'American Idol' Summer Tour Kicks Off With Finalists Singing to Track
The season 13 trek — playing in scaled-down venues — is the first to hit the road without a live band.
The American Idol Season 13 tour kicked off in Binghamton, New York, on Tuesday with a two-thirds full arena, according to attendees at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
In an ominous sign, the June 25 show at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, the following night was canceled, and this Sunday's show in Syracuse has been moved from the 8,800-seat War Memorial Arena to the 3,300-seat OnCenter Convention Center.
As for the set list of the 2014 tour? Like in previous tours, each Idol gets a solo turn with third-place finalist Alex Preston landing the plum position of being winner Caleb Johnson's warm-up act. Other highlights include a glow stick display during Jena Irene's set (they were selling for $15 a pop).
Smaller venues aside, one major change to this year's trek sticks out like a sore thumb: unlike previous tours, the only instruments are played by the finalists, as there is no live band on stage. Rather, most in the top 10 sing to track.
The tour wraps Aug. 23 in Redmond, Washington.
See the full set list below:
Group Number: "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic
"Perfect" by Pink – MK Nobilette with Malaya Watson and Jess as backup
"Tightrope" by Janelle Monet – Majesty Rose w/ Jena, Malaya and Jess as backup
"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line – C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts
"When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars – Malaya Watson at the piano
"Wake Me Up" by Avicii – MK Nobilette, Majesty Rose and Malaya Watson
"Let Her Go" by Passenger – Alex Preston and Sam Woolf
"Keep Your Hands To Yourself" by Georgia Satellites – Dexter Roberts on electric guitar
"Muckalee Creek Water" by Luke Bryan – Dexter Roberts
"Pompeii" by Bastille – Alex Preston with C.J. Harris and Sam Woolf
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones – Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson
"Gravity" by John Mayer – C.J. Harris with Alex on electric guitar
"American Woman" by Guess Who – C.J. Harris with Jena, Jess and Alex on backup
Group Number: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams
Group Number: "Best Day of My Life"/ American Authors and "Story of My Life" One Direction
"We Are One" – Jena Irene with Majesty and Jess
"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley – Jena Irene
"My Body" by Young the Giant – Jena Irene
"Lego House" by Ed Sheeran – Sam Woolf
"Sail Away" by David Gray – Sam Woolf
"You & I" by Lady Gaga – Jessica Meuse w/ Jena, Majesty and Malaya on backup
"Pumped Up Kicks" – Jessica Meuse with Majesty and Sam on backups
"Fairytale" (original song) – Alex Preston
"Too Close" by Alex Clare – Alex Preston
"Family Tree" by Kings of Leon – Caleb Johnson
"Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney – Caleb Johnson with Majesty, Malaya and Sam on backup
"As Long As You Love Me" – Caleb Johnson with the girls
"Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin – Caleb Johnson
"Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons – Finale