Montavilla was lucky enough to score tickets to the Adam Lambert show at the 95.5  Bing Lounge in Portland OR. Here’s her recap, and listen to an acoustic version of a new song, “Never Close Our Eyes”, written by Bruno Mars

Adam Lambert at the Bing Lounge

My mother and I arrived outside the Bing Lounge to find the line going around the corner. It wasn’t a huge crowd, because it’s a small space. But it was very cold and windy, and we were almost at the end of the line. We entertained ourselves by window-shopping and watching a very short Occupy Portland march that passed by.

About 15 minutes before the lounge was supposed to open (but about half an hour before it actually did), a couple of radio station people came to check our names and give us tickets. The people in front of us, and those right behind us got seats, but we got standing room tickets. When I asked the guy with the seats how he got them, he replied vaguely that he “knew someone.”

We, who knew no one, ended up in the back of the room, standing behind very tall people. We couldn’t actually see anything but the video screens and the backs of people’s heads. But it didn’t matter, because I got to hear Adam live. He sounded wonderful — very powerful. The first song he sang was “Better Than I Know Myself.” The sound was beautiful. Then he answered some questions from the audience. I had submitted one from CWM, but it wasn’t one of the ones picked.

One question I do remember was from a girl who had been crying with excitement throughout the show. She asked if his house was on fire, what three things he would save. Adam answered that he’d save his boyfriend, Sauli, and then his laptop (where the music is), and then… he hesitated over the third thing. Someone in the audience yelled out, “Your mascara.” He laughed and said, “It’s $3.99 at Rite Aid, why would I bother?” He finally decided that he’d save his python boots.

He also mentioned that he got to do some shopping “at the mall” in Portland, and went to see The Hunger Games last night. He liked the book better, but he did like the movie. He said it was well-casted, and had a clean narrative line. He admitted that his food vice was eating dark chocolate, and that said he needed to attend DCA (Dark Chocolate Anonymous) meetings.

Then he sang “Never Close Our Eyes” for the first time for an audience! Cool! I finally got to hear the bridge and the end of the song. For the third song, he asked if we’d rather hear “Cuckoo” or “Trespassing.” But, just like RCA, we couldn’t decide, and so we heard “Whataya Want From Me,” instead.

Afterwards, the radio lackeys lined people up for photographs. They urged us all to twitter and post our videos and photos on facebook (“just be sure to say ‘in the Bing Lounge’”). Mom and I stayed for a little while, even though we weren’t interested in getting photos. It’s just that we wanted to actually see Adam. So we watched him hug and chat and smile into the camera for about ten minutes before we left. He looked gorgeous, wearing the blue Alexander McQueen shirt, with black vest and black skinny jeans, and the precious python boots.

Mom commented that he seemed softer, gentler, and nicer than she would have thought from seeing him on American Idol. She said she’s met a few people in her life who just have greatness in them, and she sees that in Adam.

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  • Anonymous

    Well written and beautiful song  and video!  What a voice. Thanks.  Mascara is $3.99 at Adam’s Rite Aid?  He needs to get that sale going at mine!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much for reporting back, Montavilla!  That was a lovely performance. Although I actually like the song (except for a couple of lines in the verse that sound a bit dead), and I like the way Adam’s voice soars in the chorus, I REALLY do not want this song to be the next single!  It would be BTIKM all over again.

  • Anonymous

    His voice is so freakin good. There are so few people in pop music that can sing like that. Some of those notes were gorgeous. I like all the new single options, but this has been my least favorite, but Adam once again shocks me with his ability to really elevate every song he sing live. If it’s good before, he makes it amazing live.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Another brilliant vocal. It reminds me of the time Slash said “Adam’s got some pipes…it seems so effortless for him.” The lyrics are beautiful and I love the melody. This might be a hit. :)

  • Miss Chaos

    Why is Elvis’s picture posted above?

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I like about him, he does make it seem effortless. It doesn’t matter how high or low he has to go, he doesn’t seem to be straining to do it. He’s comfortable with himself and with his music,  that in turn, makes the audience relax and enjoy his performances. This song was the least favorite of the four snippets we heard, but him singing it live, made me a fan.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the recap. This acoustic version is amazing!! I’m obsessed!

  • Emmy

     lol, Miss Chaos. Kind of weird how Elvis-y he looks in that photo. Thanks Montavilla for the recap – I watched on the stream and was completely blown away by Never Close Our Eyes.  I was lucky enough to hear him do a bit of it acapella for soundcheck too, he just amazes me.

  • HotHotHot

    Not my favorite song but he did a terrific job on it ! I wonder if this will be the new single.

  • YankeeFan08

    Beautiful performance!  He makes it seem so effortless.  Adam is the opposite of most other artists … he actually sounds better live than recorded.

    I know I’ve said it many times, but I have no idea how RCA will choose the next single.  All these songs we’ve heard are SO good!  I do think my preference would be one of the “dancier” tracks … Trespassing or Cuckoo … but I don’t think RCA will ask for my opinion. LOL   Hopefully they’ve asked PDs which one they prefer. 

    And yes, he really does look like Elvis there.

    Thanks for the post, MJ.

  • http://twitter.com/wanermania k w

    I don’t believe he is human!!

  • Anonymous

    Why is Elvis’s picture posted above?

    He did look uncannily like Elvis, especially when he was singing.  He had that Elvis sneer going a little, although I don’t think it was a conscious thing.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Montavilla for the recap. Adam sings so beautifully. Jacob from TWOP once wrote that Adam sings like angels ice-skating. I just thought about that when I heard this song. 

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant vocal. It does seems effortless.

    I’m not one who is calling NCOE death of the era, lol. It’s a great song with perfect production for radio.

    RCA messed up the chance to throw out a buzz single that was out of the box. Tsp, cuckoo and NL all have something that is a concern to me on radio, NCOE has none of that. Smart choice. If it hits, they can go with with a co-write next.

    Glad it’s not my decision.

  • Anonymous

    I am now officially in love with NCOE.  So lucky there are so many great choices for next single.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure this will be single #2. Much better song than BTIKM. Plus for some reason Idols rarely if ever get songs they’ve written released as singles (with a handful of exceptions).

    If this is the single it should do better on CHR than BTIKM. Hopefully whatever single #2 is, it gets released within the next 2-3 weeks.

  • Anonymous

    Montavilla …. thank you for sharing with your great re-cap.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/weeeeezle weezle

    I love BTIKM, but this NCOE is a close second for me…So many good tunes to pick from, and thats a good thing.

  • Anonymous

    I am worried that beautiful as it is, NCOE is not different enough from BTIKM to be a CHR friendly single and help with album release.  Now is not the time to be timid.  I think either Trespassing or Cuckoo have real CHR hit potential IMO.  Come on RCA have some courage.

  • Axxxel

    Montavilla, love your Mum’s comments at the end. Thank you for enduring the cold and standing up for a long time… and eventually sharing your experience with us.

  • HappyDaisy

    Thanks for the recap, Montavilla.

    Wow, Adam looks and sounds mighty fine.  So talented.

    Will be exciting to see him on Idol this season.

    Whatever people may say about Idol, the show has certainly helped some very talented artists become known to a broader audience.

  • Anonymous

     Maybe this (stunning) acoustic performance is confusing people, but NCOE is a very uptempo song, not midtempo like BTIKM. The beat of this song is even faster than the other 3 contenders, so it definitely is a dance song. This is the song that EQ UK called “ravey”.The way the vocals are performed and produced might make you think it is slower, I don’t know. The mood and maybe the lyrics have a similarity to BTIKM so that is the only reason I would wait to throw this out as a single even though I think it could do well on CHR. I would just like something totally different as a second single and I think any of the other three (hopefully Cuckoo!) would be better. They are all very good though so I will support either one, this is a tough but actually good situation to be in, IMO

  • ronnie

    That is a wonderful performance,  I do believe that sounds better acoustic than the other songs he has been previewing.  It’s a bit bland to be a big hit but he does a beautiful job singing it.

  • Anonymous

     Haha, I did notice that Elvis sneer and there is a resemblance when in profile. Elvis was a beautiful man too. Adam looks very slender and healthy lately. I hadn’t thought so at the time but seeing him now, he was looking a little heavier and puffy at times last year. Now, the beauty of his features are even more prominent. I loved his outfit last night too.

  • Anonymous

    I like your thinking, ThisIsVoodoo!

    I feel that NCOE would have been a perfect first single from the CD, and I’m wondering why BTIKM was selected instead.   I agree in that NCOE seems to be very radio friendly with a universal appeal.   I love Trespassing and Cuckoo, but they seem to be more on par with IIHY which became only a moderate radio hit at best.   I feel that NCOE would do well even released as a second single after BTIKM.   The album version of NCOE is very different than BTIKM (as well as the acoustic NCOE) in that it has a much more pronounced dance vibe to it.   Here is the snippet from the CD:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8tnlsg1U5k

    And yes, I’m glad it is not my decision as well!

  • cwm

    Awww Montavilla – thanks for the great recap! I’m so glad that you had such a great time and got to hear Adam live in that small venue with great acoustics. And you were treated to the live debut of NCOE! I watched the livestream intently (pretending I was there) and was slackjawed throughout NCOE at Adam’s amazing vocals on that song. Indeed, he sounded great on all of the songs he sang. And he was funny, charming, relaxed, and engaging during the Q&A. Loved the bits about the chocolate and the fire! Thanks for submitting my question – too bad it didn’t get picked! (Which one did you submit BTW?)

    Can you say more about how his voice sounded in that venue? From the livestream, it sounded like his voice was absolutely filling the room and then some, but can you say more about what he sounded like in person?

  • Anonymous

     It was not certain that NCOE was even going to be on the CD at the time BTIKM was released. I think Adam mentioned that he wanted it but it wasn’t ready until just recently. I also think it would have done better but you know what they say about hindsight. I do think they have 4 very strong contenders for #2 and even #3. I simply cannot wait for this album, I am so proud of Adam, he has done a fantastic job from I am hearing.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, thanks for the recap, Montavilla – very much appreciated.
    NCOE is also my least favorite out of the four – I’m on the Naked Love train which probably wouldn’t get past the Adam censors on radio.  Nevertheless, can live with NCOE as long as TPTB think it’ll be successful.  And he sang the heck out of it live – always amazed at the fluidity of his performances.  He also looked beautiful – a profile for the ages – very fortunate man in all his gifts.  IMO your mom is correct.

  • mmb

    Really nice performance!  I just love this song and have ever since I heard to demo.  But then, I love all four of the new songs he has been previewing.  Have no idea which one they will pick for the single (but I am sure whichever one it is there will be incessant second guessing of RCA , lol)….I’m guessing there will likely be an announcement within the next two weeks?  And hopefully he will perform it on the NNN awards taping next week.

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

    Everytime I think I have my favorite picked from the CD so far, I hear a performance that changes my mind again.  NCOE flows together beautifully and Adam does a killer job with it live.  The lyrics are so fluid that it sticks in your mind in a loop.  I hope he performs this live soon with his full band!

  • Anonymous

    That muscle? on Adam’s neck when he sings is giving me bad thoughts. Maybe it is just the power I know is underneath, it just looks sooo strong.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that NCOE is more like WWFM which is his biggest hit, but it is also more like BTIKM which is not doing as well as it needs to to build excitement for the album.  Both Trespassing and Cuckoo are dance tracks like IIHY, but much, much cooler and hip.  IIHY did better than BTIKM so something more akin to it might be a better choice.  Both Trespassing and Cuckoo are so unique they will really jump out among the other things on the radio, and I feel he needs something that really pops.  I am mostly a HAC listener so I might be off base here.

  • Anonymous

    This is gorgeous!  I can’t imagine it will be the second single (as commenters said, it might be too similar to BTIKM ), but I love that we get to hear him sing it from now on!  New songs are exciting  :)

  • Anonymous

    NCOE is nothing like WWFM, it clocks in at 135 BMP. The verses are slower than Trespassing (what song isn’t slower) but it’s no slower than like California Girls are Rihanna’s We Found Love

  • Anonymous

    Hah – love you, Annieba.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    beautiful performance of NCOE. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for submitting my question – too bad it didn’t get picked! (Which one did you submit BTW?)

    I submitted the one about his “transformative journey” (I used those exact words), because I liked that one the best.  If I could have done two, I would have done the one about the difference between singing live and in a recording.  Such excellent questions!

    About his voice live, it was stronger and more clarion-like than it sounds on the live stream.  That might have been the mix from the speakers.  I honestly think he could have filled the space without amplification — although we might have had trouble hearing the guitar.  But he was also able to pull back into some beautiful soft passages.    

    What was nice was that the audience, although enthusiastic, was a bit subdued.  Maybe because we were all freezing.  Nobody dressed for the weather.  That might have been why he chose to sing the non-dance songs.  Nobody was really dancing.

    But everyone seemed delighted they were there… including a lot of girls in their teens and twenties.  It was a very special experience.  

    By the way, although I rag on about standing and not seeing Adam directly when he sang, the radio people were so nice and really good about organizing the event.  I overheard the interviewer saying that he got called in at the last minute and didn’t realize he’d be on camera — he wouldn’t have slouched if he had known.  

    They all seemed very happy and impressed with the number and passion of Adam’s fans.  They encouraged us to twitter and facebook and to take photos (“not with flash photography!”) and managed to move things along quickly with a minimum of fuss.  Good work, Live 95.5 KBFF!

  • Tanya Harvey

    Wow, I love that song! Can’t wait to buy it. Bruno Mars + Adam is a double win. I’m still not that in to the other songs I’ve heard so far from Trespassing, although they get better with a few more plays. But I still adore Adam’s voice, no matter what he sings. And now I know I have something in common with Adam—dark chocolate is my vice as well!

  • mmb

    how in the world is NCOE — an uptempo dance track — even remotely similar to BTIKM and WWFM, both of which are mid-tempos????

  • Anonymous

    I like the live NCOE so much more than the studio sample that we have heard. Maybe NCOE will be like Aftermath were a super produced version ended up on album and Adam has said later that that would be the one thing that he would change in FYE, that the acoustic Aftermath was better. 

  • Anonymous

    Adam has such great breath control that he can change the phrasing with sustain and make the songs smoother and effortless. His smooth transition from chest to head voice is incredible as is his transition from head to falsetto and viceversa.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks for the recap, Montavilla!  So cool that you were able to see Adam live.  I really like this Mars song and Adam looked and sounded great!

  • Anonymous

    All four of the song snippets that are put out are supposed to be uptempo songs. If you listen carefully, you can hear NCOE even has faster beats than Cuckoo. It’s nothing like BTIKM or WWFM. So, imo, it is a uptempo song.

  • luvadamlambert

    thank you, he sounds hilarious, love him so much

  • Anonymous

    I stand corrected.  I can see how this is uptempo.  Still think it is a little like WWFM and BTIKM in lyrical mood however, but that might be a good thing I don’t know.

  • Anonymous

     While I appreciate what Adam did here vocally, I mean, come on, I actually like the studio version of this song better. And I love his vocals on the dance version just as much. Adam’s version is so much better than Bruno’s I was glad to see. His vocals actually have a rock edge in some parts and the high parts are so smooth. This really is a high quality song.

  • Anonymous

    This song sounds a million times better than on that clip. Adam can really sing.

  • Anonymous

    I’m officially over Adam.  Done. Maybe I’ll get back to him when he does rock but this electro dance crap is fail not to mention this ballad! Oh don’t say I never was a fan… yes I was and still could be when his dance music fails and he turns to rock!

  • Anonymous

    At least you’ll have Sonisphere and Moscow to look forward to.  Regardless of how his dance music does, he’ll be doing that for you.

  • Anonymous

    I think you are going to end up disappointed, as Adam has always stated that his goal was pop.  Even his pre-Idol stuff was pure pop (outside the Citizen Vein stint). Course, you never know, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  • http://twitter.com/weeeeezle weezle

    I hope Adam never turns to Rock, it is ok from time to time, but just NO….love the pop, dance in your seat Adam….

  • http://twitter.com/MyEyesBabyEyes Judy

    I’m crazy about this song ! His vocals are sheer perfection ! 

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    I’m sorry to hear that and it took you 3yrs to realize Adam isn’t going to do rock music. I see this as a good sign that he is shedding his Idol fans that want the RAWK god. I’m liking all the Bruno fans that are squeeing over “Never Close Our Eyes”. I hate to say this but what fans want and what’s good for Adam’s career is for him to expand his younger fanbase which thank god is happening. They much prefer the dance music and lucky for me I love pop music and want to shake my ass. Isn’t it wonderful that Adam is also talented and versatile enough to front the biggest legendary band Queen to get our rock fix for those who can’t let go.

  • http://twitter.com/MyEyesBabyEyes Judy

    I thought the same thing, the resemblance is eerie !

  • steph6449

    With that answer to the question I hope Adam doesn’t have any pets at home :O

  • cwm

    Nope, no worries – no pets! :) Adam has said that someday he would like to have a dog, but that it wouldn’t work right now with all of the traveling that he does.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t stop listening and I have real work to do :(

  • cwm

    Thanks for the additional details Montavilla! Sounds just great.

    And I’m glad you liked my questions!

    I wasn’t sure what you meant by this statement:

    I overheard the interviewer saying that he got called in at the last
    minute and didn’t realize he’d be on camera — he wouldn’t have slouched
    if he had known.

    Who are you referring to, and what slouching?? Do you mean the DJ?

  • steph6449

    Nope, no worries – no pets! :) 

    Whew, lol! I was a little worried on behalf of kitty or fido ;)

  • Anonymous

     Thank you Whiskey, you  said it perfectly. I personally love pop Adam and I am also going to enjoy the Queen gigs for what they are, glorious one offs. The best thing is that Adam can do it all if he chooses to. I think with this album he has really started to form his own brand with the funk/pop/electronic/vocally driven material he has created. I see him developing this brand further in the future because I think it totally suits him. I don’t think rock is in the near future but who knows. I just love knowing the opportunities his versatile talent provides him.

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t a ballad.

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Montavilla, that was a great recap. I’m glad you and your mom had a good time. The Bing Lounge tweeted that people were lined up since 7am that morning and security was like woah.

    ANNIEBA. I think some fans forget or choose to ignore that Adam has said in more than one interview that he hates faux/corporate rock music. He no like the Nickelback, Daughtry and Creeds of the world. He has a love for Classic Rock music which isn’t happening with RCA. I can’t wrap my brain on why fans want an artist to make music that he himself hates.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    Oh wow Adam really sang the fuck out of NCOE! Hard to believe it’s his very first performance of it. I love the way he sings eyeeeeeee-eyeeeeeeeees part so much! And his NEVERRRR!

    I don’t have a single clue which song would do best on radio, I’m just so thrilled that I love all four contenders, so for me it’s win/win/win/win whichever one they pick.

  • Mateja Praznik

    We all know that Adam can sing rock very well. But, Adam wants to be a popstar.
    Also, rock genre is in a bad shape and is also snobbish. Adam as a former Idol contestant wouldn’t be accepted. He doesn’t like corporate rock, so that path is not an option. Classic rock is “classic” for a reason and that also isn’t the way to go. I could see him go something in the vein of Muse.

    I personally have no problem with Adam’s choice to do pop music. It’s too bad that he had to do so much rock on Idol. He gave many fans the wrong impression. But that’s Idol. Adam knew the audience would eat up the rock wailing and Idol band just isn’t able to pull off dance pop sound well. I mean, how many Idol contestants are doing dance pop on Idol? Idol is all about AC, rock and country. Adam did what he could, but he wasn’t able to completely show who he wanted to be as an artist post Idol.

    I like NCOE, can’t wait for the album.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Kayla,when he sing’s the eyeeees,eyeeees part,it just amaze’s me how perfect he sound’s live.Not many singer’s can do this with all their song’s and sound so good without any enhancement’s to their vocal’s.

  • Anonymous

    OMG that voice!  Like none other on this planet. 

  • Anonymous

    Who are you referring to, and what slouching?? Do you mean the DJ?

    Yes.  I’m afraid I didn’t catch his name.  (Ha!  I just looked on their website.  His name is apparently “Cabana Boy.”)  He hosted the show and asked Adam some of the questions.  On the Bing video screens, there were occasional shots of him casually leaning back in a comfy chair as he talked.  He was a very nice guy and I thought he did a good job.  He joked that Adam had “the second best pair of eyebrows in the place.”

  • Anonymous

    Keep coming back to look at that profile – lol.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    I thought the exact same thing the whole time I was watching him sing NCOE.  At one point he even did the exact same lip curl that Elvis used to do and on the same side of his mouth, too.  It’s very very eerie for me having grown up with Elvis and now I feel like he’s ‘alive’ all over again.

    Well Adam is the reincarnation of Elvis anyway; I’ve been saying that for a long time and no, I am not “Cuckoo!”  ;)

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    Agree. NCOE was also my least favorites of the 4 snips, but now I absolutely love this song.  It’s got a great vibe and energy … just love it and I can’t get it outta my head … and that’s a very good thing!

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    And that’s it … it’s ‘not’ a conscious thing with the lip curl and that’s what eerie about all this … the height, the facial structure, the light eyes, the dyed blackish hair, the body style, the mouth, the teeth, both born in January, both with dark-haired mothers and light-haired and eyed fathers. 

    Too many ‘coincidences’ to ignore …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    Adam sang it brilliantly and this will be a radio friendly song since radio people are weak hearted and can not handle F word even though it is so commonlyn used word  by many rappers and hip hop singers, so clean song it is for radio DJs but my favorite is chokehold, naked love & cookoo and trspassing.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    Me too … love this song and I secretly hope that Never Close Our Eyes IS the next single … I would be thrilled if it was because it ‘reeks’ of huge summer hit to me.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    Yes!  And also on American Idol, hopefully during May sweeps! 

  • sagi

    @Montavilla Thanks for sharing! I am anxious to hear album in its entirety like NOW! Come on 5/15!!

  • YankeeFan08

    Aww, Bruno just tweeted the video of Adam singing acoustic NCOE to his 7M+ followers.  Nice!

  • Anonymous

    I just cant get over the fact that he can sit on a chair and sing an uptempo song with nothing but a guitar and sound like THIS. 

  • Anonymous

    That was cool of Bruno to do that, not a bad guy to have in your corner.

  • http://twitter.com/wanermania k w

    It’s about time someone tweeted about Adam’s songs. He is always tweeting other peoples songs and how much he loves them. I know Bruno did it because he wrote it, but still he didn’t have to.

  • Anonymous

    Had to watch this one more time, lol. With this vid I don’t know what fascinates me most, his voice or his arresting face. His lips dammit… now I have another point of obsession. I still prefer the studio version but this is an incredible vocal. Yay for the Bruno tweet!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    It’s too bad that he had to do so much rock on Idol. He gave many fans the wrong impression.

    Gotta say, I think that’s revisionist history. I think the producers cast Adam as “the rocker” and the judges comments fed into that perception, but if you look at what Adam actually sang on Idol when it was his choice (and not producers choice like finale week) he sang less rock than pop. 

    Also the performances that got the most attention were the one/two punch of Ring of Fire/Tracks of Tears neither of which were rock. Then his signature performance of Mad World, which was nowhere near rock. And finally Whole Lotta Love, which yes was rock. So 1 of 4.

  • Anonymous

    Technically speaking, he did more non-rock than actual rock on the show. That’s how it actually is for most Idol contestants, as you say it’s either that or AC or country, but it only seems to be a stick point for Adam. Either way, he’s always said he was going to do pop, so I don’t see how he could give a wrong impression, especially after his last album. If those fans haven’t been paying attention for 3 years now, then I think it’s more their fault than Adam’s. Lol. 

    I agree though, I do like NCOE a lot. I actually like the snippet production better than this acoustic version, but the vocals are outstanding as usual. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    Adam sang it brilliantly and this will be a radio friendly song since radio people are weak hearted and can not handle F word

    There is absolutely zero barrier on Top 40 radio to a song with profanity, they regularly just blank the sound for a split second, I’m so used to it that I barely even notice it anymore but there are a ton of songs that are full of those little blank moments.

    LOL anyone who is concerned about a couple naughty words in Adam’s songs has officially outed themselves as someone who doesn’t listen to Top 40 radio regularly.

    Now Adam singing a sexy song about someone with the pronoun “he”? That’s a different story, sadly. #RIPFever

  • Anonymous

     What rock did he do?  My recollection was only two rock songs, Born To Be Wild and Whole Lotta Love which was on rock week when rock was done by all contestants.  The rest was either pop such as Black & White, then some others that were more R & B.  Also, threw in some disco, a little country (LOL) and the rest is history.

    From every interview after Idol he was going to do pop.  Classic rock he said was classic and could not done again besides he wasn’t going to do covers.  He did a couple on his GNT tour to fill in as he only had the one album but what a great tour.

  • Anonymous

     Plus the fact that he doesn’t need a microphone to do it.  Just give him a chair and probably wouldn’t even need a guitar if he didn’t have one……..LOL

  • Anonymous

     I think if Adam had a dog it would have been second after Sauli.  I would hope nobody would pick their pet first (sorry) over their husband, wife, children or significant other.  If you have none of those, than yes the pet would be first as to a lot of people they are family.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    What rock did he do? My recollection was only two rock songs, Born To Be Wild and Whole Lotta Love which was on rock week when rock was done by all contestants.

    Let’s see, of the songs he chose not the producers or Simon, his Bohemian Rhapsody audition (although they chose not show him singing MJ for this other song), Satisfaction, Slow Ride (although that was also Rock Week so mandatory) and Crying. 

    So a total of 4 rock songs he chose outside of Rock Week.

    And in contrast you’ve got Believe, Black or White, Ring of Fire, Tracks of My Tears, Play That Funky Music, Mad World, If I Can’t Have You, Feeling Good and Mad World The Sequel.

  • Anonymous

     I forgot about Satisfaction, Slow Ride & Cryin. I don’t know if I count Bohemian Rhapsody since he also sang a MJ song in the audition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    Rock remains associated with him not because of idol, but because of fye, and his own association with Velvet Goldmine, glamrock, the hippie ethos of the ’60s and the ’70s through Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, the Burning Man. His most memorable encores were rock–WLL, 20th Century Boy, Purple Haze. Adam smoking a joint onstage in Amsterdam, singing Purple Haze, is rock, a throwback to an ideal ’60s. My favorite song on FYE, Down the Rabbit Hole, is an homage to the psychedelic rock of the ’60s.

    Adam loves pop, and I’m relieved that he’s sticking to pop on this album, but associating him with rock isn’t cray. He loves it, tho pop is his first love.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Heard this on my Iphone today as my computer down for an upgrade.   This song is awesome.   

  • http://twitter.com/Trishdish2001 Trish Martin

    I would have fainted from just meeting Adam.  What lucky people you are.  And to hear him live?  I will on his next tour don’t care I told hubby I am going!  NCOE has started being my fav and after listening to it acoustic is has become even more so.  Hell I could listen to a recording of just Adam’s laugh.  Beautiful review.  Thank you.

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

    My favorite song of his on Idol was, “Satisfaction”!  No one has done it better.  The song was done on “The Voice” tonight and I was not impressed.  Adam has such a great voice.  Yes, there is a resembleness to Elvis.  Would he ever do a movie? 

  • Anonymous

     He admits he liked the glam rock, classic rock and all the music of hippie era but also said that he would not be recording rock or that vibe even though he would do really well in it.  It is not where music is now.  He may differentiate a little on his tours and perform some of the songs in a somewhat rock vibe but never record it.  I don’t see him in the future singing Purple Haze, WLL or 20th Century Boy in any future tours or even smoking a joint on stage in Amsterdam.  That was his glam rock era and like he said he is over the glam and glitter.  He will be the pop star with a couple of side gigs with Queen which will be his rock for him. 

    What he will do in the future, nobody knows for sure.  He may even return to the stage or do a movie will just to wait and watch the future unfold for him but whatever it will be I know that he will excel in whatever he decides to do.  Until then, he wants to do pop and this is first priority.

  • Mateja Praznik

     I didn’t say Adam did mostly rock on Idol. I said he did TOO MUCH rock.

    And Adam cast himself as the rocker guy. He wanted to stand out from the crowd. He looked at his semifinal group, saw that there was only one rocker girl in it (Allison) and decided to do rock in the semifinal.

    They showed him audition with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, then he sang “Satisfaction” in the semifinal. Then, there was “Bron To Be Wild” with all that wailing, WLL, and “Slow Ride” during rock week, “Crazy” during TOP 3, and on the finale, performances with KISS and Queen. It was all enough for many fans to get the idea that rock is his chosen genre for his post Idol career.

  • http://twitter.com/weeeeezle weezle

    I wonder how many actual Pop songs were available to pick from on their choice lists.  The selection might have been slim to none…who knows…I am a big fan of POP Adam….

  • http://twitter.com/wanermania k w

    Adam never sang Crazy on Idol. He did Cryin and One.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Uh yeah, I meant “Cryin”, TOP 3 night.

  • Anonymous

    And he wanted to do Come Home by One Republic, but went with Cryin because Apologize was chosen for Kris. 

  • Axxxel

    Hehehe… I am also more a fan of rockAdam. I have the feeling that I might not like his second album but I will buy it anyway to support him because he has such a great voice and hope for a DVD of his future live concerts and/or accoustic performances…and of course fingers crossed for a Queen/Adam Lambert DVD of one of their concerts.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, I am one of those who can’t let go…. but I can understand that times has changed and not everyone can be like Adele… doing her own anti-pop dance thing and being appreciated for it.

  • http://twitter.com/weeeeezle weezle

    I think it is pretty cool that Adam can pull off both…getting a taste of both worlds Pop and Rock is a dream come true for fans of both genres.  Between the new album and the Queen gig….wow..we get it all!!!

  • Axxxel

    About the  choice of non-dance songs because the crowd was subdued (maybe “frozen” ? ).

    This reminds me of encore of an Adam Lambert concert (in a festival-like event) I went to… I adore WLL as an encore and not really “Mad World”…
    However,  when Adam eventually closed the concert with  “Mad World” that night, I was happy  because it was 00.30 hours and I was too tired to handle a powerful WLL.

  • Anonymous

     Well, it’s been 3 years and Adam has been doing pop pretty much all this time so I still don’t get why any one would still be expecting rock from Adam.  He is not interested. He is trying to forge his own pop/funk/vocal heavy brand. If there are people still wanting rock they have not been paying attention. Who cares what he did on Idol at this point. Adam has accumulated a growing international fanbase on his pop music. What he did on Idol is irrelevant IMO.

  • Anonymous

    Well this NCOE acoustic and studio are freaking addictive. I can see why Bruno gave Adam this song, it is perfect for him. It has that great dance beat but allows him to show off his voice. This song is now vying for my attention as much as the other three when initially it was at the bottom. All four of these songs are so good I hope they throw all 4 out as singles at some point and maybe sandwich in Chokehold somewhere. Damn, this album is going to be good! And Queen as the icing on the cake!

  • Anonymous

    Your totally, the album is going to be great and the performances with Queen are going to be a dream come true for Adam and his fans. Adam seems like he’s excited about it and is up to the challenge. Who wouldn’t want to actually sing with their heroes. The fact that they asked him above any one else has to be the greatest compliment another artist has paid him. I’m still waiting to see an Sir Elton/Adam performance, those two would be phenomenal together. 

  • Anonymous

    Hi Everyone!

    Thanks Mateja and others. You touched on some very valuable points.

    In my view many singing reality shows is like casting for a part in a film/play.When you are cast you are it-God help you!. You only deviate minimally i.e. Tracks of Tears, Play that Funky music etc.

    The show is designed to create in the subconscious mind of the listener what the artist should be.This sometimes creates a fantasy or risky persona. All Adam wants to do is to break free! How can we forget when Adam chose to perform beautifully during the auditions Cher’s ‘Believe’ which is an electronic pop song or during the show ‘Ring of Fire’. That was significant to tell us the kind of artist Adam is and not the whole picture!
     
    For me there is this push and pull between Adam, fans ,non-fans, x-contestants, judges and media the like. Most of us have an image of how we want to perceive him, forgeting that Adam is a very versatile artist. I get a sense that Adam left 19 management or otherwise because of this very reason. Also it could be one of the reasons why his friendship with Monte suffered because he might have seen him in this light too. It was also telling when Adam on the ‘Major and Minor’ reality show in conversation with the kids he told them not to allow anyone to ‘box’ you into something they think you should be.

     The other Barrier is nostagia. Believe it or not some fans/nonfans want to live out their past and find it in many reality contestants. Adam is no exception. Some people argue that it is because of the age demographic which is one of the largest in reality singing shows. I am not so sure! But there is a correlation between age and nostalgia!

    Wow Wow singing ‘Never close our eyes’ Beautiful, moving, impeccable. In my eyes he is a genius. This is my point the Adam I adore will never be put in a box. His versalility speaks for itself-AMEN 

     Thanks
     Regards
    B-Babie x

     

  • Tess

    Adele isn’t anti-pop…she is pop as in “popular” which is what pop music is.  It isn’t a genre or a style of music.  At one time disco, rock, soul, mo-town, ballads, rap, hip-hop, grunge, new-age and even some knock off classical have constituted pop music (along with a lot of other types of music), even some country now and again, see: Campbell, Glenn or Denver, John or Twain or Parton.

    Any artist in any genre can garner the top spot in pop music…they and their song just need to connect with the listening audience and Top 40 will spin it. As for Adam, sure he likes electronica or dance music but he surrounds himself with a guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard which is very much a “rock” type of band for his live performances.  I just don’t think you can “box” Adam in…he can absolutely wail with the best of them and I think his solo tour (when it comes about) will demonstrate that.

    Besides…rock itself has so many damn factions and illiterations.  When I think of the psychedelic rock bands of the late 60s they don’t sound at all like the glam rock of the 70s or the metal rock of the 80s and none of that sounds like jive rock or ballad rock…you probably get the picture.

  • Anonymous

     Adam and Elton would be genius!!! For me this would be surreal, as Elton is the only other artist I have followed and loved as I do Adam. Only without the benefit of the internet with Elton, lol.

  • Anonymous

     B-Babie- I love your posts! Don’t ever go away, haha.

  • sdmama

    1. Bruno Mars is an amazing song writer. 
    2. These are the prettiest pair on pop scene.  
    3. Adam has the purest voice. This song makes the most of it.

    This song, I love.  If Adam delayed the album for it, I say it was totally worth it. 
     
    Tommy looks like a 15 years old in our kids’ high school. It is a compliment; better than looking like 40 years old.

  • Anonymous

    IMO, Adele’s album is a Pop album.  But it’s not a dance, club album.  But neither will all of Adam’s songs be club songs.  I’m looking forward to a good mix :) 

  • YankeeFan08

    RCAPromo
    @AdamLambert premiered an acoustic version of his brand new song “Never Close Our Eyes” this Sunday. Check it out! http://bit.ly/GPp86e

    Next single?

  • Anonymous

    Elton is one of the legends I would love for Adam to do a collaboration with. 

  • cwm

    Some new goodies from Adam’s time in Portland have been posted.

    This is the Z100 Portland interview with Brett Andrews. Great interview:
    on station website: http://www.z100portland.com/pages/brett_andrews.html
    on n youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBAEf7WxhTI&feature=player_embedded#!

    This is the performances and Q&A at Z100. Great performance of Trespassing here!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiyWmM-mEDM&feature=player_embedded

    And, from his appearance at 105.1 the Buzz, this is an absolutely fantastic performance of Cuckoo. Love this!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIDtNL_qVsc&feature=youtu.be&a

    I love how he did all 3 new songs in Portland: NCOE at 95.5, Trespassing at Z100, and Cuckoo at 105.1. And all 3 of them fantastic performances. They just keep getting better and better.

  • iani

    The song is growing on me, the chorus reminds me of France’s song for this year Eurovision and one of the most appreciated songs from all 42 entries.by many youtube watchers, hopefully it would be a successful song overseas if it would be chosen as the next single. I also hope RCA gets another single soon and not waiting till the radio stations would stop  adding BTIKM(he has 2 adds by now for this week).
    Finally RCA has gotten a new single for Gavin Degraw after almost 1 year, maybe because of DWTS and everything, so he might get another “successful” single in a year or two, lol. I would not like something like this for Adam, as a new artist he needs more than a lingering moderate-successful  single, he needs more “snap it and  move on”, try the next one and not to loose the album’s “fever”-promotions (JMO).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashetalia-Staatz/100001792695528 Ashetalia Staatz

    Yes, rock is not where music is right now, which is why I’m relieved Trespassing is safely pop. Also, I love pop, so I have no complaints at all.

    I was just trying to say that fye and gnt probably did more to associate him with rock than idol. Also, the hippie, ’60s throwback Adam with his wolf spirit animal and fascination with astrology and mythology is still around, might always be around, as (imo) that’s an essential part of him.

    Meanwhile, I love ncoe. He kills it live. That’s one amazing performance up there :D

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  This song is fantastic!  I think I like it better acoustically!

    I love any song that Bruno touches.

  • Axxxel

    I was only saying that Adele is anti- pop DANCE.. maybe I did not write it correctly…I should have written that Adele is anti dance-pop.

  • Axxxel

    Adam and Elton ? I would rather see an Adam and David Bowie duet.

  • Axxxel

    Maybe I wrote my comments wrongly … I did write that Adele was  anti pop dance. I should have written that Adele was anti dance pop.

  • Axxxel

    Sigh, I will wait for the album on 15 May and after that I will only check out all those youtube video’s of his accoustic performances.