Venue: Wembley Arena, London
Kelly Clarkson brought her 57-date Stronger Tour to an end at Wembley Arena on Saturday night, and she certainly went out with a bang, giving a performance that was unforgettable.
Kelly rose to fame after winning American Idol in 2002 and after a decade she’s still going strong and successful as ever. She’s sold over 23 million albums worldwide, has won several accolades including two Grammy Awards and is a huge inspiration to many, as well as being an amazing live performer.
Kelly kicked the night off with her international hit song ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, which had the crowd on their feet and singing along immediately. She performed a range of tracks from across all five of her studio albums including hit songs ‘Breakaway’, ‘Already Gone’ and ‘Dark Side’ as well as one of my favourite songs; ‘Because Of You’. Kelly also treated fans to a couple of covers, including a fantastic performance of Fun’s ‘We Are Young’, as well as Patty Griffin’s ‘When It Doesn’t Come Easy’. Later on in the night she gave a special performance of her new song ‘Catch My Breath’ which is featured on her upcoming album ‘Greatest Hits: Chapter One’ that is out on November 26th.
One thing that Kelly Clarkson is known for is her self-empowerment and independence, which many people, including myself admire her for. So I was especially happy when she performed what many would call ‘girl power’ songs in her encore, including ‘Never Again’, ‘Mr Know It All’ and ‘Miss Independent’, before bringing the night to a close on a high, with her most successful single to date ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’.
Kelly’s strong and powerful voice was flawless throughout the night and some may even say she sounds better live then she does on her albums. She’s also got a good sense of humour, as she worked her Texan charm on the crowd by constantly interacting and joking with them, showing how even with all her success, she is very down to earth.
What I love most about Kelly is not only that she is a brilliant songwriter with a fantastic voice, but she’s a very versatile artist too, something which is quite uncommon these days. She’s produced some very rocky and edgy songs, as well as some stunning ballads, and her performance at Wembley proved how she truly is a brilliant artist.
Barbadian foursome ‘Cover Drive’ were the support act and they definitely got the crowd warmed up. They performed a range of songs from their debut album ‘Bajan Style’ as well as a great reggae inspired cover of Maroon 5’s ‘One More Night’.
All in all, the atmosphere at Wembley was fantastic, the set list had the perfect balance of songs and Kelly Clarkson gave just as expected, a stunning performance. It may have been the last date of her tour, but after the reaction from the crowd it’s obvious that Kelly’s still going strong after ten years and that won’t be changing any time soon.