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July 11, 2010

Louisville, KY Reigns!

Filed under: Great Information — adamquotedaily @ 10:42 am
 
Mystery solved… Thanks to all who informed me! This was posted by @adamloveforever from a photoshop by @scorpios4adam from a picture of @free_the_jizz‘s avi picture http://bit.ly/cqVIaTwhich was taken Knoxville! (thanks to @auntvenom for this info and to Janda Lee  for corrections!)

(Ask and you shall receive!) 

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Thanks to @angelbaby000

Today’s Updates

Glam Nation Scrapbook…. Great job!

http://www.kinnetik.org/gns/

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Just Got A Chance to Read this one… worth it!

Adam’s Scarlet Letter: A Sin Transformed

From NoAngel:
A is for Adam.

Simple. Unless the Adam is Lambert, and the A is huge and sparkling in antique script on a top hat. In scarlet. Get it?

Okay, so I didn’t, at first. I blame sensory overload. The night of the concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was an explosion of Purple fringe! Lasers! Acoustic Aftermath! Bare feet and sultry moves and Ring of Fire, omg! And oh yeah, Adam likes to splash his initial around- cool! An “A” on the back of his vest, and his dancers’ costumes, and LP’s drum. In all the glitz and flash at the beginning of the long-anticipated Glam Nation Tour, Adam’s message to us may have been overlooked.

But something finally nudged my mind, and when it hit me, I geeked out, because seriously, I stan Adam for a hundred different reasons, but his clever, creative brain just ~does things to me. So bear with me as I look a little deeper into the symbolism of Adam’s scarlet letter.


For those who haven’t read the novel since forced at exam-point to do so in high school, the abridged/nutshell version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 classic The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne is a young woman sent to colonial Boston by her husband. For years, she waits for him to join her, and when he doesn’t, has an affair with another man. Discovered, she is imprisoned, and once released, is forced to wear a bright red “A” (for adultery) on her dress, marking her as a sinner. She lives quietly on the outskirts of town and over time, she comes to embrace the letter, and even to wear it proudly. She decorates it in gold thread, and refuses to remove it even when given permission to do so. The meaning of the letter itself changes, and many townspeople, who have come to respect Hester, come to believe it stands for “able.”

In the novel, Hester was judged by her community as a sinner and forced to wear a label of her shame. Her offense: she defied the rules and dared to be a sexual being. She could have sunk down under the punishment and let it defeat her. She could have left town and hidden her identity. Instead, she stayed, and through her suffering, she gained insight and wisdom and strength of character. She did not deny who she was or what she had done, and through her quiet courage, turned a label of shame into a badge of honor.

So what does all this have to do with Adam? What was the crime that Adam committed?

He defied the rules and dared to be a sexual being. Gifted with the closing number on the 2009 American Music Awards, he gave an unabashedly sexual performance, sending conservatives into a tailspin and provoking 1500 of them to release their pearls long enough to set righteously trembling fingers to keyboards and write half-coherent letters of outrage to the FCC. Because for some “Americans,” gay is a-okay as long as it’s subtle and asexual, but when it’s “in your face,” the children are evidently at risk.

Adam’s sin was that, right from the beginning, he refused to be neutered. “I’m a sexual person,” he has said unapologetically, and at the AMAs he gave an overtly sexy performance befitting a sexy song. Something that no out gay male had ever done before on national prime-time television. His punishment was swift. Cancelled performances, a media storm, outcry from all sides.

At least Adam had the support of the gay community after the AMAs, right? After all, Aaron Hicklin of Out Magazine had just publicly exhorted Adam to “find [his] own path,” to not be afraid of being “too gay,” and to “not mess this up.” “This” being the pioneering path that Adam was charting as the first major-label recording artist to be out at the beginning of his career. Unfortunately, the gay community was far from unanimously supportive after the AMAs, and it took GLAAD a dishearteningly long time to speak out on his behalf against ABC. Many in the LGBT community fretted that Adam’s over-the-top behavior had set back years of hard-won progress. So apparently the advice to Adam to find his own path actually meant, “tread carefully down this narrow safe road we’ve defined, so you don’t freak out the straights with the idea of gay sex…”

And Adam’s fanbase? As devoted as they are, even some of his most ardent fans wrung their hands in fear over the career implications of the AMA furor. To this day, the performance sparks fierce debate among Adam’s fans, with many proclaiming it a travesty and an anomaly. They are quick to explain that it isn’t “The Kiss” or the simulated oral sex that they object to, but rather they hate that Adam was “threatening,” “angry,” and “uncontrolled” on stage. Never mind that the words (“Can you handle what I’m ’bout to do? Cause it’s about to get rough for you…”) suggest that this isn’t a pretty love song. Clearly, many fans are uncomfortable with an Adam that is sexually aggressive, and prefer a softer edge.

In the days following the AMAs, Adam was given many opportunities to apologize for that night. It would have been so easy for him to say, “I’m sorry” or “I shouldn’t have done what I did.” Forgive me, I fucked up, I’ll never do it again, I promise I’ll be good…

Instead, Adam owned what he did on that stage. To one and all he claimed it as his performance, his emotions, and his interpretation of the song. He weathered the backlash and the anger from foes and friends alike with class and dignity. Recently, Adam has spoken of the anxiety and pressure he felt in those days, when he wondered if he had ruined his chances of success. But all we saw back then was his grace under fire as he asked us all to consider ‘what do we want from him?’

Not a question with an easy answer. Naturally, those of us who love Adam and wish him success have many opinions about how he should go about his career. There are those who want OTT Adam- as much flash and glitter as possible; more is more, and screw those who can’t handle it. Others want Adam to tread more lightly- build his fanbase by appealing to a wider audience, and gradually introduce them to his brand of glam without freaking them out. For every person who loves out-and-proud Adam, there is at least one who would rather not have his sexuality “shoved down their throat,” a turn of phrase that makes one wonder about the fantasies these folks spin in the privacy of their own heads.

Consider also the fact that Adam came to national attention through American Idol, and many of his fans are devotees of the show. This is a program that celebrates the Cinderella story, wherein a wide-eyed, talented nobody is plucked from obscurity and gifted with fame and fortune. American Idol watchers like their contestants wholesome and humble and malleable. Smart and opinionated? No thanks. Openly gay and sexual? Not so much. Clay Aiken, anyone?

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote that “no man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without getting bewildered as to which one may be the true.” This is what Adam means when he speaks of being true to himself and being an “open book.” He could have taken a safer route, either by keeping his sexuality ambiguous until he was well-established in his career, or by airbrushing his gay so as not to offend the fainthearted. But Adam has continued to be unabashedly himself. A man of many facets, Adam has shown us his vulnerability and earnestness when a song calls for it. And when the song and the setting is sexy, Adam brings on the sexy, whether it’s a feverishly hot performance at Rock My Town, or rocking a studded codpiece at Sydney’s Mardi Gras, or trading sensual licks with Tommy on tour.

So what about that “A”? It could stand for the AMAs. For Adam’s sin. For the two-dimensional label that so many were eager to attach to him, and the storyline that people seemed so ready to write: A fallen Idol who failed to live up to the hype and who failed to stay in the safe little box. Nearly every interview and article, to this day, is another opportunity for that scarlet letter to be branded onto Adam yet again. Lest we forget.

Instead, that “A” stands for Adam. “It’s me, I’m a freak…” Adam shows us that he is in charge of his own identity, and thus in control of his destiny. Rather than apologizing for the past or pretending that it didn’t happen, Adam accepts and embraces it as a part of himself. Recognizing that the AMA performance will be attached to him for some time to come, he brings up the reference himself, with a wink and a dash of glitter.

By placing the scarlet “A” front and center on his top hat and wearing it at the beginning of his concert, Adam tells us that he is unashamed of his debut performance, or of his sexuality, or of being a sexual person. The “A” becomes a mark of pride. Adam has walked through the fire and come out stronger than ever. And just as Hester gilded her letter and made it into a sign of her own strength, Adam has taken what some have called his “sin” and through the catalyst of his own character, transformed it into a symbol of honor.

So yes, as it turns out, A is for Adam.

Posted by NoAngel at 8:23 PM
http://glamazingrace.blogspot.com/2010/07/adams-scarlet-letter-sin-transformed.html
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hooplamagnet  There are Adam stickers in the August issue of InRock (JP) http://twitpic.com/24940e (from @mmyy9)

‘American Idol’: Adam Lambert soars to #1 on MuchMore Top Ten

Adam: mastering all domains.
Adam: mastering all domains.
AP

If you thought Adam Lambert‘s success on music video countdowns was limited to VH1, then think again. For the third week in a row, the “American Idol” singer was at the #1 spot on MuchMore‘s Top Ten with “If I Had You”, beating out everyone from Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” to Ke$ha’s “Your Love is My Drug”.

So what has led to Adam being so popular on MuchMore? The network’s greatest circulation is north of the border in Canada, which has seen the highest chart numbers for the song to date. It also has a devoted block of Adam fans supporting the song with votes.

So what’s the ultimate goal with song? The record for the longest number of weeks at #1 is eight, so it’s looking pretty likely that the fans will work to get the song to that milestone. Whether or not it will happen, though, is all dependent on a group of fans and their ability to send in votes.

http://www.examiner.com/x-11363-TV-Examiner~y2010m7d10-American-Idol-Adam-Lambert-soars-to-1-on-MuchMore-Top-Ten-video

Longineu after the show! thanks @aquariussue7

Thanks to @mistyn

Louisville Concert 

Special thanks to @wendycatsup for the great dinner!  We really appreciate all your great culinary talents! 

Thanks to @riley1877

Fever 

 

inscrutable7: Intense and lengthy screaming b4 Soaked a capella then Adam slowly raised hand and everyone silent. Wow!!!!!

Aftermath 

 

Sure Fire Winners 

 

Strut 

 

Whole Lotta Love 

 

Entire Playlist  http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4DCE3E972DE36465

  

 

Thanks to @mindchnger 

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Tommy Joe Ratliff Corner 

Above two pics thanks to @aquariussue7

Thanks to @mistyn

Picture by @mistyn

  

Tommy had some interesting tweets yesterday… any comments? 

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PLEASE VOTE For ADAM!     

 

Vote Often: VH1 – http://bit.ly/kgJ2    (#1 second week in a row!)  

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Vote Once a day: TCA – http://bit.ly/OTmnW     

Z100 – http://bit.ly/aE25cn     

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 MTV Asia http://bit.ly/M2iLH     

 Much Music Ur 11: http://bit.ly/bvsXR0     

Much More Top 10: http://bit.ly/1fZUp4   (#1 again yesterday!)  

VOTE/RATE/We are on a roll!  Keep up the great job!  

One Click and Rate as a Hit  

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Sirius Radio  http://www.sirius.com/top20 

Adam after the show by @aquariussue7

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Adam at Much Music Awards 

 

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 Adam… you deserve a little bit of………. 

VANITY!!!  

  

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Whole Lotta Love Enhanced Version on the Stairs by @lambosessed!   

     

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17 Comments

  1. I am always here reading your Glorious Blog, don’t always have time to comment but I LOVE IT EVERYDAY ♥♥♥♥♥♥. XO

    Comment by merrie — July 11, 2010 @ 11:13 am

  2. Hey Gloria!
    WOW! could Adam look any happier? each show gets better-er and better-er. outta this world reviews!! so happy for him! imma
    spending the day recovering from cleveland. watching the videos on your amazing blog and voting – some i can’t access- because i live in canada? can’t stop thinkin about pulling tommy’s hair and planting a big one on him! musta been the adrenaline! i LOVE AO, but i find this blog more suitable for a person my age you obviously put a tremendous amount of work into this daily blog – must be a full time job for you! thanks so much for this awesome blog – so glad i signed up for it! glitter forever! carter

    Comment by Carter — July 11, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  3. Thanks sweetie… I know and I appreciate it so much! MUAH!

    Comment by adamquotedaily — July 11, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  4. I’m so glad you are here. It’s not a full time job cause its all fun and it’s so nice that you appreciate it. I got blocked off of AO a long time ago so I dont go there very often! I used to spend a lot of time but I prefer to stick to the positive and that’s all I see when it comes to AL!

    Comment by adamquotedaily — July 11, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  5. Ok !!…about that lovely, microphone mouthing/licking, thingy… #1. no chance of electrocution, right??… #2. how the hell HOT (ouch!) was THAT?? Someone should give that boy a double scoop ice cream cone about half way through EVERY set. It could be like “the half-time show” 🙂 the audience would go completely freakin BALLISTIC…omg, hahaha..
    On ANOTHER happy note♪, that Tommy Boy seems,…oh-so comfortable, with all those kisses. “just another day at work…la te da.”♪ Play time,or not…WHO CARES? I am just a little curious about Tommys tweet though…. hm……nah… hmm.. ?

    Comment by finewinebaby — July 11, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  6. LOVE this blog….read it every day!!! Can’t always comment but love being able to come hear and catch up on the the Latest and Greastest news about BB!!!! Thank you for the incredible job you do in keeping this blog going. It is much appreciated!!!! 🙂

    Comment by Cinenke — July 11, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

  7. louisville was one choice me and my friend had b4 deciding on hammond which we didnt go to bc of our driver backin out….louisville seemed to have all the “adommy” moments!! from the kiss, to the back to back they do and the looks they give each other, and even the hair pulling (assumin he did, havnt seen all the vids yet), since i am goin to the evensville one september 1, i am hopin to see all this…am so excited for the concert!!! time seems to be settin still… ty adamquotedaily for all the great posts, love readin it all the time, every one u ever post…i even favorite some…. keep them all commin!!!!!! ❤ THE ADOMMY MOMENTS!!!!

    Comment by i love adommy — July 11, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  8. Finewinebaby Maybe we could get Katy Perry and her ice cream truck to tour with the band! Love your halftime idea! ROTFLMAO!

    Comment by virg1877 — July 11, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

  9. Hey Gloria, I have been away in NO WI-FI LAND so I have been missing some great stuff!!! Thank you for keeping things current!!! You rock!!!
    xxxooo
    Lisa

    Comment by Lisa Harrington — July 11, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

  10. Hi!!! I have 2 questions for you. First of all, which song was Adam singing when he licked his microphone, and second–in YOUR opinion, is he and Tommy together??? I HOPE they are. I know Adam said that Tommy is straight, but I think Tommy also likes what Adam has been doing to him lately. I am pretty good at seeing faces and seeing what is going on–and I can TELL that Adam and Tommy are getting closer if not already being together. Let me know what you think. Thanks!!!!

    Comment by Robin — July 11, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

  11. I know I was here already but I must Compliment KINNETIK for that Wonderful SCRAP BOOK she put together for Adams Tour, she really did a Marvelous job. I tried to save some photos from it but I couldn’t. so I saved the whole site in my Faves. Really Great Job well done, I love it!!! XO

    Comment by merrie — July 11, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  12. I spent my day today looking for all things Adam! I love this blog better than anything I’ve found so far!!! Loved the article about the Scarlet Letter meaning of Adam “A” and the symbolism behind that simple letter. Fascinating! Gave me a whole new perspective Adam’s amazing character. He is so O#M$F!G@#$#(♥)*&)*(@!!! But, of course, I don’t need to tell that to anyone here. Lol! Keep up the great work! Thank you so much!

    Comment by MomTerryLady — July 11, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  13. My daughter was at this Louisville concert, in the second row. She and a bunch of other Glamberts from Indiana. I was the dutiful mom and stayed home with her kids. She said the concert was fabulous and Adam appeared very pleased. He smiled a lot and talked with the audience a lot. I’m so glad she got to go there. I love your blog; you do such a good job and I recommend it to my Glamily!

    Comment by Mona aka Iraja — July 12, 2010 @ 8:35 am

  14. finewinebaby,

    Your idea of the halftime ice cream cone is pure GENIUS! Hell, I’d pay extra for the ticket just to watch him eat it. He might feel a little silly though. Someone should Tweet him with the idea.

    Comment by IsabelR — July 12, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  15. ME TOO !!!
    I’m here every night and if I were there I’d give you a big hug for all you do !!
    Gloria & Adam …. XOXOXO

    Comment by Katesistergood — July 12, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  16. WFWBS !!! ( what finewonebaby said )
    I second that , and add a long slow lick !

    That mic lick did it for me today.. Yessiree bob!

    Comment by Katesistergood — July 12, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

  17. wooooooooooowww this is amazing blog ever xO I love all about Adam and also his fans so glamfantastic!!!!!!!!

    Comment by laudyalad — July 12, 2010 @ 7:06 pm


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