To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Laine Hardy and fellow American Idol 2019 top 10 finalists performed in Seattle, Washington at the Museum of Flight’s Lunar Block Party on Saturday (July 20).
Unfortunately, runner-up Alejandro Aranda, who finished up a cross-country tour earlier in the week, was feeling under the weather and could not participate in the event. But the rest of the crew was there, including Madison VanDenburg, Laci Kaye Booth, Wade Cota, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Walker Burroughs, Alyssa Raghu, Dimitrius Graham and Uché.
According to the Seattle Times, each of the Idols took the stage one at a time, “performing covers of crowd favorite songs with a few of them performing originals.” From the description, and a look at the clips, the concert resembled a show from the old-school American Idols Live tour. The last time all 10 Idols toured together was Caleb Johnson’s season 13 back in 2012.
Ted Huetter, senior public relations and communications manager for the Museum of Flight told the Seattle Times the choice to have the Top 10 perform at the event was easy. “The moon landing was full of ‘American Idol’ — the astronauts were the superstars and rock stars of their day,” he said. “When we got the opportunity to work with television’s American Idols, well, it just seemed like a really good fit.” Well…OK then.
“They are super excited to be here,” said Huetter of the Idols. “I got to see them earlier today. Everyone is just jazzed. They love Seattle.”
The concert took place on the second night of the museum’s three-day celebration of the moon landing, on a large lot outside of the museum. At 7:56 p.m. Pacific Time on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. And on July 20, 2019, retired astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger introduced the event.
“So tonight, let’s watch and think about what the significance was back in 1969 and then let’s celebrate, because its 2019,” said Metcalf-Lindenburger.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find videos (!!!). But the Museum of Flight did post some cool stuff on their Instagram. Before the outdoor show, the American Idols performed inside for VIP ticket holders.
UPDATED: Enjoy a few videos!
I grabbed a video off the museum’s Instagram stories. Walker Burroughs sang “Hello” by Lionel Richie. Alyssa Ragu sang “She Used to Be Mine,” Wade Cota performed “All I Want” by Kodaline, Laci Kaye Booth sang “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon performed his original song, “Almost Heaven,” Madison VanDenberg performed “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys. Laine Hardy sang “Hurricane”
Laine ended the concert, with an assist from his fellow Idols, singing the Beatles hit, “Come Together.” It’s a song Laine performed during the season AND it was released in 1969. A perfect ending to the night.
Laine Hardy and The Idols Sing The Beatles’ Come Together
From Laine’s Instagram: “Had so much fun in Seattle celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing at the Museum of Flight! Happy to be able to meet everyone that came! Y’all showed up and showed out! Everybody in the top 10 got to see each other again also!”
Laine sang “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Laine Hardy sang “Hurricane”
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon sang “Almost Heaven”
Dimitrius Graham sang Bohemian Rhapsody
Dimitrius Graham sang Latch
Uche sang Wild Cherry’s “Play that Funky Music”
Wade Cota sang “All I Want” by Kodaline
Wade Cota sang Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”
Laine performed Elvis’ “That’s All Right Mama” at the VIP Meet and Greet event
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We got a pre-concert treat from @thelainehardy covering the one-and-only Elvis at our #LunarBlockParty VIP meet n greet! (Peep @wadecota dance moves in the background!) #YourBootHere #SeattlesSummerofSpace #DestinationMoon #Apollo11 #apollo11at50 #americanidol #acoustic #music #concert #saturday #seattle #tukwila #visitseattle
Wade Cota, Walker Burroughs, Madison VanDenburgh, Dimitrius Graham, Laci Kaye Booth, Uche, tour the museum before the concert.
Walker Burroughs checks out a Flight Simulator
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Would you trust @walkerburroughs flying your plane? We think he could use some more practice… Walker is enjoying our Pilot Experience this morning, and you can book your own experience by heading to our homepage! #pilot #avgeek #aviation #fly #flight #americanidol #seattle #tukwila #visitseattle #plane #airplane #sunday #sundayfunday #weekend