Those of you luck enough to be at this concert, especially those who meet Casey before or after the show (assuming he's still able to do that), please share your experience with us here.
Tomorrow will be the start of Casey James, released from the constrictions of American Idol. Don't get me wrong, we are all indebted to American Idol for introducing him to us. I'm not going to bash American Idol today, but thank them for the opportunity they gave an unknown artist. So tonight, enjoy all of the AI spectacle. The cheesy group songs and the strict adherence to numerical order, all of it. This is Casey's last performance with these nine people, so take it all in. Today we celebrate American Idol -- the show that gave Casey James a chance -- and this tour that brought him to meet so many of his fans.
I Got Mine
It's All Over Now
The IndyStar.Com review was right on the money:
Near the top of the class, third-place finisher Casey James and runner-up Crystal Bowersox took advantage of being liberated from filming car commercials, begging for votes and making small talk with Ryan Seacrest.
Wielding top-notch guitar skills, James deserves the shot at rock stardom previously afforded to Chris Daughtry. James takes more risks and exudes greater swing than Daughtry, as proven on steamroller renditions of the Black Keys'"I Got Mine" and "It's All Over Now" (written by Bobby Womack and popularized by the Stones).
It will take a little time to process the end of the American Idol tour. Casey put it all out there every night. You couldn't tell that he was the third place finisher or that this was part of a reality TV show/talent contest. When he took the stage, he gave a rollicking, rocking star turn. Almost without exception, at each stop along the tour he not only exceeded the rather stratospheric expectations of his fans but he stunned and impressed and garnered legions of new ones. Casey made the most of the opportunity he was given and, I hope, that will set a precedent for how he handles the next phase of his professional career.