Who needs ABC? Adam Lambert didn't seem to on New Years Eve when he performed at the Gridlock party in Los Angeles, California. Lambert was rocked off of Dick Clark's annual New Years Eve gala, when ABC decided his performance at the American Music Awards was a no-no. Despite the seemingly never-ending slap on the wrist, the notorious glitter-man delivered a 40 minute set of songs from his CD For Your Entertainment to a crowd of 4500, while headlining his own New Year's party, hosted by Pamela Anderson, at Paramount studios.
Dressed in black tuxedo pants and a slick black coat with beaded embroidery, the American Idol runner- up held love crazed Glamberts in the palm of his left hand, and a cordless mike in his right, proving all that glitters is not gold, but platinum.
Donning full hair and make up, Lambert treated the audience to a vocal cocktail that had them intoxicated after just a few bars. Songs like Music Again, Strut, Fever, and Down the Rabbit Hole were performed with the high voltage intensity that fans have come to expect from the 'Glittery Alien from Planet Fierce'. As he slowed things down with Soaked and Sleepwalker, you could hear an earring drop as the audience drank in each emotion he soulfully poured out.
Lambert finished up with an encore of Whole Lotta Love, featuring his signature hip gyrations and gratuitous guttural groans, making it one of the night's most notable performances.
The only disappointment of the evening was for fans that couldn't attend the event, as is was not televised. They were, therefore, left with amateur cell-casts from sympathetic attendees who tried to share the evening by recording Lambert's performance on their cell phones and uploading them to You Tube. Most often this resulted in poor sound and picture quality, but it did the trick for anxious viewers determined to catch a glimpse of their idol.
Thousands of fans boycotted the coverage of Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve in protest of Lambert's treatment by ABC. Some who didn't participate in the boycott and tuned in to the broadcast, took issue with Jennifer Lopez' sheer cat suit, and wondered how consistent the network was being in it's assessment of propriety.
Adam Lambert wasn't concerned, however. He rang in the New Year surrounded by his new band, an audience full of loyal fans, and plenty of cheers. As his fan base continues to grow, Mr Lambert will have plenty more to sing (and cheer) about in 2010.
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