Her extravaganza, including a floating stage and hot rising star Hunter Hayes, helped fans forget Hurricane Sandy for a night
At one point early in her show at Boardwalk Hall, Carrie Underwood said that there had been a discussion about postponing the concert because the Sandy disaster was so recent. It was decided, however, that, ”This building was still here and that must be for a reason.”
Everyone from the fans to the Convention Hall folks who didn’t lose a payday to the rolling chair owners who flocked to the Boardwalk Hall entrance after the show were glad she did. This was the best way to help move past Sandy, a town once again with traffic on the streets and happy tourists willing to ignore the false reports of a lost Boardwalk to come to town for a great show. And of course there were the locals who could forget the Sandy cleanup for a night.
From her first appearance in town with the American Idol tour to last night’s big and bold show, Underwood has undergone an amazing transformation. Early on her shows were understated as she had yet to embrace the “show” in showbiz. Now she presents the total package, an extravaganza that includes a big set, a complex video show in the background and in the showcase moment, a “floating stage” that takes her deep into the audience to check out the fans in the cheap seats and sing for them.
Since this is the Blown Away tour, there were plenty of cuts from her big pop/country crossover album including the opening song “Good Girl,” her latest single “Two Black Cadillacs,” about a man whose heart is divided between his wife and mistress, and even a lilting bit of reggae with “One Way Ticket.” She also channeled her red neck woman with “Cupid’s Got A Shotgun.”
The floating stage mentioned earlier was an amazing contraption. It was designed to look like a jumbo air balloon and brought Underwood and three members of her band toward the rear of the Hall, singing and waving all the way.
The South Jersey shore community — along with celebs from across the country — come together for post-Sandy relief and to let folks know Atlantic City is open (and the Boardwalk) for business.
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