Friday, July 9, 2010

Adam Lambert vs. Adam Gold: You Be the Judge

Posted by on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 5:00 AM

The mother of all flame wars rages over on Nashville Cream, where Adam Gold currently stares down an onslaught of inflamed Adam Lambert fans like the lone man holding down Fort Apache. At issue? Lambert fans (or "Glamberts") took exception with Gold's description of the American Idol finalist's unorthodox version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." We're not sure why ...

Before 2009 American Idol victor Adam Lambert shocked and awed Bush Country with his homoerotic kerfuffle at last year’s American Music Awards, he inspired a collective dry-heave among country music fans when he corpse-raped Johnny Cash with a tactless bastardization of “Ring of Fire” on Idol’s “Opry Night” episode. His “update” of the Cash classic sounded like Jeff Buckley drowning in a sea of nine inch nails while the Man in Black spun like a top six feet under ....

Oh, right, that's why. Anyway, both Adam's ribbing and a follow-up thread on Cream have inspired a torrent of abuse from well-mobilized Glamberts, who display a tenacity not seen in these parts since Obama birthers, warring MBA/Ensworth supporters and Ron Paul advocates. So watch the clip above of Lambert's Ryman performance Wednesday night and decide: Inspired interpretation, or posthumous violation?

(Oops — that's John Travolta in the unforgettable "Satan's Alley" finale of Staying Alive, director Sylvester Stallone's 1983 sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Can't imagine how we got those mixed up. Lambert below, after the jump.)

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