Kelly Clarkson and Train packed the Marcus Amphitheater at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 29. Jimmy Cliff, Kellie Pickler, Cowboy Mouth, Mutemath and The Hives were other featured headliners. However it was Fun., one of the breakout artists from 2011, that appeared to have drawn the largest crowd on the general admission ground’s stages. Fortunately, a cool lake breeze finally quelled the oppressive heat from the previous few days.
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The “world’s largest music festival” brought in a solid mix of talent for 2012. Rascal Flatts started things off on Wednesday night, while the Foo Fighters’ sold-out show rocked Milwaukee into oblivion last night. Pop icon Kelly Clarkson, the original winner of American Idol nearly a decade ago, bought out a teenage crowd that complemented Train’s young adult fanbase.
Fans were happy to see Clarkson hit the stage, her most recent show scheduled for Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater in February was canceled before tickets even went on sale due to “scheduling conflicts.” Clarkson is currently touring on 2011 release “Stronger” while searching for new ideas to spark creativity for new music. She opened with “Dark Side” and the crowd moved to their feet.
Her opening number was apropos, most of her material centers around her personal grief. Despite her lyrics, the music was generally uplifting and she consistently bounced around stage suggesting that her demeanor is much happier than what is suggested through her songs. She asked the crowd, “How are you doing? Let me see those hands,” before moving into “Behind These Hazel Eyes.”
“Since U Been Gone” brought fans’ hands above their heads and they bounced along with Clarkson, also helping to sing the chorus. Clarkson said, “We are so excited to be here, we just flew in today. We love that we’re outside and feeling comfortable.” She introduced “You Love Me” by commenting, “This song took me a decade to write, it took that many people to piss me off to write it.”
The past decade has been good to Clarkson and her voice has gotten stronger. She shined on “Mr. Know It All” and “Because of You.” She surprised the crowd, performing her hit tune “Stronger” with Wisconsinite Jordan Meredith from “Duets” to close her set.
Train, fronted by Patrick Monahan and hail from San Francisco, entered the amphitheater behind the massive locomotive sounds that emanated from speakers that lined the front of the stage. A massive “California 37” curtain was draped behind the stage, representing their sixth studio release.
Monahan’s voice was rock solid though he shared the spotlight with fans on “Meet Virginia” and “Save Me, San Francisco.” The crowd was equally split between those wanting to chill and enjoy the set and others who would rather sing-along and dance to the music.
Train brought two fans from the audience to perform a pair of songs in the middle of their set, “Bruised” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The latter tune suggested that Train have filled the void for adult-oriented, radio-friendly pop music that formerly belonged to Journey.
Current hit “Drive By” shows that Train have a formula for success. The also performed “Mermaid” and “California 37” from the new album. They finished with “Drops of Jupiter” and “Sing Together” to put the finishing touches on a nearly perfect evening.
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Save Me, San Francisco
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey cover)
Hey, Soul Sister
Drops of Jupiter