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> `~**`Adam's Pre-American Idol Thread`**~`, Life and Work before AI: Heavy dose of Talent and Fierceness!
post Apr 22nd 2010, 5:36 PM
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This thread is for celebrating the life, work, and career of Adam Lambert before American Idol for fans who love Pre-Idol Adam and for the new fans just discovering the awesomeness that is Adam. I saw someone still asking about the preIdol performances so this thread is a quick AdamLambert101. Post any PreIdol pic/interviews/etc.

A Full List of All downloads and links can be found in Madam's Treasure Chest of links:;#entry21400712

A Quick Must See for Newbies (in no particular order):

Adam at High School Graduation:

Adam at age 22 singing Brigadoon (not a recording, but a Live performance):

Adam in his Fierce Debut at the Zodiac Show singing A Change is gonna Come:

Adam at his Most Fierce! Singing Crawl Through Fire at the Zodiac Show. Must see to understand the "Flames Coming Out of my freaking Head" joke:

Adam in the SEXY Art4Life performance singing Crazy:

The infamous ":38 second video": Caution-may cause sweating, palpitations (The Citizen Vein era : Adam's rock band with Monte Pittman, his present guitarist)

Adam with Val Kilmer in the Ten Commandments: Amazing singing!

Adam at the Upright Cabaret singing Come Home (one example out of many):

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post Apr 26th 2010, 1:50 AM
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QUOTE(lucytor @ Apr 25th 2010, 10:43 PM) *

I wanna know the commercials Neil was part of. It would be so cool to be able to torment him with those tongue.gif

haha.gif I wanna see them too! I'm sure Neil disowned them but they're floating around out there!


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Is that the theater group we saw you visit on "American Idol"?

Yes. That was a highlight. I also worked with a woman named Lynne Broyles, who is my voice teacher. And she had a little community theater company and we did some performances with that. Then in high school, I was in chorus and I was also in the drama club and I sang with a jazz band, so I had a bunch of different outlets. And there was also a thing that they did in high school called Air Bands. It's a big deal in San Diego and it's almost like a staged music video. Everybody lip syncs but it's like a performance. It's hard to explain. It's like a choreographed staged costume concert. You know, if you look at Janet Jackson or Madonna or Michael Jackson, their concerts are really stylized. And it was like kids taking music and creating medleys and costuming and building sets and creating a storyline through them. It was this big competition in San Diego and I got really involved in that in high school and I look back now and realize there was so much that went into it and I got so passionate about it that I think that kind of mentality of putting together a show from start to finish is definitely going to come in handy in the future. It did on "Idol," [the idea that] I had to put a number together.

What did you learn from taking voice lessons?

I reconnected with my voice teacher because of "Idol" and I invited her to come to the show. I asked her, "What was it like when I first came in? What was going on?" And she said, "You had this seamless sound to your voice, but you wanted to understand it. You wanted me to explain physically how it worked all the time and when you couldn't hit a note, you wanted to know why and you wanted to fix it." She told me, "You were really intense about it," and that was very interesting to me. I remember [bringing her] the "Jesus Christ Superstar" recording and all those high screams that they do, and I said, "Teach me how to do this," and she replied, "You don't teach that sound. That's something you just make. I think you might have to get older to make that noise." So I waited.

Aside from the commercial you did when you were a child, what other early professional work did you do?

At about 16, I auditioned for the Starlight Theatre, which is an outdoor theater company down in Balboa Park. It's a semi-professional thing; we got paid a little bit but it wasn't union. We would literally have to freeze for planes going over because it's right in the path of the San Diego airport. So there were little stoplights in the orchestra pit and if a plane was coming, it would go yellow and red and you would freeze. It was crazy.

I was in the ensemble for both "Hello, Dolly!" and "Camelot" and then the next summer, I did shows at Moonlight Amphitheatre, in Vista up in North County. I did "The Music Man" and "Grease" and I played Captain Hook in "Peter Pan."

While you were doing this theater work, were you also listening to rock music?

In high school I started watching MTV and listening to pop music. As random as it sounds, I was really into Missy Elliott and I remember that Britney and Christina had just come out and 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys. I liked all the dance remixes.

You mentioned being in a jazz band during high school, so you were exposed to all kinds of music.

When I was younger, I listened to a lot of musical theater and then as I got older, I wanted to hear cool pop music.

The jazz band would have guest singers for their concerts and that was a really good educational experience too because that was the first time that I was singing with a full band. Even in the theater company, we didn't have an orchestra. It was all piano because it was cheap. But then at Starlight, there was an orchestra and all the school musicals had an orchestra, so I started finally getting experience working with a full band. But the jazz band was cool because it wasn't musical theater. It was swing standards, so that was a departure for me and I did some Sammy Davis Jr. You know, standards like "Paper Moon."

Were those standards new to you?

I had heard them here and there but a lot of them were new and I would have to learn them. We did some blues. It was very educational. And then in choir, we were like a classical choir. So we were doing a lot of Latin and various languages and it was all a cappella and very orchestral and complicated. That taught me a lot about using my ear and harmony.

Adam at Mt. Carmel dancing to "War". Adam @ 1:50:

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