American Idol Live! Tour 2009
The American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009 consisted of 52 concerts spanning 50 cities starting in Portland, Oregon, and ending in Manchester, New Hampshire. At each show, a dramatic countdown of A – D – A – M on the backdrop whips fans into a frenzy as Adam (finally) takes the stage to the beginning notes of Whole Lotta Love--and the crowd goes wild! Adam’s set list remains the same for all of the shows on this tour:

  • "Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin)
  • "Starlight" (Muse)
  • "Mad World" (Tears for Fears)
  • "Slow Ride" (Foghat) duet with Allison Iraheta
  • David Bowie medley ("Life on Mars?"/"Fame"/"Let's Dance")

Adam also performs in the finale each show. He briefly joins Kris Allen with the other idols at the end of "Hey Jude" (The Beatles) and then again in a mash-up of "Don't Stop Believing" (Journey) and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" (Steam/Bananarama). 

As the tour progresses, certain aspects of Adam’s performances begin to change and fans want to know after each show: Was his hair down or up? Did he sing “baby” or “woman” in Whole Lotta Love? Did he
pick up anything that was thrown on the stage? Even though he sings the same songs every show, Adam manages to make each and every show a unique experience, much to the delight of all of us fans.
I have tried to include those unique aspects from
each show in the descriptions. If I missed any
important ones, please let me know!

Credits

I found most of the links to the American Idol Live Tour performances because of two wonderfully dedicated Adam fans:

I would also like to recognize and thank @essellsari who graciously allowed me to use her graphic (top of this page). Her site contains hundreds of beautiful Adam-related wallpapers as well as iphone and twitter backgrounds--check it out!

July 5
Portland, Oregon
(Rose Garden)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Cute grin when he does some pelvic thrusts, sings "baby"  
  • [Link] Slow Ride: At start says, "What? I can't hear you. Louder!"  
  • [Link] David Bowie medley
  • [Link] Finale: Thanks band



July 7
Tacoma, Washington
(Tacoma Dome)   

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



July 8
Vancouver, British Columbia
(General Motors Place) 

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby, strokes mic
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Allison picks up a pink bra and throws it at Adam’s feet. He picks it up, swings it above his head, and throws it back into the crowd. 
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



July 10
Sacramento, California
(ARCO Arena) 

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley

Adam tweets an apology after the show that he has a headache and doesn’t go out to meet fans.

[Personal note: I was at this show! First time I saw Adam live—an indescribable experience!]



July 11
Oakland, California
(Oracle Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Picks up black bar, says a sexy ‘yeah’ and then throws it into the audience.

Adam’s mother, Leila, is in the audience.



July 12
San Jose, California
(HP Pavilion)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley

Adam’s mother, Leila, is in the audience. Adam wears his hair in a pompadour for first time in this tour. Before the concert, a small group forms in front of the arena and make a pathetic attempt at protesting that is completely ignored by everyone.



July 14
West Valley City, Utah
(The E Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



July 16
Los Angeles, California
(Staples Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman, gestures ‘come on’ and places his hand to his ear (and everyone screams louder), puts the mic stand between his legs.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: has trouble removing his jacket, so spins around to give himself more time, later tells the audience, “You better get up out of your seats, bitches… dance!”



July 17
Ontario, California
(Citizens Business Bank Arena)  

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



July 18
San Diego, California
(San Diego Sports Arena) 

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Swings blue feather boa over his head



July 20
Glendale, Arizona
(Jobing.com Arena) 

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: “I want to see you dance, bitches” followed by a mischievous “ha ha!”



July 23
Dallas, Texas
(American Airlines Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



July 24
Tulsa, Oklahoma
(BOK Center) 

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby, changes “every inch of my love” to “all of my love”
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Adam and Allison play with a red bra and then throw it into the audience 
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



July 25
North Little Rock, Arkansas
(Verizon Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Uses “walking fingers” during “Life on Mars,” krumps

The 15,000-seat arena is sold-out (the first for this tour—possibly due to popularity of Kris Allen in his home state).



July 26
Memphis, Tennessee
(FedEx Forum)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Starlight [Note: link is only part of song]
  • [Link] David Bowie medley
  • [Link] Finale: Cute Kradam dance



July 28
Tampa, Florida
(St. Pete Times Forum)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Picks up a black bra with an “Oh!” twirls it and throws it into the audience.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Picks up a red whip, hits himself with it, and exclaims, “Thanks for the whip!” Picks up some rhinestone-studded handcuffs and throws them, then blows a kiss.

Adam leaves the arena right after the show and doesn't come out to meet his fans, apparently due to a security incident involving a female stalker.



July 29
Sunrise, Florida
(Bank Atlantic Center) 

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley

Rumors of a stalker persist but nothing comes of it. However, Adam doesn’t appear at the VIP meet and greet or to sign autographs after the show.



July 31
Duluth, Georgia
(Arena at Gwinnett Center)


  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Starlight: Blue bra flies past him, but he just smiles.
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Allison and Adam play with a pink bra, Adam puts a purple feather boa around Allison.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Whips himself with a purple whip.
  • [Link] Finale: Awesome glory note at end (and cute reaction from Kris)

Sold-out show. Adam signs autographs after the show (dispelling rumors that all future meet and greets had been cancelled).



August 1
Charlotte, North Carolina
(Time Warner Cable Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Adam and Allison play with a turquoise bra and a green one.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley 



August 2
Greensboro, North Carolina
(Greensboro Coliseum)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



August 4
Washington, DC
(Verizon Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Throws red bra into audience.



August 5
Baltimore, Maryland
(1st Mariner Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Slow Ride:  Allison signals a fan to throw a pink bra at Adam but the bra is thrown at her instead and narrowly misses her.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Adam picks up a bra and exclaims, “Oh!”



August 7
Atlantic City, New Jersey
(Boardwalk Hall)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Allison gives Adam a pink bra. 
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Adam twirls a white bra.



August 8
Newark, New Jersey #1
(Prudential Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love  
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Allison gives a pink string item to Adam. He shows it to the audience and says, “What the F is this?” Allison cracks up.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Picks up a black bra.



August 9
Newark, New Jersey #2
(Prudential Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love  
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Adam picks up several pieces of underwear and gives one to Allison.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley

Adam’s mother, Leila, is in the audience.



August 11
Long Island, New York #1
(Nassau Coliseum)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love: Baby  
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Catches white boxer shorts from Drake.



August 12
Long Island, New York #2
(Nassau Coliseum)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Holds up a jock strap and says “This is extra large!” plays with a bra, hugs and swings Allison at end of song.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



August 14
Hamilton, Ontario
(Copps Coliseum)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby, hit on the knee with a dildo which he kicks back into the audience.
  • [Link] Starlight: “Thank you for the gifts, but please just don’t throw them AT me!”
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



August 15
Rochester, New York
(Blue Cross Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



August 16
Hartford, Connecticut
(XL Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Starlight: Promise with scout’s honor sign.
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Plays with pink bra. 
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Wraps himself with turquoise feather boa and ‘struts’, then throws it into audience.



August 18
Boston, Massachusetts
(TD Garden)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Twirls a black bra, drapes black boa around guitarist.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley:  Dances with body ripples, makes bassist laugh.

Sold-out show.



August 19
Albany, New York
(Times Union Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: “Hot and sticky there,” with giggle, joking about limp wrist.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley

Adam’s hair has green streaks on the side that he continues to wear for the next few shows. 



August 20
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(Wachovia Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Starlight: “Ooh that worked me out, I'm out of breath!”
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Uses black whip on himself.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Head roll during strip, pulled out earpiece.



August 22
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
(Mellon Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Holding black towel at start, kicks white piece of clothing off stage.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Has a burgundy scarf.

Adam waves a "terrible towel" during the show. [Link]



August 23
Cleveland, Ohio
(Wolstein Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Blue boa thrown at Allison.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Laughs after “cavemen go.”



August 25
Columbus, Ohio
(Schottenstein Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Allison with polka dot boxers/scarf, Adam throws back pink bra, spanks Allison’s calf with a riding crop with blue feathers.  
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Black and red boa kicked off stage, spanks himself with a riding crop and makes 'ow' sound before throwing it into the crowd while saying “look out!” Chuckles when picking up a cat o' nine tails.



August 26
Auburn Hills, Michigan
(Palace of Auburn Hills)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Lime green bra



August 28
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(Bradley Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



August 29
St. Louis, Missouri
(Scottrade Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman, throws pink scarf.
  • [Link] Mad World (second song in video)
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



August 30
Kansas City, Missouri
(Spring Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] David Bowie medley

WBC protesters appear again, and they are once again ignored.



September 1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
(Target Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



September 2
Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois
(Allstate Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Adam kicks a beach ball.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Throws a red boa.



September 4
Madison, Wisconsin
(Alliant Energy Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Adam throws a black bra.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley



September 5
Indianapolis, Indiana
(Conseco Fieldhouse)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Allison playfully shoves Adam's butt. Adam beckons Allison with a feather tickler. She turns and Adam gives her a light spanking on leg.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Whips leg with cat o' nine tails, says “Who wants it?” before throwing it. 



September 6
Grand Rapids, Michigan
(Van Andel Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Gives grey boxer briefs to Allison, there’s a yellow and black boa, Adam kicks something.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Adam is hit with something.



September 8
Reading, Pennsylvania
(Sovereign Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love: Woman  
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Says  “C'mon, catch!” when throwing a red boa.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Thumb up to band at start, says “Woohoo, gifts!” laughing by the bassist, pink bra.



September 9
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
(Wachovia Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Drapes himself with a blue boa, blows kiss to crowd.



September 10
Bridgeport, Connecticut
(Arena at Harbor Yard)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Adam congratulates friends who just got married (Jimmy and Vince).  
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Drapes red feather boa around his shoulders.
  • [Link] Finale: Kris is sick, so Adam risea from platform alone and has only changed top half of costume. He singa Kris' parts, kicka a couple of objects off the stage, wishes Kris a happy recovery.

Sold-out show.



September 12
Portland, Maine
(Cumberland County Civic Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Woman
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: sings ‘happy birthday’ to backup singer (fitting it into the melody).  
  • [Link] Finale (Kradam dance only: Link)

Sold-out show



September 13
Providence, Rhode Island
(Dunkin’ Donuts Center)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Baby
  • [Link] Starlight: Sends happy birthday wishes to Aaron the drummer.  
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Allison enters with riding crop adorned with pink feathers, spanking Adam. Pink bra, pointing to each other at end.  
  • [Link] David Bowie medley

Sold-out show



September 14
Syracuse, New York
(War Memorial at Oncenter)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love:  Honey
  • [Link] Slow Ride: “Ooh it's hot in here!”, cat o'nine tails, orange boa, small black bra.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Wears a fedora from the crowd.

Sold-out show



September 15
Manchester, New Hampshire
(Verizon Wireless Arena)

  • [Link] Whole Lotta Love: Woman
  • [Link] Slow Ride: Adam makes fun of Allison (doing limp wrist routine) and Allison imitates Adam with a sequined cod piece and a black feather boa as a tail. Adam kisses Allison on the hand.
  • [Link] David Bowie medley: Adam wears a “Glambert” bowler hat and then tosses it to audience after a bow. Antonio the backup singer has a chicken and Adam sings “you’ve got a nice chicken too” before spanking him with it. Adam exclaims “oh, it’s a lovely cock!” before throwing it to the audience. Picks up roses and throws them to crowd.
  • [Link] Finale: Kris’ mic stand  has blue boa around it, Kris wears Adam’s jacket.

Last show of the tour (and it’s sold out)! Adam is wearing makeup like tear stains trailing down under his eyes and rhinestones around them. At end of show, Adam sings “Hey Jude” with other idols and everyone sprays silly string everywhere. Michael and Danny wrap Adam up in orange, then white boas. After the song, Adam picks up stuff off stage and throws to audience, Kris pretends to throw Adam’s jacket to the crowd and Adam looks scared!. Adam does throw his gloves and jewelry to fans.








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