Adam Lambert released his first concert DVD, Glam Nation Live, last week with an accompanying CD. The release features 12 tracks, including hits like “Whataya Want From Me” and “If I Had You” from Lambert’s debut album, For Your Entertainment, which has sold over one million copies worldwide since its release in 2009.
Lambert takes his Glam Nation Tour from the road into our homes with the new release. After popping in the DVD, we begin our journey through Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation Live and land in Indianapolis, Indiana at Clowes Hall at Butler University on August 31, 2010. Before the concert begins, we get to see a little sneak peak of Lambert, the band and the dancers backstage, along with footage from the rehearsal and the crowd lining up for the concert. You can feel the anticipation and excitement in the air.
Lambert appears in the purple-and-pink spotlight with the moon in the background and heavy black eyeliner rimming his eyes as he opens the show with “Voodoo.” You get the feeling that you are watching a circus and Lambert is the ringmaster. He tames his animals-like dancers just like puppets under his spell.
Lambert goes back to his American Idol roots in “Ring of Fire” and belts out his signature high note, except it’s more subdued than on Idol. I remember when Lambert performed this song on Idol; it’s really when I took notice of him in the competition and when he took a chance and stepped above his competitors.
Lambert faced a little controversy when he kissed his keyboardist at the American Music Awards back in 2009. He redoes this moment on stage with his guitarist in “Fever” and sings, “You burn me up.” Lambert also heats up the stage with his sexy gyrations. He uses the entire stage to his advantage, always the showman and looking comfortable on stage.
Lambert takes a small tribal dancing interlude before slowing down his hyper-production for “Sleepwalker.” He appears from the shadows with a long theatrical jacket and shows his great voice with super range and control in this song.
Lambert stops his singing to talk about the theme of the concert, which is love. He says, “Sometimes love sucks” before going into his mega hit, “Whataya Want From Me.” Lambert does a soft acoustic version of the song with just a guitar and very light drum.
In “Soaked,” I felt like I was watching the pivotal moment in a play, where the lead does a solo with just the piano. He hits a high note and keeps it going while milking it from the crowd as they erupt in applause. Lambert stops again to talk with the audience about love a little more, about finding it in the wrong places, but that it will all be ok in the “Aftermath.” He sings, “You will be ok in the aftermath” almost like a reassurance that everything will be ok.
“Jamming with Lasers” gives Lambert the opportunity to change clothes while we are dazzled by the laser display, guitar and drums. “Sure Fire Winners” reminds me of a glamorized Steven Tyler rendition. The song is very rock, with a little toughness and a ton of sex appeal.
Lambert wraps up his Glam Nation Live performance with his most pop rock song, “If I Had You.” He gets the crowd up and hopping with this danceable hit. The images go from black-and-white to color and add vibrancy to the song, and Lambert gets a little sexual with his dancers.
The Glam Nation Live performance was fun and energetic. Lambert eats up the stage with his booming personality. In just over an hour you get a cool Adam Lambert experience, plus a few touring videos to wrap up your tour experience. This DVD comes with a CD, so you have all the audio from the concert.