Adam Lambert – Love Wins Over Glamour – Life Ball 2013 (VIDEO)

Adam Lambert performs “Love Over Glamour” at tonight’s Life Ball 2013 in Vienna Austria.

The lavish production finds Adam dressed as Ali Baba with a slew of half dressed thieves as he performs the dramatic original song that was written specifically for the event. Pretty fabulous!

Watch the performance below.

  • patriciajames

    Absolutely amazing! Great performance with a song with a universal message! (And did Adam look hot in that costume or what?)

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Outstanding! That was totally overwhelming and gorgeous. Loved Adam! Loved the guys! I just cannot see Adam sitting behind the Idol judging table and not taking away attention from the contestants.

  • lexa

    Over 20,000 tweets for Adam on the social wall

    http://wall.socialisten.at/adamlambert

  • Chicagolaw

    Awesome video! Didn’t know there would be professional video. And actually, the song was pretty good. I like it!

  • girlygirl

    Great video! And did I see that this song will be released on iTunes or somewhere?

    PS – Wonder if Adam gets to keep the costume? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaugard.stevens Beaugard Stevens

    His beautiful voice is so wasted on these mediocre dance tunes.

  • Chicagolaw

    I also heard the song will be released on iTunes at some point. Does anyone know, is it strictly for charity?

  • milwlovesadam

    Simply fantastic! So proud to be a fan of the man!!

    Now, how do we get video that edits out those blasted announcers talking over the performance like we can’t figure out what is going on without them and their voices drowning out the performance???????

  • lexa

    @TALCvids: Stellar group there! RT @GoldenBoyMacrae: Time to Vogue!! @lifeball Fergie, Kelly Osbourne, D2, Adam Lambert http://t.co/6xfZFR26RC

  • H.A.

    He is fabulous. He’s having an amazing career. Thank you Idol. Every day he wins over more and more fans. Those Europeans sure know how to throw a party.

  • jpfan2

    I like the spectacle but the song is really bad. The music is fair but the lyrics are terrible. I think I heard I am coming for you with big pockets. Not to mention that howler title.

    Since it’s for charity I hope it sell well. It’s like one of those terrible songs that do on the European song contest. ;0

  • milwlovesadam

    How incredible that Adam and Kelly live across the hall from each other in the same building, and are both at the LifeBall together. I know they have been at other events together ( Elton John’s White Tie Party for one and Elton’s after Oscar party for two, there are more..).

  • H.A.

    It’s a pure Europop song that was written specifically to fit this event. I hear Britney Spears all over this and you know that shit would smash here.

  • jpfan2

    You think this song will be a smash here. Okay. I respectfully disagree. ;0 Since it was written for the event I’ll cut it some slack.

  • H.A.

    A lot of “really bad” music smash here. Where you’ve been girl. Have you heard all the banjo shit out there.

  • jpfan2

    . Are you now agreeing with me that this is really bad? Or that any song can hit on the radio. That is just not true. But if it were then I guess this could be a hit. Anyway, it was written for a charity event. I don’t think it expected to go to radio.

  • H.A.

    You might just get your wish. Just a hunch and based on some hints but I think Adam next album will move away from the dance music and more Alt/Rock.

  • bridgette12

    I absolutely love Kelly’s hair, I am obsessed with that color. She seems like such a nice, happy person, just the type of girl Adam would be friends with.

  • bridgette12

    The Europeans know how to make a statement.

  • H.A.

    At least adam writes actual words instead of intrumental as filler. Peoples taste in music is so subjectice. What is one man’s garnbage is an other’s treasure. Don’t forget Country and Rock are popular in America not so much outside the U.S. at least in many, many countries.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What a fun performance! Adam gets to play “dress up” and looks and sounds great. Cool!

  • emme1000

    We need to export some choreographers….that was really bad. Did one of those dancers have a potbelly? Love Adam!

  • emme1000

    love that jacket

  • Pippygirl

    Adam looks and sounds great but that song is dire. Love over Glamour? WTH does that mean lol. If they sell it for charity, I hope it does well.

  • HKfan

    Loved this, Adam looked and sounded great. Who better than Adam to be peacocking down the runway…
    I love the song too, find it really catchy, even on first listen.

  • Dianne

    It was okay for the purpose, can’t see it being a hit. But good on him for a fine performance. Quite the pageant and for a good cause.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    There are times I care about the lyrics of a song. This is not one of those times. For me the song was a fun earworm, and totally perfect for the spectacle surrounding it. And Adam sounded, and looked, fantastic! His stage presence was, as always, awesome – he was not dwarfed in the least by such a huge production.

    It is so much fun being a fan of this man.

  • H.A.

    Yes, when I listen to dance music the lyrics are so important. NOT.

  • http://twitter.com/svmreiter Susan Reiter

    Adam looked gorgeous in that outfit and what a fun song! He sure is having a great career and getting a lot of international attention! His big voice is perfect for these huge productions ! :)

  • Pippygirl

    Not really all that fond of that “banjo shit” myself and I love a good dance pop song, but this isn’t one of them imo. Fortunately this song is for charity and isn’t expected to go anywhere. Not only are the lyrics bad, the music is forgettable.

  • H.A.

    Fortunately this song is for charity and isn’t expected to go anywhere.

    Exactly. A song that has “Open Sesame” lyrics was meant for Ali Baba, 1001 Nights. lol.

  • mmb

    Adam didnt pick this song. It’s not his new single. It’s not going to radio – certainly not in the us. It’s a typical cheesy euro pop song meant for a euro audience. It’s for charity. I actually like it and think it’s fun. But it’s pointless to even talk about it in commercial or radio terms. It’s irrelevant

  • YeP

    Hes looking like a 70s gay porn star these days with that facial hair

  • YeP

    he was very generous and laid back with Amber. I bet he has a good sense of humor and is witty and could come up with stuff right on the spot. The question is whether he would be able to critique another artist….

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    The question is whether he would be able to critique another artist….

    LOL…you don’t know much about Adam, do you?

  • Lindsayjean139

    What a huge honor. Elton John was there, Fergie, Kelly O, Royalty etc. Good for Adam Lambert. He has definitely made an impression in the international world. The song was written specifically for the event as you can tell by the lyrics. Adam has made his mark in the international world. Out of all the singers in the world it was Adam they chose.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    If he does happen to get the AI judging gig, he can wear that one night.

  • bridgette12

    Lol! There’s probably some women and men out there that was wishing he was a porn star.

  • H.A.

    Revelers brave cold to fight AIDS at Vienna ball reut.rs/16WtFiU via @reuters

  • jpfan2

    I found last year’s opening song (weirdly enough done by a group including a contestant from the Voice this year). The lyrics last year were just as bad so I’m not going to blame Adam for the song this year! (I think last year the girls were singing about getting beat up???)

  • HermeticallySealed

    Having seen several 70′s porn stars, I can’t really agree. Maybe if he lost the chin stubble . . .

  • asifclueless

    Love the intricate costume of the coat and turban with beautiful and colourful Swarovski crystals.

    It’s a labour of love.
    http://www.kleinezeitung.at/upload/images/original/pic_1496209.jpg

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    These songs are Europop because they are written, recorded and performed in Europe. Even in the US, Popular music is not about the lyrics. Here are the lyrics to the #1 song in the US:

    Return of the Mac, get em
    What it is
    What it does
    What it is
    What it isn’t
    Looking for a better way to get up out of bed
    Instead of getting on theAnnotate internet and checking out who hit me, get up
    Thrift shop, pimp strut walking
    Little bit of humble, little bit of cautious
    Somewhere between like Rocky and Cosby
    Sweater game nope nope y’all can’t copy
    Yup, Bad, moonwalking

    Or perhaps #2 song in the US has deep, well constructed music:

    Right from the start
    You were a thief
    You stole my heart
    And I your willing victim
    I let you see the parts of me
    That weren’t all that pretty
    And with every touch you fixed them

    Now you’ve been talking in your sleep, oh, oh
    Things you never say to me, oh, oh
    Tell me that you’ve had enough
    Of our love, our love

  • marmom07

    Wow the close up of his costume is amazing. I wonder how heavy the coat is? I doubt he gets to keep it.

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    I thought he looked like a young George Michael.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I fear that as an Idol judge he would have to toe TPTB’s line, and I wouldn’t want him to have to do that. Anyone who becomes a judge would have to do that.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Nope – not exactly a deathless ditty, but performance a helluva lot of fun. (And I did give that title the side eye.) But love the closeups of that handsome face, and the sound of that incredible voice is always welcome. (And what a switch from Titanium – brilliant musical chameleon.)

  • lovetheusa1776

    Knowing his wild sense of humor, he’d cackle at that.

    Anyhow – it’s just for the show (I hope).

  • waitingforthe1

    Adam looks and sounds great but that song is dire. Love over Glamour? WTH does that mean lol.

    Love over Glamour means that love is more important than money or image or superficial BS. It means open your heart and your mind and love each other. I’m surprised so many people seem to have missed what these lyrics are saying, especially as it pertains to the event in question.

    This is a charity….heavy pockets full of gold that mean nothing if we don’t love one another…ie: open your wallets and give to this cause and show your love for your fellow man.

  • waitingforthe1

    why just a gay porn star?? did all porn stars in the 70s have bad facial hair?

  • AdenEsh

    Love the song. Very well arranged for the event. His outfit is gorgeous. I would love to buy video of this event on iTunes.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    What a great photo! That costume cost a fortune. Wonder where it goes from here?

  • springboard2

    I agree about the song, and it also made me think of the European song contest.

  • Emmy

    wow wow – so much fun! love this – it made me donate and i imagine that’s the purpose, lol. adam looks amazing!

  • jpfan2

    I actually think both these songs have amazing lyrics!

  • silverwings

    Really hope they release a clean version of the song – I’d buy it easily, it’s really catchy!

  • weareallinnocent

    How much fun! I agree, a personal piece of heaven for Adam. What a costume! :-)

    And, fwiw, I like the song…quite a bit…

  • marmom07

    LOL that first set of lyrics makes absolutely no sense to me AT all. The second I can follow.

  • bridgette12

    Adam knows how to make a grand entrance wherever he goes.

  • Cookiebr7

    Wow! I really loved the fun performance, and the costume was great! Adam looked and sounded amazing. And I think the song is fun; I will definitely buy it when it becomes available. I also thought the social media wall was amazing….at one point when I looked at it, I saw one of my own tweets about Adam on it! So glad Adam is getting the opportunity to travel the world and make a name for himself internationally.

  • Cookiebr7

    I think I read somewhere that Kelly recently moved into her own home. But I am sure they are friends.

  • Larc

    With the fancy costume and lavish production, I think Adam was probably like a kid in a candy shop.

  • bridgette12

    It has to be surreal for Adam to get a call from his management saying, hey Adam, how would you like to get a free trip to perform at the Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, dressed in an amazing costume, watched by millions of people. That’s his life, he much pinch himself all the time.

  • seldomused

    Stunning costume!
    Adam’s probably one of the few who could have carried that off convincingly; his height certainly helps!
    Like others have said, Adam must have been in 7th heaven

    Need to hear the song without the voiceovers :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    According to the announcers at the event, Adam contacted Life Ball’s planners and said he wanted to be involved. I imagine that he did not think that he would get to sing the Life Ball song.

  • vimana

    Some have posited that the costume (minus the turban) was “recycled” from the long coat that Adam wore for the song Sleepwalker, in his first tour, and from Diesel boots that he’s worn before. He has also worn those same bronze leather pants before. If one disregards the adornments and the embellishments, the two coats bear an uncanny resemblance, from the cut down to the long line of buttons…

  • http://twitter.com/svmreiter Susan Reiter

    And here I thought he was looking like Ali Baba ; )

  • http://twitter.com/svmreiter Susan Reiter

    Definitely agree! Huge honor. And the cheesy fun lyrics were just what the occasion called for! Hope he keeps getting these international gigs. They are fun – usually huge – and so very interesting!

  • http://twitter.com/svmreiter Susan Reiter

    Who else would have this stuff lying around? Harem pants – yep, just let him go get them – all set ! haha! Someone said that was maybe the Sleepwalker coat punched up – and Adam has expressed an interest in peacock patterns before. So -yep – none of this is a stretch for him!

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    Yes, the entire outfit appears to be from his “closet” except for the turban and the embellishment!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Explained very nicely.

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    He was not hired, he volunteered.

  • milwlovesadam

    Maybe it was the same designer, but I doubt that the sheer and gauzy Sleepwalker coat could have supported the weight of all those crystals and appliques. It was fabulous though!!!

  • lexa

    Amazing HD video of the performance. Wow!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO9d3ydXZrY&feature=youtu.be

  • bridgette12

    I had no idea Adam called them and it probably surprised him when they ask if he would do this song to kick off the festivities.

  • suenigma

    OH MY! Adam sounds fantastic, as always, and of course it’s a great cause. I am definitely not the target audience for this song or staging, but it seems like fun was had by all. :)

  • lexa

    How cool Barbara Eden and Adam dressed up!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BLOD7IJCUAAQPys.jpg:large

  • marmom07

    That’s what I was thinking. The cut is very much the same (and looks great on him). The close up pictures show buttons just like the sleepwalker coat but those aren’t sequins (well some may be). That’s a lot of crystals and they get heavy.

    The live stream showed a video clip where they were apparently talking to the costumers and watching people try on costumes (I don’t speak the language so I don’t know exactly what was being said) and they showed a huge warehouse. I got the impression many of the costumes were borrowed from this warehouse but I could be wrong. It would make sense to start with something that already fits him and then add to it or build a new coat just like it but strong enough for all the embellishments. Or maybe there is a way to strengthen the sleepwalker coat by lining it?

  • marmom07

    So if it is his coat and he does get to keep it the real question is how will he re-purpose it?? LOL

    Or maybe they take off the crystals.

  • bridgette12

    Barbara Eden looks amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    The top part of the Sleepwalker coat is not lightweight material, it is actually very heavy fabric and that is where the crystals were applied. The lightweight fabric from the waste down is embellished with sequins and metallic thread.

  • seashellz51

    Oh my thank you for posting this! I was so hoping there would be a pic of them together in costume. Love it. Barbara looks so good.

  • seashellz51

    OK.. maybe I am mistaken.. but isnt this the Sleepwalker coat? Adam is wearing it at the pre-party.
    https://twitter.com/liveyoung82/status/338298176375234560/photo/1

  • lexa

    I know, I can’t believe she is 78!

  • marmom07

    No it’s the one he wore when he sang Sleepwalker on the GNT. See this video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZACqNnO9-E

  • seashellz51

    Oh shoot.. I was thinking when he sang Sleepwalker on Leno.

  • Axxxel

    I did not know that she dressed in almost the same way as when she starred in that TV serie a long while ago… http://omg.yahoo.com/news/barbara-eden-78-wears-dream-jeannie-costume-life-223000578-us-weekly.html

  • Axxxel

    Hope Adam is allowed to make a mash up of this song and the song “Pop that Lock…

  • Axxxel

    My german is not that good but I have the impression that the commentators were comparing Adam’s career to another singer, a certain Kristine.. or is it Christine… who also took part in a reality show,didn’t win but still had a career afterwards. Maybe you know who they were comparing Adam to ?

  • Axxxel

    I noticed that the Scissor Sisters were part of the ball last year and they did a performance but not as opening act.. Maybe Adam had something in mind like those “Sisters”… but I am sure he did not expect to be the opening act.

  • Montavilla

    I don’t know why they’d use the Sleepwalker Coat itself. It would be less work just to use the pattern, and build it with a heavier fabric that can support all those crystals.

    And the Vienna production would provide him a costume, wouldn’t it? It’s not like they’d ask him to sing and assume he has a fully realized Ali Baba costume in his closet that would magically fit with their production design.

  • Incipit

    Yes, Montavilla.

    The production would provide a costume – any venture that size (and many a whole lot smaller) has a designer and Costume Supervisor on staff, there are story boards and drawings of the concept for the costuming for the whole cast that the director and producers have signed off on, and a staff to create them. There is also a Costume Closet – or in this case, probably whole rooms of past costumes that can be re-purposed, rebuilt, cannibalized, or whatever is need for the next production. This is SOP.

    Yes, It would be much faster and much less work to use the pattern and build a new coat that can support 20 or more lbs of embellishments than it would be to try re-inforcing an existing coat. Adding the crystals and bead work while the garment is flat (before assembling the pieces) saves immensely on construction time – and is also SOP for stage costume.

    This looks like a standard amended cassock pattern, so does that Sleepwalker coat, with a few differences in the cut. The production staff would have drawers full of historic costume patterns – if they needed to be more specific, or didn’t have a pattern-maker on staff.

    Just for fun – the cassock as a garment turns up everywhere in history – derives from the Greco/Roman tunic – “The word “cassock” from Middle French “casaque”, a long coat. In turn, the old French word may come ultimately from Turkish “quzzak” (nomad, adventurer – the source of the word “Cossack”), an allusion to their typical riding coat, or from Persian ?????? “kazh?gand” …” …which makes it so very appropriate for a coat belonging to Ali Baba!

    *snerk* @ Myself – sorry – I saw in the sidebar that the discussion had touched on my area of expertise – costuming – and the crystal embellished coat is very nicely done indeed.

    Stepping out of the thread now – ;)

  • Montavilla

    Thanks, Incipit. Commonsense told me that the production team for the event would have provided the costume. But it’s great to have confirmation from an expert.

    I love all the detail you provided!

  • seashellz51

    shoshanna stone @shoshannastone
    9h @SweetOnPeacexx red carpet was a mugler coat and the costume was by Marco Marco

  • Incipit

    Very welcome for the backstage detail from the Tech POV – and I see that there was indeed a designer, for AL’s costume, at least – Thierry Mugler - who was an outre’ couture clothing designer known from the 70′s to the 90′s and now does all sorts of theatrical and stage designs, often doing full concept work – Cirque du Soleil – Beyonce’, are among his past clients.

    Check the colors and embellishment on the first gown at the link – same eye catching rich palette. Nice.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    Except we already know the costume was designed by Marco Marco, and was not from an in-house costume designer. Marco Marco has embellished clothing for Adam in the past. And most of the Ali Baba costume pieces are identifably Adam’s – the pants, the shirt, the gloves, and likely the boots. Plus, if one looks at the Ali Baba coat, it is actually very lightweight material at the bottom; in some photos one can see light shining through it. The Sleepwalker coat actually used heavy material at the top (where the stones and heavier embellishments are in the Ali Baba coat), and lightweight material on the bottom (where more lightweight sequins and glitter thread are used). I think it’s very possibly the same coat.

  • Lock

    LOL. He looked fabulous like Prince Persian to me. Dayum he’s HOT!!! :)