When Kelly Clarkson became the first “American Idol” in 2002, there was no way of knowing if this singing phenomenon was fleeting or the start of something bigger and more permanent. After 10-plus years, Clarkson has won multiple Grammys, sold millions of albums and released her first greatest hits CD. With that said, it is clear that this singing phenomenon is here to stay.
On Saturday, April 13, Clarkson performed at Beachwood Place Mall. The concert was sponsored by Microsoft, which was promoting its new store opening at Beachwood. Just over 700 people attended, but only the first 100 fans, who began lining up Friday night, were given tickets to the concert and free passes to a meet and greet with Clarkson.
People of all ages showed up for Clarkson’s concert. The excitement radiated from the crowd as they prepared for Clarkson to take the stage. Her performance began at 6 p.m. sharp, with her song “My Life Would Suck Without You,” showing that not only does she have great charisma, but is still the girl next door her audience fell in love with when watching “American Idol.”
After singing her opening song, a few of the audience members in the front row tipped Clarkson off that her zipper was down. She handled herself gracefully by saying, “At least I’m wearing blue panties. Thank god I wasn’t going commando. This hasn’t happened to me in the past decade. I almost had a skirt fall off once, though. Can you guys please tweet me one of those pictures?”
Clarkson performed songs from her album “Greatest Hits, Chapter 1.” The album contains her pop songs from the past, including, “I Forgive You,” “Miss Independent,” “Dark Side,” “Catch My Breath,” and “Because of You.” She also performed her new country-inspired hits, “Mr. Know It All” and duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” which her guitarist Chris Rodriguez sang along side her.
Clarkson thanked everyone multiple times throughout the show as the weather changed from a light rain, to snow, and then hail. She apologized for the miserable weather, which she talked about not being accustomed to because she is from Texas.
Towards the end of the show, she even changed from her leather jacket to a warm, red petticoat and infinity scarf that belonged to her makeup artist, and gloves from an audience member. When she discovered a surprise package in the coat pocket, she exclaimed out loud during her song, “Oh, they’re hand warmers. God bless you.”
Clarkson also performed her newest singles, “Don’t Rush” and “People Like Us.” She also sang a unique remix of the song “We Are Young” by Fun. Both were met with enthusiasm and cheers from the crowd. Clarkson closed ironically with a strong performance of her hit song “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” which not only kept the crowd entertained and singing along the entire time, but received a standing ovation.