Katy Perry with The Daylights
Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 29, 2009
As the dawn drew morning birds to signal the beginning of a new day on Wednesday, April 29, many in sunny South Florida woke up with grand expectations for later that day—to see none other than Katy Perry and her opening band The Daylights.
The crowd began forming the massive line that reached all the way to the parking lot hours before the event was to start at Revolution Live. The line seemed an almost parade of characters, as some concert goers wore all kinds of outfits that ranged from the traditional T-shirt and jeans; to having just stepped out of ballet class and even emulating Perry’s wardrobe.
Fans became restless when the doors did not open on schedule, but they found a way to pass the time, giving their vocal chords a practice run by singing many Katy Perry favorites.
While the sun began to slowly fade away into the horizon it was then that the magical words could be heard like a flock of birds flying in unison: “We can now go in!”
All of a sudden, it was obvious that the concert was about to start. California band The Daylights, composed of brothers Randy and Ricky Jackson and their Danish drummer Svend Lurche, took the stage before an impatient crowd.
The Daylights made it through their set, playing songs which included “Little White Lies” and “Probably.” As their songs came to an end, the fans clearly showed that they had reserved a lot of their energy for Katy Perry.
The line seemed an almost parade of characters, as some concert goers wore all kinds of outfits that ranged from the traditional T-shirt and jeans; to having just stepped out of ballet class and even emulating Perry’s wardrobe.
She opened her set with one of her latest tracks, “Fingerprints,” which drove the fans crazy as they clapped along with Perry. She interacted very well with her fans and was not shy to show her “inflatables”: an inflatable cat, a banana, and of course a cherry chapstick. At one point during the show she even asked the crowd “How many of you were dragged to this concert by your girlfriend?” A handful of concertgoers were pointed out by their fellow friends as if they had the scarlet letter emblazoned on their chests.
The age of those lip synching to her songs ranged from those who looked young enough to be in the first grade while others seemed to be baby boomers who escorted their children to the concert. And although there were many tweens in the audience, Perry did say the f-word a few times, leaving some who didn’t expect her to curse surprised at first.
Those who were not familiar with her songs were stunned when she sang the song “Ur So Gay.” Toward the end, the barefooted Perry – who wore a red sequined knee-length dress that gave people a moment to reminisce about The Wizard of Oz – told the audience that she “loved the crowd in Ft. Lauderdale” and that they were great. Although she did not have Toto with her, she did have her inflatable cat, which at times Perry meowed to the crowd.
At last, the concert attendees were about to hear the song that has become an anthem of sorts across America: “I Kissed A Girl.” As her band mates, all dressed in white, got ready for the song, Perry glanced at the crowd after having changed earlier to a leopard leotard.
As the crowd looked at Perry like a group of hungry animals waiting to pounce at the moment that she struck the first lyric of her number one single, it was then that Perry playfully showed her inflatable cherry chapstick to the crowd and ended the concert with a bang.
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Review by Andres Lopez
Photos by Christine Porco