Adam Lambert Films Acoustic Set for VH1 Unplugged

After sharing the stage last night with fellow Season 8 castmates, Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen for an epic concert at the Highline ballroom, Adam Lambert took off on his own today to shoot an acoustic concert for VH1.

According to tweets, the session went off nearly without a hitch, except when Adam forgot the words to music again and had to start over…

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With his hair down, light makeup and wearing jeans, Adam sang 5 songs: “Broken open”, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, “Mad World”, “Music Again” and “Whataya Want From Me”.

VH1 filmed the set to air at a later date.

Guitarist Monte Pittman tweeted, “We just finished taping VH1 Unplugged. It was fun the FINALLY play some acoustic stuff with Adam. Sounded great. Not sure when it airs.”

UPDATE: More deets about the shoot HERE. The band had to start “Whataya Want From Me” 6 times before they got a full take.

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  1. I am so happy that Adam and his band got such a great opportunity. Not many get this chance and I am so proud of him!! It will be very nice to see stripped down Adam….although I totally LOVE the crazy one as well!!

  2. YES! He sang Broken Open! I love love love that song, and am so excited that he recorded an acoustic version of it. Can’t wait to hear it.

    I’m also looking forward to hearing acoustic versions of Down the Rabbit Hole and Music Again. Should be interesting and different!

  3. down the rabbit hole acoustic? music again acoustic? those are kind of weird choices! curious to see how it came out….there are other songs on the cd that seemed to lend themselves to acoustic arrangements (eg loaded smile, soaked, sleepwalker, even aftermath)….huh

  4. from http://twitter.com/mistresscurvy

    Also, when Adam introduced Tommy he called him glitterbaby. Just reporting the facts.
    2 minutes ago from Echofon

    Band warmed up playing Imperial March, Theme from super Mario bros., and Pantera. Also one of Monte’s songs.
    4 minutes ago from Echofon

    Wasn’t full performance of song. Doubt it was filmed.
    less than 5 seconds ago from Echofon

    Tik Tok moment was throwaway banter after Adam said he wouldn’t take his boots off because he didn’t have a pedicure. Cue Tommy singing.
    2 minutes ago from Echofon

    @adamsheroin Zach, he was awesome
    half a minute ago from Echofon

    He then apologized for having no filter this weekend. We said it was okay.
    1 minute ago from Echofon

    Had to start WWFM 6 times before they got a full take. One time they stopped Monte 3 bars in and Adam said they were ‘such a cock tease’
    half a minute ago from Echofon

    ‘pedicure on my toes toes’
    3 minutes ago from Echofon

    He and Tommy sang Tik Tok to each other!!!!!
    4 minutes ago from Echofon

    Silver Alexander McQueen leaf necklace, black leather fingerless gloves, tons of silver bracelets. Gave the mic a handjob during DTRH
    5 minutes ago from Echofon

    It was amazing. The band was sick. His voice was amazing, esp considering last night. He said it was the vocal equivalent of a bloody Mary.
    10 minutes ago from Echofon

    Tight shiny black jeans with silver accents, black t-shirt, black hoodie sweater, plain black leather boots. Teased us with taking them off
    11 minutes ago from Echofon

    Emo hair, light eye makeup, pink lips, totally hungover.
    15 minutes ago from Echofon

    Forgot words to Music Again. Adorable.
    16 minutes ago from Echofon

    Oh my god. Amazing. Music Again. Mad World. WWFM. Broken Open!!!!!! Down the Rabit Hole.
    17 minutes ago from Echofon

  5. Hungover? Why am I not surprised after last night. That’s disappointing, not very professional. I hope it didn’t affect his vocals.

  6. oh . I’m looking forward to hearing/seeing Broken Open .. always nice to get something different.

    Perhaps it was just that Tweeter’s perception that he was hungover … (unless he told them that he was hugover) .. he’s bound to be a bit tired with the amount of stuff he’s been doing recently. As long as he doesn’t turn up totally ratarsed or incapable of performing .. and it seems that vocally he was on form so I’ll forgive him a bit of partying

  7. mmb VH1 unplugged airs on tv.
    Also Down the Rabbit Hole acoustic? What an absolutely bizarre song choice for an acoustic rendition, especially given the fact that it isnt even on the physical copy of the cd. Can he even sing about hos and gigalos on VH1 like that? Its one of my favorite songs of his tho.

    Mad World is a beautiful song choice, cant wait to hear how that turns out but again im surprised he chose songs that arent on his album.

    I really cant wait to hear how all of this turns out!

  8. mmb – I believe the drummer was playing some sort of drum.. so I could totally hear DTRH done acoustic.

  9. Oh Clearone, I’m sure he was professional. I have NEVER heard of any interviewer or anybody saying Adam was unprofessional. Plus reading all the tweets, not one person said anything about his vocals not being on. I love how people jump to all conclusions and make speculations when it comes to Adam. It’s like a tabloid on here sometimes.

    On a lighter note, I can’t wait to see how they performed all these songs acoustically. These may not have been all of my first choices for this type of performance, but Adam has never let me down yet. Ever.

  10. clearone:
    02/13/2010 at 6:45 pm

    Hungover? Why am I not surprised after last night. That’s disappointing, not very professional. I hope it didn’t affect his vocals.

    I don’t think Adam was hungover I think he used an analogy of a Bloody Mary meaning that after last nights 11 song full out rock set singing an acoustic session is equivalent to a Bloody Mary. Meaning it helps his voice get back in shape. At least that is how I took it. I have not seen anything else to suggest Adam being Hungover or Drunk last night. After last night exaggeration of Adam and the crotch grab I don’t believe anything on twitter unless it is on video or reported by a reputable news source. Of the videos I did see of last night performance did not really see any long extended crotch grabs by the audience as was implied.

  11. Perhaps it was just that Tweeter’s perception that he was hungover … (unless he told them that he was hugover)

    Well he did drink after his gig, so he could be. Or he could not be. One can be even drunk, and not have hangovers the next day. Yes, I know from experience of both things.

    But it could also be the feckery that is Twitter and some Adam fans who seem to want him to be drunk and/or high all the time. Even when there is no cause to think he is. I see some of that on ontd_ai, it drives me up. a. wall. The same thing with all the Adam/Tommy shipping, as evidenced by the Tweets here. Just ugh. Let. It. Go. and I thought Kradam shipping was too much. What a fool I was. I long for the relatively sane days of it.

    ETA: Least one think this is just an Adam phenom, Kris is also thought to be high all the time. No f’reals he is! Clearly. The “cube,” was weed, dontcha know. Some people want to make these guys all “edgy,” they think it’s cool, funny, I don’t know.

  12. clearone:
    02/13/2010 at 6:45 pm

    Hungover? Why am I not surprised after last night. That’s disappointing, not very professional. I hope it didn’t affect his vocals.

    I don’t think Adam was hungover I think he used an analogy of a Bloody Mary meaning that after last nights 11 song full out rock set singing an acoustic session is equivalent to a Bloody Mary. Meaning it helps his voice get back in shape. At least that is how I took it. I have not seen anything else to suggest Adam being Hungover or Drunk last night. And after last nights exaggeration of the Crotch grabbing on twitter I don’t take what is said on there unless it is filmed or written in a reputable news sourse.

  13. That’s disappointing, not very professional.

    I wondered how long it would be before someone came up with this. No he wasn’t hungover, just totally shattered and who can blame him? Anyway, what would it matter if he were hungover? Most of the greatest performers have performed filled up to the eyeballs and high as a kite. It’s called the spirit of rock & roll. Something that the average American Idol viewer appears to have been receiving a crash course in over the last ten months. Thank the Lord for Adam Lambert finally giving this show a shred of credibility outside of America and in the real music world.

  14. Even if he was hungover, who cares? he would not be the first person to show up for work after having a few drinks the night before, and he certainly would not be the first performer to perform with a bit of a hangover. he is in his 20s…you can function pretty excellently hungover at that age .in any event, all of the reports say he sounded great. I had never heard of VH1 unplugged….mtv unplugged, yes; vh1 storytellers, yes. Didn’t know VH1 had an unplugged series of their own — looks to be solely an internet thing

  15. IMHO Adam has made it clear he likes to drink and has been drinking for a long time so I am sure he can handle a few drinks at night and going to work the next day. Most adults have done this at one time or another. That does not make him unprofessional and as others have said, we have never heard anyone refer to him as being unprofessional. I for one would be shocked if he didn’t party, he’s a Rock GOD and therefore has a Rock God reputation to uphold. Party on Adam, just be sure to take care of yourself. You have many decades as a Rock God to live up to. I think he likes vodka martini’s if I am not mistaken :)

  16. I have a male friend who never liked Adam. For Christmas I gave him FYE. Never thought he would play it. Well the other day he told me he plays the same 3 songs over and over…Aftermath, Broken Open and TFM. He mentioned yesterday that his new favorite is Fever. When I tell him about VH1 he’s gonna freak! Broken Open!! Yippee!! Just takes one song at a time to pull someone in. Resistance is futile….even for a guy!!

  17. Even if he was hungover, who cares?

    Well it would be kind of stupid not to be in good voice for a nationally televised thing about his music, that can help establish him beyond any residual AMA crap.

    That was my first thought at least. But I have no idea how he sounded, I have no idea whether he actually was, other than the kind of lame ass Twitter who thinks that Adam and Tommy are soooo cute and ZOMG! They traded verses of Tik Tok! and ohhh Adam called Tommy glitterbaby!! (it totally means something!)

  18. 28, single, and in NYC on a Friday night. I hope he partied after the show!

    However, I do agree with the analogy dhunken made above. The acoustic set is to last night’s crazy, OTT set what a Bloody Mary is to a hangover. I think I had things like this on my SATs, way back when! :)

  19. BTW I can’t wait to hear Broken Open. I love that song and even more that he wrote on that song. And I just smiled when I saw that he did DTRH and MA acoustically. He is so not afraid of anything and I JUST LOVE THAT ABOUT HIM. Hell, when you can sing like he can…and here’s the real thing about him that I so admire…he is a born entertainer. I mean, he is not complete or fulfilled or can even be happy if he weren’t to do what he does. He is a natural talent, a natural entertainer and that is why he is so amazing!!!!!

  20. I am totally stoked to see this performance. I try not to be to critical of what he does in his personal life. Like some one said, he is young, single, hot and right now has the world at his feet. As long as he isn’t hurting himself or someone else, he’s fine with me.

  21. One of the Sony UK’s publicists has just tweeted this

    NirvanaDC V sad to be leaving NYC another amazing @adamlambert session today!

  22. I don’t know if Adam was hungover or not, but I think he knows what he can and can’t get away with the night before he’s scheduled to do a performance.I don’t see any tweets that suggest he wasn’t in great form vocally, though, so I’m not too worried (Though it does say that they did most of the songs more than once and forgot the words on a couple of them, so who knows how he was feeling). I’m betting it will still end up being a really good show.

    I’m looking forward to seeing this — especially Broken Open, whic may be my favorite song on his album.

  23. ohhh Adam called Tommy glitterbaby!! (it totally means something

    Yeah it means that Tommy and Adam are playing it up for the fans. They know all about the Adommy and are being teases!

    I hope he wasn’t hungover. I hope it was just misguided perception because Adam has many nights he can go out and party where he doesn’t have important gigs the next day.

  24. I’m looking forward to seeing this — especially Broken Open, whic may be my favorite song on his album.

    Yeah, me too. Still waiting to see PUU performed…

  25. if you belong to ontd_ai, there is a detailed report on the taping from someone who was there. it is members-locked though and I can’t copy it to here because that’s a no-no.

  26. Monte seems to think Adam sounded great, I’ll take it from his mouth.

    monterrific
    #We just finished taping VH1 Unplugged. It was fun the FINALLY play some acoustic stuff with Adam. Sounded great. Not sure when it airs about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter

    I wonder why they chose Mad World? He hasn’t sung that one in a while.

  27. I would never take serious anything I read on twitter. I would definitely make sure I had actual ‘proof’ before I’d believe anything on it. LOL

    I would never assume because someone had some drinks they would have a hangover and, therfore, were ‘unprofessional’. Everyone handles certain situations differently and if Adam did indeed have this hangover that doesn’t mean he can not perform the next day. As an example: Babe Ruth was known to have himself a good ole’ time drinking and partying after baseball games. Then he’d come back the next day and hit the ball out of the park! Guess his partying didn’t affect his game.

    I’m not going to pass judgement, frankly I could care less, on Adam’s ‘party habits’. I know Adam has always given a 100% to us in his performances. I’m just looking forward to the VH1 Unplugged Session!!

  28. How I wish he had performed Loaded Smile. I’m not really a fan of Broken Open.

  29. Hangover-gate tonight? lol

    I have to say Broken Open is my favorite on the album, the lyrics are gut wrenching to me. I’m interested to see how he interprets it live, I’m assuming all celestial/ethereal. I’m not really a ballad lover either but I guess that one just speaks to me.

  30. Hangover-gate tonight? lol

    lol the pearl clutchers are stroking. I read the post at ONTD_ai. Very informative if you want to go read it. I won’t say anything about it cause not sure of their rules but it sounded like things were fun and Adam was great.

  31. I don’t know if Adam was hungover or not, but I think he knows what he can and can’t get away with the night before he’s scheduled to do a performance.I don’t see any tweets that suggest he wasn’t in great form vocally, though, so I’m not too worried (Though it does say that they did most of the songs more than once and forgot the words on a couple of them, so who knows how he was feeling). I’m betting it will still end up being a really good show.

    It’s a good thing this was a taped performance. Forgetting words and starting over makes it obvious that he doesn’t know what he can and can’t get away with the night before he’s scheduled to do a performance.

  32. It’s a good thing this was a taped performance. Forgetting words and starting over makes it obvious that he doesn’t know what he can and can’t get away with the night before he’s scheduled to do a performance

    I don’t understand how forgetting your lyrics indicates that you don’t know what you can get away with the night before. I bet a lot of performers forget and mess up lyrics even if they were as sober as a judge the night before and had 12 hours sleep .. I would imagine forgetting lyrics is quite common, plus a lot of the songs on Adam’s album are quite wordy with a few tongue twister lyrics so I wouldn’t expect him to be word perfect each time… I’m sure if it wasn’t a recorded performance he would have just carried on inspite of the lyric flubs but seeing as it was being recorded he would know that he had the luxury of stopping and starting again to get it perfect. I bet a lot of the huge artists don’t always manage to do TV recordings in one take.

    Over on Twitter Adam’s Sony UK publicist has tweeted again

    I’m gonna sleep like a baby and bring glitter back to the UK!

  33. Forgetting words and starting over makes it obvious that he doesn’t know what he can and can’t get away with the night before he’s scheduled to do a performance.

    Adam forgot the words to Mad World, or should I say mixed them up, all the time when performing after the show.

    Or doing something like starting in the wrong key, and starting over, guess Allison was hungover last night.

    Lots of performers put the wrong words in sometimes, or put in the same verse twice, instead of another one. Especially with a song you haven’t performed a lot.

    That being said, yeah, being hungover for a gig is dumb, though clearly one doesn’t plan to get hungover. But he had too much fun being in NY and after the show. Bad choice. Especially considering how much good this gig can do him and how lucky he is to have it. So yeah, someone didn’t drink enough water last night. Tsk tsk.

  34. If I was Adam’s age, I would be living it up and partying every chance I got. Life is short. Have fun while you are young! Another aspect of Adam that makes him exciting. He would be tons of fun! Don’t u just luv that about him!!!!

  35. It’s a good thing this was a taped performance. Forgetting words and starting over makes it obvious that he doesn’t know what he can and can’t get away with

    When something is being taped, you do it over, because you can. It’s called wanting to get it perfect or better. He did WWFM twice on Oprah too and those who were there said there wasn’t anyhting wrong with the first one. He just wanted to do it over. This sounds like a very relaxed atmosphere and a fun experience for the band and audience. I don’t think wanting several takes to get the best one is odd or out of the norm. They finished the whole thing 20 minutes early, so it sounds like everything went more than smoothly. Stuff like this is what makes going to a taping so much fun.
    As far as the words to DTRH, wow, I don’t know how he can ever remember them because they make absolutely no sense! But I love that song!

  36. Adam forgot the words to Mad World, or should I say mixed them up, all the time when performing after the show.

    Even KA admitted to messing up the words to NoBo in the finals. But, according to reports, some of the restarts had nothing to do with Adam but the band starting out wrong, and in one case, he spilt his tea on the floor. But a tweet saying he started over leads people to want ot believe he somehow lost it. It is getting rather hillarious.

  37. All accounts sound like Adam’s voice was in fine form. Performers mess up lyrics all the time, it’s not unusual, unprofessional or from being hungover. Must ado about nothing I am sure.

    He’s a big boy and a professional. Being in Wicked 8 shows a week, I’m sure at least a few of them might have been with a hangover or he would have never been out having fun. And there are too many pictures of him clubbing to know that’s not the case. I’m sure he knows his limits.

  38. Yeah, I read that the restarts were due more to tea falling, or the sound/mix people called for a restart.

    And that they just re-did versions because they wanted better ones.

    So yeah, except for forgetting the words to Music Again for a part, not seeing as it will matter. And that happens all the times to performers. My favourte example of this is the classic, Grammy winning in fact, performance by Ella Fitzgerald in Berlin doing Mack The Knife. http://www.jazz.com/music/2008/2/19/ella-fitzgerald-mack-the-knife

    The only thing is that live you have to go on, but taping you can do it over.

    Oh and Ella wasn’t drunk or hungover either.

  39. Yeah, not getting the passing of judgment that just because there were re-takes means that Adam wasn’t up to snuff. From everything I’ve read, he sounded great and was relaxed and charming as usual, even if he did have a few drinks the night before. Re-takes happen for all kinds of reasons– including the quest for perfection. And mixing up the lyrics? Happens all the time. It was a taped performance, and just like a studio recording, you do it over til you get it just the way you want it, because you can.

  40. When something is being taped, you do it over, because you can. It’s called wanting to get it perfect or better. He did WWFM twice on Oprah too and those who were there said there wasn’t anyhting wrong with the first one. He just wanted to do it over.

    Patsy Cline, arguably the best female country singer ever, was famous for always wanting to do recorded performances over and over. She actually did mess up sometimes, but even beyond that was rarely satisfied with any take. Redoing recorded takes is a luxury most artists often take advantage of. It’s far from unusual.

  41. you do it over til you get it just the way you want it, because you can.

    Exactly….

    It looks like Adam had a helluva weekend. Can’t wait to see VH-1 Unplugged. Last night’s videos were pretty damn spectacular. He really goes all out for WLL, totally into that song now. Damn him, lol.

  42. I’m excited about it being acoustic.plus it sounds like looked hot.

    I really don’t care If Adam was hungover, as long as it doesn’t effect his singing

  43. If I was Adam’s age, I would be living it up and partying every chance I got. Life is short. Have fun while you are young! Another aspect of Adam that makes him exciting. He would be tons of fun! Don’t u just luv that about him!!!!

    If I was Adam’s age I would WANT to live it up and party all the time but if I had the opportunities Adam has I would hold off for days off and vacations because I would want to give my best to my uber-loyal and loving fans. Not saying he didn’t give his all by the way. I am just giving mho.

  44. From the accounts I read, sounded like he was great. He even joked about wanting a fog machine, but they wouldn’t let him have one, because it wasn’t in the budget. I can’t wait to see him perform Broken Open and Mad World.

  45. I was surprised to hear that some of the songs took extra takes. I thought these guys just sang and were pretty much spot on. But I remember some of them admitting to bum notes here and there and the occasional mess-up. I think Adam didn’t like his last note on the AI Mad World performance. It didn’t stop Simon from giving him a standing ovation. And a music nerd like me would never catch the occasional mess up. :)

    So maybe when they are taping performances, they (whoever they are, lol)have the luxury of going for perfection that you just don’t do live. Anyway, just a thought.

    Or maybe these guys are just getting exhausted. The never-ending news on their activities exhausts me and I’m just hanging around on my laptop!

  46. I’m having trouble editing, but reading past posts (should have done that), I see that my point was already made! Sorry!

  47. I just got up, and haven’t read any of the tweets about the VH1 performance- but I have to say:
    YAAAAAAAAAY for singing Broken Open!!!!!!!

    I LOVE that song! Wanna hear it accoustic!!! Music Again and DTRH? hmmmm…. very interested to hear how those would sound accoustic!

    And forgetting his words? Well- he forgot the words to a ton of the songs at the Kradison Concert as well, and I was marvelling at how well he covered them up: On SFW, on IIHY, even on Strut he mixed “solution” with “polution”… so maybe he just needs a bit more rehearsal time, or maybe he has some sort of dislexia- who knows? In any event- it doesn’t hurt his performances, I;m still phsyced about the concert last night and all that energy!

    But how did the hangover rumour start anyway? Did he mention it, or was some Tweeter diagnosing him for us, lol?

  48. And forgetting his words? Well- he forgot the words to a ton of the songs at the Kradison Concert as well, and I was marvelling at how well he covered them up: On SFW, on IIHY, even on Strut he mixed “solution” with “polution”… so maybe he just needs a bit more rehearsal time,

    I had no idea he forgets lyrics so frequently. And yes I agree with you maybe he should rehearse more and party less.

  49. I had no idea he forgets lyrics so frequently. And yes I agree with you maybe he should rehearse more and party less.

    Or maybe he should just be allowed to be human. :-)

    From all accounts everything I’ve read about the VH1 filming… it sounds completely nomal… even six takes to start a song. :-)

    Any number of things can go wrong. Spilling tea, band out of sync, singer out of sync, etc. These are all normal things, that in a live concert setting you just motor though. But when you are filming… the point is to end up with one “perfect” run. And you are a fool if you don’t take advantage of the opportunity of “retakes.” And actually, if you feel the first run through was perfect… you still do the second take. It sounds like that is what was done for at least one of the songs in Adam’s set.

    From the reports I’ve read from people on the scene it sounds like it was a delightful event for all involved. And most importantly, it sounds like Adam nailed it! Can’t wait to see the final production.

    I’ll leave it to Adam to decide how much rehearsal time and how much party time is a good mix for his life.

  50. how did the hangover rumour start anyway? Did he mention it, or was some Tweeter diagnosing him for us, lol?

    He mentioned it a few times from a couple of recaps.

  51. It’s a good thing this was a taped performance. Forgetting words and starting over makes it obvious that he doesn’t know what he can and can’t get away with the night before he’s scheduled to do a performance.

    All of the reports from the taping were it was great.

    There are three different detailed reports that detail the retakes of the songs — this is from the most detailed review I could find:

    1. The finished the taping session 15 minutes early.

    2. Adam messed up the lyrics on one take of one song — Music Again, first take. He finished that take and then did it again with no lyrics issue.

    3. The 5 false starts were on WWFM — and most had nothing to do with Adam.

    Here is a blow-by-blow

    MUSIC AGAIN 2 takes – Adam messes up one line on first take, redone.

    MAD WORLD 1 take

    WWFM two takes, 5 false starts — most were band and sound engineering issues — 1 was the tea incident.

    BROKEN OPEN – two takes; all three reviewers preferred the second take.

    DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE 2 takes — first take was reported to be perfect. The director and tech crew told Adam that they thought it was fine…but the band and Adam said they still had 20 minutes left, the audience didn’t want it to stop and they did it again. Once again the second take was reported to be better.

  52. thanks luv and clearone for clarifying!

    Don’t envy him then- hangovers are a bummer… eeeew… sometimes you don’t realize the next drink is gonna be that one drink too many, and then Bam! You feel sick and want to die…. That’s the way it is for me, anyway :-) But it hasn’t happened in a loooong time, thankfully!

    I also tend to think that when something is taped, then you feel the need to have it just perfect, like in a studio recording. Remember that article way back that described behind the scene of top 3, I think, and it said that Adam was always determined to get it just right, and kept wanting to start over and over, more than anyone else? So it could be just that.

  53. clearone:
    02/14/2010 at 12:48 am

    how did the hangover rumour start anyway? Did he mention it, or was some Tweeter diagnosing him for us, lol?

    He mentioned it a few times from a couple of recaps.

    A few tweets from last night and two reports today —

    But Adam made a joke about the VH1 taping being like a Bloody Mary after last night — so could be true — who knows. All reports are the performance was great and that he looked perfect.

    He apparently was in great voice, really focused on all the details and adament about getting the songs right.

    I’ll reserve judgment until I see the show — hopefully soon.

  54. Everyone has a different hangover threshold.

    Adam could be like my mom, who calls two short glasses of white wine, a hangover. Adam always seems pretty level-headed to me. Witness his good-byes during his bday party. He looked totally sober, but he probably had a drink or two. Did he have a headache the next day??? Maybe. My impression is that usually he takes really great care of his voice. Which might be why a drink or two feels like a hangover. Also a lot of activity and little sleep can feel like a hangover. When I had babies, every morning I felt like I had a hangover. lol

  55. AndreaH:
    02/14/2010 at 12:57 am
    Here’s a recap from someone who was there. It sounds like he sang most, if not all, of the songs twice.

    http://taratimbs.livejournal.com/911.html

    Thanks for posting that recap andreaH!

    If anyone is still concerned about Adam’s work ethic and knowing or not knowing what he’s capable of- please go read that recap.

    Case closed- end of story.

    I’m just so extremely jealous of that girl for getting to go to both the Kradison concert and the VH1 gig. How lucky is that??

  56. You’re very welcome mr. I guess there were only 40 people invited to this intimate taping so I think she was very lucky. :)

    I hope it will be aired on VH1’s tv channel soon so we can all see and hear the performance.

  57. I hope it will be aired on VH1’s tv channel soon so we can all see and hear the performance.

    Yes yes yes!!! I love Broken Open so much… and would love to hear all the different accoustic arrangement for the other songs…

    VH1- get on it!!! LOL… Actually, I’m very very grateful to VH1, since they seem to be embracing Adam so warmly- much better than some radio stations…

  58. After all the craziness, I need unplugged and tamed Adam. That’s all.

  59. dietcoke- what, you mean you’re not going to miss things like him licking that girls camera??

    Ha ha, kidding, I love tame Adam just as well as nutty Adam :-)

  60. Apparently Adam is expected to meet a higher standard for every part of his life. Does anyone else always have a “gate” issue everytime they do something? It’s amazing with the retakes they still had 15 mins left. I wonder how many retakes other singers have to take. Based on Rweers, eveyone seemed pretty happy with it. I doubt Adam will be disappointing.

  61. lorismile-
    Remember: it’s only in the bubble (well- except for the AMAs). The other stuff are non-issues in the real world!
    And also- we get touchy because we follow his every move- but most people will never ever know about how many takes it took to shoot a song! It’s as if someone would tweet from the studio how mant takes it took to record any of the songs on the album, lol!

  62. Everyone needs to remember that Adam’s background is theater where rehearsals are a standard and a must. His do-overs if you will were probably due more to the desire for perfection than a drink or two the night before. He even asked Oprah to let him do a song over because he didn’t like the way it ended, when she thought it was great. Adam, just keep doing what you’re doing, that’s What I Want From You.

  63. Adam asked how we were doing and if anyone was at the concert the night before. Then he mentioned this was the “hangover” set, a.k.a. the vocal equivalent of a Bloody Mary.

    The above is taken from No Detective’s recap on LJ for those with access – definitely worth a read:

    http://no-detective.livejournal.com/238318.html

    Would seem to be a vocal hangover and not alcoholic!

  64. I don’t see anywhere where Adam himself said he was hung over. So unless you were actually at the taping and saw for yourself that he was in a state that did not allow him to do his best, it’s not fair to him. The man is a perfectionist. Even when he did the Oprah show, he did a few takes on his songs to get them just how he wanted them. I guess anyone thinking the session turned out bad will just have to wait and watch the VH1 videos. I’m 1000% positive they will be perfect. Then that can end this unfounded conversation.

    As for what Adam “can and cannot take the night before a taping”, he gave EVERYTHING he had at that concert the night before. And he sweated through the entire thing, so I’m sure he lost a few pounds and was worn out. Note how much water he kept drinking between and during songs. I’m sure he would have preferred a day of rest after such a long concert.

    Oh, and by the way, a fan saw him at Starbucks after the concert. Last I checked, don’t think they serve Bailey’s there.

  65. Those recaps of people who were there completely make the whole hangover discussion irrelevant, don’t they?

    It sounds like he was as proffessional and charming as can be, only laid back, as is fitting, for an accoustic performance!

    Can’t wait to see it!!!!!

    “Lay here it’s safe here I’ll let you be broken open
    Hide here confide here so we can be broken open…”

  66. Adam has never been called unprofessional by anybody, who has worked with him, why should he start now???? when he is finally gotten to the point he always dreamed about? I am 100% positive that he knows exactly, what he is doing and it is definitely professional. I leave it up to him to do whatever he wants – it’s his life and his decisions, he is a big boy and knows how to handle himself :D

  67. Sometimes it’s like a bizarre game of telephone. Adam said that after the concert the night before, the VH1 session was a “hangover set.” From the recaps I read, he never said that HE was actually hungover, he was talking about the mood of the set.

  68. It sounds like the VH1 taping was great! I’m looking forward to seeing the acoustic performances. On Adam hungover-gate… do people really care? Apparently, but I’m not sure why. I usually reserve passing judgement for things that affect me…. By all accounts, he was professional, his voice was fantastic and the audience had a great time; thats what really counts.

  69. Dear MJ There is actually a very detailed Report by a Fan who was at the taping of the VH1 session that I just came across on the “Adam Lambert 24/7 News and Updates” site.It’s very detailed and well written. You may want to add it here as an update. It’s a little lengthy, so I didn’t want to copy and paste. I feel that’s your call, MJ.Others may want to check it out though, it was an enjoyable read.

  70. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results of this taping. Can’t wait to hear these stripped down versions. BTW, the UK CD coming out has 2 new songs “VooDoo” and “Can’t Let You Go.” Wish he would sing one of these for us sometime soon.

  71. pug:
    02/14/2010 at 7:34 am
    Adam asked how we were doing and if anyone was at the concert the night before. Then he mentioned this was the “hangover” set, a.k.a. the vocal equivalent of a Bloody Mary.

    The above is taken from No Detective’s recap on LJ for those with access – definitely worth a read:

    http://no-detective.livejournal.com/238318.html

    Would seem to be a vocal hangover and not alcoholic!

    Exactly! As dhunken so beatifully pointed out a page or two back, it was an anology, a comparison. The acoustic set is to the night before, as a Bloody Mary would be to a hangover. A vocal recovery!

  72. Wow! I cannot wait for this. Is there any idea when this will air? From the recaps it sounds like it was amazing.I really want to hear DTRH acoustic. I can’t even imagine how that will sound, it is such an upbeat number.

  73. MJ, you never let us down-so I know we’ll get the news when the VH1 videos are released. Adam, acoustic-I am sooooooooo looking forward to that; I love Adam’s singing, I love acoustic. Perfect.

  74. but most people will never ever know about how many takes it took to shoot a song

    … and not only will most people not know how many takes it took to shoot a song, I bet most would not even care!
    I mean, really, who. cares. ??

    Unless a singer causes the studio recording sessions to run over time (which in this case they actually finished 15 minutes early), why would it even matter?

  75. I’m excited about this, but they never said when it will air. Does anyone know?

  76. I can’t wait to see the acustic version of DTRH and finally a Broken Open performance!!!
    I love Music Again !! This VH1 acustic will be amazing!!

    Abd yes the production must be very please that they ended 15 minutes earlier :)

  77. Beyond us rabid fans who love everthing Adam does — a stripped down version is exactly what the world needs to really hear Adams vocals. And hopefully recognize him not just as an ENTERTAINER, but as a bonafide stellar SINGER that stands out in the crowd.

    Cant wait till its out.

  78. lazyc0w:
    02/15/2010 at 1:37 am
    I wonder how a stripped down version of Music Again sounds!

    Yeah, and I wonder if there are any backing vocals by the band, I mean, I assume the pre-recorded track he’s been using in his previous performances werent used in an accoustic version!

    I am really curious about all of the songs!!! Oh, and I also wonder if they’ll show some bloopers of his spilling the tea and joking about drinking it up with a straw from the carpet! That could be a great TV moment! :-)

  79. I also wonder if they’ll show some bloopers of his spilling the tea and joking about drinking it up with a straw from the carpet! That could be a great TV moment!

    oooh.. where is that from?!?!

  80. I can’t wait til this airs. I guess I should be sated by now but I’m not. Adam is terribly addictive. LOL

    OTT Adam and understated Adam are two completely opposite sides of this amazing performer. I’ll take both because they’re both wonderful.

  81. Get to hear Mad World again, love it! Cannot wait to see all of this, Adam is amazing as well as his band members. Monte,TommyJoe,Longineau and Lisa!

  82. Thanks Mr for the links!

    Edit: Thanks Mr again! I am reading it now.. and it sounds ahhh-mazing!

  83. btw.. who is zach? The recaps mention Zach on piano. I assumed Lisa should have been there.

    OMG.. i can’t wait for the VH1 tapings. I hope it wont take as long as the AOL sessions!

  84. Lazycow,zak is there when lisa’s not able to be there , I think?

    I really really really hope vh-1 shows Adam and Tommy singing tik tok lol

  85. lazyc0w:
    02/15/2010 at 1:18 pm

    btw.. who is zach? The recaps mention Zach on piano. I assumed Lisa should have been there.

    OMG.. i can’t wait for the VH1 tapings. I hope it wont take as long as the AOL sessions!

    Zac Baird has been with the band since day one. He is a member of the band KoRn and is a synthesizer wizard. He programs all the backing music and vocals into the MIDI computer and when you see Adam signaling someone off stage (when Lisa is there) most of the time he is signaling Zac (like during the Gridlock performance, Zac was off to Adam’s left and Adam signaled him quite a few times). He is a very important part of Adam’s band.

  86. Thanks luvadamlambert and adamland for your response!
    I am amazed that there is actually something i didn’t know about Adam and his band. LOL..

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