2011 ‘American Idol’ Tour Dates Announced
Scotty McCreery and the rest of the 'American Idol' finalists have announced when they will hit the road for the television show's annual nationwide tour. The country singer and his more pop-oriented competitors will play their first show on July 6 in West Valley City, Utah. Tickets for the tour go on sale at 10AM ET on May 13.
All told, the 11 singers will play 42 shows across the country before winding down September 10 in Rochester, N.Y. Afterward, presumably they'll grab one of the town's famous late-night "garbage plates" at Nick's to celebrate. Fans are going to get 10% extra value on this tour, with 11 and not 10 singers, as Casey Abrams was "saved" by the judges on the episode where the touring cast is finalized.
If you haven't been keeping track of 'Idol' happenings -- such as McCreery singing yet another duet with fellow contestant (and possible crush?) Lauren Alaina, or his nearly "flawless" performance this week -- then you might need to be reminded that Scotty, Lauren, and Casey are still in the running to win this season, alongside James Durbin, Jacob Lusk and Haley Reinhart.
Eliminated contestants Stefano Langone, Pia Toscano, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia, and Naima Adedapo will join those six on the tour. Of course, by this time, all but one of the singers will have been kicked off the show, so there shouldn't be much question as to who gets the biggest dressing room.
2011 'American Idol' Tour Dates:
July 6 - West Valley City, Utah | Maverick Center
July 7 - Everett, Wash. | Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center
July 9 - Portland, Ore. | Rose Garden
July 11 - Sacramento, Calif. | Power Balance Pavilion
July 12 - Oakland, Calif. | Oracle Arena
July 13 - San Jose, Calif. | HP Pavilion
July 15 - Los Angeles |NOKIA Theatre, LA Live
July 16 - Ontario, Calif. | Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 17 - US Airways Arena | Phoenix, Ariz.
July 19 - Oklahoma City | Cox Convention Center
July 20 - Grand Prairie, Texas | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 21 - Houston, Texas | Reliant Arena
July 22 - New Orleans | Lakefront Arena
July 24 - Orlando| Amway Center
July 26 - Duluth, Ga. | Arena at Gwinnett Center
July 27 - Raleigh, N.C. | RBC Center
July 28 - Charlotte, N.C. | Time Warner Cable Arena
July 30 - Nashville | Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 2 - Kansas City | Sprint Center
Aug. 3 - Minneapolis | Target Center
Aug. 4 - Milwaukee | Bradley Center
Aug. 8 - Rosemont, Ill. | Allstate Arena
Aug. 9 - Columbus | Schottenstein Center
Aug. 10 - Pittsburgh | Consol Energy Center
Aug. 11 - Baltimore | 1st Mariner Arena
Aug. 13 - Atlantic City |Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 14 - Newark, N.J. | Prudential Center
Aug. 17 - Philadelphia |Wells Fargo Center
Aug. 19 - Washington, D.C. | Verizon Center
Aug. 20 - Richmond, Va. | Richmond Coliseum
Aug. 21 - Wilkes-Barre, Penn. | Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Aug. 23 -Uniondale, N.Y. | Nassau Coliseum
Aug. 25 - Bridgeport | Webster Bank Arena at HarborYard
Aug. 27 - Providence |Dunkin Donuts Center
Aug. 28 - Albany, N.Y. | Times Union Center
Aug. 31 - Manchester, N.H. | Verizon Wireless Arena
Sept. 1 - Worcester | DCU Center
Sept. 3 - Uncasville | Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept, 6 - Syracuse N.Y. | War Memorial at OnCenter
Sept 7 - Reading, Penn. | Soverign Center
Sept 9 - Toronto | Air Canada Centre
Sept. 10 - Rochester, N.Y. | Blue Cross Arena
For the latest update on how to get tickets for the 'American Idol' tour, check out the official 'Idol' site. Stay tuned to Taste of Country to find out how McCreery and the gang fare this season.