In this day and age it’s not enough to have a catchy single, or a great voice. It’s 2011 and we demand a lot more from our pop superstars. We demand that they are at least set a decent example while toting the line of good taste, we demand that they are edgy without being overt, we demand that they sing live (with a couple notable exceptions) while always sounding amazing, and finally we demand that they always be water cooler chat worthy.
In the case of Ms. Katy Perry, she has balanced all of those things quite well over the past year and a half since the release of her second album Teenage Dream. Monday night at her hometown show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles was the culmination of all her hard work.
Playing to a sold out crowd, Katy Perry took her audience on a neon colored journey through a twisted Candyland fairytale. Minor technical glitches aside in the beginning, the sold out crowd was transfixed the instant Katy took the stage with the stage singing the title track from her second album. From there the audience ate the “strange brownie” and went along for Katy’s twisted ride.
Personally, I love seeing either the first or last dates of a tour. It seems like those are the shows that really get that extra push. In the case of last night, it was the final night of Katy’s tour and it was being filmed for a live concert DVD to boot.
Katy Perry’s energy was really high, and her voice… Better than I’ve ever heard her. The time on the road has really helped her vocal performance, and last night… Well… She rocked!
Sometimes, I can’t believe that Katy only has two cd’s of material to choose from. Teenage Dream is still pumping out singles, and last night it seemed like every third song was a hit. That’s pretty impressive. Highlights were an amazing version of Waking Up In Vegas, a fun quick change during Hot N Cold, a simple take on Not Like The Movies, Peacock, UR So Gay, and Last Friday Night with all the dancers holding up cards that read TGIF!
While her voice was in top form, the thing that made this show at the Staples Center so wonderful was the sense of intimacy between Katy and the audience. She was super chatty, and didn’t seem stand offish even inviting audience members onto the stage with her. And get this, she didn’t run away as soon as a fan approached her! LOL… At one point as the audience members were being escorted off stage she stopped one of them dressed like a gingerbread man and said, “Do you have a camera? Do you want a photo?” and took a photo with him. It was, in a word, adorable.
And I have to tell you, being in California and experiencing the big finale of “California Gurls” with that audience was amazing. So, if you have a chance pick up Katy’s live concert DVD when it comes out and see what I’m talking about!
Until next time kids…
Check out the photo gallery from the show below!