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Music Planner: American Idols, Wolf-Face and the Warped Tour

Jay Cridlin Pop Music/Culture Critic

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:28am


Life immediately after winning American Idol isn't the gravy train you might think. "The first couple of weeks have been total chaos — long, long days, a lot of travel, haven't slept much," said Nick Fradiani, who in May was crowned champion of American Idol's 14th season. Fradiani has been so busy pushing his single Beautiful Life to radio stations all over the country — "Boston, Providence, Minnesota, Arkansas, all over the place" — that it wasn't until recently he finally had time to sit down and think about, y'know, making new music. But he doesn't mind. "The more you can put yourself out there, the better," he said. "They're putting me to work, for sure."

A big part of Fradiani's post-Idol itinerary kicks off next week. Fradiani headlines this year's 37-date American Idol Live! tour, which launches Tuesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Joining him are fellow finalists Clark Beckham, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Rayvon Owen and Joey Cook, who Fradiani said will give fans a more personal look at who they are as artists, compared to the Idols who played arenas in the tour's early days.

Fradiani welcomes the format. At 29, he had achieved some decent success with his Connecticut band Beach Avenue, performing on America's Got Talent before he auditioned for Idol. "I'm going to be doing an original song that I wrote, that I played with my band prior to Idol, so you'll get to see a little bit of me as a songwriter," he said. "You're just going to get the contestants a lot more." Tickets are $39 and up for the show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com. For more of our interview with Fradiani, go to tampabay.com/soundcheck.