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BC: ART is not about creating within boundaries set by others. ART is about breaking down those boundaries. db2009

FC: The ADAMization of America A Rock Star's Photo Diary

1: There is in souls a sympathy with sounds: And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleased With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave; Some chord in unison with what we hear Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies. ~William Cowper | Ontario | MADISON

2: “ I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend. Freddy Mercury” | North Little Rock | St Louis

3: San Diego | But it was Lambert who the crowd came for, evidenced by the loudest squeals and shrieks of the nearly three-hour night,

6: " Music is what feelings sound like.” | Memphis | i n d i a n a p o l i s

7: On stage I make love to twenty five thousand people; and then I go home alone.” Janis Joplin | Dallas | TAMPA | m i l w a u k e e

8: Mercury News, Jim Harrington: "The “American Idols Live! Tour 2009” features nine vocalists not named Adam Lambert and one that is." The one thing that was blatantly evident from watching Saturday’s “Idols” show at the Oracle Arena in Oakland _ one of three tour stops over the weekend in Northern California _ is that the 27-year-old Lambert is a bona-fide star.

9: Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel. ~Buffy Sainte-Marie | VANCOUVER | Tulsa | Auburn Hills

10: Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. ~Ludwig van Beethoven | Glendale | Reading

12: “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” Madonna quote | “ | SACRAMENTO | CLEVELAND

13: “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” Madonna | OAKLAND | Pittsburgh | wilkes barre

14: SAN JOSE | The Sacramento Bee: I don't even know where to begin and end with second-place finisher Adam Lambert. He clearly was the performer this audience was clamoring for. And he delivered. Washed in shades of blue and silver (his signature colors) and wearing a leather "morning coat," Lambert made mincemeat of the microphone with Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." There was smoke and faux fire as he dominated the stage. He's made perfection out of his haunting reprise of "Mad World" by Tears for Fears, which he sang at least twice on the TV show.

15: SAN JOSE | Philadelphia

16: “Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay 75 pounds to see them should be shot.” Sir Elton John | WEST VALLEY CITY | Rochester | Bridgeport

17: “And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.” Michael Jackson | WEST VALLEY CITY | HARTFORD

18: Tacoma - The NEWS Tribune - ERNEST JASMIN Then the tour publicist lead us out into the arena just in time to catch the charismatic crooner downshifting from a a fiery rendition of Foghat's “Slow Ride” into an medley of Bowie classics that went from operatic (the always awesome “Life on Mars?”) to slinky and funky. Fans screamed louder than they had all night as Lambert shed his jacket and gyrated his way through a Minneapolis funk-infused version of “Let’s Dance,” before sinking back into the stage. Very impressive range, Mssr. Lambert. You are, indeed, a rock star. I’m actually looking forward to hearing what you come up with on that album you said you’re cutting later this year. All that Bowie suggest you'll follow through on the promise to go glammy you gave during your recent Rolling Stone interview. Lambert was the night’s biggest star (I'd argue bigger than winner Kris Allen) | h a m i l r o n | Portland ME

20: Portland - LA Times - Richard Rushfield There is little to be said that hasn't been written this year about the Adam Lambert phenomenon, but his ability to fly right past what seem impossibly high expectations continues to amazing. His closing Bowie medley is dazzling, and any doubts about the great things lying ahead for him would be hard pressed to withstand the awesomeness of his set. | Vancouver Sun: Lambert alert! If anyone's a rock star in the making, it's this guy. Sure, his rendition of Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love sounded a bit showy (think Sebastian Bach rather than Robert Plant), but this kid's got a serious set of pipes. (Although, for some reason, I kept thinking I was the evildoer in a Andrew Lloyd Weber goth musical.) Still, maybe the legions of Lambert fans have it right: By the time Idol winner Allen took the stage, it kind of felt like the digestif. Solid singer, but none of Lambert's chrisma, presence or guy-liner. SUNRISE | LONG ISLAND

21: LOS ANGELES | NEWARK

22: Baltimore | Providence | Rolling Stone’s take on opening night: The two biggest stars of the show — winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert — embraced what endeared them to millions of fans throughout Season Eight. “Glambert” was out in full force, with tight pants, his otherworldly wail and a tribute to the original rock androgyne, David Bowie.

23: “I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.” David Bowie | Atlantic City

24: “Songs have to be simple. It’s not like you have a huge canvas to paint on or a novel length to fill. You’ve got to tell the story in two verses, a chorus and a coda and that takes some skill.” Sting | WASHINGTON DC

25: Miinneapolis | Rosemont | Syracuse

26: “Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.'” Elvis Presley | Greensboro

27: Charlotte | Manchester | The Seattle Times : If the number of earsplitting screams and shrieks erupting from every mention of his name or glimpse of his face on the JumboTron was any indication, glam rocker Adam Lambert was the superstar of the “American Idols Live!” 2009 summer tour’s concert Tuesday night at the Tacoma Dome.

28: Saturday Globe and Mail-Vancouver: Thank God indeed, then, for Lambert. The man the entire crowd had shown up to see, he had them screaming in the aisles - and tossing their undies. Upping the temperature along with the tempo, Lambert was rude, pouty and completely over the top, just as a pop star should be. With a mostly successful set that included Led Zeppelin, Tears for Fears and a very apropos Bowie medley, he offered this panting crowd the possibility of something exciting, dangerous even.

29: It's Official ...Rock Star status has now been 'confirmed'.

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