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by luv2laugh TheAdamLambertConnection.com/forum
I’ve been trying to understand why some people feel Adam’s performance of “Ring of Fire” was disrespectful to country music. American Idol determines the theme for the week… not the contestants. I’ve always felt that’s the price you pay to be on the show. We all know that in the “real world” artists are not expected to be able to sing songs from every music genre out there. Adam performed Dilana’s arrangement of “Ring of Fire”. It was better suited to Adam’s personal style and vocals. This is not the first time an AI contestant has performed an arrangement which was different than the original classic. Chris Daughtry sang Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” using a rock arrangement and David Cook sang Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” with a rock edge flair. Neither Chris or David were criticized for being disrespectful of the original artist or the genre of music. So why are people talking about lack of respect now?
During the AI performance show last Wednesday, we all got to see some footage of each of the contestants working with Randy Travis. The key word here is “some” footage… AI decides what clips of the working session the viewing public will see. After watching Randy Travis work with Adam, we were all left with a feeling … what in the world is Adam going to do to the classic hit “Ring of Fire?” I am a fan of Adam, and even I was sitting in my family room holding my breath with anticipation of Adam’s performance. I was wondering why Randy Travis appeared to be so shocked and surprised. We didn’t get to see the whole working session with Adam and Randy… just the parts AI wanted us too… the parts that make for good television. Apparently, even Randy’s reaction to Adam’s black nail polish was pertinent to Adam’s upcoming performance.
After Adam performed, it’s time for the judges comments. Simon described Adam’s performance using the words “absolute indulgent rubbish and horrific”. We all know Simon doesn’t sugar coat his opinion and we’ve come to expect that from him. But Simon did something else… something I’ve never seen him do before. Simon said, “I would never go to Nashville if I were you Adam, because I think there are a lot of people throwing their televisions out the window at this point…” What an odd comment from Simon. Did Simon think Adam was striving to be a country singer? It was uncomfortable to watch. (Watch Simon’s critique here… at one point, even Randy Travis shakes his head) It felt like we were getting a message from AI that a line had been crossed and there was no turning back.
In the past, AI contestants have chosen different arrangements that suit their style and vocals during a theme week. Why is this not acceptable now? Did Simon start this whirlwind about respect by bringing up Nashville without even realizing it or is this about television ratings? I’ve seen reports that say AI ratings are down this year. Did you know that Adam Lambert’s name came up in 95% of all comments on the Internet yesterday? People are talking… people are talking about Adam Lambert and that means people are talking about American Idol.
by flynnsgirl TheAdamLambertConnection.com/forum
Much has been said about Adam’s performance being disrespectful to Johnny Cash or Country music in general, this opinion comes from no basic knowledge as to what Cash did to the song in the first place.
Ring of Fire was originally recorded by June Carter’s sister, Anita in 1962. Johnny loved the song because June had written it about their then forbidden love. Both Cash and Carter were married to other people at the time. Anita’s version was on the charts for 6 months and never became a hit so Johnny decided to record it. He added mariachi horns to the song, something he said he saw in a dream. This was a very bold move in it’s day, and wasn’t done. So basically Johnny Cash took a Country song, added Mexican horns to make the song his own. Isn’t that exactly what Adam Lambert did? Nearly 80 versions of the song have been done since Cash’s. Adam Lambert’s version is just another one on that list.
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Mar 18th, 2009 at 12:43 pm
For those trying to determine how Johnny Cash would feel about Adam’s performance or telling us that we cannot know how he feels, I might offer a little (very little) insight that most peeps don’t have.
I have worked with Mr. Cash (lol, how he would hate being called “Mr. Cash”) numerous times. I’ve partied with him after the gig.
Cash was one of the most “out there” of all of the country artists from the time he started (as a rockabillyish guy) till the day he died. Few people realize that back in the day, he was looked down upon by the country establishment for his “rock” take on music, for his refusal to wear sequined suits and big ol hats, for his excessive partying, drug use and drinking (that put the regular country drunks to shame) and his problems with the law.
Whoever said that he was “punk country” had it exactly right. He was waaaaay outside the envelope in his early days, and he never lost his sympathy and respect for musicians who take risks and who refuse to be put in a box. He always remembered how it felt to be excluded from the club and he always went out of his way to hold out a hand of friendship to those who were different.
He was an incredible artist, an incredible person and the world is much poorer for the loss of his ongoing talent. And he would have looooooooved Adam’s take on his classic hit, and he would have laughed his ass off at the way Adam consistently puts himself RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. He did that. He did that all the time. It paid off for him, and I hope it does for Adam.
Dilana Responds to American Idols Adam Lamberts Ring of Fire Performance
PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 18, 2009 – The entertainment scene is a buzz today over Adam Lamberts performance on last night’s show.
When asked today what she thought of Adam Lambert’s performance from March 17, 2009 of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire Dilana responded with, ” I am stoked that Adam Lambert from American Idol chose to use my version of Ring of fire on last night’s episode. It’s an honor knowing that my arrangement and “cashmere” version of the Johnny Cash classic “turned him on” to the point where he wanted to use it on the show.”
The people in Dilana’s camp also stated that she would love a chance to meet with Adam on the show and do a duet with him. Read more…
No doubt about it… Adam Lambert’s performance of “Ring of Fire” on American Idol was unchartered territory. Adam has told us during interviews that he is going to take risks and last night’s performance was no exception.
Michael Slezak from EW.com on Adam Lambert: Speaking of Mr. Cash, I wonder what he’d have made of Adam’s sitar-infused rendition of ”Ring of Fire.” Call me crazy, but given the fact that the Man in Black was tackling Nine Inch Nails tunes late in his career, I’m guessing he’d have enjoyed the wickedly theatrical spectacle of it all — at least the audio half of the equation — because, love him or hate him, Adam certainly nailed his vocal tonight, even when he used his swooping falsetto to steer the time-honored melody into Idol’s red-light district. Paula again got it right when she drew a comparison to Led Zeppelin’s ”Kashmir,” I just wish she’d have warned him against pulling such aggressive faces while he’s singing, the way she did with Casey Lambert (remember her?) back in the Week One semifinals. Still, as someone who’s priced a ticket for the Adam Lambert Bandwagon without ever getting out my wallet and making a move to buy one, you have to hand it to the guy for his derring-do. He won’t give you dull. And he won’t tamp down on the flamboyance just because it might make a Randy Travis fan wan to chuck a television out the window. As Adam joked to a schoolgirl-giddy Ryan before he took the stage: ”I don’t know about self-discipline, but it’ll be signature.”
Jim David from The Huffington Post on Adam Lambert: He has basically been on the scene for several weeks and it will take America some time to get used to a gay glam rocker with black nail polish. But we wouldn’t even be having this discussion if he weren’t an in-your-face major talent with the potential to go huge. This guy is Madonna, Tina Turner, and David Bowie. Even if he doesn’t win the prize, he’s the real thing. As Bette Davis said after seeing Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl: “The moment she came out onstage, we all knew.”
From our very own flynnsgirl at TheAdamLambertConnection.com/forum on Adam Lambert: Beside the fact that that was the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen, In the context of American Idol Adam Lambert gave the most epic performance that has ever been done. It was erotic and exotic and provocative. I love how he commands our attention, “look at me, I am so going there” You either love him or hate him, there is no middle ground. I was mesmerized by that performance, it was Cirque Du Soleil meets Muse meets some obscure opera. I love every second of what he did. This will be talked about for a very long time. Vocally, everyone else eats his dust, He can sing rings around all the others. Let’s be real people, who were you talking about today? I can guarantee that if you watched Idol last night, then you were talking about Adam. Love it or hate it, it was on your mind. In 5 years time, the only person anyone will remember is Adam Lambert. He may have borrowed from Dilana’s version on Rock Star, Supernova. But he did it his way and he did it on American Idol. Adam brings the artistry that is lacking from this white bread TV show. I fear the judges have no box to put him in and hence don’t know what to do with him. Just let him be Adam, for those of us who love him and there are many, it just might keep this stale show on the air.
Click here to watch Adam Lambert singing Ring of Fire
COMMENTS FROM FAN FORUM MEMBERS
“Adam Lambert is blazing hot with this rendition of Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash. He found a version that suited his style which is most certainly not country and sang it to his and its full potential. Great job Adam and keep that sexy up!!” Ali (Adam’s Philly Babe)
“Loved Adam’s performance!! Nobody even compares to him! I really hope he doesn’t let what the judges say change him!! “Weird”?!?? I guess they aren’t cool enough to understand him. He was amazing like always! And sooo hot!” (Katey)
“Okay, so I just watched Adam! Twice and I’m on the 3rd time. The high notes kill me!!!” Darla (tuke18)
“THAT was the coolest song ever!! Leave it to Adam to take us to Egypt instead of Nashville and I loved it!! We heard another side of Adam’s vocals and he still amazes me every time. Adam… don’t let Idol change you… stay true to who you are because we love you!” Laurie (luv2laugh)
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Adam burned up the American Idol stage tonight with an middle eastern version of “Ring of Fire”. Adam’s originality and incredible vocals had us transfixed on his performance. Everyone is talking about Adam Lambert!!! Calling all Adam fans to vote tonight… the lines are open for two hours after the show. Remember, no one is safe (even Adam) if we aren’t voting until our fingers fall off!