8:01 PM, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 ▸
When I first found out that Katy Perry was coming to Manila to end her 'The California Dreams' tour, I immediately searched for the ticket prices and made a firm mental note to buy in advance! Months later... I have entirely forgotten about it. But good thing Celine reminded me last Tuesday (January 17) as she invited me to buy tickets with her!
So, ladies and gents, this entry will be wholly dedicated to my Katy Perry experience! ♥
*I've uploaded videos of the concert too! Just check them out below.
We bought Silver tickets which is the second to the last section of the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds (or should I say Parking grounds? LOL): no seats, just standing, but I really didn't care. I still had a good view of the stage as I was armed with my Eyemax Pocket Binoculars, haha! Besides, there was a screen near us. We would have gone for Gold (the start of the seating area which was just in front of our section) but I was running low on cash when we bought the tickets. Either way, those seats wouldn't be of much use once the concert starts—practically everyone was standing up when the concert started anyway. Aaaaand it wouldn't really be called as a true pop concert experience if you spend it sitting.
As some of you may have already heard or read, the concert started verrrryyy late. I think it started at around 10:15PM when it should have been around eight. DJ Skeet Skeet made a front act by 9PM to appease us, but it was only for 20 minutes, so yes... there was a huge gap before the actual show so we were all pooped. By 10PM, some people in the crowd already started booing. We didn't join them in the booing spree though, because my best friend and I were busy goofing around and buying food at a nearby Starbucks branch.
Saw these bouncers huddling around in a corner with their pink shirts on, so I asked for a picture! LOL gotta love the guy in the middle. HAHA. After I took a picture with them, everybody around me started to take pictures with them too. Sudden stars? :))
But of course, though we spent more than two hours catching up and doing foolish things to pass time, at one point, we also got impatient like normal human beings. Katy's camp didn't really stated an apology for the delay; for all I know it might have been a technical issue because Katy briefly said so during her performance; specifically when 'Slot' appeared all of sudden due to a wrong cue (this is shown below in my YouTube videos). That aggravating hassle aside, when it did start, we immediately forgot all the stress! We sure did!!!! I had a lot of fun singing, bopping, and jumping along to her songs!
I also loved the cotton pink and candy-colored stage design once the curtains were rolled up! ♥
The opening number was her song 'Teenage Dreams', and I swear, by the entrance music alone, I was already pumped up with adrenaline and I even had extreme goosebumps that I started to shriek and jump from where I stood! (This is as evidenced by the shaky video below LOL) Celine on the other hand was strangely silent! That's why when that number ended, I had to ask her why, and to which she replied: "Oh my God. I'm speechless." HAHAHAHA! That's my best friend for you!
Now this is the part where 'Slot' showed for the song 'Waking Up in Vegas'. Katy sure is freaking hot and sexy! On a side note, I seem to have lost the video for Katy's 'Hummingbird Heartbeat'.
The video below will include the full scene as to how our very own actor famous for being in PBB, Ivan Dorschner, managed to luckily get a kiss from Katy Perry! He's really so lucky! The funny thing was that a lot of the guys around me started cursing, saying how lucky Ivan was when he got kissed and kissed Katy! (You can hear some of them in my video LOL). Ivan started trending in the Philippines back at Twitter and managed to even 'up' his likes in Facebook after this affair happened. And oh, it was also adorable how 14-16 year-olds quickly took their shirts off just so they could go on stage; but of course, Katy turned them down. Good call, Katy! HAHA!
Part 4 of my videos will show Katy's superb performance for the song 'E.T.' as well as her heart-warming single, 'Not Like the Movies'. I actually saw this one girl beside me cry maybe because she was so touched by the song. Whereas some of the couples around me started to get all lovey-dovey!
Katy's famous blue wig! ♥ 'Hot N Cold' was where Katy did her infamous magic prowess: changing dresses for seven times. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to record it in full because this was where my camera started to lose space. This was followed by the acoustic version of 'The One That Got Away' which I really loved!
The last three songs she performed were 'Last Friday Night', 'Firework', and 'California Dreams' where everyone (including us, of course) happily sang along!
Aside from her great performance, what I also loved about this 'California Dreams' tour were her make-up and costumes! She can really go loud and brazen; I mean, who the heck could ever wear such a big bra shaped like Kisses and still look so darn hot and appealing?! The show was even filled with a lot of sexual innuendos (duh, from the lyrics of Peacock alone! Haha!) as well as sexual gestures which I hoped that the parents of the 5-year-old kids in the crowd could have managed to distort for their kids.
Overall, despite the lengthy delay, I got what I wanted from the concert: huge doses of Katy Perry's songs, beauty, and talent. And boobs. LOL, I'm kidding. I love Katy to bits! It's nice that her voice was great even if it was a live performance; definitely no lip-synching! ♥
Did I mention that this is the first pop concert that I've ever attended? I am so glad that I was there! The next time that she comes back, I'll surely buy the Titanium/Diamond seats!