This morning, Pop star Kelly Clarkson announced that her tour behind 2017 album Meaning of Life will finally be kicking off in early 2019 and will include a March 23 visit to Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena. Tickets for the concert go on sale to the public on Monday, Sept, 24 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
Various early-bird and VIP tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 17 (click here for details).
Since teasing the tour online for a few months, fans have been eagerly awaiting the tour dates. Clarkson made the announcement on social media this morning with a Smule video featuring the tour's opening acts — Country Pop rising star Kelsea Ballerini (who was in Cincinnati with Keith Urban earlier this summer; read our interview with her here) and Brynn Cartelli, who won last season's The Voice, on which Clarkson serves as a judge/mentor (Cartelli was, of course, Team Kelly on the show).
Clarkson returns to The Voice on the same day the tour tickets go on sale to the general public.
Clarkson, of course, got her big break on another televised singing competition, American Idol , which she won on the very first season of the show in 2002. After a slightly rocky start post- Idol due to management obligations reltated the the show ( From Justin to Kelly , anyone?), Clarkson took more control of her music and image, winning acclaim for her 2004 album, fittingly titled Breakaway .
Clarkson has since had a career most artists who win a season of an Idol-like show can only dream of, remaining in the spotlight (except when she chooses not to) ever since. Her Meaning of Life was hailed as some of her finest work, and she continues to make high-profile appearances like her recent U.S. Open opening night performance. She'll be on Fallon, Seth Myers, The View and Today this month plugging the tour.
Clarkson also has a very down-to-earth charm which, along with her singing talent, has likely helped keep her in the pop cultural conversation since the early ’00s, fom her name-drop in The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005 to this year's unfortunate (though flattering) reference in an obituary for Aretha Franklin, in which a writer for National Review said that, to him, Clarkson and Linda Ronstadt were better singers than Franklin.
She also did this with Seth Meyers earlier this year, which was funny fun: