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Pop star Perry brings high-energy world tour to Consol

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:24 p.m.
Jack Fordyce | Tribune Review
Katy Perry's Pittsburgh concert has been rescheduled. She will now appear Sept. 22 at the PPG Paints Arena.

It was all neon wigs, elaborate costumes and giddy energy.

And that was just the audience.

But it was Katy Perry who brought all that and more Tuesday night to Consol Energy Center with her Prismatic World Tour.

Perry started her set with her Grammy-nominated hit “Roar,” while donning a metallic dress with light-up lining — the first of many costume changes. Her neon-clad dancers acted as warriors and tailed her around the heart-shaped stage, which included a treadmill-like catwalk on the side.

Dance tracks showcased Perry's signature high-energy, sugary fun persona, including her self-worth anthem “Part of Me” and a guitar-riff heavy “I Kissed A Girl,” Perry's first hit.

Perry's fashion did not disappoint, and included a lavender Egyptian inspired look, a flowing butterfly-embroidered gown and a smiley-face ensemble. Her wigs ranged from short black to cascading rainbow.

During her first chat with crowd members, Perry encouraged them to “be in the moment, because it could be the best moment of your life,” before launching into “This Moment” from “Prism.”

An Egyptian theme carried throughout the next segment, which included a bass-thumping “Dark Horse” featuring an actual dancing puppet horse controlled by dancers. A cat-themed series followed and featured Perry in a literal catsuit complete with pink ears and tail singing a jazzy version of “Hot N Cold.”

Perry showcased her vocal talent in the slower, more stripped-down moments, such as “By the Grace of God” and an acoustic “The One That Got Away.”

The energy picked back up toward the end with her current hit “Birthday,” concluding with a sea of confetti, then an encore of “Firework.”

The set made creative use of the prism theme, with scaffolding in a triangle shape taking up part of the stage and later dangling in the air as aerial dancers hung from it by their feet — the first of several high-flying effects. Even the musicians got air born later in the show, sending sparks shooting out of their guitars high above the crowd.

Opening the show was Ferras, who Perry signed as the first artist to Metamorphosis Music, a subsidiary of her label Capitol Records. His sound, a mix of edgy angst and Prince-like pop, made for an entertaining short set and got the crowd engaged.

Next up was Capital Cities, who got people out of their seats with their upbeat energy and radio hit “Safe and Sound.” They also paid homage to Madonna with a “Holiday” cover, a perfect choice to please this particular audience.

At one point during her set, Perry thanked the crowd for letting her do what she does before dedicating “Unconditionally” to all her KatyCats. Judging by this crowd's enthusiasm, it's clear they'll keep letting her do this for years to come.

Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or

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