Katy Perry – Rogers Arena – February 6, 2018
Last week, Katy Perry brought her Canada/US leg of The Witness Tour to a close in Vancouver. Supported by local songstress, Carly Rae Jepsen, the finale of the tour was an added night, used to film the tour for future use.
After 52 tour dates, the pop star showed little signs of tiring, pumping through the 20 song set with high energy throughout the 2 hours. First up, Carly Rae Jepsen sparkled as she got the audience on their feet with some of her lively tunes. Her half hour warm up set had the crowd, especially those in the VIP pit bouncing to her effervescent pop. Rounded out by her hits, Cut To The Feeling, Really Like You and Call Me Maybe which had everyone singing along.
Once the arena filled up, the lights went down except for the hundreds of illuminated Katy Kat ears adorning many of her fans. Then the all eyes were on the all-seeing eye on screen, as it parted to welcome Katy Perry with a roar from the audience. The youngest fans, in particular, went wild as the star made her way on stage singing “Witness” to kick off The Witness Tour show.
For the next hours, the singing along, dancing and cheering continued with great joy. If the onstage show isn’t enough, watching the happiness of the little fans is contagious and can’t help but bring a smile to one’s face. The keyword for any Katy Perry show, is fun, as the star and her dancers make it seem like they’re enjoying every moment of the set. The multimedia, the dancers, stage sets and costumes really make a point that Katy knows her beloved Katy Kats but makes sure that the show doesn’t includes enough for the grown ups to enjoy the staging and music. From “Witness”, to the encore of “Fireworks” all her top hits plus a few numbers from the Witness album were included in the setlist. As is the norm for a Katy Perry show, fans were included, bringing up a sparkling little star to wish upon a star then a dad to help swish swish some giant basketballs on his birthday. As the end of the show neared and 11pm came around, some of the youngest fans tired and were seen being carried out of Rogers Arena, and home to dream about seeing their pop hero live. For many, their first overall concert experience or for others their first Katy Perry concert was one they won’t soon forget.