American Idols Live 2006

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Idols Just okay!
Venue/Date: HP Pavilion At San Jose (San Jose, CA)
Concert Date:  
August 30th, 2006
Reviewer: aceshooter

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7.52
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It's safe to go out of doors now -- the Idols have left
Aidin Vaziri, Chronicle Pop Music Critic
Friday, September 1, 2006

Taylor Hicks, performing in June, covered songs by Elvis ... Katharine McPhee, shown here in the "American Idol" final... Chris Daughtry traveled back in time, covering songs by S...

The people who put together the "American Idols Live!" Tour did everything to keep reviewers away from the show on Wednesday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. They refused to hold press tickets. They made photographers sign a nasty contract. If they could have, you get the feeling they would have cordoned off the entire arena with a velvet rope just to keep out anyone with a pen.

But it was hard to tell whether they were trying to protect the 10 gleaming season five finalists or the poor music journalists who had to sit through more than two grueling hours of amateur pop stars wheezing their way through some of the worst songs ever written -- FM horrors such as Styx's "Renegade," the Doobie Brothers' "Takin' It to the Streets," Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," Bob Seger's "Hollywood Nights," and, worst of all, a grand finale with all parties involved joining in on James Brown's "Living in America." Call it a mercy diss.

The favorite fallen Idols appeared more or less in the order they were given the boot from the ratings-shattering television show, which meant the first hour of the concert was wasted on over-styled kids whose futures almost certainly lie in performing at strip-mall openings with William Hung and holding up liquor stores.

For all their plastic enthusiasm and canned thank-yous, even Simon Cowell would concede that Ace Young, Mandisa, Lisa Tucker, Paris Bennett (who didn't even bother to sing the chorus on her karaoke version of "Crazy in Love") and Bucky Covington will never play on a stage this big again, if any.

Former roller-skating waitress Kellie Pickler might, but judging by the little red bustier she wore while singing Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About," it would have to involve some kind of pole.

Meanwhile, the not-quite sold-out crowd of school kids and their parents had to sit through a long series of advertisements disguised as an intermission before seeing the four finalists in action.

Performing in front of a backdrop that looked as if it had been pieced together by a first-year Academy of Art student using aluminum foil and a Commodore 64 screensaver, it was obvious that the competition was not quite over for metalhead Chris Daughtry.
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Idols Rule on Tour
Venue/Date: War Memorial at Oncenter (Syracuse, NY)
Concert Date:  
September 17th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.91
American Idols Live - Syracuse

Syracuse sure does love the Idols! Last night, the War Memorial was packed to the rafters as a crowd estimated at 6,500 rocked out with the gang from American Idol 5. And, from Mandisa's spirited "I'm Every Woman" to the closing group number of "Living in America," the Idols did not disappoint. This time around, there were more males in the audience, but the crowd was predominantly female with ages ranging from 8 to 80+.

The Syracuse crowd greeted each of the Idols warmly, but there was definitely a lot of love for Chris Daughtry and Taylor Hicks, who made his customary entrance from one of the side entrances to the auditorium. And, considering that this group has been touring since early July, none of them seemed to be the least bit fatigued and all of their numbers were fresh and full of energy.

My award for the most improved goes to Elliott Yamin. He looks great - a bit heavier and his hair is longer - and he has really polished his performing skills. He looked so comfortable on the stage and worked the crowd like a seasoned pro. Kellie Pickler has gotten it together as well, and even Bucky, who seemed the least likely to succeed, got the crowd its feet with "Superstition."

Paris and Lisa did a nice job on TLC's "Waterfall," and the boy's joint effort on "Patience" was real nice. Katharine's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was spectacular and she seemed surprised at the positive vibe coming from the audience.

The noise level definitely went up a few notches when Chris Daughtry took the stage, however. His "Wanted Dead or Alive" was powerful, and I was impressed by his guitar playing as well. This song is the only one other that Taylor's that is still charting, and it's getting quite a bit of airplay in some areas.
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American Idols Tour
Venue/Date: Dunkin'Donuts Ctr. Providence (Providence, RI)
Concert Date:  
September 22nd, 2006
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.52
Some hits, and misses at Idol show
01:00 AM EDT on Saturday, September 23, 2006
BY RICK MASSIMO
Journal Pop Music Writer

PROVIDENCE -- Compared with last year's crop, the group of American Idol singers who came to the Dunkin' Donuts Center last night on the whole represented a huge improvement. But seeing the Idols live made some of the results of the competition even more perplexing than it was at the time.

Several of the Idols still fell prey to the lure of the high, hard one: the top-of-your-range, top-of-your-lungs note that you need to hit to make an impression on the judges and TV viewers who make the decisions.

Mandisa opened the show singing with warmth and depth. She easily handled "I'm Every Woman" with more than a little Chaka Khan style to spare. She threw a few too many high hard ones into Gladys Knight's "If I Were Your Woman," but still managed to convey the tune nicely.

Ace Young followed by dueting with Mandisa on "I Am Your Angel" before taking over for "Father Figure" and a version of Maroon5's "Harder To Breathe" with more guitar punch than the original. His voice was high and somewhat thin, but powerful, and he did the best job of the night of avoiding the high hard one syndrome.

Lisa Tucker, on the other hand, fell right into it, particularly marring what were shaping up to be nice at-the-piano renditions of Elton John's "Your Song" and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight."

Paris Bennett's opening duet with Tucker on TLC's "Waterfalls" was her high point; she was competent if somewhat generic. Bucky Covington was inoffensive, but his handling of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" was indicative more of one-size-fits-all facility than true versatility.

Kellie Pickler was the low point of the evening: Her paper-thin voice grated, and her attempts to cover it with by-the-numbers rock attitude and golly-gosh between-song humility made matters worse.

Chris Daughtry showed himself to be a thoroughly competent alt-rock shouter. Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" was an ill-advised cover choice, but his version of Nickelback's "Last One Standing" (in a duet with the subsequent Elliott Yamin) was a good indicator.

Yamin did OK with Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much," with a youthful, almost teenpop delivery, but his attempt at the blues with "I'm Evil" missed by a mile.
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Taylor Hicks and American Idol's Top Ten Finalists Take the Show on the Road
Venue/Date: Nassau Veterans Mem. Coliseum (Uniondale, NY)
Concert Date:  
July 15th, 2006
Reviewer: jacob

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8.45
Taylor Hicks and American Idol's Top Ten Finalists Take the Show on the Road
July 26, 2006

Katharine McPhee, Lisa Tucker, Elliott Yamin, Mandisa, Bucky Covington, Ace Young, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Hicks, Paris Bennett, Chris Daughtry
Katharine McPhee, Lisa Tucker, Elliott Yamin, Mandisa, Bucky Covington, Ace Young, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Hicks, Paris Bennett, Chris Daughtry
 
Kellie Pickler
was not there to see Mandisa, a fact that she openly recognized.

Most of the crowd was, in fact, there for the next performer, Ace Young. As soon as Ace took the stage, preteens decked out in sparkly makeup started jumping out of their chairs screaming and frantically waving their "Marry Me Ace" signs. Ace took full advantage of being one of American Idol's heartthrobs, making bedroom eyes at the audience and slinking around the stage with a sexy saunter throughout his set, all the while driving the audience wild. The pinnacle of Ace's cheesy showiness came when he stripped off his jacket during an otherwise well done rendition of George Michael's "Father Figure."

Next up was the American Idol Season 5's youngest performer and tenth place finisher, Lisa Tucker. Her first song, a sweet as sugar version of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," revealed her age, however, her next two songs, versions of the Elton John classics "Your Song" and "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," during which she accompanied herself on keyboard, gave hints of a truly gifted young performer who has more talent than the average Teen Pop Queen.

American Idol fifth place finisher Paris Bennett took the stage next with a rendition of "Midnight Train to Georgia" that succeeded in bringing the crowd to its feet. Unfortunately for her, she lost the crowd with her next song. Her take on "Crazy in Love," complete with plenty of fake ponytail twirling, booty shaking, and, oh yes, a chair routine, made her out to be nothing more than a second rate Beyonce. Paris is actually a much better singer than this performance showed. She has a deep and soulful singing voice which is much better suited for singing the jazz classics that she performed on American Idol, instead of giving lackluster performances of day old R&B.

The show then shifted gears, as two of American Idol Season 5's country singers took the stage. First up was Bucky Covington, a man who is as unassuming as his name would imply. Bucky let loose during his performance of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and, while talking to the audience, showed some of that "aw-shucks" persona that got him so far in the American Idol competition. He was then joined by sixth place finisher Kellie Pickler for a cute country take on "You're the One that I Want" from the movie Grease. During her solo songs, Kellie did not stray from anything she had not already performed on American Idol, which led to a set that was entertaining to watch, albeit not very different from what Idol fans have come to expect from her.

Next up after a half hour intermission was crowd favorite Chris Daughtry. Chris got the crowd rocking and rolling with a set that included Styx's "Renegade" and Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive." Chris' voice is perfect for rock music and Saturday he was able to sound raspy without sounding strained. He exhibited a strong stage presence, commanding the audience as he traveled the stage, mic stand in hand. Chris also accompanied himself on guitar for "Wanted Dead or Alive" and for his duet with American Idol Season 5 second runner up, Elliott Yamin, a take on Nickelback's "Savin' Me." This duet was one of the best performances of the night. Both singers sounded amazing together, each one's voice complementing the other's. The song also allowed Elliott to showcase more of a rock edge to his voice, which was previously known for a soulful jazz style.

Elliott Yamin was among the night's strongest performers. Along with his duet with Chris Daughtry, he sang three solo songs and he nailed every one of them. His smooth as silk voice breathed soul into the little known "Moody's Mood for Love" and his rendition of Elvis Presley's "Trouble" was so alluring that the King himself would have been proud. Please somebody give this guy a record deal!

After Elliott Yamin, the male contestants, minus American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, performed a group song and dedicated it to missing idol Katharine McPhee, the first and only mention of the American Idol Season 5 runner up's absence. The girls followed the boys with a group song of their own, but by this point the crowd was getting impatient for Taylor to come out. And come out he did - out of the audience to the tune of "Jailhouse Rock!"

The concert at Nassau Coliseum may have been in Uniondale, New York, but during Taylor Hicks' set, the arena felt like it was in another Long Island town - Hicksville. With a voice to rival that of Michael McDonald and enough energy and personality to get away with his original funky dance moves, 2006's American Idol was easily the most entertaining to watch. After watching him perform, it was abundantly clear that Taylor Hicks doesn't go on stage to mug for the cameras or for the girls in the audience; he goes on stage because he truly enjoys performing. He is even able to make his first single "Do I Make You Proud," the usual inspirational drivel given to all American Idol winners, heartfelt and listenable thanks to the nuances he puts into it to make it uniquely, Taylor. His last solo performance, "Taking It to the Streets" was another highlight of the evening, even featuring some spirited harmonica playing from the American Idol champ himself.

The other eight American Idol finalists then joined Taylor for two group songs, which felt a little anticlimactic after Taylor's "Taking It to the Streets" spectacle. It was fun, however, to get one last look and listen at the night's other performers; which, for some, will be the last look America gets at them before they fade into obscurity with four seasons of other would-be American Idols.

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