Katy Perry has won the part of Australian’s hearts once reserved for Pink on “The Prismatic World Tour.”
Move over Pink, Katy Perry has confessed she now eats Vegemite, drinks through a Tim Tam and watches Kath and Kim – this chick is one of us!
Pink’s stage shows were known for their incredible acrobatics and high energy entertainment – Australian’s showed up to her concerts in droves, night after night, city after city. Katy has assured us she is looking to beat her record with 23 shows spanning six weeks in Australia’s major cities. If last night’s Brisbane “Prismatic” show is any indication of her popularity – the stadiums are going to packed to capacity till December 21.
Full disclosure – I was sleeping on Miss Perry till a year ago, that is until I watched “Part of Me” a documentary about her life and stage show. Her inner strength, honesty, vulnerability (with the Russell Brand breakup), love for Katy Cats (fans) and creative innovation won me over instantly. I’m proud to say now though that I have seen the prismatic light and fan girl probably just as hard as a Katy Cat.
The November 28 2014, Brisbane show was the second show in my city – the first night’s start time was unfortunately delayed due to the devastating hailstorm that hit Brisbane around 4.00pm that day disrupting public transport, damaging vehicles, buildings and homes. The joys of living in a tropical climate right?
The crowd was composed of young and old and the entire performance was free of obscenities making it kid friendly. People were wearing blue and multicolour wigs along with candy themed clothing Katy style. The stage set featured a runway down the floor and a huge prism shaped screen in the centre. Props were quickly moved on and off stage between theme changes with engaging video footage forming the transition.
I couldn’t get over the explosion of colour on the stage and creative costumes. Never in my thirty years have I seen such visual ingenuity on stage, I’d like to see anyone try and top that experience (including Katy herself!) Without going into great detail about the show, because I believe you should go and see it for yourself – there was a moment in the show where guitarists were lifted into the air, started doing flips while playing…as flames were shot out of the body. Yes you read correctly. That is just one example of the ‘OMG what?!’ moments which “The Prismatic Tour” offers.
I can’t emphasize enough how The “Prismatic” stage show is on a whole other level of entertainment. Sure, it’s pop music which often gets knocked as a musical genre but you cannot deny the theatrics and effort put into this production. It’s feel good, an escape a couple of hours where you can forget your everyday troubles and features all of her catchy hits to sing along to. Her vocals were great really shining when she sung ballads “By the Grace of God,” “The One That Got Away / Thinking of You” and “Unconditionally.”
Katy Perry showed her great sense of humour, energy and uplifting positivity at the show which makes her very hard not to love. Her witty quips and self-depricating humour is something Aussie audiences will be particularly fond of.
When I’m feeling down, I like to play Katy Perry‘s music because her songs have female empowerment messaging, fun themes and beats and real emotion. She writes her own songs too which is something that separates her from the generic manufactured pop princesses. Katy paid tribute to her fans (Katy Cats) at the show where she spoke on how her fans have helped her through some of her lowest moments with their words of encouragement, it’s great to know the benefits of the relationship are mutually shared.
Another thing people may not realize is that Katy controls all elements of the performance, she doesn’t sit back while others tell her how it ‘should’ look and feel – she has creative control which you’ve got to respect.
The set list for “The Prismatic World Tour” in Brisbane was as follows:
Part of Me
This Moment / Love Me
I Kissed a Girl
Hot N Cold
(With “Vogue” snippet by Madonna)
By the Grace of God
The One That Got Away / Thinking of You
Walking on Air
It Takes Two
This Is How We Do / Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
A very cool feature on “The Prismatic World Tour” was the Prism Vision which I won’t go into to avoid spoilers.
This show was unforgettable for so many reasons. It was pop at it’s finest, visually and audibly stunning, her set list sequence and seamless transitions were flawless – she really set an incredibly high standard for any touring artist. Even if you’re not a huge Katy Perry fan or maybe you’re one of those who turn their nose up at pop music – I encourage you to try and get along to one of her shows on this tour or on future tours, to immerse yourself in the high value stage show experience alone.
At the closing of the national leg of “The Prismatic World Tour” you can be assured that the great name and reputation of Miss Katy Perry will be spoken about in many an Australian household – after all given her length of time here and her custom and slang adoption, she’s practically a local.
If you went to “The Prismatic World Tour” in Australia or other global cities I’d love to hear what you thought of the show in the comments below!