On the one hand, many would say how could Kelly Clarkson lose? She was the first winner of the runaway hit singing competition American Idol, and with the prestige of the show, the high-powered 19 management company, RCA Records, and the Fox network all on the line, an imposing alignment of powers-that-be were hyper-motivated to make sure she happened large.
But on the other hand, for the very same reasons, many felt she was destined to fail out in the big bad, semi-democratic real music world, where no matter how hard the Star Making Machinery pushes someone, the music consuming public still — even now — has the final say. Would she have the material, charisma, and determination to make it in the face of potential backlash against her “can’t miss” advantages and to stick it out once the Idol wave waned?
She certainly has. Her second album, Breakaway, is an international smash and her rocky ballad, “Since U Been Gone,” for which she wrote the lyrics, has struck an emotional chord, irrevocably established her credibility, and could end up being seen as the beginning of an era. After three years, it’s hard to picture the bubbly waitress-next-door who won Idol in the worldly, nose-ringed, ripped-jeaned 23 year-old with the rock ‘n’ roll growl.
And she has shown herself to be REAL, as in this music thing isn’t just something that would be fun to do well at – it’s clearly what her life is about. Clarkson has been with her surprisingly rocking band for nearly four years now, and refers to them as her extended family.
She and the band are currently touring Australia, but just announced they are returning to the Bay Area on December 21 at San Jose’s HP Pavilion for a free concert for those who saw her perform there in September in a show she considered substandard.
Clarkson’s performance at the Berkeley Greek Theatre on September 4 was the last she played before being diagnosed with bronchitis. Those who were at the Berkeley Greek Theatre concert on September 4 will be offered the opportunity to attend the new concert date compliments of the star. Tickets to purchase for the new show will also be made available to additional fans Sunday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. as the new venue is larger.
After her show at the Berkeley Greek Theatre, Kelly was forced to postpone five Hazel Eyes Tour stops: Santa Barbara, CA; Irvine, CA; Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV; and Spokane, WA.
She will return to each of those cities (with the exception of Santa Barbara, which will be moved to next summer) beginning December 10 in Las Vegas. Tickets purchased for the postponed concert dates will be honored for the rescheduled dates.
The video for “Because of You,” the fourth single from Breakaway, directed by Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog), is currently number one on MTV’s TRL and VH1’s New Music Radar. If that isn’t enough, the little Texan with the big voice and notable posterior is nominated for four American Music Awards including Artist of the Year.