Sunday, February 6, 2011

Essential Archuleta, Part Two.

Essential Archuleta Part 2
Continued from Part One.

For the following categories, click HERE.

'American Idol'
American Idols Live! Tour
'Crush' Debut
Jingle Ball
Solo Tour
U.K. Tour
Asia Tour
Demi Lovato Tour
Christmas Tour
Misc. Performances

'American Idol'

Because we need a section with all the stuff that made most of us love David in the first place, right?

Audition: 'Waiting On The World To Change' (Download HERE)
Hollywood week: 'Heaven' (Download HERE)
Top 24: 'Shop Around' (Download HERE)
Top 20: 'Imagine' (Download HERE)
Top 16: 'Another Day In Paradise' (Download HERE)
Top 12: 'We Can Work It Out' (Download HERE)
Top 11: 'The Long and Winding Road' (Download HERE)
Top 10: 'You're The Voice' (Download HERE)
Top 9: 'Smoky Mountain Memories' (Download HERE)
Top 8: 'Angels' (Download HERE)
Top 7: 'When You Believe' (Download HERE)
Top 6: 'Think Of Me' (Download HERE)
Top 5: 'Sweet Caroline' (Download HERE), America (Download HERE)
Top 4: 'Stand By Me' (Download HERE), 'Love Me Tender' (Download HERE)
Top 3: 'And So It Goes' (Download HERE), 'With You' (Download HERE), 'Longer' (Download HERE)
Top 2: 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' (Download HERE), 'In This Moment' (Download HERE), 'Imagine' (Download HERE)
Finale: 'Hero' with David Cook (Download HERE), 'Apologize' with One Republic (Download HERE)

David and David Cook at the 'Idol' finale.

American Idols Live! Tour (summer 2008)

The American Idols Live! Tour 2008 consisted of 52 cities and 54 performances. It began in Glendale, AZ and ended in Tulsa, OK. David sang a four-song set and no two performances were the same; he delighted in changing them up and surprising his fans nightly.

The set began with David seated at a piano and rising from the floor, singing 'Angels.' Next he descended the stairs singing 'Apologize,' which he covered on the AI finale. He followed with 'Stand By Me,' which included a little bit of dancing in the middle of it, before ending on 'When You Say You Love Me.' He then introduced David Cook's set before returning for the closing group number, 'Please Don't Stop the Music.' He was uncomfortable singing the lyrics 'acting naughty' so would drop the mic down and simply skip over them! At the end of that song, with all the Idols onstage, the two Davids would come up to the front where there was always something silly going on between them, including Cook presenting David with flowers which David then bopped him over the head with, prompting Cook to confiscate them. (Video HERE, at 2:36-56.)

Before the show the Idols would come outside and greet waiting fans, and David usually ended up staying the longest, making sure every fan got an autograph. Even on hot days or days he had press or was sick with a cold, he still came out and made each fan feel special.

Credit: trudimoon

Stand-out shows include...
Glendale, AZ - the first date on the tour, which offered the first glimpse of what a David show would be like.
Salt Lake City, UT - David's hometown show, where he teared up during the final moments of 'When You Say You Love Me.'
Tulsa, OK - the closing show of the tour, where David's performance of 'Angels' is still the one to which all others are compared:

Credit: bdsherlock

'Crush' Debut

From Wikipedia:
'Crush' is the first single by 'American Idol' season seven runner-up David Archuleta. It was first released to radio stations via New York City's radio station Z100 on August 1, 2008, and commercially in the United States on August 12, 2008, through digital distribution. 'Crush' was produced by Emanuel Kiriakou and co-written by Kiriakou, Jess Cates and Dave Hodges. The song was recorded for his self-titled first album, which was released on November 11, 2008.

Credit: waytokim

You can see the official video for 'Crush' HERE, and buy both the video and the single itself on iTunes or Amazon.

Jingle Ball

Jingle Ball 2008 was a series of concerts throughout December 2008 featuring various performers from Boys Like Girls and Shontelle in Sacramento, CA to Lady GaGa and Katy Perry in NYC, NY. David appeared on the tour with his first band, who were also featured in the AOL Sessions videos that gave fans their first glimpse of what his new songs would sound like live. The videos were released on Thanksgiving Day, leaving plenty of empty seats at dinner tables across America.

The Sacramento stop was David’s first solo appearance outside of “American Idol.” He hit the stage with Touch My Hand and life hasn’t been the same since for either David or his fans. The screams just about tore the roof off the place, and the rest of David's set was likewise received!

Another memorable moment on the tour was David’s cover of Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles at NYC's Madison Square Garden later that month. You could call it 'A Thousand Smiles' and no-one would disagree!

Lady GaGa in particular seemed especially charmed by David, as this video from backstage can attest!

Solo Tour (early 2009)

Starting out in Virginia Beach, VA on February 24 and ending up in Salt Lake City, UT on March 27, David headlined his first solo tour to near sold-out capacity. Some venues like Idaho Falls, ID sold out in less than 10 minutes!

The set list consisted mostly of songs from his self-titled debut album, but he also performed 'Zero Gravity' (which he wrote with his guitarist Mike Krompass) and a medley of some of his favorite songs: 'One,' 'You Gotta Be,' 'Love Song,' and 'I'm Yours.' For the San Antonio, TX concert he added Selena's 'Como La Flor' to the lineup as a nod to the Hispanic people in the audience.

The medley at Virginia Beach.
Credit: chicagoarchie0000

At a certain point during the show, David would ask his drummer Eli Logothetis to take a picture of him with the audience. Bass player Alex Rowe and keyboardist Kendra Lowe completed the band lineup. Frequently, David would come out after the show and sign autographs for the hundreds of fans waiting for him.

Opening acts for this tour included Lesley Roy, who stayed until the Boise, ID date, and Benton Paul and Amie Miriello, who played the Utah show.

U.K. Tour (May 2009)

In May 2009, David was the opening act for the second part of British pop punk band McFly's 'Up Close... And This Time It's Personal!' tour - his first overseas engagement. While he was in the U.K., David made his British television debut on The Paul O'Grady Show, and charmed many McFly fans who had no previous knowledge of him or his songs. Just look at the reception Zero Gravity got in London!

But truly the greatest triumph was performing his cover of 'Angels' in Newcastle, the hometown of the song's original artist and co-writer, Robbie Williams. Not only was David's rendition stellar enough to get the crowd on his side, they even ended up singing along with all the words!

Credit: LiSARRmcrth

Asia Tour (May 2009)

Right after the U.K. tour, David and his band jetted off to Asia. They met up with David Cook & the Anthemic to do a back-to-back concert at the Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines, playing to 125,000 people. The two Davids did separate sets, but Cook brought Archie out to join him for his final song, 'A Daily AntheM':

Credit: richestgrave

David also did a separate concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as a LOT of press, including an interview with Seventeen Malaysia in which he sang 'My Girl,' and appearances on the Philippine TV shows SiS (part two is HERE) and Eat Bulaga.

Performing in Kuala Lumpur.

Demi Lovato Tour (summer 2009)

Shortly after returning from Asia, David embarked on another U.S. tour on June 21, this time opening for Disney star Demi Lovato alongside the all-girl band KSM. The tour began in Hartford, CT, and ended in Atlantic City, NJ. His new band lineup retained guitarist Mike Krompass and keyboardist Kendra Lowe, and added Dave Filice on bass, Jerry Roe and Drew Steen on drums, and Steve Fekete on guitar.

David sang 11 songs each night, opening with 'Touch My Hand' and ending with 'Crush.' He occasionally changed up the set list, for example by switching out 'Barriers' and 'Your Eyes Don't Lie.' At the Rockford, IL show, he performed 'Desperate' live for the first time ever!

Credit: emilyluvsarchie

In July, David made a guest appearance in Demi's live web chat, which can be found HERE.

VIP packages were sold for this tour through I Love All Access. Fans were given the opportunity to shop for merchandise and eat before being taken into the performance area, where David would come out and perform several songs. After taking a few questions, David then posed for individual photos with fans.

Christmas Tour (winter 2009)

In support of his Christmas album, David's 'Christmas From the Heart' tour ran from November 24 to December 20, with the December 17 show at MGM Foxwoods Casino in CT streaming live on David's friend and fellow singer, Benton Paul, opened for him on all tour dates. The show ran so that the first half consisted of a casually-dressed David delivering his pop hits plus several other songs (Five For Fighting's 'The Riddle,' Eva Cassidy's 'Fields of Gold,' and Kurt Bestor's 'Prayer of the Children') while the second half was all Christmas music, with David changing into a suit and tie.

David sang 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' with his mom, Lupe, for the Salt Lake City, UT shows:

Credit: SnarkyMawg

The CFtH tour was the first time David covered 'The Riddle,' much to the delight of all who attended. He definitely didn't disappoint, and his rendition kind of made you wish he could just sing every song ever written. Watch his performance in Waukegan, IL HERE.

A lot of David's fans get very excited when he gets his Spanish on. This tour was no exception, as his Baltimore, MD performance of the Spanish Christmas carol Riu Riu Chiu showed.

Every show ended with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of 'O Holy Night.' Here's a video from the final tour date in Westbury, NY:

Credit: wildefire386

As with the Demi tour, VIP packages were sold through I Love All Access. On the last day of the tour, in lieu of questions, fans surprised David with a cake and sang 'Happy Birthday' to him, as his birthday was 8 days after.

Miscellaneous Performances

There are some performances that don't fit into a specific category, yet are too epic not to be mentioned. Here's a short list:

Let It Be with Brooke White, Michael Johns, and Benton Paul (Murray, UT, November 2009)
Prayer of the Children backstage at Hope for Haiti Now (Los Angeles, CA, January 2010)
No Air duet with Jordin Sparks at the Jordin Sparks Super Bowl Experience charity event (Miami, FL, February 2010)
Heaven Can Wait with We The Kings (Salt Lake City, UT, February 2010)
Touch My Hand with Make-A-Wish kid Jonah during halftime at a Real Salt Lake game (Salt Lake City, UT, April 2010)


'Essential Archuleta' was put together by Snarky bloggers Janey, Lori, Nicola, Nikki, Rachel, Sarah, and Sheila, with the help of suggestions from fabulous Snarky commenters.

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