|This is not actually a photo from the Dallas show, I couldn't find one online as of yet.|
Well, Grand Prairie to be precise, but it's all Dallas!
I arrived at the Verizon Theatre ($20 to park, by the way. Cash only. And I think they even charge you if you drop someone off near the entrance) in time to catch the middle of Robyn's set. Remember Robyn? (think back to 1997 and 'Show Me Love').
The arena smelled of cotton candy. Apparently they pump the scent in for every one of Katy's shows.
The crowd was insane. It was just as crazy (if not crazier) than it was when I saw Lady GaGa at Lollapalooza last year. When Katy finally appeared on stage, the die-hard fans LOST IT. COMPLETELY. She got things going with Teenage Dream. The show had a Candyland-esque dream sequence plot (a little bit of Broadway? I dig!). Five video screens (three were a physical part of her set, and the other two were on the far sides of the stage) showed a black & white video of Katy at work for a sadistic butcher. She makes a wish, and ends up in a diabetic's nightmare...candy and cupcakes everywhere! And also a 'special brownie' that was likely baked in Snoop Dogg's kitchen.
The stage may have been the most colorful thing I've ever seen in my life. OH, I found a picture:
|Concert in the candy store!|
I sat in the front row of section 305, and I had just almost a dead center of the stage. My view was excellent. It looks like the entire theater itself may be designed so there's not a bad seat in the house. If so, then kudos to the architects! It was nice (for once) to not have to rely on the video screen to see the person you paid to see. And let me just say there was a lot worth seeing. I've always thought Katy was attractive, but she's flat-out gorgeous in person! But seriously...
She played up the Texas crowd big-time. Plenty of references to cowboys, BBQ, Texas wives, how 'everything's bigger', and even a sly mention of Debbie Does Dallas. I will say she kept the sexual suggestiveness (of her songs + the show in general) subtle to the point where it safely flew over the heads of the young kids in attendance.
Human slot machine, named Slot. Also a slut.
Some lucky fat dude was invited on stage and got a kiss on the cheek from Katy. #jealous
If my math is correct, I counted sixteen (yes, 16) wardrobe changes in all. Seven of those were during (yes, during) Katy's performance of Hot & Cold. Among those were a Peacock outfit and a Catsuit.
During her Katy Karaoke portion of the night, she covered Rhianna's Only Girl in the World , Jay-Z's Big Pimpin (and including a well-time flute arrival for a solo) and also Rebecca Black's Friday and Willow Smith's Whip My Hair. Those last two are songs that I had successfully avoided entirely....until tonight. Damn you, Katy!
She also covered Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody. I immediately thought of my mom (she's a big Whitney fan), she would have loved to see that song performed live. Near the end of that song, she invited a bunch of kids to dance with her on stage. I bet that's not something they'll ever forget. It was a pretty cool thing to do, especially since no one really expects or demands artists make a gesture like that to their fans.
My favorite numbers of the night may have been Katy's performance of Peacock (it's about a bird!) and E.T. Even though I only knew half of the songs she performed (her singles), I loved pretty much all of it.
She closed out the show with Firework (with enough pyrotechnics to power a RAMMSTEIN concert and have a little left over for GaGa's pyro tits) and California Gurls.
I have been so impressed with the level of talent I've witnessed at these pop shows as of late. Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, etc. Yeah they're expensive, but they're worth it. They go into every show and give it all they have with genuine enthusiasm, and they make sure everyone that paid to see them has a great time. I can't believe there was ever a time when I didn't like Katy Perry (the first time I heard I Kissed a Girl, I found it annoying). I can't believe I'm at the point in my life where I'm taking road trips to see female pop stars perform (and I was listening to Metallica's Master of Puppets album on my way to Dallas, so there you go).
If her tour lands in your city, I'd suggest you go. You might have to find tickets on eBay, though. This one was completely sold out, and I imagine it's the same throughout the rest of the tour.
Setlist: (this may not be in the correct order and may possibly be missing a song)
1) Teenage Dream
2) One of The Boys
3) Waking Up In Vegas
4) Ur So Gay
6) I Kissed A Girl
7) Circle The Drain
9) Who Am I Living For?
11) Not Like The Movies
12) The One That Got Away
13) Only Girl (In The World) (Rihanna’s Cover)
14) Big Pimpin' (Jay-Z's Cover)
15) Friday (Rebecca Black's Cover)
16) Whip My Hair (Willow Smith’s Cover)
17) Thinking Of You
18) Hot N Cold
19) Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
20) I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston's Cover)
22) California Gurls