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Kellie Pickler is powerful, a headliner in opening act’s clothing. TX Concert Review

Discussion in 'Concert Reviews' started by ChrisKellieFan, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. ChrisKellieFan

    ChrisKellieFan Kellie Fan

    Great review of Corpus Christi TX concert 3/12/2010!

    Taylor Swift: A victim in song only, powerful and pretty it-girl on stage
    Tom Whitehurst / Caller-Times

    Posted March 13, 2010 at 3:13 p.m.

    CORPUS CHRISTI — A 13-year-old daughter provides a convenient cover story for a 52-year-old Steve Earle fan at a Taylor Swift concert.

    Just trying to be Dad of the Year, is all. Parents don’t go to these things to hear the music. They do it for their kids. Really.

    OK, I’ll confess: I heart Taylor Swift. I want to protect her like I want to protect my 13-year-old. I want to slap some sense into that boy who belongs with her and not that high-heeled cheer captain. I want to protect her from Kanye.

    Well, Friday night at American Bank Center, I found out one more contradiction to the Taylor Swift image, besides the reality-stretching concept that someone so pretty and so successful could be such a down-and-out wallflower. What I and the rest of the sold-out crowd found out was that Taylor Swift doesn’t need protecting.

    That fragile porcelain image is bogus. Yes, she’s rail thin and pale to the point of translucence, but more like a “Twilight” vampire than a china doll — powerful, bold, energetic, strong, shatterproof. When she struts, you kind of have to wonder if maybe she can beat you up.

    She unleashed herself early on, during the first song, “You Belong with Me.” The dancers were in cheerleader outfits and she was in a band uniform. She pulled the helmet off, shook out that unruly mass of blond hair and the crowd screamed. It got louder when the band uniform fell off to reveal a shiny silver mini underneath.

    But how was the music? you ask. Exhilarating, a range of emotion, Nashville-studio professional and, thankfully, still the main purpose of a glitzy, Vegas-like but proper and age-appropriate show.

    Like a Corr or a Dixie Chick or a Mandrell sister, she played actual instruments — guitar and piano. Her many guitars, even the ones that match her outfits, aren’t just accessories. Guitarists in the audience recognized them as the guitars they’d buy if they had Bill Gates money.

    And I don’t know where these haters who say her voice in concert is weak and lacks range get their 411. She soared, her dynamics went from lilting-to-loud and, occasionally, she had to hold the microphone away.

    She also told us she loved us, and we believed. She established a special connection with the teen- and tween-age girls who identify most closely with her themes. She clearly is their empowering voice, validating their vulnerability, exposing their insecurity, expressing their rage.

    And I’m, like, I know, right? Because, as she talked directly to those girls, the rest of us heard, nodded, agreed. I guess we never really forget or outgrow our teen angst. She reminds us, and maybe that’s why more than a few of us oldsters (over 21) admit we like her.

    Some highlights: “Romeo and Juliet” was done in Court-of-King-James costume. She used video-aided skits as intros to some of her songs. She parodied her songs about exes with spoof interviews of ex-boyfriends describing how the songs changed their lives. She had fun establishing herself as the scourge of errant boyfriends, a PG-13-rated Alanis Morissette.

    And the 13-year-old insists that I not fail to mention that water fell onto her in a shower from the ceiling during her finale.

    All in all, Taylor Swift was the payoff for that Jonas Brothers concert a couple of years ago.

    P.S. The two opening acts were a treat, and several minutes into her show Taylor Swift took a few minutes to talk them up. She referred to Gloriana as a hot new country band. I heard rock. Call it whatever. I’d pay to see just them. Kellie Pickler is powerful, a headliner in opening act’s clothing. If she were of a mind to do “Piece of my Heart,” she’d tear it up.

    Tom Whitehurst Jr. has two Taylor Swift songs on an iPhone playlist that includes Hendrix, Dylan, Muddy Waters, Earle and, OK, the Bangles. His daughter, Olivia, provided input for this review.

  2. fanofkellie

    fanofkellie New Member

    Yep! A headliner in an opening act's clothing.

    I agree with this guy completely! Kellie, with her powerful vocals, would absolutely rock the joint and tear it up with a song like "Piece Of My Heart."
  3. north_clt

    north_clt New Member

    I enjoyed the entire review. Clearly, this guy went to have a great time with his daughter and the review reflected that.

    The comments about Kellie are right on the money. She's definitely headliner material.
  4. ChrisKellieFan

    ChrisKellieFan Kellie Fan

    Yeah when I saw her 1st performances on Idol I could tell she would be a great headliner. I'm sure the judges and label saw the same thing. I didn't get this impression about anyone else in the top 24 except Daughtry. I was surprised when recently Kellie said she doesn't see herself as a headliner. She has headlined many concerts, they were all awesome and it's been obvious for years that she is a headliner. She just doesn't have the promo and massive airplay required to headline and sell out giant tours (like Carrie and Taylor are doing because they have always had that promo and airplay including on pop radio). As soon as Miranda hit #1 on radio they announced her 1st headlining tour. Naturally it's smaller since like Kellie she doesn't have massive airplay.

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