CHARLOTTE — “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert performed to a sold-out crowd at the N.C. Music Factory’s Fillmore Charlotte on July 2.
Before Lambert even took the stage, there was plenty to keep concert-goers entertained. Outside the music hall, two sign-toting protesters shouted out through bullhorns about the “sins of homosexuality” to those who waited in line.
Brian, who declined to give his last name, said he made a point to be at concerts, ball games, NASCAR races and more all over the world and was adamant that he did not think it was in “God’s plan for two guys to kiss on stage.”
He asked this writer, “Why do you work for the gay press?” He added that to do so meant that on “Judgment Day,” “you are going to hell.”
Buddy Fisher, who also frequented similar venues, said he participated in this type of initiative because of his “love of God.” He was “brought” there to spread “The Good Word.” He said he was not against gay people, but was against gay sin.
An unidentified young man took to a sound device in support of Lambert and attempted to counter the protesters’ comments. He even asked the crowd to yell out “Lambert, Lambert, Lambert.”
Meanwhile, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department made sure venue promoters were safe, as well as attendees. They commented that if the protesters were still there after the concert, they would have to bring out suitable enforcement to ensure there were no incidents.
None of the police officers qnotes spoke with had any issue with Lambert’s sexuality, nor that of any of the LGBT and straight concert-goers. An hour into the event, the protesters were still outside trying to preach to anyone who walked down the street.
People came dressed in regular attire, as well as creative costumes and Glam Wear to show their affinity for Lambert.
His Twitter account (posted a couple of hours after the gig) said it all for him, “Charlotte was on fire tonight! Thanks for being amazing!” Seems that the protesters did not thwart those going to the concert, nor did it interfere with Lambert’s objective, to just entertain.