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adam lambertAdam Lambert fans saw Monday's concert different than we saw it. To put it mildly. (Evy Mages/TWP)

It's been an exciting 48 hours on Click Track, with our reader comments sections going completely coconuts. You guys got pretty fired up over our reviews of Courtney Love and Adam Lambert, both who graced (disgraced?) the 9:30 Club this week. But for those readers who don't have time to trudge through the sluice of vitriol, we've culled some of our favorite excerpts. Plenty of Hole-hating below. Check out our readers' defense of Lambert after the jump.

Comments from yesterday's Hole concert review:

garyr2: You can find videos on the internet of people eating feces. They are not forced to do that. They like it. That's what they want. Going to a Love show is like eating feces for feces-eating people.

pjkiger1: Personally, I'd rather pay $45 to see Courtney Love have a psychodrama on stage than read another ponderous review by David Malice, or whatever the [----] his name is. This guy's prose is so excruciating that the CIA probably plays podcasts of him reading his articles to prisoners at Guantanamo.

HughJassPhD: All of a sudden Yoko doesn't seem so bad...

atietze: The Senator reason for her being so late; I almost puked on that one after eating the 9:30 club Macho Nachos because I was waiting so long.

Comments from today's Adam Lambert concert review:

karen57: 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.

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

alan29: 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.

hotmud: His energy, his band and dancers, my fellow fans' energy - what a great love bubble! I wear both my Crocs and my glitter proudly.

curtb: 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.

By Chris Richards  |  June 29, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Adam Lambert, Courtney Love, Hole  
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Adam Lambert has a great voice but he can get a little ear-splitting in the higher register. He goes for too much sometimes. I'm sure you probably gave a fair review but don't expect middle-aged, croc and glitter-wearing Glamberts to think so.

Posted by: calgrl75 | June 29, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@calgrl75: I am not middle-aged, croc or glitter-wearing. I am a 28 year old H&M- wearing grad student. I was at the Adam Lambert concert last night and it was one of the best concerts I've been to in a while at the 930 (right up there with Thievery Corporation, although very different). The energy was amazing. I abstained from commenting to the initial Post review because I did not want to give any creed to Mr. Richards, who clearly went into the show with his own anti-glam rock, anti-rock wailer biases. I wish he had gone in with an open mind.

You say "I'm sure you probably gave a fair review." I suggest you go to an Adam Lambert show and make your own judgment. After my experience with this review, trusting Mr. Richard's opinion is not something I will do in the future.

Posted by: raluca_nem13 | June 29, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Ultimately a review is just one person's opinion. I'm always curious about other people's views but I never worry too much about what others think of the music I like. If I like it, then that's enough. I also fully realize that not everyone is going to think it's good, which is a point that seems to be eluding many in Adam's fan base. After reading the comments of Adam's fans, many of them seem rude and borderline delusional which doesn't exactly make me want to rush out and buy tickets to one of his shows even though I do enjoy his CD.

Posted by: calgrl75 | June 29, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree that a review is just one person's opinion, and I am not in the least delusional that everyone should like Adam Lambert's music. But I will say that Mr. Richard's review seemed particularly vitriolic, in a way that was gratuitous, in my opinion.

Eh, it doesn't ultimately matter, I was merely stating that I will not trust Mr. Richard's opinions on music anymore, which - again - is a personal choice I am making. I will also say that while the internet often brings out the crazy in people, Adam's complete fan base (which does not necessarily post online) is probably as sane or as crazy as any other fan bases out there (did you see Lady Gaga's?). IMHO a fan base being passionate about an artist is most of the time a good problem to have. I will stop with my musings now. :)

Posted by: raluca_nem13 | June 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought DC was a little more with it. I know Adam Lambert isnt for everyone....okay. But that review.... really? The writer of the Lambert review maybe should team up with the program director of DC's 99.5, who said on an internet program that he wanted to "punch Adam Lambert in the face." They could form a homophobe club together and prove how backwards this area is, much to my surprise.

Posted by: cookiebr7 | June 29, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

has anyone checked out Mr. Richard's weak music videos - can't even remember his name on youtube - anyway, listen to HIS music and you understand why he didn't get Adam - ha, at least somewhere in his snarkiness he had to admit that Adam has a superpower - be it "blessed or cursed".

Posted by: starrylynx | June 29, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Mr. Richards has certain music genres neatly defined in his mind. As an artist Adam Lambert doesn't "fit" these preconceived notions. Adam is a study in contradictions. He has rock star swagger but is obviously well-raised and polite. His music is standard pop but when performed live contains everything from rock wails to jazz improv. His voice is operatic and theatrical but also, especially in his acoustic sets, warm and intimate. He is gay and wears eye liner but is an alpha male on stage. His audiences are amazingly diverse__teenagers to senior citizens. He shares his love of dressing up and partying with everyone. I can see that this is all very confusing to Mr. Richards. His convoluted review totally misses what the audience heard and enjoyed last night.

Posted by: aussie57 | June 29, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Okay, check out Ris Paul Ric @9:30 Club on youtube - this is our now infamous WP dis & slam reviewer of Adam - his attempts will tell it all - sorry, but you won't hear the roar of the crowd!

Posted by: starrylynx | June 29, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

It looks like this comments page will also need its own highlight reel.
Malitz really is not a bad guy no matter how wrong he is about My Bloody Valentine.

Posted by: azaghal1981 | June 29, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Opinions are one thing, but Chris Richards is a biased, tone deaf, homophobic idiot. Maybe your jealous that he's sexy as hell! 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 last night was absolutely breathtaking, as is soaked - no-one in pop music can come close to signing like that. He inspires many to love and accept each other:preteens,teens,moms,gay,bi,straight, a message we could all live by!

Posted by: mmdsmmds | June 29, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Q and not U > Adam Lambert >>> Fake Accents

Posted by: M__N | June 29, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

This reviewer has the singular honor of being the first critic, blogger or interviewer I've read to show disdain for Adam Lambert's voice. Since I am not an avid fan, but I did attend one of Mr. Lambert's concerts (and have a sister who attended in DC), I find the image of fan's putting their fingers in their ears -- the image with which the writer closes his piece -- enough to make me believe that his professional opinion is anything but. I always appreciate the merits of a good review, even when the writer disagrees with my personal taste. But this critic seems so out of step with his subject that he demonstrates a complete deaf ear (not a valuable quality when trusted with writing a music review).

Posted by: Jordan10 | June 29, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't like that you put Courtney Love and Adam Lambert in the same article.Love disgraced and Adam graced

Posted by: robi2 | June 29, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

@calgurl75 - You should be ashamed and embarrassed about your comments regarding Adam's "borderline delusional" and "rude" fans. Whom, exactly, do you think you are? You obviously have a preconceived bias against Adam, so don't sit and tell the fans who have seen him from the beginning, seen the exceptional talent he has, and seen the amazing, humble personality we all love that we are borderline delusional. We are, merely, more educated and culturally aware than you are. I wonder if your screen name signifies the year you were born. Your immaturity is appalling. You will someone be eating your words.

Posted by: soniajs | June 30, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

As an addendum to my previous post, I also find that the majority of bashers fall into three categories: homophobes; fans of other
"Idols" who have not been as successful; men who are threatened by the way woman go crazy over this fabulous gay man. If you even try to say Adam does not have an incredible, unbelievable, once-in-an-era voice, you have no credibility and are laughable.

Posted by: soniajs | June 30, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

In summary: Adam is perfect and everyone else is just jealous, nyah nyah nyah nyah. Pray for the people who dare speak a word against him, for they're part of an organized conspiracy too malicious and stupid to see the light. May God strike them down for being the tone-deaf, homophobic, insecure, uneducated commoners I always knew they were. They're ugly, too. And they probably smell.

Posted by: notindc1 | June 30, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Not one person who saw Adam's concert has written in to agree with the reviewer.

Not one.

The review is just so diametrically opposed to the experience of the concertgoers that one has to wonder if Mr. Richards actually went to the show, or just phoned it in.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 30, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Y'know everyone needs to step back and think about the lessons of a dude with long brown hair and crazy ideas about peace and love who was a bit ahead of his time.

Bo Bice.

Posted by: M__N | June 30, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I loved Bo. Good dude, too bad about his health problems.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"Not one person who saw Adam's concert has written in to agree with the reviewer.

Not one."

Why would they subject themselves to the BSC Glamberts. Can't blame them. Unless you polled absolutely everyone that went to the concert, you don't know what they thought of his show.

Posted by: kw4974 | June 30, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Chris Richards wrote the review this way because he needed the attention? I guess it worked.
The comment above is true.....not one person who has been to an Adam Lambert concert and has taken the time to comment agrees with Chris Richards...even a little.
That's why there is this outpouring against the review. When something is totally this review....then it isn't time to be silent.
Chris would be honorable of you to explain yourself a bit on why you wrote the review the way you did including the reason you had to include unnecessary negative descriptive comments and including false statements "fingers in their ears" for example.

Posted by: barbarasoth | June 30, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"it would be honorable of you to explain yourself a bit on why you wrote the review the way you did including the reason you had to include unnecessary negative descriptive comments and including false statements "fingers in their ears" for example"

How do you "know" that the "fingers in the ears" statement is false. Were you standing next to Chris? Could you see everyone that was at the concert? It would be "honorable" if Glam fans would allow someone to have an opinion of their own without attacking them. Just because Chris doesn't agree with you DOES NOT MAKE HIM WRONG. Get over it.

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

Mr. Richards has a right to his opinion of course, but it seems as if he spent most of his article bashing Adam, not reviewing him.
I was there and I do agree that the bass level was very loud at times, but it was Orianthi's set that was the most ear-splitting. As for the fact that Adam seemed to be less than sure of himself, I think Mr. Richards needs to understand that Adam likes to feel his way through each concert, and give each venue a different show. Yes, a lot of his words are campy, Adam admits that, with tongue in cheek, and he is the last person to take himself too seriously. Adam will change and mature as time goes by, he will be more controlled and confident and hopefully will retain an air of flexibility, which is unusual these days.
But my love for Adam and his music will always grow, because I love who Adam is as a person,(I have listened to and seen nearly all of his interviews,) as well as his stage persona. I only wish that the next time Mr. Richards goes to one of Adam's concerts he will loosen up a little and not take himself so serious!

Posted by: earthstarr32756 | June 30, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Proof that either the Washington Post blogger was not really at that concert or he is absolutely tone deaf. He was spot on with the sequins though, so I have to go with the latter... or could it simply be hate?

Posted by: karen57 | July 1, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

I got the definite impression that Chris Richards was living in a cave for a loooong time, and this was his first concert since Pat Boone. He was blinking and looking around in disbelief at how things have changed. His eyes and ears were assaulted. Instead of being honest and saying "I just don't get it," he wrote a review- I use the term loosely -that completely misinterpreted Adam Lambert, his music, and his fans. Why? Because he had to write SOMETHING. It's his job. The travesty is that whether or not people agree with a critic, they rightly expect that someone who does this for a living knows what's going on. That did not come across in this article at all. Fortunately for Adam, his fans will not be deceived.

Posted by: MollyJo | July 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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