Tuesday, February 22, 2000
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Rimes angelic in Rodeo performance

By Matthew Fowler
Daily Cougar Staff

It was only three short years ago when LeAnn Rimes, then 14 years old and the epitome of youthful innocence, made her first Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo appearance.

A messy divorce between her overbearing parents, a second Rodeo appearance in 1998 and a last-minute cancellation in 1999 may have changed things.

The girl with the golden voice, LeAnn Rimes, made an appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at Sunday evening's performance.

Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The now 17-year-old version of country music's little sweetheart is suddenly not so little anymore, and is perhaps more sexy than sweet.

Sunday's sold-out twilight performance welcomed the new-and-improved Rimes, clad in a sleeveless beaded top and fitted black leather pants, with a healthy combination of camera flashes and anticipation from those watching in the stands.

By belting out singles from her recently released, self-titled album, as well as the familiar hits that shot her into the spotlight, the distinct voice of Rimes kept the gradually-dwindling crowd mildly entertained, but was also found to be constantly fighting a bad sound balance between singer and band.

The small but obvious overbalance of the band, especially the lead guitar, was almost enough to make one educated spectator wonder if the blonde, blue-eyed beauty was not in top singing form.

Don't get me wrong, the up-tempo band was obviously into and feeling the music, but when you go to a "superstar" concert, most would expect to hear more of the superstar than the supporting cast.

When you could hear her voice, however, songs like "Big Deal," "Blue" and "Lovesick Blues" brought out the best in both Rimes and the fans.

Surprisingly, a good portion of her one-hour set was spent in singing cover songs ranging from an interesting version of Prince's "Purple Rain," to the crowd- pleasing Dolly Parton hit (à la Whitney Houston), "I Will Always Love You."

Notable performances included a Patsy Cline classic "Crazy," one that Rimes has been singing since age five, and "How Do I Live," now the longest-running song on the Billboard charts.

A moving a capella version of the classic hymn "Amazing Grace" served to wrap up the show, showcasing the angelic voice God has blessed her with.

Coming up this week at the HLS&R are some great shows, with tickets left, that you might not want to miss.

Tonight's performance, with roughly 3,000 tickets still available, will feature country superstar Alan Jackson, who is making his ninth-straight HLS&R appearance.

Wednesday night, boasting a disappointing total of 8,000 tickets remaining, r&b group Boyz II Men comes to the Astrodome for its first-ever Rodeo performance.

Thursday, a sparse 400 tickets away from selling out, brings in one of the hottest Latin artists today, Enrique Iglesias.

Friday evening, still carrying some 7,000 available seats, kicks the weekend off right with the captivating sounds of the legendary Tony Bennett.

Finally, the weekend arrives with a matinee performance from musical pioneer Smokey Robinson, and an evening double dose from Sammy Kershaw and the girl-group SHeDAISY.

A whopping 9,500 tickets remain for the Robinson show, while a comparatively trivial 1,100 tickets remain for the high- powered country music tandem.

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