Free Tickets Go Quickly For Ruben's Tax Plan Concerts

Free tickets for "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard's concerts in Mobile and Birmingham went fast.

The 88-hundred free tickets for the September Second concert at the Mobile Civic Center ran out in 30 minutes Saturday. In Birmingham, Studdard's hometown, ten-thousand tickets for the September Fifth concert ran out in 17 minutes. The "Believe in Alabama" concerts were organized to promote the September Ninth tax referendum. Governor Bob Riley opened the doors to the Mobile Civic Center for the ticket giveaway.

The concerts are presentations of the Alabama Partnership for Progress, a group campaigning in support of the tax plan. Studdard has not yet said whether he actually endorses Riley's proposals. Studdard received a one million dollar recording contract for beating out runner-up Clay Aiken on the final segment of "American Idol" in May. A 39-show tour ends August 31st, and his album is due out in mid-September.