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American Idol Live! tour hits DC area July 23

Consider yourselves warned: Tim Urban and His Swoop will be entering the DC-area, along with this year's other Top 10 Idolettes, on Friday, July 23 for the American Idol Live! tour.

But, instead of taking the stage at the 20,000-seat Verizon Center -- the Idol tour's traditional Washington venue -- the Idolettes will instead perform in Bristow, Va., at the 25,000-capacity Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavillion).

Blame Live Nation for the trek out to Virginia, rather than the metro-friendly Verizon Center -- not to mention mosquitos, weather issues and other potential annoyances of an outdoor venue. Not only is the Beverly Hills, Calif-based live-entertainment company promoting the tour, it just so happens to own Jiffy Lube Live, notes WaPo TeamTV's "American Idol Live" tour correspondent Emily Yahr.

For those who have already forgotten about this year's relatively limp crop of Idolettes, the tour will include booted Top 10 finalists Didi Benami, Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens and, of course, Turban, as well as still-in-the-race-as-of-now Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Michael Lynche, and Siobhan Magnus.

Though the "Idol" tour has had its ups and downs over the years, box office-wise, collectively, American Idol Live! clocks in at No. 28 on the Pollstar list of All Time Top 50 Concert Tours of the Decade. The "American Idol" concert tour has sold 3 million tickets and grossed around $157 million since it started in 2002. While impressive, it is ranked behind the touring activities of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which rank No. 20.

"Idol" tour tickets go on sale May 15.

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By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 28, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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Nissan Pavillion????

Forgetaboutit - tooooo far out.

Posted by: snowbucks | April 29, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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