Yamaha Guitars and Basses Front and Center on American Idols Live Tour

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July 17, 2008) — The 2008 summer American Idols Live tour has begun and Yamaha guitars are along for the ride. For the third year in a row, Yamaha artist Tim Stewart is touring with the Idol band, playing a Yamaha APX900 acoustic guitar and SA2200 electric guitar. And Idol bassist Derrik Ray will be playing a BBNE2 on the tour, a signature bass designed with the help of Yamaha artist Nathan East.

"The American Idol platform is an amazing way to expose our instruments to thousands of fans. We are honored that Tim and Derrik choose to play our guitars and basses, and we are thrilled to be on the road supporting them," comments Mike Tempesta, artist relations manager for Yamaha Guitars.

Spanning more than 40 cities from coast to coast over a course of three months, Idol's seventh season finalists – David Cook, David Archuleta, Brooke White, Syesha Mercado, Carly Smithson, Chikezie, Jason Castro, Kristy Lee Cook, Michael Johns and Remiele Malubay – have all embarked on the summer tour that has become an annual right-of-passage for the finalists who are able to earn the fan's votes into the Top 10.

Also seen performing with an American Idol this year was Yamaha guitarist Mike "Fish" Herring. Herring joined with seventh season winner David Cook to perform the Foo Fighters' single "My Hero" as well as Cook's first single "Time of My Life" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Herring played his Yamaha SBG1000 electric guitar and CPX900 acoustic guitar.

For a chance to hear and see Stewart and Ray playing their Yamaha gear all summer long, check out the following remaining dates of the American Idols Live tour:
July 18 – St. Louis, MO
July 19 – Rosemont, IL
July 20 – Columbus, OH
July 22 – Indianapolis, IN
July 23 – Cincinnati, OH
July 24 – Detroit, MI
July 26 – Toronto, ON
July 27 – Rochester, NY
July 29 – Pittsburgh, PA
July 30 – Newark, NJ
July 31 – Newark, NY
Aug 2 – Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 4 – Long Island, NY
Aug 5 – Long Island, NY
Aug 6 – Albany, NY
Aug 8 – Hartford, CT
Aug 9 – Worcester, MA
Aug 10 – Manchester, NH
Aug 12 – Baltimore, MD
Aug 13 – Philadelphia, PA
Aug 14 – Washington DC
Aug 16 – Lexington, KY
Aug 17 – Charlotte, NC
Aug 18 – Duluth, GA
Aug 20 – Sunrise, FL
Aug 21 – Tampa, FL
Aug 24 – Houston, TX
Aug 25 – Dallas, TX
Aug 26 – Bossier City, LA
Aug 28 – Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 29 – Kansas City, MO
Aug 30 – Kansas City, MO
Aug 31 – Minneapolis, MN
Sept 2 – Green Bay, WI
Sept 3 – Grand Rapids, MI
Sept 4 – Cleveland, OH
Sept 6 – Bridgeport, CT
Sept 7 – Providence, RI
Sept 8 – Wilkes Barre, PA
Sept 10 – Ft. Wayne, IN
Sept 11 – Evansville, IN
Sept 13 – Tulsa, OK
Mike Herring
Mike "Fish" Herring

Yamaha Guitars and Basses Front and Center on <i>American Idols Live</i> Tour
— Stewart and Ray playing an APX900, SA2200 and BBNE2 —