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Kelly Clarkson rocks her fans into a frenzy
Kelly Clarkson rocks her fans into a frenzy
by Richard Kennedy - SGN A&E Writer

KELLY CLARKSON
NOVEMBER 12
PARAMOUNT THEATRE


Kelly Clarkson has had a tough year with a record company not fully supporting her last album, My December, and also having her tour scaled back. It almost seemed the power-pop star with the golden voice was destined for failure. But anyone at Monday's show at the Paramount Theatre realized all the set backs have made her even better.

Right before the lights went down, AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" blared throughout the house and the crowd got whipped into a frenzy. As the last note played, the lights went dark and screams erupted, deafening the Paramount. The crowd full of teens, tweens, chaperone mothers and of course, the young diva's Gay fans, jumped to their feet as the curtain rose.

The stage set as the cover of her newest album, with Clarkson sitting in a moody pose in her signature red prom dress, surrounded by thorny vines, covering the staircase she perched on. With guitars blaring, the theatre was plunged into darkness again and when the lights came back on the 26 year-old stood center stage in a satin purple slip with flared black pants that discreetly covered her bare feet. She launched into "Never Again" and I thought I'd never again get my hearing back from the piercing screams of the girls and the Gays! When Clarkson screamed, "Jump!" the fans responded with nothing but enthusiasm.

The Grammy-winning Texas girl sounded like a million bucks, belting out "Here I Am" but was almost drowned out by the audience singing along with every word. In between songs, she still managed to come off as humble and even goofy. She has the fame and fortune but still acts like an ordinary girl with a unique gift, even sounding unrehearsed as she introduced some of the newest songs in the set list.

"What I Feel" and the haunting "Sober" were two major highlights of the new material. The pieces flowed nicely, almost with an 80's rock show theme. She's the Lita Ford and Patti Smyth of this generation&just not as hardcore.

In the middle of the gig a white-draped curtain came down to cover the stage as Clarkson, along with her keyboardist, performed "Because of You" and Patty Griffin's "Up The Mountain" with gospel flair. Also during this almost cabaret-themed centerpiece, she dedicated "Be Still" to her mother before running behind the curtain to begin the last act of the spectacle.

The band began to rock out and their silhouettes surrounded Clarkson's shadow as she twirled to the opening rifts of "Miss Independent." When she finally appeared at the top of the stairs, amidst an "industrial steel" setting, she was full-on belting the hit, and then ran down to the end of the floor to reach out and touch hands with the adoring crowd. Lights completely washed out the setting and became almost blinding as electric guitars screamed, giving the event a full-on rock and roll production. After ending with "Breakaway", the platinum-haired cutie did encores with "Shooter" and of course, "Since You've Been Gone," which caused the entire theatre to vibrate with the weight of her entire fan-base jumping up and down.

There were no costume changes, no choreography, no silly background dancers, just a true young ingénue rocking her fans with nothing but sheer talent. The pop music world is full of over-produced no-talents and Kelly Clarkson is a powerhouse singer full of integrity and staying power.
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