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Kris Allen Rocks the House at CBS Radio Expo (VIDEO)

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 28th 2010 6:00PM
Kris Allen and Band'American Idol' season 8 winner Kris Allen was one of the many performers who took part at the CBS Radio Expo over the weekend, which was held at New York City's new Yankee Stadium.

There, Allen and his band, who are each as good-looking as they are talented musicians, again displayed what this reporter saw from him four months ago at NYC's Highline Ballroom. Without a doubt, Allen is a performer who thrives in a live environment.

Allen is currently on tour in the U.S. His set list features a wide range of song selections, from tracks off his eponymous debut album, to mash-ups of songs like Kanye West's 'Heartless' and Coolio's 'Gangster's Paradise,' to covers of Michael Jackson's 'Man In The Mirror,' which was played as a tribute to honor the one-year anniversary of Jackson's death.

At the show, Allen performed both of his radio singles -- 'Live Like We're Dying' and 'The Truth' (below) -- which on the airwaves fail to do justice to his talents as a live performer.

Kris Allen performs 'The Truth' in NYC

Case in point: Even though the audience was there mostly for the expo and not for Allen, his set managed to attract a large and enthusiastic crowd, including one toddler who was seen rocking out on his dad's shoulders.

Allen's best live songs were 'Is It Over,' which sounds like John Mayer at his sexy-slow best, and 'Alright With Me,' which has a chorus that will get stuck in your head for days. ('Idol' fans might remember it from Allen's Ford commercials.)

One year later, some fanatical fans still question Allen's win over season-long frontrunner Adam Lambert, but considering that his vocals were arguably the highlight of the show, Allen once again proved himself to be a worthy 'Idol' victor.

Kris Allen performs 'Live Like We're Dying' in NYC

Allen's next tour dates include concerts in California, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. See all upcoming shows here.

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Thank you, Madame Writer, for commenting on Kris' performance. It's always great to read about it; it's the only thing I can do since I am not from the US and most likely will not get to see him live anytime soon. :-(

Most of all thank you for not dabbling in the same, tired track of 'Adam vs. Kris'. But many of you -- my goodness! I am a super big fan of Kris and sometimes I also get the desire to lash out at his detractors. But neither Adam nor Kris do that! They are both respectful of each other's success and talent. If any of you are real fans, follow both their examples and take the high road. Enough of these crazy comparisons because they are DIFFERENT artists.

If you are a Kris fan, good for you! Let's support him by going to his concerts and purchasing his albums. Don't mind the naysayers: let's just prove them wrong. If you're an Adam fan, good for you! Do the same. Stop trolling through posts for Kris just so you can say something negative. That's not showing respect for your idol who shows respect to Kris.

Come on, peace, everyone!

June 30 2010 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gabrielle, thanks for a great article! I love watching Kris perform on the you tubes, and can't wait for an opportunity to see him live. You only reinforce what I'm hearing from those who've seen him live, that he is truly a talented and dynamic musician and performer. Thanks for telling it like it is.

June 29 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you for this nice article and review! I believe reviewers who can focus on the music and performance instead of the celebrity will continue to see what you have seen.

I just find it sad that many of Adam's fans find it necessary to follow Kris so they can compare their careers.

@Joy L or G (seems you're the same person), you admitted something that I have suspected: "cause if he had come up runner up as it should have been all of Adam's fans would have loved to support him"

You have chosen not to support someone simply because he won. No one will probably be able to convince you it was a fair win, just as no one will be able to convince me it wasn't. But, most importantly it's over.

I'm sorry you're missing out on such a great musician and live performer simply due to bitterness. Kris will continue to pick up new fans outside of the idol bubble, so he'll be fine. You all can stop following him now.

June 29 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kris's biggest claim to fame is going to be that he once knew Adam Lambert. He can't sell out even the smallest venues. Some concert goers report "embarrasingly small" audiences. He is opening for other artists at some of the same venues that Adam has sold out as a headliner. Mostly he still seems to be doing free concerts or radio gigs like this one.

June 29 2010 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James McKillop

@Lea When did Kris ever draw a crowed as large as Adam had at Musikfest? You are missing the point. No matter how talented you think Kris is he still won by cheating. That is a fact. As far as "Kris's fans being creative you are right. They were able to bring in a win by hooking up with AT&T and generating 38 million votes and at the same time block Adam's phone lines. Very creative but nothing to be proud of.

June 29 2010 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dear Ms. Cassidy:

Something does not become a "fact" simply because you state that it's a "fact." Why can't you get past the bitterness? AI is simply a silly reality show, and we're lucky that some talented musicians actually come from it.

June 29 2010 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great article! Nice to see that there are reporters who actually recognize the true talent and writing ability of Kris who is appearing in concert along with the best of the best in the music industry because that is where he belongs.

I have to say the Kris fans are one of the most creative ("Alright with Moo" campaign), witty, logical and bright fans of any musician ever as evidenced by their comments here. I am so proud to be associated with this group.

Note to the delusional Glamberts who say ALL of Glambert's shows are sold out. Glambert certainly did not sell out Musikfest, which by the way, Clay Aiken DID even before tickets were available to the general public. You know, the same Clay Aiken Glambert said could "Ride his coat tails." Too funny!

Cannot wait to see Kris in concert!

June 29 2010 at 6:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James McKillop

If you think Kris is "spectacular" then you can not possibly have musical taste. Kris has a big problem with timing and singing on key. Anyone with a trained ear gets the feeling of the chalk on a blackboard sound.

June 29 2010 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was at this show as well and thought Kris was spectacular. I've seen him a few times before, but this was a great crowd full of people of all ages who seemed to really have fun with his set. And yes, Is It Over live is truly incredible.

Anyone trying to turn this lovely review into some fan warring nonsense needs a serious grasp on reality. And a little heads-up: If you have "Glampira" or "Lambskank" in your user name and are commenting negatively on an article that has NOTHING to do with Adam Lambert, your "plan" is completely and totally transparent.

June 28 2010 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James McKillop

@ Music lover Did you miss the fact that Adam's album is still selling worldwide and is closing in on a million sales globally? Kris's album barely reached 300,000 sales and is dead in the water. Kris's Arkansas cheaters stole Adam's win, Adam's promotional benefits and momentum from the win and then you want to suggest that Kris's meager success with all of those benefits make him more successful than Adam? You have got to be kidding. You people are just plain freaky. Get back in reality. Kris Allen is no Adam Lambert.

June 28 2010 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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