Variety has posted a review of Katy Perry’s show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
Taking the stage with, in her own words, a “slime green” new hairdo and a leopard one-piece, Perry kicked off the show with “Hey Hey Hey,” a relatively deep cut off “Witness,” and “Chained to the Rhythm,” stopping for a little dance party in the middle of the song — which would become a pretty common theme throughout the night.
But after that, Perry mostly mined her older mega-hits for the concert. “Should I play all the songs from ‘Witness?’” she teased. “Sorry, we’re not going to do that.”
Instead, she played through some of her biggest hits, including “Teenage Dream,” “Hot and Cold,” and “Last Friday Night.” She switched up the arrangements on some of these radio recurrents; for “Hot and Cold,” Perry welded a pink electric guitar, and “I Kissed a Girl” got a rock twist as Perry stepped to the side and let her guitarist shred. As Perry reflected on the 10-year-old song, she remembered the “chaos” it caused when she released it — and how upset her parents were to hear that that would be her debut studio single. “No one had even heard of the Kinsey Scale,” she said of the time. “Now we’re just fluid.”
Perry, turning the Ace stage into a colorful, surreal bedroom, with her drummer sitting atop an over-sized fake dresser, hardly ever let the energy die down, zipping back and forth. And she took the opportunity to engage with the audience in a big way.