1982
  • 1/29/82: Adam Mitchel Lambert is born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
        --Short clip from True Hollywood Story of Adam as a baby  
        --Adam growing up (Behind the Music clip) 

1985

1991
  • Month Unknown: Adam’s first role is as Linus in San Diego's Lyceum Theater's production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Until the age of 17, he participates in 3-4 musicals a year as part of the Children's Theatre Network (now MET2).

1992
  • Month Unknown: Adam attends his first concert, featuring Paula Abdul. He loved her "Shut Up and Dance" remixes tape, which he played over and over again.

  • Month Unknown: Adam appears in a Century 21 commercial 

  • Month Unknown: Adam plays John in Peter Pan
        --Interview 
        --Magazine Scan   

  • Month Unknown: Adam plays the Russian leader in Fiddler on the Roof 

  • Month Unknown: Adam begins voice lessons with vocal teacher Lynne Broyles

1993
  • June (circa): Adam graduates from Deer Canyon Elementary School

  • September (circa): Adam starts attending Mesa Verde Middle School in Rancho Peñasquitos, California.

1994
  • Month Unknown: Adam sings “Not a Day Goes By” (partial at 5:25). Clip is from "Behind the Music" aired on August 7, 2011.


1996

1997

1998
  • Summer: Adam is part of the ensemble cast of Hello Dolly! and Camelot at the Starlight Outdoor Theatre in Balboa Park. 

  • Month Unknown: In The Secret Garden, Adam plays both Dickon and Uncle Archie (CTN production)


1999

  • Spring: Adam plays the role of Uncle Archibald in Mt. Carmel High School spring musical The Secret Garden, where his interpretation of Lily's Eyes earns him a standing ovation every night.

  • June (circa): Adam sings Blue Moon as part of a quartet at Mt. Carmel High School Jazz event  

  • Month Unknown: Adam is in the Children’s Theatre Network’s production of Peter Pan

  • Summer: Adam plays the role of Freddie Trumper in the musical Chess presented at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, CA. He performs the lead song, Pity the Child.

  • Fall: Adam plays the character of Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (high school)

2000
  • 3/18/00: Adam performs in Mt. Carmel High School Airbands 2000. He is the lead character for the "War" section in the video (wearing sparkly camouflage pants). He isn’t actually singing but he does dance! The theme for this air band was Raid. The opening set of dancers represent the bugs, while the girls are going to war to kill them. 

  • April: Adam travels to New York with the Mt. Carmel High School Classical Vocal Ensemble. They perform at the Lincoln Center.

  • 4/17/00: Adam performs She Was There (Scarlet Pimpernel) at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as a Spotlight Awards Finalist [clip from "Behind the Music" that aired August 7, 2011] 

  • Spring: Adam plays the role of Frederic in Mt. Carmel High School spring musical, Pirates of Penzance.


  • Summer: Adam plays the role of Captain Hook in the musical Peter Pan presented at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, CA. He also plays in Music Man and at the Swingtime G.I. Jive (fund raiser).

  • August: Adam starts to attend California State University Fullerton as a Theatre Arts major, but drops out after five weeks. He had been too busy rehearsing for Grease to attend classes.

  • September: Adam is Doody in the musical Grease presented at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, CA. He sings "Those Magic Changes" and "Rock 'n' Roll Party Queen".

  • Fall: Having to support himself, Adam finds a retail job at Macy's, at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, CA. He stays there about 6 months.

2001
  • Month Unknown: Adam moves to North Hollywood.

  • 3/23/01 to 4/1/01: The Secret Garden (Adam plays Lt. Shaw), Cabrillo Music Theater presented at the Fred Kavli Theatre

  • 5/11/01 to 5/27/01: My Fair Lady (Fullerton Civic Light Opera) 

  • Month Unknown: Adam is hired by Anita Mann Productions (for Holland America) to perform as lead with a 6-person musical revue on the MS Amsterdam cruise ship for 10 months. He travels around the world. After the end of his engagement, he goes back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in musical theater.  

2002
  • May: Adam performs in several Civic Light Opera shows in Orange County and in Los Angeles, including as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, and as Ambrose Kemper in Hello, Dolly! 

  • 5/29/02 to 6/16/02: Evita (Civic Light Opera South Bay Cities)

  • Month Unknown: Performs the National Anthem at Qualcomm Stadium for the San Diego Chargers

2003
  • ​1/21/03 to 2/2/03: Adam plays Porter in the musical On the Twentieth Century produced by Reprise! and presented at the UCLA Freud Playhouse in Los Angeles

  • 4/11/03 to 5/11/03: Adam plays the role of Pakulski and is the understudy for the role of Ethan O'Dowd in the musical Empire presented at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles

  • Month Unknown: Between musical theater jobs in 2003, Lambert works at a cosmetics counter in an L.A. department store. The cosmetics company offers him a $50,000-a-year job as a cosmetics demonstrator/trainer, but he turns it down.

  • Dates Unknown: Adam works for a company called “The Three Waiters”who pose as waiters and then break into song sometime during the service 
​        --Photo 1
        --Photo 2

  • 6/26/03 to 11/9/03: European Tour of the musical “Hair” (sings My Conviction).  In this Wolfgang Bocksch production, Adam plays the role of Margaret Mead (tourist), a member of the Tribe, and is understudy for the role of Claude. The show travels to Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Amsterdam and Italy. It is during this time that Adam dyes his hair black and starts wearing guyliner and black nail polish.

2004
  • 2/9/04: Cast as Buster in Little Mary Sunshine (Musical Theater Guild)  (Adam is in 7th photo in scrapbook – second person from the right)

  • 3/10/04 to 3/28/04: Adam plays the role of Charlie Dalrymple in the musical Brigadoon produced by Houston's Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), and presented at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Sings Come to Me, Bend to Me (at 3:23 in this audio of the performance, he holds a note for 21 seconds without a breath).

  • 6/18/04 to 7/25/04: Adam plays the role of Phil Mackey in the musical comedy 110 in the Shade at the Pasadena Playhouse.

  • 9/12/04: Adam sings Is Anybody Listening at the 24th annual Chabad L'Chaim - To Life! Telethon  

  • 9/21/04 to 12/5/04: Adam is cast as Joshua and performs alongside Val Kilmer who plays the role of Moses in "The Ten Commandments: The Musical" at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. Review of play (with photo of Adam).
        [Go to 11/21/06 for links to songs from DVD that was later released.]

  • 2/15/04: Adam’s debut at The Zodiac Show at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater
        --Adam's solo: A Change is Gonna Come 
        --Finale (with rest of cast): I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free

2005
  • 1/11/05: Adam joins the national tour of musical comedy "Wicked" as part of the ensemble cast and as an understudy for the role of Fiyero.
        --3/9/05 to 4/24/05: The Wicked tour opens at the Canon Theatre in Toronto, Ontario
        --04/29/05 to 6/12/05: Wicked is at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts
        --06/17/05 to 7/31/05: Wicked is at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre
        --8/4/05 to 9/11/05: Wicked is at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre

  • 7/18/05: Adam is in background when the Wicked cast performs One Short Day on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Season 14, Episode 25). Adam is in the moustache at 0:38. 

  • 8/29/05: Adam sings You’ve Got A Friend in a duet with Eden Espinosa (from Wicked) at the one night only cabaret at the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco. This fundraiser event was for the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. (audio) 

  • 8/30/05 to 9/4/05: Adam attends the Burning Man Festival for the first time (held in Black Rock City, Nevada) 

  • 10/31/05: Sings at Key Club for Club Makeup’s Halloween Show

  • 11/14/05: My Space Demos
        --Kiss and Tell [Original Myspace version] [Fonzerelli Remix]  
        --I Got This 
        --Glamorize 
        --Pop Goes The Camera [Original Myspace version[Fonzerelli Remix] 

  • 11/29/05: Celebration of Life tribute concert for Yitzhak Rabin (late prime minister of Israel) held at the University of Judaism, LA. Musicians: Freddie Schiftan (guitar), David Kontesz (drums), Smadar Galor (bass), Leo Chaliapov (saxophone), David Garret (cello), Sharon Farber (piano) and the Tova Marcus choir. Artistic director: Erga Schiftan. Music director: Sharon Farber. MC: Dennis Prager.
        --Adam Lambert & Noa Dori singing 'The Prayer'
       --As You Walk With Me (Im Yirtze Hashem) Adam Lambert, Noa Dori & Maya Haddi Music by Sharon Farber
       --Song for Peace (Shir lashalom) (sung in Hebrew)

  • Month Unknown: Adam records music (with Monte Pittman on guitar) as a paid studio musician (songs were released 11/17/09 on the unauthorized "Take One" album). 
        --Climb
        --December  
        --Fields 
        --Did You Need It  
        --More Than  
        --Wonderful  
        --Castle Man  
        --Hourglass  
        --Light Falls Away  
        --First Light  
        --Want 
        --Spotlight  
        --On With The Show (bonus track)

  • Month Unknown: Adam Lambert joins Xander Smith and the Club Makeup Rock and Roll All Stars for Ralph Lauren’s annual Fall fashion event (sings We Are The Champions) (photo) 

2006
  • Summer: ​Adam records a demo of Quiet Desperation (from the musical Pump Up The Volume) as a part of an effort to acquire the rights to adapt the 1990 film to a stage musical (audio).

  • 6/14/06: Adam is Rick the Quarterback in Debbie Loves Dallas. The production was done by the Lake Tahoe and directed and choreographed by Jennifer Lopez’s ex husband Cris Judd. It played at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino and Resort to an over 21 crowd only. (photo) 

  • 8/28/06 to 9/4/06: Adam attends the Burning Man Festival, held in Black Rock City in the Nevada desert. He performs in "The Big Black Man Show" at Center Camp Cafe with Alanna (aka Allan Louis).

  • 11/21/06: “The Ten Commandments: The Musical” DVD is released.
        -- Behind the Scenes video (from DVD)
        Songs with Adam:
        --A Prayer for Life  
        --Into the Deep  
        --Is Anybody Listening (Adam's solo)  
        --The Horns of Jericho

2007
  • Month Unknown: Dimples Karaoke Club (Burbank): Old promotion video with Adam (at 5:27) singing a snippet of Red House (video recording is circa 2007/2008)  (Dimples)
        --Edited for Adam part only 

  • January to May 2007: Adam becomes the lead singer of a rock band called "The Citizen Vein" at the Cat Club in Hollywood. The band also includes 3 other musicians: Monte Pittman (guitar, vocals), Tommy Victor (guitar, vocals) and Steve Sydelnik (drums). They perform in different venues around L.A. (Cat Club, Knitting Factory in Hollywood, and The Pitcher House in Hermosa Beach). In a later interview, Adam says the band played 3 gigs and that was it. This video shows Monte Pittman talking about forming the band and a few clips of their performances (posted January 5, 2011).
        --This Was The Citizen Vein  

  • 2/10/07 to 10/28/08: Adam is in ensemble and is also understudy for Fiyero Tiggular (the male lead) in the L.A. production of Wicked (see April 2008 for video of his Fiyero performance) 

  • 3/3/07: Citizen Vein performs at the Cat Club, Hollywood, CA
        --Chalice (partial)
        --Happy Birthday (partial)

  • 4/19/07: The Citizen Vein performs at the Knitting Factory, Hollywood, CA  
        --Chalice, Noctural 
        --The Circle  

  • 5/12/07: The Citizen Vein performs at The Pitcher House, Hermosa Beach, CA
        --Bad Reputation 
         --Beyond the Sky  
         --Rough Trade (Turning On) 
​         Audios of additional Citizen Vein songs from Adam’s MySpace
         --Nocturnal (by the moon) (audio)
         --Chalice (audio)
         --Avoid (audio)

  • 5/21/07: The cast of Wicked performs at the Art 4 Life 1 Benefit for the American Cancer Society 



  • 8/27/07 to 9/3/07: Adam attends the Burning Man Festival, held in Black Rock City in the Nevada desert. He performs in an impromptu musical revue called "The Big Black Man Show".
        --Star Spangled Banner (sort of)  

  • 9/21/07: Adam performs a Hebrew-English version of "The Prayer" with Temple of the Arts cantor Ilysia Pierce on Kol Nidre, the holiest evening of the Jewish calendar, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. (audio)

  • 9/24/07: Adam sings "Dust in the Wind" at Upright Cabaret's Hollywood Nights Encore (with music director Bryan Perri on the piano). The show is produced by Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel. 

  • 10/11/07: Society Club in LA – Promo (first version)  (Adam at 1:10) 

  • 10/15/07: Adam sings "Heaven on Their Minds" (from Jesus Christ Superstar) at the Valley Musical Theater presents Broadway Unplugged event at Kodak Theater John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood 

  • 10/19/07: Society Club in LA – Promo (second version)  (Adam at 0:16 and 1:05) 

  • Month Unknown: Adam waiting in line at a club with Lisa D’Amato 

2008
  •   Month Unknown: Adam works with J. Scott G. to record "Live the Life" (also known as Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out). 

  •   Month Unknown: Adam records some songs with Digital Glitter producers
          --Oh My Ra 
          --Gigalo 
          --Without You (Released January 2011)  
          --Feel The Love (released March 2011) 

  • 2/8/08: Adam accidentally meets P!nk in a garage in Hollywood. This video was originally posted February 8, 2008. There was no note as to when this meeting actually happened.  

  • 2/22/08: Adam sings "Crazy" at the Viceroy (he performed 2/21 and 2/22 while taking time off from Wicked due to an injury) 

  • 3/28/08: Adam sings "Crazy" at the re-opening of the Upright Cabaret at Marks Restaurant in Hollywood (Music director Gerald Sternbach on piano). The show was produced by Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel.  

  • 4/8/08: Stephen Schwartz receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Pantages Theatre. The cast of Wicked LA sings "One Short Day"
       --Soundcheck  
       --Performance 

  • 4/11/08: Video of Adam as male lead (Fiyero Tiggular) in "Wicked" (from the LA production that ran from 2/10/07 to 10/28/08). Adam was the understudy for this part and it's not known how many times he got to perform it (the rest of the time he was in the ensemble of the show).  
        --Full show  [Part 1]  [Part 2]  [Part 3]  [Part 4]  [Part 5]
        --Dancing Through Life  
       --As Long As You’re Mine  


  • 5/19/08: Adam Lambert performs Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (with "Wicked" dancers; Alexis Carra, Angela Brown, Brooke Wendle, Gina Starbuck, Kehau Ahu and Kristin Oei) at the Art 4 Life 2 Benefit For The American Cancer Society at the Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles CA  

  • 7/17/08: Adam auditions for American Idol at the Cow Palace in Daly City near San Francisco, California. He sings Michael Jackson's "Rock with You" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in front of judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson (see January 2009 for video links)


  • 9/9/08: Adam performs at the Zodiac Show 
        --Adam's solo: Crawl Through Fire (Adam co-wrote this song with Monte Pittman)  
        --Behind the scenes of making Crawl Through Fire (includes performance – this was released November 2009)
        --Black Dog (opening number)  
        --Finale  
        --The Zodiac Show 2008 (trailer) Adam at 4:08, 4:44, 5:04, 5:16, 5:22 

  • 9/27/08: Adam sings "Crazy" at the Upright Cabaret Birthday Bash, Mark’s Restaurant, West Hollywood, CA  (forgets words -- most shoes received) 


  • November 2008 (circa): Adam records a song for ice skater Nick LaRoche to use in his routine, “I Just Love You” (by Five for Fighting)  

  • 11/10/08 to 11/14/08: Adam and 146 other American Idol contestants perform at the Kodak Theater for the recording of American Idol's "Hollywood Week" elimination rounds (televised in February 2009 – see that page for video links).

  • 11/21/08: Adam sings "Kiss and Tell" at the 740 Club, Los Angeles, CA

  • 11/22/08: Adam sings "Kiss and Tell" at Society Club (photos only)  

  • 12/31/08: Adam performs at Upright Cabaret's 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Blowout at Mark's Restaurant. He was joined on stage by vocalists Chad Kimball (Into the Woods, Lennon, Good Vibrations) and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Rent, CSI) with Legendary Music Director Gerald Sternbach on the keys. Produced by Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel. 
       --Playlist  
        Set List
        --Come Home 
        --I Can’t Make You Love Me
        --What’s Going On (What’s Up)  
        --How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore 
        --Gotta Get Through This 
        --Kiss From A Rose  
        --Crazy  






[Page updated 11/11/15]
ADAM LAMBERT HISTORY