Beth’s American Idol Tour 2009 Tampa Re-cap

First, let me begin by saying that I have been an American Idol fan since the first show. I’ve only been to one other Idol concert, the year Carrie Underwood won. I was nonplussed by that one. Just a bunch of standing and singing of the same old songs we heard on the show. But this concert was entirely different. American Idol is learning how to do it right. The previously unheard songs, digital backdrop, lighting, and trap door/lift in the stage really made it more of a spectacle. And of course, Adam Lambert doesn’t hurt for creating spectacles. The sound also seems improved from the last Idol concert (which I also saw in the St. Pete Times Forum.)

I felt like all of the Idols have improved so much vocally and performance-wise since the show, with the exception of Adam, who was always up there. Can you tell I’m an Adam fan? They all seem so much more comfortable and confident. It’s amazing what a month of touring will do. Too bad America couldn’t have seen those qualities for some of them on the show.

You could tell the majority of the crowd was there to see Adam. Every time they flashed pictures of the Idols on the screen before the show, the audience let out peels of screams when Adam’s face appeared. The crowd was very responsive overall. I’m sure the Idols love playing to such an energetic crowd.

I also have to give major props to the band. They were amazing. They don’t get nearly the credit they deserve.

Michael- It’s been said before, but he really is a great opening act. I’m in Love with a Girl really got the crowd going. The floor was on its feet.

Megan- I actually enjoyed her set. Much has been said about her hair. I won’t go there. But she sounded great. I was glad to see her moving more around the stage instead of standing behind the mic stand shaking her torso and arms. Her songs suited her vocal style. I have to say that she is very nice to the fans after the show and takes her time signing and taking pictures’ ¦maybe more so than any of the others.

Scott- Much improved! He showed way more personality than on the show. He tickled the ivories something fierce on A Thousand Miles.

Lil- She is so tiny. Wow, I never noticed that before. Honestly, I probably enjoyed her set the least out of everyone’s. I kind of felt like her song choices (with the exception of Single Ladies) didn’t really lend themselves to getting the crowd going. I thought she did a great job selling it though.

Anoop- Loved his entrance through the lift! He sounded beautiful on You Were Always on My Mind. The crowd was chanting ‘Anoooooooooooop.’  Some people thought they were booing. Seriously, he’s the only one getting booed? My Prerogative was his most energetic song.

Matt- Loved him. I liked him on the show, but now I’d buy his album tomorrow. Hard to Handle was a great song to begin the set. I was surprised he wasn’t playing piano, but then it raised up and he started pounding the keys Jerry Lee Lewis style. Georgia on My Mind was also a great throwback to his piano bar days. I felt like the energy dropped a little during You Found Me, but he regained it at the end with more mad piano playing. He got the biggest response from the crowd up to that point.

Act I Finale- It was nice to see them all again. My favorite part was the dueling pianos. Megan and Lil sounded better than they do in the videos I’ve seen.

Allison- Man, she’s all over the place, in a good way. She struts her stuff. It felt like a totally different concert once Act 2 began. Bring on the rock! There wasn’t as big a buildup for her as the ones in Act 1 because the show just starts. But the crowd was back into it instantly and cheering loudly for her.

Danny- He had a lot of fans there. His twitter says he felt his voice wasn’t up to par. I always have found it raspy, so I didn’t notice anything. What about those Dancing with the Stars rumors? He sure was throwing in some moves. I thought he did a good job, but I was really just thinking about who was next.

Adam- Of course, I’ve seen all the videos online, but seeing him live is not to be missed. His buildup and entrance were awesome. There was some mad riffing at the end of Whole Lotta Love. He’s so expressive with every part of his body, all the way to his fingers. You can feel the audience waiting in anticipation for the mic stand humping, pelvic thrusting, bra slinging, and jacket removal. But we got a special treat when he incorporated red cat o’ nine tails and handcuffs that someone threw onstage into his Fame choreography. He can now take the liberties to be far raunchier and flamboyant than he ever could be on the show. He had us in the palm of his hand. But let’s not forget the real reason he’s there…his immaculate vocals. Glorious!

Kris- After reading other reviews, I got the impression that he couldn’t hold a candle to Adam. They’re just so different, it’s hard to compare. He got a huge reception as well. His was a much more intimate set with a curtain that dropped in front of the band. He really is very musically talented. To me, his voice sounded deeper and fuller. Unlike what Randy said at the finale, his voice definitely filled the arena. I loved seeing how he was so into it while playing the piano to Ain’t No Sunshine.

Don’t Stop Believin’- I like how they include this finale so you can see all your favorites one last time. It’s not nearly as anti-climactic as just ending with the winner alone.

I won’t go into the whole absent Adam debacle after the show. I waited like everyone else for 2 hours. I still don’t know all the details. I just wish he could have greeted all his fans, because there were a ton of them. I’m sure he’s disappointed as well.

It was a nicely put together concert and a great time.

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23 Comments

  1. Thank you for your great review! How lucky to be there for all the amusing Adam props! :)

  2. Don’t Stop Believin’- I like how they include this finale so you can see all your favorites one last time. It’s not nearly as anti-climactic as just ending with the winner alone.

    The previous tours didn’t end with a group finale? I really can’t remember how S5 ended, the only other tour I’ve been too.

    I just wish he could have greeted all his fans, because there were a ton of them. I’m sure he’s disappointed as well.

    I believe so too.

    Thank you for the recap – it was nice.

  3. Thank you so much for the great recap. Adam fan here but I am so over-the-top that Megan is finally getting some good reviews. I love her unique voice.

  4. Great well written recap. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It is very very much appreciated.

  5. Thank you! this was a fun, quick, after-lunch read – concise and well-rounded. I love reading about other concerts to compare them, and I really appreciate those who write these recaps.

  6. Unlike what Randy said at the finale, his voice definitely filled the arena.

    Beth, I don’t think that is what Randy meant. He was talking about the production on ‘What’s Goin’ On’ not being big enough for the arena. The week before, Kris got ripped by the whole judging panel for NOT stipping down Apologize, so he thought that is what they wanted from him. So at the finale, they decided the venue was too big for a stripped down song. Basically, whatever he gave them for the last few weeks was not what they wanted at that moment. LOL.

  7. Vada, do you rememeber the Idols Extra interview with Ricky Minor after the finale? I think he said Kris arranged What’s Goin’ On three different times before he was satisfied with it. He said it was arranged for the full band and that (I think) the day of the performance Kris decided to change the arrangement and make it acoustic, with the band members down front with him. I’m not sure it was a reaction to what the judges said the previous week, though. I never heard that, anyhow.

  8. Thanks for sharing your recap. Cool that you had such a good time, enjoyed so many of the performances, and that it was an improvement from your previous idol concert experieence. As an Adam fan, seems like it was a good concert. From what it sounds like on the YouTubes, seems like he was in good voice and having fun with the props and that the crowd was really into it. All excellent things.

  9. I’m still curious about Gokey’s voice because of his tweet. Could you not tell whether there was some strain?
    Boy better drink some of that tea Adam’s always talking about.

  10. I attended the Ontario concert (and did a recap). The live performance only changed my opinion about one performer: Matt. NatX ranked the performers, which I didn’t do. Maybe we all should do it, though. On the tour, I would rank them: 1. Adam, 2. & 3. (tie) Allison/Matt, 4. Kris, 5. Anoop, 6. Danny, 7. Lil, 8. Michael, 9. Scott, 10. Megan. On the show, I would have ranked Kris and Anoop in a tie for third and fourth, behind Adam (1) and Allison (2). I would have tied Danny and Matt as well, in the fifth and sixth spots. Lil would have remained at 7, Michael at 8, Megan and Scott tied for 9 and 10. Megan has fine taste in music, but instead of listening to (and trying to copy) Madeleine Peyroux (check her out, Folks, particularly if there’s something about Megan…), Megan should listen directly to Peyroux’s inspirations, Billie Holiday and (Surprise! But I hear it) Peggy Lee.

  11. From what I’ve been reading, Adam hasn’t signed autographs after the shows too often, if at all, since the tour started, but he has been out there a lot for the session that takes place before the show begins. Given this, why do people keep expecting him to come out after the show?

  12. “From what I’ve been reading, Adam hasn’t signed autographs after the shows too often, if at all, since the tour started, but he has been out there a lot for the session that takes place before the show begins. Given this, why do people keep expecting him to come out after the show”

    Ummm! Adam has only missed three after the concert (not including Memphis). One was because of a headache and the other two only happened in both Florida concerts.

  13. Thanks for the review! I have the feeling I would write a similar review (except that I plan to mad twitter instead ;-)). I watched DSB on youtube and thought that Kradam had a lot of fun together and they both seemed particularly strong vocally. I have stopped watching some of the vids, b/c I still have three weeks to go before the Boston show, but they are so addictive. :)

    Thanks again.

  14. Ummm! Adam has only missed three after the concert (not including Memphis). One was because of a headache and the other two only happened in both Florida concerts.

    Yes, the reverse is true, @babybelle32, Adam doesn’t go to “the busses” before the concert at all and now it looks like his after concert appearances may be compromised as well.

    Thanks for the recap, Beth!! I enjoyed reading it very much. It’s very interesting to hear how this one compares to others. I’m glad they’re making progress.

  15. Thank you very much, Beth.

    It is great how you focus on the vocal and musical abilities of the Top 10. Because this is after all the reason why they are there and may be the primary reason why their careers will have longevity.

    It is obvious that Adam, Allison and Kris have the best vocals and commercial appeal as they have already been signed to a record contract .
    But what is really exciting is the growth of the other 7 ‘“ they are only about 1/3 through the concert dates and the other 7 have stepped up to be noticed. This is a really great chance for them to build their careers. Season 8 would indeed be a successful season if all 10 would be able to develop solid careers from their American Idol run.

    Since 7 seasons have passed, that means there were already 70 American Idol finalists introduced to the public.
    Wow, how many of the 70 American Idol alumnae now have careers we can call, successful ? Five?

  16. Thanks for your comments, folks. This was my review.

    Vada, I guess I should have said that his “sound” was big enough to fill the arena. The curtain sort of gave the illusion that it was a stripped down set, but in actuality the band was playing behind. I’d say the most stripped down was Ain’t No Sunshine. Maybe this was a reason for dropping No Boundaries. From what I heard from the concerts where it was performed, the band was playing along. In my opinion, the only decent versions of it were Kris’ acoustic version (per his NYC press tour) and Adam’s very produced studio version. I guess what Randy was saying is that acoustic or semi-acoustic songs don’t play well in larger venues.

    Lulu2, I agree about Matt. He totally changed my mind. I had my doubts about using the save on him on the show. No longer. Aside from screaming louder than a horror film for Adam (for which I was hoarse the next day), Matt was the only other one I truly felt compelled to yell for. I wanted to let him know how great he did. I also really liked the structure of the acts. The fact that he was the last spot in Act 1 (aside from the mini-finale) allowed him to have the spotlight he deserved. If he’d opened Act 2, that would have been missed.

  17. ross Jul 30th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Vada, do you rememeber the Idols Extra interview with Ricky Minor after the finale? I think he said Kris arranged What’s Goin’ On three different times before he was satisfied with it. He said it was arranged for the full band and that (I think) the day of the performance Kris decided to change the arrangement and make it acoustic, with the band members down front with him. I’m not sure it was a reaction to what the judges said the previous week, though. I never heard that, anyhow.

    I remember that, and also I remember right after Kris finished singing I said “Too stripped down for that size venue” to my daughter. If he had done that at the AI set he would have been fine, but the stage was so huge with 7,000 people at the Nokia the sound just got lost.

  18. From what I’ve been reading, Adam hasn’t signed autographs after the shows too often, if at all, since the tour started, but he has been out there a lot for the session that takes place before the show begins. Given this, why do people keep expecting him to come out after the show?

    Actually you have it backwards – Adam has done either very little or no signings at ALL before the show; he’s always done his after. Any pictures and things we have of him before shows usually come from when he’s getting off the buses – he stopped I think once or twice, but he hasn’t done that again in a long time. He even told people that he won’t do them before the show, that he prefers to do it after. So if someone is making it so that he can’t sign after shows, that means he’s not going to be doing any signing except at offical M&Gs.

  19. The previous tours didn’t end with a group finale?

    Yes Squirrely, last year the final group song with the Davids was Rihanna’s Don’t Stop the Music.

  20. Good job on the recap Beth, and I’m really sorry you waited and didn’t get to meet Adam :(
    Sucks how a few crazy people getting carried away has cost a lot of perfectly well-intentioned fans the chance of interacting with their favorite performer.

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