On a U.S. tour with Adam Lambert that will eventually take him to Europe, guitarist/singer/composer Monte Pittman is aware that fan reaction to the shows is definitely heating up.
Moving through the Northeast just ahead of the July heat wave, Monte mentions the diversity of the audiences for Lambert’s shows and the fact that “the fan reaction’s been more intense than anything I’ve ever seen. Even in 10 years with Madonna, there’s never been anything like this!”
Which is ironic considering that a few years back, Lambert was working his way up in shows like “Wicked” and was the vocalist in Monte’s band Citizen Vein, formed when Pittman first came to L.A. from his home in Longview, Texas.
Influenced by metal bands like Metallica, Kiss, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeath and local idols Pantera and Dimebag Darrel while coming of age in and around Dallas, he always related to acoustic guitar as well, with Dylan, Cat Stevens, James Taylor as influences along with “Unplugged” albums by Alice in Chains and others.
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