Thursday, 30 July 2009
Adam is in the Building - Memphis
Speculation before this leg of the tour concerned whether, in addition to channelling him though his hips and snarling lips, Adam would give a special nod to Elvis. That question was answered with his hair. It had been a long time since he last sang 'Woman' WLL and I was starting to think that he'd ditched it, but it was resurrected in a high-octane performance. I wasn't too keen on some of his improvised notes, jumping around a lot and thought his final note could have done with a little fine tuning. There isn't really enough footage on Starlight to comment as for some reason it seems to be the least captured. There's no good audio of MW at the moment either and only a partial Slow Ride. His voice during the Bowie medley seemed to sound less smooth than usual. I'm quite amazed that he sang through the krumping chest pumps and managed to keep his voice fairly steady. From looking at the video, he struggled a bit with a couple of the highest notes at the end and refrained from reaching and sustaining them. I think it sounded like he had a momentary frog in his throat. I'm not concerned about his voice as he knows how to look after it. As this was the last date on a run of four consecutive days of shows, there was some welcome rest afterwards, for him and for us obsessives.