This week, Maroon 5 (plus sixth-man Sam Farrar) and Kelly Clarkson brought their dual tour to both Cleveland and Clarkston (
filling nearly four hours with non-stop hits and further cementing the obviousness
of a joint tour with the two artists. Two of the most popular artists in pop(ular)
music, they have also each been successful for over 10 years. They have each
taken great care in releasing true-to-self music without degrading or being
afraid of habitating the more pop side of pop/rock, and as a result were able
to fill an entire evening with some of the most anthemic pop hits of the last
Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson have each grown up with their (diversely-aged) fans, evolving into the kind of people who get engaged (mostly them), buy homes (mostly them), and solidify 401ks (hey, there’s one for me!). Both acts have established here-to-stay-as-long-as-they-choose careers, and the result is a tour of like-minded (and admittedly mostly female) fans who live for this kind of sweaty, knee-cracking amphitheater tour with artists we've loved since our more flat stomached, higher energy level school days.
There was no pitchy stripping needed at either concert, and a 15-minute technical delay during Kelly’s set in Clarkston couldn’t even dampen the mood (either Detroit forgot to pay its bills, or Miley snuck into the electrical equipment to do some damage. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure security found a Hannah Montana wig backstage). http://instantrimshot.com/
This tour is another must-see for any fan of music. It gets the "That's So Abby" thumbs up, AND seal of approval. You're so welcome.
You can see my Cleveland photos here and my Detroit photos here.
Both groups had the same setlist for each show: