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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Katy Perry - Concert Review

Sunday night my daughter and I went to see Katy Perry here in town. My daughter is a big fan, I am a fan. Not big, but I like her music alright, so it was no great hardship to attend. We went to a restaurant in the arena first which was a great idea, get their early so no drama with parking (and park where it is easy to exit), no lines at the t-shirt selling booths. The food? Eh.
Then there a bazillion girls/women at the concert. Of course my kid managed to find people she knew in the mass of 25,000 people. And wow, some of the outfits. Girls in 4 inch heels, mothers in skin-tight white mini dresses teetering after their tweens in 5 inch leopard platforms. Uh. Who do you think you will impress? 85% of the audience was female. Male between the ages of 18 and 40 who where NOT accompanying a girlfriend or their kids, was probably 1/4%. LOL

Anyway, the opening act is a British performer called Marina and the Diamonds. I'd never heard of her but apparently my kid knows her quite well. This is my daughter's fave song.




Then a DJ came out and got us all pumped up then ... intermission. So finally at 9:00 the show started. And whether you are a fan of Katy Perry or not, she puts on a hell of a show. Apparently if you follow stuff on YouTube or Facebook, the whole back story made sense, but it was kind of an Alice in Wonderland meets candy-store theme. There were little videos which told the story, and then she'd do a few songs and then more story and change of clothes, and more songs. The stage wasn't hugely done but there sexy dancers of both persuasions, lots of fun costumes and energy. There was a circus feel with acrobats as well, along with giant beach balls and bubbles floating around the audience and confetti/glitter, oh hundreds of pounds of it at the end. LOL

I have to say, I don't know if stage persona translates into the real thing, but she came off as very sweet and personable. She talked a lot about Ottawa and Canada, and knew it was Canada Day Friday, just lots of chatting with the crowd. At one point she said she was looking for an Ottawa boyfriend, so she pulled some young guy up on stage who had taken his shirt off, and when she found out he was 17 she was laughing and blushing, but she gave him a big kiss on the cheek, and got him to give her one. I heard him on the radio this morning, I think he was still floating.

Then later she called a bunch of people (mostly young girls) up on the stage to dance with her. I was worried they were going to push her off the stage they were crowding her, and hugging her, and as they were trying to heard them off the stage, one little girls was trying to get a picture, so Katy grabbed her hand and dragged her back to the centre of the stage, and they took a picture together. Very sweet.

She also took a bit of a break and did what she calls Katy's karaoke where she sings more acoustic versions of popular songs like "Friday, Friday" and "Whip My Hair". LOL I guess it gives her a chance to catch her breath.

So there was lots of candy themed stuff, and fun costume changes, and fireworks on the stage. I think everyone had a great show and it was a fun time, TONS of energy, screaming fans and as I said, she came across as a sweet person. So if you get the chance to go, it's definitely worth it, even if you're not her biggest fan.

This was not from our show, but it gives you an idea of what the show was like. Not great sound as it's a fan recording, but to give you the flavour.

16 comments:

Jenre said...

Sounds like you had fun, Tam. She's not really my thing but I know Katy Perry has a lot of fans. I seems like she put on quite a show for everyone which is the main thing.

Patti (Book Addict) said...

How fun! She's coming to New Orleans and I wish I had tickets - I'll admit I like her stuff that plays on the radio although I haven't heard the rest of her stuff. Glad you and your daughter had fun together.

Chris said...

Sounds like it was a fun evening!

Tam said...

She did put on a show Jen. Sometimes you wonder if the money was worth it, but definitely so in this case.

I would say 99% of the songs she played at the concert were ones I've heard on the radio Patti. It was lots of fun but I know we got tickets the first day they went on sale and couldn't even get the first level. Crazy popular.

Tam said...

We did have a good time Chris.

Tracy said...

Sounds like fun. I love when the performers pull audience members onto the stage. Seems to me they're more interested in their fans that way and give the audience members a huge thrill.

Glad you had fun.

Tam said...

Definitely Tracy. You could tell she was genuinely engaged with the audience not just going through the motions. It was a good time.

Eyre said...

Glad you enjoyed the show! I like some of her stuff. I especially like it when scantily clad guys are dancing to it. ;)

Val said...

Sounds like fun, Tam! As far as live concert themes go, I don't think anybody could go wrong with Alice-in-Wonderland/Candy shop. And she sounds like she has a lot of charisma and rapport with the young fans.

And I love this: Of course my kid managed to find people she knew in the mass of 25,000 people.

That has to be some sort of rare talent that can translate into a lucrative future career. Definitely a people person! :)

Tam said...

When she sang the peacock song I kept expecting hot guys to come out with a live bird Eyre. LOL

Tam said...

That's it Val, lots of charisma that came through even in an arena full of people. I swear no matter where we go, my kid finds people. Of course cell phones and tweeting make it easier, but she did run into someone who was a good friend back in elementary school. The oddest was the girl from Toronto she went to camp with two years ago. Thanks to twitter they managed to find each other. :-)

My kid is way more social than I am, and she's not all that social. LOL

Kassa said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I imagine she puts on a good show and it's nice that it's not overproduced.

Tam said...

It was a lot of fun Kassa and lots of room for spontaneous stuff too.

Michelle M. said...

Sounds like a fun concert. And how wonderful that the kid wanted you to go with her. Most kids don't want to be seen near their parents - so congrats!

Tam said...

It was fun Michelle, and thanks. We do a lot of stuff together, it's good we get along. Although I did wait discretely by the door while she ran around looking for people she knew. LOL

Katy Perry Tickets said...

It would be a great evening for you and your daughter as she was enjoying good time with you.