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Adam Lambert Promises "Drama" on "Glam Nation" Tour

American Idol' star announces first headlining trek

April 27, 2010 9:44 AM ET

Adam Lambert has revealed the first dates of "The Glam Nation" tour, the American Idol Season Eight runner-up's first headlining trek. "I hope the audience will be able to escape for a few hours and fall into a world full of glam, drama and excitement," Lambert said in a statement, "and I would love everyone to come away with a new appreciation for the music on my album." If Lambert's controversial American Music Awards performance — what Rob Sheffield dubbed a "Full-Frontal Glambgasm" — is any indicator of his stage show, the Glam Nation tour will feature wild outfits, provocative dance moves and high-voltage vocals.

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Lambert previously hit the road with his fellow AI Season Eight contestants, but Lambert's manager Simon Fuller promises, "This tour is going to surpass anything he's done before. I think his millions of fans will remember this tour for the rest of their lives." The singer's AI pal Allison Iraheta will be joining the trek as an opener, along with guitarist Orianthi, who RS spotlighted as a Breaking artist. "I was lucky enough to work with Orianthi on the 'Sleepwalker' track on my album," Lambert said. "She is a killer guitarist and a great vocalist. I'm so excited to be sharing the stage with her."

The tour kicks off on June 4th in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and travels the northern U.S. before heading out west in July. So far, Lambert has also announced one date for both August and September, so expect the schedule to fill out in the coming weeks. Keep it tuned to Adam Official for on-sale dates.

Adam Lambert
June 4 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ The FM Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
June 5 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
June 8 – Toledo, OH @ Omni
June 10 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah's Ballroom
June 11 – Mahnomen, MN @ Shooting Star Casino
June 12 – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
June 14 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
June 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
June 17 – Hammond, IN @ The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
June 18 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theater
June 19 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
June 22 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
June 24 – Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods
June 26 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Spa & Resort
July 15 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
July 27 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Pacific Amphitheatre
July 28 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Pacific Amphitheatre
Aug. 13 – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest
Sept. 18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Tropicana Field

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