American Idols LIVE! Tour 2005

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American Idols LIVE! Tour 2005
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From top to bottom Anwar Robinson, Scott Savol, Jessica Sierra, Nadia Turner, Anthony Fedorov, Vonzell Solomon, Nikko Smith, Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice, Constantine Maroulis
Tour by American Idol
Start date July 12, 2005
End date September 11, 2005
Shows 44
Box office US$17.3 million from 43 shows
American Idol concert chronology
American Idols LIVE! Tour 2004
(2004)
American Idols LIVE! Tour 2005
(2005)
American Idols LIVE! Tour 2006
(2006)

American Idols Live! Tour 2005 was a summer concert tour in the United States featuring the top 10 contestants of the fourth season of American Idol, which aired in 2005. It was sponsored by Kellogg Pop-Tarts. It followed in the tradition of other American Idol summer tours following the completion of each season in May. After the poor attendance of the tour the previous year, the tour was scaled down somewhat. Forty dates were initially planned, four more dates were however later added.[1][2] An extra show was further added at the end of the tour as a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina which struck Mississippi two weeks earlier.[3]

Before the Las Vegas show, runner-up Bo Bice came down with serious stomach pains and was rushed to the hospital. He was diagnosed with a blockage in his intestines, and received emergency surgery.[4] He returned for the last two shows of the tour in Syracuse, New York.[5] Bice also broke his foot on stage earlier in the tour at Manchester.[6]

Performers[edit]

Top 10
Carrie Underwood (winner) Bo Bice (2nd place)
Vonzell Solomon (3rd place) Anthony Fedorov (4th place)
Scott Savol (5th place) Constantine Maroulis (6th place)
Anwar Robinson (7th place) Nadia Turner (8th place)
Nikko Smith (9th place) Jessica Sierra (10th place)

Show overview[edit]

Shows from this year's tour differed significantly from the previous three tours. Each performer performed their own set of two to three songs to showcase their differing talent.[7] Unlike previous years, ensemble singing was more limited. There were only a few duets in addition to the obligatory final group performance which consisted of two songs in this tour. The individual sets started off with tenth-place finisher Jessica Sierra and ending with the winner Carrie Underwood, but those in between did not performed in elimination order. The first half of the show ended with Nadia Turner's set, and the second half began with a duet between Anwar Robinson and Vonzell Solomon.

Bo Bice was absent throughout most of the later part of the tour due to his serious nature of his illness, and this necessitated modifications and re-arrangement to the tour set list. Extra songs were added by some singers, and a group performance by the male singers was also added.

Setlist[edit]

Intermission

Additional notes[edit]

  • After he broke his foot during the previous show in Manchester, New Hampshire, Bo Bice replaced "I Don't Wanna Be" with "Desperado" (Eagles) from Cleveland onwards so he can perform seated at the piano.
  • Nadia Turner was absent in Manchester due to illness.
  • Beginning on August 18 in Las Vegas, Bo Bice did not perform due to his surgery until the end of the tour except for the last two shows.[8]
  • A number of changes were made after Bo Bice's departure - a video of him performing "Vehicle" was shown, then "Sweet Home Alabama" was performed as a group song by the five remaining men.
  • Carrie Underwood performed "Cold Day in July" (Dixie Chicks cover) instead of her duet with Bo "Bless the Broken Road" in Las Vegas, but she later chose to perform "Bless the Broken Road" as a solo.
  • Anwar Robinson also added "Ribbon in the Sky" (Stevie Wonder) in Las Vegas.
  • Constantine Maroulis's set was moved down to the second half to replace Bo Bice's set.
  • On August 20 in San Jose Vonzell Solomon added "I'll Never Love This Way Again" to her set list.
  • On August 17 in Los Angeles, Anthony Fedorov added "Historia de un Amor" to his set list.
  • Bo Bice returned to perform his set in New York, but did not perform his song "We Can't Change This World" at the Hurricane Katrina benefit show as previously announced in the press.[5][9]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Attendance[10] Gross
Sales Capacity Percentage
July 12, 2005 Sunrise United States Office Depot Center 9,750 9,750 100% $420,958
July 13, 2005 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 9,510 10,707 88.8% $406,153
July 15, 2005 Birmingham BJCC Arena 11,004 11,004 100% $493,458
July 16, 2005 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center 9,986 10,299 97.0% $453,402
July 17, 2005 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 8,374 86% $357,280
July 19, 2005 Reading Sovereign Center 7,169 7,169 100% $304,405
July 20, 2005 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 8,762 $337,692
July 22, 2005 East Rutherford United States Continental Airlines Arena 14,519 14,519 100% $660,882
July 23, 2005 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 13,012 13,012 100% $587,686
July 24, 2005 Philadelphia Wachovia Center 14,304 14,304 100% $633,132
July 26, 2005 Wilkes-Barre Wachovia Arena 8,322 8,400 99.1% $358,040
July 27, 2005 Washington, D.C. MCI Center 12,328 13,349 92.4% $552,194
July 29, 2005 Hartford Hartford Civic Center 12,187 12,187 100% $545,429
July 30, 2005 Worcester DCU Center 10,655 10,655 100% $461,084
July 31, 2005 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena 9,241 9,241 100% $404,996
August 2, 2005 Cleveland Wolstein Center 10,459 10,726 97.5% $452,662
August 3, 2005 Columbus Value City Arena 9,654 11,109 86.9% $428,705
August 4, 2005 Detroit Joe Louis Arena 10,284 11,621 88.5% $468,552
August 6, 2005 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center 10,324 11,005 93.8% $467,667
August 8, 2005 Chicago United Center 10,900 12000 90.8% $477,850
August 9, 2005 St. Louis Savvis Center 9,667 10,162 95.1% $440,369
August 10, 2005 Norman Lloyd Noble Center 6,442 $294,653
August 13, 2005 Grand Prairie Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie 6,013 6,013 100% $289,427
August 14, 2005 San Antonio SBC Center 4,142 6,664 62.2% $188,422
August 16, 2005 Glendale Glendale Arena 6,417 8,792 73.0% $302,277
August 17, 2005 Los Angeles Staples Center 12,030 13,267 90.7% $544,269
August 18, 2005 Paradise Thomas & Mack Center 6,288 $293,804
August 20, 2005 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 11,084 12,163 91.1% $470,380
August 21, 2005 Sacramento ARCO Arena 8,618 9,680 89.0% $397,012
August 23, 2005 Everett Everett Events Center 6,702 7,579 88.4% $307,374
August 24, 2005 Portland Rose Garden 8,785 82% $383,706
August 26, 2005 Salt Lake City Delta Center 6,497 $285,105
August 28, 2005 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena 3,657 6,081 60.1% $164,272
August 30, 2005 Ashwaubenon Resch Center 6,688 7,522 88.9% $304,226
August 31, 2005 Milwaukee Bradley Center 6,787 63% $309,569
September 2, 2005 Albany Pepsi Arena 10,937 11,783 92.8% $476,512
September 3, 2005 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena 8,023 83% $361,237
September 4, 2005 Norfolk Constant Convocation Center 6,274 $283,241
September 6, 2005 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena 10,671 14,799 72.1% $504,678
September 7, 2005 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 10,474 11,789 88.9% $487,022
September 8, 2005 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center 10,274 10,661 96.4% $453,948
September 9, 2005 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center 6,235 6,235 100% $267,595
September 10, 2005 Syracuse War Memorial at Oncenter 5,964 5,964 100% $262,410
September 11, 2005 100%

Response[edit]

The tour returned to form after the dismal Season 3 tour. Excluding the sold-out Hurricane Katrina benefit show, the average attendance was at 89% capacity, with 12 of the 43 shows sold out. Excluding the last charity show in Syracuse, the revenue from ticket sales totalled $17,364,290 million with 392,094 tickets sold according to Billboard.[11]

Tour summary[edit]

  • Number of shows - 44 (13 sold out)
  • Total gross - $17,364,290 (43 shows)
  • Total attendance - 392,094 (43 shows)
  • Average attendance - 9,118 (89%)
  • Average ticket price - $44.29

References[edit]

Preceded by
Season 3 (2004)
American Idols LIVE! Tour
Season 4 (2005)
Succeeded by
Season 5 (2006)