Six Flags Eureka – St. Louis, MO
CAN’T STAY AWAY
WRITTEN ALL OVER MY FACE
ALRIGHT WITH ME
BRING IT BACK
MAN IN THE MIRROR
IS IT OVER
LIVE LIKE WE’RE DYING
FALLING SLOWLY/WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
Banter before IIO
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Here’s a brief article about Kris at Six Flags from Y98 St. Louis:
I have always said that David Cook is the most humble and nice American Idol ever, but Kris Allen might be gaining on him.
Today we were sitting in the Y98 Studio at Six Flags wondering when we would get the word to go see Kris Allen in his decked out tour bus and all of a sudden Kris Allen knocks on the studio door in the middle of the park. We let him in with an ocean of screaming girls at his heels. He seemed a little tired, but was such a gracious cool guy.
Kris Allen also let us in on a controversial tid-bit. In the interview he said that he someone told him who the American Idol champ was this year before Seacrest opened the envelope, before the big reveal. That’s power, baby. With all of the secrecy, that is quite a piece of info.
Review of last night’s show by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Kris Allen, last year’s “American Idol” winner, performed to a respectable crowd Wednesday night at Six Flags St. Louis.
And in other “American Idol” news this week, the tour featuring this year’s top 10 finalists is apparently struggling as shows are either being canceled or rescheduled.
And Crystal Bowersox got her teeth fixed.
There is always something to take away the spotlight from Allen, it seems, beginning with his “American Idol” win when he was overshadowed by the flashier, second-place finisher, Adam Lambert.
But at Six Flags, for nearly an hour it was all about Allen, who deserves a little better than what he usually gets.
Earnest boy-next-door Allen, who released his self-titled album last year, didn’t necessarily have much material to draw on as a headliner, but he made the most of his one album.
“Is It Over,” “Lifetime,” “Written All Over My Face,” “Can’t Stay Away” and “Red Guitar” from his album were likable enough, if in a bland way. But that sums up Allen overall.
He cast “Alright With Me” as an instructional singalong. Allen had a different type of accompaniment during “The Truth” – the park’s slow-moving train with the overpowering horn pulled up behind the stage during the song, though he ignored it.
Allen played a big hand early, performing his version of Kanye West’s “Heartless,” one of his defining moments on “American Idol,” near the top of the show. But fortunately for Allen, he had decent songs to follow.
He tried on Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” again, another song he did on “American Idol,” and why not? Everyone it seems is doing Jackson tributes in concert these days.
He capped the show with “Live Like You’re Dying,” an impossibly catchy single that serves him well.
Justin Gaston, who was announced as Allen’s opener the morning of the show, played an acoustic-guitar set that included songs like “Make It Easier,” “Rose” and “Louisiana.” He joked about the lively crowd – it wasn’t lively during his set – and near the end of his set he said in a tongue-in-cheek manner that he had an hour left to perform.