(UPDATED) Was Adam Lambert in Danger in Russia?
Update: According to one Russian media outlet Zet-News.ru (translated via Google Translate) Adam Lambert only found out about a possible attack after the concert. Russian authorities searched the premises for 18 hours before the concert, but found no explosives or any danger.
Originally published April 19, 10:17 a.m.
A possible threat of violence against Adam Lambert apparently never deterred the pop singer from taking the stage in St. Petersburg, Russia last month. SFGN recently learned that the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council issued a warning to U.S. travelers attending his concert.
“This is to alert U.S. citizens in Russia who are planning to attend the Adam Lambert concert in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, March 20, that the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg has received information regarding a threat of physical violence against spectators and performers at the concert,” the warning reads.
Whether the singer knew about the threat is unclear. Since no news reports of violence were published after the concert it appears nothing materialized of the security concerns.
The warning went on to read: “The U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg has shared the information with appropriate Russian law enforcement authorities. While we expect that appropriate security measures will be in place at the concert, U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant regarding their personal security, and to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially in crowded areas.”
After the concert Lambert tweeted “Thank u SAINT PETERSBURG!!” And more recently Lambert mentioned St. Petersburg while he was in Miami before his performance at Miami Beach Gay Pride.
“Traveling internationally makes you really thankful for certain freedoms we have here in our country. I was in Russia a couple months back and St. Petersburg as you probably know has a lot of issues with the gay and lesbian community being a little oppressed, being a little frightened to be out, to be open, not being able to demonstrate any sort of pride. And coming here, it reminds you how lucky we are. We have so many freedoms,” he said.
According to the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s website the department was created in 1985 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to promote security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State.
Lately Russia has been particularly anti-gay with the country’s President Vladimir Putin wanting to ban foreign gay couples from adopting children; attempting to ban ‘homosexual propaganda;’ and last year Moscow banned Pride marches in the city for the next 100 years.
Last year when Madonna spoke up for rights during a concert of her own in St. Petersburg she was later sued for “propaganda of perversion.” The suit was later dismissed.
Lambert recently told SFGN that traveling internationally has been a surprising part of his career:
“I think the international part of my career has been really exciting and unexpected. I didn’t think I’d be traveling outside of the states as much as I have.”
Besides Russia, he’s traveled to South Africa, Scandinavia and has been building a strong fan base in Asia.
“I got to perform on the Voice of China earlier this year, and over 4 hundred million people watched the telecast for the finale. I was like, no pressure. It’s been really exciting meeting fans and building a following in Asia.”
According to Lambert’s twitter account he’s currently in China where he just received the Chinese Music Award for Favorite International Artist.
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