In honor of the hometown boy, Kris Allen gave his drummer, Chris Torres, the lead on the band’s cover “California Dreamin’” last night in San Diego California.

There were plenty of opportunities, however, for Kris to sing harmonies on the classic 60′s hit, from the Mamas and the Papas.

Check it out below:

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  • girlygirltoo

    This was fun. It was very cool that Kris gave Torres the spotlight for this cover, and Torres came through. He has a really good voice — I keep hoping he will play in the L.A. area with his other band (The Grass Heat), but for the most partm, they seem to just play around San Diego, and never on a day when I can go down to see them. Boo.

  • girlygirltoo

    On a shallow note, can I just say I approve of the outfit Kris wore last night? I generally don’t care that much about what he wears (he always looks good), but this outfit was A+++  :D

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Kris really surrounded himself by the talented musicians. They all are smoking hot, too.

  • girlygirltoo

    Couple of things I saw on twitter feed:  Kris was signing autographs with his right hand last night, so that must mean his wrist is healing nicely.

    Torres said he isn’t going w/ Kris on Danny’s charity cruise. Didn’t see if Cale said  if he’s going.

  • MissMyEm

    Apropos for the city.  I’m hoping they do this in L.A. because Torres…well…I won’t embarrass myself.  But Torres…

    I loved the growly part especially.   California Girls would be good too except I am not overly fond of that song.   Anyway…very sporting of Kris to give the song to Torres.   No wonder he wasn’t taking requests last night.   The videos are amazing.   Can’t wait for Tuesday night.

  • durbesque

    Is Torres leadsinger with his other band?  He certainly is lead quality.  It takes a lot of talent to make a living in this business.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Chris does bass guitar and vocals in his band The Grass Heat. If you join their e-mail list, you will get free song download.

  • girlygirltoo

    yup, although I think at least one of the other guys in the band occasionally sings lead as well.

  • mtlfan2

    really nice. I Love Chris voice

  • nyc57

    I’m pretty sure Cale and Sean are going.I won a dinner auction and we were told Cale and his manager would be with him.I was told by someone it would be Sean.

  • http://twitter.com/crackletlightin B

    I like Chris’ voice – I like his harmonies with Kris better than with Cale’s actually – when Kris is the lead singer.

  • nyc57

    I’ve always loved Chris Torres’s voice and he has such a cool personality,plus he is such a versatile musician.Some of us East Coast fans stayed up until after 3 to see the video and it was well worth it.
    So glad Kris was signing with his right hand.I noticed in the videos he was moving his fingers a little more on that hand.

  • almondean88

    Kris and the guys were on fire last night.  I can’t pick my favorite but this version of Monster is so exciting and intense.  Kris is doing a little air guitar with Cale and is so bouncy.  A bonus is the extra fine black shirt.  It is wonderful to see Kris feeling so much better and using his right hand.
    Thanks snapcracklypop for this version of Monter:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mnJZzJeNnY&list=PLPjJ9ZnDttDVCB26opohDZDxW5Hi_7NaL&index=2

  • almondean88

    Another tweet that just got to me was the picture of Kris’s guitar on stage and  the guitar strap is a seat belt! twitpic.com/c0hw0r

     

  • Incipit

    Yes, nyc57, I caught the video last night when girlygirltoo posted it…very, very nice job on a classic song…and I loved the part at the end, when there was that sweet minor harmony against Torres’ lead vocals – they all sounded so good!

    Also. Have to laugh at Kris’s guitar strap being a seat belt…Good Grief!

  • girlygirltoo

    If anyone’s a fan of Leave You Alone, you should check out the vids of last night’s performance of that song. Kris threw in a little spoken word ad lib…

  • mzhallcat

    Very nice!  I like Torres voice and I always enjoy watching him perform. He always looks so relaxed and as if he is truly enjoying himself. He’s a very talented musician.

    On a side note, Kris and KAB bumped it up a notch for Torres home town. I probably shouldn’t admit I was totally entranced by snap’s videos. That 7NA video…gaahh, I have no words!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R37UM43PITK7QU5SHTDWSU7SNA emme

    FYI..If you are going to shoot video turn your camera horizontally!!!

  • HopeForMusic

    I just watched all of those videos, and have to admit that I can’t think of a single, intelligent thing to say.  They were so freaking hot, and I, for once, am absolutely speechless!

  • HopeForMusic

    I just watched all of those videos, and have to admit that I can’t think of a single, intelligent thing to say.  They were so freaking hot, and I, for once, am absolutely speechless!

  • durbesque

    Kris goes deeper on this one.  I think it’s just a taste of what he’s capable of.
    Leave You Alone…my favorite song of his….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Y6leBbb-4

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    “Leave You Alone” is the song that RCA didn’t want to put on this record and Kris had to fight for it.  

  • elliegrll

    LYA is a good song, but in RCA’s defense, the arrangement leans more towards country than pop or soft rock.  The people at RCA who supported Kris knew that he needed to establish an identity, and that songs like Shut the Door….. and LYA were not going to help him with Hot AC or Pop program directors or the people who listen to those two formats.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    haha, Kris let’s loose near the end of Leave You Alone. Love it <3 :)

  • http://twitter.com/crackletlightin B

    They’re made in Chicago -  Souldier Straps are made from Recycled Seat Belts

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    LYA is not country. Shut That Door is not country.  Both are different kinds of blues. 

  • MissMyEm

    I love bouncy Kris!  He’s so much fun to watch.

  • MissMyEm

    LYA is one of my favorite songs but I have to disagree that it’s country.  If any song on the CD is country it’s Loves Me Not, but not Shut The Door nor Leave You Alone.   Shut The Door is more bluesy.   But whatever, I love both songs and so glad Kris and RCA had the smarts to put them on the CD.  The fans wanted Shut the Door.   

    I also loved 7 NA and Monster.

    GirlyGirl…I’m with you on the shallow line…because I like to see Kris in tight tees.   As a matter of fact, I’m hoping it stays warm in Cali, so he wears either that or that tight grey henley of his.

  • elliegrll

    That’s not how most people will perceive them.  It’s 2013, and while neither of those songs are perfect fits to what’s being played on country stations today, they are closer to that genre than what’s being played on any other format.  

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    Most people who are not very educated in music, I suppose.

  • http://twitter.com/krisjonin Jonins

    Maybe it’s the seatbelt of his totaled car. Like a souvenir?

  • http://twitter.com/krisjonin Jonins

    Oh ok. Thanks. I stand corrected LOL..

  • elliegrll

    Most people who are not very educated in music, I suppose. Which is a shame really.

    Actually, I think that it is better to anticipate how people will respond to a song.  That means realizing that music evolves and that it is no longer 1960.  Something that was considered pop or blues 50 years ago isn’t going to have those labels if it is released today.   Keeping up with current sounds, while still being original, and knowing how to blend different sounds so they still sound current is a part of being a good writer.  It’s just like any other type of writing, art or film making, it’s not being produced for people who lived in the past, it’s about creating something that fits the current market.  

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    tl;dr

  • Eileen99

    Loved this!  It’s great Torres got an opportunity to sing lead, he sounded really nice.

  • Ratna12

    I love Leave You Alone the most and it does not sound country to me.
    It is such an emotional song, and then Kris made that speech at the end, agh.

    The whole night was great, the place was packed and the energy was high throughout. I love Kris’ shirt, it was almost like a mesh shirt and with the light shining, it was kind of transparent very dark blue I thought, rather than black.

    There was no Meet and Greet set up for this show, so afterward, Kris came out to the merc table and people lined up to talked, took photos, get things signed, etc.

    My next show is Tuesday night at Hotel Cafe, but I don’t know if there will be videos, since it was written that nothing is allowed, so we’ll see.

    O yeah, the tour manager indicated that the show on Saturday at Las Vegas will be a great one. I don’t know what they have in store, but I can’t wait.

  • hoosiermama2

    Sideways view from ocamy24 (awesome!):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-lUCGznFOs

    She also has the Tom Petty Breakdown cover as well as several others on her youtube channel:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=natTichq6xw

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XXSLI7N743VHTVVLKWCC4MPBVI Elizabeth

    After watching these amazing videos, I totally agree with you – Kris and the guys were on fire and Kris is “smokin hot”.  So glad he is doing so much better and having so much fun. 

  • lovetheusa1776

    I truly, deeply love this song – reminiscent to me of “Bring It Back” in its tender pathos.  Kris does an exquisite job here – love it so much.

  • snapcracklypop

    Just 3 more songs to go, but the full set here with banter.  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPjJ9ZnDttDVCB26opohDZDxW5Hi_7NaL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XXSLI7N743VHTVVLKWCC4MPBVI Elizabeth

    Wonderful vocals by Chris.  He and Kris compliment each other so much when they perform together.   Loved this performance. 

  • poipugirl

    Thank you! These snapcracklypop youtube videos are the best I’ve seen!  The quality of video and sound is like you are right there listening to Kris and gang.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejz0dMUgeKI&list=PLPjJ9ZnDttDVCB26opohDZDxW5Hi_7NaL

    Kris is just pure love and joy.   I want him to have more general success.

  • poipugirl

    Have to promote again, snapcracklypop’s youtube channel has Kris’ whole concert with banter.  It’s priceless!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejz0dMUgeKI&list=PLPjJ9ZnDttDVCB26opohDZDxW5Hi_7NaL

    He always sings live, no back track, and dances/bounces. Sings every song passionately, every time!  It’s like he’s singing it to you for the first time.Kris has the best tight tees!  This one is seethru.  Pecs are awesome.

    IMO, Kris and Kelly are the King and Queen of the American Idols!

  • Incipit

    That means realizing that music evolves and that it is no longer 1960.  Something that was considered pop or blues 50 years ago isn’t going to have those same labels if it is released today.  

    Is music just about the labels, then? Anything that is popular can get the Pop Music label – that changes with each new fad. And what is considered ‘country’ seems to have room for Taylor Swift’s songbook, that category is not immune either. 

    People may not realize that in the 60′s a lot of Folk and Country and Blues was also considered Pop, and played on Pop Stations. Look at the Top 40 Playlists from past decades sometime – in one regard, things haven’t changed so much; if it made money, pop radio played the song –  but some people did know the difference between the labels slapped on the songs and the musical components that made up the actual sound. Evolution occurs in every subset of every category of music – but thinking of Pop as some kind of music instead of a handy catch-all name for whatever the PD’s currently want to play can confuse the issue, I think.

     And I think there will always be people in each generation who understand and appreciate the music itself, and people in the marketplace who do the same, since the “present day audience” spans several generations.

    Corporate terrestrial radio has grabbed off enough power in the name of consolidating profits. Their PD’s may get to say what is popular, or even $lap a label on it, but for many people, they don’t get to define what music is. 

    JMO. Of Course.

  • elliegrll

    Is music just about the labels, then?

    No, but it is about how people interpret or perceive it.  And because of shifts in tastes and culture, I wouldn’t expect people in 2013 to see songs are other forms of art in the exact same way that people in 1960 did.  

    To put it plainer, today, country stations that play classic music is the main place where people would be most likely to hear arrangements similar to Shut the Door… and Leave You Alone

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Is music just about the labels, then?

    Given how often I hear people say “I don’t listen to country” or “I have no interest in hip hop,” I have to believe that labels have much more power than I personally would like them to have. The prime case is people who profess to love rock but won’t give current rock-infused country a listen.

  • Incipit

     …labels have much more power than I personally would like them to have. The prime case is people who profess to love rock but won’t give current rock-infused country a listen.

    Ah..but I would argue that labels are only shorthand for categories of music –  taken apart, the categories are comprised of many subsets of music, that people are free to choose from, even if radio doesn’t acknowledge that. Which strays from my main contention…that Pop is not a type of music, it’s only a label for Currently Played on the Radio. 

    Rock-infused country is also not all the same, it has been around for as long as I have (a long time) in much harder incarnations, back when it was just a form of Rock, grown from Rhythm and Blues, though Jerry Lee Lewis is not on the scene today – now they call some of it Road House Blues and Blue Eyed Soul and such. But now much of it also crosses way too far over my Twang & HeartBreak threshold, also, lap steel, and that’s entirely individual preference. But when rock infused country is still predominantly country, the proportions are all wrong for me. I like a rhythm section with plenty to do, Purple Gang or not. *wink*

    I don’t consider those two songs of Kris’s as country music – but I can see where the Radio PD’s might – because they have narrowed the choices so drastically they kinda sorta have to use that label. IMO. Of Course.

  • Miz

    Pop merely means ‘popular’. Many genres can be labeled ‘pop’.

    Present day audiences LOVE ‘Leave You Alone’ and ‘Shut That Door’ and the more recent ‘Paul Simon’. They are also responding very well to ‘Monster’, ‘Out Alive’, “Better With You’, and ‘Rooftops’. These are all songs that are uniquely Kris … and his brand.

    This post is about ‘California Dreamin’ and Torres on lead vocals. Loved it and I think it’s really cool that Kris showcased him for his hometown crowd. Kris is very generous in sharing the spotlight with his band members. They are all wonderful musicians and singers. 

    I want to go see them tomorrow, but I’m feeling a little insecure since I’m a little more mature than his usual audience.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y2H6IQWNMTSNTCTWDP7TDFEKPY Linda

    I don’t know how mature you are but I’m no spring chicken and I went to the show in Annapolis. It was a very diversified crowd. I saw as many older folks as younger ones. Please don’t let that keep you away. You’ll have a blast.

  • MargieIdol

    Go anyway! Recent reports are that his shows have been attracting all ages and about half guys. Also isn’t Hotel Cafe 21+? That will raise the average age a bit.

  • girlygirltoo

    Don’t let your age or maturity level keep you from one of Kris’ shows — his crowds tend to be a mix of young and old, men and women.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Y2H6IQWNMTSNTCTWDP7TDFEKPY Linda

    I can vouch for the guy ratio too. I’d say there were about as many men as women and many were more “mature” too. Most were with their wives or girlfriends but some were there with other guys. I’d guess the median age was mid to late thirties but this was was a 21 and up venue also. Just around where I sat there were people like my husband and me, over fifty and really getting into the music.

  • elliegrll

    I muddied my point when I said pop music, especially since my basic point was that music evolves, and while Shut the Door and LYA may not have fit what was considered pop 40 or 50 years ago, today they are closer to that style, or what most people think of when they think of country music.

    This wasn’t the point either, but I think that concert attendance and album sales tell the story of whether or not Kris has been able to build up a brand/identity or reach a current audience that likes his sound.

  • Axxxel

    2 years ago, I saw 2 Idol alums in one evening performing… and I was surrounded by people who were at least 15 years younger than me… or maybe more… I almost forgot about that girl standing almost in front of me, who seems to be still sitting on the primary school banks… 

    And it felt great ! Sharing with these youngsters the same love for one of  our favorite artist. And if the stars align well.. I am going to do it again next month…for an American Idol alumn…

    Enjoy your precious moments with Kris and his band !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XXSLI7N743VHTVVLKWCC4MPBVI Elizabeth

    You really do need to go.  As good as these videos are for this show, there is nothing like seeing Kris and the guys live.  His audience is made up of all ages (young, old and in between) and you can’t help but get into his music.  You’ll be singing along in no time, no matter what your age.  He has a way of drawing his entire audience into each song he sings. I took a friend to the last show where I saw him live and she said “I knew I liked him and I knew he could sing, but I didn’t have any idea he was that good live.”  As Linda said, you will have a blast, so please reconsider.  I know you won’t be sorry.  In case you haven’t noticed, Kris has been on fire lately and you wouldn’t want to miss that experience. :) 

  • Miz

    Well, RCA wasn’t trying to market Kris so it’s a mute point, isn’t is?

  • Miz

    When I go back East, I always go out with my nieces and nephews. I don’t feel ‘old’ around them or around my neighbors in my complex. It’s just some of the comments I see on twitter (and here for that matter) that makes me uncomfortable.

  • Pippygirl

    I think people only care about this stuff in the “bubble”. It’s the whole “my idol is cooler than yours” nonsense. I can tell you that when I saw Kris open for Lifehouse the crowd was made up of people in their 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, 50′s etc. I’m pretty sure we can assume most of those people were there to see Lifehouse. As long as you don’t throw your bra on stage at Kris there is no need to feel uncomfortable. :D

  • standtotheright

     

    That’s why it would make sense that RCA, was trying to market Kris as a
    pop or soft rock artist, would be wary of releasing those two songs.

    RCA was marketing Daughtry as a mainstream rock band and yet they were allowed to include the far more country-leaning Tennessee Line on LTT. Nobody cared because it wasn’t a single. A couple of mildly bluesy songs on a singer-songwriter’s album is not such a departure that it should have interfered with any PDs playing the adult pop singles. Most of them weren’t even going to hear those songs.

  • MissMyEm

    Miz, I’m older than the hills and I’m going.  And as you know I’m another year older today, so that’s even older than you.

  • MissMyEm

    nm

  • hoosiermama2

    That must mean Happy Birthday, MissMyEm!!

    I get where Miz is coming from. It’s easy to feel self conscious about being an “older” fan at a concert (I’m in my mid-50′s). I will never do a meet and greet because of my age–I’d die of embarassment!! But I will go see Kris (in April) either with girlfriends or my husband, and once the music starts, I think all that crap will be forgotten and I will just enjoy the experience. I wasn’t aware of my age a few years ago when I saw him with Keith Urban (huge crowd of all ages), but I did feel it a bit at Valpo University with all the college kids. I think it’s the smaller venue where we feel more “exposed”. Anyway, I’d say, put those awkward thoughts aside, and just GO! You won’t regret it!

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    LOL, I like how you separated “age” and “maturity level”. One and the other not always go together.

  • mmb

    I would echo this for all Idol alum shows, be they Kris, Carrie, Kelly, Daughtry, Scotty, Adam, Phil, etc.  They all attract diverse crowds of all ages and gender.  You should never avoid a show for feeling too old or too young.

  • nncw

    I really think that is the neat thing about music is “there  are no boundaries” for music appeal – regarding race, age, sex etc. Although I must say I am trying to do a makeover for my first Kris Allen concert whereas I think for the Zombies I will fit right in lol.

  • elliegrll

    Nobody cared, because Daughtry managed to establish themselves and build a solid fanbase with their first album.  

  • standtotheright

    And that still has zip to do with whether or not the PDs were listening to the album tracks when deciding whether or not to play No Surprise.

    I don’t buy that marketing is such a delicate balance that one needs to have four top 10 hits to take any step out of some supposed genre box.

  • elliegrll

    We’ll have to agree to disagree.  Marketing is very delicate, which is why so much money is spent on it.  An artist can have a great song, but if they don’t have the right image, and if they aren’t marketed to the right audience, it won’t matter.  

  • standtotheright

    Marketing is very delicate, which is why so much money is spent on it.

    I’d actually argue that suggests it can be a brute force operation, rather than the reverse.

    The fact remains that “adult pop singer-songwriter” is a fairly open descriptor that allows some degree of flexibility in song construction or influence, and mildly blues-inflected album tracks are not some radical step away from more conventional pop singles for most listeners (or Mayer, Sheerhan, DeGraw, etc. would not have all managed to thread that needle).

  • girlygirltoo

    lol, they don’t go together with me, anyway. Ask my parents or my friends :)

  • elliegrll

    Calling them blues inflected tracks takes away from the point that most people aren’t going to see them as blues.  It’s not like I’m saying anything new, most of the press that Shut the Door received when it came out labeled the song as country.  Kris addressed the label at that time, and so did his sound engineer at the time.  

  • Axxxel

    Sometimes it is easier to express ourselves in the anonymity of internet… I am not sure whether I would fangirl in such an intense way if I use my real name on this blog. But I would still admit that I would *swoon* , while watching Kris Allen’s friendly face on a youtube video. I guess we can all adore Kris Allen in our own way…

  • standtotheright

    So if I had called it a “mildly country-inflected album track” instead, that would make a difference? For a bonus edition tracklist that few listeners but core fans heard at all?

    Again, most PDs are simply not listening to the whole album when they decide if an artist and said artist’s single fits the format. If they listen at all, it’s to the first half, where singles tend to reside. Nobody is going to listen to BWY, My Weakness, Out Alive, Rooftops, etc., and then decide because one blues/country/etc track is a deep cut, that the rest of the album doesn’t count.

  • nyc57

    I felt like you when I went to the AC concert.I took my son,who is year older than Kris and sat in my chair until my son talked me into standing by the stage.I also thought I would never try to meet him but was talked into it at the Apple Store by a young man I met there.Kris is so friendly and I really believe he appreciates all his fans,no matter what their age. 

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    groovy… in a good way ;)