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American Idols Live! Tour – Verizon Wireless Center (Manchester, NH)

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment
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It’s DAY FIFTY-TWO of the American Idols Season 8 Live! Tour at the Verizon Wireless Center (Manchester, NH). 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. There were late interviews back in Syracuse, so check here to see if you missed any!


TV Tirade: Ellen DeGeneres on “American Idol,” Kanye West on MTV, Jay Leno in Primetime and the End of “Guiding Light” by Ed Martin – this guy randomly reviewed the Bridgeport concert mid-article!

On a side note, I caught the sold-out American Idols concert at the Harbor Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., last week and was knocked out by the talent on stage … Idol winner Kris Allen was ill that evening and could not perform, though he did come out on stage to personally apologize. That made the performance by runner-up Adam Lambert the grand finale of the show. To say he didn’t disappoint would be the mother of all understatements. Lambert was electrifying – the energy he generated on stage could barely be contained in the venue, which seats 10,000. I can’t imagine how Allen or anyone else could have followed him and not appeared diminished. Lambert is a super-nova. This guy knows what it takes to be an entertainer. Maybe Idol should have signed him as the fourth judge!

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Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta LPs Won’t Be ‘Cookie-Cutter,’ Producer Insists By Jim Cantiello (with video)

“American Idol” season-eight alumni Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta are as wildly different from each other as possible. But the trio — who are all set to release their debut post-“Idol” albums later this year — have one thing in common: They’re running to Kevin Rudolf for material.

… Rudolf has worked the most with fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta, having completed one track with the fiery-haired rocker and writing a couple of other tunes to be considered for her album. “I think Allison is, like, probably one of the most talented singers out in the world right now,” Rudolf gushed. “She’s one of my favorite people I’ve ever worked with. Ever. She’s awesome.” … To me, she’s like the new Janis Joplin or Pat Benetar.” No surprise, then, that Rudolf described his collaboration as an “updated 2010 version” of Benetar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”

Rudolf … also had positive things to say about runner-up Adam Lambert, even though he only worked with him for “five or six hours” right before the American Idols Live! Tour kicked off in July. “He’s so cool, so open. … His voice is incredible. He can do anything he wants. It’s just a matter of choosing the right direction and homing in and saying, ‘This is my sound.’ ” Rudolf believes he knows what’s best for Adam. “We started a song that was … kind of like an updated, futuristic-rock, disco-ish thing.” As is the case with all post-“Idol” projects, Rudolf was not at liberty to reveal any song titles or lyrics, but he did announce that he plans to complete the “disco-ish” song with Lambert now that the “Idol” tour has wrapped up. “I’m gonna do some more stuff with him,” the visibly excited producer promised … Rudolf admitted that there are “a lot of chefs in the kitchen,” but he views that as a positive. “I don’t think it’s gonna go wrong. I know they’re all working with mostly really good-quality people.”

Also on Rudolf’s docket? A session with “Idol” champ Allen to take place “early in October,” approximately six weeks before Allen’s album is slated to drop.

Kris Allen on the Idols Tour

With only one performance left, Kris said he’s “going to miss singing for a lot of people every night. A lot of us will miss playing to big arenas. The Top 10 have been together for almost a year now, so it’s going to be really sad when we say goodbye. We’ve already started to make plans to meet up soon.”

As the winner of Season 8, Kris has been juggling the tour with recording his debut album. And on top of it all he’s still a newlywed. “Katy’s been busy with her job, but she has been able to come to a couple of shows.” Kris was willing to reveal some information about his upcoming album to us. The album will drop on November 17, 2009. “I’ve been able to write a little bit. We’re still working on it, and there’s still a lot of work left to do, but I’m excited about it. The single should be coming out very soon.” At this moment, Kris isn’t sure if he’ll be playing many instruments on the tracks; it all depends on what they have time for. Kris has been very busy with the 50 city Idol tour so he hasn’t had time to record any instrumentals thus far.

During Kris’ set on the American Idols LIVE! tour, he plays the acoustic guitar, the piano, the electric guitar, and during his performance of “Bright Lights” he plays both the piano and the electric guitar. When asked if his future concerts will be similar to his set on the Idols tour, Kris said, “I would say so. It would be a little bit of everything – like an extended version of my set.”

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New Reviews: Muse, Kid Cudi and Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson (RollingStone Mag with their gratuitous Adam mention of the day…)

Fresh off their performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards, British prog-rockers Muse return with their fifth studio album, The Resistance, an LP packed with symphonic grandiose and humongous songs. American Idol’s Adam Lambert and Twilight fans the world over might very well love this album, but Rolling Stone gave the album three stars due to frontman Matthew Bellamy’s continued fixation with his idols. “Songs like the industrial-flavored ‘Uprising’ prove again that Muse know how to whip up an almighty roar,” Jody Rosen writes in his review, “But the lyrics are pompous doggerel (’Coercive notions re-evolve/A universe is trapped inside a tear’), and they borrow shamelessly from Radiohead and Queen without the former’s musical invention or the latter’s cheeky swagger.”


Allison running thru parking lot

Kris Allen has an interview with 105.5 JYY – video at this link (Warning, it takes a while to load) – okay, I ripped it for you guys…

Kris Allen’s new single Live Like We’re Dying just got played (well, 20 secs of it) on B98.5 FM and the fierce benches over at ONTD recorded it. * You can download the MP3 off this link.

Adam with fans

Idol Goodbyes

Allison Iraheta: The End-Of-Tour Interview by Lyndsey Parker

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Adam Lambert: Final Summer Interview (Youtube Version)

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Kris Allen: Final Summer Interview (YouTube version)

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

September 15, 2009 2 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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Idol’s Adam Lambert in Syracuse 9-14-09

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