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CONCERT REVIEW: Katy Perry in San Diego

Sugar coated pop star performs at Valley View Casino Center

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Courtesy Felipe Zepeda
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On Tuesday August 9th, the Valley View Casino Center smelled of cotton candy—most likely from the hundreds of them being consumed by teenage girls trying to get to the light up stick each candy came with.  Blue wigs, peacock feathers and light up heart headbands also filled the arena.  Yes friends, these are the sights of Candyfornia.

The sugary pop princess Katy Perry graced San Diego with her presence while on her 2011 California Dreams Tour.  The show was set up to resemble The Wizard of Oz, replacing munchkins with gingerbread men and the wicked witch with an evil butcher.  Katy opened with “Teenage Dream” the second single off her album by the same name, and remained in the same peppermint adorned dress for her next two songs, “Hummingbird Heartbeat” and “Waking Up In Vegas.”

The rest of the show was just as sweet and cheeky as the opening.  Katy seamlessly changed from one candy-covered dress to another as she sang songs from her two albums, Teenage Dream and One of the Boys.  And yes, she did actually sing, even despite having a sore throat.  Earlier in the day the Perry Tweeted, “Okay kids, here's the truth: I've done lost half my voice…” Midway through the concert, Katy slowed the show down with a little “Katy-oke,” where she covered songs like Rihanna’s “Only Girl (in the World)”, Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin”, Rebecca Black’s “Friday” and Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.”  After Katy-Oke, the singer took off on a cloud. With a simple Bippity-Bobbity-Boo, Katy was raised into the air above the audience, while she stood on a levitating cloud playing an acoustic version of “Thinking of You” on a crystal-encrusted guitar no less.

After a short video segment which declared, “To find the love that’s true, you must wear a wig of blue,” Perry came out once again donning her famous blue hair and wearing a bodysuit resembling candy buttons. Perry also covered Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and invited a few fans from to join her on stage, with two lucky ones getting to take a picture with the pop star after the song was over.

After one last costume change, Katy came out in her “Katy-Kisses” outfit, dressed as a sexy Hershey’s Kiss (as seen on the cover of Rolling Stone) and finished the concert with “California Gurls.”  The concert ended as a big beachside party:  Katy sprayed the audience with foam from a large gun resembling a candy cane and jumbo-sized beach balls were thrown into the audience.  As the lights went down, confetti shaped like hearts and Tootsie Pops was released, signaling the end of San Diego’s trip to Candyfornia.

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  • Rating: 4 of 5