Still smiling from my Adam hug in Wilkes-Barre (I can’t erase it from face five days later) my Glambert friend from Pittsburgh (I will call her “P”) and I had breakfast at our hotel and pointed the car South toward Washington DC.
Since an extra night at the Gaylord National would have been almost $200, P made reservations at a small hotel in Alexandria. I hooked up my laptop so I could communicate with my Glamily and another Glambert friend who would be traveling from the south (I will call her “S”), who would be leaving at 4AM and meeting up with us at the Gaylord on Sunday afternoon. I just hope she doesn’t drive too fast. She is seated to my right in the picture.
P and I opt for a walking tour of the old town section of Alexandria as it’s not too far from our hotel to walk. Besides, at least one of us is in good physical condition. HINT: It’s not me. Anyway, P decides that with my milky white skin and half shaved head, I should have a hat. So at least we aren’t walking aimlessly around town. We have a mission. It turns out to be entertaining as I look ridiculous in hats. As we approached the waterfront we could see the giant Gaylord National across the river. Getting hungry and still hatless, we decided to search for some beer and tavern food. We pass up frozen custard, sushi, Italian, a Godiva store, and eventually after 20 blocks or so, find a place that has beer and reasonable prices. P said lots of people were staring at me and she didn’t know if it was because of my Adam Lambert tee shirt or my haircut.
I’m guessing the tee shirt. LOL
In the morning I log onto my laptop I see pics of Adam’s outfit at Six Flags. He’s wearing obviously cut off jeans and a black tank top with giant yellow dollar signs on it. Someone jokes that it’s from the Ke$ha collection at Target. LOL. I tried to repeat that joke to some people who don’t pay as much attention and they say things like, “I didn’t know she had a collection at Target.” I don’t like explaining jokes. I put on my psychic hat and predict he will do some shopping before performing in DC. I check Twitter and see that someone is interested in buying the one space I have left. That would be great as we are on a budget. Speaking of budget, this hotel has a room full of snacks that is open 24 hours and it’s all free. They also have a full hot breakfast. After pounding down some eggs, waffles and all the free coffee our bladders can handle, we packed up our thingses and headed to the Gaylord.
Since our room wasn’t ready there was time to check out nearby shopping and check out the hotel. Besides, I still need that hat. We see Glamberts lined up in chairs by some doors and say hello. After walking around the outside performance area we walk down to the shopping area in the next block where there is a store with all yellow stuff right in the front window. We have fun trying on hats and I find a really cool black hat with wire in the brim that allows it to be shaped. P finds another hat and I find a yellow and black shirt that is way better than the one I was going to wear. I got the call that our room was ready. As we walk out the door we can hear SHADY. OMG it’s a sound check. But when we get to where we can see the stage, one important component (Adam) is missing. So we head inside to get our room keys.
We get to our room on the 7th floor and I set up my laptop and see that the lady who wants to buy the extra ticket is indeed still interested and I hope she checks her Twitter. I DM her my cell phone number. I make a quick call to S to tell her what room we are in and she arrives shortly after that. Preparations are fun. We each have an autographed Freak Flag and S brought a roll of TRESPASSING tape and some fun black and yellow bangles. She forms my hat into a ridiculous shape (she’s crafty like that) and we head downstairs. The lady who wants my ticket calls my cell phone and agrees to buy the ticket only to get the orange wrist band that will get her closer to Adam. She came over to where P and S set up our blankets to meet them and we never saw her after that.
We wondered why there weren’t more people in the lower seating (standing) area. We noticed that the sun was right in our faces and it was going to be hard to take pics and video. As the first bands started to play the sun was behind the performance tent, but we realized that when Adam would be performing that the sun would be down and in our faces again and right in back of Adam. I guess we will see a sunrise and a sunset at the same time. Those paying attention will get that joke.
Nothing much to say about the opening acts other than they seemed as stoked as we were about seeing Adam Lambert. We also noticed that the lower viewing area hadn’t filled in that much. I had no one within a four foot radius of myself and I was standing on a hill, able to see over all the heads of the Glamberts down by the stage. I’ve decided that radio DJs are annoying. They get everyone in a frenzy to catch some tee shirts. Even more annoying was one DJ ruining the surprise of Adam’s outfit. But no description is better than seeing that outfit that only The Glambert himself could pull off. You’ve seen the pics of the spiked shorts. Speaking of the pics, the light just bounces off the spikes in all the right places.
When Adam comes out I feel like I am getting a private show. I can see him from his head down to his feet and every glorious inch in between. At this point I am glad I took this opportunity to see him. I was so sad when I attended my last Glam Nation concert in Erie because I assumed with the shows selling out that the next time I saw him would be in a huge stadium. And here I am only twenty feet away.
After TRESPASSING and KICKIN’IN Adam sang SHADY. I don’t know if it was our position in relation to the speakers or what but all of a sudden the base was way too loud. When Adam sang the lyrics “Turn it up, turn it waaaaaaaaay up”, he was not signaling the sound crew. But there were some obvious (to us anyway) hand signals to the sound team. Throughout the rest of the concert the sound never seemed quite right and it was a little distracting to see Adam giving both non-verbal and verbal queues. Somehow Adam was still able to sing loud enough to hear him over the base. And while I hate to get negative, Adam deserves waaaaaaaaay better than this. And I don’t know who messed up IF I HAD YOU, but different instruments were playing in different keys. I am thinking this is an issue for the Musical Director. But if memory serves me right, there were no issues like this on Glam Nation. I hope when there is a tour these issues will be ironed out. Anyway, Adam was awesome with his otherworldly wails and sexy as hell moves.
We didn’t stay for the fireworks as we were all hungry. We stayed up til 1AM chatting. It was sad saying goodbye to S but when I got into the car it was 11:11. I wondered if S looked at the clock at the same time. I am looking forward to the next tour and meeting even more Glamily members. A shout out to all of the ones I met and chatted with. I love all of you.
My punishment for leaving the love of my life for a whole weekend was he had everything bought and ready to make a Memorial Day cook-out as soon as I got home. And yes, I couldn’t wait to release four days of horniness that had built up.
And I still managed to get up to go to work at 4AM
To see a fun close up of my manicure and funky hat, they perfectly fram Adam on stage in the first video here:
TRESPASSING and KICKIN’ IN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXAR3fdgP2g&feature=youtu.be
BROKEN ENGLISH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koAjEPaFPbo&feature=youtu.be
NCOE and IIHY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFsnL0jKfYw