Friday Five - Kelly Clarkson Concert Videos

Having been to three Britney Spears concerts last week, I’d gotten used to seeing a “show” rather than an actual singing performance, but last night Kelly Clarkson reminded me of the difference. At a Kelly Clarkson concert, there are no elaborate sets, no choreographed dance numbers and no frequent costume changes. Instead, Kelly’s voice -- which is still incredible -- carries the night.

The other big difference between Kelly and Britney is crowd interaction. Britney’s concerts are tightly scheduled, with almost no time given to Britney to talk to the crowd. Kelly, on the other hand, spent plenty of time talking to the crowd. She rambled at times, went way off script, and acknowledged individual people in the crowd. At one point, she spotted a sign that said “Happy 7th Anniversary”, and it took her a few seconds to realize that the sign was about Kelly, and not the fans (tonight was the 7th anniversary of her win on American Idol).

Despite fact that they made a big deal about not recording anything before the show (they even claimed that simply recording was a violation of U.S. copyright law, which I’m pretty sure is not true), I did my standard concert routine, which is to take as many pictures and shoot as many videos as possible. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are my five favorite videos from last night (I took video of eight whole songs).

5. Never Again

I wish I’d taken video of Kelly’s introduction to this song, because it was cute and fun, but I still love the song -- I think I like most of “My December” more than most of her fans.

4. Since U Been Gone

She absolutely owns this song at every show.

3. My Life Would Suck Without You

This is the first time I’ve seen this song live, and it was a great way to close out the show.

2. Behind These Hazel Eyes (Acoustic)

I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure how well this song would work as an acoustic, but Kelly did a great job with it.

1. Because of You

This is my favorite Kelly Clarkson song of all-time, and is probably in my top 5 favorite songs of all-time. The crowd in Vermont did a great job singing along, but if you really wanna hear Kelly at her best, skip ahead to the 2:22 mark, where she does the end of the bridge. I got chills.