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American Idols Live! Tour – Nassau Coliseum (Long Island, NY)

It’s DAY TWENTY-SIX of the American Idols Season 8 Live! Tour at the Nassau Coliseum (Long Island, NY). 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.


American Idols LIVE by Markos Papadatos

Allison Iraheta outsang all of the female finalists tonight, especially during her guitar-accompanied performance of Pink’s “So What.” Iraheta’s rendition of Heart’s “Barracuda” was almost as potent as the original.
Runner up Adam Lambert stole the show. He opened with Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” showing off his fiery rock and roll vocals. Lambert went on to deliver a tender and soothing performance of Muse’s “Starlight,” showcasing his versatility as an artist. His rendition of Gary Jules’ “Mad World” was the single best vocal performance of the entire evening: controlled, nostalgic and powerful. Iraheta joined Lambert on their rocking collaboration of “Slow Ride” and his medley of David Bowie songs was a fitting conclusion to his set. Lambert’s stage presence, charisma and passion for music and performing distinguished him from other finalists, and he had the crowd with him every step of the way.
Although Kris Allen was named winner of American Idol’s Season 8, only three of his performances were remarkable. These include Kanye’s West’s “Heartless,” which he did with an a capella introduction, Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” performed on the piano, and The Beatles classic “Hey Jude.” Following Allen’s setlist, all Idols joined the stage for their finale group performance of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Adam Lambert: The ultimate interview, Part Four by Fred Bronson

In the final segment of this four-part interview, the Season Eight runner-up discusses his “American Idol” experience. Part One of this interview can be read here. Part Two can be read here. Part Three can be read here.
So while you were on “Idol,” you were reading what people were writing about you. Did it affect you? I’m pretty objective, pretty resilient to that kind of thing. I didn’t take it personally. I try to take it as research, like how people were responding to it, and I felt the same way about the judges. They had objective opinions and everybody has one. Listen to their comment and if it’s a good critique, take it. Make notes. Fix it if you agree, and if not, just keep doing your thing.
It’s not about them and what they think. It’s about that I get to be on TV in front of millions of people and I get to sing. It’s about the opportunity and the experience and it’s not about “Did the judges like it?” I didn’t want to be too concerned with that, and by having a sense of humor about it, it made me more OK.
Looking back at the season as a whole, what do you know now that you didn’t know before you were on “Idol”? I learned a lot by watching myself back. Like, less is more. I don’t have to do quite as much every time, because when I watched some of the first performances, “Satisfaction,” “Black or White,” they get a little manic and that was because I was excited and had all this adrenaline. By getting used to working on the soundstage and getting comfortable and not being as nervous, I learned what works and what doesn’t.
And now you’re recording your debut album. What is your vision for your first record? I want to do pop-rock electronic, like dance rock. I want it to be rock and roll, a nod to all the ’60s and ’70s rock that I love, the classic and the glam rock, but with a very current, futuristic sensibility for dance floors. I want people to have fun. I don’t want to sound like I have this social cause, but I think that music in the ’70s was so cool because it was about partying. It was about bringing people together and celebrating and not about all this dark sad [stuff]. I want to bring back the fun stuff. I want to bring people together and get them to dance and smile and feel sexy and celebrate our similarities, not our differences.

Lambert Fans Gift Him Skivvies!

“I get a lot of bras, decorated very creatively,” Adam tells “Extra” of receiving onstage gifts from fans. “I do believe there was a jockstrap the other day.”
The “American Idol” runner-up admits that the presents can get crazier than that! “We’ve gotten some light S&M bondage gear… a red leather whip, some handcuffs,” Adam reveals. “I’m waiting to see what the people come up with next, but don’t throw it at my face! Something almost hit me in the face the other day.”
Adam also broke news of his upcoming album. “My album should be coming out in November and it’s gonna be bad a. You’re gonna love it.” Lambert adds, “It’s gonna make you wanna dance, it’s gonna inspire you. Overall it’s gonna feel really sexy.”

Idols Live concert tour appears to be recession-proof By Brian Mansfield

The Idols Live tour, featuring winner Kris Allen and nine other finalists, is selling 82% of its tickets and has grossed $11.2 million — almost exactly the same as last year’s tour at the same point.
One factor that could be contributing to the tour’s success is the number of guys on the bill (a seven/three split), because Idol crowds tend to be heavily female. Another boost: Season 8 had a hugely popular runner-up. “The Adam Lambert fan base is incredibly avid,” says former Idol blogger Richard Rushfield, the incoming West Coast editor for Gawker. “That dedication is what sells tickets.”
It also helps that this year’s tour, which ends Sept. 15 in Manchester, N.H., is receiving generally positive reviews. “The consensus seems to be that every one of the kids is better in the concert than they ever were in the show,” says Rushfield, who has attended four dates on this tour. “It’s hard to see anybody who enjoyed the TV show walking away dissatisfied by it.”

Hot Tours: Madonna, U2, AC/DC, Idols Live Top Tours Chart by Bob Allen

The eighth American Idols Live Tour featuring this year’s winner, Kris Allen, is rolling through its North American schedule with totals from six markets reported this week. The best-attended performance was in Allen’s home state of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Verizon Arena (July 25) with 14,288 in attendance, the most from any venue on the tour. In the 19 shows reported this summer, ticket sales stand at 180,000 to date.

Hall About Pop: Idols Live Tour features two acts on one stage By Nancy Hall

Clearly, highlights of American Idols Live are Iraheta and Lambert. These two have the most energetic numbers to sing, like Pink’s “So What” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” They’re also the only ones to actually perform a duet, joining up for Foghat’s “Slow Ride” as they did during the season.
Of course, the point of the concert is to give each of the top 10 time to show the crowd what they do and remind them why they loved them. So expect a slower set from Gokey and some acoustic numbers from Allen.

Kris Allen’s Secret Songwriting Weapon? Adam Lambert By James Montgomery

“Adam will get a song, and he’ll be like, ‘Listen to this,’ and I’ll tell him what I think about it, whether I like it or not. And we were actually doing that last night. … He was listening to some things of mine,” Allen told MTV News. “He had some good things to say, some critiques to say as well. We do that to each other. … We’re just trying to help each other out.”
“The time thing is crazy. When you dream of making your first album, you don’t dream of making it on tour. … It’s nuts, but we’re finding the time to write, and writing is putting my stamp on [my album], so it’s happening,” he said. “To be honest, at first it was hard, because they stuck me in these co-writing sessions, and I was like, ‘I’ve never done this before.’ It was weird. I’d get in there, and I’d be like ‘I don’t know what to do. … I’m sorry.’ But I’ve gotten used to it, and it’s good to bounce ideas off each other, and so I’ve been writing a lot with other people, and writing some stuff on my own too.”
Allen has already worked with Fray guitarist Joe King, hip-hop producer Salaam Remi and famed songwriter Claude Kelly on the album, which is due in the fall. And while he’s still not sure of just how many of those collaborations will actually end up on the record, he’s already made one track-list decision: “No Boundaries” — the clunky, Kara DioGuardi-penned “Idol” victory single he’s already stopped performing live — won’t be on the album. Probably. “I doubt it’ll end up on there,” Allen said. “But who knows? Maybe as a Wal-Mart bonus track or something. I love Wal-Mart.”

Kris Allen Is ‘Sad’ Paula Abdul Is Leaving ‘American Idol’ By James Montgomery

When Allen first learned about Abdul’s departure, he was backstage at the American Idols Live! tour — and the news quickly spread to his fellow contestants. So who took the news the hardest?
“Probably Danny [Gokey] or Matt [Giraud],” Allen said. “Paula loved Danny, but who doesn’t love Danny?”

For “American Idols,” competition never ends. By GLENN GAMBOA

Sure, Kris Allen may have won the TV show back in May over Adam Lambert, but that doesn’t mean he no longer has to prove himself. And at Nassau Coliseum last night, the laid-back Allen showed he has a ways to go before he reaches his potential. (The “Idols” return to the Coliseum for another show tonight.) Though his likable personality and warm voice came through, his song choices didn’t have a lot of flash – Matchbox Twenty’s “Bright Lights” isn’t exactly a barnburner in the best of circumstances and the dressed-up jazzier version of Kanye West’s “Heartless” lost some of its punch.
Lambert, on the other hand, is ready for stardom right now. He injected artistry and even some sexiness into a traditionally straightforward show. His vocal heroics and hip thrusts made Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” a blast, while the Prince-ly take on David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” were pretty thrilling.

American Idols By Elisa DiStefano

Allison Iraheta was very cool and laid back. She said she is still not used to her new fame. She called her cast mates a “dysfunctional family” and says the best part of the show is being together on tour. Since she is the baby of the group, she says she gets “punked” by everyone! … She said she is working 24-7. On days off she is recording. Her album should be done by fall.
I was able to ask a question … Is it hard for you to memorize the songs?
Allison: “It’s hard . Being on the show is really hard, having to learn songs from one day to the next or if you have to change one cause it didn’t clear, you gotta learn another one the last minute and it is hard. I mean I did fine. I messed up a couple of times, whatever, who doesn’t mess up . I mess up on the tour, its like the 27th show and I still mess up on lyrics”.
Then came Adam Lambert full of energy … He said he didn’t think he would get as far as he did because he thought people would think he was too weird. I brought up his celebrity nickname “Glambert”- and he said he liked it and thinks it’s very appropriate. He joked (or maybe not) that he should call his next album “Glambert.” I told him he should have his own Eyeliner product called “Glambert”– and he said it’s already being talked about! I always wondered how he gets that liner to stay put. He told me his secret. You have to put powder on top of it to make it stick…
We talked about being on tour. He said , “I am physically kind of worn out but every time I get on stage I feel like I am plugging in, like I am recharging the battery. The energy coming at me is amazing, the audience is like – every audience we have has been super supportive, there are signs out in the audience, there are bras being thrown at me on stage which is hilarious.” I asked if he throws the bras back. … “yeah, if there is something on the stage you have to acknowledge it. Sometimes it gets overwhelming. There’s litter all over the stage so I have to pick and choose what I play with. There’s been a whip, handcuffs.” … As far as his new album, expect it in November and a single in October. Here’s how he described it. “Its going to be a blend of the great things about 70s and 80s rock music and pop music mixed with today’s current dance floor type sounds, some of the stuff you can shake your butt to, feel sexy, empowered, most of message on songs are positive and uplifting, then you’ll have your emotional ballad in there too to feel something, there’s going to be some funky stuff on there. It’s going to really run the gamut on everything. ”
He pinky sweared me that he would come back to perform after his album drops. Before he gave me a big hug and kiss goodbye, I asked him … if Michael Jackson influenced Adam … “He was definitely one of the big influences. Yeah, as a kid that was one of the people–him and Madonna were like the two pop stars that I was like wow, the king and queen you know. His music was so incredible…..I was obsessed with it (Thriller video) He just took it there to that fantasy place and I’m inspired by people like that.”


Adam Lambert interview with Garret of Elvis Duran-KISS FM

Ford American Idol Giveaway

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American Idols at Nassau Coliseum – WMJC – Adam Lambert

American Idols at Nassau Coliseum – WMJC – Allison Iraheta

Kris Gives A Few Hints About His Album
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Adam Lambert’s New Music Is ‘Not In The Box’
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Will More ‘Idol’ Alumni Be Signed To Labels?
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Kris Allen Thinks ‘Idol’ Will Be Fine Without Paula
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American Idol’s Adam Lambert talks about his experience (Newsday.Com)
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American Idol Allison Iraheta talks about her experience (Newday.Com)
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Interviews with 2 ‘Idols’ by Elisa DiStefano
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