I don’t usually take a lot of photos at concerts but I managed to get quite a few nice ones of Carrie Underwood. If you want to see more then go here.
In an interview with BBC earlier this week, Carrie Underwood said that when she first announced her first UK gig at the Royal Albert Hall, she wondered whether anyone would buy tickets as we don’t “do” country music over here and yet the concert still sold out within 90 minutes. That is pretty impressive for an artist who had never done a concert over here before and, before Monday, had never released an album in the UK.
Although there was no support act which meant we had a long wait for Carrie and her band to come on, it was worth the wait.
She was INCREDIBLE. It was the ‘Blown Away’ tour but because she has never toured over here before, her setlist was incredibly varied with a mix of songs from all her albums, not just her latest. My favourite album of hers is ‘Play On’ and I could have done with hearing more songs from that but she did play ‘Undo It’ which is one of my favourites and a definite highlight of the concert. From ‘Blown Away’, I really really wanted her to play ‘See You Again’ which is a favourite and I thought that for her encore, she should have done that and ‘Play On’, which are lyrically appropriate.
As it is she ended the main set with ‘Before He Cheats’ (Yay!) and did ‘I Know You Won’t‘ and ‘Blown Away’ for the encore.
Her setlist included the obvious ‘Good Girl’ (opening), ‘Cowboy Casanova’, ‘Flat On The Floor’, ‘Last Name’. From her latest album was ‘Two Black Cadillacs’, ‘One Way Ticket’ etc. And older songs included ‘Temporary Home’, ‘So Small’, ‘Wasted’, ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’.
She also did a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ which was not only exceptionally brave but equally brilliant.
Overall, it was amazing and I am sure with the response she got from the audience and critics, she’ll be back again soon – I’d love to see her in a smaller venue like ‘Hammersmith Apollo’ or ‘Shepherd’s Bush’ but she could equally sell out a stadium!
And the gig got given 4 out of 5 stars from The Evening Standard. Woop! Come back soon Carrie!
PS. She is so ridiculously pretty, it hurts.