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American Idols Live! Tour – Schottenstein Center (Columbus, OH)

It’s DAY THIRTY-SIX of the American Idols Season 8 Live! Tour at the Schottenstein Center (Columbus, OH). 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. Videos are slow coming in…


My Complete Recap of the Idols Live in Columbus by Angela Henderson

… it was Allison’s turn. And as much as I hate to admit it, I was pretty disappointed with Allison’s set … She shouted most of “So What” (P!nk) and in all honesty, watching a 16-year-old sing about her ex-husband just didn’t work for me. “Cry Baby” was better, but she seemed to totally lose the crowd through the spoken part of the song. I think I would have cut that part out. Her set concluded with “Barracuda” and the band was so loud, it just got completely lost. I think they should have found a younger, more crowd-friendly song for her…
Adam emerged through a mass of bright lights to do “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin) and he completely embraced his role as a rock god … Adam then did “Starlight” (Muse) and he showed every rock god pose in his repertoire. He then took a seat for a gorgeous rendition of “Mad World,” which the crowd—and I—loved. Adam then welcomed Allison back to the stage to do “Slow Ride,” which was Allison’s best song of the night … Adam closed his set with a David Bowie medley of “Life On Mars”/“Fame”/“Let’s Dance.” During “Fame,” Adam removed his jacket and did some more suggestive dance moves. And the more risqué Adam got, the more the crowd loved it.
Kris Allen got a lot of cheers himself, but it was a totally different kind of energy. Kris started his set with a great rendition of “Heartless” (Kanye West/The Fray) and then went into the song that replaced “No Boundaries,” “All These Things I’ve Done” (The Killers) … it was a good performance and the crowd got into singing the “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier” refrain. The crowd really got excited when Kris sat at the piano to do “Ain’t No Sunshine,” (Bill Withers) and it was gorgeous—even though he once again just barely missed that last note. Kris then went into “Bright Lights” (Matchbox Twenty) at the piano and it was probably one of the shrewdest choices for any of the Idols … Kris closed his set with “Hey Jude,” which elicited an “Awww” from the crowd. Everyone in the arena sang along on the “Na Na Na Nas” and Kris was joined by several of the other Idols at the song’s end…

Hanging Out With ”Idol” Stars by Rich Heldenfels

… I was curious about what music they’re listening to now that they’re out of the Idol bubble and on the road… Iraheta brought up Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings of Leon and Keyshia Cole.
Lambert seized on Peaches, Lady Gaga, Muse and IAMX. He thinks IAMX — formerly of Sneaker Pimps — is ”amazing.”
You can read more about the press event, and the individual chats with the performers at the HeldenFiles Online (http://heldenfels.ohio.com)

“Idol” Conversation: Adam Lambert by Rich Heldenfels

What’s the album going to be like? Good. (laughs) I really like it. I think it’s great. I’m working with great producers. I’m co-writing a lot of the material. I, uh — it’s great. It’s catchy. It blends — it’s definitely pop-rock with electronic production. … It has a lot of good beats. It’ll get you dancing. It’ll get you singing along. It’ll get in your head.
If people only know you from seeing you on “American Idol,” are they going to be ready for this album — or are you going somewhere different? It’s a hard thing to say, because a lot of the music I did on the show was music from the past. It was cover music. I think I got most of my credibility doing a lot of the classic rock stuff. And then “Mad World,” like an ’80s, New Wave song.
So I kind of think that all that matters [on the album] is that I’m singing on it. You know? Hopefully, people will be into it. I think that it’s a hard thing to judge — original music versus songs that you know work. Very different pieces. So I hope people like it.
You have always seemed focused on making something Adam Lambert’s, that you find your way into that. Yeah. So I guess it’s kind of the same strategy. … I think that it’s also kind of funny because I’vd gotten asked what genre it’s going to be. At this point I don’t know if it’s really necessary to place one label on it or not.
Isn’t one of the risks — talking to Michael, for instance, about people assuming he’s a country artist — that people assume from “American Idol” that they’ve got what you are when maybe they don’t? Yeah, I can see that being a risk. Luckily, my experience on “Idol” was colored with a lot of different styles. Like, I took songs from different genres and did them. So hopefully, people will be ready for an album that is eclectic, and a collection of different sounds.

“Idol” Conversations: Allison Iraheta by Rich Heldenfels

What do you want to do when this is all over? You’ve signed a record deal, right? I’m already recording. So just pretty much getting the album out there would be the next step, after the tour. Just promotion.
And what is the album sounding like? It’ll definitely sound like a rock, a good rock album.
Covers? Original? Originals. … There’s some stuff I helped write. … It was fun, getting to work with some AWESOME people. So far, working with David Hodges. I’ve worked with a couple of people so far.
Are people who know you just from the show going to recognize you on the record, or do you want to offer up something different? Is there an aspect of you that maybe didn’t come across on the air? I think people pretty much got what I am. There’s definitely that point in the show where you don’t get to show who you really are. … Being on the show, it’s kind of tough showing what kind of artist you really are when you’re getting thrown to do themes. That’s kind of hard when you have disco week and you don’t want to do disco the rest of your life.

‘Idols Live’ delivers mixed bag of performances By Kevin Joy

Watching Adam Lambert – the 27-year-old, now-openly-gay American Idol runner-up perform David Bowie’s theatrical 1971 tune Life on Mars? to an arena packed with screaming tweens – it seemed peculiar that the eccentric glam-rocker didn’t take home the gold in the singing competition’s eighth season. Strange, too, was how a 10-minute medley of Bowie, Muse and Led Zeppelin songs (coupled with Lambert’s PG-13 gyrations and impromptu uses of both an oversize feather on a stick and a hot-pink bra tossed onstage) so enthused the mixed-gender, multi-age crowd.
Sure, there were the messy-yet-confident stylings of 17-year-old Allison Iraheta, who strummed an electric guitar through Pink’s So What and wailed to the Janis Joplin cover Cry Baby like a old soul.
Already hindered by an intermission, enthusiasm had dampened by the time winner Kris Allen was set to perform. Lambert, after all, is a tough act to follow. Yet the guitar-playing, churchgoing Arkansas native – speculated to have received a hefty chunk of votes following the elimination of Gokey, a worship leader from Wisconsin – did his best to chug through the so-so material by Kanye West, the Killers, Bill Withers and Rob Thomas. Noticeably missing, though, was Allen’s first single, No Boundaries, the much-condemned tune penned by new Idol judge Kara DioGuardi that was reportedly scrapped from the tour.

Is Kris Allen’s Debut Album Due November 17? By James Montgomery

On Monday, Amazon.com began taking pre-orders for Allen’s debut disc (under the working title New Release 2009) and lists the release date as November 17.
… there are even more details emerging about the cast of talent he’s working with on the album itself. Names like the Fray guitarist Joe King and hip-hop producer Salaam Remi have already been mentioned, but now, you can add the likes of Toby Gad (who produced Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” and co-wrote Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”) and Lindy Robbins (who’s worked with everyone from the Backstreet Boys to Lisa Loeb) to the roster too. Allen announced that he was working with the pair of hitmakers in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying the album “will definitely have that pop-rock thing.”


Kris Allen BTS iTunes Pass Interview

Adam on DonorsChoose.Org

Arrival of the buses … wow, how exciting … not


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  1. terie
    August 27, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Kevin Joy’s “review” sounded like he either went because he was obligated to OR someone “phoned” it in to him. But that didn’t stop him from including his “sexuality barbs” against ADAM … “reviews” like his are only written to make sure that SOMEONE will read it … if it were in the newspaper I would give it a place of honor …. at the BOTTOM of a birdcage along with the other S*** …!!!

  1. August 27, 2009 at 8:32 pm

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