We all have our music guilty pleasures and one of mine comes in the form of Kelly Clarkson. And when the opportunity came up to shoot her sold-out show at the Fox Theatre, I jumped at the chance to see one of my favorite pop stars. While a totally different atmosphere than the smaller venues and unknown bands that scored a 8.5 on Pitchfork that I’m more used to, it was an amazing opportunity nonetheless.
It hasn’t been that long since Matt Nathanson‘s appearance in St. Louis (October at the Pageant), but the songwriter was back in town and on a much bigger stage as the current supporting act for Ms. Clarkson. Between deciphering the adult themes in Disney movies and leading crowd clap-a-longs, Nathanson led a cover of James’ “Laid” in addition to his other tracks from Modern Love.
Further Listening: Modern Love
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As the lights dimmed to Clarkson’s voice singing “Dark Side,” a short movie played on the curtain covers recapping all of the criticism aimed at her over the recent years (label problems, album leaks, weight). But the singer showed no signs of being affected by the media’s lobs and came out confident and ready to crush it with her voice. As she continued on to “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Since U Been Gone,” friends and families in the crowd jumped and sang along, totally soaking up the experience.
Further Listening: Stronger
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-Usually banished to the sound board, photographers lucked out and got to shoot from outside the orchestra pit this evening. The distance was still in 80-200mm lens range, but I can’t even fathom what it’s like trying to shoot from back in the sound board.
-Props to the lady who was screaming in defense of the singer as the criticism movie was playing.
-With shooting only allowed for songs two and three, time was limited and strategy was important. My desire to get a mix of perspectives backfired at times, missing opportune shots of Clarkson interacting with her bandmates or fans because I was either on the wrong side of the stage or changing a lens.