Adam Lambert Unplugged!

VH1 Goes Glam With Lambert

Unplugged returns to VH1 with Adam Lambert, who puts aside his synthesized sounds to croon with classical guitar, piano and bongo drums.

Adam Lambert Unplugged

Lambert is known for strutting his stuff around the stage, but last week, he took a seat to record stripped-down acoustic versions of tracks from his debut album For Your Entertainment.

On the Unplugged hit list were Music Again, Mad World, Whataya Want From Me, Broken Open and Down the Rabbit Hole.

The result is a toned-down Lambert, but you'd better believe the diva looks and sounds as fabulous as ever. In fact, some fans may be reminded of how his voice won them over on American Idol to begin with.

In addition to performing, the American Idol alum turned hit-maker talks about how he chose his playlist and what it was like to get Unplugged.

"It actually allows you to kind of play with the melody and the rhythm even more, because you feel it more," he said of performing Unplugged. "It's live. There's actual human touch going on. There's something really beautiful about that."

Because all his tracks start at the computer as opposed to an acoustic instrument, this set had never been performed unplugged and had to be re-imagined and arranged for Unplugged's intimate show.

"The biggest challenge, as far as arrangement goes, is Broken Open," Lambert said. "On the album, it's very, very electronic. It has a lot of ambient sounds -- a lot of synthesizers and beats and blips and textures. Creating an acoustic arrangement, we had to get creative with it. You can't quite replicate what's going on in that track, but I'm really happy. We found something that's simple and lets the melody stand on its own."

Adam Lambert brings back the Unplugged franchise

Unplugged has been quiet for awhile, and Lambert's is the first of eight new episodes for the former music television titan. Future Unplugged sets come from Phoenix (for MTV), The Script (for VH1) and Reba McEntire (for CMT).

Past performers have included Amy Winehouse, Fall Out Boy, Black Crowes and Katy Perry. They can all be viewed at VHI's Unplugged at unplugged.vh1.com.

In the meantime, enjoy these Unplugged performances from Lambert!

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Comments on "Adam Lambert Unplugged!"

lily April 09, 2010 | 3:48 AM

adam is actually sings better live. what a phenomenal star very creative. i feel like he is singing to me with eye contact. what an entertainer, amazing person.

Lini March 15, 2010 | 2:19 PM

Hi Dee dee Thanks for your post but I've tried YouTube and other sites and they just will not play past the commercial.

lynn March 15, 2010 | 10:15 AM

Beautiful man. Beautifully sung.

Dee dee March 15, 2010 | 8:29 AM

Those who can't watch the VH1 vids. All the vids are on Youtube,just search for them!!!!!!!!! I've see them all!

Mathilde March 15, 2010 | 7:32 AM

I'm with Lini - can't view in Canada, how disappointing! I'll have to catch in in April

Lini March 15, 2010 | 7:04 AM

I love Adam and would like to watch the clips but unfortunately VH1 has seen fit to deny us viewing them in Canada. (Don't know about other countries outside the US). Consider yourselves lucky at being able to view them. What a disappointment. You get no points from me, VH1. (Thanks for the stupid commerical at the beginning though, which you do let us watch).

Kristina March 15, 2010 | 7:03 AM

Amazing! His live performances are so awesome.

Dorena March 15, 2010 | 6:48 AM

This is airing on 4/9th @ 11 pm eastern.

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