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“American Idol” winner comes to Reno, adds second show Saturday
by Tribune Staff
Aug 27, 2012 | 1600 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Reno – Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol Season Five, will have a one-week, engagement headlining at Harrah’s Reno beginning today. Hicks will perform inside the legendary Sammy’s Showroom for six performances through Labor Day weekend. Harrah’s Reno has added a second performance on Saturday night. Performance dates and times were updated after Hicks was invited to perform during the GOP convention in Florida this week. Hicks will take the stage at Harrah’s Reno, today at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m., and Monday at 7 p.m. 

Ticket prices are $25 for general admission, $35 for VIP, and $50 for a special VIP ticket that includes a meet and greet with Hicks immediately prior to each performance. Additional service fees apply. Tickets are on sale for all shows and are available by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com or are available in person at the Harrah’s Reno Box Office.

“It’s not every day that a casino in Reno can announce that an ‘American Idol’ winner will be a headlining act. We are very excited to welcome Taylor Hicks to Harrah’s Reno,” said Tim Tretton, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Harrah’s Reno. “Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved ‘American Idol’ winners of all-time. It’s certainly a thrill for us to have Taylor performing in our showroom.”

From the start, Taylor’s material on “American Idol” set him apart, with a unique take on southern soul, R & B and country and blues. More than 63 million votes were cast and nearly 37 million viewers tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of “American Idol,” making it one of the most watched television events of the decade. The applause hasn’t stopped since he stepped off that stage. Less than three weeks after Hicks’ Idol win, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100 and Single Sales charts. Coinciding with the single release, a cover story named Hicks as People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelor of the Year.”

His self-titled album, “Taylor Hicks” (Arista), debuted #2 on the Billboard 200 and was quickly certified RIAA platinum.  
 Since winning Idol, Hicks has performed with the likes of Willie Nelson, Snoop Dog, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind and Fire and The Allman Brothers, has appeared in concerts worldwide and penned a brisk-selling Random House autobiography, “Heart Full of Soul.”
 On Broadway, Hicks starred in the hit musical, “Grease” as Teen Angel, and when asked to join the national tour, happily agreed. The 18-month tour connected him with fans across the United States and Canada.
 Hicks, who hails from Birmingham, Ala., was destined for the musical stage from an early childhood. Focusing on music full-time, he then became a fixture around the southeast, playing concerts and club dates with visiting stars like James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’ and Widespread Panic among others, and released two independent albums “In Your Time” and “Under The Radar.” These albums were compiled and released by Vanguard Records as “Early Works.”

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