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American Idols Live! Tour – War Memorial at ONcenter (Syracuse, NY)

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s DAY FIFTY-ONE of the American Idols Season 8 Live! Tour at the War Memorial at ONcenter (Syracuse, 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 concert at War Memorial felt like two separate shows

The contestants performed in the order in which they were eliminated on the show, starting with Michael Sarver and ending with Kris Allen. The show felt like two separate concerts, the first half being a mix of slightly stale pop and R&B and the second some pretty impressive rock ‘n roll.

Kris Allen’s First Single Is Called ‘Live Like We’re Dying’

For about 1 hour, Kris Allen answered fans’ questions on Twitter. Among those being addressed by him were his new album and its lead single. He wrote yes when quizzed whether the song is titled “Live Like We’re Dying”. Kris stated there is “no date yet” for the song…

Upcoming CD Releases, 9/15/09 By Adam Graham

This fall, plenty of musical hitmakers are releasing new records. Here’s a look at some upcoming titles.
Adam Lambert, title TBA (Nov. 24): The “American Idol” runner-up is the most exciting contestant the show has seen in years, despite not winning the “Idol” title. For his debut, the glammy rocker has enlisted the help of Swedish pop mastermind Max Martin (Britney, Kelly Clarkson), among others.
Another year, another crop of “American Idol” albums. Among them: Kris Allen, Title TBA (Nov.); Allison Iraheta, Title TBA (November); Carrie Underwood, “Play On” (Nov. 3); Blake Lewis, “Heartbreak on Vinyl” (Oct. 6); David Archuleta, “Christmas from the Heart” (Oct. 13); and Katharine McPhee, “Unbroken” (Oct. 6).

‘American Idols’ Live hits the ‘Cuse by Donna Reynolds

… Allison came roaring out on the stage with an electric guitar on Pink’s “So What.” I found it interesting to watch this somewhat shy girl transform into a rock siren! Allison followed that up with Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby.” Wow. She prowled the stage and tore this one up! Allison closed with Heart’s “Barracuda,” which she ripped to shreds!
… Kudos to the lighting crew for ramping things up with explosions of light to bring Adam to the stage. He opened with Led Zepplin’s “Whole Lot of Love” in which he gyrated, twisted, and pranced the audience into a frenzy. He followed that with Muse’s “Starlight,” a rather obscure song that highlighted his head voice. Adam is an amazing performer and draws on his theatrical background to create a rock ‘n roll character that is very convincing. But it was his version of “Mad World” that impressed me the most. Sitting on a stool with a spotlight, he sold this song to the audience once again, bringing that same element of mystery and surprise he brought to the performance on Idol. Allison joined Adam for a reprieve of their “Slow Ride” duet. It was outstanding! They’ve really perfected this one, complete with some back-to-back grinds that had the women in the audience positively swooning. During this one, Adam toyed with the audience, tossing back items that had been thrown up on the stage (a black bra, some kind of little whip, and a yellow feather boa). Adam closed with a David Bowie medley, including “Life on Mars.” “Fame,” and “Let’s Dance.” He certainly did not hold back on the dance moves, and showed he is, well, quite flexible! His voice seemed a bit strained on this one, most likely due to his having been sick over the weekend. Still, he was outstanding and left the audience was chanting his name as a curtain dropped in anticipation of Kris Allen’s performance.
After Adam’s theatrics, Kris Allen’s set seemed a tad anti-climatic. Still, his repertoire was solid, and included a much richer version of “Heartless,” The Killers’ “All These Things I’ve Done,” which replaced “No Boundaries,” a solid rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and Matchbox 20’s “Bright Lights” on which he kicked some serious butt on guitar. Kris closed his set with “Hey Jude,” getting the audience involved, and then bringing the rest of the Idols back out on the stage. Without even faking an ending, the group launched into Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” intermingled with a chorus of “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”
The Idols will close their tour Tuesday in Manchester, N.H. On Wednesday, the scatter to the winds, their Idol journey over. Adam, Kris, Danny, and Allison have signed record deals and will be getting their albums ready for release. Michael seems to have a deal in the works and I’ve heard Matt’s been approached to play keyboards for a well-known band. Scott has produced an album of his own that he will be releasing later this fall and Anoop is going to continue to pursue a record deal. Megan is said to be considering modeling. There’s no word as to what Lil has planned.

Idols share a thought or three before War Memorial show in Syracuse by Mark Bialczak

Allison Iraheta smiled widely when I told her I was the reporter who spoke to her a couple of weeks ago for a question-and-answer story. “Hi, dude!” she said. Iraheta says she was surprised to hear the news last week that talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was chosen to be the fourth “AI” judge this season, replacing Paula Abdul. “I didn’t say, ‘Of course!’ It wasn’t an obvious pick to me. I was surprised,” Iraheta said. “Then I said, ‘OK, why not? People will be down with that.’ ”
Also awkward at times is when fans approach her when she’s in public, say, buying a cup of coffee in Starbucks. “It gets a little annoying. I can’t blend in. I’ve got this bright, red hair. I’m a target,” Iraheta says. “But it’s what I asked for.”
She says her favorite moment TV show moment came from the careful consideration given the contestants’ work by the celebrity mentors. “Jamie Foxx. Quentin Tarentino. I was so grateful,” she says. They told her to be true to herself, and she’s followed that advice every day,” Iraheta says.
Last up for me in the rotation was Adam Lambert, this year’s runner-up to Kris Allen. Lambert said he didn’t get the chance to explore the cities he visited on the tour much, but he knows where he’d like to return. “I was really refreshed by the deep South,” says Lambert. “It was an area I hadn’t visited, and I was impressed by the warmth and enthusiasm. There was a charm and noblesse oblige to the people.”
Lambert says he’s convinced that his appearance on “American Idol” has brought him to a status he’d not have achieved otherwise. “The music business now is so tough,” he says. “To be signed (to a record deal) you have to be a sure thing. I thought the only way I could make it would be to have a platform like ‘American Idol.’ ”
His debut recording is half finished, Lambert says. “We’ll jump right into recording after the tour. It will be a lot of work,” says Lambert, who added that he’s “co-written in large handfuls” for the album. Asked about the style, he said he came up with his own perfect description just last night. “It is a sonic dress-up party,” Lambert says. “It has it’s theatricality. It has a pop vein. It’s very catchy and radio-friendly. It has a lot of rock elements, and dance elements.”

One-on-one with the Idols by Donna Reynolds

The contestants from ‘American Idol 8’ are in town and before Monday’s show, the local media was invited to a press hour for interviews. We each had five minutes to spend with the five Idols chosen to participate – Scott MacIntyre, Michael Sarver, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, and Adam Lambert.
Allison Iraheta
Allison came out to the press area wearing a black silk kimono and riding piggy-back on Michael Sarver! We talked about the album she is recording and she told me it’s all rock! She says her style is similar to Pink (the old stuff), Kelly Clarkson, and Katy Perry. She said she’s in the process of sorting through the songs she’s recorded. We talked briefly about Kelly Clarkson and she was flattered when I told her she reminded me a lot of Kelly. Allison told me this experience has really helped build her self-confidence. This is what she’s always wanted to do, and she says she feels blessed to have been given this opportunity.
Adam Lambert
Of all the Idols I interviewed, Adam was the most relaxed and chatty. He told me he is still amazed at the level of fan support he’s gotten and that he was so grateful that people accept him for who he is. He said he’s tried to stay true to himself throughout the experience and figured people would either accept him or not. Still, the fan mania blows him away every night and he is still in awe of the way people behave towards him! He said that before Idol, he was making a good living as, in his words, a “chorus boy” and understudy, but wanted to go in a different direction. He took a shot at Idol because he thought the national TV might land him better gigs. He said at each point in the process, he was surprised that he had progressed to the next level, but that in January, he had what he described as an “epiphany” where he knew he needed to think positively.
We talked about his upcoming album. While it’s due out November 24, he said he isn’t anywhere near finished. As soon as the tour is over, he’s headed back to L.A. and will work fulltime to get it done. He said he works better under pressure and is pretty excited about the process. We talked about the type of music he’s recording and he says not to expect “classic” rock. That’s been done, he said, and he is going in a different direction, more dance/pop oriented. He said it’s hard to explain, really, and said people were just going to have to wait to hear it!
I asked if he’d seen Lady GaGa’s performance on the VMAs and he lit up! He truly admire her theatrical style and when I asked if he saw himself as a similar type of artist, he nodded. He’s excited about the future and can’t wait for the next phase to begin.


Tim and Eva Backstage with Adam Lambert At American Idols Live!-09/14/09

Adam Lambert: The End-Of-Tour Interview by Lyndsey Parke
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Kris with fans

Idol’s Adam Lambert in Syracuse 9-14-09

You can catch Allison’s interview here
Adam shout-out to his fans


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@adamlambert talking to me about being sick. poor baby! :( on Twitpic @krisallen4real out at the barricades in Syracuse, NY on Twitpic @adamlambert at meet and greet. Not a great picture but i was... on Twitpic

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  1. 2t2tag
    September 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

    adam has matured on this tour, his manner, calmness, and sense of experience. when he says that he doesn’t really know why we , as fans, are so enthusiastic about him, one explanation may be that he has opened a time portal so that we can experience him in another dimension. old is new, new is old, old is young and young is timeless. we love him without reservation and hope for his longevity and creativity. ring of fire opened some sort of wormhole that turned time inside out. we are all recipients of the richness of his artistry and the timelessness of the emotion that is elicited when he sings. i, for one, love the time travel aspect that adam has opened up and hope that it continues well into the future, past and present.

  1. September 16, 2009 at 5:43 pm

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