American Idol Live! 2015 tour dates, cities and major change announced
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/14/2015
American Idol has revealed its 2015 tour dates and locations as well as important news that marks a huge departure from seasons past.
Fox has announced American Idol Live! will be returning this summer with its fourteenth consecutive national tour, however, only the season's Top 5 contestants will be starring in the show. These five singers will be taking the stage with a live band for the first time in the tour's history.
Prior American Idol Live! tours featured at least a season's Top 10 artists, but according to Billboard, the remaining Season 14 finalists unable to perform on the tour will be able to open shows in their hometown cities.
The 37-show concert tour will kick off on Tuesday, July 7 in Clearwater, FL, with stops along the way in major cities like New York, Chicago, Houston and Nashville. The show will wrap up in Riverside, CA, on Friday, August 28.
The live band will be a huge upgrade for the tour, as the finalists used to sing to backup tracks.
Tickets for the tour go on sale beginning Friday, April 17. Tickets for Saratoga, CA, at The Mountain Winery will not be available until April 20.
Event times and dates are subject to change.
Below is a list of dates, cities and locations for American Idol Live!'s next run:
- July 7: Clearwater, FL (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
- July 8: Sarasota, FL (Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall)
- July 9: Melbourne, FL (King Center for the Performing Arts)
- July 11: Orlando, FL (Hard Rock Live)
- July 12: Ft. Myers, FL (Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall)
- July 14: Fort Lauderdale, FL (Parker Playhouse)
- July 15: Jacksonville, FL (Florida Theater)
- July 17: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
- July 18: Louisville, KY (The Kentucky Center -- Whitney Hall)
- July 19: Durham, NC (Durham Performing Arts Center)
- July 21: Baltimore, MD (Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall)
- July 22: Morristown, NJ (Mayo Performing Arts Center)
- July 24: Chautauqua, NY (Chautauqua Institute Amphitheatre)
- July 25: Bethlehem, PA (Sands Bethlehem Event Center)
- July 28: Worcester, MA (The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts)
- July 29: Hampton Beach, NH (Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom)
- July 30: Portland, ME (Maine State Pier)
- August 1: Atlantic City, NJ (Caesars Atlantic City -- Circus Maximus)
- August 2: Red Bank, NJ (Count Basie Theatre)
- August 3: Providence, RI (Veterans Memorial Auditorium)
- August 5: New York, NY (Beacon Theatre)
- August 7: Detroit, MI (MotorCity Casino Hotel)
- August 8: Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)
- August 9: Indianapolis, IL (Murat Theatre)
- August 10: St. Louis, MO (Peabody Opera House)
- August 12: Grand Prairie, TX (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie)
- August 13: Houston, TX (Bayou Music Center)
- August 14: San Antonio, TX (Majestic Theatre)
- August 16: Mesa, AZ (Mesa Arts Center)
- August 18: San Diego, CA (Humphrey's)
- August 20: Los Angeles, CA (Orpheum Theatre)
- August 21: Reno, NV (Silver Legacy Resort and Casino)
- August 22: Santa Rosa, CA (Wells Fargo Center For The Arts)