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    2008 Summer Tour Dates

    Idols take their show on road this summer - USATODAY.com

    Idols take their show on road this summer
    By Marco R. della Cava, USA TODAY

    If you were hoping to hear David Archuleta rap or see Brooke White disco dance, don't bother coming to this summer's American Idols Live tour.
    Capitalizing on a rich talent pool that includes several competitors with professional music experience prior to American Idol, the traveling showcase for the top 10 finalists will stick to fare that keeps them in their respective comfort zones.

    "What struck us about this year's group was the depth of the talent, and we think they'll each pull in their own fan base," says Iain Pirie, head of 19 Recordings U.S., which organizes the tour.

    "As opposed to hearing duets and trios sing, this year it'll be more about the individuals. We'll give them the space and freedom to do their own set. Think of it as coming to see 10 mini-concerts."

    The newly announced tour begins July 1 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., and concludes nearly 50 dates later on Sept. 13 at the BOK Center in Tulsa. Pirie says cities are chosen based on "how big the fan base was for the show." They range from predictable places such as Los Angeles to smaller burgs such as Bossier City, La.

    The schedule sounds grueling, but Pirie says the luxe tour buses, coupled with the short driving distances between most gigs, help keep the performers fresh.

    "We find that the toughest thing for them is going from an Idol stage (with a studio audience of hundreds) to playing for more than 10,000 people," he says. "It takes some getting used to."

    Using extensive lighting and giant video screens, producers are aiming to "create a distinct mood for each singer," Pirie says. Artists will be "encouraged to play an instrument only if it's appropriate to them."

    Though some of the 10 have songwriting credits, concertgoers won't be treated to any of their originals this summer. "We really want the experience to echo the television show, so expect to hear a lot of the songs that did well during the season," Pirie says.

    If Pirie sounds like he has a tight grip on the reins, it's for good reason.

    This year is a chance to improve on the numbers posted in 2007 when Idols Live — with its $20.9 million take — didn't rank among summer's 40 most lucrative tours. Possible factors for the poor showing included a season with few breakout stars and higher ticket prices.

    "These tours usually do as well as that season's (TV) ratings, so this summer could prove successful," says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of touring trade publication Pollstar.

    "To some, $20 million for a tour won't sound like a lot. But when you consider that six months ago, you couldn't sell two tickets to hear these folks perform, (Idols Live) really is an amazing vehicle for launching total unknowns."


    TOUR DATES

    This year's American Idols Live tour starts in the West and rolls east, with almost daily stops in 49 cities throughout the USA.


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    July 1 Glendale, Ariz.
    July 2 San Diego
    July 3 Fresno
    July 5 Las Vegas
    July 7 Los Angeles
    July 8 San Jose, Calif.
    July 9 Sacramento
    July 11 Portland, Ore.
    July 12 Tacoma, Wash.
    July 14 West Valley City, Utah
    July 18 St. Louis
    July 19 Rosemont, Ill.
    July 20 Columbus, Ohio
    July 22 Indianapolis
    July 23 Cincinnati
    July 24 Detroit
    July 26 Toronto
    July 27 Rochester, N.Y.
    July 29 Pittsburgh
    July 30 Newark
    Aug. 2 Atlantic City
    Aug. 4 Long Island, N.Y.
    Aug. 6 Albany, N.Y.
    Aug. 8 Hartford, Conn.
    Aug. 9 Worcester, Mass.
    Aug. 10 Manchester, N.H.
    Aug. 12 Baltimore
    Aug. 13 Philadelphia
    Aug. 14 Washington, D.C.
    Aug. 16 Lexington, Ky.
    Aug. 17 Charlotte
    Aug. 18 Duluth, Ga.
    Aug. 20 Sunrise, Fla.
    Aug. 21 Tampa
    Aug. 24 Houston
    Aug. 25 Dallas
    Aug. 26 Bossier City, La.
    Aug. 28 Oklahoma City
    Aug. 29 Kansas City, Mo.
    Aug. 31 Minneapolis
    Sept. 2 Green Bay, Wis.
    Sept. 3 Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Sept. 4 Cleveland
    Sept. 6 Bridgeport, Conn.
    Sept. 7 Providence
    Sept. 8 Wilkes Barre, Pa.
    Sept. 10 Fort Wayne, Ind.
    Sept. 11 Evansville, Ind.
    Sept. 13 Tulsa

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    Re: 2008 Summer Tour Dates

    WTH...not even one near me...no Nashville, no Birmingham...closest is Duluth...guess this will be my 1st year to miss
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbnbama;2941392;
    WTH...not even one near me...no Nashville, no Birmingham...closest is Duluth...guess this will be my 1st year to miss
    I missed last year (for the first time) because the tour didn't stop in Dallas as it did in previous years. I'm glad to see Dallas is back on the list. I'll be going this year for sure.
    Well I was born in a small town
    And I can breathe in a small town
    Gonna die in this small town
    And that's prob'ly where they'll bury me

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    Hmmmm... looks like I'll have to buy myself Idol tickets for my birthday. It will definitely be worth it to see David C.!

    Hey bbnbama, come to LA and we'll go together!

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    Re: 2008 Summer Tour Dates

    I get Opening Night. That can be good and bad.

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    Re: 2008 Summer Tour Dates

    Could they possibly add more dates??
    They aren't coming to Austin or San Antonio and I can't do Dallas or Houston as it is right before my kids start school.

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    bbnbama - what you really want to do is find a cheap flight to Vegas and come with me
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    Re: 2008 Summer Tour Dates

    Hey! I called her first!!!

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    Re: 2008 Summer Tour Dates

    Quote Originally Posted by bbnbama;2941392;
    WTH...not even one near me...no Nashville, no Birmingham...closest is Duluth...guess this will be my 1st year to miss
    Come visit me, they are going to be 2 miles from my house July 14th.
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    Maybe we should chug on over to namby pamby land where we can find some self confidence for you, you jackwagon!

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    Re: 2008 Summer Tour Dates

    Looks like we're going to have to have a bidding war.

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