Adam Lambert brings The Original High tour to London
Adam Lambert headlined the Eventim Apollo in London's Hammersmith last night (April 14), and the sold-out show was packed to the rafters.
The twinkly-starred astrological stage backdrop was a hint at the true star yet to grace the stage.
There were also other stars at that venue. As the auditorium lights were dimming at 9.15pm before the show started, Roger Taylor, Brian May and Boy George were led to their circle seats.
Lambert was on true top form throughout the almost two-hour set, which featured 24 songs. The show started with 'Evil in the Night' and featured just a few changes to his standard tour setlist: 'The Original High' track was brought forward and 'These Boys' was added into the mix.
Three well-known covers also featured: Tears For Fears' 'Mad World'; David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' and Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust' which was the show's finalé, showed the star's vocal range and versitility.
Whilst singing 'Let's Dance', a fan in the front row by the stage needed to be carried away by security and Lambert quickly changed the lyrics to 'she swayed'.
In an age where technology often enhances a singer's true voice, it was a welcome change to hear a true perfect effortless vocal range, stunning, glorious with operatic power one moment, sensitive and soft the next. Not once did his voice falter and this was despite Lambert's smooth choreography and crowd participation antics.
The bond between Lambert and his audience was as strong as ever with total mutal respect and appreciation. He told the London crowd:
"I've been coming back for the last six years and everytime I come here I'm like more and more in love with it, somebody adopt me! Somebody!
"I thank you for supporting the album, I really appreciate, thank you so much.
"There's a lot of beautiful people out here tonight. Look at all the cuties...and the women too!
"I think I have some friends somewhere up in the balcony, where are they? You guys are all my friends but I think the ones I'm talking about, I can't find them. Where's Brian May and Roger Taylor and Boy George?! I can't find them. Hi guys! And Anita and Surina, there're up there too somewhere. They're my friends, I'm like name-dropping it's so embarrassing. Thanks for coming!"
Not only is he a top performer, but he is also very witty. Recounting how someone on tour said his English accent makes him sound like Margaret Thatcher, he then took off a perfect cockney dialect but first he treated the audience to his 'street' American accent. He said:
"Know wha' I'm sayin'? - That sounded like British person making fun of an American person but you don't want to hear my faux British accent, it's terrible. It's terrible!
"I have somebody here that I work with and she's like 'you sound like Margaret Thatcher' (audience boos), but (in cockney accent) I'm really shit a' i'. It's not goo'.
"I think the problem is that I wander around the different dialects in one sentence. Does anyone else do that? Is that acceptable?"
Here is The Original High London show set list in full:
1. Evil in the Night
2. For Your Entertainment
3. Ghost Town
4. Welcome to the Show
10. After Hours
11. Mad World
12. Whataya Want From Me
13. Another Lonely Night
14. The Light
15. The Original High
16. Never Close Our Eyes
17. Let’s Dance
18. Lay Me Down
21. These Boys
22. If I Had You
24. Another One Bites the Dust
Watch fan footage of last night's concert below:
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