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July 06, 2009

American Idol Season 8 Tour Kicked Off In Portland

[caption id="attachment_813" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="American Idol Season 8 Contestants Photo: Fox"]American Idol Season 8 Contestants Photo: Fox[/caption]

Kris Allen, Adam Lambert and the American Idol Season 8 finalists performed their opening night concert in Portland on Sunday. The first show of the scheduled 50 city tour, highlighted some of the Idols most memorable performances from the show,  including Alison Iraheta's Barracuda and Danny Gokey's version of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T", which  became an impromptu tribute to the late singer.  Although the song was chosen before Jackson's death, Gokey said, "It's definitely to honor Michael Jackson. All that he's done for music".

Media sensation and runner up, Adam Lambert,  performed a true "rock concert" style set, singing a medley of David Bowie songs . Season 8 winner Kris Allen closed out the show in an intimate "club style" set, singing his popular versions of  "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Heartless" before being joined onstage by all of the Idols for the closing numbers.

American Idol is on tour across the country, through September.

Dates are as follows:

July 5Portland, ORRose Garden
July 7Tacoma, WATacoma Dome
July 8Vancouver, BCGeneral Motors Place
July 10Sacramento, CAARCO Arena
July 11Oakland, CAOracle Arena
July 12San Jose, CAHP Pavilion at San Jose
July 14West Valley City, UTThe E Center
July 16Los Angeles, CAStaples Center
July 17Ontario, CACitizens Business Bank Arena
July 18San Diego, CASan Diego Sports Arena
July 20Glendale, Arena
July 23Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Center
July 24Tulsa, OKBOK Center
July 25N. Little Rock, ARAlltel Arena
July 26Memphis, TNFedExForum
July 28Tampa, FLSt. Pete Times Forum
July 29Sunrise, FLBankAtlantic Center
July 31Duluth, GAArena at Gwinnett Center
August 1Charlotte, NCTime Warner Cable Arena
August 2Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum
August 4Washington, DCVerizon Center
August 5Baltimore, MD1st Mariner Arena
August 7Atlantic City, NJBoardwalk Hall
August 8Newark, NJPrudential Center
August 9Newark, NJPrudential Center
August 11Long Island, NYNassau Coliseum
August 12Long Island, NYNassau Coliseum
August 14Hamilton, ONCopps Coliseum
August 15Rochester, NYBlueCross Arena
August 16Hartford, CTXL Center
August 18Boston, MATD Banknorth Garden
August 19Albany, NYTimes Union Center
August 20Philadelphia, PAWachovia Center
August 22Pittsburgh, PAMellon Arena
August 23Cleveland, OHWolstein Center
August 25Columbus, OHSchottenstein Center
August 26Auburn Hills, MIPalace at Auburn Hills
August 28Milwaukee, WIBradley Center
August 29St. Louis, MOScottrade Center
August 30Kansas City, MOSprint Center
September 1Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
September 2Rosemont, ILAllstate Arena
September 4Madison, WIAlliant Energy Center
September 5Indianapolis, INConseco Fieldhouse
September 6Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
September 8Reading, PASovereign Center
September 9Wilkes Barre, PAWachovia Arena
September 10Bridgeport, CTArena at Harbor Yard
September 12Portland, MECumberland County Civic Center
September 13Providence, RIDunkin' Donuts Center
September 14Syracuse, NYWarMemorial at OnCenter
September 15Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena

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