NEW YORK ⏤ With all dramatics aside, the last season of "American Idol" really does mark the end of an era in reality television that has discovered some of the industry's best. From the unparalleled vocals talents of Kelly Clarkson to Carrie Underwood's reign over the country game, the long-running competition has pioneered the way we find the next chart-topper in a digital age, full of soon-to-be stars from platforms like YouTube and Vine. Still, the talents of season eight runner-up Adam Lambert shouldn't (and won't) go unacknowledged as the Fox show bids farewells after 15 seasons.
On Thursday night (March 3), New York City's Terminal 5 turned into a frenzy affair filled with fans, ranging from teens to a, well, older demographic, including 53-year-old Antonia Silva, who has been to 9, count them, 9 Lambert shows. Let's just say that only 12 minutes into the 90 minute set, she had already made me feel like I was in the middle of a gang of EDC crowd-goers. Talk about that general admission life.
Backed by a full band, backdrops and two back-up singers, who also served as dancers, Adam (with his perfectly coiled hair) was a foolproof showman, who strutted his way through a setlist that touched on the past, present, late and great.
After kicking off the show with "Evil In The Night," a cut off his latest album, The Original High, the singer zipped through a number of fan favorites like his debut 2009 single, "For Your Entertainment," his first Top 10 single, "Whataya Want From Me," his latest single, "Another Lonely Night," and a ton of other songs that made his Glamberts (a.k.a. the Taco Bell Best Fan Army contenders, including Ms. Silva) shriek, applaud and sing their hearts out for their vocally impeccable hero. To their delight, it was their sense of gratitude that Mr. Lambert recognized all too well.
"I gotta say 'Idol,' the world, the media, all that, it's been challenging, but it's people like you that make it all worth it. My fans accept me the way that I am and I love celebrating that," the 34-year-old entertainer told the crowd.
"The thing that I've noticed about breaking out of theatre and breaking out of L.A. and traveling is that no matter where you're from, no matter how old you are. ... how ever you want to label yourself, which is getting so passé anyways, we're all human beings. We all got hearts," Adam continued. "They're the same damn organs. We feel a lot of the same sh*t and that's what I love. I love that music can connect us and bring us together."
Throw in a few covers, including Tears for Fears' "Mad World," a stellar rendition of
David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and a fitting medley of his own "Trespassing" mixed with Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," and the audience was in heaven, or perhaps they were simply experiencing Lambert's "original high."
Adam Lambert's "The Original High Tour" is currently on the road until the beginning of April. Tickets are currently available on Ticketmaster.