Saturday 18 November 2017

Lambert keeps Malaysia show clean

Adam Lambert had to tone down his performance in Malaysia
Adam Lambert had to tone down his performance in Malaysia

Adam Lambert has kept his promise to Malaysia's government and steered clear of sexually provocative moves at a concert protested by Islamic activists.

The openly gay American Idol runner-up thrilled thousands of fans with his impeccable vocals and humorous showmanship for more than an hour at a stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

But outside the stadium on Thursday night, dozens of members of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, the nation's biggest opposition group, waved banners that read, "Muslim students protest gay icon in our country" and "Not our culture" with pictures of Adam kissing another man.

The demonstration did not disrupt the show, which Adam had pledged earlier this week to tone down slightly in accordance to Malaysian government guidelines.

Footage of Adam locking lips with a male musician at many of his shows are widely available on the internet. But in Malaysia, the only kiss the audience saw was one that Adam blew to them in between songs.

"Ladies and gentlemen, tonight's show is about love," the star said, midway through energetic performances of his US Top 10 hit Whataya Want From Me, If I Had You and For Your Entertainment.

"I think some people have a problem with me kissing a guy on stage," Adam, 28, told reporters hours before the concert. "But you know, as much as I hate to compromise any time, it's more important for me to bring to the people of Malaysia my show."

Several Malaysian government officials were at the stadium to monitor the singer's performance.

Press Association

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