American Idols Live! Tour 2005

Bo Bice's first national stadium tour as one of the Top 10 Finalists from AI4 was marred first by an unfortunate accident that put his left foot in an air cast and then by a life-threatening illness that took him out of the lineup altogether for three weeks. Nonetheless, while on the tour, Bo's electrifying performances earned him some of the best notices and most enthusiastic audience reactions. Fan recaps can be found in the "Concert Tales" section of our forum and excerpts of many reviews can be found on our Concert Reviews page.

12-Jul Sunrise, FL (Office Depot Center)
First concert stop for American Idols Live! Bo Bice's set list at the beginning of the tour consists of "I Don't Want to Be," "Vehicle," "Voodoo Child" and "Sweet Home Alabama." He also returns during the encore for a duet with Carrie Underwood on "God Bless the Broken Road" and for the group numbers, "Lean on Me" and "R-O-C-K in the U.S.A." The concert also gives Bo the opportunity to show off his musical versatility by playing electric guitar on "Voodoo Child" and "Sweet Home Alabama" and acoustic on "God Bless the Broken Road"
13-Jul Tampa, FL (St. Pete Times Forum)
15-Jul Birmingham, AL (BJCC Arena)
16-Jul Duluth, GA (The Arena at Gwinnett Center)
17-Jul Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
19-Jul Reading, PA (Sovereign Center)
20-Jul Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
22-Jul East Rutherford, NJ (Continental Airlines Arena)
23-Jul Long Island, NY (Nassau Coliseum)
24-Jul Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center)
26-Jul Wilkes-Barre, PA (Wachovia Arena)
27-Jul Washington, DC (MCI Center)
29-Jul Hartford, CT (Hartford Civic Center)
30-Jul Worcester, MA (DCU Center)
The Worcester gig was notable for featuring blistering performances by Bo, which were documented in an amazing collection of bootlegs by krunkyou at the Hobbit Harem.
31-Jul Manchester, NH (Verizon Wireless Arena)
During his first song, the especially physical "I Don't Want to Be," Bo came down incorrectly on his right foot, breaking it, twisting the ankle and pulling a muscle. He continued with the performance, finishing not only his set but participating in the encores as well.
2-Aug Cleveland, OH (Wolstein Center)
Bo's set list is altered and "I Don't Want to Be" is replaced by "Desperado," which features a piano-playing Bo Bice. The rest of his set remains the same.
3-Aug Columbus, OH (Value City Arena at Schottenstein)
4-Aug Detroit, MI (Joe Louis Arena)
6-Aug St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
8-Aug Chicago, IL (United Center)
9-Aug St. Louis, MO (Savvis Center)
10-Aug Norman, OK (Lloyd Noble Center)
13-Aug Grand Prairie, TX (NOKIA Live at Grand Prairie)
14-Aug San Antonio, TX (SBC Center)
16-Aug Glendale, AZ (Glendale Arena)
17-Aug Los Angeles, CA Staples Center)
18-Aug Las Vegas, NV (Thomas & Mack Center)
After completing his sound check for this concert, Bo was apparently spotted backstage curled up on a couch under a blanket, shivering. He was rushed to the emergency room of a local hospital and failed to appear at the concert. The show was shuffled to accommodate the change, with Constantine Maroulis taking Bo's spot in the lineup and several performers adding songs at the last minute. After days of rumor and speculation on the boards, it was eventually revealed that Bo had suffered from an intestinal ailment that required immediate surgery. He spent nearly a week in the hospital and was expected to face several weeks of recuperation, necessitating his immediate withdrawal from the AI4 tour.
20-Aug San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion at San Jose)
To accommodate Bo's departure, a handful of songs were added and a tribute to Bo replaced his usual set list, with one of his "Vehicle" performances appearing on the Jumbotron, followed by Constantine leading Anwar Robinson, Scott Savol, Nikko Smith and Anthony Federov in a group performance of "Sweet Home Alabama," accompanied by footage of Bo. At other stops, all five men were spotted wearing the Bo Bice concert tees and the women occasionally sat in on the number as well. In addition, Carrie's duet with Bo became a solo.
10-Sep Syracuse, NY (War Memorial at Oncenter)
In spite of early predictions, Bo joined the AI4 tour for the final two performances. After much "will he or won't he" teasing by fellow finalists Scott and Anthony, Bo returned to the concert stage to perform most of his original set, "Vehicle," "Voodoo Child" and "Sweet Home Alabama," the latter featuring the other male finalists. He also reprised his duet with Carrie and appeared in the final group numbers. Audience members later reported that, while Bo seemed a little tired, he gave a spirited and surprisingly physical performance and that he announced plans to visit the Gulf Coast region to aid in the relief efforts for a couple of days. He also announced plans to distribute around the Syracuse area a hundred tickets that he had personally purchased for the following night's performance.
11-Sep Syracuse, NY (War Memorial at Oncenter)
A last-minute addition to the tour to benefit the American Red Cross and their operations following Hurricane Katrina. Although it had been reported before the show that Bo would sing a new composition inspired by the tragedy, "We Can't Change This World," his set remained the same.

From the American Idol Tour Program:

Bo's Q&A from the AI4 tour program:

What was the best part of being on AI?
Performing with Ricky Minor and his incredible band.

What was the worst part about being on AI?
There were no bad parts about being on Idol.

Who was/is your best friend on the show?
Nikko Savol!

Who are your musical influences?
Jim Croce, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and Alice in Chains.

Who is your American Idol and why?
My Mom, because this contest has taught me to always stay true to the things I believe in. That epitomizes not only my family, but the values that my mother and my dad have instilled in me over the years.

What was the biggest 'Hollywood' moment you had while on AI?
Getting to hang out and become friends with Pearl (Meatloaf's daughter), Scott (from Anthrax), Mel and Ryan.

What was your most embarrassing moment on the show?
Mistaking Harry Hamlin for Lorenzo Llamas... Sorry Harry! You are cool. I love LA LAW!!!!!

What did/do you miss most from back home?
My family and animals.

What would you like to do with the rest of your life now that Idol is over?
The same thing I'm doing now ... playing music for people and enjoying spending time with the same people that love music.

If you couldn't sing what would you like to be/do?
I would be a photographer.

If you had to be one of the AI judges, who would you be and why?
A guest judge.

What three things will you have on tour with you?
My guitar, my Bible and my cell phone.

Bo's message to his fans:

Thanks to all of the fans that support the Bice family. Without you there would be no me. My most heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you.

Much Love & God Bless!

[Bo Bice's signature]

Bo's message to everyone else:

Thanks to the fans, road crew, security, 19, and all of the behind-the-scenes people who get us out on the road to see you cool cats.

Bo Bice

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I will always compromise, but I will never compromise myself.
                     — Bo Bice