Monday, November 23, 2009
At the American Music Awards, Adam Lambert set out to do exactly what he ended up doing. His performance of "For Your Entertainment" was racy, sexy, and totally provocative. Now the headline on AOL reads "Did Lambert Go Too Far?" (as if he would do such a thing by accident).
It was the first real genuine bad-ass rock 'n roll moment on a live awards show since Guns 'N Roses swore on TV while presenting an award - ironically also at the AMA's, as I remember.
Lambert himself said to the Associated Press: "There are a lot of double standards as far as that goes. We've seen female pop and rock performers do that for the last 10 years. They've been very provocative, owning their power and sexuality. You just don't see men doing it very often. And I'm hoping to break down that double standard with this number."
Well, Adam certainly did that. He got the Parents Television Council up in arms. They claim that the performance was inappropriate to be aired on television, even though it aired around 11 p.m. and that the poor impressionable children will be scarred for life.
At that, I am going to quote Bret Easton Ellis. "Rock 'n roll. Deal with it."
What an exciting moment, the proverbial shot in the arm the music industry needs - someone that is pushing the boundaries and irritating the older generations much in the way that Elvis and the Beatles raised the ire of the WWI generation.
I'm almost glad that the PTC is shaking their fist at Adam Lambert (and very ironically, Dick Clark, whose production company was involved with the AMAs - Dick Clark is the epitome of G rated old timey fun).
It means Adam did something right.
Rock 'n roll is not meant for children...it is meant to open our eyes, to shock us, to break our hearts and put them back together again, to turn us on and make us believe.
Thank you, Adam, for making me believe in the future of rock 'n roll.