Kelly Clarkson at Verizon Theatre

Published on February 12th, 2012

Friday night, hometown girl, Kelly Clarkson packed Verizon Theatre to it’s capacity. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house, and rightly so. Miss Clarkson took the stage to the eerie song Dark Side, lit in red behind an opaque curtain with critics harsh words about her 1o year career projecting on it, an odd choice to kick start the show with. Kelly then knocked out hits like Hazel Eyes and Since U Been Gone, all with in the first 3.

Before I knew it Kelly had made her way into the audience for a cover of Florence and the Machine. It’s always fun to see her get closer to those in the back, but it seemed rather premature in the show. She returned to the stage and the show kept rolling with a twitter fan request, and then a medley of songs from her past four albums. Kelly uncharacteristically stopping only a few times between songs to chat with the audience, filling the rest of the time with a few outfit changes. The songs felt like they were bullets being shot from a gun as quick as possible, as if it would have been a crime for the concert to go on for two whole hours.

Some highlights of the evening were the haunting version of “Never Again” performed with just an accompanying piano, “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” because it was just so dang fun watching the band and Kelly have a blast on stage like they used to back in 2005. Then lastly a tune called “You Still Won’t Know What It’s Like,” a testament to Kelly’s writing ability. Something the label really has no faith in, and it’s completely unjustified. Sure your pop music generic factory songs will always be hits, but let a musician be an artist if they want to.  As far as I’m concerned My December is her best album to date.

All in all Kelly put on a vocally great show full of the songs everyone wanted to hear, and I know she isn’t all about flashy. I just can’t quite put my finger on what was so much better about her past tours, and even if it wasn’t my favorite time I’ve seen her, it’s the best she’s ever sounded. This hometown girl is always worth going to see.



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