Review: Katy Perry's California Dream became an Australian reality
Katy Perry @ Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, April 28, 2011. By Jordana Borensztajn.
Katy Perry’s California Dream became an Australian reality for thousands of lucky Melbourne fans who witnessed her mind-blowing performance last night at Rod Laver Arena.
As the first of seven shows she’ll be hitting Australia with over the next two weeks, last night’s epic California Dreams show set the bar incredibly high for what’s destined to go down as one of Australia’s best-ever arena spectacles.
Perry’s gig was a feast for all the senses. Not only was her colourful, candy-filled and elaborate stage a visual delight with six-foot tall lollipops and giant muffins, but the moment you stepped inside the venue you were immediately hit with the scent of fairy floss and fruity chapstick.
It’s really difficult for artists – particularly artists putting on stadium-size shows – to meet crowd expectations, let alone top them but, but Katy Perry did. Her explosive performance didn’t just tickle the crowd with bursts of satisfaction, it left most members wishing they could get their hands on tickets to her second Melbourne show too.
Opening with a stellar version of “Teenage Dream” Perry’s gig followed a narrative which involved a scary butcher, sexy gingerbread men and her search to find her one of her oldest friends in the world, and her alter-ego, Kitty Purry. And she left no candy cane unturned in her quest to be reunited with her pussy cat.
Katy Perry had upwards of 12 costume changes. She hit the stage dressed as a feathery purple peacock, a tower of muffins, a real-life candy cane, a puffy love heart, a deity-like glitter bug and best of all, a raunchy catwoman in a skin-tight leather suit equipped with cat ears and a sexy tail.
Perry performed a bunch of new tracks, as well as the perfect balance of reinvented oldies to satisfy fans who have been hooked since One of the Boys as well as the late bloomers seduced by Teenage Dream.
Some of the best songs performed were her rhythm and blues inspired rendition of “I Kissed A Girl,” her drum n bass-heavy rendition of “E.T.” her utterly explosive version of “Firework,” her unbelievably energetic take on “Hot N Cold” and her old-school party anthem “Waking Up In Vegas.”
Other highlight tracks included her opener “Teenage Dream,” her god-like version of ‘Pearl” which oozed a sense of tranquility through the whole venue, “Last Friday Night” – which just turned into a massive dance track – and her most memorable track of the night, “California Gurls.”
The 26-year-old also performed a bunch of covers including Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair,” Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” through which she made the dreams of more than 20 fans come true when she invited them on stage for a wild Whitney dance-off.
Katy Perry put her charisma and wit on display through the whole show, engaging in plenty of crowd banter which included Aussie slang, rousing ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie’ chants and trying (though failing miserably) to talk in her best Australian accent.
In what was one of the most special parts of the night, Katy Perry thanked her fans by reminiscing about the last time she was at Rod Laver Arena to see P!nk’s gig, back in 2009. “I walked in those doors and I thought to myself ‘There is no way I will ever be able to play that place'… and now I'm here. It’s a dream come true.” Not surprisingly, the stadium shook with roars.
Sexiness was a major theme of Perry’s performance, and a major message she wanted to get across to her fans. “I feel the most sexy I've ever felt on this tour. I must be in Melbourne,” she said cheekily, as the crowd went crazy. “Let’s turn on the light for the sexy people. Australia, you know it – you’re more beautiful than the rest of the world.”
Whether through the behind-the-scenes videos she constantly puts out, the fan participation she encourages through Twitter and Facebook, the elaborate candy-filled meet and greets she holds for fans, and of course her sweet-as-popsicle music, Katy Perry’s touched the lives of millions of people.
The admiration Katy Perry’s fans feel toward her, and the genuine level of respect she gets from within the music industry, prove why she’s one of the most talked-about, most photographed, most admired and most successful pop stars of the 21s century.
Last night’s theatrical and glittery delight was one of the best arena-size shows to ever hit Australia. Thanks Katy Perry for sharing your positive energy with the world and for always encouraging people to (California) dream.
Katy Perry performs again tonight at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
Katy Perry’s 2011 tour dates:
Fri 29 April - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (Ticketek) Late ticket release
Mon 2 May - Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Ticketek) Late ticket release
Wed 4 May - Sydney Entertainment Centre (Ticketmaster) Sold out
Sat 14 May - Sydney Entertainment Centre (Ticketmaster) Sold out
Thu 5 May - Brisbane Entertainment Centre (Ticketek)
Fri 15 May - Brisbane Entertainment Centre (Ticketek) Late ticket release