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Kris Allen at the Ridgefield Playhouse

Thursday night Kris Allen’s Out Alive tour came to the Ridgefield Playhouse. Although Kris took the tour name a bit too literally and got in a head on collision and broke his wrist a week or so before the tour was set to kick off – the show must go on! (Despite Kris’ doctor telling him otherwise!)

Before the show I had a meet and greet with Kris and told him I felt bad making him sign left handed and he said he felt bad that it looked so bad! He also said it was kind of weird without his guitar, but his band is great and makes up for it.

Opening was Jillette Johnson who I had previously seen open for Honor Society. She has an amazing voice and adter nearly every song the woman behind me would say, “wow”.

At about 9pm Kris took the stage and started his set with “Out Alive”, he also did Loves me Not with special guest: Jillette!

On the tour Kris said each night the band would  take requests of a cover – but he had tweeted that he had something “special” planned for our show.  he did the song for Newtown (Amy) that he debuted at his stage it show. I think just about everyone was in tears or near tears and when he was done we gave him a standing ovation.

During one song (and i can’t remember what one now!) he was playing a tambourine with a “stick”, it fell, he kept on playing it on the ground then somehow it got caught on the stick (more like a wisk) and he picked it back up and put it back on the stool it was on.  He said most people would pick up playing it in a day its taken him a week.

We stood for the encore and a bunch of girls ran up front. He did River acapella with the whole band singing with him. Then he asked who was at the Bridgeport show he didn’t perform at and he said a lot of hands were up. So he did a song we probably missed heading – Heartless! He pulled out his phone and said he’d been forgetting words but his phone was dead. He ended the encore with 7 Nation Army (awesome!) and Shut That Door.

 

Out Alive
Better With You
Alright With Me
Loves Me Not
Red Guitar
Faith / We Are Young
Newtown (Amy)
(New Song)
Leave You Alone
Monster
Rooftops
Live Like We’re Dying
River
Heartless / Gangstas Paradise
7 Nation Army
Shut That Door

 

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Kris Allen at Stage One

Friday night Kris Allen FINALLY returned to Connecticut for a headlining show! (He had been here a few times for radio promo and on tour with Keith Urban and Lifehouse – but never headlining since he got sick on the Idol tour in Bridgeport and couldn’t perform)

I ended up upgrading my tickets to VIP which meant we got to meet Kris before the show and he also did a song for us called “Should I” we were asked not to take video but Kris said that it is out there on YouTube.

At the M&G he asked if I spell my name with an I-E and when I said yes he said that I spell it right. I told him that some people don’t think I do because I have a Y in Kathryn so it should be katy but that’s not how I do it. He seemed surprised I had a Y in Kathryn and he said he had never seen that before and seemed to think it was a bit strange haha  (For those of you that don’t know – his wife is named Katy and I believe it is short for Katherine!)  Then he asked my mom if her name had a Y in it (it does!) and I was going to tease that we really like Y’s in my family but didn’t. ha. (My mom was so happy he asked though because she didn’t think to spell it for him but don’t like when people spell it wrong!)

The M&G was from 6:30-7 and by 7 doors were open so we went to our seats and waiting until 8pm for when Kris would take the stage (there was no opener!)

He is so adorable and such a great performer. I love seeing him!  I also like how he interacts with the crowd. There was a kid in the front row dancing around and he asked for Kris’ hat. Kris said no because then we’d see his hair and then was saying how he loved how kids just don’t care and that if he left the stage the kid would get up there and finish the show for him.  Cale teased that he was Justin Bieber and then Kris said something like.. Justin Bieber is for girls! But then whispered that he liked Justin Bieber but don’t tell anyone. (Oops!)
He also had mentioned that Connecticut was a pretty state and that he didn’t think he had been here since the Idol tour.  At that point I turned to my mom and said “but he didn’t sing!” and a couple other people yelled that out to him and then he went :-O  (Think the face he made when he won idol) and that he had forgotten and then said he was sorry from the bottom of his heart and he apologized and he had never canceled a show before that or since but when he tried to talk nothing was coming out.  Then he mentioned a couple other times that this was to make up for Bridgeport.

He sang a new song that he said will be on iTunes soon… of course – the song doesn’t yet have a name so that wasn’t very good for my setlist. I’ll have to keep a gap in my setlist book for when it does end up getting a name. He also had said that new christmas music is coming soon too! I can not wait!

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StageIt Kris Allen Performance


I have been wanting to try out StageIt for a while now and when Kris Allen announced that he’d be doing a show the day before my birthday I knew that was the perfect opportunity to try it out!

For those of you not “in the know” StageIt is a website that streams live concerts to fans.  The artists can easily set up shows from the comfort of their living room or do a live stream of one of their concerts at a venue.  For Kris’ show you could pay as much as you would like, with a $1 minimum.  The currency on StageIt are coins/notes and you get 50 for $5. (That is the minimum amount you can buy so that StageIt doesn’t get stuck with credit card fees and more money can go directly to the artist.)  You can also tip the artists with your coins/notes.

There is a set number of tickets available (so that the stream won’t crash the site completely!) and the show is at a set time, just like any other concert you might attend.

My only question is – if I was in my bedroom and Kris was in his living room – does this really count as a show in my concert count?  For now I am saying no – but if you have an argument on why I should count it – please leave a comment 🙂

The page said “standby” for a really long time and then people in the twitter chat feed started talking about him singing “Out Alive” but my page still said “Standby” A quick refresh did the trick and there was Kris… talking about how it was awkward to see the comments in the chat on the internet. (Note to self: in the future continue to refresh so you dont miss anything!)

He also teased about how he could be doing the performance with no pants on and we would never even know.

Overall, it was a fun experience but I think I prefer live shows where I can see the artist and the artist can see me.  It’s also kind of awkward to have no cheers or applause in between songs – just “cheers” from the twitter feed. I’ll probably attend more stageit shows in the future – but they will in no way replace my real shows!

Out Alive
Better With You
Monster
Blindfolded
Lights (Ellie Goulding cover)
Shut That Door

(reached 15,000 so he played longer)
Live Like We’re Dying
Rooftops
Leave You Alone
You Got A Way

 

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Kris Allen at The Arches

Saturday evening, Kris Allen was going to do a performance at the Tanger Outlets at the Arches on Long Island.  It was only about 2 hours from where I live, so my mom and I decided we would go to kick off my birthday week.

We got there around 2pm, went to see where he would be performing and then headed off to a few of the shops.  After hitting up pretty much everything we wanted to check out, we stopped for Ice Cream.  While sitting on the bench I heard Kris singing, so we headed back over to the stage to watch him soundcheck.  He did bits and pieces of Monster, Always Better With You, Red Guitar and Rooftops.  At one point he wasn’t singing they were just playing the instruments and he apologized for it being “the boring part”.  Then he thanked those of us who watched and said he’d be back later.  The funniest (or most annoying!) thing was when people would come by they’d say “Is that him?” “Yeah.. it’s him!”  I guess these people had never heard of soundcheck before? It was funny because we were around the corner from the stage and I knew it was him soundchecking and these people were looking right at him and still didn’t know. (But that’s why I am concert katie and they are nobodies)

We opted to stay at the table until 6pm. (At this point it was 4:30).  Z100 set up their tent and slowly the crowd began to form.  It got to the point where we’d no longer be able to sit and watch the show, but that was ok. I was prepared to stand if I needed to.  Finally at 6pm the emcee came on stage and started attempting to get us pumped up by making us dance to LMFAO (no thanks!) and Greg T from Elvis Duran’s morning show was there too.  (I had to stand up to see what he looked like because his dumb ass is on the radio every day on my way to work)

Kris didn’t make his way to the stage until about 6:30 and by that point I was so glad to see him! He didn’t change his outfit from soundcheck – my mom commented on that – and then when we got home I realized he had the same shirt (or similar) on in all the ads for the show as well!)

From the first song he had great command of the stage and he interacted with the crowd a lot.  And it wasn’t just boring banter either – he commented on the outlets and stuff like that so you know he had to come up with it in the moment and it wasn’t just “wow you guys are so great!” scripted nonsense that a lot of artists seem to do these days.

About halfway through his set I realized I had never seen him do a headlining set before – all the other times were either radio events or he was opening for someone else.  It was nice to hear the new songs and get a full hour set out of him instead of just 4 or 5 songs!

He did a “karaoke hour” medley which made me cringe a bit though. It started with Rihanna’s “We Found Love” but then went in to Katy Perry’s “Firework” and then to Lady Gaga “Just Dance” (ugh) and then he kind of redeemed himself by doing Brian McKnight’s “One” but completely lost me again when he did part of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”  (I’m obviously joking – these are just not artists I am in to but I love Kris and he could sing whatever and I’d be totally cool with it.)

He also mentioned that one song got requested a lot and that he was finally going to play it – My Weakness.  He split the crowd up and had us sing “no woman no cry” and “everything is gonna be all right” and said that we did great for it being his first time trying that and he thought he needed to step up his part to sound better with us.

Overall it was a fun time, it had been a while since I had seen Kris and I’m hoping it won’t have to be that long again!

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December 3 – TIC Christmas Show

 Friday night TIC 96.5 brought their Christmas Show to the Toyota presents Oakdale Theater in WALLINGFORD, CT. (Not Hartford. Not even close)  The lineup was Christina Perri, Guster, Kris Allen, Sara Bareilles and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Christina Perri I have not heard of outside of when I was listening to TIC non stop to win the passes to Hanson’s acoustic cafe.  She has a song called “Jar of Hearts” which I liked originally, but like with any radio station, they completely played her out. She did 4 songs and I really liked her.  She had a physical EP there, which is usually only available on iTunes, but I didn’t bother to pick it up. I am hoping for an iTunes shopping spree sometime after Christmas – so she has been added to that list 😉  I also heard her interview with Damon Scott on the way to the show and she was saying how 2 years ago she was married, had dogs and worked in production on music videos.  And now she is divorced and has a music career! I didn’t pay attention to much of the rest of the interview though because I CAN. NOT. STAND. Damon Scott.  When Christina said she was Italian (and that is why her last name ends in an ‘i’) he said something about how he could “see the mustache.”  Do people really ENJOY DJs like this? UGH!

 

Next up was Guster.  It is not that I don’t like them, they just always seem to find themselves performing before someone I reaalllly want to see (previously Maroon 5 and at this show Kris Allen) and so I just can’t find myself getting into it.  They did 5 songs, the last of which was done out in the crowd which was cool.  And most of the crowd was respectful and quiet since they had no mic or sound system out there.  I also saw on twitter it was one fans 130th Guster show – which is awesome! I hope one day I crack 100 for an artist or two…

Then it was time for Kris Allen. He did an acoustic set with his buddy Cale. (We love Cale) He started off with his latest single – Alright with Me, which I have YET to hear TIC play, but according to some tweets several people heard it on the way home from the show. (That will teach me to leave early haha) He also did Everybody Wants to Rule the World mashed up with The Way You Make Me Feel – which I think he had added to his set after our Lifehouse show so that was a new one for me and he also did a cover of U2’s Stuck in a Moment that was awesome (I think I have a clip of it – but I have to preview it because my friend Christine was being kind of crazy during some of my filming LOL I need to see if I have anything appropriate to post) He also did his 2nd single The Truth (where Christine teased me asking what I’d do if the dude from Train came out to sing it with him – he didn’t though, thank god because I don’t know what I would have done) and ended out the set with his first single, Live Like We’re Dying.  It wasn’t quite as interactive as his past couple of shows (though Keith Urban it was the most interactive) but it is Kris and he is pretty much my favorite person in the world so he can do no wrong.. EXCEPT for when we couldn’t manage to meet him.  My poor CD has gone with me to I think 6 shows now? And has yet to get signed by Kris… one of these days…

After Kris was Sara Bareilles, who I don’t know too much about, but I do enjoy the singles of hers I have heard on the radio (Love Song and King of Anything) and please forgive me if I spell her name wrong and/or multiple different ways throughout this post.  Eventually I will figure it out..  Unfortunately though, the guy behind us (who, go figure, is brothers with our “friend” at TIC) decided that it would be a good idea to TALK THROUGH HER ENTIRE SET.  It was kind of funny too though, because he kept saying he wanted to hear her sing Gravity – so I figured he must have enjoyed her at least a little bit, so I couldn’t quite understand why talking SO LOUD that we heard him more than the performance seemed like a good idea to him. But, considering his family line – I guess I should have known he wouldn’t know better.  She did end up singing Gravity – as her last song of the set – and he was singing and talking through it. I.. don’t get it.  But Sara was awesome and very thankful to be there.

After her set, Kris tweeted a picture of her performing and we were able to spot him up in one of the boxes.  Which we figured we had no way of getting to.  So that stunk.  I tried to keep my eye on him, but then it was time for Goo Goo Dolls and it was dark and hard to see him.

I.. wasn’t too impressed with Goo Goo Dolls.  They were kind of creepy looking. LOL  Plus, everyone was standing for their set and I liked it more when everyone was sitting down.  The slope in the floor at Oakdale has been killing me lately!  We stayed for a few songs of their set, but then decided to head out.  When we were leaving we noticed that all of Kris’ merch was taken down off the board. Figured he probably had left already (since I lost track of him up in the box) 🙁

It was an interesting pairing of acts for the show, but for the most part I enjoyed myself.  Although the fact that we were surrounded by people with All Access Passes, was kind of frustrating.  How we ended up as like the only people who got tickets via presale and not comp, I’ll never know!

More photos coming soon – setlists that I was able to piece together (ie theyre not all complete) are under the cut


Christina Perri Setlist:
Daydream
Bang Bang Bang
Arms
Jar of Hearts

Guster Setlist:
Satellite
This Could All Be Yours
Hang On
It’s My Life (Billy Joel Cover)
(and a couple more)

Kris Allen Setlist:
Alright With Me
Red Guitar
Everybody Wants To Rule The World / The Way You Make Me Feel (covers)
The Truth
Stuck In A Moment (U2 cover)
Live Like You’re Dying

Sara Barreilles Setlist:
(not in order and might not be complete)
Vegas
Love Song
Uncharted
Hold My Heart
Gonna Get Over You 
Single Ladies (Beyonce Cover)
King Of Anything
Goodbye
Gravity

Goo Goo Dolls Setlist:
Big Machine
Slide
Dizzy
Here is Gone
Second Time
Smash
Can’t Let It Go
Black Balloon
Home
Better Days
Stay With You
Now I Hear
Tucked Away
Name
Let Love In
As I Am
(This is what was taped the the wall – we left early so I don’t know if they did an encore w/ more stuff)

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Lifehouse&Kris Allen 10/15/10 Smoke&Mirrors Tour

Last night Kris Allen and Lifehouse came to MGM Grand at Foxwoods for the Smoke and Mirrors tour.  Somehow we managed to get orchestra seats, I had never been that close before at the venue.  I wonder if it has something to do with Ticketmaster selling some of the tickets now…

I had thought that there would be another opener – a girl that was discovered on Youtube was on the tour, or so I thought, but when 8pm hit and the lights went down it was Kris Allen’s band that was on the stage… which threw me. I wasn’t ready for that at all so I spent half of the first song digging in my purse to find my camera! (She probably wasn’t there because Foxwoods is probably pretty strict about how long and late everyone can play)

Kris sounded great, but I wasn’t getting the same energy as I did at the Oakdale show with Keith Urban.  I think this was due to the crowd though, not Kris.  Kris was definitely ‘on’.  I was surprised he didn’t sing The Truth and was surprised that he did sing Red Guitar – I was thinking he’d have done roughly the same set as he did with Keith.

For merch, Kris had 2 shirts, one yellow with a Buck on it and a light shirt with multi colored piano on it, a zip up hoodie and a signed photo.  I got the photo right away but I was a bit sad that it probably meant Kris wasn’t going to be signing anywhere!  (Usually I don’t like getting autos unless I got them from the artist myself but the fact that I had Adam’s signature and not Kris’ was kind of bothering me lol)

After Kris’ set ended, with a Live Like We’re Dying sing-a-long, it was time for a 20 minute intermission. (Kris played roughly 40 minutes)

Lifehouse came out at about 9.  I really don’t know any of their stuff but the radio singles, but I did enjoy their performance.  It was quite a change from the very quick acoustic set I had seen them do earlier this year (with only half the band)  Their stage setup was relatively basic – with the exception of some screens around the drumset that had different effects going on them throughout the night.

They did about 7 songs and then all but Jason left the stage.  He said for the next 10-15 minutes we were in charge of the setlist and allowed people to yell out requests.  Of course it would have been nice if he said what the requests were (all he mentioned was “Everything”) to make my setlist keeping go a little bit easier haha because I couldn’t really make out what anyone was yelling at him and I’m kind of surprised he could! Near the end, Rick came out and stood off to the side looking like he was yawning and bored.  Then he moved closer as Jason kept playing and eventually was so close to Jason that he couldn’t help but laugh and they went back to a full band set up.

Jason also went through the crowd a bit for a song.  This caused a frenzy, as expected! The ushers were running to block off the stairs so people wouldn’t go running all over the place to get closer to him. (I think this was during Whatever It Takes, because for Wrecking Ball Jason was MIA for some of the song – or maybe I just couldn’t see him because Big Foot was 2 rows in front of me conveniently blocking Jason for a good 70% of the show lol)

Since it was the first night of the show, I tried to keep track of the setlist but as I am not familiar with a lot of Lifehouse’s stuff, there are a couple songs that I can’t figure out now.  Also, Everything is on there twice.  They definitely did it in the encore, and Jason said the name during his little acoustic set so I am assuming he sang it there as well (he only did bits of the songs then, from what I could tell) but I am not 100% sure.  If anyone knows what the missing 2 songs are based on the lines I have posted, leave me a comment so I can update 🙂  I’m actually pretty impressed with myself that there were only 2 songs I couldn’t eventually figure out (I usually write down a line or two from the song that is repeated, sometimes it ends up being the song title – sometimes I have to google and then sometimes even then I still have nothing)  Thanks to Will for filling in the blanks on the songs for me 🙂

Kris setlist:
Written All Over My Face
Can’t Stay Away
Red Guitar
Alright With Me
Man In The Mirror
Is It Over
Live Like We’re Dying

Lifehouse setlist:
Intro
All In
Here Tomorrow Gone Today
Spin
Nerve Damage
You And Me
Whatever It Takes
Wrecking Ball

*just jason*
Everything
It Is What It Is
Storm
Sick Cycle Carousel
From Where You Are
The End Has Only Begun

Wash
Falling In
Hanging By A Moment
First Time
Broken

Halfway Gone
Everything

No media from this show, they were pretty strict when they saw people taking video and since I was basically the last row of orchestra I didn’t want to risk it. Photos are under the cut!


I liked his tattoos

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Lifehouse&Kris Allen 10/15/10 Smoke&Mirrors Tour

Last night Kris Allen and Lifehouse came to MGM Grand at Foxwoods for the Smoke and Mirrors tour.  Somehow we managed to get orchestra seats, I had never been that close before at the venue.  I wonder if it has something to do with Ticketmaster selling some of the tickets now…

I had thought that there would be another opener – a girl that was discovered on Youtube was on the tour, or so I thought, but when 8pm hit and the lights went down it was Kris Allen’s band that was on the stage… which threw me. I wasn’t ready for that at all so I spent half of the first song digging in my purse to find my camera! (She probably wasn’t there because Foxwoods is probably pretty strict about how long and late everyone can play)

Kris sounded great, but I wasn’t getting the same energy as I did at the Oakdale show with Keith Urban.  I think this was due to the crowd though, not Kris.  Kris was definitely ‘on’.  I was surprised he didn’t sing The Truth and was surprised that he did sing Red Guitar – I was thinking he’d have done roughly the same set as he did with Keith.

For merch, Kris had 2 shirts, one yellow with a Buck on it and a light shirt with multi colored piano on it, a zip up hoodie and a signed photo.  I got the photo right away but I was a bit sad that it probably meant Kris wasn’t going to be signing anywhere!  (Usually I don’t like getting autos unless I got them from the artist myself but the fact that I had Adam’s signature and not Kris’ was kind of bothering me lol)

After Kris’ set ended, with a Live Like We’re Dying sing-a-long, it was time for a 20 minute intermission. (Kris played roughly 40 minutes)

Lifehouse came out at about 9.  I really don’t know any of their stuff but the radio singles, but I did enjoy their performance.  It was quite a change from the very quick acoustic set I had seen them do earlier this year (with only half the band)  Their stage setup was relatively basic – with the exception of some screens around the drumset that had different effects going on them throughout the night.

They did about 7 songs and then all but Jason left the stage.  He said for the next 10-15 minutes we were in charge of the setlist and allowed people to yell out requests.  Of course it would have been nice if he said what the requests were (all he mentioned was “Everything”) to make my setlist keeping go a little bit easier haha because I couldn’t really make out what anyone was yelling at him and I’m kind of surprised he could! Near the end, Rick came out and stood off to the side looking like he was yawning and bored.  Then he moved closer as Jason kept playing and eventually was so close to Jason that he couldn’t help but laugh and they went back to a full band set up.

Jason also went through the crowd a bit for a song.  This caused a frenzy, as expected! The ushers were running to block off the stairs so people wouldn’t go running all over the place to get closer to him. (I think this was during Whatever It Takes, because for Wrecking Ball Jason was MIA for some of the song – or maybe I just couldn’t see him because Big Foot was 2 rows in front of me conveniently blocking Jason for a good 70% of the show lol)

Since it was the first night of the show, I tried to keep track of the setlist but as I am not familiar with a lot of Lifehouse’s stuff, there are a couple songs that I can’t figure out now.  Also, Everything is on there twice.  They definitely did it in the encore, and Jason said the name during his little acoustic set so I am assuming he sang it there as well (he only did bits of the songs then, from what I could tell) but I am not 100% sure.  If anyone knows what the missing 2 songs are based on the lines I have posted, leave me a comment so I can update 🙂  I’m actually pretty impressed with myself that there were only 2 songs I couldn’t eventually figure out (I usually write down a line or two from the song that is repeated, sometimes it ends up being the song title – sometimes I have to google and then sometimes even then I still have nothing)  Thanks to Will for filling in the blanks on the songs for me 🙂

Kris setlist:
Written All Over My Face
Can’t Stay Away
Red Guitar
Alright With Me
Man In The Mirror
Is It Over
Live Like We’re Dying

Lifehouse setlist:
Intro
All In
Here Tomorrow Gone Today
Spin
Nerve Damage
You And Me
Whatever It Takes
Wrecking Ball

*just jason*
Everything
It Is What It Is
Storm
Sick Cycle Carousel
From Where You Are
The End Has Only Begun

Wash
Falling In
Hanging By A Moment
First Time
Broken

Halfway Gone
Everything

No media from this show, they were pretty strict when they saw people taking video and since I was basically the last row of orchestra I didn’t want to risk it. Photos are under the cut!


I liked his tattoos

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Keith Urban w/ Kris Allen Oakdale Theater 9/5/10

As I had mentioned before, I ended up winning tickets to this show very last minute from Kris Allen’s band, but I was very excited that I won.  All day yesterday and Saturday too I was refreshing LiveNation’s ticket sale site hoping something would pop up.  Single tickets were coming up, but they were far away and they were $97.50 on Saturday and $99.50 yesterday (they up the price on the day of the show!)  Then more tickets closer to the center started getting released but the more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t justify $100 when I was basically only going to see Kris.  (I’d have stayed to see Keith either way but being unemployed for the time being I have to look at how I spend my money a bit differently than when I had a job!)

As I have said before – winning contests is all about following the right people on twitter.  Kris Allen’s band was the twitter to follow in this situation and I had seen that they had done giveaways for other shows.  I just wasn’t sure if they’d have any tickets to give away for Keith.  But then about 3:30 they posted saying they had only 2 pairs to giveaway.  Other days it was 4 or 5 pairs so I knew I had to be quick!  They posted the question and I freaked out because I didn’t know it off the top of my head! Thought about it, figured it out and posted.  Then I sat there waiting to see if I was one of the first two to enter correctly – and I WAS.

My mom has said she likes Keith Urban so I asked her if she wanted to go and she said sure!  We got to Oakdale and at first they couldn’t find the tickets. They asked me “How did you get the tickets?” when I said “From Kris Allen’s Band” at first she seemed confused but then found them almost immediately in a different pile.  A special pile of tickets I guess 😉  I handed my mom her ticket, and glanced down and saw “102” as the section.  Since I had been trying for a day and a half for the tickets I had basically had the seating chart memorized.  I told my mom they were really good seats and she said they weren’t and we were on the side.  I assured her we were in the center section, just quite a few rows back (We were the 2nd to the last row of the section) and finally she believed me.

At 7:30, Kris and his band came out!  I get so excited to see him, really no one else gets the kind of reaction out of me that he does!  He started with Can’t Stay Away, then did his mashup of Heartless and Gangsta’s Paradise.  It seemed to be more polished since I had last seen him do it in December at the radio shows. 

Then he went into my favorite, Alright with Me, and had the crowd sing the ‘yeah yeah yeah yeah’s  I wasn’t sure how the crowd would react to him because I feel like country is an odd pairing for Kris – but then again I left the show wondering how Keith is considered country! But the crowd seemed really into it, even though there weren’t too many people at their seats at the time.

Then he did The Truth, and I still wonder why the label felt the need to include Pat Monahan on the single because Kris sings it quite well all on his own! He did Written All Over My Face next… and then did one that he thought everyone would know and sing along to – Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror.  I remember in the beginning of Idol, I gave everyone nicknames because I couldn’t remember names and his was “Michael Jackson Boy” haha because he sang MJ twice. (once I think in the semis and then again for MJ week) 

After that he did 2 more of his own songs – Is It Over and Live Like We’re Dying where he encouraged everyone to get up and have a dance party to the song.  To finish out his set he did a cover of Come Together.  I was worried my camera battery wouldn’t last because I hadn’t changed them since JUNE but they held out for all of Kris’ set which was really all I needed them to do.

When it was time for Keith to come out – I grabbed the camera and it started blinking ‘Battery Empty’  It would have been nice to have some better photos of Keith, but I forgot my backup batteries at home because I had taken them out of my purse a couple weeks ago so it wouldn’t weigh me down when I didn’t have my “bigger” camera. 

Keith hit the stage at about 9pm and played til a little before 11. (I think when we got to the car it was 11)  I started out standing for him, so I could see, but the seats were on such an incline it was taking too much effort for me to keep my balance so I ended up sitting for most of the show and standing up here and there.  More near the end of the show people had left so I could see him even from my seat, which was nice!

Keith was very high energy and the band was more of a rock n roll band than a country band, I thought. He had a great stage presence and seemed like he is really good to his fans and really loves that he has them.  It had been 5 years since he had last played at Oakdale!  He gave a lot of shout outs to the people up top in the balcony and then teased about the people in the boxes saying stuff like “My Lord it is great to play for you”

Since I was sitting, I was able to pull up a set list from the night before to follow along – and listen for the titles in the chorus’.  So yes, I cheated a bit on the setlist haha (Though there were a few changes and additions that I had to keep track of)  He also had a call and response section where he was just making stuff up – at one point he had the crowd repeating the alphabet back to him!  Too funny…

There were 2 highlights of the night for me at least, the first was when he had Kris come back out to sing “Jack and Diane” with him.  I had told my mom that Kris sings with him most of the time, and that we definitely couldn’t leave before that (although once we were there, we weren’t leaving lol) and of course as Kris came out the battery in my other camera started blinking! Argh! Luckily I had a backup for that camera though and was able to quickly switch it out. Kris forgot the words to the song and Keith teased him saying “and you won american idol?” and Kris just yelled “I forgot the words!” He is so cute!  The crowd helped out a bit though.

The second was when he was playing a guitar that was lighting up different colors.  It was really cool.  And then he jumped into the crowd!  We were technically on the aisle of our section (as the people next to us had left at this point) but he managed to go down just about every aisle in the front BUT ours!  Women were freaking out that he touched them and the poor guards had to hold everyone back from rushing from the back sections down to where he was.  He played part of the song right behind us on I guess a little stand so we went from being in the back of the section to the front!  I thought he was very brave to run through the crowd like that – even though he had security he got the whole crowd into a frenzy!  Then for his next song he was still catching his breath and turned the mic to the crowd to sing most of it!

One of the changes to the setlist was that his friend Troy Cassar-Daley was there, and he came out and sang a song. He said he was bringing him out to play because they didn’t want to leave yet.  Then Troy played guitar for Better Life and the show was over.

Until it was time for the encore, of course.  He came out and sang “I Only Want To Be With You”, which I think is a Bay City Rollers song? Which was another difference from the show the night before whos setlist I was cheating from!  He finished the evening with Somebody Like You and then him and the band threw out tons and tons of guitar picks and drumsticks but unfortunately no one could get it far back enough to where we were!

Overall it was a great show and I am very glad that I got to go see it – Kris said during his set that it was a great show and he was definitely right!

I feel like this is one of the longest blogs I have written in a while LOL pictures coming either later today or tomorrow.. depending on when I have time to get it set up!

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Kris Allen setlist 9/5/10

Last minute I won some tickets from Kris Allen's band to see them open for Keith Urban at the Oakdale Theater. I was so excited because I was looking for tickets all day but they were $99.50 each and no way was I paying that when I know next to nothing about Keith Urban!

Keith is on now – he's not so bad… But here is Kris and the gang's setlist 🙂

Can't stay away
Heartless/gangstas paradise
Alright with me
The truth
Written all over my face
Man in the mirror
Is it over
Live like we're dying
Come together

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Kris Allen December 8, 2009

I don’t think I ever posted about going to see Kris today – so here is a bit of a recap – last Monday I woke up to BBMs from my friends saying that Kris Allen was performing at KC101’s Lounge 101. Immediately I *knew* I had to win because I love love love Kris Allen and didn’t get to see him in Bridgeport.

I streamed KC101 all day and knew that if I didn’t win on Monday I would go INSANE by the time Friday rolled around listening to Top 40 constantly. Maze had a twitter contest – didn’t get through from that. Wendy Wild asked for caller #101 – I got hung up on so I don’t even know if I really got through. Trey wanted caller 10. I was 4. And then he was all “Hey KC101 who is this?” so I knew I won. Amazing.

Yesterday we saw that 96.5TIC was giving away tickets to their Listener’s club, so the girls all bought one (thinking it was just one ticket) to go and see him twice in one day.

Lauren and I made it to Hartford by a little after 11, parked and waited for Christine. Finally we got our confirmation email that we won our passes and should be there at noon – and that we had a PAIR of passes. Oh well…

We went in and Article 19 was playing. I had heard of them before and they weren’t bad but it seemed like they were trying a bit too hard at times.

At noon, we were brought upstairs and grabbed a spot in the back with a pretty clear view of the stage.

He played Heartless mashed-up with Gangsta’s Paradise – which was really cool.
Man In The Mirror
Alright With Me
The Christmas Song
Live Like We’re Dying

There was a lot of banter going on between songs – he said he was trying to get his voice going and apparently he did that by talking. There was talk of baseball teams and Derek Jeter, Mexican Restaurants and then he checked if he had any pit stains. Cale teased that he was done now because of all the cameras and then called him pit stains mcgoo. (fyi – there were no pit stains)

Then we got to get a picture with him – told him we’d be seeing him soon at the next show and he seemed excited about that.

The plan was to “fly” to Hamden, but of course 91 traffic made that difficult. We took a detour and made it to the 2nd location with plenty of time to spare.

Got there and waited for my cousin and then went in and grabbed a seat at the bar. The stage was not elevated here so it was hard to see and at one point Kris stood on his chair because he wanted to see every body. Of course then for us he became speaker head because of the angle we were at.

He played the same set list except no christmas song and not as much banter – though he did mention that some people were at both shows and he thought that was cool. He also apologized for not playing the Bridgeport show and said he’d book a show here to make up for it. (Let’s hope it is not at Toad’s)

Somehow we ended up at the front of the photo line this time and I told him I was so upset when he didn’t play in Bridgeport and he rubbed my back and was like “I felt so bad about that. I am so glad you got to see me today” and I was like “Yea me too!” and then I got yelled at for talking to him for too long. LOL.. Oh well.

Now normally I would end the review – but there was more excitement when we went to Panera for dinner. We were sitting there minding our own business when we hear this “BOOM!” I looked to my right and a girl at a table jumps up and there is dust/smoke everywhere. Turns out – a car drove RIGHT INTO THE BUILDING. It seemed at a fast speed too and more than just accidentally putting it in drive instead of reverse and hitting the gas. The cops were still there when we left and the brick on the side of the building was messed up pretty good.

Photos under the cut!!








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