Saturday, Aug 17, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 42 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, August 14, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 33
Kelly Clarkson delivers the goods to enthusiastic Key Arena crowd
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Kelly Clarkson delivers the goods to enthusiastic Key Arena crowd

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

KELLY CLARKSON
WITH ERIC HUTCHINSON
AND PENTATONIX
KEY ARENA
August 12


Here's the thing about Kelly Clarkson: she's the real deal. What you see is what you get. She's a goofball, she has meat on her bones, she's got a Texas accent, and she's often barefoot on stage. She is who she is, and we love her for that. But this girl is also a powerful vocalist, a credible songwriter, three-time Grammy winner, and an impeccable live performer.

Seattle fans experienced the awesomeness of Clarkson when she played to a packed Key Arena on Wednesday night, a stop on her 'Piece by Piece Tour.' She opened her two hour show with 'Dance With Me,' dressed in black denims and a gold sequined jacket, and without shoes. She went directly to the crowd, walking the length of a catwalk and shaking hands with several of them, even grabbing someone's smartphone and snapping a selfie while singing into the microphone. She continued with 'My Life Would Suck Without You,' still greeting audience members on both sides of the runway while dancing, or sporadically twirling, and simultaneously belting out the chorus.

'We haven't toured since 2013,' said Clarkson in between songs. 'Well, I had to make a baby.' That baby, a girl named River Rose, is now two years old.

'Catch My Breath,' a ballad from her latest album, Piece by Piece, was performed softly, in contrast to the hard-rocking 'Nostalgic' that featured sliding LED panels on stage that illuminated in orange and red tones. For the title cut from her new record, Clarkson changed into a classy magenta-colored dress with silver belt; the inspiration for the song came from her husband and the fact that she found a good father for her child.

'I'm so graceful,' she noted playfully, gliding along the catwalk, snatching yet another smartphone from someone's hand and taking a selfie. 'I don't know how I landed a man.'

A pair of familiar power ballads were performed at the end of the runway, 'Because of You' and 'Breakway,' and each was backed dramatically by a full band and three supporting vocalists. Changing into a black skirt and multi-colored blouse, Clarkson wailed beautifully on 'Behind These Hazel Eyes' and then surprised everyone with a gutsy cover of Wynona's 'No One Else on Earth'; she chooses one song to perform in each city by a fellow artist, selected from fan submissions.

True to her unpredictable, witty persona, she told the audience that 'Not all great singers are cool. Some are turds.' She later congratulated herself for nabbing a cowboy for a boyfriend, Brandon Blackstock, who happens to be Reba McEntire's stepson.

'Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)' was explosive, and brilliantly matched Clarkson's fiery vocals with images of flames behind her on the LED window panels. For 'Heartbeat Song,' the leadoff single from Piece by Piece, she was joined by opening act Pentatonix on the runway. A mashup of 'Walk Away' and 'Uptown Funk' got mostly everyone on their feet and dancing along, while a cover of 'Bang Bang' spotlighted the 33 year-old's trio of backup singers who performed the first two verses of the Ariana Grande hit before Clarkson, in a lacy black cocktail dress, appeared near the drum set for the remainder.

'Miss Independent,' her second top 10 single from 2003, and signature tune 'Since U Been Gone' closed out the concert, as those on the main floor jumped up and down wildly during the latter number. It was an enthusiastic finish to a commanding, energetic performance.

One thing is for sure when you see Kelly Clarkson live...she's gonna bring it. Having seen her twice now, I can tell you that she puts everything she's got into those two hours on stage. And, rather than being a diva, she's going to be what she really is, herself.

Eric Hutchinson, who interviewed with Seattle Gay News, and Pentatonix kicked off the night with individual sets. Hutchinson, in a sky blue suit with white sneakers, delivered a rousing set that included material from his newest album Pure Fiction, including 'Love Like You,' 'Tell the World,' and a snippet of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off.' When telling the audience where to follow him on social media, the singer-songwriter joked, 'I'm also on Grindr.' Meanwhile, Pentatonix had a lot of admirers in the crowd, who excitedly watched them perform 'Problem,' 'Telephone,' and a cool version of 'I'd Rather Be' in their unique a cappella style.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Taylor Swift wows 60,000 at CenturyLink Field with explosive show
------------------------------
Seattle (wholeheartedly) welcomes back Idina Menzel
------------------------------
John Rubinstein: A merry Pippin!
------------------------------
Kelly Clarkson delivers the goods to enthusiastic Key Arena crowd
------------------------------
MUSICAL TIDBITS
------------------------------
Arts in Nature Festival
Music, Art & Performance at Seattle's only camp ground

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Special concert slated for roof of Pike Place Market
------------------------------
Marvelous Shaun the Sheep sheer animated perfection
------------------------------
Ricki and the Flash a rocking good time
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2015 - DigitalTeamWorks 2015

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News