EXCLUSIVE: The Queen + Adam Lambert 2014 Concert Series
Written by Scott Katz   

We kick off our Summer 2014 sessions of the USTownhall RoundTable podcast with full coverage of one of the hottest concert tickets of the season: The Queen + Adam Lambert concert series!  RoundTable panelist Brenda English went to an unbelievalbe six of those concerts in a marathon undertaking from June 22 to July 6.  She'll be sharing her first-hand experiences of the concerts as well as exclusive photos taken from each venue.  This podcast series is truly a must-listen for any Queen or Adam Lambert fan!

USTownhall RoundTable Summer Sessions 2014: The QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT concert tour

June 22, 2014: Previewing the Queen + Adam Lambert Summer 2014 concert series.

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July 9, 2014: The panel discusses the concerts that took place in Los Angeles and at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

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June 30, 2014: The panel discusses the concerts that took place in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.  Photo galleries below!

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July 20, 2014: More on the Queen/Adam Lambert concert series, but first, the panel weighs in on the controversy surrounding the daytime talk show The View that dominated July entertainment coverage.

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August 4, 2014: The panel is joined by Brenda's son Michael to discuss more on the Las Vegas concerts as well as the FINAL concert in North America – Toronto, Canada on July 29.

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Photo Galleries: Enjoy our three exclusive photo galleries from concerts performed in Canada.  Click on any thumbnail to scroll through the gallery.  Want more photos and the opportunity to connect with other Adam Lambert fans?  Head on over to  https://www.facebook.com/AdamLambertFanClub/ and https://www.facebook.com/AdamLambertFanClub/photos_stream

All Queen + Adam Lambert photos used in this article © 2014 Bren English.  Used by Permission.


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June 28, 2014 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - Ever wonder what it would be like to see a concert from ON the stage?  Wonder no more, as we present this gallery of exclusive photos taken from on stage (and back stage!) at the Vancouver show!

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USTownhall RoundTable presents: ADAM LAMBERT FAN DISCUSSION
Written by Scott Katz   
Monday, 10 January 2011 09:05

Adam-Lambert-resizeOn Sunday, January 9, 2010, USTownhall.com inaugurated its new webcast series, USTownhall RoundTable.  While our previous series, USTownhall RealStories features in-depth interviews with people of note and accomplishment from the worlds of television, movies, books, politics, business, etc. and allows them to tell their stories in their own words generally uncut and unedited, USTownhall RoundTable will allow us to fulfill the promise of our site of creating a global online community where people can share ideas and experiences by giving our fans and listeners a platform where their voices can be heard on a wide range of current topics.

On this first episode, we gathered together some of the most passionate fans of singer Adam Lambert from across the United States and Canada for a lively conversation on Mr. Lambert, his music, and what he means to his fans.

The panel included:

Brenda English, Margaret Hill, Lori Atkinson-Leung, and Danielle Langois from Canada as well as Erin Holberg, Mark Saltzman, Nicolina Royale, Kerry Kolasch, and Art Conn from the United States.  All are diehard fans of Adam Lambert who have bought his CDs and went to his concerts.  Many have met him or have written about him, as you will hear in this webcast.  In fact, Art Conn is a stylist for American Idol, and during Season 8, styled both Adam and Kris Allen on several occasions.  He and the rest of our panel shared many inside tidbits of information with us that we're sure you'll find interesting.

Please have a listen, and if you have any ideas about what topics we should cover in future USTownhall RoundTable shows or if you would like to participate, please send us an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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US Townhall RealStories presents JOSH GROBAN
Written by Scott Katz   
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 09:24

Josh-Groban-resizeIn advance of his participation in the upcoming special, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, we spoke to Josh Groban, who will be appearing on the show along with chart toppers, Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, and Jessica SimpsonJackie Evancho, who came in second place on this past summer's fifth season of America's Got Talent, will also appear.  The special will air at 8:00pm nationwide, but for those in the New York City area, at 7:00pm, there will be an additional hour that will air prior to the national special.  Hosts for the festivities are Al Roker and Natalie Morales from The Today Show

Mr. Groban shares with us what his participation in the special will consist of, what his touring plans are for 2011, and which artists he would like to collaborate with in the future. 


USTH: Can you just tell us what songs you will be performing at the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special, and whether you'll be doing any duets with any of the other guest stars?

JOSH GROBAN: Well, I am not going to be singing any duets on this one unless they ask.  Anything could change, but at the moment, I think I'm just going to be doing solos.

I'm going to be singing a song off my new record called "Bells of New York," which is kind of a – not a Christmas song – but a winter kind of song. And felt like it was a right choice for this event.  And as far as the second song goes, I am singing "The Christmas Song."


USTH: Since you brought up your new album, can you tell us a little bit about Illuminations and what inspired you to create the songs on this particular album?

JOSH GROBAN: This record was the first meeting of minds between myself and Rick Rubin.  We both came from very different worlds, and we were both excited about getting into a room together and trying something new – trying to make a record that is in the style that I make in a very different way.  So, I just really made sure that a lot of writing was done on my part and that when we recorded it, it was very organic.

We were right in the room with a lot of the orchestras. Many of the songs were one or two takes. So, it's a much longer answer than I think I can probably give you today, but we generally just wanted to make an album that was crystal clear with beautiful songs.  And add some personality and some personal flavor to a genre that doesn't have much at the moment.


USTH: You said that on the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special, you aren't planning on doing any duets, but in your career you've done so many collaborations. Are there any artists that you would like to collaborate with that you haven't had the chance to so far?  Who is on your personal wish list in the future?

JOSH GROBAN: Well, two people that spring to mind on my personal wish list – an instrumentalist and a singer. I've always wanted to sing with Yo-Yo Ma. He's somebody that I admire a great deal.  I think that my voice and the range of his cello are somewhat in the same place.  And I think it would be really, really nice.

And then, kind of an off the wall dream of mine that I've always had is to sing with Bjork. She's somebody that I just think is so experimental. Her use of orchestras is so interesting, and she just has such a rich and primal voice that I'm just dying to sing a duet with her.  So, those are two people that are on my hit list.


USTH: Can you talk a little bit about your upcoming tour plans for 2011 in support of Illuminations? Are you going to be appearing solely in the United States, or are you going to go on a world tour?

JOSH GROBAN: It's definitely going to be a world tour.  There are a lot of places that I can't wait to visit again that I haven't been to in a few years. And some places that I'm hoping to visit that I've never been to as well as, of course, a really fun trek across the United States.

So, no details at this moment.  But, after all the TV stuff is done – after the first of the year – I'm going to start rehearsing with my band and really start planning a major tour.


USTH: Good luck with the television special and your upcoming world tour.  I'm sure your fans will be looking forward to it.  Thanks for speaking with us today.


Josh Groban's latest album, Illuminations, is available now, and you can catch him on the television special, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, on Tuesday, November 30 at 8:00pm on NBC.




Music: What Was Michael Jackson's Best Album?
Written by US Townhall staff   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 03:14

Michael Jackson's recent tragic death has once again catapulted him into the world spotlight.  Rather than focus on all of the personal trials and tribulations he faced over the last three decades, we'd like to focus on his talent and the music that made him a worldwide superstar.  As longtime Jackson collaborator Quincy Jones recently said, someone like Michael Jackson doesn't come along once in a lifetime; he just comes along once

What follows in this longform article is a career retrospective on one of the great talents in the music industry.

As an adult, Michael Jackson only released six studio albums over the course of his career.  This adult phase of Jackson's career began when the Jacksons left Motown and signed with CBS Records in 1975. 

Off the Wall (1979)After working with Quincy Jones on the movie The Wiz in 1978, Jones and Jackson formed a partnership and went to work on Michael's first solo album for CBS Records' Epic Records division.  The resulting album, Off the Wall, was released on August 10, 1979 and has gone on to sell over 7 million copies in the United States, and a total of over 20 million worldwide.  Off the Wall gave Jackson his first solo career achievement: it became the very first album in Billboard chart history by a solo artist to land four singles in the top 10.  These singles were: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (#1), "Rock with You" (#1), "Off the Wall" (#10), and "She's Out of My Life" (#10).  "Don't Stop..." was the only single actually written by Michael Jackson.  Subsequent albums would feature a majority of the songs either written or co-written by Michael.




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