More On the American Idol Summer Tour – Don’t Stop Believing!

In this interview with the Associated Press, another tour spoiler is revealed:

In a small, unadorned studio far removed from cameras, spotlights and songs ending with an instant review, the top 10 “American Idol” finalists are getting ready for a nationwide tour.

They’re working on the intricacies of a group performance of “Don’t Stop Believin’, ” with Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre singing and playing at dual pianos and the other eight, slouching comfortably on leather couches, adding their voices from the sidelines.

With so much behind them, and so much ahead, they manage to come across as friends who’ve gotten together for nothing more than a casual jam session.

Don’t Stop Believing! Duel Pianos! How creative! Not. But what the summer tour lacks in originality, it makes up for in BIG CHEESY FUN.   And I love me some big cheesy fun. I. cannot. wait!

Kris Allen, the mellow Conway, Ark., contestant who came out on top, said he expects the tour that begins July 5 in Oregon to be a welcome contrast to the weekly show experience.
“The energy is going to be better on tour, ” Allen said, and it will be easier to loosen up and feed off the crowd’s energy. And, he added, “no one’s judging you.”

It’s not unusual for Idols who underwhelmed on the Idol stage to shine on tour. Matt Giraud and Anoop Desai? I’m looking at YOU.

Bonus tidbit: add Greg Wells and Ryan Tedder to that list of Adam Lambert collaborators:

How will Lambert, for one, manage to record and tour?

“You tell me, ” he responds, with an easy grin. “We’re doing a lot of great preliminary work on the album right now. … It’s just double-duty, you know, multitasking.”

He’s co-writing material for the CD and is enthusiastic about working with RedOne, who’s produced hits for Lady Gaga and Sean Kingston, as well as Greg Wells (his artist list includes Katy Perry, who played favorites on “Idol” by wearing a cape emblazoned with Lambert’s name) and Ryan Tedder.

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  1. Gonna be a busy summer for the Idols, especially Adam, Allison and Kris. You can be sure the tour will be awesome IMO, seeing them perform live in a very different environment than the Idol stage. Wish I was going to every concert, lol……now that would be a great summer. Regarding “Don’t Stop Believing” I thought that was probably their best group effort. :wink_ee:

  2. If it weren’t for Adam I wouldn’t be going to the tour. But I expect to enjoy all of them. Sounds great!

  3. I think the show will be a blast….total sellout in North Little Rock AR’s Alltel Arena, not surprising, as it’s not only the home state of Kris Allen, but the homes of himself, his parents and inlaws are all right here in central Arkansas.

    The tour can be a very good place to write…Chris Sligh worked on much of his “Running Back to You” material while touring during season 6.

    Good luck to all the Idols and hope they all have a great time!

  4. I’m excited for all the cheesy goodness! I’m sad I have to wait til September!

  5. I’m ready for the cheese and happy to have tickets to one of the first stops. They’re upper level but at least front and center. From what I’ve read on here, some of the fans should also provide some great entertainment. :)

  6. It’s going to be extra busy for Adam and Kris, aside from the studio they have the Today show concert and they are doing the Top 40 for Ryan. I don’t know where they will muster the energy for such a hectic schedule, some of their tour shows are back to back with no break.

  7. So we have our big ending group song.
    Not surprised with the song choice, if they couldn’t do the disco song it was probably the next best thing and it is appropriate for a big finale.

    I am surprised you didn’t highlight the most important element in that article Mj, Allison is getting rid of her braces lol!

  8. Sounds like the 3 (Adam, Allison and Kris) are doing a lot of studio work right now which is good because the tour and recording on their few days off will take a toll on their voices.

    E! news just twittered that they filmed an exclusive interview of Adam Lambert in the studio to be shown on TV tonight. Maybe we’ll get new info, or he’ll comment on wifigate or any of his other gates ;) .

  9. So I guess Matt and Scott are getting the dueling pianos during Don’t Stop Believing?!? wtf. Or am I reading this wrong? Anyway I guess TPTB is making up for the fact that they were dissed during the finale. Should be interesting … dueling pianos :unsure_tb:

  10. Adam’s hair looks like black Jiffy Pop in the accompanying photo.

  11. ******I am surprised you didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t highlight the most important element in that article Mj, Allison is getting rid of her braces lol!

    That was cute.

  12. I’ve watched (and rewatched and rewatched) the first 30 seconds of “Don’t Stop Believing” from the Top Downloads results night because Allison/Kris sound absolutely amazing on that opening verse, so I’m actually excited about the news.

    Plus, it’s “Don’t Stop Believing” THE CHEESE FACTOR WILL BE AWESOME. YES!

  13. Yay for “Don’t Stop Believing!” That was their best group number this season, I thought.

  14. *****Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve watched (and rewatched and rewatched) the first 30 seconds of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Stop Believingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  from the Top Downloads results night because Allison/Kris sound absolutely amazing on that opening verse, so Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m actually excited about the news.

    Where is this? I’ve never seen it.

  15. That is probably why we haven’t seen much of Kris, Adam and Allison. They are probably doing a lot of their cd work right now.

  16. Maybe weà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll get new info, or heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll comment on wifigate or any of his other gates ;)

    What’s “wifigate”?

    Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s hair looks like black Jiffy Pop in the accompanying photo.

    :jittery_tb:

  17. Greg Wells and Ryan Tedder are good producers for Adam to work with as well. Wells is responsible for the smash hit “Aplogize” with Timberland.

  18. yay I’m so happy to see Matt and Scott are getting to have their dueling pianos moment after all! I’m especially happy that MATT is to be highlighted in this number :)

  19. Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s hair looks like black Jiffy Pop in the accompanying photo.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing! Jiffy Pop hair or not, they sure do love to use Adam’s picture with all these articles, don’t they?

  20. unique28v
    I think you mean Ryan Tedder. He’s the one who wrote Apologize.
    I didn’t even know the Allison had braces.

  21. Ahh, great to hear them doing Don’t Stop Believing! (Will they be forced to cross-promote Glee in the process?) :rolleyes_wp:

    BTW — do we know much about what Kris is singing on tour? We’ve heard most of Allison and Adam’s sets, but nothing from him (unless I missed the news).

  22. ryan tedder = :wub_tb:

    but isn’t he more of the singer song writer type of artist whose style suits kris more than adam? (but then again i’m just jealous i suppose)

  23. At one point, Gokey delivers a full-blast note and, adding his own color commentary, declares the “crowd is in shock and awe.” Later, the former Milwaukee church music director playfully exhorts the room, “If God’s been good to you, I want you to say yeah!”

    :shock_tb:

    Oy.

    Just when I think the guy finally gets what you do and don’t say in front of a reporter . . .

  24. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve watched (and rewatched and rewatched) the first 30 seconds of à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Stop Believingà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  from the Top Downloads results night because Allison/Kris sound absolutely amazing on that opening verse, so Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m actually excited about the news.

    Yesss!!!! I loved that group performance (especially the opening part with Kris and Allison) so I’m happy to hear it’s in the show.

    but isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t he more of the singer song writer type of artist whose style suits kris more than adam?

    I think so too, but then I think Ryan Tedder is more of an Adam fan than a Kris one judging by that twitter where he referred to Kris as “the other guy” so… :P

  25. Love the info on the tour. I must have missed the “Don’t Stop…” number. Is it available anywhere?
    Also, where can I see Adam’s Jiffy Pop hair? That’s a must do for me today. :smile1_tb:

    Finally, this concert sounds like a hoot. Like someone else mentioned, I am only going for Adam but hope to enjoy the others as well. And another piece of entertainment” the Glamberts are planning how they will dress at the concert. Lots of black, blue and silver, specially made blue Glambert bracelets and tons of glitter. AND blue glow sticks!!!! Wheeee!!!!

  26. Ok. This Journey fan is officially sick of “Don’t Stop Believin’ “. No mas!!!!

    I hope to go to the concert when it comes around here. I hereby declare I will leave and go look at the swag booths or search for the remnants of a poptart from past seasons’ tours, during Gokey’s set.

    I cannot stand the sight of him and he does NOTHING for me as a performer.

    This year’s group was so enjoyable and worth watching save for Gokey. Every moment he was on stage was (and will be) cringeworthy for me.

  27. At one point, Gokey delivers a full-blast note and, adding his own color commentary, declares the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“crowd is in shock and awe.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Later, the former Milwaukee church music director playfully exhorts the room, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“If Godà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been good to you, I want you to say yeah!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    My God, Gokey puts his foot in his mouth so many times he must have tread marks in there. And I wonder if the “full-blast note” was anything akin to his “Dream On” note.

    Someone please shut this man up.

  28. aww Allison and Adam talking about doing a duet..I would love that

  29. Loved the group sing of “Don’t Stop Believing”. Well, I loved the Allison/Kris beginning and the awesome Adam ending. The rest was kinda forgettable to me..lol. CAn’t wait to hear it on tour.

  30. I’m really glad Matt is singing You Found Me on tour (per his tweets). I love his recorded version of this song – it’s one of my favorites.

    And, I’m glad to hear they are singing Don’t Stop Believing. Yay for group cheese! Yay for dual pianos!

  31. Ugh – not thrilled with Adam working with Ryan Tedder. One Republic music seems to fit Kris’s pop style much better than Adam.

  32. I don’t mind Adam working with Ryan Tedder .. he co wrote Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love and I love how Adam sings One Republic’s Come Home so I think it could work out to be a good collaboration .. as I’m hoping that all the songs on Adam’s album aren’t all upbeat ad that there is a chance for him to showcase his beautiful ballad voice.

    Don’t Stop Believing should be a good group number for the tour … but I hope that Danny doesn’t spoil it with his god bothering shoutouts and keeps those to the rehearsal room …..lol

  33. The concert is going to be awesome! I can’t wait to hear everyone except for Sarver! For some reason, he comes off pompus and just bugs me.

  34. Cheesy fun, FTW! I just bought a ticket for the concert last week (“A” ticket – because I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to go, and I basically decided at the last minute “oh what the hell…”). Only two weeks to wait for the cheese-fest (July 8th), yay!

    I’m looking forward to Kradison of course, and am curious to find out if Anoop and Matt can win me over at all. If Danny attempts any “Scream On” notes I will have to cover my ears, and if he does any of his hip thrusts I will have to cover my eyes as well.

    At one point, Gokey delivers a full-blast note and, adding his own color commentary, declares the à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“crowd is in shock and awe.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  Later, the former Milwaukee church music director playfully exhorts the room, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“If Godà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s been good to you, I want you to say yeah!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    UGH. This, for me, falls under the “No he di-in’t!” category. If he – or any of them, for that matter – say(s) anything about god/the lord/what-have-you during the concert, I’m going to have to vomit. Religion, Schmeligion. It’s not a church-thing, it’s a singing-thing. Leave the religious references at home guys.

  35. girlygirl
    Kris is doing à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Hey Judeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  on tour. Cool!

    Really?!? Awesome!!!

  36. Cheesy fun, FTW! I just bought a ticket for the concert last week (à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Aà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  ticket – because I couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t find anyone who wanted to go, and I basically decided at the last minute à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“oh what the hellà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ). Only two weeks to wait for the cheese-fest (July 8th), yay!

    Don’t feel bad! Every year I practically have to go alone too – last year I had to drag someone who doesn’t like Idol much, which was practically like going alone :-)

    That’s awesome that Kris is doing “Hey, Jude”! Great song for him (probably one of the one’s he referenced that they couldn’t get rights to before). I bet he’s also doing “Heartless”, maybe “Ain’t No Sunshine”, and then No Boundaries of course (sigh).

  37. SarahP “ryan tedder but isnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t he more of the singer song writer type of artist whose style suits kris more than adam? (but then again ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m just jealous i suppose)”

    Don’t be, he wrote “Battelfield”.

  38. I guess Kris, being a song writer himself doesn’t need too much help like Adam. I really don’t fancy reading into things too much. Lets just keep fingers crossed and wait forboth guys to put their albums out.

  39. “I think it could work out to be a good collaboration .. as Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m hoping that all the songs on Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s album arenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t all upbeat ad that there is a chance for him to showcase his beautiful ballad voice.”

    ^Yes! I’ve thought this too. I believe he mentioned in an interview (forget which one-there have been a lot!) that his album would be a mix of each.

    Really looking forward to the tour!

    The video of “Don’t Stop Believin'” from AI is a mixture of great vocals (Kris and Allison, Matt, Anoop, and Adam) and some supreme cheese. The lip-synching is really bad on Scott and Megan’s parts (I have to close my eyes, and then they sound good!) When Megan sings about the “smell of wine and cheap perfume,” it looks like she’s in the musical “Oklahoma” which is kind of like, “the smell of wine and cheap perfume, doggone it!” Kris and Allison sound great together, and even though Adam doesn’t have a very big part, he at least gets the awesome glory note at the end.

    “I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t even know the Allison had braces.”

    evelyn– Allison only had braces on her bottom teeth during the season. Every once in a while you could see a flash, but they weren’t very noticeable.

  40. I guess Kris, being a song writer himself doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need too much help like Adam

    Vanjess38, Kris is working with several songwriters as well–at least three have been mentioned in previous articles, if you’re interested. People were really excited about one of them–Remi, or something like that?

  41. Squirrely:

    The results performances are up here on MJ’s site. Just click the link for the Top 13. If they aren’t on the first page, just click on any contestant’s name, and videos of all sorts of performances are on there

  42. Okay I’m in hog heaven right – never knew these vids were here.

  43. I guess Kris, being a song writer himself doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need too much help like Adam. I really donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t fancy reading into things too much. Lets just keep fingers crossed and wait forboth guys to put their albums out.

    Didn’t you get the newsflash? Adam was a HUGE song writer even before Idol. He churned out a couple albums worth of primo tunes and the record company only delayed their release by a measly couple of years because they wanted to ramp up the publicity first via a Rolling Stone cover article and a 20/20 interview. :rolleyes_tb:

    These days, almost everyone seems to favour collaborations rather than rely on solo authorship for songs.

  44. RemusL- haha.. that was funny

    I think I’m probably reading too much into this but I think Kris might be doing 2 new songs. I guess this because when the interviewer asked him what he’s going to be doing on tour, he said some new songs but held up 2 fingers (because why would he be giving the peace sign at that moment?). hehe..

    I wonder if he’s going to do the whole thing of Hey Jude- isn’t it 7 minutes long? unless the interviewer guessed right about it being the ending.hehe

  45. Ok, I need this video of Joe King and Kris in the studio to get posted on YouTube please! Hopefully somebody in Timbaland’s studio besides the official filmmakers following Kris around had a camera at the ready!

    Above all, it was fun. “At the end of the session, we cranked up ‘Bounce’ in the studio and got down,” King said. “They’re following Kris’ progress on film, so there’s video of us white boys shaking it to Timbaland songs in his studio, which I hope doesn’t get out there.”

  46. So I guess Matt and Scott are getting the dueling pianos during Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Stop Believing?!?

    Seriously, I think I’d rather watch paint dry. Matt’s tolerable. Scott is not. Still, I love Adam, Kris and Allison so the song might be bearable.

    Everything about Scott just bores me to no end so I find it ironic that he’s always ‘meeting with his people’. His ego is bigger than his talent. Does he really have any fans let alone industry folks who are legitimately interested in him?

  47. I would love to see the top 5 perform (well, minus one) plus Anoop. But I would have to be paid to sit through Lil, Megan, Scott & Michael. So thanks, but no thanks. Maybe next year.

  48. I was bored by Scott’s music during AI — he came off as a very lightweight Billy Joel wannabe. But he seemed like a nice guy with a cool sense of humor. But since the show ended, in the few interviews I’ve seen with him and in his tweets, he has started to come off as someone who may have gotten a bit of a swelled head. He’s always talking about how he’s “in meetings”, and whatnot. And he blogged about how he was screwed out of his duet for the finale.

    I hope this isn’t the case…I hope he hasn’t turned into a jerk.

  49. “Don’t Stop Believing” was my favorite group number this year, so I’m glad they are doing it on the tour. It was not only technically great, but was also very inclusive of everyone, if you know what I mean. They all shone there. Except this time we’ll have Sarver trailing around in it, haha.

    Everything about Scott just bores me to no end so I find it ironic that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s always à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹meeting with his peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢. His ego is bigger than his talent. Does he really have any fans let alone industry folks who are legitimately interested in him?

    Knowing what he’s capable of outside of Idol, I wouldn’t be surprised that there are people in the industry who may be interested in him. He has something really neat to offer to the music world. Those who only know Scott as the Idol finalist may be very surprised.

  50. But since the show ended, in the few interviews Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve seen with him and in his tweets, he has started to come off as someone who may have gotten a bit of a swelled head.

    I think this is exactly what turns me off about him more than anything. There is nothing less attractive than an over-blown ego….especially when there isn’t anything of substance to back it up.

    I believe a huge part of Archie’s, Adam’s and Kris’ appeal is their humility. It endears people to them.

    Those who only know Scott as the Idol finalist may be very surprised.

    I have to admit I’d be surprised, but you’re right – who knows?

  51. Didn’t Scott have some sort of punk-pop band pre-Idol? Didn’t I read that somewhere? Now, if he came out with that type of music on an album, that would DEFINITELY surprise me.

  52. He did. They were called The Glutes, though Scott was not the vocalist there, which may be a good thing for some. His solo stuff is mostly piano pop with rock and AC overtones, just a lot more contemporary-sounding and melodically varied than what he did on Idol. More edgy, for the lack of a better word. He also has a knack for writing cool lyrics.

    Oh, and sorry for going off-topic here. I’m rambling on..

  53. Oh I almost forgot — Happy Birthday, Scott! He’s one day younger than Kris!!!

    Matt and Michael tweeted that the Idols are headed out tonight for Scott’s bday party.

    Whoo — hope no one else in the group is having a birthday soon — all this partying could get expensive!

  54. Lexus Jun 22nd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    So I guess Matt and Scott are getting the dueling pianos during Donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t Stop Believing?!?

    Seriously, I think Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d rather watch paint dry. Mattà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s tolerable. Scott is not. Still, I love Adam, Kris and Allison so the song might be bearable.

    Everything about Scott just bores me to no end so I find it ironic that heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s always à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã‹meeting with his peopleà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢. His ego is bigger than his talent. Does he really have any fans let alone industry folks who are legitimately interested in him?

    You are asking if Scott really has fans? Of course he has. I m one of them and I know Scott more than just the AI finalist. His pre-AI stuff are everywhere on the net. So, it doesn’t hurt to listen and then you comment. :)

    I am happy that they are doing a piano duel on tour. It’s gonna be awesome!

  55. Jayd

    Allison only had braces on her bottom teeth during the season. Every once in a while you could see a flash, but they werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t very noticeable.

    Oohhh, well that explains it. Thanks for the info.

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