Saturday: Kelly Clarkson At The Galleria

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Allison Wagoner
Kelly Clarkson
The Galleria
June 25, 2011

Aftermath knew that Pride weekend in Houston was going to get a little weird for us, but we didn't think our Saturday afternoon pregame ritual would be standing amongst 100 tweens singing along to "Since U Been Gone," fighting off a bad case of swamp butt. By the way, swamp butt is a new expression for us, and we will be using it regularly this summer.

That was a drawn-out way of saying that Kelly Clarkson performed at the Galleria on Saturday afternoon. Microsoft sponsored Clarkson's 30-minute set in celebration of its first store opening in Texas. Her DJ had to "X" out the Apple on his Macbook.

We stood and sweated for almost an hour to get as close as possible to the stage and during the waiting period we tried chatting with the energized fans until we realized that we are old(er), tattooed, and prone to chub sweating. We have become the proverbial "stranger."

Kelly came to the stage wearing a tight, black-and-white striped dress. The Internet had told us she was fat; she's not. She's down-South thick and it's beautiful. The Texas native mentioned how happy she was to be back home, and opened with one of her many radio hits, "Miss Independent."

Really, though, as the set went on we began to remember just how many hits she's had.

After "Since You've Been Gone", Clarkson slowed it down for the wholesome, sentimental ballads "Because of You" and "Breakaway." By that point, we'd moved to a more open area to watch the front row of girls in the crowd spread their arms a la Angels In The Outfield.

She ended her performance by jumping around with her bouncy wave of fans to "My Life Would Suck Without You."

Personal Bias: Despite the sweaty crowd and bad vantage points, we were enjoying it from afar. We wanted to hear "A Moment Like This," though.

The Crowd: Metalmouths, first time girlfriend-boyfriends, and irritated parents.

Overheard In The Crowd: The DJ played some songs to get the crowd ready for Kelly, so we heard every lyric to "Never Say Never" by Justin Bieber. That song is kind of catchy.

Random Notebook Dump: #datass

SET LIST

Miss Independent
Walk Away
Since U Been Gone
Because of You
Breakaway
My Life Would Suck Without You



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11 comments
Remulac
Remulac

will you not allow the photo from the event that I sent you of "datass" ?

Sasi
Sasi

I am a crazed Kelly fan, and I am old. She has fans of all ages! I would have loved to have seen her mini-concert. I have seen her perform 3 times live, and she is probably the best live singer I have ever seen. She also sings with more emotion than anyone. Her pipes are killer. I cannot wait until her new album drops whenever RCA stops messing around!!!!

Jaime
Jaime

Ive been a fan of hers for over 9 years and had seen her 4 times. I was one of the lucky ones that got to meet her. She is so nice and freaking beautiful & AMEN you are right she is not fat. She looks great!!!

Jules
Jules

Many people talk about Kim Kardashian's butt. But daaammmnn Kelly's ass is where the party's at!! Every black dude was checking her out, taking pictures of it. Way to represent the white Greek girls there, Kel!

Fenterman
Fenterman

What no full length photo including #datass?

Jeff
Jeff

I had really hoped she would cover some Debbie Gibson or Tiffany.

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

The software for the comments doesn't always allow posting of URLs because of spam attacks that week get. But I saw your pic and I enjoyed it.

Sasi
Sasi

Why? Kelly's songs are amazing. Gibson and Tiffany are not real artists like Kelly.

Remulac
Remulac

haha, thanks. i tried to post it again. I agree, she's the beautiful kind of thick and incredibly sweet and talented. Lucky you!!

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