18th Nov2011

Review: Katy Perry brings the California Dream tour (and her blue wig) in Vancouver

by KC Claveria | Filthy Pop | Vancouver Pop Music blog

Katy Perry in Vancouver

With back-to-back-to-back #1 singles, Katy Perry is on a hot streak these days. And with a rumoured re-release coming soon, you can bet that the streak is set to continue. So it’s really no wonder that the Vancouver stop of her California Dreams 2011 Tour sold out. Almost 13,000 people were at Rogers Arena last night to see the pop star perform.

I’m happy to report that Katy actually delivered. Here are the highlights of the show for me:

  • Her rendition of “I wanna dance with somebody”. It was quite amazing that she brought a handful of fans on stage and even took a pic with one of them.
  • The 10-minute or so acoustic set, which included covers of Rihanna’s “Only Girl” and Willow Smith’s “Whip my Hair”.
  • Part of this acoustic set was Rebecca Black’s “Friday”. Interestingly enough, it worked.
  • The very subdued performance of “Not like the movies”. After seeing her perform this live, I can’t really ever accuse of her not being able to sing.
  • The hits — “E.T.”, “Firework”, California Girls, and Teenage Dream — were all exceptional, for no other reason than the fact that they’re fun to sing along to.
  • When she sang “Circle the Drain”, I was mildly shocked. It’s my fave from her album, but given the lyrical content of the song (and given that there were children in the crowd), I wasn’t expecting it on the playlist.

There were a couple of minor misses. I thought that the concert lost some momentum after “E.T.”. Her performance of “Pearl” and “Who am I living for” were a tad boring. “Peacock”, an okay song at best, also failed to impress live.

Katy Perry’s voice almost got lost in the loud production, but the acoustic set as well as the performance of “Not Like the Movies” provided enough balance.
Katy Perry in Vancouver

Just a quick note about the stage. It’s big, spectacular, and dreamy. During her rendition of “Thinking of You”, Katy was on a pink hanging stage that moved toward the audience. Great production overall.

Katy Perry in Vancouver

The best part about the concert was how much Katy Perry actually interacted with the audience. She kept the mood light. I didn’t know Perry was actually funny and entertaining! This gal brought her personality to the stage, something that Britney Spears failed to do a couple of weeks ago.

Katy Perry in Vancouver

Janelle Monae opened the show, but my boyfriend and I deliberately missed her show because we’ve already seen her at the Bruno Mars concert.

With her wigs, cotton candies, and pink stuff, it’s easy to pass off Katy Perry as just another attention whore. That’s not entirely inaccurate. She’s more than an attention whore, though. Everything she does has a wink to it. And with her spunk, spontaneity, and charm, you can’t help but just fall in love with her and her California Dream.

Cross posted on kcclaveria.com.