Katy Perry Concert Preview – July 2, 2011 @ Bell Centre

katy perry live4In my affections she is hot then she’s cold, she’s in then she’s out.  Katy Perry is quite a polarizing performer.  Some days (or even moments) I think she’s a talented cotton candy ball of fun and others I think she is a mindless twit.  Which is she really?  Probably a little of both.

Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California, Katy was raised by her ultra religious Christian pastor parents.  She grew up not being allowed to watch any television and only allowed to listen to gospel music.  Music still drew her in and she sang in the church choirs from a young age.  As Katy Hudson she released a gospel album that wasn’t really that popular.

Still in her teens, Katy began searching for a record label to sign with. She found one and then another and then another.  You get the picture.  Katy had trouble finding a label as she had four in seven years.  Not discouraged and convinced in her talent, Katy changed her last name to Perry (her mother’s maiden name) and released a single entitled “Ur So Gay” on YouTube.  This worked in that it did not sell records, but it did get her notice from the likes of Madonna.

It was in 2008 with the release of her next single “I Kissed a Girl” that Perry’s career launched into the stratosphere.  It topped the charts and her album (released in 2009) One of the Boys cemented her as a hit.  The singles “Hot ‘N Cold”, “Thinking of You” and “Waking Up in Vegas” followed along the path blazed by “I Kissed a Girl”.

Not succumbing to the sophomore jinx, Katy’s second album Teenage Dream, released in 2010, has been an even bigger hit.  Singles “California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “ET”, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” has been hugely successful and made her the only artist to remain on the Billboard singles chart for 52 straight weeks.  Now she is on a worldwide tour in support of the album.

The young lady is busy (and successful at whatever she does) as she has also managed in the last two years to get married to Russell Brand, release her own perfume called Purr (she loves all things feline), guest judge on American Idol and The X Factor, appear to some controversy on Sesame Street and How I Met Your Mother, and record the voice of Smurfette for the upcoming Smurfs film.  No grass grows beneath her feet!

Additional Information:

-Website:  www.katyperry.com

-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca

-Ticket Prices:  $52.50, $62.50

-Show Time:  7:30 p.m.

-Opening Act:  Marina and the Diamonds

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