American Idols Live! Tour 2002

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The American Idols Live! Tour 2002 is a 2002 concert tour featuring the top ten contestants of the first season of American Idol, which aired earlier that year. The tour took in 30 cities across the United States starting October 8, 2002 in San Diego,[1] and became the template for concerts tours following each of the succeeding American Idol seasons. Select performances of Clarkson are also released in the Miss Independent DVD album in 2003.

American Idols Live! Tour 2002
Tour by American Idol
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Start dateOctober 8, 2002
End dateNovember 20, 2002
No. of shows30 in North America
Box office$8.1 million
American Idol concert chronology


Kelly Clarkson (Winner) Justin Guarini (Runner-Up)
Nikki McKibbin (3rd place) Tamyra Gray (4th place)
RJ Helton (5th place) Christina Christian (6th place)
Ryan Starr (7th place) AJ Gil (8th place)
Jim Verraros (9th or 10th place) EJay Day (9th or 10th place)

Show overviewEdit

The show, as well as those from all subsequent tours, was organized into two halves. The first half had the Top 10 contestants performing a song each in elimination order, with Kelly Clarkson the winner ending this section. Each performer was introduced by the preceding performer accompanied by a video montage of their time on American Idol, the exception being the first performer EJay Day who was introduced by Randy Jackson on video.[2] Most of the solo performances were of songs the performer had previously done on the television show.

After the intermission, the second half started with the guys and the girls each performing a group song, with the rest of the show consisted of a series of group numbers with medley of songs interspersed with some solo performances, similar in style to the television special "American Idol in Las Vegas" aired after Season 1 finale.[2] The runner-up Justin Guarini and the winner Kelly Clarkson each had their final solo performance before the last group songs by the Top 10 finalists which ended the show.

Set listEdit


Additional notesEdit

  • Kelly Clarkson performed her single "Before Your Love" (Kelly Clarkson) instead of "A Moment Like This" on some shows.

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Attendance (percentage)
October 8, 2002 San Diego United States Cox Arena 92.9%
October 9, 2002 Phoenix America West Arena 76.9%
October 12, 2002 San Antonio Freeman Coliseum 77.3%
October 13, 2002 Dallas American Airlines Center 97.5%
October 14, 2002 Houston Compaq Center 62.5%
October 15, 2002 Rosemont Allstate Arena 67.7%
October 17, 2002 Detroit Fox Theatre 100%
October 18, 2002 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena 58.9%
October 19, 2002 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center 49.6%
October 21, 2002 Atlanta Philips Arena 94.1%
October 23, 2002 Tampa Ice Palace 63.6%
October 24, 2002 Sunrise National Car Rental Center 98.5%
October 27, 2002 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 95.8%
October 28, 2002 Worcester Worcester's Centrum Centre 100%
October 29, 2002 Albany Pepsi Arena 81.7%
October 31, 2002 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena 50.2%
November 1, 2002 Wilkes-Barre First Union Arena 97.1%
November 2, 2002 Atlantic City Etess Arena 100%
November 3, 2002 Washington, D.C. MCI Center 100%
November 5, 2002 St. Louis Savvis Center 92.1%
November 6, 2002 Columbus Nationwide Arena 86.7%
November 7, 2002 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 67.5%
November 8, 2002 Cleveland CSU Convocation Center 95.4%
November 10, 2002 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center 65.8%
November 12, 2002 Denver Magness Arena 80.6%
November 15, 2002 Anaheim Theatre at the Arrowhead Pond 94.0%
November 16, 2002 Sacramento ARCO Arena 100%
November 17, 2002 San Jose Compaq Center 97.2%
November 19, 2002 Portland Rose Garden 95.7%
November 20, 2002 Seattle KeyArena 89.2%


The response to the tour was good, with some dates sold out and most generally did well. A total of 258,526 tickets were sold with a revenue of $8,119,342 as reported by Billboard.[3]

Tour summaryEdit

  • Number of shows – 30 (5 sold out)
  • Total gross – $8,119,342
  • Total attendance – 258,526
  • Average attendance – 8,618 (82%)
  • Average ticket price – $31.41


First American Idols Live! Tour
Season 1 (2002)
Succeeded by
Season 2 (2003)