With her Breakaway tour wrapping up Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kelly Clarkson said she's looking forward to taking her bare feet from the stage to the beach for some much-needed R&R. Her vacation won't last long, though — after a quick run around Europe, Kelly will head back to the States for more touring.
She's been promising more shows since her birthday late last month (see "Kelly Clarkson Turns 23; Fans' Tour Wishes Come True"), and she held a press conference Monday to announce her plans. One reason Clarkson wanted to come back around again, she said, was to sing for fans who couldn't get tickets to her previous sold-out shows. Her Hazel Eyes Tour kicks off July 6 in Lubbock, Texas, and runs through September 10 in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale June 4.
Although she'll be playing bigger venues this time around, Clarkson said she plans to get out into the crowd and keep things intimate. "I hate going to concerts and you're like, 'Man, that speck is doing a great job,' " she said.
Another reason why the show must go on is the continued success of Breakaway. Three singles into the record, Clarkson's "Behind These Hazel Eyes" is battling Mariah Carey for #1 on "TRL." Clarkson admits she had a lot riding on the video and single, especially because she came up with the concept and took body blows while getting it all on film (see "Kelly Clarkson Gets Real Wounds Acting Out Emotional Ones For New Video").
Don't let the wedding dress fool you, though. Clarkson is in no hurry to walk down the aisle. "Oh Lord, no, not till I'm like 35. Unless Mr. Perfect comes along, which I'm not seeing happening," she said. "I don't have the time. I want to be married. I want to be the soccer mom and everything. I just don't want to be married until 35. You have less risk of screwing up after that I think."
In fact, she sees a failed "piece of crap" relationship as the fuel for what made her record connect with people so well. And relationships aren't getting any easier. The hardest part of being famous, she said, is dating. "I've just let it go for a while. It's just weird. You either date a fan that's really into 'Kelly Clarkson,' " she said, enclosing her name in air quotes, "but doesn't know you at all, or they're just trying to get ahead in the business."
Aside from fending off disingenuous suitors, a new phenomenon has arisen from the success of her second single, the "I Will Survive" update "Since U Been Gone." The rock-out break-up track is attracting a whole new breed of fans.
"It's ridiculous how well that song was received by hard rockers, by indie people," she said. "They will say stuff about it and I'm just floored. I was walking around with a friend of mine and this hard-rock guy came up to me and was like, 'I look stupid but I tell my friends I love this song.' Like, people at concerts are like, 'That's my guilty pleasure. ... I don't mean to be mean, but I didn't want to like the "American Idol" girl.' But they love that song, and it kind of won them over."
By the way, don't ask her who's going to win this season's competition. "You're going to laugh at me, but I don't even know who Bo is," she said, explaining that she's just been too busy to keep up with the show.
Kelly Clarkson tour dates, according to her label:
- 7/6 - Lubbock, TX @ Municipal Auditorium
- 7/7 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
- 7/9 - San Antonio, TX @ Municipal Auditorium
- 7/10 - New Orleans, LA @ UNO Arena
- 7/12 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
- 7/14 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Arena
- 7/15 - Ft. Myers, FL @ Germain Arena
- 7/17 - Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
- 7/18 - Jacksonville, FL @ Times Union Center Theater
- 7/20 - Birmingham, AL @ Boutwell Auditorium
- 7/21 - Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry
- 7/23 - Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Center
- 7/24 - Charlotte, NC @ Cricket Arena
- 7/26 - Norfolk, VA @ Old Dominion University
- 7/27 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino
- 7/29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ A.J. Palumbo Center
- 7/30 - Toms River, NJ @ Ritacco Center
- 8/1 - Binghamton, NY @ Broome County Arena
- 8/2 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Arena
- 8/4 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
- 8/5 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
- 8/7 - Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena
- 8/8 - Hershey, PA @ Grant Center
- 8/10 - Ottawa, ON @ Corel Centre
- 8/11 - Kitchener, ON @ Center in the Square
- 8/13 - Chicago, IL @ Northerly Island
- 8/14 - Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
- 8/16 - Battle Creek, MI @ Kellog Arena
- 8/17 - Saginaw, MI @ Wendler Arena
- 8/19 - Dayton, OH @ Hara Arena
- 8/20 - St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theater
- 8/22 - Toledo, OH @ SeaGate Convention Center
- 8/24 - Louisville, KY @ Louisville Gardens
- 8/26 - W. Lafayette, IN @ Elliot Hall of Music
- 8/27 - Memphis, TN @ Mud Island
- 8/29 - Denver, CO @ Lecture Hall Theater
- 8/30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Abrevental Hall
- 9/1 - Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
- 9/2 - Boise, ID @ Idaho County Theater
- 9/5 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Country Bowl
- 9/7 - Irvine, CA @ Bren Events Center
- 9/9 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
- 9/10 - Las Vegas, NV @ Aladdin Casino