REVIEW / CONCERT
KATY PERRY WITNESS: THE TOUR
Singapore Indoor Stadium
When it involves placing on visible spectacles, American pop singer Katy Perry doesn’t do something by halves.
Her concert on the Singapore Indoor Stadium – a part of her global tour in help of her newest album Witness and her fourth present right here – was deliciously over-the-top.
Fancy stage set-ups and a number of costume adjustments are par for the course for any pop present, however in her case, each tune in her 18-song setlist featured some new gimmick.
It is actually a canny transfer.
The gig, which was one hour and 50 minutes lengthy, was designed to be an Instagrammer’s dream, thus solidifying her standing as one of the vital in style personalities on social media.
Each eye-popping spectacle, whether or not it’s Perry and her posse of dancers acting on high of regularly moving podiums or big stilt-walkers roaming across the stage, was made to spark a web-based flurry of likes.
The giant stage featured a backdrop within the form of a big, life-like eye that stared eerily on the viewers earlier than the present began. It additionally served as a display screen that displayed something from trippy, space-odyssey visuals to a montage of the singer’s childhood images throughout Teenage Dream.
To let her get nearer to the viewers, the stage featured an extended, snaking runway which she consistently ran alongside.
While her reside band and backing singers wore pink-hued garments and performed pink devices, her dancers, eight ladies and two males, went by way of virtually as many costume adjustments as Perry.
There was loads of skin-tight and brightly colored latex bodysuits in addition to attire that drowned in glitter. At one level, Perry got here out in a comparatively tame pantsuit, solely to take off the jacket to disclose an LED bra that flashed the lyrics to her songs.
Then there was an prolonged cameo by Left Shark, the goofy however lovable costumed mascot whose offbeat choreography at her Super Bowl efficiency again in 2015 turned a meme worldwide.
A viral sensation like that was too good to not carry again, and there was not less than one fan within the area who dressed up because the blue and white mascot.
While most concert events save the confetti bathe for the climax, her present featured a number of of them. These ranged from the standard heart-and star-shaped ones to a weird rain of receipts from the fictional “Karma Coffee & Tea” cafe, a reference to Swish Swish’s lyric (“Karma’s not a liar/She keeps receipts”), supposedly a dig at fellow pop star, and friend-turned-enemy, Taylor Swift.
Perry was clearly in a chirpy temper and he or she genuinely appeared to take pleasure in herself on the present, rattling off her previous experiences in Singapore, together with her dip within the infinity pool atop Marina Bay Sands.
One section the place she tried to have a fan educate her native languages went on for a bit too lengthy although.
Sure, she may be accused of favouring model over substance. While older hits reminiscent of I Kissed A Girl, Teenage Dream, Firework and Roar held their very own, the weaker songs off Witness, reminiscent of Bon Appetit and Tsunami, appeared to make use of the bombastic song-and-dance routines as a crutch for his or her mediocrity.
But there is no such thing as a denying that Perry’s model of campy, outsized pop works extraordinarily properly as escapist enjoyable on a Sunday night time, earlier than a brand new work week kicks in.