Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
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Carrie Underwood: Onstage and backstage

Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood gets her makeup touched up before posing for fan pictures backstage prior to her concert at Staples Center Oct. 16, 2012. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood signs an autograph for a fan backstage before her concert. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood poses for fan pictures with Brook Brehm, 10, right, backstage. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood heads out from her tour motorhome on her way to a radio interview at Staples Center. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood attaches a wireless earpiece before a sound check at Staples Center. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood walks through a phalanx of Staples ushers backstage before her concert. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood talks during a radio interview backstage at Staples Center. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood’s band plays during a sound check on stage. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood sings during a sound check on the stage inside an empty Staples Center prior to her concert. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood sings during a sound check on the stage inside an empty Staples Center. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underwood performs on stage at Staples Center. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Her audience cheered every supernaturally sustained note and glass-threatening vocal climax, offering positive reinforcement as if to an Olympic pole-vaulter scaling ever higher altitudes. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
During the show, Carrie Underwood reminded the crowd that it was a mere eight years ago that she took her first ride on an airplane -- to come to Los Angeles to take part in “American Idol.” (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Carrie Underood’s band joins her during the performance. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
The show opened at maximum voltage and operated there for the bulk of the evening. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Underwood put on a spectacular production aimed at the “American Idol” crowd that launched her career, full of dazzling costume changes, creative staging and megawatts of musical wattage.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
Imagery played a major part in the show, and a clever array of video screens around Underwood brought loads of color and music-video energy to the performance by the star and her eight-member backup group.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Carrie Underwood at Staples Center
The Muskogee, Okla. native donated $1 from each concert ticket sold on her tour is to the Red Cross. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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