Kelly Clarkson and The Fray, US Airways Center, 8/1/12 (VIDEO)

Categories: Last Night
Jim Louvau
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson and The Fray
US Airways Center

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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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.

Jim Louvau
Kelly Clarkson

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.

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Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center)

201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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shinks 1 Like

I think it's a good review and spot on.  She liked Kelly Clarkson and not the Fray and for some reason the concert promoter put them together, which was a bad idea.  I know a little girl who went who doesn't even know who the Fray is.  


I've seen the Fray several times at the Marquee and the room was a little too small for them, but  US Airways arena would be too big and to have to come on after Kelly Clarkson seems very unfair.  Kelly is the bigger star and she should fire whoever came up with the stupid idea, and the Fray should be pissed also to have to play to all those screaming little girls.


As for Kelly's voice being beautiful, the AZCentral review says the same thing....


Thanks for posting the videos!


"The most beautiful voice in America?" Seriously, what the fuck?


 @Guest De hecho es la voz más hermosa del universo, no sólo de U.S.


Sorry but this article is kind of pointless because you admitted at the end that you don't really care about the fray but you like kelly clarkson, so in regards to the concert, you basically just stated your opinions about the musicians. That's like me saying I thought both of them were good because I like both their music.


Yes, this was one of the worst live music reviews I have ever read. The critic obviously loves KC and hates The Fray. This was a complete waste of time.

Ed Bertoldo
Ed Bertoldo

I wish Kelly Clarkson performed for an hour and a half. It was an hour and 5 minutes to be exact.

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