‘American Idol’ Top 10 To Hit 39 Cities On Summer Tour

July-September jaunt kicks off in New Hampshire, wraps in Washington.

It sucks making it all the way to the finals of “American Idol” and then getting voted off, but at least there’s a nice consolation prize for the top nine finalists.

“Hey, I made the tour!” Ace Young exclaimed the day after he was eliminated.

“It was well worth it to make it to the top 10 for that reason alone,” Mandisa said after she got the boot.

The “American Idol” title is coveted, but making the American Idols Live Tour is a nice prize in itself, giving rookie singers a chance to play arenas.

This year’s outing kicks off July 6 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and travels down the East Coast, across the South and Midwest and up the West Coast, ending September 2 in Tacoma, Washington. Tickets for all of the shows go on sale over the weekend of May 19, 20 and 21.

The first three years, the tour featured a mix of solo and group numbers, but last year’s show featured each finalist singing at least three songs on his or her own (see “American Idols Live Kickoff: One Ticket, 10 Different Concerts” ).

Meet-and-greets hosted by tour sponsor Pop Tarts will be held in each city. “I just can’t wait to see each and every one of my fans and give them a big hug that’s well-deserved for all the support they’ve given me,” Ace said.

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American Idols Live Tour dates, according to a spokesperson:

  • 7/6 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
  • 7/8 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
  • 7/9 – Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center
  • 7/11 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
  • 7/12 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
  • 7/13 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
  • 7/15 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 7/18 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena
  • 7/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
  • 7/21 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
  • 7/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
  • 7/23 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
  • 7/25 – Bridgeport, CT @ Arena at Harbor Yard
  • 7/27 – Pittsburgh, PA@ Mellon Arena
  • 7/28 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
  • 7/29 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
  • 7/30 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
  • 8/1 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Bobcats Arena
  • 8/2 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Center
  • 8/3 – Duluth, GA @ Arena at Gwinnett Center
  • 8/5 – Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
  • 8/6 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
  • 8/8 – Birmingham, AL @ Birmingham Jefferson Arena
  • 8/10 – Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
  • 8/11 – Columbus, OH @ Value City Arena
  • 8/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
  • 8/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
  • 8/15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
  • 8/16 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
  • 8/18 – Louisville, KY @ Freedom Hall
  • 8/19 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
  • 8/20 – Peoria, IL @ Civic Center Arena
  • 8/22 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
  • 8/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
  • 8/27 – Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 8/29 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
  • 8/30 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
  • 9/1 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
  • 9/2 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

To read about all the backstage action on previous Idols Live tours, check out “On The Road Again With ‘Idol’ “ and “On The Road With America’s Idols.”

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