Katy Perry hit the spot with her Prismatic World Tour last week in Brooklyn to a semi-rabid, passionate fanbase. The fact that they left with a somwhat less-than-satisfied feeling is telling. The problem wasn’t with the show or the songs, far from it. Perry’s dialogue and crowd interactions were banal and flat out boring. Whoever’s writing this stuff needs to be fired, because no one was entertained by any of it. More than one person commented on their way out that they hoped we weren’t falling asleep while she was talking.
As always, fans were lining up well in advance to take advantage of one of the two VIP packs available. Inside there were stands with 3D glasses- sponsored by Cover Girl- available for the show, to be worn during key points of the performance.
Opening for Ms. Perry was Ferras, a longtime friend of hers. Less said about him, the better. But still…
Next up was Capital Cities, whom you know from their big hit- Safe & Sound.
They did pretty good with the crowd, even getting them to dance along with them mid-set, doing the ‘Capital Cities Shuffle’ and segueing into Holiday by Madonna. How many times are you ever gonna see something like that? lol
Everyone was having a good time with it. Only thing to question was the finale: they ended the set with a club/dance remix of Safe & Sound blasting out while jumping around and high-fiving the crowd. Yep; they did the same song twice, and longer than the first time. Fucking ridiculous.
Perry herself took the stage to an eardrum-popping, day-glo display of sight and sound with Roar, delighting the crowd no end.
The first set change brought an Egyptian motif, kicking off with a retina-burning performance of Dark Horse.
Another switchover, Cat-Oure, for all the “Katy Cats” first brought a snazzy tapdance some jazz routine followed by Hot-n-Cold and International Smile with some Vogue mixed in, which isn’t shown here.
She led off the now-standard B-stage Acoustic Set everyone’s into nowadays with By the Grace of God.
This was soon followed by more campy dialogue to bring her BFF Ferras back for a duet, Legends Never Die. Not a bad song, actually.
It ended with Unconditionally, one of my faves from the new album.
The Throwback Set featured This Is How We Do/Last Friday Night, another joint from Prism. Didn’t like it so much on the cd, but the live version was pumping.
The Hyper Neon Set started off with a video feature during the changeover, and the set itself was also pretty hot. Highlight was Birthday, when she brought some shmuck on stage for the performance. If you look close enough, you can see him trying to cop a feel while she’s sitting in his lap.
The show ended on a high note with Fireworks.
Everyone dug the show, the pageantry and all that. Katy just needs to work on her in-between songs material, which all but brought things to a grinding halt at times. Still, it’s a good show and typical of modern concert tours has lots of flashy stuff going on. When she starts to talk, treat it as a commerical break and head for the bathrooms. Sometimes you won’t even miss any songs.