Katy Perry took the stage in front of a packed Quicken Loans Arena last night, delivering Technicolor wishes and cotton candy dreams.
The audience was definitely up for a party, and Perry and her crew delivered, with a set swirling with peppermint lollipops and hot pink glitter. The raven-haired singer dazzled and amazed with both her china-doll bone structure and live vocals.
She sang all of the hits that made her a star over the past couple years, like “Hot N Cold” and "Teenage Dream." She even made Rebecca Black's “Friday” bearable.
During “Not Like the Movies,” Perry straddled a huge swing, floating high above the fluffy pink set and the old-school cartoons that fluttered on screens behind her.
Katy's karaoke won over the crowd, as she covered some of her favorite songs on acoustic guitar. Perry put her own spin on Rhianna's “Only Girl (In the World)” and Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’.”
She ended the show with “California Gurls,” an acid dream that left the crowd with visions of dancing gingerbread men and rainbow-colored confetti.
The concert's biggest surprise was Perry's voice. She has the vocal range and power of Christina Aguilera without having to constantly remind you of it.
Perry may transform herself into a walking, talking candy-coated caricature, but it's a persona you can’t resist. She can work an arena with the best of them. —Jara Anton