Adam Lambert brings the glam to the Palladium Ballroom tonight

Glamberts unite!

Adam LambertWe’ve decided that if any of us go on American Idol, we’re shooting for second place. That’s where the real stardom is. Especially for the gays. Clay Aiken started it, but Adam Lambert ran with the runner-up fame and turned into one surprising showman. Whether he’s this generation’s Freddie Mercury remains to be seen, but he’s going to have a blast trying.

And his Glamberts are a force to be reckoned with. You don’t ever want to say a bad thing about Lambert — ever. They will cut you.

DEETS: Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar Road. Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. $39. Ticketmaster.com

—  Rich Lopez

Can anyone help Adam Lambert find something to do on this Labor Day night in Dallas?

Adam Lambert, who’s playing the Palladium Ballroom on Tuesday night, apparently has arrived in Dallas a little early, and he’s looking for something to do. Can anyone help? Here’s Lambert’s tweet from about 6:45 p.m. Monday:

—  John Wright

Last man standing?

As Adam Lambert rises the pop ranks, he joins a long line of musical frontmen who can really show out

RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com

Adam Lambert
TAKE IT EASY | Lambert will prove if he’s a worthy performer when he comes to Dallas on Tuesday.

ADAM LAMBERT
Palladium Ballroom,
1135 S. Lamar Road.
Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. $39.
Ticketmaster.com

Recently, Adam Lambert sang the praises of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Much of Lambert’s stylings and persona are reminiscent of the late bisexual singer, but when he asked NPR recently where are today’s flamboyant showmen, I was perplexed. If by flamboyant, he means gay, well, then perhaps I can see that. But pop and rock music today is not lacking for outrageousness in male personalities.

Lambert doesn’t have to look too far to see that the musical landscape is filled with exciting onstage personas that can equal Lady Gaga or Katy Perry. Lest he thinks he’s the only one on the radar doing up an extravaganza show, he’d be sorely mistaken. I picked out a few worthwhile singers and performers that should answer Lambert’s question.

Mika — I’m sorry to tell Lambert that Brit pop singer Mika fits the Freddie Mercury prototype like a glove, much more than Lambert does. With bouncy pop that’s also smart, Mika is exciting to watch as he rules his stage and flutters with some crazy vocal gymnastics. To add to that, he can throw down big time on a piano.  He can wear the audience out even when he’s doing all the work.

Kele Okereke — The Bloc Party gay frontman woos his audience like a lover. He has that magic that is both hypnotic and thrilling. Okereke drips sex appeal the way Lenny Kravitz used to, only he keeps it approachable enough to not make him look like a douche. Others usually miss that mark.

Brandon Flowers — When Flowers takes the mike during his band’s show, he not only sings, he leads like a conductor. The Killers pop rock drives forward with heavy guitars and drums, but Flowers owns the stage with the slightly off-kilter-ness of Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter but makes up for it with squeaky clean good looks and guy-liner.

Justin Timberlake — It’s hard to believe I live in a world where Justin T. is a music veteran. Not only that, he’s become a respectable musician and artist. But first, he was the breakout guy from N*Sync. You could see his potential then that he was going to be big, but when he matured into pop music hotness, he proved that outrageousness and flamboyance isn’t all that’ s needed to be a great showmen. J.T.’s got the moves, the looks and also works his sex appeal to no end.

There are countless others, but Lambert can’t rule out these contemporaries just because he’ll kiss a guy onstage or wear outlandish costumes. Flamboyant showmanship is of varying degree. Glam rock hasn’t yet made its comeback, but Lambert is at least spearheading the movement and in a few years, he’ll be the next veteran that up and comers will cite as an influence.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 3, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Concert Notice: OMG! Adam Lambert’s Glam Nation Tour comes to the Palladium in September

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert brings Glam to Big D.

Glamberts get ready! I have good news for you. Adam Lambert is finally heading to town. When his Glam Nation Tour was first announced, there were no Texas dates. And as of last week, the closest venues on the tour were The Pavillion in Lubbock next Wednesday and the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Okla., on Sept. 10. which were added after the announcement. But now, he’s scheduled to play the Palladium Ballroom Sept. 7. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The site lists the price at $39.50.

This gives you time to get your guy-liner, fingerless gloves and hair gel stocked up. Or just use some leftover Gaga accessories.

Here’s a preview of the show from his July 25 concert in San Francisco:

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Good Records announces Tegan & Sara in-store performance in September


Tegan & Sara

Other than a Facebook udpate, there aren’t much more details at the moment, but Good Records just posted this:

Just found out that Tegan & Sara will be stopping by for an instore acoustic performance when they are in town with Paramore.

The duo plays with Paramore Sep. 10 at Verizon Theatre as part of the Honda Civic Tour. Tickets are already on sale. If it’s like Good Records’ other in-store shows, T & S will likely play the day of, but it could be an early gig. The show at Verizon is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. It’s a Friday, so you might have to beg the boss to let you start your weekend a little early. And if it’s packed anything like their show at the Palladium earlier this year, then plan on getting there early. But we’re speculating here. We’ll keep you posted when Good Records releases more deets.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Hip-Hop for HIV is this Sunday

Hottie Omarion hip-hops for HIV awareness this Sunday.
Hottie Omarion hip-hops for HIV awareness this Sunday.

Returning for a third year, the City of Dallas, Dallas Community Colleges and Metro PCS (among others) host the Hip-Hop for HIV concert on Sunday. Omarion, Marques Houston, Roscoe Dash and more are on the bill for this afternoon-to-evening concert. The best part, it’s free — with a twist.

Knowing your status and “Testing for Tickets” is the core initiative of this annual event specifically for the age group between 15 to 30 years of age. “Testing for Tickets” allows those tested to know their status, be further educated on the disease and more importantly better informed on the social and medical services available to treat those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS locally, regionally and nationally.

Testing sites will be designated throughout the DFW Metroplex as Rickey Smiley, Mayor Pro- Tem Dwaine Caraway, KBFB 97.9 The Beat, The City of Dallas, and the MLK, Jr. Family Clinic collaborate with several community based organizations to begin confidential testing from May 26, 2010 to June 19, 2010.

Anyone tested will receive on site medical counseling but most importantly One FREE Ticket to gain entry into the concert June 20, 2010, beginning at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at The Palladium Ballroom located at 1135 South Lamar in Dallas, Texas which will feature national, regional & local Hip Hop artists.

For more information, click here.

—  Rich Lopez

Tegan & Sara at Palladium Ballroom last night

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Last night, I would imagine that many religious experiences were had at the Tegan & Sara show. With each first note from their more than substantial playlist, there was jumping, screaming and yelping that were all just short of falling on the floor and speaking in tongues. And clearly, Tegan & Sara were goddesses to the packed house of hip lesbians and the people who love them.

—  Rich Lopez

Moby at the Palladium Ballroom Oct. 4

Doh! Sorry ladies and gents. If it wasn’t for NPR’s Bob Boilen, I wouldn’t have remembered to post this video of Moby live at the Palladium Ballroom earlier this month. It’s an interesting thing to watch Moby capture his electronica music with a full band. Here he performs his chill groove, “Porcelain” to a surprisingly nice effect.

Yesterday, Boilen posted Moby’s full Berlin concert to listen to (not watch) on the All Songs Considered site. It’s a sufficient hour and 44 minute post. So if you close your eyes and have some strudel, you might can imagine being right there at the show.

—  Rich Lopez