The first American Idol winner when she was just 2o, Kelly Clarkson kicked off her debut performance in Malaysia with a bang as her first Asian destination of her 'All I Ever Wanted' world tour. She flew from Australia after her final Australian show in Perth on 22nd April 2010. Yes, you heard me right, PERTH. We are coming!
Accompany by my two friends in last minute deal, we arrived at the stadium about 7.30pm and I was so excited to see the crowd around the stadium. There were people of all ages and races casually making their way to the various stadium entrances. This much-awaited concert starts promptly at 8.00pm with opening performances of two local singers, the first Malaysian Idol winner; Jaclyn Victor and One In A Million season one winner; Suki.
At 8.30pm, Kelly’s VIP MPV crossing the run track of the stadium to back stage and at times, thousands of fans seemed to scream for no reason, so excited were they to be there. Appearing on stage in a black dress with leggings, the Texas-born singer entertained the audience to a selection of hits taken from her four albums, Thankful (2003), Breakaway (2004), My December (2007) and her latest All I Ever Wanted (2009).
We were surprised by watching at Kelly seems to be a little bit 'bigger' as we could imagine or should I say chubby, compare to her younger days and probably that she can’t jump so frequent with weight piles on but who cares when her talents still rocking. We got a chance to enjoy listening to her acoustic version of some favourite songs and the medley few songs halfway through the concert. We also saw some portion of fans lifted her further by singing “Happy Birthday!” who turned 28 on Saturday, 24th April and that brought on the smiles.
Clarkson electrified thousands of screaming fans at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil with hits like Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes and My Life Would Suck Without You and many others. The hits, which had the audience singing along, included All I Ever Wanted, I Do Not Hook Up, Breakaway, Since U Been Gone and Because of You, but it was the last song, My Life Would Suck Without You, that got the audience jumping to their feet.
Here are some pictures I thought I would share with you all which I could possible snapped with my camera. Sorry if you can’t see her clearer in these pictures coz it was the closest zoom and distance that I have with it. Sure, you are able to see her close-up performance even you were at the last row seats where organiser putting up two big screens next to the stage. But when we go to a concert we sure want to see the live act performing, even if we can’t make out their faces. If we wanted to watch the screen, we would have stayed home and watched Clarkson on YouTube.
Although we don’t see glamour stage and luxury dressing like most Asian artists did, there were a lot of good things about this concert experience and we were really enjoy with her non-stop live performance with stunning atmosphere, lighting, sound system and the reaction from the fans. The 1 ½-hour concert ended at 10.00pm without encore.
At first, I thought I might passing those tickets to others but I’m glad I got to see her perform here. Even when the Malaysian weather seemed to be affecting her performance a little, she was a pro and put on a show that thousands of excitedly screaming and delirious fans will remember for a long, long time. Gosh... I am liking being to concert already!