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Hollywood Boulevard got just a little brighter on Thursday night as Adam Lambert — American Idol runner-up, RCA Records recording artist, glam rocker extraordinaire — played a five-song set to the delight of some 1,000 fans gathered in the parking lot behind the famous El Capitan theater.
The performance on the Bud Light outdoor stage was three years in the making, according to the show’s music booker Scott Igoe, and so worth the wait.
Wearing his trademark black platform boots, black leather pants, black tank and blazer, a slimmed-down Lambert hit the stage just after 8 p.m. and quickly delivered a one-two punch with new single “Never Close Your Eyes” and the title track to his forthcoming album, Trespassing. Both were aired on Thursday’s show, while the other three tracks were for fans only.
Next came the anthemic “Naked Love” which had the throngs of Glamberts chanting along even well after the last note was sung. Watch the performance above and hear for yourself.
Trading grooves and glances with his bandmates, Lambert continued his audio onslaught with “Broken English” and “Cuckoo,” both also off of Trespassing (due out May 15). In true pro form, he took the time to introduce the musicians playing with him, each of whom looked absolutely stoked to have a spot tripping the light fantastic in the cool Los Angeles night.
After the performance, Lambert was seen unwinding in the show’s green room, which, famously, includes a free bar, pool table and all-you-can-play pinball.
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