It's important to remember beginnings. Although 2009 was not the start of Adam Lambert's work towards becoming an established artist, it is the year in which he graced the stage on national television for the first time and was introduced to those who were to become his ravenous fans. Let's begin at the beginning, shall we?
Rewind 7 years and 8 months from today to The Airing of Season 8 "American Idol" Auditions, San Francisco: Adam Lambert walks into the judges' room and delivers his beautifully controlled, pitch-perfect rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody. Throughout the next four months, Lambert proceeded to blow "Idol" audiences minds with his incredibly precise vocal technique, his flair for the dramatics, and his wonderfully, at times controversially, captivating stage presence. His consistent work ethic, diversity in performance styling, and his undeniably at once suave and goofy charm earned him a spot in the finale in which he placed as runner-up.
When you have a little over 2 hours to spare on some truly outstanding performances, check out this comprehensive recap of Lambert's most important moments on the show:
If you don't have that much time on your hands, go directly to Lambert's inventive version of the song of your choice using this index. (Our favorites are in bold.)
1:08: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"
13:05: The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction"
23:45: Michael Jackson's "Black or White"
31:26: Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire"
38:03: Smokey Robinson and The Miracles' "Tracks of My Tears"
44:14: Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music"
49:49: Tears for Fears' "Mad World"
55:35: Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild"
1:06:15: Yvonne Illiman's "If I Can't Have You"
1:13:10: Nina Simone's "Feeling Good"
1:19:20: Led Zepplin's "Whole Lotta Love"
1:24:24: Alice Cooper's "School's Out"
1:30:00: U2's "One"
1:36:30: Aerosmith's "Cryin'"
1:49:52: Tears for Fears' "Mad World" (Encore)
1:55:38: Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come"
2:00:56: "No Boundaries"
2:08:50: KISS Medley ("Beth", "Detroit Rock City", "Rock and Roll All Night")
2:13:22: Queen's "We Are The Champions"
That is the stuff of face-melting right there.
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