Okay so it’s not anything new, I am a big fan of Kelly Clarkson. She sort of came to town with the Fray on Saturday. I ventured the whopping hour and a half north to Winstar to check out her Co-Headlining tour with the band.
I quite like the shows at Winstar. The lighting is complete crap and the sound system is just okay. But I don’t have to sit through an opening act I don’t really care to see half the time. So at 7:00 sharp The Fray hit the stage first and performed for a little more than an hour. Their set was chocked full of the songs you would expect to hear from them like How to Save a Life, and You Found Me. Every so often they would throw in some lesser known tunes that unfortunately halted the show. I know it may seem pretentious to say, but how on earth did a band like The Fray get a co head spot with someone like Kelly Clarkson. It truly was like they were a REALLY long opening act. I feel bad for the shows where they are the closing act. I can only imagine the crowd thins out quite a bit. I think they’re a great studio band, I’ve just never been too impressed with their live show. It’s okay, but it’s just so mellow.
When Kelly hit the stage the energy of the crowd went through the roof.. well except for maybe in the High Roller section. A most unfortunate travesty of casino shows. They should put them in a section to the side and maybe ten rows back. That has to be hard to perform to a bunch of people who are there just for the sake of being there, and knowing that the folks who paid a lot to see you because they really want to are in the back.
The set list was flip flopped around from the previous tour she had just done. Making the show run much more smoothly. It was able to keep a steady momentum. She’s unfortunately reached the point of having to perform mostly hits. It’s a shame because since she’s one of my favorites I enjoy several songs that have never been on the radio.
Since it’s a co headline tour her set is also cut down. I was very sad to see a medley of some of my favorite non radio tunes pulled from the line up. Bummer! But even with that little bit of disappointment, the show was absolutely solid. You can’t deny her talent. She’s the best vocalist in pop music today, and her voice was flawless Saturday night. I can honestly say I’ve never seen her happier on stage either. I had a much better time at this show than I did the one in February at Verizon Theatre. It’s bizarre how a similar show could feel so different but sometimes it just happens that way.