One of the biggest pop stars world-wide Christina Aguilera has finally returned to the stage after six years of being a coach on the hit TV show The Voice. Aguilera has achieved many great accomplishments from being a five-time Grammy winner to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and topping the Billboard charts for two decades. Earlier this year Aguilera released her eighth studio album Liberation which is also the title of her current tour that started on Sept. 25 in Hollywood, FL. This is Aguilera’s first tour in a decade and her first album in six years. Aguilera stopped at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Oct. 26 for what I would consider an intimate show for an artist this big. I’ve seen many shows at the Greek for the past ten years and this was easily the biggest production I’ve seen there.
The opener was none other than Outkast’s Big Boi who performed songs like “Ms. Jackson,” “The Whole World” and “B.O.B.” After Big Boi, Aguilera performed a two-hour show of hit after hit. Aguilera has an all-star band consisting of bassist Ethan Farmer (Lionel Richie/NKOTB), drummer Stanley Randolph (Stevie Wonder, NKOTB), guitarist Michael ‘Fish’ Herring (Backstreet Boys/NKOTB) and keyboardist Rob Lewis (Tony Braxton/NKOTB). Aguilera performed a staggering 27-song set including “Genie In a Bottle,” “Lady Marmalade,” “Ain’t No Other Man” and “Beautiful.” I would describe the show as theatrical from beginning to end.
From making a grand entrance in a red dress in a big doorway to a dining room setting plus a wedding wardrobe and stage towards the end, this show’s elaborate production is a must-see. The tour ends on Nov. 13 at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL.