Adam Lambert - Heaven London
British fans of US talent show American Idol are in for a treat in the next couple of weeks as three of its competitors are turning their attentions to the UK. Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino is popping to these shores to play a headlining show at London’s Indigo at the beginning of May. Season 8 stalwart Allison Iraheta drops her debut single “Friday I’ll Be Over You” around the same time and the true star of that year’s Idol Adam Lambert releases his album For Your Entertainment.
Mr Lambert has already hit the European promo trail, with volcanic eruptions slightly scuppering the second half of his UK plans, finally landing in the capital again in time to sit on Lorraine Kelly's sofa and play a couple of sets at London’s Heaven venue.
I was lucky enough to gain admission to the second show, a gig organised by HMV for fans who pre-ordered Adam’s album. HMV seem to be doing this on a regular basis these days with recent gigs from Alphabeat and Paul Weller coming to mind. It’s a great way for fans to get up close and sample their faves in intimate venues.
There was certainly no shortage of Lambert fans in the building, with an audience response usually reserved for a more seasoned performer (or possibly the Jonas Brothers!), with screams and calls filling the arena before their Idol's entrance. The crowd were certainly a mixed bag anyway, ranging from trendy teens to a large amount of women who looked as if they should have been camping out for a week outside the Albert Hall waiting for Cliff Richard tickets rather than getting down and dirty to the Glam Popper!
Adam’s set was pulled from his Electro Pop album and showcased the show stopping vocals that were a major part of his Idol success. I must admit I championed Miss Iraheta that season till she was despatched in fourth place but I always looked forward to seeing what Adam had to offer each week and I certainly wanted him to win when it came down to the final two.
Adam's set was short and sweet, with seven songs delivered to the excited crowd. The man was joined by a team of dancers for part of the set spicing up the evening's proceedings, with their raunchy moves adding to the Lambert package. Mr Lambert's certainly no shrinking violet mind you and was happy enough to join the fun, with crotch grabbing, squatting and gyrating the order of the day.
Adam took plenty of time to thank his ever faithful fans, spending periods just taking in all the cheers, cat calls and whistles that headed his way. Although a very charismatic performer there was no sense of arrogance, with the Idol star coming across as very likable.
Set highlights included opener "For Your Entertainment", "Fever" (a song written by the glorious Lady Gaga) and last song of the evening "If I Had You", with Adam telling the audience "No matter what colour your skin is, no matter who you fuck, no matter what God you believe in, no matter how old you are, we can all party together" and party they did!
Adam's show was very entertaining. My three song allocation in the photo pit was immense fun and I enjoyed the rest of the set almost as much! He certainly deserves a lot of success in the UK so hopefully his album will do well. I'm sure there wont be much of an opportunity to catch him in similar sized venue on his next return to this country anyway.