Katy Perry is bringing high camp to the desert. Last night, the superstar and Super Bowl halftime show alum debuted her Las Vegas residency at the Resorts World Theater and the over-the-top spectacular had it all: a huge singing surgical mask in case you forgot that we're still elbows-deep in a global pandemic, glitzy costumes, and a giant toilet and super-size rolls of toilet paper. The show includes all of Perry's greatest hits and, as Rolling Stone reports, amounts to a night of psychedelic Technicolor fun.
"A lot of my shows have been figuratively larger than life, but I play a doll in this show, so everything is like, three times the size of me," she said during an appearance on Good Morning America. "It's Honey I Shrunk the Kids meets Pee-wee's Playhouse, but we knew what our audience is. People are here to have fun, people are here to let loose."
Other set pieces include a pink-and-yellow checkerboard stage and a huge rubber duck. Perry shared the setlist on her Instagram feed, though it surprisingly doesn't include "Waking Up In Vegas." At one point, she wears a bra shaped like two smashed aluminum cans, pops one open, and drinks the beer that flows out. Think of it as "California Gurls" 2.0.
"It's been a couple of really wild years, hasn't it?" she said during the inaugural show, according to Rolling Stone. "I don't know what next year's going to bring, do you guys? You really rolled the dice tonight with me and I appreciate it."
Fans can also expect to hear her latest track, a collab with Alesso called "When I'm Gone."
"It's great cause it's coming out the same time, the opening night of my show, and it just gives a little bit of a fresh, fun new feeling," she said of the song's inclusion in the singalong-inspired setlist. She went on to say that she hopes the show will offer a bit of escapism, especially since everyone's on edge — talking mask and all. "Music will continue and people use music to be happy, to get their grief out, to dance, to put their makeup on. We all need a soundtrack to our lives and I hope I can be part of that."
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