Friday, July 25, 2014
"If you don't want to sing along," Katy Perry demanded on Thursday night (July 24), "then now is your time to leave." Positioned at the vertex of a triangular stage and swiveling her head in order to see her thousands of fans, Perry made this declaration three songs in to her Prismatic world tour set list, with two No. 1 smashes ("Roar" and "Part of Me") and a No. 2 hit ("Wide Awake") already under he belt. The 29-year-old spent the first movement of the lavish pop spectacle with her voice barely audible, the shrieks of tween girls bouncing off the barriers of Brooklyn's Barclays Center and drowning out everything aside from the steady thwack of the percussion. By the time her proper performance in Brooklyn had ended, Perry had rattled through a dozen Top 5 singles, flexing her hit-making muscles while presenting a stage show worth the many, many screams.
Compared to other pop music arena shows currently running, Perry's Prismatic tour is the most colorful, literally and figuratively. Neon props checkered the stage for nearly two hours on Thursday night, from the glow-in-the-dark jump ropes used during "Roar" to the inflatable convertible driven during "This Is How We Do," from the paint-dripping video montage that introduced "Teenage Dream" to the glow-sticks encompassing the edges of the first of Perry's many outfits, technicolor light bookending her bare midriff.