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QUOTE(Silvia @ Dec 6th 2010, 9:29 PM) *

LP, can I adopt Lucas? grin.gif

They both look gorgeous! Love the pics wub.gif


LP or LB?


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QUOTE(Little Bee @ Dec 6th 2010, 4:41 PM) *

LP or LB?
You want to adopt Lucas? I think he has lots of surrogate aunties these days. w00t.gif

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I love the pic of Lucas and Adam, so cute!
All your pics and vids are fanatastic always LB huggy.gif
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QUOTE(LadyLondon @ Dec 6th 2010, 10:04 PM) *

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I love the pic of Lucas and Adam, so cute!
All your pics and vids are fanatastic always LB huggy.gif
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Thanks LL wub.gif

I will try and PM you tomorrow, we have so much to catch up on after me stupidly missing you at the shows. blushing.gif

Or maybe a phone call would be a better way to catch up a bit?


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QUOTE(Little Bee @ Dec 6th 2010, 4:41 PM) *

LP or LB?
You want to adopt Lucas? I think he has lots of surrogate aunties these days. w00t.gif


Ooops haha.gif

Your kid RAWKS!!! grin.gif

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QUOTE(Little Bee @ Dec 6th 2010, 12:19 PM) *

London M&G pics are up. Here is Lucas' one.

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What gorgeous guys! w00t.gif wub.gif and how in the world did you get to coordinate their outfits..love the black and shades of gray and the turquoise hat band..just perfect thumbsup.gif

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I really didn't. haha.gif

Lucas had already decided that for this show he wanted the clothes he was wearing. The waistcoat had been all the way to the States and worn at San Diego and this was going to be the last wear before adding it to a Glam Nation board he wanted in his bedroom.

He forgot to take his hat (the silver glitter top hat) with him and left it in the car so at lunchtime we walked up to the shops to see if we could get a replacement and he saw this black one and wanted that.

So we were waiting in the bar for Adam to come through to M & G and then he walked in like that. Lucas was so excited - "Adam has got the same hat!" was all he kept saying. original.gif



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QUOTE(Little Bee @ Dec 6th 2010, 5:19 PM) *

London M&G pics are up. Here is Lucas' one.

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Oh my God, how cute is that! Love it! Lucas is like Adam's mini me! Love the hat story LB, Lucas must have been so excited!

The usual suspects, shall we try and arrange a meet up before Christmas takes over? Shall we park ourselves in a cosy pub for Sunday lunch which turns into a boozy dinner? grin.gif (I think I might have stolen that idea from Flyte! haha.gif )

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Oh my God, how cute is that! Love it! Lucas is like Adam's mini me! Love the hat story LB, Lucas must have been so excited!

The usual suspects, shall we try and arrange a meet up before Christmas takes over? Shall we park ourselves in a cosy pub for Sunday lunch which turns into a boozy dinner? grin.gif (I think I might have stolen that idea from Flyte! haha.gif )



Sounds good to me but will require some serious planning to juggle around Lucas' football and pantomime rehearsals. He is usually finished by around 2ish so if we could make it a late lunch that should be good for me.


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LB, how lovely is that pic of Lucas and Adam?, it's just the sweetest thing ever !

I finish work next Friday forever !!. Well, maybe not forever, but for a good few months anyway, so I'm totally up for a pub, dinner whatever the afternoon holds !!.

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Adam leaving Shepherds Bush by me


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LECFm1GxATY

See LL, Flyte and Kitten - while you were all in the pub, in the warm, having a drink I was out in the cold to get this for you all.....don't you feel sorry for me???


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QUOTE(Little Bee @ Dec 6th 2010, 12:19 PM) *

London M&G pics are up. Here is Lucas' one.

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OMG so adorable I wanna squeeze them both.. wub.gif huggy.gif


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Voodoo & FYE

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Here's my review of the London concert that I wrote for my blog. You can view it with the playlist and photos here http://bit.ly/ALOGNLon or just read the text below.

WARNING: very long

A Glam Nation virgin up until then, this was the concert that exploded my cherry. I managed to rush back after a hectic weekend, but on the morning of the concert, I woke up with a sore throat, loaded nose, congested head and the shivers. I debated whether I should risk making myself feel like death by waiting outside in horrid sub-zero temperatures, the coldest spell in years, but you can guess which voice won that debate in record time. I'd never done much queueing for gigs nor been to any alone, so in making the conscious decision to brave the arctic conditions for six hours, I was shocked by what a rabid freaking cray I'd become. But as soon as I reached the venue with my crystal glove (just in case), small queues of even more rabid freaking crays gave me plenty of reassurance regarding my sanity. Hooray for rabid freaking crays! (I can't believe I just wrote that.)

The majority of fans were female of various ages. Some who I thought must've been northerners wore very little and shivered in the name of glam, others resigned to standing in the most un-glam of black bin liners to try to stay warm. I'm not sure Adam would've approved. There were four different queues in total, where fans exchanged tales of how we fell for Adam, our encounters, concerts, favourite performances and songs, counting the hours down together, even bursting into song. There was a familiarity in the way that we eased into discussions, freely gushing. The affinity between complete strangers with a shared passion was very apparent, the warmth of kindness and chatter taking the edge off the icy weather.

It wasn't all rainbows though, as the cynic in me felt there were ulterior motives too. Little cliques formed, making it easier to keep track of people moving where they shouldn't and tugging on their consciences. I sensed an underlying steely determination and when it boiled down to it, everyone was for themselves. The cold was unbearable and unfortunately it brought out the worst in some. I got further from the front as people had been saving places for others who turned up last-minute, and others who just pushed in. I couldn't summon my inner Bitchy McBastard to complain because getting into an argument would've left a bad feeling hanging over me. Queue-jumpers, you know who you are and you should hang your ugly heads in shame. I'll remind you that for every queue placed jumped, a kitten gets throttled.

I'd taken a gamble to try to get up close as I'd already watched my last concert from the back of the room. When I finally got in, my heart sank because I realised I got shafted by the extra O2 priority queue and the extra Paris VIPs. Even after a six hour wait, I only managed to get into something like the tenth row, sardines squashed against me from all sides and too many heads in front. Faint and you'd still be standing. The result was not worth the endurance test. You had to hope you didn't drop anything as the chance of retrieving it without simulating oral sex with your neighbouring sardine was precisely zero. There was also no point spending time on my appearance as everything turned into a mess after the eye-watering cold. In fact it was so cold I kept most of my layers on. Not that anyone would've been able to see what I was wearing anyway. It's the only time wished I were a yeti with hygiene issues. A brick shithouse build, hairy coat and no one wanting to be within a metre of me would've been ideal.

The warm-up act were very enthusiastic and tried to get the crowd going but they weren't really my cup of tea. In the gap between bands, people shared glitter and glowsticks. The projector guy discovered that when a picture of Adam was shown, the crowd would scream so he started freaking with us by flashing the pictures, amused by the textbook Pavlovian response each time. As the time drew nearer, people started stamping their feet and chanting his name in eager anticipation.

When Adam came on, necks elongated, arms flung into the air and the temperature suddenly rose. I wish that on low stages, Adam would stay close to the front so the angle allows more visibility. I was frustrated by the lack of lighting, and the peacock feathers, arms and cameras obstructed my view. Since I couldn't beat them, I decided to join them with my camera doubling up as a periscope. I couldn't even hear the start of Voodoo through the screaming so missed the first few seconds.

I'd been used to seeing Adam in two dimensions, so seeing him in three was enthralling. His strong other-worldly presence left me awestruck and I felt more than ever that he inhabited a different plane of existence. Everything about him was amplified and much more accentuated. He was bigger, taller, brighter, glitterier, more radiant, more animated and more dramatic than any video can convey. I remember looking on in fascination at his mouth, how big it became and how thick his tongue was as he wailed through RoF. I was a little surprised by how long his hair had grown. It didn't look too healthy and his makeup seemed to be excessive, leaning towards drag but I appreciated its benefit to those at the back of the room who received that heart-stopping moment of eye contact as he scanned the audience. His movements were huge but graceful and sharp. Sometimes it was too much for me and I wanted him to stand still so I could take my time to look at and study his appearance. I wanted to touch him to see if he was real but he was out of my reach in every sense.

Fever started with toreador Adam squaring up to Tommy before going in for the kill. I couldn't hear his voice very clearly during much of the song but it was more than compensated for by those bonus riffs and stratospheric high notes. It turned out that every time he hit one, I gasped and felt a rush rise up and the crowd responded by screaming. I was thrilled that his voice was on top form and as so often happens on the last night of consecutive gigs, he went for it. The surprise ending was magnificent and my fellow sardines, equally amazed, turned to each other as if needing confirmation of what just happened.

I couldn't see much of the dancers during the interlude, I just remember Terrance who I'd describe as beautifully big and round, moving very fluidly. There was an extended intro to Sleepwalker which sounded great. We were all very excited, wondering if it was intentional and whether any surprises awaited. The images of the stone angel and lightning stayed up for a while before Adam came on but without drifting down the steps and without the long sweeping overcoat. I think the coat adds quite a lot to the performance, completing the image of the tortured lone comic-book hero so I missed it. He explained about the sound difficulties and when he spoke there was a strange effect. He sounded really high, lacking in depth and richness. Something wasn't quite right with the sound but it was eventually corrected.

He was very relaxed and uninhibited when it came to the banter at the start of WWFM, potty-mouthed and swearing freely as he spoke about the sound issues and how he considered this to be the last show of the tour. We sang along but it was over so quickly. Sometimes I think it's better that we don't know the lyrics off by heart so we don't sing over Adam. I felt this especially during Soaked, a spine-tingling version where the crowd was mercifully quiet for much of it but unfortunately a whistle opened the floodgates. I appreciated the effort Adam made in using Brit English when he talked about being "pissed drunk". My reflex was he was saying it wrong by following it with "drunk" but later realised he was clarifying it for large number of non-Brits present.

I didn't see Aftermath. He was too far back from the front of the stage and there weren't enough gaps between heads, so to watch it I had to follow the many camera-periscopes. The videos were the first I saw of it. The whole venue was once again united in song and I was surprised at preferring the sweeter tone of his voice here to that of the powerful Soaked. Much of SFW was done away from the front of the stage so I watched the lasers, jumping and fist-pumping with the rest of the room. Adam shouted something in a high voice loaded with impatience which I assumed was aimed at the sound engineer. His voice was a little drowned out during Strut but I loved the stompy bassline so just danced (i.e. shuffled on the spot because that was the only thing possible). The ending was unusual because he missed out all the "Strut for me..." but it was another stellar vocal. As I couldn't see much, I decided to film MA as it's one that's often missing. The crowd went wild when he used Tommy as his plaything. The ear-piercing screams got louder as the night progressed. IIHY was one of the most enjoyable performances as I gave up trying to see, just enjoyed the buzz, jumping about and singing with abandon. There was a massive note just before the dancer intros that we all went crazy for and I was grateful he stood on top of the plinths for some of the time. He really went for it at the end so I was entertaining thoughts of a bonus encore.

I was happy after hearing the opening chords of TCB that we didn't get MW. It was an electrifying performance which involved some titillating tongue-tickling with Tommy. I tried my best to tiptoe that little bit higher to see Floorbert but my frostbitten legs still hadn't completely thawed out. My joy fell by a few notches when it struck me that the concert was finished as the band relinquished their instruments to leave. Damn my freaking sore throat which stopped me making enough noise to help us get a double encore! I thought during the course of the evening that we might as it was the last one, Adam was cheekily unfiltered and the atmosphere was awesome. I was dearly hoping for WLL but perhaps the sound issues had already ruled it out. Time had whizzed by and the end seemed so abrupt. The crowd scarpered to the barricades but by the time I got there it was already about six deep. The reunification of gloves would not be happening this time.

For me, the highlight of the concert was that extraordinary marvel of a voice, so in that respect, it was the best I'd heard in a long time. Fever usually one for visuals showcased it to staggering effect. Whenever a superhuman high note was hit, mouths were agape in astonishment. But it wasn't all about the glory notes as I really came to appreciate the stunning soft timbre of the more subtle performances, soothing and caressing. I feel thankful to have experienced Glam Nation as I know that the scramble to see Adam in future will only get more challenging. I wrongly thought there'd be a fair chance of seeing Adam up close if I got there six hours early. It was the closest I'd been but the effort was wasted as I would've had a better view from the back of the room. A week later I'm still ill so unless guaranteed a place in the first couple of rows, I'll never put myself through queueing that long again. But the things we do for Adam never stop surprising us. Feel free to taunt me with that statement the next time Adam returns for a concert.


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Thanks for that recap Lambossesed, I really enjoyed reading it and found myself agreeing with you at so much of what you said.

I was one of the crazies that queued for a long, long time at the shows and was lucky to get the front. Lucky I say, but to get there I paid for M&G's and then also queued from 11am at Shepherds Bush. We were number 6 of the M&G people to arrive so was sure we would have front. Howver by the time the M&G started there were already so many people who got in front of us that arrived well after lunchtime. As you say it is everyone for themselves once the doors open and people do save spaces. It is an unfair system but what can we do? And it will only get worse in future. We were lucky and managed to get to the front side area, after Lucas ran down the steps to stake his claim on his rightful place. We were also lucky to have decent people around us at this one that didn't crush him. I also have to say that some of the people we met in the queue that day were lovely and respectful @theemotionbatz being one of them. I honestly was very shocked at the way some people acted.

I think the M&G system has made it even more competitive to get the front but of course it is a great source of revenue. Lots of people get the M&G with no intention to meet Adam but take advantage of early entry into the theatre.

I like the seated venues as that takes away this sort of scenario but of course the GA experience usually is a better show.

I don't think there are any easy answers and I am sure other fandoms have all experienced similar but it doesn't soften the blow when you have been qu.uing for so long etc in such cold temperatures.

I hope now that several weeks have passed you are feeling a lot better. I honestly don't know how we stayed healthy that weekend.


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It was funny finding out that I'm not as a crazy as I could be! 11am queueing would've been torture. It was tough though when I realised the end didn't quite justify the means. I'm much better now but that cold just lingered for ages.

I'm not really a fan of the M&G system, it's beyond my budget for that half-minute you get to speak to Adam. I don't know, it just feels a touch whoreish to me and it seems to be the same people getting them all the time. It's a shame that some waste the opportunity to meet him because there are many others who'd be so grateful for that chance. But I guess that's just a result of how things are set up as even VIPs can end up quite a few rows back. If there were 25 for each stop then there'd probably be less people skipping the meeting.

Glad you and Lucas were OK, I would've been scared about him getting squished or not being able to see a thing as people weren't giving an inch.


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QUOTE(Lambosessed @ Jan 1st 2011, 10:52 PM) *

It was funny finding out that I'm not as a crazy as I could be! 11am queueing would've been torture. It was tough though when I realised the end didn't quite justify the means. I'm much better now but that cold just lingered for ages.

I'm not really a fan of the M&G system, it's beyond my budget for that half-minute you get to speak to Adam. I don't know, it just feels a touch whoreish to me and it seems to be the same people getting them all the time. It's a shame that some waste the opportunity to meet him because there are many others who'd be so grateful for that chance. But I guess that's just a result of how things are set up as even VIPs can end up quite a few rows back. If there were 25 for each stop then there'd probably be less people skipping the meeting.

Glad you and Lucas were OK, I would've been scared about him getting squished or not being able to see a thing as people weren't giving an inch.



It was because of Lucas that I took the M&G route, if he hadn't been at the front he wouldn't have seen a thing. I stood behind him at Birmingham and he was fine, he got squashed at Manchester and we had to have him pulled from the crowd and as I said at London we had really decent people around us. thumbsup.gif You are right tho, no one gives an inch, not even for a child that is a good foot shorter than the people around them. But it was my choice to take him and take a chance on that happening and overall we did have a good weekend. It is just a shame that some people are so ruthless and it is always the onces you least expect it to be.

It most certainly was an eye opening weekend! fear2.gif

The VIP thing would be fine if it was kept to the original number and venues were bigger, for example at Birmingham it was 50 people and a tiny stage so the front row was only about 12-15 people. Neil was lovely here and let Lucas meet Adam first so he could get to the front but several people had 'saved' their spaces on the barrier with coats etc which Neil said does not guarantee that space. He did mention to us how it was the same people at the front at every show. (he made me laugh with some of his comments haha.gif )

In London there were the added Paris people to contend with too. What they should have done here was let them get their pic with Adam as that is what they were there for but not be able to grab the front again as they had that chance in Paris.

I think it is okay providing it is better organised, but again it is then becoming a system where money stands for everything. They need to limit the amount of M&G's per tour or make them valid in your own country only or something. If there are then spare places left over then offer them out to everyone. I have nothing against people travelling to see him (I went to USA myself) but maybe it would be a better and more fair system if travelling fans did not take up all the m&g's. I know I can't complain as I got them and I am very grateful but I also know people that didn't, and then also know that the ones who did have them to multiple shows were also not very fair or gracious to other fans. Of course, this does not apply to everyone - some people were lovely.

I am pleased to hear you are feeling better. flowers.gif


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If I'd known there'd also be an O2 priority queue in addition to the London & Paris M&Gs I probably would've stayed in bed a lot longer!

I have a present for you:

Adam Lambert's Fever, London - Improved version & downloads

I've used some of your clips so I'm grateful you were at the front huggy.gif


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QUOTE(Lambosessed @ Jan 3rd 2011, 8:36 PM) *

If I'd known there'd also be an O2 priority queue in addition to the London & Paris M&Gs I probably would've stayed in bed a lot longer!

I have a present for you:

Adam Lambert's Fever, London - Improved version & downloads

I've used some of your clips so I'm grateful you were at the front huggy.gif
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QUOTE(Lambosessed @ Jan 1st 2011, 11:14 AM) *

Here's my review of the London concert that I wrote for my blog. You can view it with the playlist and photos here http://bit.ly/ALOGNLon or just read the text below.

WARNING: very long

A Glam Nation virgin up until then, this was the concert that exploded my cherry. I managed to rush back after a hectic weekend, but on the morning of the concert, I woke up with a sore throat, loaded nose, congested head and the shivers. I debated whether I should risk making myself feel like death by waiting outside in horrid sub-zero temperatures, the coldest spell in years, but you can guess which voice won that debate in record time. I'd never done much queueing for gigs nor been to any alone, so in making the conscious decision to brave the arctic conditions for six hours, I was shocked by what a rabid freaking cray I'd become. But as soon as I reached the venue with my crystal glove (just in case), small queues of even more rabid freaking crays gave me plenty of reassurance regarding my sanity. Hooray for rabid freaking crays! (I can't believe I just wrote that.)

The majority of fans were female of various ages. Some who I thought must've been northerners wore very little and shivered in the name of glam, others resigned to standing in the most un-glam of black bin liners to try to stay warm. I'm not sure Adam would've approved. There were four different queues in total, where fans exchanged tales of how we fell for Adam, our encounters, concerts, favourite performances and songs, counting the hours down together, even bursting into song. There was a familiarity in the way that we eased into discussions, freely gushing. The affinity between complete strangers with a shared passion was very apparent, the warmth of kindness and chatter taking the edge off the icy weather.

It wasn't all rainbows though, as the cynic in me felt there were ulterior motives too. Little cliques formed, making it easier to keep track of people moving where they shouldn't and tugging on their consciences. I sensed an underlying steely determination and when it boiled down to it, everyone was for themselves. The cold was unbearable and unfortunately it brought out the worst in some. I got further from the front as people had been saving places for others who turned up last-minute, and others who just pushed in. I couldn't summon my inner Bitchy McBastard to complain because getting into an argument would've left a bad feeling hanging over me. Queue-jumpers, you know who you are and you should hang your ugly heads in shame. I'll remind you that for every queue placed jumped, a kitten gets throttled.

I'd taken a gamble to try to get up close as I'd already watched my last concert from the back of the room. When I finally got in, my heart sank because I realised I got shafted by the extra O2 priority queue and the extra Paris VIPs. Even after a six hour wait, I only managed to get into something like the tenth row, sardines squashed against me from all sides and too many heads in front. Faint and you'd still be standing. The result was not worth the endurance test. You had to hope you didn't drop anything as the chance of retrieving it without simulating oral sex with your neighbouring sardine was precisely zero. There was also no point spending time on my appearance as everything turned into a mess after the eye-watering cold. In fact it was so cold I kept most of my layers on. Not that anyone would've been able to see what I was wearing anyway. It's the only time wished I were a yeti with hygiene issues. A brick shithouse build, hairy coat and no one wanting to be within a metre of me would've been ideal.

The warm-up act were very enthusiastic and tried to get the crowd going but they weren't really my cup of tea. In the gap between bands, people shared glitter and glowsticks. The projector guy discovered that when a picture of Adam was shown, the crowd would scream so he started freaking with us by flashing the pictures, amused by the textbook Pavlovian response each time. As the time drew nearer, people started stamping their feet and chanting his name in eager anticipation.

When Adam came on, necks elongated, arms flung into the air and the temperature suddenly rose. I wish that on low stages, Adam would stay close to the front so the angle allows more visibility. I was frustrated by the lack of lighting, and the peacock feathers, arms and cameras obstructed my view. Since I couldn't beat them, I decided to join them with my camera doubling up as a periscope. I couldn't even hear the start of Voodoo through the screaming so missed the first few seconds.

I'd been used to seeing Adam in two dimensions, so seeing him in three was enthralling. His strong other-worldly presence left me awestruck and I felt more than ever that he inhabited a different plane of existence. Everything about him was amplified and much more accentuated. He was bigger, taller, brighter, glitterier, more radiant, more animated and more dramatic than any video can convey. I remember looking on in fascination at his mouth, how big it became and how thick his tongue was as he wailed through RoF. I was a little surprised by how long his hair had grown. It didn't look too healthy and his makeup seemed to be excessive, leaning towards drag but I appreciated its benefit to those at the back of the room who received that heart-stopping moment of eye contact as he scanned the audience. His movements were huge but graceful and sharp. Sometimes it was too much for me and I wanted him to stand still so I could take my time to look at and study his appearance. I wanted to touch him to see if he was real but he was out of my reach in every sense.

Fever started with toreador Adam squaring up to Tommy before going in for the kill. I couldn't hear his voice very clearly during much of the song but it was more than compensated for by those bonus riffs and stratospheric high notes. It turned out that every time he hit one, I gasped and felt a rush rise up and the crowd responded by screaming. I was thrilled that his voice was on top form and as so often happens on the last night of consecutive gigs, he went for it. The surprise ending was magnificent and my fellow sardines, equally amazed, turned to each other as if needing confirmation of what just happened.

I couldn't see much of the dancers during the interlude, I just remember Terrance who I'd describe as beautifully big and round, moving very fluidly. There was an extended intro to Sleepwalker which sounded great. We were all very excited, wondering if it was intentional and whether any surprises awaited. The images of the stone angel and lightning stayed up for a while before Adam came on but without drifting down the steps and without the long sweeping overcoat. I think the coat adds quite a lot to the performance, completing the image of the tortured lone comic-book hero so I missed it. He explained about the sound difficulties and when he spoke there was a strange effect. He sounded really high, lacking in depth and richness. Something wasn't quite right with the sound but it was eventually corrected.

He was very relaxed and uninhibited when it came to the banter at the start of WWFM, potty-mouthed and swearing freely as he spoke about the sound issues and how he considered this to be the last show of the tour. We sang along but it was over so quickly. Sometimes I think it's better that we don't know the lyrics off by heart so we don't sing over Adam. I felt this especially during Soaked, a spine-tingling version where the crowd was mercifully quiet for much of it but unfortunately a whistle opened the floodgates. I appreciated the effort Adam made in using Brit English when he talked about being "pissed drunk". My reflex was he was saying it wrong by following it with "drunk" but later realised he was clarifying it for large number of non-Brits present.

I didn't see Aftermath. He was too far back from the front of the stage and there weren't enough gaps between heads, so to watch it I had to follow the many camera-periscopes. The videos were the first I saw of it. The whole venue was once again united in song and I was surprised at preferring the sweeter tone of his voice here to that of the powerful Soaked. Much of SFW was done away from the front of the stage so I watched the lasers, jumping and fist-pumping with the rest of the room. Adam shouted something in a high voice loaded with impatience which I assumed was aimed at the sound engineer. His voice was a little drowned out during Strut but I loved the stompy bassline so just danced (i.e. shuffled on the spot because that was the only thing possible). The ending was unusual because he missed out all the "Strut for me..." but it was another stellar vocal. As I couldn't see much, I decided to film MA as it's one that's often missing. The crowd went wild when he used Tommy as his plaything. The ear-piercing screams got louder as the night progressed. IIHY was one of the most enjoyable performances as I gave up trying to see, just enjoyed the buzz, jumping about and singing with abandon. There was a massive note just before the dancer intros that we all went crazy for and I was grateful he stood on top of the plinths for some of the time. He really went for it at the end so I was entertaining thoughts of a bonus encore.

I was happy after hearing the opening chords of TCB that we didn't get MW. It was an electrifying performance which involved some titillating tongue-tickling with Tommy. I tried my best to tiptoe that little bit higher to see Floorbert but my frostbitten legs still hadn't completely thawed out. My joy fell by a few notches when it struck me that the concert was finished as the band relinquished their instruments to leave. Damn my freaking sore throat which stopped me making enough noise to help us get a double encore! I thought during the course of the evening that we might as it was the last one, Adam was cheekily unfiltered and the atmosphere was awesome. I was dearly hoping for WLL but perhaps the sound issues had already ruled it out. Time had whizzed by and the end seemed so abrupt. The crowd scarpered to the barricades but by the time I got there it was already about six deep. The reunification of gloves would not be happening this time.

For me, the highlight of the concert was that extraordinary marvel of a voice, so in that respect, it was the best I'd heard in a long time. Fever usually one for visuals showcased it to staggering effect. Whenever a superhuman high note was hit, mouths were agape in astonishment. But it wasn't all about the glory notes as I really came to appreciate the stunning soft timbre of the more subtle performances, soothing and caressing. I feel thankful to have experienced Glam Nation as I know that the scramble to see Adam in future will only get more challenging. I wrongly thought there'd be a fair chance of seeing Adam up close if I got there six hours early. It was the closest I'd been but the effort was wasted as I would've had a better view from the back of the room. A week later I'm still ill so unless guaranteed a place in the first couple of rows, I'll never put myself through queueing that long again. But the things we do for Adam never stop surprising us. Feel free to taunt me with that statement the next time Adam returns for a concert.

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If I'd known there'd also be an O2 priority queue in addition to the London & Paris M&Gs I probably would've stayed in bed a lot longer!

I have a present for you:

Adam Lambert's Fever, London - Improved version & downloads

I've used some of your clips so I'm grateful you were at the front huggy.gif


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