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Kelly Clarkson at the 125th anniversary Coke celebration

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Kelly Clarkson headlined Saturday’s 125th anniversary Coca-Cola celebration at Centennial Olympic Park before thousands of Coke employees on a picture-perfect spring day.

She was joined by Natasha Bedingfield, One Night Only and Ne-Yo. Clarkson sang a ten-song set, including most of her biggest hits, from “Behind These Hazel Eyes” to “Already Gone.” Singing barefeet on a red carpet, she sounded great and appeared to be great spirits. She noted her favorite Coke drink is Cherry Coke and said she probably drinks too much of it.

At the end, when a chorus came out to sing “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” Bedingfield and Clarkson joined them briefly.

She didn’t do any interviews. She isn’t big on press unless she has to. (I’ve seen her in concert numerous times but have never interviewed her.)

Here she is singing “Since U Been Gone.”

The set list:

Miss Independent
I Do Not Hook Up
Breakaway
Behind These Hazel Eyes
Because of You
Walk Away
Since U Been Gone
Already Gone
Seven Nation Army (a nifty White Stripes cover)
My Life Would Suck Without You

Here is her White Stripes cover:

Here’s the always searing “Because of You”:

More pictures:

All photos by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

All photos by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

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8 comments Add your comment

Mercedes S.

May 8th, 2011
6:27 pm

Thanks for the treat, Rodney!

JTesla

May 8th, 2011
9:04 pm

Thank you Rodney!

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

May 9th, 2011
8:52 am

Well, I also was lucky enough to attend. ‘Cause for me, where there’s a Kelly, there’s a way. ;)

She did an awesome job. I could tell that she’s missed touring. Her voice was strong and she was pretty hyper for her 38 minute set. If anyone would like to see it, I believe it is archived online at a Kelly fan site, aiewblog.com

The only thing I’ll say is that Coke needs to hire more Kelly fans. I mean, really. ;)

BTW, Rodney, awesome pictures! What kind of camera do you have?

Branch Loveless

May 9th, 2011
10:39 am

LOL—-I think if Miss Clarkson were performing in bin Laden’s secret lair that kelly&carriefan would find a way to get in! How do you do it?

Rodney Ho

May 9th, 2011
10:49 am

Fun hangin’ with you KCF! It was actually a good thing there weren’t thousands of obsessive Kelly fans crowding the front of the stage. We were able to get fairly close and not get crushed!

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

May 9th, 2011
11:29 am

Branch, LOL! Well, we won’t have to worry about Kelly performing for Bin Laden anymore. But just in case, I start SEAL training next week. ;)

Rodney, very good point! Ditto, I had fun…and not just because Kelly was there.

JTesla

May 9th, 2011
12:41 pm

Awesome K&Cfan.

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