinion on EVERYTHING, so I accept yours, but debating Adam with you would be like trying to convince the Pope to accept evolution........ not worth the time and trouble. You obviously made up your mind before you arrived and just filled in details to validate your view. That is fine, John Mayer or Enrique Iglesias should be coming to town this summer and I'm sure you will enjoy their concerts much more. As for me, I have 5 more Adam concerts to attend this summer, so we probably won't be seeing one another.
By the way, I went to American Univ and the Washington Post is my favorite newspaper in the world, and I won't let your drivel change that.

Posted by: patj32292 | June 29, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

This review has some merit - not much, but there are glimmers of truth in there. I do believe that Adam is yet to grow to his full potential - he does have a 'super power he is learning to control'. I don't think we, or even Adam himself, knows how good he really is or how to completely harness the force of his voice. He has the ability to go from flawless a cappella to full out rock scream - but he is not always consistent in his control of when to use each.

However, as far as the sound and people covering their ears - Dude, really? I agree that the likely culprit is the sound system. I have been to several shows and in some venues the bass line is overpowering, uncomforably so. It seems to be more so in the smaller venues. But his voice is not something that makes anyone cover their ears. The reviews from the shows prior to this one call it the voice of an angel. I'm sure most fans agree.

I am curious - did the reviewer actually look around at the crowd and the effect Adam had on them? Not one of them cared that Adam was theatrical (he is fabulously so), that he enunciates (this is bad?), or that he produced an 'ear-searing crecendo' - that's precisely what they wanted to hear. Adam is an extremely intelligent performer who gives his fans exactly what they want. He produces joy - a rare commodity these days.

Posted by: Serenity4 | June 29, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

It's nto that I don't think the reviewer has no valid points. He actaully repeats some of the things that the NY Times reviewer said about his NY concert (only in a better-written review). But the overall tone is so snarky, both toward Adam and his fans. "Vapid platitudes", "painful", "grimace-inducing", and the gratuitous Croc reference? Really?
The irony is I think the reviewer actually liked the concert, but felt he had to protect his reviewer credentials.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 29, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The most obnoxious comments are coming from the negative reviewers. As a fan I have as much right to my opinion as anyone else. Being a fan and expressing that opinion does not make me incapable of thought and reason. Given the diversity of Adam Lamberts fan base, to group us together into one mindless entity just isn’t logical.

Correct me if I’m wrong but the only people to have used the word homophobic have also been the negative reviewers. Please don't make this about his sexuality. I do think that Mr. Richards had a pre conceived notion of Adam and the show before he heard the first song. That does not mean that I think he is a raging homophobic.

Posted by: on_a_halfshell | June 29, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The Glamberts here are astoundingly vitriolic towards anyone who doesn't share their adoration of this guy...which makes me suspect as to his genuine talent.

Posted by: OttoDog | June 29, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how radical Lambert appears when he's nothing but the result of that bastion of corporate America's (and the corporation is FOX for god's sake) most successful molder of American taste, American Idol. There are so many great, hard-working musicians and singers out on the road in America, working their tails off to make it, and they don't because the vast majority of Americans really don't care enough about music to do anything but open their mouths to be spoon-fed marginal talents warbling material from a bygone era. Or let some overbearing publicity hound like Courtney Love continue to exceed her barely-deserved 15 minutes of fame while a genuine talent like Shelby Lynne or Bettye Lavette has to stay on the road constantly just to earn a living, minus health insurance, while practically no one takes any notice. We've arrived at the point where over the top flamboyance and sexual orientation have more to do with musical success than any real musical talent. And this isn't gay-bashing, I've been a Morrissey fan for years. But not BECAUSE he's gay, because he's a multi-faceted artist. Lambert is strictly one-note but I'm sure that he'll have a long profitable career. He has been chosen by the powers that be.

Posted by: curtb | June 29, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

For those that keep pushing the meme that Adam only sings one style, you should check out the youtubes of American Idol performances and stuff he did before then.

I love simple, accoustic Adam on 'Tracks of My Tears' and earlier in his career when he sang 'Come to me, Bend to me'. I love the howling in 'Crawl Through Fire' and 'Whole Lotta Love'. And, yes I love the dancy pop of 'If I Had You'.

Of course, I'm a fan who couldn't get tickets to either show.

One other thing, a sold-out show regardless of the size of the venue is a very good thing. Adam was smart to headline his tour and not open for anyone else so his decision to book only smaller venues and clubs makes sense. BTW, he will be playing the Nokia in LA which is much bigger. Yes, he is still early in his career and the concert is not perfect, but he is still 100% better than some of the tour veterans out there.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | June 29, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I've seen the show and I have to say this review is total hogwash. I couldn't for the life of me understand your perspective. However I found video of YOU performing, Sir and now I understand completely. Adam has more talent and presence in his pinky toe, than you have in your entire body. This video of you performing also shows that you're totally unqualified to judge other's talent, since your is horrifyingly lacking. Better someone with no performance history than a poor one. HERE for all to see is YOUR TALENT(?) IN ACTION...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YofFMuIaaC8

I defy you to run your video against Adam's concert video... You're a joke.

Posted by: cfp12 | June 29, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Hey, last night (after returning from the concert) I posted a snarky comment here that reflected my opionon of Mr. Richards exercise in absurdity. No profanity, just an equally opinionated jab to the heart of the matter.

The comment never saw the light of day in this section.

Please note that the author of this article is further editing the comments from the Lambert fan base to possibly skew and brew a corner of supporters.

Posted by: noskerdycat | June 29, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Curtb-

Are you saying that because Adam used Corporate America as a plateau for his success that he is not talented? Have you listed to his album? If so, you would have to agree that he is most definitely not a “one note” singer.

Maybe you’re implying that his fan’s like him simply BECAUSE he’s gay? That’s pretty insulting. I can promise you that I didn’t buy his album because of who he sleeps with. I also don’t like his music because he was handpicked and molded by “the powers that be”. I don’t even watch American Idol. I actually listened to the music and liked it. I did that all by myself by the way. No force feeding required.

I think Adam was smart to try out for American Idol. Look where it got him. Is it nobler to go the county fair route? He is humble enough to be vocally grateful for the success he has so far achieved from American Idol. The same can’t be said for all the past contestants.

Posted by: on_a_halfshell | June 29, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Hi everyone. Thanks for these very spirited comments! But in response to @noskerdycat, I'm not editing the comments -- and since they're all pretty angry, that's probably obvious.

But our website can be glitchy sometimes. If your comment doesn't post, please try again.

And you can always email me directly at richardsc@washpost.com

Thanks to all for taking the time to read this review and chime in with your thoughts. Keep 'em coming.

Posted by: ChrisRichards | June 29, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

cfp12:

Thanks for the link. That was not good. I couldn't understand a word he was saying.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | June 29, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

@kw4974 Not every review of Adam has been a 100% love fest. A couple have claimed he's too campy... One reviewer (NY Times) was disappointed that Adam didn't take more risks / plays it too safe.. (huh). While I may not agree with those reviews, they were written objectively. This review is hardly a review, more of a jealous rant that has little or nothing to do with the actual performance.

Not everyone has to love Adam; and objective criticism is good for an artist. Outright lies and distortions, however should not be tolerated.. by anyone's fans.. and we Glamberts happen to be more vigilant than most. We don't intend to see Adam "Wacko Jacko"ed by the media. Sorry if that offends you (or anyone else).

Posted by: cfp12 | June 29, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Um, begging your pardon, but which concert did you attend? It certainly wasn't the Glamnation Tour. Thousands of tweets coming out of the concert paint a completely different picture than what you attempted to convey. Typical BS that comes out of D.C.

Posted by: Lambertlicious | June 29, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

This is the reason I canceled my subscription to the Washington Post.This review is so unprofessional.Clearly the author is biased and he doesn't get it. Cranky old man? I know I stereotypes you,but you stereotyped Adam's fun,very unprofessional..so the Washington Post readers are not middleage?
I was at the Borgata concert last Saturday and Adam live voice is so pure,christal clear,he sings like an angel and with all the song with a very deep meaning you choose to mention Strut that is just a fun song.Yes Adam is talented and he is really..really fun!

Posted by: robi2 | June 29, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

This review is about as ridiculous as the critic. I think someone must have been not taken his medication. Washingpost STYLE Section,,,fix this!!

Posted by: WRONG2 | June 29, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I think you forgot to represent the crowd, and I a sorry your ears are so tender - don't go to concerts poor thing. Truly Adam is remarkable and I get that you can't handle his voice (which is amazing by the way) but you don't seem to get the man at all either. Oh well, you are entitled to your opinon. But the crowd loved the concert and Adam was on fire!!!

Posted by: JLM12 | June 29, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

There hasn't been anyone of Lamberts caliber for a long f*cking time. BTW, those "retired moms in Crocs" are the cute hippie chicks you see in the old Rolling Stone and Zeppelin videos. Unlike this reviewer, we just so happen to know first hand what real rock and roll is all about, as do the big music execs who are promoting him.

Posted by: karen57 | June 29, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that this reviewer was at the same concert that I was at last night. It was great! When Adam took the stage - magic happened. I had the best time ever! We were jumping and screaming for more!

Posted by: JanelleA | June 29, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

This review reminds me of some of the comments from non fans regarding his American Idol performances. For some people it didn't matter what song he was singing; the comment was the same...'He's so screamy.' He could be singing 'Tracks of My Tears' or 'Mad World' and the comment would be the same...he's screaming.

In other words, this review really doesn't reflect the performance and goes overboard on the personal regarding fans. The reviewer can't see the forest for the trees.

Posted by: zzishate@yahoo.com | June 29, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I imagine you wouldn't be able to handle Robert Plant or Axl Rose either... they can reach some rather "ear-searing" crescendo's as well. Perhaps you'd better stick with the Tom Jones concerts.

Posted by: karen57 | June 29, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Haha this review is hilarious. After looking at the author's YouTube music, I found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YofFMuIaaC8&feature=related
and GUESS WHAT? One of the 4 comments below says "welcome to Glamrock." So, he has an axe to grind.
Note to author: Whole Lotta Love was written originally by Willie Dixon of "Muddy Waters" as an R&B song. Zeppelin lifted this and other songs from Willie, and were sued and LOST, having to pay royalties and give writing credits on the song. So it was R&B from the getgo.
You sir are a wannabe musician, and methinks, a sloppy journalist.

Posted by: riskylady | June 29, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Oh lord, you've got to be kidding me. I think Adam has a terrific voice and wish him success, but the righteously indignant tone of some of these angry comments is too much. You'd think the reviewer called Adam the Antichrist with one hand while strangling puppies with the other.

If this is how you react any time Adam gets the slightest amount of criticism (and for the record, this review seemed pretty mild to me), good luck following the rest of his career without having an aneurysm. He's a grown man in the entertainment industry and doesn't need you all to protect his feelings. Obviously his fans are loyal enough to keep showing up regardless of what anyone says - which makes some of accusations some commenters have made in this thread seem awfully mean-spirited and pointless. Good grief.

Posted by: notindc1 | June 29, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Have no idea whether or not this critic is sincere as so many bloggers (and, apparently, that is what this reviewer is) use Lambert's name to get hits. I was at the concert last night, and I can state unequivocally that Lambert has an exceptionally beautiful voice as well as a dynamic stage presence. There are people who do not "get" him, but, nevertheless, he is on his way to becoming an international star. (That a second album will be in the works in 2011 is most assuredly a recognition by his producers that with Lambert they have a hot one on their hands. Must be lots of "high fives" among them.) At any rate, Lambert's success is a long time coming - certainly paid his dues those long years of trying to make it in LA. Hard-working, fun, and a really nice guy. Deserves all the good things that come his way.

Posted by: rraustin1 | June 29, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

While bloggers are supposed to have opinions, they are supposed to be informed ones and this so-called review is condescending as well as uninformed.

I am 37, never saw Lambert on American Idol, and bought a ticket purely based on curiosity after watching several youtube videos of his performances. The majority of my music collection would be considered "indie" bands. In other words, I'm no Glambert or whatever they're called.

I like music. I like a good show. I like hearing someone sing live who isn't Auto-tuned within an inch of their life. Lambert scores on every count. I saw a young man learning his craft literally on a public stage - one who is admittedly still a little in shock at his own trajectory, but who is 'in on the joke' 100%.

The SOUND SYSTEM was not properly calibrated - the opening act had the same problem that Lambert's did - screeching and overpowering the vocals. I've been to the 9:30 club before and it doesn't always sound like that.

And yes, this is a young artist finding his way - I expected that. Just because someone is on American Idol doesn't mean they come out the other side fully-formed jaded rock stars. I am beyond thrilled to see a singer with a real voice succeeding in an industry obsessed with manufacturing 'acts' rather than developing talent. I loved the fact that he talked too much to the audience, and not everything he did was rehearsed, and he laughed at himself and made faces and forgot sometimes his mic was on.

This review was written by a music snob unworthy of writing for a major news outlet as a blogger, let alone under the guise of "press" (I suspect I was in line behind you going into the venue where you flashed your 'credentials'). If the Post has any sense, they'll replace you ASAP with a blogger who a) does their homework before they write the review, b) can see talent even if the packaging isn't to their liking, and c) understands that you still must uphold basic journalistic principles and present an informed opinion.

I firmly believe Adam Lambert will have a long and successful career exactly because of things for which you deride him. It's too bad you couldn't appreciate the nascent talent blossoming before you last night.

Posted by: bec215 | June 29, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Well.... You told us, didn't you!

I laughed several times as I read your awful review. I love anything that makes me laugh. I laughed at the acerbity with which you expressed your dislike of Adam and his show and, what seemed to me, as bitterness and a sour-grapes attitude. So, as that was what you wanted to express, I say, "Well done!"

Sorry that you don't get him. Maybe some day you will have an "Aha!" moment and you'll see him through a different filter.

For those of us who do get him (a continually expanding group)... Ahhhh! - he is magnificant! What you call "cauterwailing, ear-lsearing," I call "uplifting and thrilling." I could listen to him sing that slow, bluesy Whole Lotta Love forever. Especially those high notes at the end - words fail - emotions flail - they fill me with satisfaction. I *love* it!

His energy, his band and dancers, my fellow fans' energy - what a great love bubble!

I wear both my Crocs and my glitter proudly.

Posted by: hotmud | June 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Do you realize how clueless your review makes you sound? If Adam did in fact lack the control and screeched and needed to find himself do you think he would have sold out every show and have such a following? Of course not. So someone is wrong and that someone is you.

I will suggest you attend the boring insipid Kris Allen shows. They are half house, and so dull you can fall asleep. But there will not be any high notes and will not be any dancing so it just might be your cuppa.

Posted by: Skylar4 | June 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YofFMuIaaC8&feature=related

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA this is music. This poor person can't sing at all.

Posted by: Skylar4 | June 29, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YofFMuIaaC8&feature=related

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA this is music. This poor person can't sing at all.

Posted by: Skylar4 | June 29, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

How did the same paper that features such talent writers and reporters let this Chris Richards sneak in to spew his uneducated snark around? I expect better of you, WaPo.

Posted by: jolinegkg | June 29, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I am not a rabid Glambert and usually don't bother with comments cuz I totally get that Adam is not for everyone and not everyone is a fan and that's ok.

But I was really surprised by your reivew, its clear you don't like his style, singing or performance, but as a reporter you should try to be a little less biased.

For example: "Onstage, the 28-year-old belted almost every note as if blessed-slash-cursed with a superpower he's still learning to control." Your review suggests 1) he did his screechy thing constantly and 2) it was awful. 2 is your opinion (not shared by many and certainly not by his fans at the show although you also try to suggest that)

But #1 is a statement of fact that's not true at all, if for no other reason than he did an entire set of songs that were stripped down accoustic versions of songs like WWFM, Sleepwalker, Aftermath & Soaked.

So, cuz it didn't fit into what you wanted to critize so much you chose to just ignore a full 1/3 of the show, including the fact that Soaked was a restrained and beautiful vocal masterpiece that blew everyone away; you couldn't be bothered to even mention it even though you took the time to type out silly Strut lyrics to prove how "insipid" you think Adam's songs are.

Other puzzling parts: "But Lambert hasn't fully learned how to inhabit his character -- he hasn't even figured out who that Aquanet-doused character might actually be" what does this even mean?

As Adam himself would say, its not that deep, sure, its a campy show but that's Adam so not your thing? definately don't go to the show.

BUT Adam is one of the few people out there that not only is a great vocalist but actually sounds better live than on his album, a rarity in today's autotune world.

It wasn't a perfect show but it was all Adam: fun and sexy and creative and delivered with a wink and a smile and great vocals. Adam delivered big time and it was just what his fans wanted.

Posted by: LisaW5 | June 29, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

So why was this guy sent to do a review on Lambert if he doesn't know anything about music?

Posted by: barbnc | June 29, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Though, as a reviewer, Mr. Richardson has no responsibility to be a fan or like what he sees or hears, he does have a responsibility to come to an assignment without prejudice and bias. I do not believe that to be the case here. He betrays his ignorance of vocal production when he asserts that Mr. Lambert has no control over his. Even if you don't like how he sounds, I would venture to say that Mr. Lambert has more control over his vocal technique and instrument than anyone singing popular music today.

Posted by: MoovieBassets | June 29, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr Richards, you could have heard the concert much better, had you not been sitting on your head. Kindly remove your head from your.............

Posted by: Kudzu1 | June 29, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

When everyone around you is screaming their ears off cheering - you would put your fingers in your ears too. We love Adam, and you made it look like we didn't just because of ignorance. Think before you write. The concert was a blast, fantastic fun, that is why we attended, we like Adam Lambert - and we are not alone, the music critics who have actually studied music and voice all like him. He filled the 3500 seats both days in NY and in sold out 3700 in upcoming OC =both days and in his concert in February he sold out the 3500 seats and it was word of mouth before, yes before, the ad got placed.

Posted by: virgocusp | June 29, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Someone commented about Adam 'only' being able to fill tiny venues. The concert in Toronto was a ten thousand seat venue. Yes there were other artists on the bill but Adam was the Headliner AND the seats were half empty all day until just before Adam's performance. By the time the stage was being set-up for Adam ten thousand seats were full.

Posted by: patriciarae | June 29, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

One question: Did you even see the show or were you at a bathroom break during Adam's acoustic set? No mention of that at all. Well, I am sure you are not a fan, but please do your homework next time. It certainly looks like you had your review all typed up before the tour even started.

Posted by: gabikoehler | June 29, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

A very disappointing review. Adam's show isn't a derivative of anything else, it's a unique visual and sonic experience. He is recognized among music industry professionals as among the very top vocalists in the world, ever. I don't understand where this review is coming from, especially the comment "unchecked ... by human dignity"??? I find that remark offensive. Whether you're a fan of his show or not, he's one of the kindest and most intelligent human beings you could ever know.

Posted by: sharon37 | June 29, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Your article is so far from being correct in describing Adam Lambert's voice, performance and talent it isn't funny....really it isn't funny!! You must have had something wrong with your ears or you really didn't attend the concert and are just trying to incite controversy!!! His sold out performances all over the country indicate he has consistent talent more than any performer has had in a long long time. His voice is awesome!! The comments to your article indicate your review is not accurate .... maybe you need to change careers....or write reviews for restaurants or .....?

Posted by: barbarasoth | June 29, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

@bec215- very well written.

Posted by: Pumpkin31 | June 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I knew where you were coming from in your 2nd sentence - "Rainbow lasers slicing through the air." - a bit of a homophobic bent, it seems. BTW, the lasers used during Adam's show use 2 colors at a time - rainbows have a full spectrum of colors!

And then there's the comment, "newbie who still doesn't sound completely sure of himself" REALLY? A man who has been performing on stage for the past 18 years & he doesn't sound completely sure of himself??? I think not.

It is obvious why you write a blog and not articles - evidently, you are only able to spew forth your own uneducated observations.

Having been to 8 GlamNation concerts so far - with 4 to go, I wear neither crocs nor raccoon eye shadow. I do not wail with joy nor do I shriek with adulation. What I do is go to see a beautiful man perform. That voice astounds, the staging exhilarates, the costumes enchant and the way he takes command of the stage is just so damned exciting to watch.

You, Mr. Richards are an ass - you just experienced an incredible concert and you do not even realize it.

Posted by: Star7 | June 29, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

To dyneri @ 6:09am

Go to youtube and listen to "Come to me, Bend to me" from Brigadoon
Adam could be a star w/o glitter
but'boys just wanta have fun" he's young and may want to go back to serious theater later....right now ..you go Baby Boy...do it with sparkle

Posted by: rhi411 | June 29, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Not everyone is going to like Adam Lambert. Personally I'm not a huge fan but, while it isn't my style, I can understand why others do enjoy his music. From reading this review I get the impression that the reviewer had his (her?) mind made up prior to the show and wrote a review of the style of entertainment and not the entertainer. It reminds me of a review from about 10 years ago of Carlos Santana and the reviewer complaining about too much guitar.

Posted by: ouvan59 | June 29, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Chris,we got over a lot of racism, not long refer to "the black singer Name" we are past that - get past your "openly gay singer Adam". He is a Whole Person, not just his sexual orientation. More professional journalists do not refer to Adam other than as an artist, catch up, evolve, treat people with respect and thanks. As for the concert, it was a lot of fun, and Adam was fantastic. He is an outstanding singer, and his live performance is even better than his CD. Sometimes singers aren't but Adam is. Allison and Orianthi are a good opening act for him at this point. All in all, a great evening of entertainment. I am hoarse from screaming appreciation for him.

Posted by: puddiwuddi | June 29, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

To bartholomew1.. I am not sure where you are getting your venue capacity info from but I am attending and 8500 seat venue 2 nights in a row in Costa Mesa and they are both SOLD OUT!! The first sold out in less than 10 minutes and the second night in less than 24 hrs. So maybe you should do your research too.

Posted by: Netmeg99 | June 29, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This is the most homophobic, off-the-mark, and hateful review I've ever read. The Washington Post should be ashamed for publishing such poorly-written trash!

Posted by: GaleChesterWhittington | June 29, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious from the tone of this review that you find Adam Lambert distasteful, and your word choice hints that this has something to do with his style, his "flamboyance." It sounds to me like it's his identity as a gay man that you object to--to the camp aspect of his performance.

You seem disgusted that Adam has a sparkly microphone--if you can't even get over your prejudice enough to deal with a sparkly microphone, how can readers take anything you say about his actual performance seriously?

They shouldn't. Adam is at home on the stage; he's been performing since he was a kid. It's crazy to say that he's not comfortable, when so much of his success on Idol was due to how naturally he works a stage. And everyone who has ever heard him sing knows how beautiful his voice is, so your criticism of his vocals comes across as pretty ludicrous.

Basically, this a really transparent attack on Adam as a campy gay man, and I'm kind of horrified at it, but not surprised. I don't understand--why tear down such a good person, such a good performer, who clearly makes his fans happy? Because one thing is certain--your comments have nothing to do with the music.

Posted by: kizette000 | June 29, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

ouvan59

Exactly..comment on Satana

Posted by: rhi411 | June 29, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The reviewer's comment insinuating Lambert lacked control over his voice was one of the oddest in the review since the singer is especially known for his superb technique. Don't know what to make of this strange remark. (In addition, his confidence on stage is striking - he knows how good he is.)

Posted by: rraustin1 | June 29, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"Opening gay"...I thought he was reviewing the concert.

Posted by: rhi411 | June 29, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Lambert is known for being a screecher. His voice is shrill and offensive to the ear. Just because he can make those horrible sounds doesn't mean he should or that he is good. He's just a freak is all.

Posted by: Masterclass | June 29, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I suspect this Richards nobody is a repressed gay who wants to lash out at his own insecurities.

Posted by: WRONG2 | June 29, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

@Masterclass,
You're a bigger frickin' idiot than the frickin' idiot that wrote this crappy piece of homophobic spew.

Posted by: Kudzu1 | June 29, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The DDD Music Forums has ranked Adam #2
100 Most Technically Skilled Male Rock Vocalists. He beat out Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant. Vocalists are rated on their Technical Skill based on their prime ability by the following criteria.

Tier 1: Breath support, register switching, register blending, pitch, vocal runs, consistency throughout registers, volume control, vibrato control, sustain, and diction.
Tier 2: Projection, Resonance, Endurance, Range, and Versatility(Tonal/Stylistic, Technical).

For criteria breakdowns, each criterion from either tier is worth equal points. Influence and impact have no bearing on a singer's placement.

Here is the actual list:

http://forums.nutsie.com/viewtopic.php?t=18672

Posted by: mandy7 | June 29, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm getting the feeling you're not a big fan of Adam, huh? Well, I saw him in Baltimore on Sunday night and it was the best concert I ever saw in my whole life, which includes hundreds and hundreds of concerts. I feel sorry that you have such a closed mind that you are missing out on this history-making artist. He is here for your enjoyment, and yet you try to kill the songbird with your nasty and not even close-to-reality thoughts. You need to lighten up.

Posted by: mary47 | June 29, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm getting the feeling you're not a big fan of Adam, huh? Well, I saw him in Baltimore on Sunday night and it was the best concert I ever saw in my whole life, which includes hundreds and hundreds of concerts. I feel sorry that you have such a closed mind that you are missing out on this history-making artist. He is here for your enjoyment, and yet you try to kill the songbird with your nasty and not even close-to-reality thoughts. You need to lighten up.

Posted by: mary47 | June 29, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I cannot accept your opinion as it is ludicrous. Was the sound system too loud for you and put you in a bad mood. It is such a shame that you have so withered and are incapable of getting it or understanding the range and the greatness that is Adam's voice. This is not a review at all, but a hatchet job. You lost all credibility when you mocked Adam's voice. You want it checked! Have you lost your mind? His range and the quality of his voice is mind boggling. It is Unbelievable that you listened to Adam sing acoustically and rock and did not hear the quality and range. Next time you see Adam perform listen with an open mind to the greatest performer with the the most unworldly voice that can sing any genre. You sound like you had an agenda before you walked through the door. Your unreview sounded like you should be in a rocking chair, not at a rock concert!!!

Posted by: barbls | June 29, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to be that person, the one yelling and complaining about the article they didn't like. However, I just wanted to say that this was the first concert I have ever been to, and also the best night of my life. Adam Lambert means so much to me, and hearing biased views that turn people against him hurts. Sometimes one remark or one article can discolor something beautiful, and to me, that is sad. The only people reading this are Adam fans, so please, let us be happy.

Posted by: undefinable | June 29, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@Chris Richards, You've probably never had this much attention. That's what posting a negative, unsubstantiated review of an Adam Lambert concert will get you. I'm sure that's what you wanted. I personally couldn't care less what you have to say. I enjoy reading the readers' comments when an ignoramus such as yourself puts himself out there for Adam Lambert's fans to trash.

Posted by: MaryL2 | June 29, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Was not at this concert but saw him live in another venue and I have to agree with Chris on one point...he was
"incredibly fabulous"

Posted by: kterp101 | June 29, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe how one persons opinion on a show has turned into an outright attack. His hearing needs to be checked because he didn't like the show or doesn't like Adam Lambert? That is ridiculous. There are many that don't care for Mr. Lambert and not all need their hearing checked. Some would call it possibly having good taste. It's all only an opinion, which we all have. For these Adam fans to attack everyone that doesn't like him, is not helping anything at all.

As for those saying "his sold out shows"? Yes they may be considered sold out in that there aren't any tickets available for purchase at the box offices, but take a look at the Broker sites. There are a lot of tickets still for sale on those sites, which does mean there are empty seats in the venues. So technically the brokers are stuck with the tickets, but it does not mean that Adam has SOLD OUT his shows to his fans. If that were the case, the brokers wouldn't have a ticket left.

There are many artists (on and off American Idol) that have cleaned out brokers, no matter what the cost. Adam has not.

For the record, I'm not any hater (as many are called that don't think he's the next coming of God). I'm a long time concert goer, a music lover with very eclectic taste, and have seen many artists and bands over the years. Adam is just another one in a long line of singers that I do think will be fizzling out in time.

Posted by: LMDo | June 29, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

MaryL2

I think you hit the nail on the head...he said keep it coming.....he knew what he was doing.......Is anyone sure he works for WasPos....even if he didn't like the show...that's OK...but to say he has no vocal ability.....come on

Posted by: rhi411 | June 29, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

After attending last night's concert at the 9:30 Club, I was interested to see how the Washington Post would review the performances. Consider me one disappointed long-time Washington Post reader.

I expect music critics for major newspapers to have biases and preferences but to provide objective, insightful and accurate reviews for subscribers and readers. Your review of the Adam Lambert concert fails to meet, let alone exceed, professional standards. As the long list of comments evidences, your review failed on multiple levels. Perhaps you could try to improve your own performance before you critique others?

Posted by: Fairfax27 | June 29, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't usually suggest that critics be fired, but I think it might be warranted in this case.

I don't expect every music writer to love everything Adam does -- he's new at this and still learning himself and working at an exhausting pace, after all -- but this critic offered only shallow, snarky, ugly commentary rather than real music criticism. He far over-generalized and made fun of the fans as much as Adam.

He clearly came to the concert with a pre-determined mindset and a scoff at the people who love this performer (of which I am enthusiastically one). That angers me. The NY Times did not give Adam a glowing review, but did point out his strengths and his rough patches and his potential and I can respect that.

I'll be going back to the Times and other venues that respect the readers and fans more than does this jerk of a critic.

Posted by: Lorrae1 | June 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

it was painfull?!?adam's voice is one of the strongest and best voices in USA!!Obviously you dont know what a great voice is!you should be a SHAMED of yourself for writting such a hatefull review about a loving person like ADAM LAMBERT!! all u wrote up there is full of hate and lies...adam lambert have his own personality and style and we love that!!!so i cant understand why you are saying that!!he is the best and its YOUR LOST that you cant see that...

Posted by: glamours | June 29, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Lambert's fans seem so intolerant and insulting. Is it really that big a deal that one guy didn't like the show? I've heard his album isn't selling as well as expected and I can believe it given how defensive and over the top his fans are. Some of these comments are just hilarious, albeit unintentionally so.

Posted by: calgrl75 | June 29, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree with everything the reviewer says here, and I enjoyed the show anyway. Go fig.

Posted by: MaxineofArc | June 29, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree with everything the reviewer says here, and I enjoyed the show anyway. Go fig.

Posted by: MaxineofArc | June 29, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Since Mr. Richards is welcoming "spirited comments" and has asked us to "keep 'em coming" I will oblige in case he hasn't gotten enough attention today. I have to compliment this blogger on his writing craft. About Adam Lambert's show, he mentioned: thrusts and gyrations like MTV videos, skyrocketing vocals almost too powerful, shrieks of adulation from a diverse audience, clear enunciation, charm, affability, swaggering, Broadway-ready, and campy psychedelic vamp with lasers, sequins, and serpentine dance moves. Plus, there was an encore which indicates enthusiastic clapping. Then, he made it all sound like a bad thing. That takes skill. Hats off to you, Mr. Richards. Too bad you didn't enjoy the stellar show you just reported in your own words.

Posted by: agrimesy | June 29, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

LMD0 -- Here's my problem with what you wrote:

Of course individuals are free to dislike the type of music/performance that Adam provides. But music writers and critics are not just any blogger. They are there to review not based on their own likes and dislikes, but based on a knowledge of the very wide variety of music types, performance types, tastes and loves of the audiences.

If you hate country music, don't follow its trends or its history or its stars, don't respect its fans and where they're coming from, should you be reviewing it? A true professional should become knowledgeble and review objectively from outside your own biases. If fans love this, then why do they, even if you don't? What's going on here?

As a fan looking at reviews, I just ask for that respect from reviewers, not that they agree with everything I think. This critic writes as if we fans are all nuts/idiots, and that's what I object to.

Posted by: Lorrae1 | June 29, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Opinions are opinions, and to each his/her own. Adam and Adam fans, one opinion means nothing compared to the memories from last night that we will treasure forever. Don't let a string of words erase the stars from your eyes.

Posted by: undefinable | June 29, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This review is not only incredibly hateful and homophobic, but it is inaccurate. The fans at the SOLD OUT concert were indeed a great cross section of DC, but they cheered until they were hoarse throughout the concert. Facebook posts throughout DC are calling this one of the best performances people have seen in their entire lives. Richard's comments seem eerilie anti-gay. Perhaps it would be best if music critics were not themselves failed musicians unable to keep up with the times. Can't wait to see what he calls Lady Gaga when she comes to DC "way too flamboyant with funny hair". I recently reduced my Washington Post subscription to Sunday only; this has pushed me over the top to cancel my subsription alltogether.

Posted by: TomJinDC | June 29, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Lambert is known for being a screecher. His voice is shrill and offensive to the ear. Just because he can make those horrible sounds doesn't mean he should or that he is good. He's just a freak is all.

Posted by: Masterclass | June 29, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I just sent an email to Washington Post Customer Service, Reader Feedback and the Ombudsman complaining about Mr. Richard's biased review. I have put my home delivery subsription on hold until a retraction is posted. here are the email addresses:interactivity@washingtonpost.com, custhelp-wp@washingtonpost.com, ombudsman@washpost.com (ombudsman may be the most important of these addresses)
here is the text of my email:
I have put a vacation hold on my Washington Post Sunday subscription until I decide what to do after reading Chris Richards extremely biased, unfair, hateful and bordering on homophobic review of last night's Adam Lambert concert at the 9:30 club. Please see the more than 120 comments, mostly from incensed people who attended the concert, most of whom thought it was one of the best performances they had ever seen in their life. All bloggers are entitled to their opinions and a fair and honest negative review is always welcome, but this review is so clearly inconsistent with the views of nearly everyone that commented on the article, that it should be considered biased and unfair. A retraction should be posted and the right of Mr. Richards to blog on washingtonpost.com should be reviewed. Perhaps Mr. Richards should blog independently, but having his biased views posted on washingtonpost.com drastically reduces the credibility of your site. I have been a subscriber for 8 years and will likely cancel my subscription if some correction to this abhorrent review is not made.

Posted by: TomJinDC | June 29, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Chris Richards lacks talent as a reviewer. That's OK ... Adam Lambert is talent personified. His voice and sold-out shows are just the start of a wonderful career. I'm so glad I traveled from Winchester, VA, to witness his emergence on the music scene. This is his first headlining tour and clubs like 9:30 won't be able to book Adam in the future. I'm thrilled that I got to catch his act in this intimate setting. I predict he'll be in stadium-size venues in the years to come. Awesome Adam! Thank you for bringing such joy, fun and a wonderful show to DC!

Posted by: KarLee | June 29, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I believe bec215 should have written the review instead of the idiot who wrote it. This person actually made sense with their comments and is not an Adam fan.

Also, why are Adam fans criticized for their opinions while the naysayers can say whatever unfounded trash they want? We are not alike and I resent being lumped into a group. Fans have as much of a right to an opinion as non-fans.

My opinion - he was great. I hate him having such a negative review when he is just starting out. He is much more talented than Kesha, Katy Perry, or Miley Cyrus, etc. Cut him some slack.

Posted by: afan4 | June 29, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Poor Chris Richards. Poor thing. You sound old. Not in an "age" way or a good, old-and-wise way, but in a very stale and staid way. Very sad. I have a suggestion for you: Lighten up. Loosen up. Have a good time. Over the top is okay. That's what Adam Lambert is about. Flamboyant, colorful and fun, fun, fun. You seem like you could use some enjoyment in your life. And sorry, you should not be acting as a music critic if you are unable to appreciate Lambert's vocal prowess, even if you don't care for the style. Your obvious snarkiness noted. Lambert's voice is exceptional and for me, it's all about the voice. If you can't hear that, you're definitely in the wrong business. If you can't be objective, you shouldn't be a critic. It's easy to see you're the type of person who gets off on bringing other people down. If you are unable to feel the joy in a room filled with Lambert fans and that impeccable voice, sorry buddy, you're all dried up. Why don't you take your small mind and your small voice and go elsewhere where you feel more comfortable? You are not qualified to review this show.

Posted by: Sam78 | June 29, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I do love how the bigoted, biased and just plain ignorant try to hide their real reasons, motives and agenda behind failed attempts at appearing knowledgeable about music, singing and performance. It’s almost as hilarious as the article.


Masterclass
Written like a true Kris Allen fan. Carry on listening to the tuneless drone of the “winner” if you find that more pleasant.


LMDo
Should Adam Lambert’s fans be berated for refusing to fall into the trap of the scalpers? If you go on any Adam-related site or Adam-related thread on general sites, you will see that that is exactly what many of them have refused to do. Good for them. If only there were more like them. Also, if you care to compare the prices being demanded by the scalpers, you’ll see that the only ones being asked a higher price for are for established artists and in the case of the highest prices, those aren’t selling either.


Calgrl75
His album isn’t selling well? If Adam’s album isn’t selling well, what does that say for sales of the winner’s album that are at a quarter of Adam’s sales in America and practically non-existent outside of America where as Adam’s album, and singles, are gold, platinum and multi-platinum internationally? Even worse, what does it say for the prospects of this year’s winner and runner-up, neither of who are able to generate much public or media interest? As LMDo, please check your facts before commenting.

Posted by: candlelight | June 29, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"I don't usually suggest that critics be fired, but I think it might be warranted in this case."

You can't be serious. Apparently the only egregious violation of journalistic standards going on here is the fact he didn't shower the show with praise. Where did he personally attack Adam's fans? He mentioned how the audience ranged from young men to middle-aged moms, and barely spent two paragraphs on it. What on earth is offensive about that? Where is the supposed ugliness and hate you're up in arms about?

What I gathered from this review: Adam's show is pretty over-the-top; Richards didn't think he had the best control over his voice, though his voice is powerful; the audience was really into it. That's all. It's hardly Pulitzer Prize material, but there's nothing vitriolic about it. Yet from the way people are reacting, you'd think Richards said he had a personal vendetta against all of Adam's fans, they're idiots for enjoying the show, and oh yeah, by the way he's coming to torch your houses and eat your children. You're saying he should retract HIS PERSONAL OPINION. So anyone who didn't enjoy the show is not only delusional, but factually wrong?

Posted by: notindc1 | June 29, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

All in all, you have to laugh when detractors accuse fans of being all the things they show themselves to be in their posts - hysterical, obnoxious and downright rude.

Posted by: candlelight | June 29, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Chris: 'pop newbie who still doesn't sound completely sure of himself'
Paula Abdul: '[Adam] Never in the history of American Idol … have we ever seen someone so comfortable, seasoned'.

Chris: 'the 28-year-old belted almost every note as if blessed-slash-cursed with a superpower he's still learning to control'
Simon Cowell: '… the vocals were immaculate'

Chris: 'Lambert would often venture into timbres somewhere between nails-on-chalkboard and sneaker-on-basketball-court'
Kara Dioguardi: 'Your vocal technique and ability is outrageous… who has a range like that?'
- Actually, I do agree with Chris that there r some who consider Lambert's high notes as 'nails-on-chalkboard and sneakear-on-basketball-court'. These people are called 'tone deaf'. Since it's very rare n not many male vocalists in this world can achieve high notes, the tone deaf ones often mistake it as 'nails-on-chalkboard and sneaker-on-basketball-court'. For those who have musical ears, they know it's in the 4th octave. A very rare gift Lambert has indeed.

'User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site.'
- So how come the writer has't been removed? Oh, the 'rules' only apply to the users.

'Others stuck their fingers in their ears.'
- The writer should again be removed because he made a grammatical error here - while he was only implying himself, a singular noun 'other' should be used instead of a plural. But if the writer insists that plural is correct, then this would be the first time I've heard of people who stick their fingers in their ears in a concert they paid to attend. This is the first time I've heard of 'self-harm' concert goers. Self-harm is a symptom of borderline personality disorder affecting individuals with depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. It seems that one concert goer has one or more personal insecurities to settle.

This article proved to be contradicting, biased n perhaps ranked the most absurd one yet… So we see why one is among A-listers n collaborating with industry greats, while another is stuck behind his desk writing absurdity hoping to get more hits to his article.

Posted by: Cubic | June 29, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Adam has sold around 600,000 CDs since November which is not terrible but not great either. Kris Allen's sales have been pretty bad so far so if you want to compare Adam to that, then yes, he looks better. But if you go the other way and compare Adam to Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber or even Ke$ha then his sales don't look that great.

Posted by: calgrl75 | June 29, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who was wondering why Adam Lambert's obsessive fantards are the laughing stock of... well... everyone else, exhibits 1 through (I lost count) are above.

Seriously... this is only a small amount of the delusional and near-cultlike insanity brought to bear by the Glamtards on anyone who doesn't mindlessly bow down to the One True Adam.

Fortunately, the writer is safe because the Post is smarter than a bunch of middle-aged housewives and dreaming teenaged girls whose goal in life is to prove that Adam isn't gay by sleeping with him. Or, more realistically, by fantasizing about sleeping with him.

Adam Lambert is a decent singer and a very inexperienced performer who is trying to learn on the job. He's not helped by the level of spittle-generating idiocy generated by the Glamtards. Sadly, they don't realize how much damage they're doing to his career by making it impossible for anyone else to take him seriously.

One hopes that Lambert will survive his own fans. They're not going to make it easy, though.

Posted by: robster2001 | June 29, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"Sold Out" show. Yes while brokers may scoop up massive amounts of tickets, so do scalpers. When I see Stub-Hub at "0" tickets or under 10 I consider it a SELL-OUT. Both Rams Head Live and 9:30 Club were at "0" availiable by show day.

Many of Adams fans don't appreciate being used by the scalpers so they are waiting until the last minute to buy tickets. A week before show time the sellers get panicky and drop there prices to at least the original ticket price. Prime example.. go to StubHub and look at the Warfield event in SF in July(Friday venue). You will see tickets up to $1900 a piece for General Adamission(The Pitt). Right after tickets went on sale for the first Warfield show, on Stub-Hub there were 2 in Orchestrial seating at $7500 a piece. So before you say he doesn't sell out check it out! Tomorrows venue in Norfolk at the NORVA has 62 tickets left(96% sold-out), and the prices have come down finally. If I could get tomorrow off of work I would drive the 4hrs to see Adam for the 2nd time. That I feel is a testament of a successful artist(who would pay to go back).

Posted by: Pumpkin31 | June 29, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is all so entertaining. Why do Lambert fans always have to drag some other musician into their comments and disparage him/her? I only managed to read a few of these comments, but I saw other musicians put down multiple times when they hadn't even been brought up. So typical!

It's just an opinion. You seriously want to get the reviewer FIRED? Get over it!!

Posted by: jillian1 | June 29, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Opinions are one thing, but Chris Richards is a biased, tone deaf, homophobic idiot. I am not a glambert I'm 26, a newer fan and was at the concert with a 27 year old friend. Adam clearly knows his audience, he has a story to tell in his show, he brought the audience on a journey both visually and through his amazing tenor voice. He was pitch perfect, it may not be the style you prefer Mr. Richards, but no-one in rock/pop music in the last several decades can come anywhere near to Adam's vocal range and technique. If you listen to the words to most of the songs on his CD you'll see they are not insipid, if you think they are you truly lack soul. He has so many great messages to share in the majority of the songs and a few songs for dancing and partying together. Aftermath is anything but overly dramatic and is one of the most beautifully written songs I've ever heard and his acoustic performance absolutely breathtaking, as is soaked - no-one in pop music can come close to signing like that. He inspires many to love each other: pre-teens, teens, moms, gay, straight, a message we could all live by!!

Posted by: mmdsmmds | June 29, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I could sense the authors prejudice from the first sentence regarding "rainbow" lasers! I knew from that moment on that this author had a closed mind from the beginning! Why he felt the need to see the concert and review it is a wonder. Maybe he had the assignment and HAD to do it, but even still he could have come off a little bit professional if he put a little effort into it. This is a smear campaign attempt to inflict his narrow minded opinions on others hoping to hinder Adams success because HE is uncomfortable!

Posted by: majaha | June 29, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I have never signed up for something just to make a comment, and if this blogger (notice I didn't say journalist) is any indication of the crap that comes out of this paper, this will be the last time I read it. I have never read a more biased, bigoted, non-factual review in my whole life. You, sir, are an idiot. You have insulted everyone who went to this concert and thought it was amazing; you have also insulted Adam Lambert. You are obviously so out of your element and so uneducated as to anything about Adam that you should be embarrassed and ashamed. I'm embarrassed and ashamed for you. You have no credibility. None.

Posted by: soniajs | June 29, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I saw Adam in MN on one of his 1st tour stops and saw no one plugging their ears. To the contrary - the audience was in his grip from the moment he stepped on the stage. I also followed twitter-ers the evening of the DC concert. Fans were flailing and awestruck at this performance. His concerts have been sold out - that says it all.

Posted by: eltroguy | June 29, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Candlelight above says it best: All in all, you have to laugh when detractors accuse fans of being all the things they show themselves to be in their posts - hysterical, obnoxious and downright rude.

Posted by: eltroguy | June 29, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable that people are calling for a retraction to an OPINION. Demanding the Washington Post fire this guy is laughable. You crazies do realize that you are making Lambert the laughing stock of the business don't you? Keep it up and no one will post anything about him. Then where will he be? Oh right, poor Adam doesn't get any press. Wonder why anyone would write anything about him and put up with the crap Glamberts spew if they don't follow the party line. Sad. When did this country become somewhere where you could not have your own opinion. Keep it up. Claymates have nothing on you.

Posted by: kw4974 | June 29, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

First Adam Lambert have amazing voice and if you dont already heard that its your lost. He's gay? So, whats the problem to be gay? You dont like that gay guy's. You dont like Brodway? All his fans me include love his show. His sexy, he's beautiful inside & outside. He dont want a revolution like you want to tell us. He want a revolution just like to make a great life with all love and peace and exécution? What the heck? Do you check all the lyricks for another stars singer? Or You just make that because it is Adam Lambert the gay guy's? Adam just need us and his friends and familly he dont be attention to the peoples who just hate and hate. You dont love the peace? Adam and his fan's love peace so peace and love.

Posted by: WindyJocelyne | June 29, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

After reading these comments for the best part of the evening, I can say that the negative comments are mainly coming from people who really don't know Adam Lambert and haven't been to any of his concerts. Adam Lambert's fans are sincere and he appreciates his fans. Most successful artists today recognize that it is the fans that will help with success!! The fans come from all walks of life and that goes to show that Adam isn't one dimensional....his talent is bigger than that and his voice is the best of any artist coming onto the scene in a long time. Chris Richards is getting this reaction because he has incorrectly reported facts about the concert and this goes beyond merely stating an opinion. That's why Adam's fans are upset!!

Posted by: barbarasoth | June 29, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely believe that anyone who writes such a review proves to be unprofessional and should be fired.

Posted by: vlambertina | June 29, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Since when is giving your own perception "incorrectly reporting facts" about a concert. Not everyone sees things the same way. That is why it is called an OPINION. Sad that Glamberts are so insecure that they think that he will get 100% positive reviews. No one does that not even the artists you like to throw in everyones face...Elvis, Robert Plant, Freddy Mercury. Get real people. This is one man's OPINION. Your opinions, from my point of view are just as incorrect as the ones you complain about. No one is a perfect as "the rawk god" you all sing the praises of. That is my opinion and just because it is different than yours doesn't make it any less valid.

Posted by: kw4974 | June 29, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Who in the he** is this joker? What a waste of print. I understand that everyone has thier own opinion but like they saying goes, "Opinions are like a**holes and everybody has one." I would like to hear from the "Adam Fans" that put thier fingers in thier ears so as not to hear Adam singing. If it is so bad and he is so disliked then why are almost all of his shows sold out? Why would people who don't like his singing/performance pay to go see him and in the case of GA stand in line for up to 24 hours in advance? Mr Richards I hope for your sake you get laid soon so you won't be so jealous of Adam and the sexual performance that we, his fans love so much. Maybe you should find a more suitable topic to write about like maybe the differant jelly bean flavors or how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. It would better fit your intellect. My opinion of course!

Posted by: sgwhite9 | June 30, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I guess Chris can have an opinion as long as it agrees with Glamberts.

Posted by: kw4974 | June 30, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

I was looking for a professional review of last night’s concert, and was astounded when I read Cris Richard’s write-up. Is he a professional? He is writing for the Washington Post, not just a private blog, so I assume we are to take him seriously?

I attended the concert, front balcony, and had an excellent view of the audience. I was interested in reactions to Lambert’s music, so spoke to people in line before the concert, as well as after, as we left the venue. The sound system last night was not the best, although, in my opinion, not as unbalanced as at the Goldfrapp concert which I attended last week at the 9:30 Club.

In my opinion, Richards inaccurately described the audience and their reactions. Also, it would appear that he did not research Lambert before hand. Choosing one example out of many, he didn’t know the background of “Ring of Fire”, which was deliberately camp, exposed a cultural divide during American Idol, made many people Lambert fans forever, and others... well, not.

Also, Richards does not have the musical knowledge required to critique a classically trained, highly accomplished voice like Lambert’s. His “caterwauling”, as Richards described it, was thrilling to those of us with voice training who recognize passion combined with great vocal technique, including controlled vibrato on his highest notes.

OK, it’s a matter of taste as to whether one prefers Lambert or Bob Dylan’s voices (I enjoy both), but Chris Richard’s should not be reviewing a genre he doesn’t understand, and given his bias and snark, he should not be representing the Washington Post as a professional music critic.

I do hope that the Washington Post publishes an apology, explanation, retraction or something! This matters because Adam’s path in the U.S. is already difficult, given his sexuality. I’ve met many people who won’t even listen to Adam’s music because he is gay. I don’t want casual readers who have never heard of Adam Lambert and who don’t read comments, to assume that this review was written by a professional, unbiased reviewer for one of our premier newspapers.

Posted by: pardusmi1 | June 30, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Didn't you just know you were going to get all these long diatribes when you dared to criticize the glam god?

These fans are as OTT as Lambert.

I completely agree with your assessment of his style. He can have a good voice when he's not shrieking.

To each his own; some may like this spectacle (been there, done it before) but I find it rather funny.

Posted by: Randy110 | June 30, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

"Also, Richards does not have the musical knowledge required to critique a classically trained, highly accomplished voice like Lambert’s. His “caterwauling”, as Richards described it, was thrilling to those of us with voice training who recognize passion combined with great vocal technique, including controlled vibrato on his highest notes. "

So now you have to be "classically trained" to offer an opinion. Since when?

Posted by: kw4974 | June 30, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm in the minority here...but I didn't "get" him on Idol at all and all the lovefest from the fans who seems to be as the author stated, middle aged retired women and gays. His shrieking turns me off, and he should have considered a career in opera, because all the videos I've seen of his shows seems to be a merger of rock (Freddie Mercury) and opera (Liberace).

Posted by: Chicago48 | June 30, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I CAN NOT BELIEVE THE BIAS OF THIS REVIEW. MAYBE THIS REVIEWER SHOULD BE PUT ON THE ELEVATOR MUSIC CONCERTS. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO LIKE ADAM, BUT HE SHOULD BE TRUTHFUL. ADAM'S CONCERTS ARE A WONDER OF IMAGINATION, GREAT SINGING, AND BEAUTY. AND, AS FAR AS HIS FANS BEING MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN AND GAYS------DON'T ANY OF THE NAY SAYERS GET VH-1? ADAM IS ALL OVER IT, ALONG WITH OTHER YOUNG, POPULAR SINGERS. AND, I AM PAST MIDDLE AGE, NOT RETIRED, AND I LOVE ADAM !!!!

Posted by: eblount24 | June 30, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Caps don't make your point valid. It just annoys everyone.

Posted by: kw4974 | June 30, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Did we go to the same show? I was 2nd from the stage and what I heard was an amazing vocal performance. There were no ear stuffing,splitting, for me, not once. Adam's vocals are powerful but he controls them, that I know. I've seen the music biggies in my day but I have never seen anyone quite like Adam.

What I saw was a visual feast! He is a very beautiful man..no matter what he wears. He is having fun, doing what he loves and that def. comes thru. All of his stage chatter was charming to me. After all, we have to keep in mind he is only 28 yrs old. I think people forget that and forget what it was like to be his age. He is working it for all it's worth now and it's his dream..why does it bother people that his fans love him? That--I do not understand.

Posted by: sjsocon | June 30, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey kw4974
You don't like Adam Lambert. We get that.

I'm betting $1,000 you didn't see his concert. Those of us who did are unhappy with a review that is just so unbelievably shlocky that it has generated a lot of outrage.

And before you hit me with a "Glambert" label, I'm a (straight male) fan in a small way. I go to lots of concerts and have for 30 years, from Death Metal bands to Paul McCartney. Adam's concert was one of the better ones I've seen.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 30, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The funniest part is, Mr. Richards, that I did have my fingers in my ears for a few minutes. Why, other fans might ask? Because I discovered that putting your fingers in your ears makes the sound BETTER and more clear. The incredible volume in the 9:30 club causes a spread out sound. So, I was not trying to get rid of Adam's gorgeous voice, but instead trying to hear it more clearly.

Posted by: undefinable | June 30, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I was at the concert Monday night and was really shocked to read your review in my morning paper today. I loved the show, it was full of fun, glam and awesome vocals. I just don't understand how you could have been at that show and written that review. Total disconnect from my experience. The part about people putting their fingers in their ears? Wow, so wrong and so mean.

Posted by: xGinax | June 30, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I agree with everyone that has posted that the concert was absolutely AWESOME! But I do need to say how rude the crowd was. My friend who is 5 foot 3 with arthritic knees almost got crushed by the crowd. We were very upset by how rude the crowd was and how they didn't seem to have any compassion in their body. This was later confirmed to me right before Adam's set when I overheard a woman talking with a 9:30 club staff member how her 8 year old boy and his friends could not see the show because of adults that would not let them into the crowd to see. How mean can you people be! My friend did see that they got backstage passes or vouchers of some kind but seriously people...these are kids! I am almost certain that when Adam heard how these kids were treated, he was very upset that people who came to see his show were so cruel to kids who can't stand up for themselves.

Posted by: u_morris2006 | June 30, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree with everyone that has posted that the concert was absolutely AWESOME! But I do need to say how rude the crowd was. My friend who is 5 foot 3 with arthritic knees almost got crushed by the crowd. We were very upset by how rude the crowd was and how they didn't seem to have any compassion in their body. This was later confirmed to me right before Adam's set when I overheard a woman talking with a 9:30 club staff member how her 8 year old boy and his friends could not see the show because of adults that would not let them into the crowd to see. How mean can you people be! My friend did see that they got backstage passes or vouchers of some kind but seriously people...these are kids! I am almost certain that when Adam heard how these kids were treated, he was very upset that people who came to see his show were so cruel to kids who can't stand up for themselves.

Posted by: u_morris2006 | June 30, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

So for Dyneri and anyone else who doesn't like what Adam does and doesn't like what Adam's fans do........ Stay home and let his fans see his sold out shows. You are taking tickets that many of us would travel across the US and gladly use but didn't becuase his tickets are so hard to find. So please, for your sake and ours, stay home, watch reruns of I love Lucy(which I also love), and let those of us who do think the sun rises in Adam's ass use the tickets to enjoy what we believe is an incredible entertainer. We love our Adam just the way he is and love the show he puts on. If you don't like it then why are you even going to watch him? Jut so you can critisize him? Come on now. Give me a break. Stay away and then you won't have to cross paths with all of the fans who love hi and love what he does no matter how risque it gets.

Posted by: sgwhite9 | June 30, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is, thank goodness for youtube videos, so we are no longer dependent on biased and incomprehensible critiques like this one. Really, Mr. Richards, not ONE positive thing to say about Adam Lambert's performance? For some reason, this critic cannot be objective about this artist, and has lost all crediblity with me. His review contrasts sharply with the majority of reviews on this tour, and I would recommend that people do their own research rather than put their trust in this type of critic. Really, Washington Post, you can do so much better!!!

Posted by: angelraj | June 30, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I just bought the paper today since I saw Adam in it.......OMGOSHHHHHHH what!?? Were you even there?? I was right at the stage & what I heard was nothing like you described. So glad I am seeing the show several times!!
My husband & I are 40--well educated--have traveled all over the world & have seen plenty of NYC Broadway & Vegas shows.... Adam has so much talent, charisma, & stage presence! His show is absolutely AMAZING! One of the best I've ever seen! His voice is flawless. We both had the pleasure of meeting Adam & he is an amazing human being!
It would be nice to print a retract to your very NEGATIVE article! Please make it known when you do...I may actually buy another copy of the Washington Post.

Posted by: melissa6568 | June 30, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

melissa6568 - What did you guys do to get to meet Adam? I just have to ask in the case I ever get a chance :) Thanks, D

Posted by: dmcrayton | June 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Most winners & runnerups were selling out their concerts when 1st off idol at arenas, not just smaller venues. Despite the $$$ RCA has pumped into promo for Lambert, more than ever for any other, they are not getting a good return according to sources. Poor Kris Allen is not getting a fair shake. Soon the Sparkle Cows & Glamberts will move on. AI is now creating "disposable" idols. He is not a "once in a generation talent". Get real!!!

Posted by: karoleking | June 30, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"Hey kw4974
You don't like Adam Lambert. We get that."

Sorry to disappoint you but I never said I didn't like Lambert. His music is not my cup of tea. He has a good voice but he is also not the second coming. I was commenting on how Glamberts constantly attack someone's OPINION. Look up the word in the dictionary. Chris has a right to an opinion just as you do. Just because it doesn't follow along the Glambert party line is no reason to call him names and demand his termination or a retraction. Lamberts BSC fans are just unbelieveable. In Glamworld theirs is the only opinion that matters. Sad. Last I checked, it was still a free country and one can have a difference of opinion.

Once again perception is everything and no two people have the same perception. Apparently you don't get that. You also talk about bias. You have your own bias just as everyone does and it also clouds your perception. You see him as perfect and I don't. You just don't tolerate anyone not having the same perception as you. No I didn't go to the concert. As I said before his OTT circus show is not my cuppa. It's a shame because I did like some of his music, but the spectical his show is does nothing for me. JMO.

Posted by: kw4974 | June 30, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

All these people bashing Chris Richards for this review sound really ridiculous. I just read it (as someone who has no opinion whatsoever on adam) and it seems like a lukewarm review. His job isn't to be a fan boy of a band but to call it as he sees it. From his writing Chris seems like a huge fan of all genres of music and doesnt have an agenda for bashing a certain artist.

Secondly anyone trying to criticize Chris' solo project 'ris paul ric' as a means to say that he doesn't have a worthy opinion to review an american idol singer is way off base and has no sense of history of the DC punk scene. Chris's punk band Q and not U was the most popular/influential DC band of the last 10 years and is probably considered by most fans of the DC underground to be a top 10 DC rock band of all time.

Posted by: sivin1 | June 30, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I still think the critics who are saying negative things about Adam Lambert in the statements above, haven't been to a concert and really don't know much about Adam to even comment. When Chris Richards writes an article that is to describe the performance of an artist, it would be expected that he would write the truth and not make false statements like "Some fans put their hands over their gaping mouths. Others stuck their fingers in their ears." And throughout the review he characterizes Adam in a very negative way ..... is this to be an opinion or is it to be a review of a performance. I think there is a difference and there is a responsibility to be accurate. Sold out concerts, Vh1 top 20 music video, MMVA award, and it goes on....so there seems to be a real conflict that Chris Richards didn't have anything good to say in the review which is completely contrary to thousands of people who have attended the concerts. For those of you that don't like Adam or haven't been to his concerts....I don't see why you even want to take the time to join in this discussion!!

Posted by: barbarasoth | June 30, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"Sold out concerts, Vh1 top 20 music video, MMVA award, and it goes on....so there seems to be a real conflict that Chris Richards didn't have anything good to say in the review which is completely contrary to thousands of people who have attended the concerts."

So what. Lots of performers have sold out concerts, Vh1 top 20 music videos, awards etc. Lambert is not the first and he sure won't be the last. The problem is you think no one can have a different opinion of him. Just because 99 people love him the one that doesn't isn't wrong in his opinion just because the majority says he's the most perfect singer ever. Glamberts just don't get it.

Posted by: kw4974 | June 30, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris, it isoffensively misleading,to tell readers online that the audience found Adam's singing of Whole Lotta Love painful and put hands over their mouths and fingers in their ears. The Truth is that everyone was cupping their hands around their mouths to cheer for Adam, and those around them put their fingers in their ears because of the noise of the cheering. By ignorance, deliberate or unintentional, you have mislead readers and instead of giving a young artist the praise he earned, you have bashed his talent instead. And you did it on the web. Disgraceful, disgusting, ugly, petty, ignorant, disrespectful and close to libelous.

Posted by: virgocusp | July 1, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"Walking in the path of greatness"" impeccable""outstanding""incredible""always in the zone, man" "no one can beat that" "best performance of the night" that was the AI judges Simon,Paula,Randy,Kara's opinions of Adam's singing - never as this blogger wrote did any judge say "like nails on a blackboard or sneakers" etc. So how can a person write an article so far from the truth and get away from it. The Washington Post, Chris Richards. Let us " the black singer John Doe". Chris Richards ans some other writers need to evolve beyond the homophobic " openly gay singer John Doe". Our society will never see the whole person until we stop reinforcing small minded judgmentalism and intolerance in our media.(hello, Chris)

Posted by: ianaleah1 | July 1, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Guys dont get upset, Mr.Richards just voice his own opinion and it is just that.Mr.Adam Lambert has remarkable talent and this is why he has so many true fans ready to step in the fire for him.The articles are like laxatives -you take them when you need them and then you flush them out.We the fans of Mr.Lambert just accomplish something great together- with all the new opinions for Glam Nation we just wrote a diffrent article-positive and well deserve.

Posted by: Chionti | July 1, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the 'review'(fiction or stupidity?) by Chris - is that those who never heard Adam sing & are looking for an article about him at a concert will be mislead by Chris's asinine false and misleading review. Since it is regarding someone's talent which affects that person's career, Chris is so far out of line, he should, in my opinion, be relieved of his duties and get some rest, eat some sugar and grow a conscience. Envy has hurt him credibility.That is my opinion. Adam is an outstanding singer - this can be backed up by watching Adam Lambert at the 9:30 - on youtube, it will verifiy his great vocals and the response of the audience. See and hear for yourselves.

Posted by: ianaleah1 | July 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"The problem with the 'review'(fiction or stupidity?) by Chris - is that those who never heard Adam sing & are looking for an article about him at a concert will be mislead by Chris's asinine false and misleading review."

And if they read the comments, they will think what BSC fans he has and think why bother.

Posted by: kw4974 | July 2, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

kw4974 |

Please go away...........

Posted by: barbarasoth | July 2, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Chris Richards calls himself a "music critic." If he really cared about music, you'd think he'd want to write a review that accurately portrays Adam Lambert, his music, and his fans. Mr Richards could have saved us all a lot of aggravation if he had simply offered a five word sentence: I just don't get it. Of course, we can tell THAT from his "review" but a little honesty would have been nice (and maybe even earned our respect). Not to worry, Adam fans, NOBODY who reads this "review" will be put off from continuing to buy Adam's music and attend his concerts as his popularity hurtles into the stratosphere and beyond... and soon enough Chris Richards will be totally embarrassed and humiliated that he neither recognized nor appreciated that he was watching history be made.

Posted by: MollyJo | July 2, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Mollyjo..........very well said.

Posted by: barbarasoth | July 2, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!

I am so disgusted by this outrageously poorly written review that I will never read the Washington Post again unless you retract your distorted and biased comments. How unfortunate that such a great paper could actually employ such an unprofessional, biased writer. This review was so blatantly ridiculous that I am incredulous as to how anyone can call this a review.

A few people comment on here that Chris has a right to his opinion but that's not what a review is otherwise ANYBODY could write a review. A well thought out review is based LITTLE on opinion and more on SUBSTANCE: it is rooted in analysis, research and a knowing of the field you are reviewing. This author clearly demonstrated none of these qualities. This review was biased, showing no grasp or understanding of what he was witnessing, did not do his research regarding Adam or his music and clearly does not know the genre of pop, dance or the theatre music scene. On top of all this, he distorted the audiences reaction to suit his own biases. EPIC FAIL!!!

This depresses me to no end because newcomers to Adam's music may be turned away if they read this DIATRIBE in the paper and don't get access to the comments section here which describes a more insightful, thoughtful and accurate picture of Adam music and talent. These newcomers may be deprived of witnessing one of the most talented, inspiring and jaw dropping performers we have today and that would truly be a shame and unconscionable on your part for having contributed to this unforgiving deed...

Actually I am quite mortified for you and hope for your sake that you have a job that is secure cause I would find it quite shocking if any future prospective employer would give you a job after reading this painful absurd diatribe that you call a review.

Someone else in the comments section stated that you have been writing reviews for the punk-rock scene so its no wonder that you would FAIL to get who Adam Lambert is and what he embodies-so go back to the rock you crawled out from under and leave the rest of us alone to continue our love affair with this amazingly talented performer/singer/songwriter that is Adam Lambert in all his beauty, flamboyance and sexiness. An awe-inspiring man who sings like an angel and a fierce fiery God all in one!

Posted by: joylambskank | July 3, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!

I am so disgusted by this outrageously poorly written review that I will never read the Washington Post again unless you retract your distorted and biased comments. How unfortunate that such a great paper could actually employ such an unprofessional, biased writer. This review was so blatantly ridiculous that I am incredulous as to how anyone can call this a review.

A few people comment on here that Chris has a right to his opinion but that's not what a review is otherwise ANYBODY could write a review. A well thought out review is based LITTLE on opinion and more on SUBSTANCE: it is rooted in analysis, research and a knowing of the field you are reviewing. This author clearly demonstrated none of these qualities. This review was biased, showing no grasp or understanding of what he was witnessing, did not do his research regarding Adam or his music and clearly does not know the genre of pop, dance or the theatre music scene. On top of all this, he distorted the audiences reaction to suit his own biases. EPIC FAIL!!!

This depresses me to no end because newcomers to Adam's music may be turned away if they read this DIATRIBE in the paper and don't get access to the comments section here which describes a more insightful, thoughtful and accurate picture of Adam music and talent. These newcomers may be deprived of witnessing one of the most talented, inspiring and jaw dropping performers we have today and that would truly be a shame and unconscionable on your part for having contributed to this unforgiving deed...

Actually I am quite mortified for you and hope for your sake that you have a job that is secure cause I would find it quite shocking if any future prospective employer would give you a job after reading this painful absurd diatribe that you call a review.

Someone else in the comments section stated that you have been writing reviews for the punk-rock scene so its no wonder that you would FAIL to get who Adam Lambert is and what he embodies-so go back to the rock you crawled out from under and leave the rest of us alone to continue our love affair with this amazingly talented performer/singer/songwriter that is Adam Lambert in all his beauty, flamboyance and sexiness. An awe-inspiring man who sings like an angel and a fierce fiery God all in one!

Posted by: joylambskank | July 3, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

What people who are not familiar with Chris Richards, because they have not read The Washington Post on a regular basis, do not realize is his reviews are not taken seriously by his readership or anyone who knows his background. Chris is a rock star wannabe who never had success. It is sad that he took it out on Adam Lambert and most particularly his fans. Actually all those who attended the concert and have made comments here are much more accurate in what they have said. No need to get upset with Chris...do like Post readers do and just ignore him. As for you Chris: educate yourself a little regarding truly talented singers and read about the 100 Most Technically Skilled Male Rock Vocalists here http://forums.nutsie.com/viewtopic.php?t=18672 Adam is ranked #2 by those who know voices...Freddie Mercury was #3. Read about Adam's voice as discussed by experts within this thread and you might learn something and understand why so many people in the music business admire Adam's vocal talent.

The only comment you were perhaps close to accurate about was the cowbell reference. No way you could have understood that one as it is an inside joke between fans and Adam's band.

Posted by: nicoletrl | July 3, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

"kw4974 |

Please go away...........

Posted by: barbarasoth | July 2, 2010 8:57 PM |"

Last time I looked it was a free country and I can be here if I want. FU

Posted by: kw4974 | July 4, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

rkdc:
Given the Youtube videos of the DC show and comments on this blog it's fair to say this review is seriously lacking. Reviews should go beyond the writer's personal perspective. This one failed masterfully on that point.

Posted by: rkdc | July 5, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Wow, kw4974, what is your trip?! When your comments are based on sheer negative emotion rather than being informed, you lose all credibility...just like Mr. Richards with whom you have chosen to ally yourself. Your last post was a real prize that should have been removed. It never ceases to amaze me that people who don't like Adam Lambert keep wasting their time and ours by showing up in these blogs. When I don't care for an artist, I just don't buy his music. Case closed. I don't go out of my way to seek out a review- I use the term loosely in this instance -so that I can jump on it and dis the artist and his fans. I don't understand what kind of twisted thrill you are getting from this behavior and why you need it.

Posted by: MollyJo | July 5, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I may not like what you say but I will defend your right to say it.

Too bad Glamberts don't agree with letting someone express an opinion that is different from theirs.

Keep up the good work Chris.

Posted by: kw4974 | July 6, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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