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Cave Concerts: Adam Lambert

Thursday, May 10, 2012 2:07 PM

The MLB Fan Cave is pleased to welcome Adam Lambert as the next act in the 2012 MLBFanCave.com Concert series. Adam Lambert, a platinum singer-songwriter, will play an exclusive live set on May 14, beginning at 6:30.

The performance is open to the public and fans are encouraged to come down to the MLB Fan Cave (corner of 4th and Broadway) for the chance to see the set. Please note that space is limited.

About Adam Lambert: When Adam Lambert appeared on the eighth season of American Idol, people couldn’t stop talking about the shape-shifting, 6’1” singer with the glam-rock sartorial flair, razor-sharp sense of humor, and jaw-dropping, powerhouse voice. In 2009, Lambert released his debut album, the Platinum-certified For Your Entertainment, scored the smash single “Whataya Want From Me,” and set out on his 2010 Glam Nation World Tour, taking his electrifying show to thousands of fans across the globe who screamed his name and happily sang along with every word of his genre-bending electro-pop-rock songs.

Where For Your Entertainment was all glitter and glam-rock, Trespassing, which is Executive Produced by Lambert, is part buoyant dance-pop with a funk-rock sensibility, and part brooding introspection. Working with such top-notch producers as Dr. Luke, Pharrell Williams, Benny Blanco, Josh Abraham, Ollie G, Lester Mendez, Robert Marvin and Rune Westberg, as well as gifted songwriters Bruno Mars, Claude Kelly, Bonnie McKee, Sam Sparro, and BC Jean, Lambert has crafted an album that reveals both his dark and light sides, and the complex gray area in between.

The album’s funky tone was set by Lambert’s sessions with Pharrell Williams, with whom he wrote the ’90s house-influenced “Kickin’ In” and the album’s title track, which Lambert explains is about breaking down barriers and proudly trespassing where you may not initially be welcome. “Working with Pharrell was definitely a turning point for me sonically,” he says. “He pushed me to a brash, groove-oriented musical place that I have loved since childhood but hadn’t had a chance to explore much yet.” After the sessions with Williams, Lambert expressed his interest in doing something more rhythmic with his other collaborators, which resulted in the part funk, part ’80s rock tune “Cuckoo,” as well as the slinky disco grooves of ‘Shady,’ which features Chic’s legendary co-founder and guitarist Nile Rodgers.

Whether it’s about asserting himself as an outsider in society on ‘Trespassing,’ or the seductive power of non-verbal communication on ‘Broken English’ or taking on the discrimination of the LGBT community on ‘Outlaws of Love’, each song lifts the veil off Lambert’s personality a little bit more. There are songs about the intoxicating hunt for connection and the thrilling freedom of marching to one’s own beat.

As is known to many by now, the Indiana-born, California-bred Lambert was a seasoned theatrical performer before competing on American Idol, where his stunning performances are still widely regarded as some of the most riveting moments in Idol history. When the show ended, he toured the U.S. with the other Top 10 finalists while working on For Your Entertainment, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned Lambert a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance,” in addition to scores of international awards and honors. He graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Details, Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, and Out, appeared on every major late-night and daytime talk show, and became the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch a career on a major record label in the United States. Lambert channeled his newfound fame into raising awareness about issues close to his heart, advocating on behalf of LGBT causes The Trevor Project, Equality California, and GLAAD, as well as for charity organizations MusiCares, charity:water, and DonorsChoose.org. Other achievements include becoming the first American Idol finalist to tour the world in support of a debut album in the year following their season — a thrilling spectacle documented on Lambert’s 2011 DVD Glam Nation Live, which bowed at No. 1 on SoundScan’s Top Music Videos chart, and became the best-selling debut of any release on the Music Videos chart last year.

“I’m a firm believer that life doesn’t just happen to you”, Lambert says. “We are all on a journey that we have the ability to affect and change. Sometimes we have to trespass out of our comfort zone in order to evolve. Trespassing was written about the push and pull that we all go through on our quest for happiness, allowing the listener to find their own balance within my world.”

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