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American Idol Kicks Off Their 2009 Summer Tour While Other Bands Tour The U.S.A.

carrie-underwoodAmerican Idol fanale Tuesday and rumor has it Carrie Underwood will perform on Tuesday and that last year’s winner David Cook will perform at the fanale kicking off the 2009 Summer Tour. Other bands continue to tour the U.S. A. such as Elton John & Billy Joel, Phish, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock and the Jonas Brothers in June. Green Day announces their tour as Jimmy Buffett continues his tour in May, June and August in California, Massachusetts and Ohio.  Tuesday night, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen will battle it out and keep millions of American Idol fans watching and dialing as they choose their new American Idol. Rumor has it Carrie Underwood will perform on Tuesday and that last year’s winner David Cook will perform at the fanale kicking off the 2009 Summer Tour. All top 10 finalists: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, and Scott MacIntyre, will take the stage on a 50 city tour beginning July 5th, tickets are now on sale at www.NationalShowTickets.com and other ticket outlets.  While President President Barack Obama is working on fixing the economy, some of Americas favorite bands are on tour in the U.S.A and Europe and Americans are buying tickets to sold out events. Elton John & Billy Joel, finishing up their spring Face 2 Face rock tour with remaining concerts in Indianapolis, IN, Auburn Hills, MI, Cleveland, OH, Washington, DC and parts of Canada. The Phish 2009 Summer Tour will still hit cities like Boston, MA, Nikon at Jones Beach, in Wantagh, NY. and Camden, NJ, also Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock will hit cities in June and July as well as the Jonas Brothers in June and Pink tickets are now on sale for September. Jimmy Buffett is continuing his tour in May, June and August in California, Massachusetts and Ohio. Green Day is now on tour as well as Nickelback and Coldplay.

NationalShowTickets.com has seen an increase in sales due to the economy and the many scams related to fraudulent ticket sales from individuals preying on others during a bad economy. Many people would rather use a broker they know are selling valid tickets and use their credit cards for extra protection against fraud.

Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, George Strait, Keith Urban and Toby Keith are all on tour for the country music fans. If you are looking for comedy, seek Dane Cook, Flight of the Conchords, Jeff Dunham, Larry the Cable Guy or Ron White to name a few, even Whoopi Goldberg will perform in Las Vegas at the Encore Theatre At Wynn Las Vegas on May 22 and 23.

The Ultimate Fight Championships will happen in Las Vegas with UFC 98 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, followed by the Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort on June 20. The UFC 100 fight will happen at Mandalay Bay – Events Center on July 11, tickets are now on sale for all events at www.NationalShowTickets.com and other ticket outlets.

Michael Jackson will perform in London at the O2 Dome in the United Kingdom beginning July 8 and finish his 50th night concert on Feb. 24, 2010. So while the economy may be bad, Americans will always find a way to enjoy life by catching one of the many concerts and events featuring their favorite bands that are currently on tour at a city near you. For complete tour and concert dates, times and ticket prices visit http://www.NationalShowTickets.com when online and order tickets to sold out events.

If you are planning a visit to Las Vegas be sure and visit www.Click2Vegas.com for details of upcoming concerts and events that will be happening during your stay in Las Vegas.

Megan Joy departs ‘American Idol,’ 8 are left

megan_joyThe spotlight has been turned off of Megan Joy on “American Idol.” The tattooed 23-year-old single mother from Sandy, Utah, who crooned Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” received the least number of viewer votes on the popular Fox network singing competition Wednesday — and she didn’t even get to hope for a judges’ save.

“I’m not going to pretend that we’re even going to contemplate saving you,” said Simon Cowell in the moments before Joy’s “last-ditch” performance, which was supposed to be her chance to convince them to keep her around.

Joining Joy as the bottom three voter-getters this week: 16-year-old high school student Allison Iraheta from Los Angeles and 21-year-old college student Anoop Desai from Chapel Hill, N.C.  Joy had been supported by VoteForTheWorst.com, a subversive “Idol” fan site that encourages viewers to vote for bad — but entertaining — singers. Joy didn’t bring any joy to the judges on Tuesday’s pop music-themed performance show. Kara Dioguardi attacked her song choice while being heckled by the audience, insisting said she would have rather heard Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” instead of the Marley tune. Cowell also lashed out, calling her performance “boring” and “indulgent.” “I love you, Simon, but I don’t care,” Joy retaliated Wednesday. A miffed Cowell got the last word, even though she had been one of the judges’ wild-card picks: “Megan, with the greatest respect, when you said that you don’t care, nor do we. … This is your swan song. Enjoy it.” The eight contestants who remain in the singing competition: Iraheta, Desai, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre.  On next Tuesday’s performance show, the top eight finalists will perform tunes released the year of their birth. All of the remaining finalists — except for Iraheta — were born in the 1980s.

Adam Lambert hit all the right notes on `Idol’

American Idol Top 13 PartyAdam Lambert showed his softer side on “American Idol,” earning a standing ovation for his smooth performance of “The Tracks of My Tears.” Guest mentor Smokey Robinson, who originally performed the classic song with the Miracles, rose to his feet after watching the 26-year-old theater actor hit all the right notes during Wednesday’s Motown-themed installment of the “Fox” singing competition.  Lambert, who’s from Los Angeles, ditched his rocker duds for a sleek silver suit and smoothed his black hair back into an Elvis-style pompadour.  Judge Simon Cowell said Lambert delivered the night’s best performance and became a star in his eyes. Fellow judge Kara Dioguardi agreed, saying Lambert showed “true artistry.”  The four judges were also equally impressed by the vocal stylings of Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud and Kris Allen. Cowell liked Allen’s cover of “How Sweet It Is” but said the 23-year-old married heartthrob from Conway, Ark., needs to show more swagger and confidence.  Lil Rounds and Danny Gokey scored mixed reviews for their respective renditions of “Heat Wave” and “Get Ready.” Cowell told Rounds, 24, of Memphis, Tenn., she’d missed a potential “Idol”-defining “moment” by picking the wrong song (he’d rather hear the soul singer belt “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”). But the cranky judge had harsher words for Gokey, deeming the 28-year-old crowd pleaser “clumsy and amateurish.”

Michael Sarver and Megan Joy had a tougher time on stage. Judges slammed Sarver’s cover of “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.” Even sugary-sweet Paula Abdul chimed in, comparing the 27-year-old oil rig worker from Jasper, Texas, to an old-school Vegas lounge act.  Joy, 23, of Sandy, Utah, was targeted for her shaky take on “For Once in My Life.” Cowell called Joy’s performance “horrible” while Randy Jackson declared it a “train wreck” and “mad crazy.”  One of the 10 finalists will be sent packing on Thursday’s elimination show — unless judges act on the new rule that allows them to save a favorite contestant they feel has been unfairly booted by voting viewers.

`Idol’ finalists savor group prize: concert tour

american-idol-finalists-a-001The top 10 “American Idol” finalists say they already count themselves as winners: They’ve earned a place on the show’s nationwide concert tour. For Adam Lambert, the summer tour means the chance to buy a condo. Danny Gokey sees it as a financial boon as well. Michael Sarver fervently echoes that and looks forward to his version of a rock-star perq — ice cream, and lots of it. “I have a major problem with ice cream. I should probably go to Ice Cream Anonymous meetings,” he said.

Sarver and his fellow contestants laugh when asked about any divalike demands, but they’re serious about the opportunity ahead of them. “I didn’t know my situation if I had to go back home without the tour. … things are not easy right now,” said Sarver, 27, an oil-rig worker from Jasper, Texas, who’s married with two children. “This says I have work this year. It’s a blessing.” Lambert, 27, of Los Angeles figures it’s about time he owned his own home. Megan Joy, 23, from Sandy, Utah, is looking forward to a little personal space for her and her toddler. “I get to finally move out of my mom’s house,” she said, gleefully.  Dates and tour locations have yet to be announced for the tour, which follows the show’s May 20 finale. On this week’s shows the contestants were set to perform Motown tunes. What they’ll be paid for the tour is kept under wraps by producers. Even the contestants were uncertain a week after making the cut. “I keep hearing that it’s plenty,” said Kris Allen, 23, of Conway, Ark. “That’s nice.”  Of course, there’s more than money at stake — the chance to connect with fans and to build a career are the real plums, the finalists said.  “It still seems like a dream. … I can’t wait to see what I learn doing it,” said Matt Giraud, 23, of Kalamazoo, Mich.  The tour is “an amazing opportunity,” agreed Anoop Desai, 22, of Chapel Hill, N.C., calling “American Idol” the “biggest stage and best stage of all.”  The typical “Idol” concert swing lasts more than three months and includes 50 or 60 concerts, including stadiums. The contestants travel by bus.  “That’s what I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little kid, is going on the road and playing night after night … to share my music with whoever will listen to it. That’s what I’m here to do,” said Scott MacIntyre, 23, of Scottsdale, Ariz.  The finalists have bonded as housemates during the course of the TV show and expect the camaraderie — and the fun — to continue on tour, Lambert said.  Asked if he expects to be the demanding pop star, he laughed. “No, I take what I can get. I only like to play the part of the diva when I’m actually performing, but I don’t like to act like that otherwise,” he said.  Most expect to travel light, with cell phones and computers among the items mentioned as must-haves. Gokey, 28, of Milwaukee, whose wife died shortly before he auditioned for “American Idol,” says his computer has “all my pictures on it. Basically, my whole life’s on it.”  The youngest finalist, 16-year-old Allison Iraheta of Downey, Calif., will be bringing along her schoolwork and maybe a parent.  “My mom might be going on tour with me, so it will be interesting,” Iraheta said. Lil Rounds, 24, of Memphis, Tenn., is hoping her husband and three children can visit her when the tour is close to home. “The babies understand what I’m doing and they’re proud,” Rounds said.  She and her fellow contestants are just beginning to grasp their sudden shift in fortune.    “I went from singing at a church in front of maybe 70 to 80 people to a national tour. It’s absolutely amazing,” Rounds said. For all the excitement the concert tour promises, the contestants want to believe it’s just the start of something big. “I’ll definitely be sticking around, I hope, after all is said and done. I’m not stopping,” said MacIntyre.  Gokey wants the same. “It’s so exciting to be on the road and fulfilling the dream that I’ve had. I’m hoping it’s just the beginning,” he said.

Idol’s Anoop: Sneaking Into the Finals as Lucky No. 13 Was “Intense”

idols“We decided, recently, we’re going to make this a Top 13.” With those words from Simon Cowell, the American Idol-verse erupted with applause, because it meant that fan fave Anoop Desai would proceed into the next round of the Season 8 competition. Anoop says, “It was intense” being plucked from the ashes at the end of Thursday’s Wild Card show, after believing his run to be over. “It was the difference between having all of your dreams dashed, and seconds later they’re alive again.” Immediately after the show, he says, “The producers and Simon and all the judges sort of apologized” for putting him through the emotional roller-coaster ride. Still, “It was a genuine shock for me,” he says of his reversal of fortune. “I’m just glad I’m still here!” As the show’s “Lucky No. 13,” does Anoop feel an added burden to now wow the crowd with his next performance and thus earn his salvation? Not really. “I happened to be the last one chosen,” he says, “but I’m very comfortable with that.” The 22-year-old singer actually says the Idol audience is the biggest beneficiary of the Top 13 twist, as they will now get a slightly broader range of music to sample. “Every one of the Top 13 is really, really talented, and has their own style,” he points out. “I think it’s going to be a boon for the show, because it will showcase that wide variety of talent.” What’s your take, Idol fans? Is 13 in fact a lucky number, or is the expanded field just a publicity/ratings ploy?

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