Katy Perry has been staying Down Under the past two weeks and will be performing again in Sydney tonight and Brisbane tomorrow (May 15) to round up her California Dreams tour in Oz and NZ. We were able to catch her first concert in Brisbane last May 5 and it was an extraordinary experience. KP’s energy is superb, her presence and energy is electrifying… like Madonna, there’s no doubt she’s one of the greatest artists of her time!
I was impressed how orderly everything was, even though close to 15,000 people (mostly fan girls) packed the cavernous Brisbane Entertainment Centre that night. The opening acts were this Kiwi artist named Zowie and DJ Skeet Skeet from California. I thought their numbers dragged long (or was I just excited to see Katy live?) Then finally, after one hour, she was ready to roll.
The concert had a storybook, Boy meets Girl concept. When the stage opened, I can’t help but gawk at how awesome the set design was: lollipops, a giant cupcake by the side, multi-colored stairs and projector screens that looked like cotton candy. The dominating color was pink!
Katy’s opening song was Teenage Dream and everyone yelped. I took videos with my trusty Lumix LX3 (no DSLRs allowed) but the sound quality failed me 🙁 Here’s one good Youtube vid I found:
Katy Perry in Peacock mode. It was kinda hilarious seeing her sing “I wanna see your peacock-cock-cock” while playing with the microphone. She’s one cool funny girl! 😀
As expected, Katy sang most of her hits like I Kissed a Girl, Hot and Cold, Firework, ET. She also did covers for Rebecca Black (Friday), Whip My Hair (Willow Smith) and even Whitney Houston ( I Wanna Dance with Somebody). Her last song was California Gurls which featured gingerbread men on stage, confetti and colorful beach balls thrown at the audience!
One impressive note: Katy’s dancers swinging from a trapeze, like Cirque de Soleil.
The California Dreams Tour is indeed an example of how concerts should be done: fun, fearless and fantabulous, with everything laid our perfectly…. from the musicians to the props to the stage design, and of course the artist herself.
Thanks to Warner Music and Windows Live Hotmail for giving us first dibs to the ultimate Katy Perry Concert experience. We enjoyed it every step of the way! Moral lesson: I will not wear heels in a Standing Room Only gig again 😀
P.S. It’s not too late to join my Katy Perry Teenage Dream CD giveaway. Deadline is May 15. Until then folks!