Kelly Clarkson and The Fray, US Airways Center, 8/1/12 (VIDEO)
US Airways Center
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
If there was one thing that was surprising at the Kelly Clarkson show at US Airways Center last night, it wasn't that Clarkson looked smoking hot as she wore a flattering, form-fitting dress. It was that she was the opener for The Fray.
Yes, you read right -- Miss Clarkson performed before The Fray on their co-headlining tour, and the acts have been switching spots all tour. Considering Clarkson has probably the most beautiful voice in America, that fact was just blasphemous. The tour should have never been put together this way -- instead, Clarkson should have sold out Comerica Theatre like she's used to, and The Fray would have been better at a smaller venue such as Marquee Theatre.
But alas, Clarkson hopped on-stage after first act Carolina Liar, singing her way through nearly an hour-and-a-half of her hits on what is her Stronger tour. Her voice was the show, which was a little disappointing considering the show was in an arena.
For such a large crowd, you'd expect there to be more fanfare on-stage, with bigger sets, bolder transitions and more crowd banter. But perhaps because the co-headliners had limited time and leeway, Clarkson's set was sweet and simple -- well, there was a holographic Jason Aldean, too, but that was the craziest thing I saw. I would have preferred the show in a more intimate venue considering her voice was the focus, but she still hit so many high notes that her amazing vocals almost made the ticket price worth it.
Clarkson, in a long blond ponytail, was accompanied by a five-piece band and three backup singers. She made her way through both classics and tracks from her latest album, Stronger, throwing in some amazing covers. The highlight of the night was when she walked through the crowd to the back of the arena to sing a cover of fun. (and hometown boy Nate Ruess)'s song "We Are Young." It was nice to see her give the people in the back a little love, and it was a memorable crowd sing-along.