Kelly Clarkson: Live In SA

2010-03-18 10:27
Kelly Clarkson Live

Now that I think about it, it could have been due to the comic scene of security guards forbidding everyone to go outside with their beers. From one Afrikaner boerseun to another "Jis ou, ons kannie eens ons biere uitvattie ou!" (Gee guy, we can't even take our beers outside, guy!)

Watch the video of Kelly performing her hit single "All I ever Wanted": here

Twelve year olds "dressed in their best" pink Hannah Montana outfits, poppies in short skirts and clear heels, black eyeliner Goths, smooth dressed jocks (hmm, makes you wonder for which team they're actually rooting), emo kids and even your average older tannie asking pappie for another drink: you name it, it or they were there.

Opening act, Idols winner Jason Hartman and his band, or rather the Jason Hartman Family Band, put up quite a show. Having his lean muscled shirtless brother on drums, his ou hippie ponytailed father on bass and two guys making up the brass section really put a spin on your usual prefabricated backing band look. It didn't matter that i didn't know Jason's music that well, as I was educated very quickly by the loud sing along crowd on hits like "On the Run" and "Break the Silence". The sound wasn't great and Jason missed a few notes, but the band was tight, the show highly entertaining and Jason showed why he deserved to win Idols.

Next up was Kelly. What can I say? Lights (lots of them and bright ones!)... Camera...and Action! Appearing barefoot on stage, the original American idols winner blew the crowd away with "All I Ever Wanted". Always known for embracing her rock side and not conforming to any particular pop Idols criteria, Kelly proved once again that she is an artist to be reckoned with. Singing her own amazing interpretation of The Black Keys' "Lies" accompanied only by one Gibson electric guitar, she produced a smouldering live performance dripping with sexy sweaty blues. Been listening to old Janis Joplin albums, Kelly?

Another highlight was the acoustic version of the break-up song "Behind These Hazel Eyes" dedicated to, as Kelly said, "the tool I once dated" which she sang with such conviction that for a moment there I forgot I was married! 

Watching her rock the stage song after song - or rather hit after hit - with her awesome band I discovered I knew almost all the words to her songs. So much for not being such a big fan! And her electric guitarist who really impressed me with his amazing solos (or was it his amazing looks?). Yep, I have to admit, I've officially been Kelly'd.

Walking into the foyer at Grand West Arena I felt excited for the first time. Maybe it was the fact that this was my first big international concert attendance as part of the MEDIA or maybe it was the thought of a night out?
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