American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009

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American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009
American Idols LIVE Tour Official Poster 2009.jpg
Tour by American Idol
Start date July 5, 2009
End date September 15, 2009
Shows 50 in USA
2 in Canada
52 in Total
Box office US$30.1 million
American Idol concert chronology
American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008
(2008)
American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009
(2009)
American Idols LIVE! Tour 2010
(2010)

The American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009 was a summer concert tour in the United States and Canada that featured the top 10 contestants of the eighth season of American Idol. The 52-date tour spanning 50 cities began on July 5, 2009 in Portland, Oregon and ended on September 15, 2009 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.[1]

This year was without a sponsor as Kellogg's Pop-Tarts dropped its sponsorship.

Performers[edit]

Kris Allen (Winner) Adam Lambert (Runner-Up)
Danny Gokey (3rd place) Allison Iraheta (4th place)
Matt Giraud (5th place) Anoop Desai (6th place)
Lil Rounds (7th place) Scott MacIntyre (8th place)
Megan Joy (9th place) Michael Sarver (10th place)

Show overview[edit]

The show essentially followed the format of season seven tour where the performances were presented as a series of mini-concerts, starting from the 10th place finisher and ending with the winner. As with season seven, each half of the show ended with a group performance, the first half consisting of a medley by the first six performers, and the last half ending with all ten performers.

Setlist[edit]

Kris Allen performing on tour

Intermission

Additional notes[edit]

  • "No Boundaries" was dropped from Kris Allen's set starting on July 10, 2009 in Sacramento, California due to "poor audience response." The song was replaced with "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers.[2]
  • Kris Allen did not perform on the Bridgeport, Connecticut show on September 10, 2009 due to an illness but he did return for the rest of the tour after his recovery.
  • Megan Joy did not perform the last group song in Los Angeles, California on July 16, 2009 due to food poisoning and being sent to the hospital shortly after her set but she did return for the rest of the tour after her recovery.[3]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Percentage
July 5, 2009 Portland United States Rose Garden 81.7%
July 7, 2009 Tacoma Tacoma Dome 82.2%
July 8, 2009 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place 65.5%
July 10, 2009 Sacramento United States ARCO Arena 94.9%
July 11, 2009 Oakland Oracle Arena 67.5%
July 12, 2009 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 86.6%
July 14, 2009 West Valley City The E Center 67.1%
July 16, 2009 Los Angeles Staples Center 85.6%
July 17, 2009 Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena 97.7%
July 18, 2009 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 91.4%
July 20, 2009 Glendale Jobing.com Arena 82.5%
July 23, 2009 Dallas American Airlines Center 94.2%
July 24, 2009 Tulsa BOK Center 79.7%
July 25, 2009 North Little Rock Verizon Arena 100%
July 26, 2009 Memphis FedExForum 68.7%
July 28, 2009 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 71.7%
July 29, 2009 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center 73.7%
July 31, 2009 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center 100%
August 1, 2009 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 73.2%
August 2, 2009 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 73.2%
August 4, 2009 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 86.0%
August 5, 2009 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena 87.4%
August 7, 2009 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 98.9%
August 8, 2009 Newark Prudential Center 87.0%
August 9, 2009
August 11, 2009 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 89.9%
August 12, 2009
August 14, 2009 Hamilton Canada Copps Coliseum 90.1%
August 15, 2009 Rochester United States Blue Cross Arena 68.7%
August 16, 2009 Hartford XL Center 82.0%
August 18, 2009 Boston TD Garden 100%
August 19, 2009 Albany Times Union Center 78.4%
August 20, 2009 Philadelphia Wachovia Center 79.6%
August 22, 2009 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena 93.0%
August 23, 2009 Cleveland Wolstein Center 74.2%
August 25, 2009 Columbus Schottenstein Center 73.2%
August 26, 2009 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 83.9%
August 28, 2009 Milwaukee Bradley Center 93.4%
August 29, 2009 St. Louis Scottrade Center 85.1%
August 30, 2009 Kansas City Sprint Center 81.2%
September 1, 2009 Minneapolis Target Center 83.7%
September 2, 2009 Rosemont Allstate Arena 95.3%
September 4, 2009 Madison Alliant Energy Center 95.7%
September 5, 2009 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 84.5%
September 6, 2009 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 92.7%
September 8, 2009 Reading Sovereign Center 96.7%
September 9, 2009 Wilkes-Barre Wachovia Arena 84.9%
September 10, 2009 Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard 100%
September 12, 2009 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center 100%
September 13, 2009 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center 100%
September 14, 2009 Syracuse War Memorial at Oncenter 100%
September 15, 2009 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena 100%

Nominations[edit]

The tour was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the "Choice Music: Tour" category.

Response[edit]

The Season 8 tour equalled in its success to Season 7. Despite a slightly lower number of total tickets sold at 484,434, it averaged slightly higher in attendance percentage capacity and yielded a higher gross of $30,139,328 million.[4] It was ranked number 28 in Pollstar's year end list of North American tours.[5]

Tour summary[edit]

  • Number of shows - 52 (8 sold out)
  • Total gross - $30,139,328
  • Total attendance - 484,434
  • Average attendance - 9,316 (86%)
  • Average ticket price - $62.22

References[edit]

Preceded by
Season 7 (2008)
American Idols LIVE! Tour
Season 8 (2009)
Succeeded by
Season 9 (2010)