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American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008


American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008 (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008 was a summer concert tour in the United States and Canada that featured the top 10 contestants of the seventh season of American Idol, which aired in 2008. This tour followed in the tradition of other American Idol summer tours following the completion of the season in May. The 53-date tour which covered 49 cities started on July 1 and ended on September 13.

The tour was sponsored by Kellogg's Pop-Tarts and Guitar Hero.

Performers

David Cook (winner) David Archuleta (runner-up)
Syesha Mercado (3rd Place) Jason Castro (4th place)
Brooke White (5th place) Carly Smithson (6th place)
Kristy Lee Cook (7th place) Michael Johns (8th place)
Ramiele Malubay (9th place) Chikezie (10th place)

Show overview

In a departure from previous tours, where the shows consisted of many duets and/or group performances, shows from this tour were crafted as a series of mini-concerts for each contestant because of the diverse talent working in different genres. Each performer performed their own set of song - three songs for the tenth place finisher Chikezie, increasing up to five songs for the winner David Cook. Each of the two segments of the show ended with a group number.

Most of the finalists on the tour chose to reprise at least one song they had previously done on American Idol, apart from Ramiele who selected a whole new set of songs. Others chose songs they had wanted to perform on the TV shows but were unable to, or performed but not shown, such as David Cook's My Hero (Foo Fighters), and Jason Castro's Crazy (Gnarls Barkley).

The participants of the tour themselves had planned on an ensemble performance as revealed by David Cook on EW.com's Idolatry, where the possibility of a live collaboration of "Barracuda" featuring himself on guitar, Jason Castro on drums and Carly Smithson on vocals was mooted. The suggestion was however rejected by Idol tour producers.

Set list

  • Chikezie: "I Believe to My Soul" (Donny Hathaway), "Caught Up" (Usher), "So High" (John Legend)
  • Ramiele Malubay: "I Want You Back" (The Jackson Five), "Love Will Lead You Back" (Taylor Dayne), "If I Never See Your Face Again" (Maroon 5 featuring Rihanna)
  • Michael Johns: "We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions" (Queen), "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" (Dolly Parton), "Dream On" (Aerosmith)
  • Kristy Lee Cook: "Squeezin' the Love Outta You" (Redmon and Vale), "God Bless the USA" (Lee Greenwood), "Cowgirls" (Kerry Harvick).
  • Carly Smithson: "Bring Me to Life" (Evanescence), "Crazy on You" (Heart), "I Drove All Night" (Cyndi Lauper)
  • Brooke White: "Let It Be" (The Beatles), "1234" (Feist), "Yellow" (Coldplay)
  • 10th - 5th place contestants: "Pride (In the Name of Love)" (U2)
Intermission

  • Jason Castro: "Over the Rainbow" (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole), "Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley), "Daydream" (The Lovin' Spoonful)
  • Syesha Mercado: "Umbrella" (Rihanna), "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys), "Listen" (Beyoncé)
  • David Archuleta: "Angels" (Robbie Williams), "Apologize" (OneRepublic), "Stand by Me" (Ben E. King)/"Beautiful Girls" (Sean Kingston), "When You Say You Love Me" (Josh Groban)
  • David Cook: "Hello" (Lionel Richie), "The Time of My Life" (David Cook), "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith), "My Hero" (Foo Fighters), "Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson/Chris Cornell)
  • All 10 contestants: "Don't Stop the Music" (Rihanna)

Additional notes

  • Kristy Lee Cook sang "Anyway" (Martina McBride) in place of "God Bless the USA" in the Toronto show.
  • Michael Johns did a short a cappella version of "Light My Fire" on the anniversary of Jim Morrison's death at the Fresno show.
  • David Cook and Michael Johns did a short dance together, different for each show, at the final group song for most of the shows. The producers stopped their dance performance for a few shows, but relented due to fans' demand.
  • During the intermission, a video of the Top 10 performing "We're An American Idol Band" in 70s outfit was shown as part of Guitar Hero World Tour rockumentary, and a Guitar Hero contest for the some members of audience was held.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross
Sales Capacity Percentage
July 1, 2008 Glendale United States Jobing.com Arena 10,277 10,938 94.0% $630,137
July 2, 2008 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 8,602 10,109 85.1% $535,103
July 3, 2008 Fresno Save Mart Center at Fresno State 6,494 10,723 60.6% $420,698
July 5, 2008 Paradise Thomas & Mack Center 5,925 7,661 77.3% $374,795
July 7, 2008 Los Angeles Staples Center 11,739 12,358 95.0% $709,598
July 8, 2008 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 12,095 12,095 100% $718,721
July 9, 2008 Sacramento ARCO Arena 11,269 12,246 92.0% $671,592
July 11, 2008 Portland Rose Garden 8,451 86% $500,592
July 12, 2008 Tacoma Tacoma Dome 8,780 10,786 81.4% $544,820
July 14, 2008 West Valley City E Center 17,359 19,172 91.0% $1,059,660
July 15, 2008
July 18, 2008 St. Louis Scottrade Center 9,719 12,123 80.2% $576,318
July 19, 2008 Rosemont Allstate Arena 13,101 13,101 100% $773,060
July 20, 2008 Columbus Schottenstein Center 9,349 12,636 74.0% $560,391
July 22, 2008 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 6,570 8,117 80.9% $421,506
July 23, 2008 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena 6,343 10,730 59.1% $409,676
July 24, 2008 Detroit Joe Louis Arena 8,672 10,908 79.5% $526,887
July 26, 2008 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 12,188 13,694 87.4% $733,968
July 27, 2008 Rochester United States Blue Cross Arena 8,398 10,530 79.8% $513,490
July 29, 2008 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena 10,261 11,740 89.0% $611,385
July 30, 2008 Newark Prudential Center 23,457 27,357 85.7% $1,409,954
July 31, 2008
August 2, 2008 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 12,473 12,473 100% $741,949
August 4, 2008 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 22,341 24,204 92.3% $1,348,285
August 5, 2008
August 6, 2008 Albany Times Union Center 8,867 11,394 77.8% $531,572
August 8, 2008 Hartford XL Center 9,804 11,675 84.0% $601,871
August 9, 2008 Worcester DCU Center 10,791 10,791 100% $643,194
August 10, 2008 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena 9,133 9,133 100% $561,192
August 12, 2008 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena 9,478 11,998 79.0% $580,464
August 13, 2008 Philadelphia Wachovia Center 11,182 14,111 79.2% $677,765
August 14, 2008 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 10,441 11,672 89.5% $633,315
August 16, 2008 Lexington Rupp Arena 8,217 10,347 79.4% $511,096
August 17, 2008 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 9,511 11,559 82.3% $580,672
August 18, 2008 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center 10,016 10,016 100% $627,239
August 20, 2008 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center 9,183 12,463 73.7% $571,260
August 21, 2008 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 9,810 13,192 74.4% $605,483
August 24, 2008 Houston Toyota Center 8,720 10,076 86.5% $533,616
August 25, 2008 Dallas American Airlines Center 9,501 10,837 87.7% $582,500
August 26, 2008 Bossier City CenturyTel Center 5,924 7,439 79.6% $376,342
August 28, 2008 Oklahoma City Ford Center 6,376 7,926 80.4% $397,292
August 29, 2008 Kansas City Sprint Center 24,369 26,059 93.5% $1,408,171
August 30, 2008
August 31, 2008 Minneapolis Target Center 9,977 11,478 86.9% $602,112
September 2, 2008 Ashwaubenon Resch Center 5,556 7,495 74.1% $349,598
September 3, 2008 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 7,689 10,225 75.2% $472,623
September 4, 2008 Cleveland Wolstein Center 7,226 10,269 70.5% $441,364
September 6, 2008 Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard 8,184 8,184 100% $506,269
September 7, 2008 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center 8,884 8,884 100% $547,070
September 8, 2008 Wilkes-Barre Wachovia Arena 7,722 8,587 89.9% $476,959
September 10, 2008 Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 4,780 7,438 64.1% $301,785
September 11, 2008 Evansville Roberts Municipal Stadium 3,940 6,359 62.0% $230,814
September 13, 2008 Tulsa BOK Center 12,177 12,177 100% $696,375

Response

The 2008 tour was far more successful than 2007's. Sales were up 38% in revenue per date and average attendance number up 35% compared to 2007. The average percentage of seats filled was 85.1% compared to season six's 68.4%; and 9 out of 53 shows were sold out.

It is ranked as the 24th biggest grossing tour of 2008 on Billboard's Year-End Music Charts, earning $29,906,507 from a total of 493,296 tickets sold.

Tour summary

  • Number of shows - 53 (9 sold out)
  • Total gross - $29,906,507
  • Total attendance - 493,296
  • Average attendance - 9,307 (85.1%)
  • Average ticket price - $60.63
  • Highest gross - Rosemont, Illinois - $773,060
  • Lowest gross - Evansville, Indiana - $230,814
  • Highest attendance - Rosemont, Illinois - 13,101 (100%)
  • Lowest attendance - Evansville, Indiana - 3,940 (62.0%)

Idols in Concert for the Holidays

Due to the success of the 2008 tour, Fox and 19 Entertainment have decided to hold a tour called Idols in Concert for the Holidays. The former Idol contestants headlining the tour include David Hernandez (season 7), Diana DeGarmo (season 3), Kimberley Locke (season 2) and Chikezie (season 7).

Date City Country Venue
November 29, 2008 Pittsburgh United States Byham Theater
December 1, 2008 El Paso Plaza Theatre
December 4, 2008 Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center
December 10, 2008 Salem Salem Civic Center
December 11, 2008 Mobile Mitchell Center
December 19, 2008 Akron E.J. Thomas Hall
December 20, 2008 Davenport Alder Theatre
December 21, 2008 Waukegan Genesee Theatre


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