Alicia Live In Las Vegas
Catching an Alicia Keys live show is no gamble....
The last time MTV News saw Alicia Keys play live in Las Vegas her performance was overshadowed by the side-show in the crowd.
It was of course the fight that broke out between Tommy Lee and Kid Rock at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. So without a Pammy ex-husband in sight, all eyes in the MGM Grand Garden Arena were on Miss Keys Friday in Vegas.
The question was - after a decade, 11 grammys and a blossoming acting career - would she simply go through the motions? The answer: an emphatic NO. In fact , because she's been such a constant it's easy to forget what a talented performer she is - just as capable of a dance routine (Teenage Love Affair) as she is sat at the piano belting out the ballads we know and love.
Her show even included a camera on the keyboard so everyone could see what a skilled classical pianist she is. Her storytelling in an attempt to link the whole set together could have became a bit tiresome had she not followed it up with a hit each time.
If you were to pick a highlight based on the reaction of the crowd then 'Superwoman' (off the new album 'As I Am') would have to be it. As she sang "Even when I'm a mess I still put on a vest, With an S on my chest, Oh yes I'm a Superwoman" all the ladies were out of their seats claiming the lyrics as their own.
Cabaret, opera, sing-a-long. Whatever you want from a show - Alicia Keys can deliver. Tune in to MTV Base at 1pm on May 24th to catch Making The Video: Alicia Keys