"Idol" Adam Lambert announces first solo tour

Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:11pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert will embark on his first solo tour in June, playing 19 U.S. dates and bringing fellow "Idol" rocker Allison Iraheta along for part of the ride.

Lambert, 28, considered one of the most exciting contestants not to win the top-rated TV singing contest, will kick off his "Glam Nation" tour on June 4 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, his record company said on Tuesday.

The gay, glam rocker with a penchant for eyeliner and black nail polish has sold 600,000 copies of his debut album "For Your Entertainment". His single "Whataya Want From Me" has been a Top 10 hit in the U.S., Australia, Japan, Sweden, Singapore and Finland.

Lambert finished second on "American Idol" to Kris Allen in 2009 but grabbed media attention with a sexually-charged live performance at the American Music Awards in November that was later edited, raising questions about differing media attitudes to gay and heterosexual performers.

"Adam is one of the most exciting artists I have ever seen live on stage," said Simon Fuller, Lambert's manager and the creator of "American Idol".

"As great as he has been on the 'American Idols Live' summer shows, this tour is going to surpass anything he's done before," Fuller said in a statement.

Iraheta, 18, the flame-haired rock singer who finished third on "American Idol" last year, will open for Lambert on some dates, with 25 year-old guitarist Orianthi warming up the crowds on most of the tour.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Singer Adam Lambert introduces an act during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>