'American Idol' Season 10 Tour Dates Announced
'American Idol' Season 10 Tour Dates Announced

"American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N.Y., it was announced today (Apr. 28).

Featured on the "American Idols Live!" lineup this year are season 10's top 11 finalists: Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone, and Thia Megia. While the lineup typically features the top 10 of each season, Abrams was added after the judges used their lone save option of the season on him.

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After partnering with concert promoter Live Nation for its 2010 tour, "American Idol" has reteamed with AEG Live for this year's jaunt. AEG produced the tour beginning in 2002 until last year, including the tour's best year in 2006 when Taylor Hicks won, when it grossed $35.3 million from 59 shows that drew nearly 650,000, according to Billboard Boxscore. Since 2002, American Idol Live! has grossed $175 million and sold 3.4 million tickets.

Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, tells Billboard.com that AEG's history with the tour played a factor in AEG getting its tour promotion rights back. "Simon Fuller and AEG Live created the touring brand that became American Idol Live and we know how to market it," Phillips says. "I think Simon felt comfortable going back to the company that had the history of success."

Phillips believes the tour will realize the renewed vigor that the television show has enjoyed. "They've done a brilliant job re-inventing the show with Steven and Jennifer and with Randy, and I think they did what they had to do in terms of weeding and filtering out to get the best talent pool they've had in years," Phillips says. "I like the television numbers, but more important than the ratings is the quality of the finalists. That's what makes the tour work."

After playing mostly amphitheaters last year, Philips says the 2011 Idol tour will be "back indoors where it belongs."

Here are the "American Idols Live!" 2011 tour dates:

July 6: West Valley City, Utah (Maverik Center)
July 8: 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. (The Oracle Arena)
July 13: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion at San Jose)
July 15: Los Angeles, Calif. (Nokia Theatre LA Live)
July 16: Ontario, Calif. (Citizens Business Bank Arena)
July 17: Phoenix, Ariz. (US Airways Arena)
July 19: Oklahoma, Okla. (Cox Convention Center)
July 20: Grand Prairie, Texas (Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie)
July 21: Houston, Texas (Reliant Arena)
July 22: New Orleans, La. (Lakefront Arena)
July 24: Orlando, Fla. (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, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
July 31: St. Louis, Mo. (Scottrade Center)
Aug. 2: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
Aug. 3: Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center)
Aug. 4: Milwaukee, Wis. (Bradley Center)
Aug. 6: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Aug. 7: Detroit, Mich. (Joe Louis Arena)
Aug. 9: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
Aug. 10: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Consol Energy Center)
Aug. 11: Baltimore, Md. (1st Mariner Arena)
Aug. 13: Atlantic City, N.J. (Boardwalk Hall)
Aug. 14: Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
Aug. 17: Philadelphia, Pa. (Wells Fargo Center)
Aug. 19: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Aug. 20: Richmond, Va. (Richmond Coliseum)
Aug. 21: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza)
Aug. 23: Long Island, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Aug. 25: Bridgeport, Conn. (Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard)
Aug. 27: Providence, R.I. (Dunkin' Donuts Center)
Aug. 28: Albany, N.Y. (Times Union Center)
Aug. 30: Portland, Maine (Cumberland County Civic Center)
Aug. 31: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
Sept. 1: Worcester, Mass. (DCU Center)
Sept. 3: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Sept. 6: Syracuse, N.Y. (War Memorial Arena at The Oncenter)
Sept. 7: Reading, Pa. (Sovereign Center)
Sept. 9: Toronto, Ont. (Air Canada Centre)
Sept. 10: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)