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American Idols Live! Tour – Oracle Arena (Oakland, CA)

It’s DAY FIVE of the American Idols Season 8 Live! Tour at the Oracle Arena (Oakland, CA). I’m gathering all the articles/reviews/videos/interviews here. All tweets are left behind in this post. For a round-up of Tour/Album news for Adam and Kris, click here.

Fair warning : I only care about Adam/Kris/Allison…

Check back – once they are up, All PERFORMANCE VIDEOS (Adam/Kris/Allison) will be on PAGE 2. The Rest of the Top 10 will be on PAGE 3.


Anoop: UNC grad believes vote totals by Bill Pinella – jeez, no wonder Anoop’s such an intellectual, just look to his parents, lol

But, really, Anoop, are you buying all those vote numbers? Who knows if they are accurate? Where do they come from?
“No, I have faith in the people who run the show, in their integrity,” Desai said. “Besides, the show makes way too much money for them to even risk anything like fixing the voting. I believe it’s all very legitimate.”
Music or no music in his future, Anoop is not just doing that balancing act on a keyboard for a future. He has a BS from the University of North Carolina double majoring in political science and American Studies. And before he journeyed off to Kansas City for the tryout that altered his life, he was in graduate school at UNC pursuing a Masters degree in folklore. His mom is a biochemist with a Ph.D. in molecular biology and his dad is a software engineer.
“I don’t know,” he said, “if music doesn’t work out I’ll probably wind up going to law school.”

Inside the AI Tour by Bill Pinella

my initial impression of the five I met:
Michael Sarver – confident
Anoop Desai – intellectual
Scott MacIntyre – inspirational
Allison Iraheta – young
Adam Lambert – polished

AI changes – contestants’ perspective by Bill Pinella
Michael Sarver:

“I think they should change it back to the way it was. I ddn’t care for the way they selected he Top 13. We had to see nine very good people go at one time. They should go back to a Top 24 where they can sing and a have a choice in what they sing.
“I really think they should have an Original Week where you sing your own original music. If you are going to judge someone on their artistry then don’t let them simply interpret someone else’s artistry.
“An original week would be priceless.”

Scott MacIntyre

“Changes? Drop the save option. Keep the 36. The Top 13? Well, that’s about it, they can’t keep increasing on that number, can they?
“They should probably run with what has worked. People aren’t going to watch again next year because they’ll be thinking, ‘I wonder what they’ll change this year.’ They’ll watch because of the talent and the personalities.
“You knew me before you knew my music, which is very untraditional. But I guess change is necessary to a degree. American Idol can’t last forever.”

Anoop Desai

“I wish they would be stricter and stay away from the gimmicks. Bikini Girl and Tatiana were ridiculous this season.”

Allison Iraheta:

“I don’t know. I do think that keeping that fourth judge is a good thing. Getting another critique of your work is always a good thing.”

Idol Tour storms through Oakland by Bill Pinella

Crowd favorite? No secret there, overwhelmingly Adam Lambert with Kris Allen a “sorta” close second. Anytime Adam’s face even appeared on the promo screen the crowd roared. And when he appeared out of a mist and the darkness on stage for his set the crowd of 9,000 went ballistic.
The best: Adam and Kris.

Check back on this guy (he has an Idol Chatter blog) since he also added this:

We have much more coming your way on this, including interviews with five of the 10 performers and lotsa pictures. Stay tuned

Wait, who won ‘Idol’ this year? Also-rans woo fans as tour hits Bay Area by Peter Hartlaub

… The not-quite-sold-out crowd seemed more subdued than previous shows, with one 15-minute exception. The audience made it clear that in the Bay Area, second-place finisher Adam Lambert was the majority choice. The androgynous, Bjork-like power singer didn’t disappoint, giving the most memorable performance – justifying the crowd’s decision to stand for every one of his songs, while sitting through most of Season 8 winner Kris Allen’s performance.
Lambert came out dressed like he should have been in a dune buggy chasing Mel Gibson across the Australian Outback, and followed Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with a medley of David Bowie songs – complete with a fake British accent. But it was still the low-key Allen who flirted with self-parody. As he tinkled the piano to Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” it sounded instead as if he might be trying to cover Dana Carvey’s “Choppin’ Broccoli.”

Review: American Idols Live! By Jim Harrington

The “American Idols Live! Tour 2009” features nine vocalists not named Adam Lambert and one that is.
The latter is the person who matters; at least that’s what Bay Area “Idol” watchers have told me repeatedly over the last few months… The thing is, however, those viewers may just be right this time around. The one thing that was blatantly evident from watching Saturday’s “Idols” show at the Oracle Arena in Oakland … is that the 27-year-old Lambert is a bona-fide star.
No matter what a person thinks of Lambert’s overtly dramatic vocal style – I, for one, find it more than a tad nauseating – it’s still nearly impossible to deny his almost limitless potential. Indeed, just how the singer goes about trying to make good on all that promise should make for one of pop culture’s most fascinating storylines over the next few years.
Unfortunately, the rest of the top 10 finalists that performed on this night weren’t nearly as interesting as Lambert. That definitely included Kris Allen … Whatever the voting public saw in this “average Joe” vocalist – who comes across as a blander version of John Mayer, if indeed that’s even possible – certainly didn’t translate at Oracle.
… The first singer to really connect with the crowd was fourth place finisher Allison Iraheta, a 17-year-old Ashlee Simpson wannabe that delivered Radio Disney-appropriate versions of such rockers as Pink’s “So What” and Heart’s “Barracuda.”
… Next up was the man that seemingly every one in the three-quarter-full house had been waiting for: Lambert. The crowd went bonkers when the goth-rock Idol … appeared in his black leather outfit and began belting out Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” He then turned his operatic voice, so ripe for the Broadway stage, on Muse’s “Starlight” and Tears for Fears’ “Mad World,” which turned out to be the two best songs of the night. The one major misstep of the set – and the decision can’t be blamed on Lambert – was when Iraheta was called out for an unbelievably hokey duet of Foghat’s “Slow Ride.” Yet, he recovered nicely by ending his set with a David Bowie medley.
In direct comparison, Allen’s set felt absolutely anticlimactic as he moved through folksy pop renditions of such tunes as Kanye West’s “Heartless” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” The show provided no clues to what might happen with the singer’s career – it still seems equally plausible that he might become the next John Mayer or that we will never hear from him again.


Adam with fans:

Adam arriving at Oracle Arena with Matt

Kris with fans:

Idols with fans

I like hilarious fan recaps – click here for “SACRAMENTO vs OAKLAND…The Smackdown!”
A fan called 1ofGod’sAnointed actually live-streamed Adam’s set (and the last group song) from his iPhone – it’s recorded on his uStream site. So, if you can’t wait for videos, just head on to this link. And if you have trouble with it playing, just download the MP3.
Bubble Tweet from Matt (Oakland) – special appearances by Allison, adam (looks like headache’s gone!), scott, and sarver


Photos courtesy of flywithangels, cheerionut007, angel_q, courtneyrice319, BiancaTai and other fans

This ONTD_AI post has several good photos of the idols. This is good photo gallery on flickr. This is another good photogallery.

Adamdoing Bowie on Twitpic Share photos on twitter with Twitpic @adamlambert Oakland 07-11-09 on Twitpic
@Allison4Realzzz Oakland 07-11-09 on Twitpic @adamlambert Oakland 07-11-09 on Twitpic @adamlambert Oakland 07-11-09 on Twitpic
@adamlambert Oakland 07-11-09 on Twitpic @adamlambert Oakland 07-11-09 on Twitpic @adamlambert @Allison4Realzzz on Twitpic
@krisallen4real 07-11-09 on Twitpic @krisallen4real Oakland 07-11-09 on Twitpic Kradison on Twitpic
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