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HE WILL ROCK YOU

The late, great Freddie Mercury is irreplaceable. As the frontman of Queen, he seamlessly melded the worlds of theater and rock to create a legendary stage presence and vocal talent. Since Mercury succumbed to AIDS in 1991, his band has intermittently brought out another star to take on the task of trying to fill the truly massive void the frontman has left since his passing and sing hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Another One Bites the Dust” for one-off performances. After Paul Rodgers’ multi-year stint as frontman stand-in, American Idol success story Adam Lambert steps up to the plate and ismaybe the most appropriate to do so. A fan favorite on the reality singing competition for rock theatrics reminiscent of Mercury’s, he’s a perfect match worth singing along to on their first of hopefully many tours to come.

Thu., July 17, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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Kris Allen

Though he’s part of the soon to be dismantled long reign of White Guys with Guitars that took over the once-popular singing competition American Idol, Kris Allen will always be that class’s most endearingly sweet. Three years ago, the season eight winner beat out Freddie Mercury-style showstopper Adam Lambert with his boy-next-door half-smile and a feel-good sound ripped straight from the Book of Mraz. In concert, don’t be surprised if he steals your heart as swiftyly as he did America’s.

Wed., May 1, 8 p.m., 2013

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Cyndi Lauper and Friends

To cap off an eventful and likely “fun” year, which has included the release of her memoir and an appearance as the Grand Marshal of the city’s Gay Pride Parade, Cyndi Lauper is now making last year’s successful Home for the Holidays benefit concert an annual event. Tonight’s program, which benefits Lauper’s True Colors Fund—which raises awareness about homeless gay, bisexual, and transgender youth—features a star-studded lineup that includes Lauper, Sarah McLachlan, Adam Lambert, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Roberta Flack, St. Vincent, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, members of Counting Crows, and more.

Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m., 2012

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Adam Lambert’s New Boyfriend: Approve?

Glam singer Adam Lambert has stepped out with his new man, a Finnish reality show star named Sauli Koskinen.

Socialitelife got the photos, so now we can pore over them and try to figure if the guy is good enough for our Adam.

Not lookswise, because that’s only superficial, after all.

But soul-wise, honey.

Peer into those Finnish eyes and tell me if he’s the right match for Adam.

Is a Finnish Big Brother star good enough for an American Idol player?

And isn’t he a little short for Adam?

(Oh, wait, that’s about looks. Well, to paraphrase a hit song, “What do you want from me?”)

Adam Lambert Steps Out Officially With Sauli Koskinen [Socialite Life]

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Diana Ross Comes Out Way on Top!

My recent blog post called “Remembering Diana Ross’s Appalling Behavior at Flo Ballard’s Funeral” has long left the runner-up, “Adam Lambert vs. Clay Aiken: A Tale of Two Coming Outs,” in the dust as it’s soared to the revered position of my most commented blog of all time.

Partly thanks to an ongoing bitchfight between someone named Hector and the people who hate him (some of whom pretend to be Hector), this bitter battle full of both pride and stupidity has made it to the top slot, with 551 comments and counting, as I wonder “Where did our love go?”

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“Adam vs. Clay,” meanwhile, has stalled at a mere 421 comments.

All of which goes to show that diva behavior from a gay icon 34 years ago will force today’s gay idols to their knees every time.

Not that gays need to be forced to their knees.

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Diana Ross Is Catching Up With Adam Lambert

My two most commented posts of all time are in a down-to-the-wire race, as singing legend Diana Ross breathes down the lovely neck of new star Adam Lambert.

This contest is even tighter than Bush vs. Gore, and I feel like someone can swoop in and steal Florida at any minute.

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In this corner is Adam Lambert vs. Clay Aiken: A Tale of Two Coming Outs, with 418 comments, the hordes debating which A.I. gay wears better gloss.

But rising up in the rear is Remembering Diana Ross’s Appalling Behavior at Flo Ballard’s Funeral, looking back at an event that diva tactics may have turned into a funeral for good taste.

That little masterwork had amassed 397 comments last time I looked, and it’s growing because of heated little snit fights that have popped up between the self-proclaimed pop music cognoscenti (including some seriously brain-dead folk) out there in the wilderness.

So chime in your two tawdry cents and express your love or contempt by commenting on one of the two posts:

The Glambert or the Supreme?

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Adam Lambert vs. Clay Aiken: A Tale of Two Coming Outs

Adam Lambert is all over the place with his hit record, so I honestly don’t think coming out got in the way of his making a huge splash at all.

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If anything, it added to it, and there are plenty of girls who can still crush on him even though they know he’s hugely “that way.”

Furthermore, young boys can do so, too!

But to me, the best thing about Adam’s coming out is that he did it pretty early in the game–right after being booted off American Idol.

This way, his fans know the truth right off the bat, and they’re with him and he can build a nice, long career with them sans distrust or pretense.

Clay Aiken, on the other hand, waited to come out till he was on the way down and needed a boost.

By that point, his fan base was clogged with a lot of denialists who clung to the idea that he was straight, egged on by the fact that Clay didn’t want to say anything to the contrary.

By the time he said something, his diminishing base got smaller because the haters acted out of homophobia and abandoned the gay ship.

I wish both singers well, but I feel Adam had the better plan.

And hair!

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Adam Lambert Is Too Nice!

Adam Lambert–the gayest American Idol runner-up since Clay Aiken–showed up at the sparkly, fun fashion show by the Blonds last night, and was just too friendly and accessible.

Dressed like a refugee from a Vegas production of Phantom of the Opera, Adam was nice to everyone who greeted him, giving interviews to each recorder-wielding person who approached, whether from a major fashion site or a semi-obscure internet TV show.

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He seemed to glow with excitement at the attention–sort of like I do–and he was extremely gracious about it, while his date patiently sat there holding both their drink glasses.

It was marvelous to behold–but I think it’s the wrong thing to do!

Adam had better learn to be selective or he could become eaten alive by his own fame.

He should learn to radiate a little attitude or people will think he’s too easy.

You can’t BE a star unlike you ACT the star.

Come on, Adam. Be more of a bitch!

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Drag Queens Need To Update Their Acts

I love drag queens more than life itself, and I appreciate the timeless appeal of their Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and Eartha Kitt impressions. It’s important to keep those amazing legends alive!

But if these impersonators don’t mix it up and start updating their acts a little, they’re going to become as obsolete as the Fire Island meat rack.

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I was thrilled a few years ago to see the drags finally doing Britney Spears, even if it was only because her messy VMA’s appearance had spawned worldwide mockery.

At least they were including someone current in their acts.

But they need to try more of that! Too often drag queens excuse their way out of this, telling me, “The current divas don’t have mannerisms worth copying.”

As Bette Davis would say, “Pshaw!” That’s just old fogey talk!

Surely amazing acts can be concocted out of aping Pink, Fergie, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Susan Boyle.

Not to mention Adam Lambert.

Freshen up or die, bitches. There’s more to life than just Cher.

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GLAAD Backs GMA For Dropping Adam Lambert

UPDATE: Since I wrote the text below, GLAAD has adjusted (or maybe just clarified) its point of view. The gay watchdog group now says Adam WAS subjected to a double standard and people should express their frustration with that to ABC. Got it? Good.

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Let’s do a quick recap: Adam Lambert indulged in gay shenanigans on his now legendary American Music Awards performance. Everyone I knew was loving it, but not Good Morning America, which promptly canceled Lambert’s scheduled appearance. Gay activists were furious, especially since the show went on to feature Chris Brown, of all people, as a guest! Was ABC saying that a lady bruiser is OK, but an open gay isn’t?

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Well–keep listening, kiddies–the network countered that it’s not that Lambert is gay, it’s that he’s unpredictable. They couldn’t risk him tossing some racy shenanigans into a live performance that wasn’t in the rehearsal. They didn’t want a whole new Janet Jackson on their hands.

Well, in case you haven’t heard, GLAAD–the LGBT watchdog group–considered ABC’s defense and has sided with it! They feel the network generally gets good grades for their gay coverage and that this wasn’t a case of discrimination at all.

Do you agree or would you like a recount?