Kelly Clarkson Rocks The Hammerstein Ballroom - Wednesday April 27, 2005
Live Concert Review by Enzo Di Paolo
I got a chance to see Kelly Clarkson on her Breakaway
tour at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The show was
sold out and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The crowd
was at a fever pitch! They danced in the aisles and
waited for their first American Idol winner to come
on. The lights went down and the first chords of Since
You’ve Been Gone began to play. The crowd was
After the first 3 songs, Kelly took a break and
commented on how loud the crowd was. She was shocked!
She said the crowd was so loud, she couldn’t hear
The beginning of her set consisted of high-energy rock
songs. Towards the middle of her set they performed a
collection of her ballads. The band then shifted into
a medley of cover songs. Going from a Janis Joplin
song, switching over to a B.B. King song, then ending
off with Sweet Dreams from the Eurythmics.
The stage set accented the mood of the set list. There
were soft curtains behind the band giving the stage a
comfortable bedroom feel.
Kelly Clarkson’s band was great. They were tight and
sounded as good as the playing on the cd’s. There was
a point in the show where Kelly stepped on glass and
had to be rushed off stage. Without missing a beat the
band filled in with an instrumental version of one of
Kelly was vocally strong from beginning to end. Her
voice held up throughout the show. Accept for some
wardrobe problems she was having, her performance went
off without a hitch. Her set included crowd pleasers
like Behind These Hazel Eyes, Miss Independent.
Beautiful Disaster, and a great punk rock version of A
Moment Like This.
Kelly Clarkson has a great vocal range and is very
talented. If you are tired of pop lip synchers that
are using sex to sell albums, go see Kelly. The show
was entertaining from beginning to end. If she is
performing near you. Get yourself a ticket! You will
have a good time.
I am giving this performance an A-