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Adam Lambert Slays at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock

| Vicky Sullivan |

It has been 13 years since Adam Lambert’s killer vocals should have won American Idol Season 8, but Lambert is probably lucky that it didn’t happen that way! Since 2009, he has had numerous hits, sings for Queen all over the world, and did a Kennedy Center Honors performance as a tribute to Cher of her song “Believe,” which had her up on her feet and millions of YouTube views!

Adam Lambert

Adam came to Florida on his “We Say Gay” tour to play some dates that included festivals in Key West and Sunfest in West Palm Beach.  Tampa was lucky to get him at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Event Center!  The seating capacity is 1,500, which makes for a great, intimate show.  This show had a general admission standing pit, the Glamberts were out in full force, and cell phones became part of the show.   Adam arrived on stage performing his first hit after Idol and a perfect opener, “For Your Entertainment.”  Dressed in a long, black vest with a glitter shirt and black platform shoes, he strutted and danced to the high-energy tune. 

Adam released his latest album, “Velvet” on March 20, 2020, right at the shutdown of the pandemic, and wasn’t able to tour to support this album in the U.S., but the album received great reviews, and he performed “Superpower” for the Tampa crowd who loved it.  He kicked it up a notch when he gave us a cover of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” and a fun version of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”  The setlist was a mix of covers and Adam’s solo music, so there was something for everyone.  The audience was a mixed demographic of Glamberts, the LGBTQ crowd, over 60’s, couples, and women!  Adam’s vocals were in top form, hitting all those big notes, but he is much more in command of where his voice goes now than back in his Idol days.  “Roses” from Velvet sounded great.   Adam talked to the audience about the “We Say Gay” tour, touching on his concerns for the LGBTQ community in the current political climate but was neither angry nor preachy. 

Taking the audience into a slew of covers you wouldn’t expect, he did Duran Duran’s “Undone,” Chris Issak’s, “Wicked Game,” Tears for Fears, “Mad World,” which Adam made his own during the Idol competition and still sounds so amazing.  His hit “Ghost Town” made the cut, and a great cover of Brandi Carlisle’s “The Joke,” an amazing, haunting lyric with Lambert’s voice, made it a showstopper.  His top ten and Grammy-nominated performance of “Whatya Want from Me,” written by Pink, is a favorite of the crowd.  He didn’t leave the Queen fans or rockers out with “I Want to Break Free,” and the deep cut of “Dragon Attack” from the 1980 Queen album “The Game” were amazing.  It’s clear that Adam’s energy goes way up when singing Queen!  The encore was completely rocking tunes with Queen’s “Stone Cold Crazy” and Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”!  The backing band did a great job with the variety of music and included Poliana Magalhães (bass guitar), Brook Alexander (drums), Camila Grey (keyboards), and Eric Potapenko (guitar).

Adam heads out on tour with Queen in Europe for the next three months.  If you have never seen Adam with Queen, be sure and check them out when they tour the U.S., it is a great experience.    Tampa and the Seminole Hard Rock were lucky to hear one of the greatest voices around in rock today!

Headline photo provided by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Queen photo – Suncoast Post photo

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