This article is from my own personal thoughts. Nothing has been said by any of the Idol performers or Tour Officials on this topic. cmhagey
I just read an article in Sunday’s Union-Tribune about Brian Weeks, a San Diego doctor who is spending part of Blink 182’s tour on the road with them. The article mentions all the reasons why touring is so hard on the musicians/singers, and that it’s necessary to take extra steps to keep them healthy. This got me to thinking about the Idol Tour, and especially Adam. Because what doesn’t make me think of Adam?!?
Many things can play havoc with a performer’s health. And on the road, it’s magnified. The article states “they often eat meals late at night after shows and go to sleep shortly afterward, a practice that can cause digestive problems. Sleep can be erratic, given the frequent changes in daily schedules and time zones. The onstage physical exertion during a concert can make it difficult to maintain proper hydration, especially in warm climates.”
In addition to protecting the performer’s health, the promoter’s bottom line is also in need of protecting. One of the ways artists and record companies are making up for declining album sales is with pumped up concerts and tour merchandise. If the band isn’t healthy and doesn’t perform well, people don’t buy as much. If a singer has to cancel out on a show due to bad health, it’s unforgiveable from both the fans’ and the promoters’ view. Remember early in the Tour when Megan Joy pulled out of an autograph signing due to illness? The blog comments were not all sympathetic. And this was Megan we’re talking about – not even Matt or Danny or Allison! Cuc-caw! Cuc-caw!
We’ve all witnessed the fist pump become an accepted greeting over the handshake, thanks to Howie Mandel’s germ phobia. Teachers and parents have known for years about the increased chance of illness from events that are attended by children and teens. One of the special thrills of seeing your favorites perform live is the chance you’ll get to meet them after the show at an autograph session. Speaking of my San Diego Idol Tour experience, 75% of the audience was over 30, to be kind! And I’m sure it’s the same all over the country. Yet at least 50% of the autograph seekers after the show were teens. So nice of these kids to do such big favors for Mom! They’re the ones with the patience, stamina and the zeal after what are usually full work days for most of us. Yes, my concert was on a Saturday, but I still put in a full day of work getting ready for the concert and stalking ummm “waiting” in the parking lot for their arrival!
With fan gatherings being a hotbed of germs, what “Alien From the Planet Fierce” wouldn’t want to pull back? Think of the times we’ve heard that Adam only comes out for 10 minutes. I’m living proof of that disappointment. Could the potential for illness be a factor? Could this be in the minds of the handlers too? Especially considering what a major draw Adam is for the concerts nationally? City after city, it’s written that Adam evokes the loudest audience cheers and the only screams while the pre-show videos are being shown. KrisKountry was different of course, but who didn’t expect that the national texting champs would show anything but overwhelming support for their hometown hero? Yet Adam STILL had the same frenzied response there that he’s had in all previous cities. I’m sure Milwaukee will shower the love on Danny like no other city has, but I bet Adam will still top the show there too.
Now imagine a Tour stop without Adam performing? I know, blasphemy!
When asked what he will do to prepare for the Tour, Adam has said “get lots of sleep.” Let’s hope he’s been able to accomplish that. We want Adam shining gloriously from coast to coast!