There's a lot of firepower of the old star-making machinery concentrated onstage during this unique, collaborative tour by veteran country hit-maker Reba McEntire (pictured) and initial American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. Both singers and both of their bands will be onstage throughout the show as each performs her hits and favorites, one singing backup for the other. Interspersed will be straight duets, including "Because of You," the Clarkson tune that was the first single from Reba's star-studded 2007 album, Duets (MCA). Recording that song and a subsequent joint appearance on CMT Crossroads reportedly revealed a spark between the two that led to the current tour. It comes at a transitional time for Clarkson, who chafed at the bit when groomed as a post-AI pop diva and subsequently released the darker, rock-oriented My December (RCA). Reba, of course, has achieved one-name celebrity as a country new traditionalist who often ventures into pop as well, in addition to a thriving acting career that has embraced Broadway, films, and TV. That each's ego could survive a shared marquee is a victory for both's legions of fans.
Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., 2008