Kris Allen – WXLO Acoustic Christmas – VIDEO

Oh man! I had so much fun at last night’s WXLO Acoustic Christmas show in Worcester MA! The venue was gorgeous, I had 7th row seats and Kris Allen and band put on a kick-ass show.

The rest of the bill, Joshua Radin, Ingrid Michaelson and Bare Naked Ladies were pretty awesome too, though I was pretty fatigued by the end of the 4 hour concert.

My only quibble? In an acoustic environment–tone down that bass boys.

Favorite song of the night: The clappy/happy “It’s Alright”. Honorable mention: The lovely, jazzy, “Chestnuts Roasting Over an Open Fire”.

Kris performed 7 songs: “Heartless/Gangster’s Paradise”, “Can’t Stay Away”, “Is It Over”, “Alright With Me”, “Man in the Mirror”, “Christmas Song”, and “Live Like We’re Dying”

After his set (The band was 3rd after Joshua and Ingrid) Kris hung out in the shadows to watch Barenaked Ladies. And yes, that doesn’t sound quite right, does it…

A couple of teen girls in the audience were waving a “we want to meet you” sign, and after his set, Kris invited them backstage for a minute for autographs.

My videos after the jump–I captured nearly all the banter, and the video is nice and clear, but the sound muffled in spot because of that damn bass! Still, worth a listen, for sure.

Videos after the jump.

“Heartless/Gangsters Paradise”

“Can’t Stay Away”

“Is It Over”

“Alright With Me”

“Man in the Mirror”

“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (Christmas Song)

“Live Like We’re Dying”

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138 Comments

  1. Thanks MJ!! These are awesome! (great sound) Can’t believe Simon ever said he had no personality! He’s improved so much (in many ways)in a short time, that it’s kind of frightening, lol!

  2. mj, the song is called “Alright With Me”, not “It’s Alright”. :)

    And thank you so much for all of these!!!

  3. Thanks for the videos, MJ. Kris sounds great in theses. I LOVED The Christmas Song.

  4. Kris and the band are getting better and better. He’s really improved in connecting with the crowd — he seemed pretty chatty last night. And he met with some fans outside after the show — there are a lot of photos floating around on twitter and elsewhere.

    From last night’s tweets, even people who weren’t necessarily there to see Kris seemed impressed, so hopefully he’s gaining some new fans by doing all these gigs.

    MJ – did you see if he had any merchandise available for sale at the gig? I saw one tweet about seeing a tween holding his CD, so I was wondering if Jive has finally decided to make the CD available at these concerts.

    Oh and thanks very much for the videos! Glad you had a good time.

  5. Awesome vids, thanks MJ! Anxious to know how the crowd responded to Kris, did he get lots of love?

    Absolutely loved The Christmas Song – just gorgeous. Next year, Kris needs to put out a live, acoustic iTunes EP of Christmas songs.

  6. Totally agree Eileen99 “An Acoustic Krismas” see how perfect that would be? Thanks MJ for the fantastic vids!

  7. Kris and his band sounded really great in those vids. But I wish he would perform Red Guitar, Lifetime and The Truth because those are my favorite songs off of the record. :-(

  8. Kris was sure chatty last night – loved his comments about how he would leave if the corwd didn’t sing along with him on Alright With Me.

    Can’t believe Simon ever said he had no personality!

    Did Simon really say this about him? If so, man needs to get a clue – not everyone needs to be an out there, in your face type of persona

  9. MJ, I’ve been watching your vids from your youtube channel all morning. They’re great! Thanks for sharing with all of us. Kris sounded really great last night, and he seemed to be having fun teasing the crowd.

    I loved all of the songs, but his bluesy version of The Christmas Song was absolutely exquisite. I’m pretty sure that is the song he taped when he appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show for it to appear whenever she airs her XMas show this month.

  10. OMG-that bass is awful. Maybe they didn’t have time for a soundcheck that afternoon?

    Just looking at the Kris vids now. Does anyone know if BareNakedLadies did Elf’s Lament? It’s my favorite Christmas song.

  11. Great to see you last night MJ!!

    I had front row seats…just ahead of MJ:) Kris did much better than I thought he would, but he really needs to work on his banter and connection to the audience. Compared to artists like Ingrid and BNL he was really lacking in that department. Hopefully, touring with artists like them will rub off. Being an acoustic/folk artists means you have to master the art of the banter….

    Overall, he sounded great. Josh Radin impressed me a a new artist, and nto just because I could see his really nice teeth with no cavities when he sang right in front of me unplugged!

    Ingrid was pretty awesome hands down. Her band rocked too. And she is downright funny. Folkbf wanted more Ingrid time.

    The hit of the evenign though, and the reason most people were there, was BNL. They had a fantastic set, a couple of encores, and had people on their feet. Kris was standing mayeb 15 feet away from me withhis band watching the whole thing. His bass player was really into BNL.

    After the concert, just a funny aside, Folkbf happened to be standing next to Kris’ hot guitar guy (Kale I guess) and there were a bevy of tweens behind us twittering with nervous hope of meeting them. Folkbf, being 35, thought this was hysterical and walked right up to the guy and shook his hand and talked to him about the song he cowrote. So I shook his hand too and the guy was all into talking about how amazing BNL was. Cool. So Folkbf turns around when we finish and looks at the tweens and says “OMG! I AM NEVER WASHING THIS HAND AGAIN” Kale (right?) started laughing hysterically and the tween girls thought Folkbf was insane. lol.

  12. BNL did Feliz Navidad (Tyler on lead and it was hysterical) and Three Kings. Both were encores.

  13. Wow, those are great videos. Kris is turning into a terrific live performer (he seems to be having a great time and totally enjoying every moment, which is so like him, anyway) and I like his band a lot. I think they schedule all the Jingle Balls as a chance for him to work up a whole set and also for the band to jell. Which is happening nicely.

    Lovelovelove The Christmas Song, Alright With Me and the Heartless/Gangsta’s Paradise mash-up. Plus the uh ohs on Can’t Stay Away pull me in every single time, which is kind of hilarious. I mean, seriously. Uh oh is enough to reel me in? Sad.

  14. Loved the vids, MJ, thanks! Sounds like it was a great crowd. Very spirited. Or drunk. Heh. The Christmas Song was a stand-out, certainly. He sounded great and the banter was cute. Great job, Kris!

    Folk, your story cracked me up. :)

  15. I thought Kris’s banter was hilarious. I did hear from others there that Ingrid was hysterical, but they said Kris was really good, too. He cracked me up when he told the audience that if they didn’t sing along to “Alright with Me,” he would leave.

  16. folk, great story and recap. Thanks!! I’ll have to watch the videos later. :sad: But thanks so much, MJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. smartcookie, I agree with every word in your post. The Chrismas Song is absolutely wonderful. Considering the short time Kris and his band have been performing together, I can’t even imagine how good they are going to get.

  18. Did anybody post this tweet from Kris?

    If any fan wants to come to the Hartford show @ noon @ on the rocks send me your name and we will get you in.

  19. wow–Man in the Mirror is so great. I love how he did this much more than when he was on the show–and I liked his performance back then. Kris and co sound great.

    The Christmas Song–what a great arrangement! He sounds great but it’s the whole package that is so impressive. that guy on the left is a really talented guitarist. I’ve never heard this song done like this. Fantastic.

    that’s funny how you got the girls chasing Kris right at the end of Live Like We’re Dying.

    BTW–What a handsome group of guys. Yowza. Kris’s friend Cale–smokin’.

  20. The hit of the evenign though, and the reason most people were there, was BNL. They had a fantastic set, a couple of encores, and had people on their feet. Kris was standing mayeb 15 feet away from me withhis band watching the whole thing. His bass player was really into BNL.

    BNL was the reason the concert sold out. The hall was filled with BNL stans, for sure, going wild during all their tunes.

    They sang 3 Christmas songs at the encore, a self-penned Christmas tune, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (the duet with Sarah McLachlan is gorgeous) and Feliz Navidad. They played a loooong set. I’m not a BNL fan, particularly (a little too precious for my tastes) so I was ready for the concert to be over by the encore.

    Ingrid M. bantered almost too much for my tastes, though she does have a wicked sense of humor. I didn’t care for the way she goofed around with her hit “Take Me As I Am” But there were a couple of absolutely stunning songs in her set.

    Joshua Radin was pretty good, too.

  21. mj, in your opinion, has progressed since he was on idol? Did he seem more comfortable with the banter and all? Stage presence?

  22. Yeah, I liked Josh’s stuff…but he REALLY needs to work on his banter. a LOT. He is a true contemporary singer songwriter/folk/acoustic performer. And having been to hundreds of those types of concerts, Josh cannot do well unless he livens up his performances a bit.

    Btw, I am not saying Kris did bad with banter…in fact MJ told me he is much improved….he just could use a little more work:)

    Yeah MJ….BNL might not be your thing:) I love the combo of humor and music. But I also loved Moxy Fruvous. Must be the Canadians:)

  23. And MJ…it was pretty funny when Ed said during “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” ….”and ladies and gentlemen we have a very special guest….Sarah Maclachlan” and the whoel crowd was like ?????@@?@?@?!!!!???? and then they cracked up with “um no…”

  24. MJ, thank you so much for the AWESOME videos and for capturing his banter. He is funny in his own laid-back way and I LOVE it.

    7 songs!!!!
    I really enjoy the live versions of AWM (yay, yay, yay…) so fun song
    and IIO (we have an extra “babe” here!!!), he sounds really good in these two.
    CSA: good but I prefer when he sings it in non-acoustic venues where he “dances” around the stage.
    MITM: the acoustic version is always great, nice change at 3:15.As much as I would like to hear more stuff from the album (like Bring It Back, Kris, please in another acoustic show, no?) I can never get sick of it. Same with
    “Heartless/ Gangster’s” paradise mashup: his voice was great in it but I always remember when he did it at Napa Valley gig: It was the first time we heard this mashup, so we were shocked, at least I was and it was totally acoustic, 2 guitars, him and Cale, so the changes from the one song to the other were more significant and the harmonies could be heard better (damn you bass, Chris T. we love you) but whatever, great job.
    “The Christmas Song”: cool arrangement (although I think “Rocking around the Christmas tree is even cooler but it’s OK), I obviously LOVE the last note and soon we will have a great quality video of that song thanks to BHShow.
    Even LLWD sounded awesome. Kris, keep it up!!!Also you should always perform last but one or last so youcan sing 7 songs or more.

    I think the setlist for these Jingle Balls is pretty much the same, at least the songs from the album (CSA, AWM, IIO, LLWD). He saves all the others for his tour. It’s alright with me, actually it wasn’t at first but I reached the point I’m OK with it. We’ll have to look forward to so many things when his tour begins (is it February already?)

  25. i think it is hard to argue kris should have more time. 7 songs was quite a lot afforded him i think. personally, as a long standing AI fan myself, I could have done with less Kris and more Ingrid. Ingrid does have two established albums and three hit singles after all…there were a lot more people there for her and BNL than for Kris…so Kris was lucky to get what he got.

  26. Just watching these vids you can see what an awesome live show Kris puts on. It’s like a nice mini concert. The banter awesome! lol

    Thanks mj. :)

  27. Thank you for taking/posting these vids, MJ. Kris has a great sense of humor and The Christmas Song was amazing!

  28. i think it is hard to argue kris should have more time. 7 songs was quite a lot afforded him i think. personally, as a long standing AI fan myself, I could have done with less Kris and more Ingrid. Ingrid does have two established albums and three hit singles after all’ ¦there were a lot more people there for her and BNL than for Kris’ ¦so Kris was lucky to get what he got.

    Sure, I totally understand your point. I was really surprised that he got to sing 7 songs and I’m really excited about it. I asked for more? That wasn’t the objective music-lover in me that was the Kris-fan who is greedy but will be satisfied only when Kris is headlining his own tour. So no arguments here. BTW thanks for the recap about the other acts and for the “Cale story”, lol!

  29. I am just so glad to see Kris performing and having a great time…and getting such a great reception. He is really settling into his role now. I was surprised to see that he got 7 songs…but pleasantly so. That is great especially since he wasn’t the main act either. I think this is a great way to expose him to new listeners and get his music out there.

  30. MJ — thanks just so much for the vids. I think I might be too selfish to do what you did during a Kris set. I’d want to watch, listen, whoop and holler, and not have to worry about using a camera and just seeing the proceedings through a small lens. I have to say that Andrew certainly is a good guitar player. “The Christmas Song” was absolutely stellar. I love the vibe of this band — all of them so chill, just like Kris.

    And folk — I’m sorry that Kris didn’t live up to the other acts for you. I guess these Jingle ball things kind of do that though, don’t they? I know if I had been at the one with Justin Bieber or Sean Kingston, I would have had to make myself scarce during their part of the evening.

  31. never said Kris was bad…in fact I found him entertaining and better than expected. just saying Ingrid and BNL are better performers than him right now in my opinion. i am sure with time he will improve further.

  32. Thanks ever so much MJ!!! Videos are awwwwwwesome!!!!
    But could you, MJ, perhaps do a Slezak and write up a 800 or more worded essay about Kris Allen’s performnace, song by song…. Could you, please… eeeee ….. :) !!

    Ooooh can’t wait for Ross’s report!!!

    Andrew indeed was great last night (henley = hot)!!
    The R&B take on the Christmas Song & AWM were perfect! CSA was great but I prefer him singing this song on his feet with no guitar so he can really get into it.
    “Is It Over” kinda snuck up on me, almost brought me to tears! Just Beautiful!

    I loved how someone screamed “Red Guitar!” & NO PLAID!!! WAAAAAAhhhhh!!!!???

  33. 7 songs? Wow. That’s more than he would get if he were an opening act for a lot of bands (I think Snow Patrol only got 5 or 6 opening for U2…of course, it was U2).

    Damn, I wish I had gone. I do not like BNL (have seen them before, their schtick gets tired, IMO), but the rest of the show sounds like it was great. Thanks for the videos, MJ.

  34. THANK YOU MJ for these wonderful videos!! I loved the songs, the band, the banter, heck I even liked the flowered shirt Kris is wearing! Nice photo for this thread, too. It’s a good day!

    MJ or Folk (and where the heck is Ross??): is Stevie (road manager?) as hot as the rest of the band? Just curious (and shallow)… Glad you all had a good time last night.

  35. OMG-that bass is awful. Maybe they didn’t have time for a soundcheck that afternoon?

    It wasn’t awful in person (at least to me) — they sounded freakin’ amazing. Kris and his band were fantastic. I know I’m a fan, biased, etc. – but seriously, they were great, so tight, and his voice is awesome live.

    I enjoyed this much more than the Idols concert. It helped that I was in row 7 (sitting next to mj), but really, with his own band and his own material, he just shines. I was also struck by how great the new songs are. The Christmas song was a fantastic arrangement. MITM and Heartless/GP were amazing.

    The audience loved Kris and responded very enthusiastically. He has a great, laid-back sense of humor and easily ‘fills the room’ with his presence. The band looks great onstage with him and their personalities come through really well, also.

    I left during BNL’s encore, and started to walk out, when three guys from the band, Ryland, Chris, and Andrew, came off the elevator and were going out to their bus. I told them they did an awesome job, and they were really, really friendly and nice. Really easy to talk to, and seemed happy to meet a fan.

    I then went back in to use the bathroom, and Kris came out of the elevator. He was with the blonde girl who’s, what? his publicist? I recognized her. I thanked him for the show. He stopped and talked to me, never acting like he was eager to get going, never making me feel like he didn’t want to talk. I didn’t take up much of his time but it was incredible getting the chance to meet him. He’s extremely nice and his voice is really cool.

    So I’m really glad I went.

    Josh Radin and Ingrid Michaelson were both fantastic and very entertaining. The Barenaked Ladies are really not my dish, but they’re good at what they do, for sure.

  36. Looks like Kris got a new fan after last night!
    emdem0429 @KrisAllen Thanks for the Hartford show! Started following you this morning after seeing you in MA last night. What a treat 2 days in a row.

  37. These are FABULOUS videos, MJ…..great sound, and pic, you feel like you’re there……glad it was such a great show, and thanks for posting…

    I never get tired of him singing “Man in the Mirror,” especially acoustically. Love that multiple acoustic guitar steely “wall of sound” — just saw Brandi Carlile (anyone know her? she’s fab) live, and same set up. maybe a trend? Love it!

    “The Christmas Song”…….ahhhh………love it when “tender dog” gets his voice around a beautiful ballad….also, he’s arranged it at a bossa nova beat, with more interesting chords than usually — like that jazzy vibe

  38. ross, thanks so much for your recap. I’m glad you had a good time and that you got to meet Kris!

    BTW Kris has already finished his first gig for the day at 96.5 Acoustic Cafe Hartford

    setlist:
    Heartless/Gangsta’s Paradise, Man in the Mirror, Alright With Me (performed w/o the band, acoustic AWM? I’m curious about how this sounds), The Christmas Song, Live Like We’re Dying

    After the show he did a M&G: 965tic: Kris Allen with lucky listeners after his 96.5 TIC Acoustic Cafe performance in Hartford, CT! http://twitpic.com/soqop

    Then he has the gig at KC101.3 Lounge and then he goes to LA for his performance on SYTYCD, right? I hope he doesn’t get sick. He sounded good yesterday and perky(y/n?) but I saw some twitpics of him during BNL’s performance and he looked really exhausted.

  39. Thanks to all the stories (MJ, Ross, and Folk). As Kris fans, it makes our hearts melt to hear wonderful encounters with Kris. Thanks, MJ, for the wonderful videos. Kris and the band were really AWESOME last night. I can’t stop listening to The Christmas Song. ;-)

  40. Thank you Ross for the nice recap! So glad that mj and you really enjoyed Kris’ set and also glad that Folk had fun too.

    MJ, the vids are so awesome that they made me feel like I was there in person, probably better than those who didn’t have good seats. :)

    Love all the songs esp. the Christmas Song!

  41. Yeah..that was a really cool arrangement of The Christmas Song…great vibe to it.

    I didn’t know he had two different performances today…does he sleep?

  42. Thank-you for that early Christmas present MJ. Amazing videos. LOVED the Christmas song and Alright With Me. All the songs were great. What a fabulous concert.

  43. He sounded good yesterday and perky but I saw some twitpic of him during BNL’s performance and he looked really exhausted.

    We were sitting maybe 30 feet away from him during BNL but I didn’t notice he looked exhausted. Then later he was pretty animated when I talked to him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s tired, but he really didn’t give that impression too much.

  44. ross

    Thanks for the recap. Glad you had a good time and that you had the chance to meet most of the guys. Kris is very down to earth, isn’t he? Hope that doesn’t change if he has more success as his career progresses.

  45. just peeked at iTunes and LLWD is #24 — but album is gone from the top 100, as least as far as I could see.

    It’s #18 in rock albums, though, on amazon.com

  46. Ross, great recap. Yeah, the pictures of Kris afterward showed some fatigue, I thought. Glad he didn’t seem that way while he was “on”.

    And why is the Northeast getting all these great Kris concerts? Northwest is scorned as usual, of course we can hardly get Kris playing on the radio here, so no wonder!

  47. ross:”I enjoyed this much more than the Idols concert. It helped that I was in row 7 (sitting next to mj), but really, with his own band and his own material, he just shines”.

    I’m so happy about that. Judging just from the videos I’ve seen from the Idols tour and from these gigs he seems more relaxad, happier and sounds a lot better now. Keep going, Kris!

    I didn’t notice he looked exhausted.

    Aw, I’m glad about that too. Exhaustion is expected, sickness is unwelcome.

    I didn’t know he had two different performances today’ ¦does he sleep?

    LOL, I don’t know, I hope so for his own good. The other night according to Cale they were writing songs!

    Meanwhile, it seems that we will have videos from the Hartford performance: “someoneattheshow yes we videoed every song, lots of pics. pics of us with kris and cale”
    I will listen to all the songs from the various gigs till I get sick of them. I hope I don’t reach that point. If he keeps making at least small changes to his set (like, acoustic AWM?) I guess I’ll be OK.

  48. ross

    Thanks for the recap. Glad you had a good time and that you had the chance to meet most of the guys. Kris is very down to earth, isn’t he? Hope that doesn’t change if he has more success as his career progresses.

    He has a quality I can’t describe. I guess I’d say: he gave me the impression that at that moment I was the most important person in the world to him. That’s incredibly charming. It wasn’t like “I’m pretending to listen to you but I want to get on that bus.” He has a very warm, caring quality that comes across. That’s probably not what it is but I really can’t put it into words. I kind of wish I could have spent some time trading snark with him, too.

    I somehow don’t think he will change. He just seems to be who he is.

  49. Interesting, Ross. When I met him early in the tour he seemed shy, a little awkward, but really sweet. We sorta stood there for a minute, chatting in a stilted way, but not an excruciating or creepy way. I got the feeling he was still finding his way into the whole fan-contact thing. I mean, how do you learn to deal with all these eager strangers mobbing you — especially if you’re not a showboater? I wouldn’t have a clue. but I think he’s finding his own style of doing it.

    In my work I’ve met a lot of so-called “stars” and the personalities are all over the map — warm and kind, chilly and guarded, great fun or very abrupt. My radar on Kris told me: this is a genuine guy, doing what comes naturally and learnin’ as he goes. I don’t think he’ll ever be a glib banter sorta entertainer, but so what? Many of my faves have been shy, and way preferred communicating through their music.

    So here’s one, doing her own lightly jazz version of Mel Torme’s Xmas Song, magnificently:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3v9K6tcQgI — Ella Fitzgerald

  50. Ross, thanks for the recap. Thats so great that you got a chance to talk to him and the guys and tell them you enjoyed their set– I’m sure they appreciated that.

    Maybe the word you are looking for to describe what Kris has is grace. He does seem to have a Zen-like quality about him.

  51. Colette, the onslaught of new releases happened overnight on iTunes, so a lot of shaking up on the charts has been going on. (btw, if anyone is a Mat Kearney fan, the new live EP is AWESOME).

    But do not despair – I think Kris’ album has bottomed for now on iTunes and is slowly crawling up. Yesterday, it was 120-ish, about 1 1/2 hours ago it was #143 (with 20 new releases ahead of it), and just now it is #135. For comparison (not to start fan-warring) I’ve been watching CD’s released at around the same time as Kris: In this same time period since the new releases came out, Allison went from #63 to #72, and Adam #113/129 to #120/144. I hope this means the gradual drift down has stopped for Kris, and he’s sloooowly working his way up in sales, sorta like LLWD has done. His CD has been doing better on iTunes over the last week or so. Of course, this could just be coincidental since the #’s in this range are relatively low, but I’m happy to see him clawing his way back up on iTunes – better than the alternative.

  52. Maybe the word you are looking for to describe what Kris has is grace. He does seem to have a Zen-like quality about him.

    Yes, true. He’s totally a regular guy and laid back and natural, but he has a little bit of a spiritual quality.

    I love Ella! Thanks, collette.

    Um let’s see. Onstage I thought his banter was cool. I guess mj recorded it all, but didn’t he say something like, how do you like the show so far? Josh Radin …(applause)…Ingrid Michaelson…(applause)…me…(applause). That was funny. His banter is just natural and unforced, to me making it all the more appealing.

    I don’t know where you met Kris, collette, but the circumstances here were, it was just him and me in this deserted lobby (since the girl had gone outside). Also I didn’t talk to him for long, at all, because it wasn’t like a meet and greet type of situation. He needed to get going. I just wanted to thank him, etc.

    I also enjoyed meeting the three band guys and they couldn’t have been more friendly.

  53. colette
    12/08/2009 at 2:07 pm
    just peeked at iTunes and LLWD is #24 ‘” but album is gone from the top 100, as least as far as I could see.

    It’s #18 in rock albums, though, on amazon.com

    Hmmm. I see it’s still at #30 on both live feed and iTunes. Colette, where do you see the #24?

  54. He stopped and talked to me, never acting like he was eager to get going, never making me feel like he didn’t want to talk. I didn’t take up much of his time but it was incredible getting the chance to meet him. He’s extremely nice and his voice is really cool.

    That’s so awesome, Ross. I’m so glad you were able to meet him and that he was genuine and kind. It’s hard sometimes to believe he’s the real deal. :) Thanks for sharing this with us, Ross. You warmed my heart this chilly afternoon.

  55. uh oh

    GloriaGloria
    Hahahaha, one of the women we’re with thought we were seeing Adam. Surprise!!!!
    25 minutes ago from Echofon

  56. I’m on the West Coast and started seeing these videos around 2:00 am. I thought OMG, these are incredible. Poor MJ, how can this be topped ?

    LOL, I should have known. Only a real “pro” could have taken these videos. Thank you again. It is like being there. Having said that, hopefully I will get a chance to see Kris live soon.

    I’m so proud of Kris. And for the person that said that Kris needs to work on his banter; it is also about personality of the person. But, Kris, having achieved ALL these already, is still 24. He is basically like a person just graduated from college. He’ll gain experience for sure.

    Go Kris, you are great already.

  57. Just looking over the comments I guess I have to disagree Ingrid was stronger than Kris. Since I don’t care much for Barenaked Ladies, he was by far best of the night, for me. Ingrid had a lot of banter — in fact, so much, she said, she had to cut one of her songs because she ran out of time. She’s also a strong performer but I guess it all depends on your taste in music. I’m more pop oriented and Kris is more my type of artist and his songs are more to my liking. I also liked his banter but was glad it wasn’t overdone (they all seemed to be on a time limit, anyway). Ingrid was a little verbose. Funny, though.

    Oh, yeah, was it you who asked, girlygirl, about merch? I didn’t see any. There was a lounge with a merch table that I saw at the start of the concert. They were just setting it up, though, so I’m not sure, but all there was were Ingrid Michaelson CDs and BNL merch when I saw it. And a lot of cancer awareness stuff — buttons and t shirts.

    I don’t know why they don’t sell Kris’s CDs at these concerts (if they don’t), but to me it seems unlikely Jive would drop the ball on that. There’s probably some reason. Having to do with rights, or something. I’m sure if they wanted to do it, it would be the easiest thing in the world to do, so I just think there must be a reason we don’t know about? (Or maybe they did — like I said, they weren’t quite all set up.)

  58. FYI, David Cook has never had CDs available for sale. There is a merch table with other DC stuff like shirts, posters, etc.

  59. true ross, and i am more a contemporary folk person. but the deal is…when you play acoustic/contemporary folk shows…banter is the name of the game. and performers who sing well and entertain in between are the ones who sell their shows out (granted, most of these performers sell out much smaller venues). this is why I also said Josh Radin really needs to work on his stuff. If Kris’s future is in pop venues, it will be far less of an issue.

  60. Thanks, folk, I had no idea. That’s interesting and makes a lot of sense.

    As for CDs on sale at concerts– this isn’t common with artists who are on major labels, is it? I imagine Cook’s and Kris’s CDs are available only from retailers — in store or online, exclusively. Again, I don’t know if that’s the case and don’t know the reason, but it would certainly be harder to count CD sales if they could be sold at concerts and other situations like that — and harder for the label to see the profits from these sales, since it gets very complicated at that point.

  61. Kris hung out in the shadows to watch Barenaked Ladies. And yes, that doesn’t sound quite right, does it’ ¦

    Well, you know, he can’t say no to high school girls either…

    Suzanne: Does anyone know if BareNakedLadies did Elf’s Lament? It’s my favorite Christmas song.

    I love that song too!

  62. Thanks for all the reports and video from last night everyone. It sounds like it was a great time. Hmmm, now I have to go see if I can guess which one is folk in the vids. :-)

    ETA: Taylor Hicks always had cd’s available for sale at his concerts. He was the headliner though, I don’t know if that makes any difference.

    ETA again: Now that I think about it, Taylor may have only had his pre-idol cd for sale at the concerts – I don’t really remember. Oh well, I thought I had info for you all!

  63. I saw Mat Kearney recently, sort of the same type performer as Kris (in fact eerily similar in personality – you sort of sit back and wait for the snark). He had plenty of CD’s for sale at the concert.

  64. I guess the stage isn’t raised at this venue — which is why Kris is standing on a stool?

  65. Aww, he sang Happy Birthday to someone. His set is over and I guess he’s heading off to the airport to fly back here to L.A. Hopefully he can get some rest before doing the SYTYCD taping tomorrow!

  66. Well, its definitely not a headlining issue as David Cook has been the headliner for pretty much all of his 154 shows this year. I’m thinking that selling CDs at concerts falls under the category of label contracts. I’m sure as Billboard and chart contenders, they want to make sure that each sale counts and that requires a special POS machine at each venue which might not make financial sense. Just guessing here.

  67. hehehehe’ ¦found me in the videos:)

    Well I gotta know – WHERE??? :)

  68. mechanics hall has a raised stage. probably a good 5 or 6 feet off the ground.

  69. The Christmas Song was beautiful! I’ve been feeling slightly down, but that performance cheered me up. I enjoy Kris more and more as time goes by.

  70. Thanks, Ross, for the detailed recap–I knew you’d come through for us! But now, enough about Kris, what can you tell us about MJ? j/k :-)

  71. Thanks for posting these clips. Really like the Christmas Song. I can’t believe how much more relaxed and interactive he is than he was on tour. You really sense he is loving what he is doing right now.

  72. Kristin…

    Mechanics Hall seats 1800, so you are close! And since the majority of people there were there for BNL and NOT Kris, it is doubtful that if he had CDs there he would have sold more than a 100, as I could guarantee the people there for Kris probably already own his CD. So let me backtrack…he probably would have sold less than 50.

  73. Ross, you ran into Kris? I bet you didn’t leave much later than I did! Fey! Anyway, it was just a coincidence that Ross and I were sitting next to each other!

    But then, he had tipped me off about the show via email–we both bought our tickets around the same time…

  74. He’s super live. I wish that he had been allowed to produce and arrange the songs on his album because, although I like the album very much, I far prefer his live versions of the songs.

    Loved The Christmas Song; I have been down because my mom is sick, and listening to it cheered me up. His joyful, sweet spirit really comes through in that performance.

  75. I can’t believe how much more relaxed and interactive he is than he was on tour. You really sense he is loving what he is doing right now.

    I agree that we are seeing a ton more of his personality in these concerts. But I wonder… how much is it that Kris is more comfortable, and how much is not having to followa ‘script’. I mean, for all of us that listened to cell casts, we know that all the banter in the idol tour was basically scripted… how many times did we hear Scott do his Simon impression? Anyways, I think the freedom to banter is also a contributing factor here, along with Kris’s growth as a performer.

  76. Ross , sounds like you had a great time!! So glad you were able to meet the guys & Kris!! Good ending to your night!!

    I had no idea these videos were MJ’s when I commented on them in the other thread . Thanks so much for them MJ- so clear. I also loved the Christmas song as well as MITM & The mashup!! Just wish for the acoustic set he’s do another song other than CSA – to me that works much better with a rockier sound!!
    Its great that they were able to do 7 songs !!

  77. aw Kris apologized to the fans today for missing the Bridgeport concert on the AI tour (because he was so sick).

  78. ^ I think MJ might have deleted the original comment :)

    I’m guessing that the Chicago concert is probably going to be one of the larger gigs– and that was 4,000.

  79. Can’t edit. Well at least Kris sale prediction only dropped 35% must look at the bright side. :)

  80. snlw
    12/08/2009 at 4:45 pm
    Can’t edit. Well at least Kris sale prediction only dropped 35% must look at the bright side.

    I thought 22,699 sounded good. Yes, the glass is half full…Kris said so!

  81. Kris and Allison will be performing in Las Vegas for the Fox NYE show, according to this tweet

    robin_leach

    #They’ll set up a stage on the Strip for American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen and AI finalist Allison Iraheta. about 2 hours ago from web

  82. girlygirl
    12/08/2009 at 5:00 pm
    Kris and Allison will be performing in Las Vegas for the Fox NYE show, according to this tweet

    robin_leach

    #They’ll set up a stage on the Strip for American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen and AI finalist Allison Iraheta. about 2 hours ago from web

    Hmm.. may be I will drive down there to see them if my schedule allows.. 5 hrs drive I think.

  83. Ross, you ran into Kris? I bet you didn’t leave much later than I did! Fey! Anyway, it was just a coincidence that Ross and I were sitting next to each other!

    But then, he had tipped me off about the show via email’“we both bought our tickets around the same time.

    Yeah, I left about the same time you did. I wandered down by the back entrance to check if the tour bus was still there. As soon as I got there they came right out of the elevator. Then Kris maybe five or ten minutes later.

    Actually I wouldn’t have even known I was sitting next to mj except that I’d seen her photo online recently. And I still wasn’t sure. So I was like, “Should I ask? Yeah, what the hell.”

  84. I hope some of these people who saw him recently will put Kris’ CD on their Christmas wish list.

  85. I don’t know if it’ll make anyone feel any better, but when I bought Kris’s CD on the Tuesday it became available, the store had about thirty or forty CDs crammed onto the “new music” end cap, and Saturday I was in the same store again and there were only three left. When those three go, I hope they restock that shelf!

  86. Thanks so much for the awesome videos, MJ, and the recap, ross. Kris has really come a long way since the Idol tour. I thought he was good then, but he seems so much comfortable now. I’d love to see him live one day soon.

    I absolutely adore his version of The Christmas Song. I need that on my iPod!

  87. I had deleted a comment, but not before a bunch of peeps responded to it….

    Let’s not get into a numbers discussion in this thread. Especially emanating from a comment that was so completely out of left field and non-sensical, that it felt troll-like.

  88. MJ, did you happen to get any video of Ingrid or any others at the concert? i’d love to see anything you’ve got of ingrid!! thanks!!

    No, sorry.

  89. Thanks for the videos MJ. I always enjoy hearing AND seeing Kris perform. As for the numbers, Kris will be a music artist for the long run, IMO. My favorite performance was ‘Can’t Stay Away’.

  90. Thanks MJ for the nice recap and videos and to Ross as well. My favorite from last night, as usual, is Alright with Me followed by the Christmas Song. Kris should definitely release a Christmas album next year.

  91. just getting a chance to post now. Thanks MJ for the recap and videos, they are great! Thanks Ross too for your recap.
    Enjoyed all of them. Kris is doing very well in developing as a performer. Love how relaxed and humorous he is. Someone said earlier that he’s gracious and i totally agree.
    I love all the vids. The Christmas song is so charming the way he does it. Seems it’s this one he recorded lately! yay!
    love love AWM, he always sounds amazing on this song.

  92. The Christmas song is so charming the way he does it.

    I loved it! The guitar part is great. Cool that Andrew can play jazz as well as rock.

    Hard to pick a favorite, but AWM was awesome live.

  93. MJ, the videos are fantastic. Ross, thanks so much for your recap! These were all so great.

  94. Great quality on these, mj! You are multi-talented.

    I really felt I was there (and wished I were). I must say I got a huge ear shock on the first one with the audience screaming for him. That was nice to hear though :) The bass didn’t bother me and was only really noticeable on one song.

    I WANT his version of ‘The Christmas Song’ on my iTunes right NOW. I usually make my own mix for Christmas. I had been hoping that he’d be able to sneak in a Christmas EP this year.

    I felt his banter was just the right amount. I cracked up at ‘She brought a sign. You? No sign.’ I much prefer he use his stage time for the music and he communicates and connects so well with the audience when he’s performing. It’s :::cough::: written all over his face.

    I was very happy that he introduced his band. That’s one area I felt he was lacking before.

    Ross, thank you for your report. How wonderful that you got the chance to personally convey your appreciation to the band and Kris.

  95. You’re welcome, guys. :) And yes, mj, the videos are awesome. Thanks!

  96. KC101.3 Lounge (setlist: Heartless/GP, AWM, MITM, LLWD)

    Kris singing AWM on a stool (lol,!!!!TG he didn’t fall, really clear video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpSOTctDIng

    why was he on the stool?
    kodachrome621 tweets:
    Haha, he said he was too short and he wanted to be able to see everyone!
    Hahaha he said that a clip of him falling off would probably be a big hit on YouTube. They made him get down after two songs.

    many photos of Kris with fans, on the stool, arm-wrestling with the DJ here: http://www.kc101.com/cc-common/gallery/display.html?album_id=209676

    96.5 Acoustic Cafe Hartford (setlist: Heartless/GP, MITM, AWM, Christmas song, LLWD)

    the Christmas song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87OUT51PLm0&feature=channel
    MITM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLjnIT0EimY&feature=channel
    Heartless/Gangsta’s Paradise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4FsVLOuGlI&feature=channel

  97. mj
    I was pretty fatigued by the end of the 4 hour concert.

    Yeah, I would say so since you obviously videotaped for over an hour!

    mj
    My videos after the jump’“I captured nearly all the banter, and the video is nice and clear, but the sound muffled in spot because of that bass! Still, worth a listen, for sure.

    I would say so!! Seriously, you rock. :cool: Thank you muchos grandos. I finally got to listen to all of these, and my favorite part was the BANTER which most people leave off! And they were so clear!! And so close up!! And, and, and!!! Of course I love the music, but I think I’ve seen every jingle ball, so that banter was the icing on this cake.

    Thanks again!!
    ______________________

    mmk28, thanks for the links! I thought I was all alone in here tonight. :wink:

  98. I JUST HEARD LLWD ON THE RADIO HERE IN L.A. FOR THE FIRST TIME. KBIG, which just added it to its playlist, just played it. And at 7:15 pm — which is prime listening time for all us Angelenos trying to get home from work. I had JUST pulled into the parking spot in my apt bldg and was amount to cut the motor when I heard the first notes and I was like — Kris! LOL. Good thing I wasn’t actually driving.

  99. Well I’ve finally watched all of these. :D Yeah, I’m smiling! Thank you so much mj, so, very much!

    I started watching soon after these were posted this morning and only got through the first three when I got some hard news. Even though I kind of lurked on here a lot of the day I just couldn’t bring myself to watch, but now that I did I’m so glad because, they are just amazing!! (BHB and the vids!)

    So, third(?) Jingle Ball and each one just keeps on getting better, imho. With each one I keep saying, now that’s the one I wish I coulda gone to.

    Thanks too for the recaps both mj and ross! I’m so glad you both enjoyed it so much!

    Just a few comments: AWM, amazing as always and I’m pulling for this to be the next single. Such a catchy tune and it’s good live whether they’re standing or sitting.
    Christmas Song = beautiful and so relaxing, loved it!
    MiTM, I will never, ever grow tired of this. I hope he performs it at every show, well at least the ones where I can see vids, or attend. :D
    LDWD, I almost didn’t watch this one, but I’m glad I did. They are just getting better and better on this. I enjoyed every moment of watching it!

    IIO, Love this song soooo much! Even though the vid wasn’t as good, I think I liked it better with them standing. But this one was awesome too!

    CSA and Heartless mash-up, while I thoroughly enjoyed each of these, and I do mean thoroughly, if he could have only performed 5, these are the two I would be okay w/o. JMO.

  100. girlygirl,
    YEAH, I’ m happy for you and for all the LA people who were interested (subtle way of saying: they were dying to…)to hear it on the radio or will get interested after hearing it!! Indeed, TG you weren’t driving. I hope you get to hear it again soon.

  101. Congratulations girlygirl,
    I’m one of those LA people too and I heard it last Saturday from KBIG.
    At first I did not realize it that it was a radio, since Kris CD is always on when I’m in the car.

    I can’t wait for Kris on national TV again tomorrow.
    And thanks mmk28 for all the links to the Acoustic Cafe.
    Is that a radio station ? and how many people fit in there ? Seems like a really small place. Just curious.

  102. mmk28, thanks for the vids!! They’re great! I loved him singing AWM on the stool! So adorable!!!

    ETA: Yay girlygirl!!!

    ETAA: “”””Good thing I wasn’t actually driving.”””” Hee! Isn’t it amazing, you hear a song over and over, but there’s nothing like hearing it for the first time on the radio! LOL!

  103. Ranta12, I guess this gig was organised by the radio station 96.5tic and maybe Kris performed at the radio station. Yes, it seems like a really small place. So does the place where he performed for KC101.3 (that was certainly a cafe). I don’t know if the fact that he had two gigs today (even if they were in small venues) had anything to do with him not performing at Connecticut (because he was sick) during the Idols tour on 9/10.

    cookcricket, ITA with what you say about MITM. I think we have agreed on that song performed by Kris before. Regarding CSA I would also be OK without it but ONLY at this acoustic venue. Oterwise is one of my favorite live performances, I love the song and I can’t say ‘no’ to Kris’ “dancing”.

  104. I can’t begin to say how jealous I am right now. Not even because of Kris. It’s Kris opening for BNL. Even without Steven. That is too awesome!

  105. cookcricket
    LLWD, I almost didn’t watch this one, but I’m glad I did. They are just getting better and better on this. I enjoyed every moment of watching it!

    Me too! And I agree…they get better each time. It’s funny when you compare it to the first couple of times Kris had to sing this live… because now it sounds soooo amazing. I got tired of the song on the CD and would skip it each time, but I never tire of hearing him sing LLWD live. Kinda wei’d.
    __________
    Guys, here’s something I stumbled onto that was neat to read. Some man’s daughter got him to listen to LLWD, and he wrote a short blog about it:

    http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474977936742&grpId=3659174697248541&nav=Groupspace

    mmk28, I love seeing Kris perform CSA too…he’s so cute when he moves around like that! I agree that AWM is a fun song to sing. I just don’t think Kris’s voice sounds that great on it.

    Oh, also, I’m not wild about The Christmas Song…again, I think he has strain too much for the notes. I guess I’m just too hard to please!! Still love Kris though! Maybe he needs to write his own Christmas song and put it in his range. Karen Carpenter’s brother used to write all of her songs, and they were all pretty low. You didn’t hear her going for too many high notes, but she had an amazing voice. Boy does this comparison date me!!

  106. Oterwise is one of my favorite live performances, I love the song and I can’t say ‘no’ to Kris’ ‘dancing’ .

    mmk28, yes I have to admit watching Kris dance around to CSA is wonderful! I have thought many times, the reason he is so amazing live with CSA is because he has no guitar, heh! (when they’re standing.) :) But don’t get me wrong, I lurve Kris with his guitar!!!!

    Guys, here’s something I stumbled onto that was neat to read. Some man’s daughter got him to listen to LLWD, and he wrote a short blog about it. Awwww’ ¦..

    http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474977936742&grpId=3659174697248541&nav=Groupspace

    Diane, that was so sweet! Awwww, is right! Loved it!

    G’night all, time for some shut eye. ;^) (Had to try that smiley.)

  107. Here’s a 2 minute interview with Kris before the jingle thing 2 nights ago that I had not seen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pQXzW18EQM

    And wow here’s a CLOSE UP of Kris singing The Christmas Song in Hartford, Connecticut…which is so appropriate since my favorite b&w Christmas movie is Christmas in Connecticut! In fact, the sound on this one is better and he doesn’t sound like he’s having to work so hard for those notes. Me likey this one. :grin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ftgeVaS_-w

    cookcricket, I like your new smiley…it reminds me of a snowman!

    And I lurve Kris with and without the guitar too! At first I was like no!!! He needs to play, but he’s so fun to watch without the guitar that it doesn’t matter to me!

    Oh, and my last comment before bed…I noticed from the concert last night and from the Hartford songs that instead of kinda shying away from them, he is finally beginning to embrace the fans … it’s fun watching this guy evolve. :smile:

    I lied. I came across some pictures from the Disney parade taping that I didn’t think anyone had posted. There are a few here that I had not seen…from Just Jared:

    http://justjared.buzznet.com/2009/12/08/kris-allen-rocks-around-the-christmas-tree/

  108. I can’t wait for Kris on national TV again tomorrow.

    I watched SYTYCD today just to get myself ready for tomorrow. Can’t wait!

  109. Oh, also, I’m not wild about The Christmas Song’ ¦again, I think he has strain too much for the notes. I guess I’m just too hard to please!! Still love Kris though! Maybe he needs to write his own Christmas song and put it in his range.

    Anyone can sing that song, it requires no range whatever. I just sang it, and I don’t have Kris Allen’s range. No offense but I guess I don’t know what you’re talking about. It was a great performance, in my opinion.

    I JUST HEARD LLWD ON THE RADIO HERE IN L.A. FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    I heard it on the radio for the first time while driving home from this concert.

  110. Recap from a fan that attended the KC101.3 gig(source: ONTD_AI)

    -Sportscenter was on the TV behind us and Kris kept staring at it, mesmerized. He apologized and said he doesn’t have much time to watch football anymore. Then, randomly, he yells “oh, that guy just got tackled!”
    -It was someone’s 21st birthday so he brought her up to sit on the stool and led us in singing happy birthday to her.
    -When he heard this was the crowd at the Bridgeport show (the one he was sick for), he looked terrified and hid his face behind his hands. “I’m so sorrryyyyyyyyy! I promise an awesome show here during my tour.”
    -He stood on the stool for two songs, and kept joking about how hilarious it would be if he fell off and how many YouTube hits that video would get. They made him get off of it after two songs.
    -Seriously, he sounds ridiculously good without with a mic. Like, really now.
    -When it ended, the radio station made us all line up to get pics with Kris. Cale was sitting alone looking bored. Naturally, we accosted him. He apologized again for his Twitter party fail. :)

  111. @Diane:
    Guys, here’s something I stumbled onto that was neat to read. Some man’s daughter got him to listen to LLWD, and he wrote a short blog about it:

    Stumbled ? You mean actively seeking, right ? :)

  112. Ratna12
    12/09/2009 at 1:24 am
    @Diane:
    Guys, here’s something I stumbled onto that was neat to read. Some man’s daughter got him to listen to LLWD, and he wrote a short blog about it:

    Stumbled ? You mean actively seeking, right ?

    LMAO

    And thanks mmk28 for that recap! Short and sweet! I love it! Kris is just too adorable and funny! Love him more and more the more I know him!

  113. I didn’t know that the clear videos which I saw in the earlier thread were actually posted by mj. So a very BIG THANK YOU to mj for the awesome videos!

  114. I read from the one of the earliest comments that most of the audience was there for BNL. I think there’s great cos I always feel that LLWD has some of that BNL vibes (which Randy Jackson had mentioned during his interview with Ryan Secrest). Perhaps LLWD would then appeal to BNL fans and they would then be interested to check Kris’s music. I think they might also like AWM since it’s a happy sing-along song. Hope that he has captured some new fans after his performances:)

  115. Overall the performances are great as usual but I wants to be objective since he’s out in the big playing field now. I find that his falsetto in Can’t Stay Away is really weak…and sounds really awkward. The best falsetto for CSA is still the Dolphin Tailgate performance. Not sure whether he is trying to change up the falsetto a bit with some runs but I rather he does a straight-out one like he did in AWM.

  116. folk
    12/08/2009 at 12:18 pm

    Yeah, I liked Josh’s stuff’ ¦but he REALLY needs to work on his banter. a LOT. He is a true contemporary singer songwriter/folk/acoustic performer. And having been to hundreds of those types of concerts, Josh cannot do well unless he livens up his performances a bit.

    I’ve seen Joshua Radin plenty of times. He’s not a new artist; at least, I’ve known his music for a few years, and he was definitely around before Ingrid Michaelson or Kris were even on anyone’s radars. I think he’s a great performer, and I think he is great with banter. It must’ve just been one of those gigs. But then again, I did see him at a small venue, so perhaps his personality just shines when he is in a much more intimate setting. Mechanics Hall looked huge from the pics and videos.

    As for the banter, if the videos captured all of the it, I think Kris did pretty well considering he was catering to a crowd of Michaelson and BNL fans. I loved when he was reading one of the signs that said “KRIS WE WANNA MEET YOU” and then some people yelled on the other side “WE LOVE YOU KRIS!” and he was like, “But you don’t have a sign! She does!” LOL that cracked me up. I also thought it was hilarious when he was like, “Of course you’re enjoying the show. Josh Radin, Ingrid Michaelson…and me. Boo, he sucks!” So IMO, he did pretty well. One of my personal pet peeves is when people do more talking than they do singing at a gig, and then I’m just like, stop trying to be a comedian.

    Personally, although I love banter and this is what makes live performances unique, I’m there to listen to music. I’d be more impressed with cover songs or interesting twists in current songs than with banter. You can be as charming as you can onstage, but at the end of the day, if your music is crap, it doesn’t really help your case. But that’s just me. I love when people talk about the origin of songs. Joshua Radin talked about the origin of one of his songs on one of his live gigs here in San Diego and it really makes you look at the song in a different light once you listen to it after the gig.

    Thanks MJ for the videos – you did an awesome job filming all of them! I love love love The Christmas Song! I had never heard the song before, but someone told me it started with “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” and as soon as Kris said those words I was jumping up and down hahaha I love the arrangement! If you heard it the first time like I did, it came off as warm and cozy but not Christmassy at all. LOVED the falsetto at the end!

    I feel like “Is It Over” is going to be my favorite song to see live. I love the song already and seeing it performed live just adds to that. I love the building intensity of the song, and Kris really channels a Donny Hathaway and Sam Cooke on this song.

    OMG LOL MJ WIN! You caught the girls chasing after Kris hahahahahaha That cracked me up so bad. Oh, man. :D

    movin2thabeet
    12/08/2009 at 3:13 pm

    FYI, David Cook has never had CDs available for sale. There is a merch table with other DC stuff like shirts, posters, etc.


    movin2thabeet

    12/08/2009 at 3:36 pm

    Well, its definitely not a headlining issue as David Cook has been the headliner for pretty much all of his 154 shows this year. I’m thinking that selling CDs at concerts falls under the category of label contracts. I’m sure as Billboard and chart contenders, they want to make sure that each sale counts and that requires a special POS machine at each venue which might not make financial sense. Just guessing here.

    This is interesting! Does anyone have any idea if this has always been the case for Idols? Maybe it’s a contract 19E has with retailers, that they can’t sell CDs through gigs or something, although I don’t really understand why. I think you may be onto something though, about wanting the sales to count? Maybe that’s why they have contracts with retailers? Especially since Kris is only starting out, they wanna make sure those sales count, right? But artists sell at live venues all the time, so it makes me wonder. Although now that I think about it, I went to a Snow Patrol concert recently and Plain White T’s opened for them – all they had for sale were T-shirts and bags and hoodies, etc. No CDs from either one, headliner or opener.

  117. Sometimes, I feel like I must be listening to certain performances with different ears than other people. Straining for notes on The Christmas Song? Which ones? It all seemed right in his sweet spot to me. I’ve had that song on repeat on and off all day–just sweet.

  118. Thanks for posting these awesome videos. I loved them all and watched them with a silly grin. The banter, IMO, is priceless.

  119. mmk28, thanks for the links to the acoustic cafe’ videos. They’re so fun to watch!

    I had to listen to the Christmas Song again just to check, but no, I can’t hear any strain in Kris’s voice. On some songs he does put a little strain into his voice to convey emotion, but not that one. I love it when he does that, though. It’s one of my favorite things about the way Kris sings.

  120. I posted this song after my initial comment and said that it sounded good…and it’s very close up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ftgeVaS_-w

    How do I explain myself on the strained notes? I loved Falling Slowly. Kris’s voice there is perfection IMO. I loved Apologize too. I have no problem with his falsetto. I just don’t especially like it when he sings the higher notes. But this is just my opinion.

  121. Diane, I kinda get what you’re saying. I think early on I used to feel that Kris would somewhat lose control going into the higher notes. Instead of a “High Note” it would just sound loud.
    In his earlier reditions of Heartless, “Better than me” would come out in a loud burst!…. but I don’t hear that anymore, he’s got it undercontrol. I didn’t hear it in the Christmas song. Thought it was smooth like butter slowly melting on yummy pancakes.
    Anyways for any hitches or catches (which imho sound great too) in his voice, Kris more than makes up for it with his uber sexy lower register & emotion he brings to the song. Also I love it when he holds a note and then pulls it higher, like at the end of heartless, “How could you be so heartless…..

    Again, thanks everyone, MJ!!, Diane, Girlygirl, Mmk, & Ross (Lucky U!) and everyone else who contribute here!! Thanks so much for my Kris Fix!

  122. Thanks for the videos, MJ. Really great job! After watching a Kris performance, I’m always impressed. He’s a natural. I usually end up with a smile on my face, saying, “he’s good. He’s really good.” The foolishness of IDOL comparisons and the foolishness of so-called grown-ups and their IDOL rivalries can not change this fact. This guy is going to do very well in the music industry. Be damned, IDOL stats, no one cares in the real world. It’s the end result that counts. So many great songs on the CD to come. I’m looking forward to watching him grow and flourish as an artist and seeing his inevitable success.

  123. Sometimes, I feel like I must be listening to certain performances with different ears than other people. Straining for notes on The Christmas Song? Which ones? It all seemed right in his sweet spot to me. I’ve had that song on repeat on and off all day’“just sweet.

    I’m afraid I’m going to have to sing the Christmas song called Do You Hear What I Hear? to Diane because what I heard was wonderful (and, sorry but, I was there — and he sounded great. This song was one of his best of the night). My point was also that the song was not out of his range, because it’s within the range of any decent professional singer and certainly within Kris’s. Maybe you just don’t altogether like his singing style, and what you call straining, other people call good singing.

    There were certainly a majority of Barenaked Ladies fans there, but I wouldn’t say (as someone said earlier) it was a crowd of Josh Radin and Ingrid Michaelson fans. I’m sure they had fans there, but Barenaked Ladies and Kris had equal billing and were listed in large letters on the poster, and Josh and Ingrid in much smaller letters near the bottom of the poster. Kris had the third performance spot, and his reception was very strong. He had a good many fans of his own there.

    I was aware of this before the concert because it was obvious most of the teen girls (and a few guys) who were there in groups (a lot of them holding Kris stuff, like CD’s or pictures) were there to see him. There were also a few other people (adults) I spoke to before the concert who were there to see him. I would say he and the BNL were the main attractions.

  124. ross
    I’m afraid I’m going to have to sing the Christmas song called Do You Hear What I Hear? to Diane because what I heard was wonderful (and, sorry but, I was there ‘” and he sounded great. This song was one of his best of the night). My point was also that the song was not out of his range, because it’s within the range of any decent professional singer and certainly within Kris’s. Maybe you just don’t altogether like his singing style, and what you call straining, other people call good singing.

    There were certainly a majority of Barenaked Ladies fans there, but I wouldn’t say (as someone said earlier) it was a crowd of Josh Radin and Ingrid Michaelson fans. I’m sure they had fans there, but Barenaked Ladies and Kris had equal billing and were listed in large letters on the poster, and Josh and Ingrid in much smaller letters near the bottom of the poster. Kris had the third performance spot, and his reception was very strong. He had a good many fans of his own there.

    I was aware of this before the concert because it was obvious most of the teen girls (and a few guys) who were there in groups (a lot of them holding Kris stuff, like CD’s or pictures) were there to see him. There were also a few other people (adults) I spoke to before the concert who were there to see him. I would say he and the BNL were the main attractions.

    Aww that’s good to know! Thank you Ross!

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