Say what you will about Adam Lambert, but you cannot deny the fact that the guy knows how to put on a show.
Regardless of whether or not he’s crowned “American Idol” champ, he already stole the show with a jaw-dropping, fist-pumping, pyro-enhanced performance with legendary rockers Kiss.
Lambert started things off solo, wearing a studded, sorta-angelic ensemble (leather epaulet, withwings and all), performing a somber, falsetto’ed version of “Beth.” Then as the pyro hit, Kiss themselves descended from the heavens and launched into a big-time take on another staple (from the same year, 1976), [url id=”http://www.mtvmusic.com/kiss/videos/89886/kiss_detroit_rock_city_live_at_rock_honors_2006.jhtml”]”Detroit Rock City.”[/url]
Lambert strutted and belted it out, drawing “Wow … Did he just hit that note?” looks from guitarist Paul Stanley — and wearing a pair of platform boots that made him right at home with the glammed-up dudes in Kiss.
Then, with more pyro flaring, it was into “Rock and Roll All Nite,” with bassist Gene Simmons and Lambert trading verses (then, in an inspired split-screen, Simmons, Lambert and Stanley all sang in unison).
After even more pyro, a smashed guitar and one seriously long note from Lambert, it was all over … Minus Simmons spitting up blood, it was everything you’d get from a Kiss show, mashed into roughly four minutes. A very fiery (and pretty amazing) coronation for the man who could be “Idol” king.