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Coda: Courtney Love comes to town (her dignity doesn't), Adam Lambert fans defend their idol

courtney loveIt was the week of Courtney here at Click Track. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

So ... anything interesting happen around these parts this week? We're finally recovering from the double whammy the 9:30 Club's presented at the beginning of the week. First there was the now-infamous Courtney Love/Hole trainwreck on Sunday night. We can pray that the iPhone video shot by Lisa turns up somewhere, someday. Or pray that the footage was immediately destroyed. One of those two. The next night Adam Lambert played a sold-out show, Chris Richards give a lukewarm review and all hell broke loose. Let's just say that Lambert fans really stand up for their man. The week was really all about those two reviews, though we also found time to predict some bands for FreeFest, try to figure out Lauryn Hill's comeback, catch some Wavves and pick some favorite albums of 2010 so far. See you next week - happy Fourth of July!

By David Malitz  |  July 2, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Coda  
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The info in Chris Richard's article was so far off base-THAT- is what was so valid a reason for all the comments. Watch the videos from Adam's concert at the 9:30. Outstanding singing- not as Chris wrote -"nails on a blackboard" etc. All the judges on AI praised Adam's singing, not as Chris implied. There were no "moms in the "openly gay singer jon doe" The media should lead the way in the right direction which is not the way Chris Richards took. I would not mind if he had critized Adam's singing at the AMA, but Adam's singing was pitch perfect at the 9:30 and Chris stated otherwise. Adam's singing has been as flawless as a singer can be except for one song in Nov of last year. If anyone who has never heard Adam sing read Chris's review, that person would never be interested in hearing one of the most exciting and besr 'rock' singers since Freddie Mercury. Thusly, Chris's article is not taken lightly and we fans know it and we fans also know 'silence speaks consent'- therefore, when appropiate to disagree with a blogger, we definitely shall. And Chris's article, in my opinion, was snarky, unprofessional, poorly written, erroneously reviewed, and insulting, misleading, and fiction. There, now that is a review of the reviewer.

Posted by: virgocusp | July 2, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

In my comments, I meant to say "no moms in Crocs" Please, was he/she even there ?
Also: as a fan wrote. We no longer are racist saying "the black singer jon doe" and we can stop saying "the openly gay singer jon doe" Adam is a WHOLE PERSON, not just his sexual orientation. He is personable, witty, intrepidly honest, articulate, intelligent, gay, confident, stylish,and talented. Which reminds me, unlike what Chris wrote, Adam is confident about his singing and performances. okey dokey-got that off my chest. It is what it is.

Posted by: virgocusp | July 2, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Adam Lambert's fans think that no one should be allowed to say they don't enjoy Lambert's singing. But if Lambert is as great as they keep trying to convince us he is, what difference does one bad review really make? Citizen Kane is probably considered the best American film ever made but I'm sure there's a critic out there that doesn't like it. So what? Simon Cowell himself didn't like Adam's performance of Ring Of Fire and said so in no uncertain terms. His critique of the performance was much tougher than anything the Post reviewer wrote. Does that mean the performance was bad? No. It just means Cowell didn't like it.

As for the "moms in crocs" issue, unless virgocusp checked the footwear of every single person at this concert I don't see how he/she can make a blanket statement saying that no one was wearing crocs. In fact, one of Lambert's supporters admitted in her comments that she wore her crocs and glitter "proudly". This would seem to indicate that the reviewer was correct and there was at least one female human organism there whose shoes of choice for the evening were crocs.

Posted by: calgrl75 | July 2, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@Virgocusp pointed out-it is not a negative review that fans were complaining about- it was the fact that the blog was filled with false misleading information. If people cup their hands around their mouths to make a megaphone when cheering and their seatmates put their fingers in their ears because of the loud cheering and Chris says it was due to Adam's awful singing - do. you. understand. now. why. we. are. angry. It is an outstanding singer being falsely bashed and going out onto the web. Blogging that the AI judges kept Adam's 'nails on a blackboad'( NEVER SAID BY JUDGES ) in check _when the fact is they all complimented Adam as outstanding. Simon even said on national tv that AI was created to find someone with the talent to be an international superstar and they found it in Adam. Again, Chris made it look otherwise than the truth. As for Adam making geeky banter ok- no problem, he does do that between sets at (;30 and no fan complained about that negativity. But we all have the right to complain about all the falsehoods in the article and it is the falsehoods that were pointed out, not the negativity of the article. There is a hugh difference. We do not mind if someone says they don't like Adam's vocals etc, but to say a great singer sounds like sneakers on a court or nails on a blackboard and passes it off as if it will stand does not work. We have brains. A lot of us are well trained in music ourselves. And we know the difference between an objective critique and a undeserved bashing in order to appear clever. No thanks. To say nothing is to give consent to falsehood. So, a considerable number of fans spoke up, as is right and responsible. It is okay to hate someone's singing, not your taste, but it is not okay to mislead others in thinking a great singer was not liked or appreciated by judges who actually supported him and praised his talent.

Posted by: martha926 | July 2, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Good thing it takes fans to make a singer successful. No one could write a review that would discourage me from wanting to experience the likes of one Mr. Adam Lambert first hand. The YT videos of his performances on Glam Nation tour speak more loudly than anyone's opinion. Adam is amazing. Mr. Richard's review was obviouslly biased for some reason.

Posted by: walton3 | July 3, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you @walton3, I wasn't a big fan of Mr. Lambert, but I was told repeatedly by his fans that I need to hear him live. Upon following the advice, I fell head over heel for his voice. I'm a music fiend who studied opera for years, and very particular and critical of today's pop/rock singers. However, Mr. Lambert's live voice is one not to be missed. So rich, supple and plentiful... LOVE, LOVE... The recordings do not do justice. And top of that, his most powerful stage presence and theatrics... He's one of the most original performer I've seen in decades. I'm putting all my money on him to become next whatever. This man is a great entertainer!

Posted by: worldtraveler3 | July 3, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

After having read all the reviews of Adam's tour dates I've seen criticism of his theatrics, costumes or makeup, but never his voice. That's the one thing that cannot be denied. You may not like him, but to say his vocals are bad is just not believable. Those of us who are fans know better! Richards was obviously biased against him going in and it showed in his review. I saw Adam last summer on the AI tour and his voice live is AMAZING. Can't wait to see him this year on his Glam Nation Tour!

Posted by: kristina7 | July 3, 2010 6:57 AM | 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 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.

The 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 | July 3, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Of course some people won't like Adam's music, we're all different and certainly entitled to our opinions but.....Mr. Richards wrote a review and should be impartial and keep his personal opinion out of the article and write as the "professional" he's suppose to be. That was my problem with his review. No one can say Adam has no vocal ability and be's just a false statement.

Posted by: carrd49 | July 3, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The goofbox that wrote the piece on Adam Lambert should be fired for being stupid, if being stupid is a fireable offense. In his efforts to be cute and cutting edge, he hit 100 on the stupid meter.

Posted by: Kudzu1 | July 3, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

loved to read most responses, esp. @cubic

As a massive Adam's fan, Chris Richard's negative review no longer bothers me - Mr. Richard is tone-deaf, he really can't tell if Adam's a good singer.

Posted by: magm65 | July 3, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Voted #1 Artist Of The 2009 by Rolling Stone and now ranked #2 - moving Freddie Mercury to #3 position - by the DDD Music Forums rating their Technical Skill not influence or impact, Adam Lambert can slide along his incredible multioctave vocal range in perfect pitch. He also can stop anywhere along his register and sing in any one key without his voice cracking, which is very hard for a singer to do, and takes a lot of practice. Add to that, Adam can sing what is called falsetto in "full voice" - falsetto is weak but Adam sings his falsetto in 'full voice'- something not done since Freddie Mercury did it decades ago.
Chris Richards should consider retiring so he can lie on the sofa and listen to Gucci Mane and Bob Dylan (see 'about the bloggers)
Just 'because' I'd like to mention that when Stephen Speilberg won the award for all his work for the ADL, the Anti Defemation League, Adam Lambert was asked to attend as a presenter. On TV, it showed a reporter talking to Speilberg and his daughters about the win. Speilberg's daughters told reporter that their dad was more excited about meeting Adam Lambert than winning the reward. Chris Richard's "openly gay" singer is not only appreciated for his enormous talent, but also for his inner strength, grace, courageous honesty. If you have seen any interviews with Adam, you will notice that he never blames, never makes excuses, never complains,lucky for Chris. Washington Post might wisen up though and get a credible reviewer.( Gucci Mane and Bob Dylan, hmmmm ! )

Posted by: puddiwuddi | July 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, it looks like you misspelled finally. Or did you?

Posted by: Lissyy | July 3, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that delusional Lambert fans badgered Mr. Richards simply for offering a bad review of Lambert's concert is sorely missing the point. Mr. Richard and Post editors, if I were you, I really would not dismiss ALL comments as simply crazy fans going nuts.

I was there at the 930 club for this concert. Personally, I completely respect the right of a reviewer to give a negative review. However, I had at least three problems with Mr. Richard's review:

1. He says "the 28-year-old belted almost every note as if blessed-slash-cursed with a superpower he's still learning to control" and that his timbre was like "nails-on-chalkboard." That is just blatantly inaccurate. Lambert had superb control over his vocals at the concert. You may say his type of singing is not your preference - I respect that - but the statement "nails-on-chalkboard" clearly implies a lack of vocal technique/pitch. Nothing can be farther from the truth and misleading for your readers. IMO the reviewer left objectivity at the door in favor of snark.

2. The last line states that fans stuck their fingers into their ears when hearing Lambert's Whole Lotta Love, implying very clearly that it was out of dislike for the vocals. This generalization was most probably inaccurate. Fans love Lambert's vocals - that is why they go to his concerts! The sound system at the 930 club was so loud that the sound quality was actually better when wearing ear plugs/covering your ears.

3. All these comments "rainbow lasers"... "openly gay." Yes, I realize this is not overt homophobia, but it is the kind of "wink wink nudge nudge" prejudice that I would have thought a respected Washington Post writer knew better than to display.

All in all, I was just severely disappointed with the quality of the writing, not of the review. It was not what I have come to expect from the WaPo.

Posted by: raluca_nem13 | July 3, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I want to verify the comments posted by ' Pudiwuddi". The DDD Music voted rock vocalists for technical skill, not popularity,influence or impact. Two tiers included the following:projection, resonance,endurance,range,versatility, breath support,register switching, register blending,pitch,vocal runs, consistency throughout registers,volumn control, vibrato control,sustain, and diction.
There were 50 artists included in the rating. The rating, now updated, has #1 Jackie Wilson, #2.Adam Lambert #3 Freddie Mercury. Others on the list include Steve Perry, Michael Kiske, Robert Plant,Meatloaf at various positions.
That is info that is objective about a singer talent- as for the concert- that is a different issue. I watched videos of the concert - heard excellent singing by Adam Lambert and a h of a lot of cheering, screaming, shouting,clapping by the audience. It does not match the review given by Chris Richards. So much for credibility of Washington Post.Good to know.

Posted by: ihcsedar | July 3, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

@ martha926 (posted July 2, 2010 11:02 PM) Ditto, You SAID IT ALL !! That is exactly what we fans are objecting about !! Please everyone read Marthe926 comments !

Posted by: julia7 | July 4, 2010 4:54 AM | Report abuse

DAVID,Your are Wrong. Fans complained about the FALSE info, MISLEADING info in the article not the "lukewarm" review you claimed was the problem. Does anyone who blogs for Washington Post have a functioning brain ? Read all the comments made by fans about Chris' review - pay attention - you will understand why your byline is wrong. Thanks.

Posted by: leahiana1 | July 4, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I notice Washington Post kept Chris's Bullstinky article online but closed comments -so we can not point out the errors. Therefore new readers who do not know anything about Adam's talent will read Chris' misleading crap and that affects the career of a breaking new artist. Washington Post is not ever to be trusted since they do not vet their writerrs or don't hire credible ones. Chris should be fired in my opinion and I am entitled to my opinion.

Posted by: leahiana1 | July 4, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

All of this fan bashing really makes me laugh. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. Many of Adam's fans are from the days when the Eisenhower types looked down their noses at us hippies. We praised and held in high regard those who were true to themselves in those days. Those who had something positive to offer the world were our heroes.

Our music (highly criticized in its heyday) was thought provoking, inventive and, in many cases, pitch perfect. Now, it is considered to be classic but, back in the day - not so much. Especially critical of it was "the establishment."

In the 60's & 70's we did not sit back and let those with viewpoints that philosophically opposed our opinions, go unchallenged. We spoke up through our music, our actions, and our prose. And now it is expected that those of our genre ignore and permit vitriol to be spewed forth? Oh please - not on your life!

Adam Lambert embodies the ideals of another time. His courage, bravery and sensibilities are resurrecting values that heretofore had been lying just under the surface of the complacency around us. He is polarizing, that's for sure.

So, I am proud to be a defender of Adam. His fans are constantly being provoked and when they take a stand, they are then ridiculed. It's okay - many of us have already gone down that road. And, we are happy to be joined by the many free spirits who wish to unite with us.

To deny Adam's vocal ability is ludicrous. Even my daughter, a musician, a huge fan of Indie Rock who abhors dance music has been to 3 Glamnation concerts. She readily admits that he has a voice and a stage presence that is unmatched.

Chris Richards, my message to you is: opinions count but facts count even more.

Posted by: Star7 | July 4, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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