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Taylor Hicks rides through the French Quarter of New Orleans on Feb. 16. Hicks of Birmingham will perform Tuesday night in Huntsville at the VBC.
AP photo by Alex Brandon
Taylor Hicks rides through the French Quarter of New Orleans on Feb. 16. Hicks of Birmingham will perform Tuesday night in Huntsville at the VBC.

Hicks in concert in Huntsville

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

Taylor Hicks is rockin’ to packed houses, even if fans aren’t rushing to buy his CD.

The reigning “American Idol” is in the middle of his “Taylor Hicks Live!” tour around the United States, and you’ll be lucky to find a ticket in many cities.

Hicks will perform at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall in Huntsville on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The VBC ticket office reported only one ticket was available there on Friday, although some resells may be out there, and www.theofficialsoulpatrol.com reports it has tickets available even for many sold-out concerts.

Those who can’t get in to see their “Idol” in Huntsville can try other nearby tour stops: the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Thursday; The Tabernacle in Atlanta on Friday; the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham on Saturday and March 11; or New Orleans on March 14.

They may be hard to get, too, because some had only 100 to 200 tickets left to sell. But he’ll be moving around the country through May 12, so you might catch him during your vacation or business trip.

Need a fall-back plan? Buy the CD, order a “Soul Patrol” T-shirt or button from online merchandisers such as www.cafepress.com, pop some popcorn and enjoy the CD on your home stereo. To see photos and video clips, you might even check his fan Web sites, such as www.taylorhicksfansite.com.

While the CD bearing his name came out Dec. 12, his first single, “Just to Feel That Way,” made its radio debut three weeks ago. Last week he sang it on the “Dr. Phil” (McGraw) show, widening his audiences again.

At 30, the salt-and-pepper-haired Hicks specializes in energetic stage performances of a variety of music: classic soul, blues and R&B. During the television show, he said the late Ray Charles was his personal “American Idol.”

His goal, he said, was to be as happy as possible, and that is evident in his stage personality. And like previous “American Idol” winners from Alabama, he always seems to draw a crowd.

A Birmingham native and graduate of Hoover High School, he played sports and then attended Auburn University for about three years. You might have heard him at the War Eagle Supper Club in Auburn, Crossroads in Huntsville or at the Talladega Superspeedway. Hicks was involved in several bands before moving to Nashville to pursue a music career.

Fans may want to support Taylor while they can, because there’s no Alabamian to watch in the final 24 for the current “Idol” season.

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