Glambert Tones Down

Adam Lambert kept the outrageousness to a minimum for his Kuala Lumpur show Oct. 14, in line with Malaysian government rules that forbid the kind of stage displays the glam rocker is famous for, like kissing band members.

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In this photo released by Sony Music Malaysia, Adam Lambert performs at his concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Yuen-See Cho of concert co-organizer Song Music Entertainment Malaysia said before the show that Lambert would observe restrictions against stripping, jumping and kissing onstage.

“Basically he has agreed to respect the guidelines that are set by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage,” said Cho. “We have shared with him in terms of what are the do’s and don’ts … dressing and stuff like that.”

Lambert said in a Twitter post that he didn’t think his normal show was in any way offensive but would “make a few minor adjustments out of respect for the Malaysian government.”

The concert drew objections from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, which has protested other concerts by Western artists, including Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani.

The party claims that Lambert advocates homosexuality.

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Protesters roll out the “Unwelcomed Mat” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sodomy in Malaysia is punishable and a conviction comes with a 20-year prison sentence.