His vocal performance was, of course, excellent. Generally, he avoided the super high notes. I understand this completely. He's going to do 70 shows in three months and needs to take care of his voice. Yet his ability to hit those notes is part of what makes his singing thrilling so I was disappointed to not hear that live.
All in all, I would say that the production values are not equal to his talent.
Soaked, performed with just piano accompaniment, was gorgeous.
The set list was:
2. Down the Rabbit Hole
3. Ring of Fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6. Whataya Want From Me
9. Surefire Winners
11. Music Again
12. Broken Open
13. If I Had You
14. Encore: uptempo, acoustic Mad World
My favorites songs of his are Voodoo, Down the Rabbit Hole, Fever, Sleepwalker and Broken Open, so the song order was sort of upside down for me, with the best stuff near the beginning. Ring of Fire live was fabulous and will be a special moment on tour when he sings it at the Ryman in Nashville, after Randy Travis (or was it Simon Cowell?) declared during Idol that Adam's Ring of Fire wouldn't go over very well at the Grand Ole Opry.
Adam has said the set list will change and evolve as the tour goes on. He's been doing acoustic, jazzy,
The venue had horrific sound problems for Allison Iraheta's and Orianthi's sets. The instruments were so so so loud that the singers' voices were amplified to distortion, so it was as if you couldn't hear them singing at all. We had to leave the auditorium during Orianthi's set because of this. The sound was good for Adam's set, though.
The financial aspect of the music business must be so frustrating for artists. Gaga was reportedly in the red with her tour until a couple months ago, in spite of being the most expensive, most sought-after ticket around the world and in spite of having a slew of hit songs and huge record sales.