Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The September Kelly Clarkson show in Nashville (and the Fray)

On September 15th (the weekend BEFORE the half marathon I'm sure you're tired of hearing about) me and my hubby and our friend Bridgett and her boyfriend headed down to Nashville the big city for the Kelly Clarkson concert. (ahem) the concert we bought tickets for back in April. This was the final show of her Stronger tour. 

Before we even got inside Bridgestone Arena, we noticed a bit of a hubbub outside. It was Colton Dixon of American Idol fame. No he didn't win, but he was dang good and he's a local - from middle Tennessee just like us.

He was cool - posing with every fan that wanted a pic with him. That night I started following him on Twitter.  

The first opening act for Kelly was Carolina Liar. If I'm being honest, their band sounded good but the lead, not so much. 

Then The Fray came out ~  ~  ~ 

See us whilest we sit in the floor section in some mighty fine seats - - 

The lead singer for The Fray, Isaac Slade came out into the audience and they had a keyboard set up like right by us... it was spittin' distance as they say in the country. Cool stuff. Woulda been cooler if we were sittin in the row he literally ran through. Talk about crazy! 

But let's face it. We bought these tickets cuz we wanted to hear Kelly's pipes. 

And blow the roof off she did! 

She sang
My Life Would Suck Without You
Behind These Hazel Eyes
I Forgive You
Dark Side
Let Me Down
We Are Young
Already Gone
Don't You Wanna Stay
I Know You Won't (a Carrie Underwood cover - fan request)
Go Rest High on that Mountain (a Vince Gill cover - Kelly's own choice)
You Love Me
Since U Been Gone

This was a little catwalk type stage right behind us. Super cool. 
She sang Already Gone from this here spot. Probably because she was having trouble hearing & seeing me from the main stage.

For the encore, she did ~ 
Because of You
Mr. Know It All
Miss Independent

A few things you should know before attending a Kelly Clarkson show: 
#1 You will hear her amazing voice and wish you could sing just like her
#2 She will NOT mess up ever
#3 She's really funny when she talks to the audience between songs
#4 You shouldn't expect a buncha lights and smoke and junk. Her voice is the focus of the show. Although she does change clothes several times. So if you're into that.
#5 You'll love her

It was so awesome to go to a concert and hear someone sing flawlessly and be so so very entertaining. Her band sounded great, too. But since I'm a singer, I always focus on the vocals :-P

During the show she told us that her new home is Nashville. Cool! She said her and her boyfriend had recently moved here. And her dog. Hope we run into em sometime. I think she'd be cool to hang out with.

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