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Dierks Bentley: Good Songs, Underwhelming Show

Dierks Bentley in Concert
Friday, April 13, 2012
Nokia Theatre LA Live

Special guests: Will Hoge, Eli Young Band

Country and Cold Cans Tour 2012

Songs performed: Tip It on Back, Feel That Fire, Am I the Only One, Lots of Leavin’ Left to Do, Trying to Stop Your Leaving, 5-1-5-0, Settle for a Slowdown, Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go), Up On The Ridge, Come A Little Closer, How Am I Doin’, Home, (Graham Parker cover), (Foo Fighters cover), Garrett Hedlund song, Country and Cold Cans, Sideways, What Was I Thinkin’

Comments: Country hunk Dierks Bentley proved to be more of a bar singer than the headliner he should be in his latest tour. And that’s too bad, because he is a good singer and performer.

This was my third time seeing Mr. Bentley. He really won me over with his second album “Modern Day Drifter.” I first saw him as a opening act for Kenny Chesney, then in his own tour in support of his 3rd album. His current tour is in support of his 6th album “Home.”

So what was the issue? I enjoyed myself, but I really think he had a hard time making a connection with the crowd. Why is it that other country acts I have seen that came out around the same time (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton), have gone on to greater success and acclaim, while he is still in the middle of the pack so to speak. It’s not like he is not still getting airplay on country radio, because he is.

He’s a good looking guy, but he tends to downplay his looks with a scruffy beard. Play up your sex appeal, tighter clothes, cleaner appearance. And why not, have more of a spectacle? Video screens, different backdrops and dramatic lighting. You are playing a venue that seats 7,000, yet I got the feeling that you could have done the same show in a much smaller venue like the House of Blues. He couldn’t even sell out the venue… and he has kept prices down too.

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Kelly Clarkson: Sass & Soul

Kelly Clarkson in Concert
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Nokia Theatre LA Live

Special guest: Matt Nathanson

Stronger Tour 2012

Songs performed: “Dark Side,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Heavy In Your Arms,” “When You Believe,” “Einstein,” “Walk Away,” “Til the World Ends,” “Leave the Pieces,” “I Know You Won’t,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “Let Me Down,” “I Forgive You,” “Already Gone,” “You Still Won’t Know What It’s Like,” “Breakaway,” “Mr. Know It All,” “Miss Independent,” “Never Again,” “Because of You,” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” “My Life Would Suck Without You”

Comments: Kelly Clarkson brought her “Stronger” tour to LA at the Nokia Theatre last night. I was instantly reminded why I fell in love with her in the first place on “American Idol.” She is just the girl next door with a fantastic voice, and a down home personality. This is someone you could see hanging out with, and someone you can relate to. She has one of the most distinctive voices in pop music today, and for me, she can sing just about anything. And she showed that she can do rock, pop, soul, blues, country and even dance.

This was my third time seeing Kelly. The first time was on her co-headlining tour with Clay Aiken. Second was on her headlining tour for the “Breakaway” album. Years of recording, touring and award show performances have done her well. She is the seasoned veteran now after winning “Idol” over 10 years ago.

The show started with “Dark Side,” one of the new songs. Using a screen backdrop at the front of the stage, they displayed headline images from the tabloids about her — Is she too heavy, is she a diva, is she losing sponsors, is she washed up at 29? Showing from the show that she put on, she is far from over! This was followed by 2 of her big hits from her “Breakaway” album: “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Since U Been Gone.”

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