Adam Lambert, Nile Rogers, Sam Sparrow “Shady” (VIDEO)

Adam Lambert, Nile Rogers and Sam Sparrow, joined forces to perform “Shady”–the song the trio wrote together for Adam’s Trespassing album.

After, the trio tore into a fierce rendition of “Free Your Mind.”

The epic performance took place last night at the We Are Family Foundation Gala at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Besides performing, Adam received the organization’s Unity award for his charitable work.

Watch below.

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  • H.A.

    We Are Family Foundation Full video of Adam’s performances.

  • Sharon S.

    It would be no easy task to find a group of musicians better equipped to capitalize on the funk inherent in songs like “Shady” and “Trespassing” than Nile Rodgers and Chic.  Even WWfM took on a new life last night.  Adam sounded absolutely amazing throughout the set – which is nothing new, but IMO the vocals had “a little something extra,” even by his high standards – and it was a rare treat to see and hear Nile, Sam Sparro and the band jamming up there with him.  Judging by the livestream, the rest of the concert (Taylor Dayne before Adam’s set, and the dance party afterward) were awesome as well. 


  • Chicagolaw

    Oh wow, I’ve been waiting for this one. So cool.

  • usedtobelucy

    Now *that’s* a great way to start my morning.

  • YankeeFan08

    Wow … that was awesome!  So much talent and charisma on one stage!  

  • Pippygirl

    Shady is my favorite song on the album. Should have been a single imo.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Cool performance! 

  • girlygirltoo


  • mmb

    I was there last night, and let me tell you, Nile’s band was incredible.  They just sounded so good.  Nile is just a force of nature — he has cancer, is in his late 60s and still constantly travels the world performing, working with new artists and old friends. Taylor Dayne can still really belt it out – she was terrific.  The Chic songs still sound good.  Grandmaster Flash came out and did White Lines and Rappers Delight (Chic’s Good Times is the hook).  Total blast from the past.    Adam was great as always — its really nice hearing him backed up by a really great, full band.  He looked like he was having a fun time and sounded and looked terrific. Good show! Its really amazing that this collaboration and friendship started with a tweet.

  • Esther Macha

    Happy MARDI GRAS yall! This is helping me prepare.

  • YaminaC

    I was lucky enough to be there.  Adam was absolutely charming and so dynamic. Nile Rogers seems like he’s a big fan, who said their relationship started via social media – Adam tweeted he would like to work with Nile, and Nile responded back.  
    These charity events get to be a bit deadly (looking at YOU Montel Williams) so Adam really fired up the room. Great job, Adam.  (Side note: Taylor Dayne was amazing – can’t believe she’s over 50!)  FYI a photo with Adam went for $3000 at the charity auction.


    Damn, this was soooo good! Shady is, I don’t know, such a satisfying song, can’t think of a better word. It is just perfect, and yes, it is a crying shame this song was not released as a single. I feel that way about many of the TP songs, lol. Adam’s vocals were some of his best and that is saying a lot! I love Nile for putting this together for such a worthy cause. And Taylor Dane, omg, I have fond memories of her from my Disco days and man, she sure can stil blow!! What an amazing singer.
    It did seem like things didn’t get fired up with the audience until Nile, Adam and Sam came on, they were terrific and had such high energy.
    I hope, hope these three get together again for Adam’s next album. I have loved everything Adam has done with Sam, and if Nile would produce some or all of Adam’s next album I think it will be epic! Back to watching vids, hah!

  • Sher

    H.A. that complete performance video you posted was fantastic. Thanks for sharing that!  

    Adam and company looked and sounded amazing.  What a great night.
    Shady is my favorite song on the album and I think that this was the absolute best I’ve ever seen it performed live.  Nile Rodgers seems like such a sweet guy and he’s so wildly talented.
    Does anyone know if there is video of Adam accepting the award?

  • YankeeFan08

    Ask and you shall receive … here is the video of Adam receiving the award.  As usual, his speech is intelligent and articulate.  Enjoy!

  • HKfan

    Here’s one vid of Adam getting his award

    Haven’t watched all the performances yet, but loved Shady and trespassing, vocals were amazing.

  • bridgette12

    Loved the performance, it lived up to my expectations. What can you say about Nile and Chic, just an amazing man and his phenomenal band. I loved the arrangement, the tempo was perfect and it sounded just like the recorded version. It just makes me want to hear more of Adam and Nile together. There was a lot of love and respect on that stage last night.  

  • Sher

    Thanks to everyone for posting videos of Adam receiving the award.  Articulate and sweet and smart to the final word as always.  :)

  • Aavari

    This is sheer perfection. Shady is, quite possibly, one of my favourite songs of all time. This performance is really the realization of one of my dreams! Nile’s funky guitar plus adam’s voice plus this amazing song is just…well, perfect.

  • Miss Chaos

    This was so great, Adam is so awsome, he has now sung with so many great people, hes so talented and its only going to get better. The talented singers and songwriters around the world seem to really love him, say what a great singer and nice guy he is.   So proud of him!  I hope one day the US will play his songs, but if not, the rest of the world does! 

  • YankeeFan08

    GALA PHOTO: The stage was on fire w/ @nilerodgers and @adamlambert w/ the #Glamberts in the house!  #wearefamily
    GALA PHOTO: Unity Award honoree @adamlambert gettin’ “Shady” last night  #wearefamily

  • seashellz51

    Last nights performances were beyond amazing!  Shady is so freakin cool. And Trespassing sounded fantastic! Adam’s speech was perfect also. A very special night! Also cool about the CHIC members that came in for this occasion. Nile Rodgers is a class act. So happy they finally got to perform this live.

  • Miss Chaos

    OOOhhhh!   NICE pictures and NICE zipper pants!

  • seldomused

    Great job by Adam, Niles and Sam !   Shady really is such a fantastic song and is one of my favorite songs off the Trespassing album, too.  I also wish it had been released as a single. 

    Now to go listen to the other songs and his acceptance speech. 

  • ZsusK

    Wow! That was cool!

  • askance

    I could say I’ve been waiting for this moment since Trespassing came out:  Shady with Adam Nile and Sam. Sounded incredible and I’m jealous, no happy, for all who where there to hear it live  :)

  • Nadine_Bitch
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  • bridgette12

    I loved Adam’s answer to the question about Beyonce and Jennifer, especially when he said that he has never been shy about stating his opinion.  

  • abbysee

    Shady is perfection! I watched before I slept in the wee hours, then I watched again sitting in the car, will watched again now! I’ve waited months for this performance and it lived up to expectations. Kudos all around. Niles is the coolest guy, I’ve been enjoying his music since I was a kid. A true musician.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Adam Lambert Receives Unity Award From We Are Family Foundation [PHOTOS] – Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers by EMandKAY2010

  • standtotheright

    Shady is my favorite song on the album. Should have been a single imo.

    Co-signed. If they’d started with the dance singles from get, it might have even gotten there.

    But I hope a better video comes along, as this seemed like a very cool performance and I can’t get past the bass distortion.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Try this one. The sound in this video is much clear.


    Ooh, thanks Nadine, these are the best I’ve seen so far. Shady is awesome but Trespassing is terrific too! Such great songs. Please let the Adam/Sam/Nile collaborations continue!

  • Enough already!

    Let me count the ways!   We have been waiting forever for this hookup and it did not disappoint.   Adam is hitting his stride both vocally, fashion wise and in the gorgeous department.   How does he just get better every damn day?

  • lovetheusa1776

    Grand, fun-filled concert – “Shady” is such a marvelous song – wonderful to hear with a truly great band.  Adam in great voice – enjoying it all so much – an amazing live singer – touched by fortune with grace and beauty.  So happy for him.

  • Susan Reiter

    Shady was amazing!  Never thought I”d see the day that all three of them would be together to perform it live!  It was a great collaboration and great to see Adam getting that honor.  Last I looked fans had raised $45,000 in the Adam-donate-my-birthday efforts too!

  • Kiska12

    Cool. This is my favorite song from the last CD.

    Too bad i had no idea about the event, how did you guys find out?

  • Mariyas

    ADAM as always NEVER disappoints!
    Happy that Nile’s wish of performing Shady with ADAM and Sam has been heavenly fulfilled.
    You did a wonderful job, a joy to my heart and such a class act.
    Congratulations to all the Glamberts for the efforts to raise over $45,000 for ADAM’s birthday for charity.
    As always, Glamberts never disappoints.

  • milwlovesadam

    Incredible show. Simply fabulous, everybody looked like they were having the time of their lives up on that stage. Nile couldn’t have had a bigger smile going on. And Adam. Perfect. Simply perfect.

  • jlurksacto

    From any of the Adam fan blogs

  • Jaejae1

    wow that was oretty awesome!

  • Loretta

    I always thought Shady should have been the lead single.  Awesome song!!

    If Adam decides he wants a 2nd career Adam could definitely be a model. OMG the guy is gorgeous. 

    Adam sounded great and was so much fun to watch.  Such an awesome performer.

    I have loved Nile for a very long time.  So good to see him up there having such a good time.  His playing is the best.

  • saga

    Sam Sparrow? I thought his name was Sam Sparro.