Archive for the ‘Concert Reviews’ Category

Lucinda Williams concert review (archives, 2004)
May 20, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG – Six songs into her show Tuesday at Jannus Landing, Lucinda Williams and her band began to hear calls from fans for some up-tempo favorites.

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

“We’ll do Changed the Locks and Joy,” she responded, chastising the crowd in good-natured fashion. “We’ve got to work up to it. Y’all just chill out.”

Williams didn’t follow with “like us,” but it would have been appropriate. While she performed selections from her remarkable catalog of blues, country, rock and folk songs in fine form, Williams opened the show in such a relaxed manner that some in the packed courtyard grew restless.

Perhaps the crowd’s calls had some effect, because Williams shattered the leisurely tone with grooving renditions of I Lost It, Still I Long For Your Kiss and Righteously, the latter the lead single from 2003’s Grammy-nominated World Without Tears.

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American Idol: Kelly Clarkson / Clay Aiken review (2004)
May 9, 2010

(Originally published February 28, 2004)

TAMPA – Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken followed starmaking turns on American Idol with top-selling singles and albums. Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum, they tested whether their talents could resonate beyond the confines of the TV screen.

It wasn’t presented to be a competition, but come on – these two got their careers from a competition. And while Clarkson was the first American Idol champion, Aiken – the second-season runnerup – easily stole the show.Kelly Clarkson

The co-headliners followed opening act The Neu Sisters with separate sets, except for a show-capping duet of Journey’s Open Arms. They alternate the opening and closing slots each night.

Clarkson was first up Friday, and her set played nothing like a true headlining gig. Instead, it was largely rushed and graceless. (more…)