Allison Iraheta to Open for Adam Lambert Saturday Night!


Just got confirmation from a really reliable source within the Rays cloak of silence that scheduled artist Orianthi, who was to be the opening act for this Saturdays nights Rays/ Hess Express Saturday Night Concert Series event featuring Adam Lambert. Orianthi had to back out of her tour commitment and will be replaced by another American Idol alumni who is on her own course to stardom.

You might remember Allison Iraheta, the spunky Latin California cherub we all got to love during season 8 for her stirring rendition of Heart’s classic “Alone” during that season’s American Idol finals. But even before she bellowed out ” (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the San Francisco American Idol auditions back in 2009.

Most people might remember the look of immediate shock on then American Idol music director Rickey Minor when Iraheta was eliminated and had to settle for a fourth place in the singing competition.

And all through her Idol performances, Iraheta was given astonishing critique about her growth as a budding artist and in an interesting twist, fellow American Idol judge Paula Abdul once compared both Iraheta and Lambert together had a “special sauce”.

Before auditioning for American Idol, the los Angeles based Iraheta won a singing competition on the Telemundo reality show “Quinceanera” back in 2006, which used a format of singing in either English or Spanish songs during the competition. The program had Grand Prizes of a $ 50,000 purse and a recording contract. The Telemundo program did not offer the final prize of a recording contract.

But after her time on American Idol, Iraheta was signed by 19 Entertainment and Jive Records and they collectively released her first album “Just Like You“, which contained her songs “Friday I’ll Be Over You“, “Scars” and “Don’t Waste the Pretty“.

On April 2010, Iraheta was announced as the opening act for Lambert’s “Glam Nation” Tour. The addition of Iraheta actually makes the double billing a bit more of a true entertainment bonus for everyone as some will come to see the flamboyant and vocally entertaining Adam Lambert, and others will come to the Trop Saturday night to hear Iraheta sing some of her tunes off her own first album.

But hopefully they can both come out on Saturday night and do their stirring rendition of their American Idol Finals Week duet of their rendition of Foghat’s “Slow Ride” which was the performance that Iraheta did with Lambert when Iraheta was being considered a “rock goddess” by American Idol judge Kara DioGaurdi, and inspired that weeks musical mentor Slash who thought she ” possessed a better voice than most women “twice her age””.

Should be an amazing night of super vocal scales rolling off the Teflon roof of Tropicana Field. The set is being rumored to be possibly 80-90 minutes long, and will be performed after the conclusion of the Rays versus Angels game that will begin at 7:10 pm. Do not forget the game time has been pushed back from the previously advertised 6:10pm first pitch.

Also if you want to still purchase a wristband for the performance to get on-the-field access ($40.00), please this link to the Rays/Ticketmaster website for more information on getting an up close and more personal sound experience with Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert this Saturday.

See you there!


I can’t think about concerts right now, Renegade. Our games have been too tense and exciting. First your guys broke the hearts of Yankee fans and last night the Yankees worked their own magic at the Trop. What will tonight bring? And do we need a nap before it starts? We could be looking at extra innings for the third straight night!

“There is no rest for the weary, for then they might become wooly”- Verse 1 Chapter 1 of the verses according to “Nuke” LaLoosh.
Seriously, We have an off day tomorrow, so R & R is on the agenda at some point in the next 24-36 hours.
Always fun being a Rays fan, even on sleepless nights.

Rays Renegade

Alison was my pick last year, I think she has the chance to be the rock godess in the future…. its a roller coaster running to season end… but the Rays are my AL team of choice so it would be nice to see them win the AL East and take 2 of 3 off the Yankees…


Ask and you shall recieve…2 out of three from the Evil Empire, and a load of confidence heading into a 3-game series against the near .500 Angels.
The fun part of the season is actually starting on Friday. When games begin to hit that 20-gaqme mark, they get to be either ” all or nothing” or ” have to win” situations…The Rays are in neither predicament this season.

Rays Renegade

I can see the point totally. Just was a bit bummed out it did not happen since it was the first time I had seen both of them in concert.
You are correct, his concerts do leave you wanting more, but was full of spectacular moments and vocal superority.
Allison seems to be getting her ” sea-legs” and looked a bit stiff on stage, but time and getting familiar with the corwds will have that gone on no time.

Rays Renegade

Thank you for a great Adam review in St. Pete.
I have seen his GlamNation concert 5X this summer and each one is better than the other. He is so very talented and a true gentleman. His entire concert is amazing and just leaves you wanting more!

Allison is fabulous! I think the reason he wouldn’t perform a duet with her – is simply – he is the STAR! While she is s Star in her own right, she is his opening act.

(Can you believe Kris Allen is the opening act for Lifehouse?? Just sayin.)

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