On June 27th I woke up like any other day. I brushed my teeth, combed my hair, added a million sparkles to my hair, and put on a purple tutu…Okay so maybe not just like any other day. No Today was the day my friends and I had been waiting for since mid January when we had bought our Katy Perry Prismatic Tour Tickets. We had countdowns on our phones, had planned ridiculous outfits, and my roommate would text me constantly reminding me of our plans for Friday night.
We arrived at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (duh) early before doors opened at 6:30 to take advantage of the photo ops and giveaways. My roommate Sarah and I are notorious for winning said games and giveaways.
After hitting the booths, we made our way toward the doors and the merch (aka merchandise that is wayyyy over priced and requires waiting in line for a good 20+ minutes-unless you’re me and make your own line) table. Here we met the cutest five year olds dressed almost exactly like us. They sang us songs and told us all about their outfits down to the sparkles. Their mom was also pretty awesome as we spoke about them growing up and going to college.
We then headed to our seats where the first set was already in process (whoops!). Ferras-or something of that nature-reminded me of a pineapple with his bleached blonde hair pulled up into a top bun. He sang me 80’s ballad sounding song after 80’s ballad sounding song in his lack luster attempt to be a modern day Prince. (reasons his CD was free at the merch table).
Next up on the chopping block was Capital Cities, another 80’s sounding EDM bad which is known for their one hit wonder “Safe & Sound”. One thing I wasn’t expecting to encounter was when the bad decided to dance to a track remix of their popular song…I mean dancing to your own song is a little tacky. They then attempted to teach the Bridgestone a good ol’ fashion white boy line dance to no avail but at least it allowed for some stretching before Katy took the stage.
After fueling up on some sports style munchies (we had kinda forgotten about eating real food in all the excitement that was getting ready for 3 hours) we waited un-patiently for Katy.
And then it happened in a glorious glow in the dark display. She opened with “Roar” in which we traveled with her and her light up tribal warriors to the jungle setting. The legit coolest aspect of this set had to be the built in treadmill to the stage and the trapdoors, or maybe it was the Prism Lotus she was delivered to us from.
Following this mystic jungle we were transported to Ancient Egypt where Katy was Cleopatra and our warriors were now mummies and Egyptian royals. Complete with a moving
dancer pony; she sang “Dark Horse” just for me (or so say I). I mean Juicy J was a talking sphinx with sunglasses. Throwing it back, “I Kissed A Girl” (the song that introduced me to Katy and that I hid from my parents) took us under the pyramids to a world of mummies. “ET” turned our pyramids tops into aliens….
…and then We ended up in one of my biggest nightmares ever. A land where people were dressed as cats. (I may or may not have a fear and distrust of anything small and feline). I tried to block this part from my mind.
For a break down set, Katy appeared to us dressed in butterflies and singing from a giant sunflower. Here she spoke with the crowd about life’s ups and downs and how to enjoy every day you have. she also told us of her old Nashville stomping grounds where she learned to write and attempted a career in Christian Music. She then sang one of my favorite songs, “By the Grace of God” which is a testament to the time after her divorce from Russell Brand.
Next thing I knew there were giant balloon emogis flying around the arena and then it was all over…or was it? No way, we had an encore with green hair and a giant birthday cake (her latest single off of Prism “Birthday” played obviously) and glitter cannons.
But was if over after that? No, we still had time for PrismVision. You see, PrismVision is a magical experience requiring Prism Glasses which we had received upon entrance. Katy sang “Firework” as digital fireworks and pyrotechnics detonated flawlessly. All seen through the sparkly PrismVision which made everything shiny and even MORE SPARKLY. Yes, one could probably reach this point by getting high, but the intentional PrismVision made the set.
After “Firework” Katy crawled back into her “Prism Lotus” and waved goodbye to us all and it was officially over. I felt like I had run a marathon, like I had gone to Vegas for two hours, like true magic had happened in front of our faces. Cheers to you Katy Perry on one hell of a show. And Kudos-I had to wait a week and a half to process and find the words to write this blog.
So after a Katy Perry concert what do you do? Well going home and watching Friends or King of Queens on Nick@Nite is not an option. So we hit the town. We swigged beers in a honky tonk singing “Wagon Wheel” with the hottest out-of-towners we could find. Then crossed the street to a club complete with terribly mixed pop music and enough douche bag guys willing to buy you overpriced alcohol just to dance with you.
So friends, do yourself a favor and buy some tickets when Prismatic comes to a city near or far from you.