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Daughtry delivers with muscle but no frills at Target Center.

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music Updated: May 20, 2010 - 3:48 AM

 

 

Chris Daughtry shows off his muscular voice, his muscular body and his tats at Target Center.

Star Tribune photo/ Bruce Bisping

Here are a few quick thoughts about Daughtry’s concert Wednesday at Target Center.
·         It was better than I anticipated. As I said in my review, he’s much looser and more engaging in concert than he was either at the Cabooze or opening for Nickelback and Bon Jovi. Still, his material needs more diversity of dynamics, tempos and textures. And how bout some guitar solos? Let’s offer something more than the recording.
·         For an arena headliner, Daughtry, the most successful "American Idol" finalist who did not win the title, skimped on special effects. No big screen live video. No stage fog. No pyro. Nothing more than some scaffolding and risers for the drum kit, some laser lights and a runway.
·         “September” was much more muscular at Target Center than the mostly acoustic version Daughtry performed on "American Idol" last week.
·         Opening act Cavo, from St. Louis, was heavy on the power ballads but singer Casey Walker, a tall drink of water, has an arena-ready voice. Lifehouse, those “Hanging by a Moment” guys, are still hanging around as an opener, playing hooky, melodic radio crunch.
Here is Daughtry’s set list:
Every Time You Turn Around/ What I Want/ Ghost of Me/ No Surprise/ Life After You/ It’s Not Over/ Learned My Lesson/ September/ In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)/ Supernatural/ Over You/ Feels Like Tonight/ You Don’t Belong ENCORE: Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)/ Home/ There and Back Again

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