Last Night: Adam Lambert At Hobby Center

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Photos by Faith Silva
Adam Lambert
Sarofim Hall, Hobby Center
September 8, 2010

For more images from the show, see our slideshow here.

It doesn't matter that Adam Lambert is gay. You might think it does, but it doesn't. What matters is that he's not straight. Because we Americans understand straight; straightness has become our ideology.

Being straight in America is being alive in America. Adam Lambert isn't a singer, really, he's a symbol of our own sense of moral goodness. Lambert could be a singing towel rack, and he almost is, as long as he remains different. This one's on you, Obama.

As Americans, what do we want most? To be admired, or perhaps more appropriately, to admire ourselves. And nothing has given us a greater sense of self-admiration than electing a black President and then wearing his bumper sticker, saying, "See, I did this." Hold the phone, what'd you just say? I can do what? Elect an openly gay singer to represent me, the super-smart and progressive American, and the rest of the world will watch me do it?

Thank you, TV.

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Adam Lambert came along at the perfect time in American history. We had just elected a man to lead a country that has, historically, hated people like him. We felt validated. Click, change the channel. There's a gay guy in the final of American Idol? Rack 'em up, this thing's over. We vote left.

Lambert is the perfect embodiment of American otherness - and the perfect embodiment of American guilt - so who really cares that he shouldn't have even made it in the door for the auditions? At least he's something. He's successful because he's allegorical, not because he's talented. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Yes, it's a very important lesson that we've taught ourselves that hey, gay dudes can sing, too. He's the first openly gay musician to land a major record deal in America. Really? Look it up, it's true. So in one sense, we did what was right. In another sense, we're idiots.

Adam Lambert, Nyquil made of skin shaped like a black light with a glued-on wig made of spiky black sanctimony, is about us, not about himself. From the look of the Hobby Center crowd Wednesday night, you'd have been hard-pressed to tell the difference between the stage and a stage-sized mirror, one that wants to give you a hug because you're kind to people who don't look like you.

People watch Lambert because they want to think they're better than they know they are. We all allowed him to be on American Idol - but not win; that's way too much to ask - because we've come so far as a country. We said yes, Adam, we will vote for you, but only because we know you'll thank us; and you know we deserve your thanks. We are, after all, pretty great. Where's the merch booth?


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Ali Goria
Ali Goria

Hey Brandon what did YOU do last week? Did ya catch Adam Lambert fronting Queen for millions of people with his nyquil made of skin? lmfao.

Eriskay Cavan
Eriskay Cavan

So, where is Brandon what's-his-name, today?  Adam Lambert is a Superstar!!

Eriskay Cavan
Eriskay Cavan

So, where is Brandon  What's-his-name, today???  Adam Lambert is a Superstar!!!

Jacki
Jacki

Oh my goodness. This really is a piece of garbage reporting isn't it!! If you don't like gay people - that's one thing - people fear and hate for all sorts of reasons. If you don't like Adams style or music - that's another thing - we cant please everyone. But saying he has no talent is just plain stupid. Read professional commentary on Adams voice and skills as a vocal musician. He is consistently ranked right up the top of vocalists in the world. Silly silly article.

AdamOurHero
AdamOurHero

Adam Lambert has an intimate relationship with his fans. They love and protect him without reservation for the sweet and hardworking person he is. He in turn appreciates, loves, defends and protects them right back. As in this video wherein a security guard was harassing a front row fan for having a camera and Adam noticed it, moved to the front of the stage and attempted to interrupt the harassment by wailing in the guards face, and when that didn't work he kicked him. Watch his hot adrenaline after that "kick". Then LOL as Adam says to the fan "Take my picture, bitch". THAT is why we love this guy. After several twitter complaints about the venues with security camera Nazis, he did his thing to help us out. And he got off on it, too. LOVE YOU ADAM!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

B Bandy
B Bandy

You're insane at worst, pathetic at best, Hernsberger. An apology was clearly in order--made and received. But no apology can neutralize the acidic bitterness exposed in your writing. I've seen few writers as pitiful as you. Pitiful.

Er
Er

Adam gave me herpes

Deb
Deb

Wow, and here I was thinking in November of 2008, I was exercising my right to vote for the candidate of my choice because his ideology and views were most aligned with my own, and then I had the audacity to think last Saturday night that I was going to a concert to listen to a beauitiful young man with amazing talent who sings like an angel, didn't know I had all those other motives that you hatefully spewed out above...you pompous idiot. Adam has shown himself to be beauitiful person with amazing talent and thats why we love him. If you and others don't, then don't, that's your choice, but don't pretend to analyze and degrade us, and most importantly don't try to deminish the talent of this remarkable musical artist.

drummer
drummer

Wow! Adam really generates incredible discussion! What other current artist does this? Arouses such passion? Nobody, that's who! It's fabulous because it proves what a profound effect he is having on the entertainment world. What a milestone we are experiencing now! For those of you who seem to have trouble with the "choreographed" and "planned" aspect of the show, get a grip. LOTS of current artists have highly choreographed and tightly planned stage shows. Adam is only one of many. It helps show off their talents. Also, I have to laugh at those of you who think you are just "too cool" for American Idol and wouldn't be caught dead watching it. Well, artists get discovered in many ways, and Idol of just one way. What really counts is what the artist does with the fame after the show is over. Many have won, but few have made it big. Adam is one who will sustain his place in show business because of his incredible talent and personality. Unlike many other artists, we fans WANT to know him as a person, and he has been willing to give us that, too. That's one reason we love him. You snobby elitists who think that Idol isn't a valid way to get disccovered really have your noses in the air. It's just as valid as any other way. Get over it. Adam has brought more to the table than we're used to and we should embrace it! He's a precious phenomenon, like no other.

laura
laura

These comments are great! Hysterical! I don't need to say a thing because you guys all spoke my mind so eloquently. This writer is an ass! I was listening to "Music Again" on Adams CD just today and was in awe of the high notes he can register. Amazing! And "Time For Miracles" is insane!

drummer
drummer

I've never read such drivel in my life. This guy must have taken Psych 101 and taken it too seriously. LIKE ADAM SAYS, don't take it all so seriously. This "reviewer" listened to nothing, saw nothing, understood nothing. He's really caught up in his sociological claptrap. We love Adam in a visceral, sexual, intense way that defies description. This idiot should have stayed home.

Claudia
Claudia

What hole did you crawl out of? Folks like you give Americans a bad name and judging from your article here you need some serious psychiatric help. This is not a concert review, it's a ridiculous rant fueled by your own sick inner self. Obviously your brain is fried, question is by what? Don't recognize talent? Go get an education, a real one that doesn't include those nasty moral hang-ups of yours. Adam is laughing all the way to the bank and rightfully so. Makes you crazy doesn't it? And, guess what, I don't have a stitch of guilt about anything.

british gymnastics
british gymnastics

wow I realistically such as your current webpage resume in order to keep choice included in the truth I definitely ought to pop in multiple another decade to read via some way additional credit.

Hey Brandon
Hey Brandon

LOL! Even a sportswriter gave a better music review than you can ever aspire to write.(yes, I'm the one who said your writing's like a derailed amtrak train)

Read 'em and weep, buddy.

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.co...

Lauriellen
Lauriellen

What 5 people in the Universe are you speaking for. Most of us "fell" for Adam during his audition on Idol. For most of us, if we cared that he was gay, it was too late. Take away the gorgeous face and body; take away the charismatic, humble man; take away the glitter and lasers, band, dancers and cool background slides, and you are still left with the greatest singer/entertainer alive today. Adam's average fan has been to more than one of his concerts. We can't get enough. By the way, I didn't vote for Obama, but I did vote for Adam Lambert.

Nai
Nai

Yeah I'm just here for the pictures.

Thanks for the awesome pictures, hope you get your head out of your ass.

:)

Dianna Bryant
Dianna Bryant

I can't believe what I just read, really!! I am in my middle 50's two grown straight boys and i loved this show. I cant believe you are allowed to write this stuff. He can sing great, on AI all of at work talked about how great he can sing and couldnt wait for the next week to see what he was going to do next. I have been to alot of concerts in my life from Alice Cooper to George Straight and this was the best concert i have ever attended. Hands down the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emma
Emma

Thanks so much Cindy.

Yes, disposable income is certainly less here too. sniff

But I am hoping to eventually be able to get to a concert or two that will lift me away from everything and just bring joy. I think we are really coming from the same place!

When I hear fans like you and reread the Herns-guy's article, it does seem like a ridiculous diatribe. He was trying to make some interesting points but in the end, for most, it is about the joy, right?

Glad we could discuss this. Thanks and peace to you too!

Cindy
Cindy

Hi Emma, thank you for posting back!Sorry if I took you the wrong way. That Herns-guy just seemed to overstep his own importance and intelligence, ya know?In these times of less disposable income(at least in my home), I made the choice to go see Adam. I paid for the ticket and I had a blast.Last thing I thought about was politics, sexual preference, or society's unconscious agenda.I love his voice, his energy.....so, Herns-guy really went overboard. Things are deep when they are universal and transcending. Division and difference and alienation are shallow and not deep. He struck me as superficial and pompous.Anyway, I do hope you get to go to a concert by a performer that really makes you feel joy!!! Peace, Cindy

Emma
Emma

Cindy:

One more thing (wow I am verbose), but perhaps it feels like I am coming from polar opposites because I do not have a simplistic view. I am not "Oh I love Adam!!!!1!!!!" nor "I hate Adam".

I have heard him say "It is just not that deep." Actually things usually are, if you look.

Emma
Emma

Cindy:First, thanks for a nonhysterical post. It is very much appreciated.

Actually, I do not care for Adam very much, as you can probably guess. If I were more invested in his music I probably would have been upset at the "ranting diatribe by a weirdo". Adam seems like a good guy, but I just do not like his newer music to an invested fan point. I think it is the genre, mostly. Although I do love theatricality, at this point I do not feel captivated by performances where I feel a distance from the performer or feel the music is not authentic. It probably is just a stage, but I prefer authentic, sort of raw music, where the performer strips himself bare in front of the world and just goes to that place. Adam has had so much training, like a dancer, that I don't think he can really do raw, even in his songs that are very emotive. To me there is always a distance, every nuance and facial expression planned. The only performance I have seen from him that seemed to penetrate beneath the surface was the nonfinale version of Mad World. For that he seemed to let down his guard and it was great. I love that you like his "voice, his performance, his physical beauty and his passion". THAT I can totally relate to, even if I do not feel it myself.

As to whether gay guys like Kris better, I am only going by what friends have said and they have weighed in about what their friends have said. I don't think I should have made a generalization like that, who knows why people like what they like. I have heard it argued though that some people who are gay feel he does not represent them well and "set them back". I heard that argued around the time of the AMA kerfuffle. But, on the other hand, Ellen Degeneres, who is certainly a gay advocate, loves him, so, I really don't know.

As for Kris, there are so many musicians who I like better. The only reason I mentioned those two songs were they were two I had seen on American Idol that I liked. I was just trying to emphasize I was not weighing in on these issues from a fanwar perspective. I am not really a fan of either Adam or Kris particularly. However, I most certainly did not go to the concert just to see Allison. I don't know how you could have gotten that. I just was sorry she didn't have a full house when she performed. If I am being honest though, her genre is more appealing to me. Again with the raw authenticity thing. But I was there to see the whole show.

I feel like I am just repeating myself over and over, but again I think it is good to look at all the reasons people go to see certain performers and what it says about them/us/America. I heard someone once say the older fans were hearing "distant echoes of their half forgotten youth". I liked that. Anyway, I am just rambling. As you said "whew"!

Emma
Emma

Wow, you guys sure assume a lot. First of all, I am not a Kris Allen fan. He seems like a nice guy and I very much liked Heartless and Ain't no Sunshine, but I was evenly divided between Adam and Kris. I also very much liked Ring of Fire and Mad World, probably more. As for their after tv careers, they both seem to be doing well. I really don't follow them, although I do surf entertainment blogs and have picked up a lot. You just have one narrative and stick with it, don't you. I am NOT particularly a KA fan. I have never seen him perform live, have not bought his music, don't watch his videos online. I watched AI and that is where I found out Adam liked him. I have actually paid more attention to Adam, have his album, blah, blah.

Second, of course not everyone in the amphitheater was an older female. But, it was the main demographic. Maybe it was just the show I went to, I don't know, but what is interesting is how offensive it is to Lambert fans to have older female fans. So what is wrong with them? I said they were sweet, nice, polite, friendly, I liked them. It has to be that you have this fantasy of wild, uninhibited, "fierce", sexy fans, mostly pretty gay boys and sexy college girls? I see where you are coming from, but it is ok. The dude is selling tickets where most are not. You should be happy for him that he has fans at all, not get so upset because they are not cool enough in your eyes.

As to Ratliff, that is the blonde guitar player, right? What makes you think I can't stand him. He seems fine, I don't know, I am not personally invested in this band.

I was there for Allison's set, sadly to a mostly empty venue because it was unexpected, and it was still daylight and I had plenty of time to talk and observe before her set and before Orianthi's set. It was dark by the time Adam came on but I was surrounded by people of the demograhic I described. I was sitting in the second row, center, just above the pit where people were standing. I am not sure the video you showed was from the second night when I attended but it could have been. But I didn't see many crowd scenes, and I am talking about the crowd as a whole.

Also, I talked to people after the show and with my friend, before they made us leave, so I had plenty of time.

As for the comments about my saying many people I know in the entertainment industry are gay, I don't know what to say. It is what it is and it is. What is your problem with that?

You have a a lot of problems with reality, that is for sure. Just accept it. The only reason this is a problem is if it is not about him, who is doing well, but is about YOU and how you see yourself as a fan. And THAT was the point the reviewer was making. That many of his fans are in it because of how they see themselves, not as a music fan or even an Adam fan. They like him because they feel "cool and edgy and sexy". I guess that is fine, why not?

As to the smug and self congratulatory. I will have to say, it is not the Adam fans I have met in person, they have been lovely. It is the internet fans who seem quite self centered, smug, with a superiority complex. And they attack like enraged animals. For an example see the all cap laden insulting posts of "Swarm" above.

Well maybe any publicity is good publicity. I am not convinced that having BSC fans is necessarily bad for an entertainer's career. But I still agree with the reviewer, he saw what he saw and I liked his interesting insights.

Kridiot
Kridiot

BS detector @Emma

Emma, a non-fan, was dragged to the Adam show, wherein she only saw 60 + 80 year old women. (out of 8500 people in the dark).

THEN manages to come to a HOUSTON blog, apropos of NOTHING, makes her testimony about the show (sloppy kiss included) and proceeds to repeat everything that Kris Allen fans say. LMAO. She coincidentally "knows" "Adam liked him". hahahaha

Narrative of a Kris fan more likely a Kradam tin hatter:

only old women~subdued audience (lol)sloppy kiss (because they cant stand Ratliff)knows the term Adam "fandom"hates the fans "smug, self congratulatory""morally superior"gay men prefer KrisAdam liked Kris

Go sit down, Emma we know you. You're all the same

swarm
swarm

Emma LMFAO

Glad you could have such an "intimate" conversation during Adam's show with all the screaming and glad you could see all the 8500 people in the DARK.

I think you were at a Kris Allen show. The youtube crowd shots don't resemble anything you described [lied about].

OC FAIR AMPHITHEATER Fever

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

lh
lh

Emma -

Then your guilty of generalizing the same way that this "reviewer" did and your just as bad. So what!!! You went to ONE CONCERT and sat next to maybe 10 or 15 people who might have been discussing Adams "gayness" like it was a big deal. I actually beleive you, and I beleive that there are people just like what you and the "reviewer" describe. HOWEVER, the entire reason that people are mad is not because they feel called out, its because most of us have always been open minded individuals, accepting of different lifestyles and minorities. Personally, I dont think gay is a big deal. My ex boyfriend and one of my best friends is gay. The people that are making it a big deal are the media....everyone still says "openly gay singer, Adam Lambert" and its the Glamberts who scream for this to stop.

Its funny, we cannot win. The gay community accuses straight women who love adam of trying to sweep his "gayness" under the rug and pretend it doesnt exist. (Its true, go to any gay blog or site that talks about Adam and look at the comments) and now were being accused of using his "gayness" and our acceptance of it as some gratification technique for ourselves.

Emma
Emma

Magsmagenta:

Sorry, every word is absolutely true.

magsmagenta
magsmagenta

Emma I don't believe a word you're saying. I see the Anti-Adam trolls have arrived in here and in the 'Apology' article.

Anonymous
Anonymous

idiotic wannabe-intellectual fans of shit music should leave the big kid playground immediately.

marc bolan > adam lambert

Emma
Emma

Just to clarify my main point. I liked the article. I thought it pointed out something about the Adam fandom and about Americans in general. We like to see ourselves as virtuous, open and accepting and we like to make a big deal of that.

I think he must have really, really struck a nerve to get the response that he got, perhaps proving his point!

And, by the way, other articles on the internet are saying shame on this paper for pandering to the attackers. You guys should have printed the most ridiculous of the comments and had a good laugh.

Emma
Emma

This is the absolute truth, may I be struck dead by lightening if I am lyin'! I saw Adam at the Orange County Fair. I was surprised by a number of things. First, it was a very tame show. He had a sloppy kiss with the guitar player, but that was about it. The people attending were very polite and nice, well spoken, dressed up. There were few gay guys in attendance, very few, mostly middle aged women and above. By above, I mean the pleasant lady sitting next to my husband was in her 80s. The audience was subdued compared to what I am used to at rock concerts but seemed to enjoy the show.

I spoke with a lot of the fans, went with a fan, and the fact of Adam's gayness seems to be a big deal to them. They do like feeling all open-minded and edgy because they accept someone who is gay as an entertainer. I grew up in theater and most especially the dance world and, actually, I think more of the guys were gay than not. Especially in the dance world, the straight male was sort of an exception. Maybe it is where I live, but the fact one is gay is very, very much not a big deal, except when their rights are being denied and that IS a big deal.

I am not a Kris Allen fan nor a homophobe, although I doubt you would believe me since the Adam fans call everyone homophobic. It sets them up as being all the more virtuous for their "acceptance". My gay friends are not Adam fans, sorry but true. They either totally don't care or prefer Kris. Kris is ok but most of the gay guys I know really like him. I dunno why, Adam did, so?

I very much enjoyed this article because it pointed out the smug, self congratulatory nature of Adam's fandom. That quality is so annoying in anyone. If they like his music, fine, but could they please shut up about their superiority as human beings?

Sue
Sue

I have to add more comments to this flamingly prejudiced review. The word gay should never have entered your frame of mind. Your review should have been about his vocal quality, his connection with the audience, his performance quality, staging, choreography, charisma, costumes, band performance, audience reaction and song selection.

An artist who makes it to the finale of American Idol, who has a sold out multi-city tour, who has had #1 songs in many countries, who hasa gold album, platinum singles, and who has been praised by highly successful musicians and producers, who has appeared in musical theater, is not someone who "made it" with no talent. Listen to Adam sing "Come to me" from Brigadoon on Youtube. The control and quality of his voice is unmateched in male pop or rock music today. Rob Cavallo, a highly successful music producer, said that Adam can sing every note a guitar can play. That shows an extremely large vocal range.

All you have done is damage your own reputation. Adam will probably benefit from this terribly prejucicial review. Technically, you have committed a HATE CRIME. You just didn't hit him with your fists. You hit him with words that are inflammatory and untrue. This is yellow journalism masked as a "review." Since you did not accurately reflect what actually happened at the concert, you have lied to the readers of your paper.

To make the "decision" that fans ONLY go to see Adam to make ourselves feel good becaue we are being open to a "FRINGE" of society is an absolute insult. I don't see the voice quality in Taylor Swift or Brittany Spears that Adam has. But, I don't insult their fans. The country singer who won "America's Got Talent" last season really had no voice. Does that mean that the millions of people who voted for him did so out of charity? Fans should never be characterized with such a broad brush. No one can pigeon-hole them into a single reason why they follow and support an artist.

Emma
Emma

What an interesting and insightful article about Adam Lambert's concert. I loved it! And I wholeheartedly agree. After seeing his concert, I was struck with the falseness of the whole experience, the little ladies of a certain age pretending to be wicked or daring and ever so accepting. The way they egg him on to do "frisky" things such as "tongue dive" and seemed titillated by such antics was ridiculous. I do believe it is all about patting ourselves on the back for being so accepting and also cool and also edgy. Although, for the life of me I do not get what is edgy about being gay in theater and music. It is more like par for the course, but I guess it is new news to some.

Curtis Gale Weeks
Curtis Gale Weeks

Just stumbled onto this review, after reading the non-apology cover-our-butts Review of this Review.

I spend way too much time online.

I have never read something this vile online. Sure there is a LOT of vileness and evil and what have you online; but most of it doesn't even try to masquerade as journalism. This does. And as the Review of the Review shows, on top of this showing, the Houston Press aids and abets this author's ranting hate. Hate may be the wrong word, and even homophobia might be the wrong word. This author need psychological help; there is something seriously wrong with Mr. Hernsberger.

Sue
Sue

I couldn't read all of the comments, but I agree that I have never read such a bigoted review of an entertainer. I found this article because I get Google Alerts on Adam. I will call you not only homophobic, but also a religious bigot. You are probably a bible belt conservative christian who voted for Kris Allen or Danny Gokey or some other church choir director from American Idol. Your jealousy of Adam shows through your homophobic rant. Unfortunately, people can still get away with homophobia. You can't get away with religious bigotry, so you mask it with homophobia.

Instead of praising Adam for being honest and not hiding his sexuality, you tear him down. If you bothered to investigate Adam's past before AI, you would see that he has not changed a lick. He appeared in Burning Man concerts in more makeup and more outrageous costumes than he is wearing now. He did not all of a sudden become something that he is not.

As a woman who went to clubs in the '70s and danced her feet off, I am so thrilled to have an artist who "MAKES ME WANT TO LISTEN TO MUSIC AGAIN!" After years of punk,rap, hip hop, nasal sounding singers, music with no melodies and singers with no talent, I went GAGA for Adam. He has an elite voice, he can dance, he understands fashion and style, he has a dynamite face, he is tall and lean and he has charisma and stage presence any artist would dream of having. I attended a Glam Nation concert where the fans screamed when his picture was first shown. The screams did not stop until the concert was over. The only problem was that the sound was so loud and distorted it was hard to actually hear the quality of his voice.

You severly underestimate and insult Adam's fans. We are die-hard, open-minded, music-loving, glam-loving supporters. We will come down on you harder than you came down on Adam.

kaz
kaz

Huh? Adam Lambert is about "us", about Americans, about Obama?

In your great epiphany, I think you forgot that there are many countries outside of the USA where Adam is also admired -- for his unique singing ability, for his individuality, for his electric presence. Other countries where GAY OR NOT GAY simply isn't the issue it still is in the USA. His upcoming shows are currently selling out all over the world.

We didn't vote for the American Idol. We just sat back and watched the performances. Are we suffering from this Great American Guilt too?

You have revealed yourself to be not only homophobic but myopic and US-centric. A dangerously narrow-minded combination.

JulieSeattle
JulieSeattle

I'm not even particularly religious, but after reading that I will pray for the author's soul, and mental and emotional health.

Formica
Formica

Re:"@Formica-plagiarize says:Formica said:"My friends who have been nominated for or have won Grammy's do not take it as proof of, well, anything."LOLLLLL that's a paraphrased quote from Creed on Grammy's Wiki. MORON."

Actually, no. You don't have to believe me (and I doubt that you will), but that's the truth. I don't read Creed's Wiki (or Grammy's Wiki. Or anybody's Wiki.)

It is proof, however, that what I said is true; that few musicians take the Grammy's very seriously. Thus [I can't believe I'm saying this], Creed is further proving my point; just because an entertainer sells beaucoups of records and/or has a Grammy, it really doesn't prove that their music is wonderful. It might happen to be wonderful, but those two markers are not proof. It only means that they are popular and/or that somebody in the recording industry thought they should win a Grammy.

I mean, Obama was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize after having served 13 days in office. And he was chosen as the winner by a committee of 5.Proof that he is therefore the person most deserving of the title The Human Who Has Done The Most For Peace In The World In The Last Year?

Most would say no. His winning does not mean that he did NOT deserve to win the award, but I suspect few would argue that the award is proof of his accomplishments up to that time.

staciegirlie
staciegirlie

Wow, where did my big write up go? No matter.

@John & anonymous (aka Brandon)

I won't endure the redundant task of reposting your so-called review which is really a botched up social commentary; however, your claim that it wasn't homophobic is very rich considering you mentioned orientation 9 times. You used the word "gay" 5 times, "straight" twice, "straightness" and the phrase "not straight" once each.

I can almost see where you were going to make a legitimate point but it quickly became likened to an amtrak train which derailed soon as it left the terminal. But who can sort through all that incoherent writing of yours which looked like a third-grade essay contest entry? (Sadly for you, I've seen third-graders who write more cohesively than you.)

Here's an example of a review from someone who didn't enjoy Adam's Glam Nation concert. Take note of how this reviewer still REVIEWS THE MUSIC!

http://blog.washingtonpost.com...

staciegirlie
staciegirlie

The phrase, "it felt contrived" was directed at Adam's fans' reaction and response to him, not Adam's performance.

wgh
wgh

Huh? That was very entertaining reading and very sad...like a really bad sit.com./reality TV show...hysterical/pathetic....DITTO to the comments listed here....Makes me appreciate living in NY!

swarm
swarm

radiohead said "Especially regarding a blogger who praises Taylor Swift, as the MIRROR to the soul of America, teaching parents how to raise their children"

So wait. Quotes from Hernsberger's Swift review, very insightful about his sociological ass backwards position:

Taylor Swift is a "neo feminist keyhole to the future" (oh the writing LMAO)

and

"it's okay, even desirable, to face the prospect of social EXclusion, because social EXclusion teaches kids about kindness" (WTAF)

and

teaches parents "How do I raise a teenager in a world where vices are valued and innocence is stigmatized?"

BUT OTHH,

Lambert is NO keyhole to the future of LGBT rights.

and

Lambert benefits from social exclusion which is actually KIND, versus inclusion which must be UNkind? or what? socially dangerous? (asshole)

and

And apparently Lambert and his ILK are vices.

NO. NOT HOMOPHOBIC AT ALL. Sadly, Hernsberger's Amazon wishlist has crib sheets on it. Poor offspring.

Music lover
Music lover

Is this a concert review? Really? I thought I was on politics page. I didn't read any piece of music review AT ALL. The message was gay gay gay and hate hate hate. Seriously, where is the media professional nowadays.

ladyofthelake
ladyofthelake

This was undoubtedly the most confusing piece of idiotic "journalism" that I have read in a long time..I re-read it several times, trying to decipher what the author was trying to say and I still can't really figure out how it actually relates directly to the Houston concert at all, or even Adam Lambert the human being, for that matter. It appears to be some sort of twisted social commentary/satire mixed with nasty remarks directed at the fans who were most likely there for the same reasons that I personally go to see and enjoy Mr. Lambert's concerts: to experience live his singing talent and to share in the joyous and very entertaining concert experience, and not to pat myself on the back for electing a black president or supporting the "gay guy" on Idol...Such utter crap...You insult my intelligence on so many levels, sir.. As so many commenters before me have said, Adam's talent has been lauded not just by a few of his crazy over 50 female fans and their purse carrying husbands (please...), but giants in the music industry...and for the author to have the gall to say that Mr. Lambert should not have made it through the audition process is beyond all possible understanding. I can't help but wonder if this "review" was written with the hidden agenda that in a few days there will be a "gotcha" follow-up that says "Hey, I really got you guys, didn't I?? You've all been punk-ed!! Ha ha!!" That would be the only possible explanation for this opinion piece, because it surely is not a review of a concert at all, merely the self-indugent and often insulting ramblings of a confused mind, in my humble opinion...the author is entitled to his opinion, its his blog, but I am entitled to mine...and there you have it...

Anonymous
Anonymous

Adam is one of the most amazing talented artist I've ever had the Privilege to see live! his vocal range is superior, he has been compared musically to Freddie Mercury! His FIRST album has gone platinum in numerous countries, he has played over 60 + shows all SOLD OUT and has an international tour coming up! because he is that much in demand, his shows sell out in 30 or less minutes.. How is that not talented? People that are like you homophobic, right wing, cookie cutter people are what's wrong with our country! everybody has a freedom of speech and their own opinions but seriously bashing Adam saying he has no talent, and assuming your speaking for his fans was way out of line and very rude! And Adam wasn't openly gay during American Idol but he was definatly one of the more talented People on the show and should have won.. And you say hes the only openly gay artist to get a major record deal? what about Boy George? Elton John and Clay Aiken? I'm so sick of hearing about Adam's sexuality! Yes hes gay if you don't agree with what he does then close your eyes and don't look, But even if you listen with your eyes closed so its not clouding your opinion on him you still have to agree he as an artist is amazingly talented and musically one of the best new artists out there! GO ADAM!

brightenup
brightenup

This article actually brought tears to my eyes-----it is so so so so mean on so many levels, to so many. I don't understand WHY?? I am not one of those fantastic people who write words of praise for Adam at every opportunity----and yet it is important for me to respond: Adam is talented, has a beautiful voice, has a wonderful presence. He does not deserve to be demeaned in such a manner, nor does President Obama, and nor do I. I do not need to pat myself on the back, but will shake the hand of Adam or President Obama anyday, to thank them for choosing to venture into the public eye despite those who would spit in it. I do not feel validated at this moment, just very very sad.....

quinn
quinn

You newspaper should be ashamed of such poor reporting. I am amazed at such blatant inaccuracies in the article. It is a shame that many people will judge Texas because of this article. You Chamber of Commerce should reprimand you.

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