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Adam Lambert Goes Big For First Tour

of the Oakland Press

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Adam Lambert didn’t go into his first full-scale tour with modest ambitions.

Big surprise, eh?

The 2009 “American Idol” runner-up — who’s promoting his debut album, “For Your Entertainment,” as well as a “Remixes” collection that came out in April — mined a number of notable inspirations in crafting his current “Glam Nation Tour.”

“I’ve always loved the big pop tours — people like Michael Jackson, Madonna,” explains Lambert, 28, who recently debuted the video for his latest single, “If I Had You.”

“I like people that put on a show, that take their music and create their visual and a story and a theme ...

“That’s something that’s really important to me. Also, I think my background in musical theater came into play a lot with this production. I wanted it to be first and foremost about the music; second is giving the audience something to look at.”

Lambert describes the “Glam Nation” production as “visually inspired by kind of like a blend of turn of the century New Orleans meets psychedelic classic rock, kind of a voodoo, crystal ball, magic kind of look (with) a lot of psychedelic kind of classic rock visual references — Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Keith Richards.” The show is presented in three distinct parts, incorporating video and choreography with a mid-concert acoustic segment and “a surprise cover or two.”

And, he promises, it’s safe for anyone offended by his controversial, sexually charged performance during the 2009 American Music Awards telecast.

“I definitely think they’ll be comfortable,” Lambert says. “That was kind of an artistic experiment, the AMAs. I learned a lot from it. I learned what my limitations are. I learned what my audience wants to see.

“The (“Glam Nation”) concert definitely is sexy, but I feel if anyone thought (the AMA performance) was not tasteful, this is tasteful.”

Adam Lambert, Orianthi and Allison Iraheta perform Friday, June 18, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 248- 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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