Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kelly Clarkson Concert Succeeds despite Occasionally Bland Material

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kelly Clarkson Concert Succeeds despite Occasionally Bland Material

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It's no secret that Kelly Clarkson knows her way around other folks' hits. What else would one expect from the first winner of TV's "American Idol"?

Take for example her version of the Zutons' "Valerie," as rendered by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson, which Clarkson performed for close to 11,000 fans at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Sunday night on her "Piece By Piece" tour.

It was during the special section of Clarkson's show called Fan Request where, on the day of the show, fans select a song for Clarkson to perform that night.

Though she didn't quite top Winehouse's version of "Valerie," Clarkson's faithful interpretation didn't disappoint and reminded listeners of her glory days on "Idol" when she could take any song and render it hers.

The song topped much of her own material, which can come off on the bland, flavorless side despite her undeniably big voice, such as on her concert's opening songs: "Dance With Me," a song from her latest album, "Piece by Piece," and an older hit "My Life Would Suck Without You."

Wearing a variety of colorful, playful costumes, Clarkson belted out polished pop ditties new and old. There were new songs, played up heavily, such as "Nostalgic" and "Invincible" and her classics such as "Mr. Know It All," "Because of You," "Breakaway," "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."

"I totally messed up the words, but that's OK," she said after "Nostalgic."

She stripped back "Piece By Piece" so fans could hear every word, which as she said "is the point."

"Do you see all the bugs?" she asked fans after the song, swatting her hand around her face. "I almost swallowed one. I will stop the show. I'm not Beyonc, the show will not go on. I'm not that professional."

When she wasn't describing the origins of a song, her conversations were off the cuff like that, as they've always been. …

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