Adam Lambert announces first solo tour

'American Idol' finalist to play 19 U.S. dates starting in June

"American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert will embark on his first solo tour in June, playing 19 U.S. dates and bringing fellow "Idol" rocker Allison Iraheta along for part of the ride.

Lambert will kick off his "Glam Nation" tour on June 4 in Wilkes Barre, Pa., his record company said Tuesday.

The gay, glam rocker with a penchant for eyeliner and black nail polish has sold 600,000 copies of his debut album, "For Your Entertainment." His single "Whataya Want From Me" has been a top 10 hit in the U.S., Australia, Japan, Sweden, Singapore and Finland.

Lambert finished second on "American Idol" to Kris Allen in 2009 but grabbed media attention with a sexually charged live performance at the American Music Awards in November that was later edited, raising questions about differing media attitudes to gay and heterosexual performers.

"Adam is one of the most exciting artists I have ever seen live onstage," said Simon Fuller, Lambert's manager and the creator of "American Idol."

"As great as he has been on the 'American Idols Live' summer shows, this tour is going to surpass anything he's done before," Fuller said in a statement.

Iraheta, the flame-haired rock singer who finished third on "American Idol" last year, will open for Lambert on some dates, with guitarist Orianthi warming up the crowds on most of the tour.