Adam Lambert – Witch Hunt Tour From Sacramento!

Words by William K

Images by Kevin Graft – #KGROKFOTO

Adam brought his Witch Hunt Tour to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Wheatland on October 20th, 2022.  This was the second show of the tour.  It was packed with cover songs and a choice selection of his own songs.  The set was exceptionally heavy with hard rock songs by Queen, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails.

My third time seeing Adam perform solo was almost as excillerating as seeing him front Queen in 2017.  Adam is now totally comfortable commanding the stage and owning every note that explodes from his incredible pipes.  He entered the stage wearing a massive squared shoulder outfit with cape.  He strutted around a bit with his back up dancers Terrence and Johnny and was quite liberal with sticking his tongue out at the crowd while working every inch of the stage.  The song Fever was my faverite performance of the night.  His band was exceptional but my biggest gripe is that his guitar player needs a wardrobe coach…..but his riffs were magnificent.

His version of Closer by NIN was sexy as fuck and when he came out to sing Metallica’s Enter Sandman he was wearing a red outfit with a kilt and football pads with giant spikes protruding from them and horns on his head.

Considering he is so far along with his career, the production aspect to his show was rather sparse.  Minimal flashy lighting with no personalized backdrop or video wall and only a couple of outfit changes.  By now I would think he’d be approaching the level of say P!nk of Mylie Cyrus but I guess I’m overestimating the influence he’s had in the pop world of music.  His voice and talent is every bit as great as his arena selling out peers.  I’m hoping this is warm up run for an arena run next year. 

The sound at the Hard Rock is exceptional and I look forward to covering the upcoming diverse line up of concerts they have planned in the coming year in this intimate venue.

Set List:

The Witch Queen of New Orleans – Redbone cover


Another One Bites the Dust – Queen cover

Evil in the Night

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode cover

Closer – Nine Inch Nails


Mad About the Boy – Noel Coward cover

Enter Sandman – Metallica cover

Wicked Game – Chris Isaak cover

Stone Cold Crazy – Queen cover

Whataya Want From Me – P!nk cover

Runnin’ – Chokehold – Sleepwalker

Ghost Town


Lay Me Down – Avicii cover

You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) Sylvester cover

If I Had You

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