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R. KELLY

7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $51.50-$67.

 

R. Kelly abides. A year after a jury found him innocent on all 14 counts of child pornography, in charges stemming from allegedly making a sex tape with an underage female (the defense argued, among other scenarios, that the video was the work of computer morphing a la the dinosaurs in “Jurassic Park”), the Chicago hitmaker is back on tour and, if his LA concert is any indication, ready to address his travails in song. Earlier this month at LA's Nokia Theatre, he followed mention of the trial with perhaps his biggest hit, 1996's “I Believe I Can Fly,” adding in bits of the contemporary gospel song “Never Would Have Made It” and his own “Heaven I Need a Hug.” He finished by flapping his arms like wings. That sounds about right for Kelly. He's the rare performer whose fame runs in direct proportion to his bizarreness. Just like the last time he came through Arkansas, in 2007, expect one long medley of his trove of hits to keep him anchored just enough to keep the craziness from carrying him away.

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