This time when Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox rolled up into the parking lot of the United Center, it wasn’t for an audition. They came Saturday night to headline their summer concert tour, bringing along the rest of their contestant comrades. American Idol Live! performed for a supportive hometown Chicago audience that extended a warm welcome to DeWyze, Bowersox and Idol cast.
Season Nine’s finest, the Top Ten, have been touring the nation in the midst of troubling ticket sales, trimmed performances, and schedule changes.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the three hour set was uneventful, lifeless, and well, actually quite boring. Idol alums basically sang covers, with many of the songs already performed on the show from the season’s play list. Stale, spun-out songs that ticket holders paid to hear one more time for posterity’s sake, (not for talent’s sake), such as DeWyze’s rendition of U2’s “Beautiful Day,” Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose’s “Treat Her Like a Lady,” and Siobhan Magnus’ stair-stopping, dramatic “Paint It Black.” Plus Joplin and Etheridge tunes by blusey songstress Bowersox, to name a few. C’mon, enough already! Give us something new, please!
To make music matters worse, it is reported that they didn’t even do their cover songs justice. Even after performing them so many times. Sounds like wear and tear is effecting our Idol road warriors…or maybe, you think they might be tired of singing the same old stuff? I know I would be! Did I hear-new material? As in, original?
It would be refreshing to hear the songwriters of the bunch debut an original tune or two for fans on their summer tour. Something for our money’s worth.
DeWyze, Mount Prospect’s favorite son, did have the Chitown audience cheering though, if even for nostalgia’s sake, or the joy of seeing their bright shinning star looking like a real rock idol on the big stage. Closing the show for the evening, the 24-year old was feeling all that Chicago love. “All I can say is thank-you, thank-you guys so much. I love you guys,” DeWyze offered the appreciative crowd.
Hey, maybe the Idol alums didn’t sound so good. One thing is for sure-Chicago knows how to roll out the red carpet for their hometown heroes.
Some Chicagoland fans flipped over the recent Teen Choice Award-winner for Male Reality/Variety Star. Ashley Packard of Buffalo Grove, sporting a Lee DeWyze tee shirt exclaimed, “I’m so excited, we’re in the second row.”
Dedicated DeWyze fans are driving from Chicago to the next tour stop: Toledo, for some more of that Idol magic. And, if followers can’t make the trip to Toledo, fear not! Idol Live! returns to Indianapolis on Aug. 31 for its’ final performance. (A three-hour car ride from the city).
Due to sluggish ticket sales, eight shows were canceled, changing the Sept. 16 finale date. They were scheduled to be in Portland.
Look for DeWyze’s Nov. 16 release, pushed back from it’s original Oct 26 date, not yet titled, on 19 Recordings/RCA records. “I can’t wait for everyone to hear my debut album,” states DeWyze.
The album contains new music that will showcase DeWyze’s songwriting talents. After the Idol Tour it’s Lee’s time to break out and America is waiting to see what the guitar-playing singer really can do.
For more on Lee DeWyze go here, and here.
Listen to Lee on tour here.
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