Katy Perry serves a dose of hits in Raleigh

Reviewed by Clay De Souza Times-News correspondent

RALEIGH — International pop superstar Katy Perry described herself as a “southern gal at heart” when she performed Tuesday night at the RBC Center.

“I love the South,” Perry told the crowd. She then went on to ask where the nearest Cracker Barrel was, as someone shouted that Waffle House was the place to go after the show. She even engaged in dialogue about UNC, N.C. State and Duke rivalries, which caused the crowd to respond with chants and boos.

Perry’s yearlong California Dreams Tour has made stops in London, Berlin and most of Europe, but this was her lone trip to the Tar Heel State and the 26-year-old’s charisma and sheer talent were showcased as she performed hits from the last few years, including songs from her recent album “Teenage Dream.”

The stage resembled the Candyland board game and a series of film clips depicted Perry’s journey in the fictional “candyland,” including scenes of her talking with gingerbread men and gummy bears.

Perry performed hits including “One of the Boys,” “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot and Cold” and “Thinking Of You,” along with her version of popular songs such as Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin’ ” and Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.”

She closed the concert with her newest hit “TGIF: Last Friday Night” with her alter-ego, Katy Beth Terry, who emerged on the stage. Her final number of the night was last summer’s charttopping summer hit, “California Gurls.”

Perry’s tour runs through November making stops in New York and Los Angeles, among other cities.

If you get a chance to see her in concert, you won’t be disappointed.

Clay De Souza is a student at Alamance Community College and a Teens & 20s writer.


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