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American Idol Live 2015 Tour Chicago

American Idol Live 2015 Tour Chicago

Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL, USA - August 8, 2015

By Dan Locke
Photos by Dan Locke

I have seen the American Idol Live Tour a few times before. From Season 4: Jessica Sierra, Nikko Smith, Nadia Turner, Anwar Robinson, Constantine Maroulis, Scott Savol, Anthony Fedorov, Vonzell Solomon, Bo Bice, and Carrie Underwood.

From Season 11: Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick, Colton Dixon, Elise Testone, Skylar Laine, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez, and Phillip Phillips.

And have seen American Idol performers on their personal tours (Tamyra Gray, Kelly Clarkson, Vanessa Olivarez, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, Bo Bice, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Hicks, Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Gina Glocksen, Kris Allen, Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWze, and Phillip Phillps). So when I saw that American Idol was touring again. I knew I have to see it. But this time it was different. The American Idol in the past was a show bigger than life. You would have the top 10 performers, performing at larger concert halls. People would see them perform, but the people would not learn anything about who they were. Or the performer’s feelings about doing this tour now. How they felt. That what makes American Idol what it is. You watch the show and learn to love the people who you see week after week performing their hearts out to the judges. How they could make it past another week. During the two tours I have covered in the past. I always headed out to the tour bus after the show and saw how the people still wanted to see their favorite idol up closed and personal. They still wanted to know more about the Idol.

So this year American Idol chanced things. They cut the number of Idols down from the Top 10 to the Top 5. Which give each person more stage time. Also it give the crowd a chance to hear what each one was up to. Their feelings about American Idol and more about their lives. And by cutting down from the bigger stages to a smaller stage (i.e. from United Center- 27,000 to Chicago Theater- 3,600) it give the people a more personal American Idol.

This year the Top Five were Tyanna Jones (16) from Jacksonville, Florida; Rayvon Owen (23)from Richmond, Virginia; Jax (19) from East Brunswick, New Jersey; Clark Beckham (22) from White House, Tennessee; and Nick Fradiani (29) from Guilford, Connecticut. One of the biggest reason why American Idol is so big these performers are like family. You grow to know them as the show goes week to week. In some cases you may know the performer or know someone who knows the performer. Because they all have hometowns. And most go back to their hometown after the show.

This year American Idol Live came to Chicago on August 8, 2015 to the Chicago Theater. The show ran about 2 hours long and it was a great thing for the audience to see. This is how it went.

The show open with all five performing Lenny Kravitz "Are you Going Go My Way" This sounded great.

They ended the night with Charlie Puth "See You Again" and Fun "Some Nights".

After the show was over, many fans were waiting for them to come out of the stage door. They had a crowd of about 75 people. After about 45 minutes waiting. They finally started to come out. Only three of the Idol came out. Jax, Clark and Tyanna. They made sure they met with each person. Each at the end would ask did they miss anyone, before heading back to the bus. They meet and greet the crowd. Took photos with the crowd and Jax even did a duo with one of the member of the crowd. One of the people I talked to in the crowd was this girl I always saw a heavy metal shows. She was a true Metal Head. I asked her what she was doing here. And she told me that she never miss an American Idol. She had DVR all the shows. And actually she brought one of everything at the merch booth. Almost $300 in merchandise. Overall it was a fun night. Something any real music fan should see.