@bani_, who keeps me up to date with all the latest news on her fabulous Adamholic blog) for the passion and excitement they bring to this fandom. It's also to mark the cover of Japanese Rolling Stone and its collection of stunning photos.
It seems like such a long time ago that Adam performed in Tokyo but it was one that I'd been looking forward to for a long time mainly out of curiosity as to how far he would push it in an environment where his quirks are celebrated. This FYE is shortened and is one of the very few choreographed routines incorporating dancers. I remember thinking that he looked like a spiky glitterbomb. Enjoy!
UPDATED 14/05/10 - Watch just after the minute mark and you'll understand why I made a later version.
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I prefer the Rolling Stone Japan photos (thanks bani!) to the US ones, not only because we get more of them but because of their contemplative understated beauty. The US ones look rather static in comparison. The cover isn't as rich in symbolism as the US one but is just as striking. The high contrast highlights Adam's features with the lighting adding a hint of duality. On one side he's smooth and glowing brightly, the other, dark and brooding. Both his eyes are in shadow looking mysterious and his expression is commanding, leaving no doubt as to who's the bitch. If there's one thing I'd change about the cover shot, it would be to angle Adam's hand forward just a touch so his finger looks less stubby. I love this pale look of his which I think is a consequence of the different attitude in the Far East where porcelain white skin is prized over tanned. Sometimes I'd like Adam to keep this in mind before reaching for the bronzer, as at times, the result is a little too orange. I think his photo shoots have steadily improved since those early Sebree ones I wasn't keen on. These are much more flattering, with the poses looking less awkward and more natural. He also looks less plastic as much more of his personality is conveyed through his expressions and body language. According to the editor, the shoot was allocated only 45 minutes, which is very impressive considering the stirringly sensual results. Click for the bigger versions.