All things that sparkle, glitter and freak came parading into the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO last night for the second stop of Ke$ha’s Get $leazy Tour. Her youthful audience adorned in ripped stockings, headbands and heavy eye makeup was not the least detoured by the long line they had to wait in just to get into the venue for the sold out show, let alone the unseasonal rain that came with the wait. Their loyalty and anticipation for their $leazy goddess was unwavering.
Opening the evening in characteristically unorthodox Ke$ha style was an artist by the name of Beardo who had many fans asking, “What and who is this guy?” Touting a tightly curled mullet the electro rocker’s image served only to distract and maybe even detract from the message of his music which wasn’t any more impressive. For me, he couldn’t leave the stage soon enough but I was also convinced by the time he did that perhaps Ke$ha herself handpicked him for the tour as he fits right in with her unconventional style and presentation.
When the Princess of Pop corruption took the stage she was on an elevated platform framed by a neon lit diamond. Wearing illuminated glasses she opened with the tour theme track, “Sleazy” and followed it by “Take It Off”. She paused only long enough between songs to declare to the Denver based crowd, “I want to see you on your worst behavior tonight!” before launching into the track “Dirty Picture”.
The performance was filled with costume changes, glitter and energetic dancers but despite the hype it seemed to lag until about mid set when Ke$ha finally clicked with her adoring audience while performing album title track “Cannibal”. Shortly thereafter she invited one lucky male fan to the stage for a seedy performance of “Grow a Pear”. She strapped the 19 year old to a chair by wrapping him in cellophane and along with her two supporting dancer’s one adorned in a comical life-size penis costume and the other as a lone supporting testicle danced around him for the duration of the song. After that she closed the night with hits, “Your Love Is My Drug” and “Tik Tok”.Those who waited around for the encore were treated to her most elaborate costume change and the much anticipated performance of current radio hit single “We R Who We R”.
Overall the Get $leazy Tour was a little lack luster and underwhelming for the shock-centric Pop icon. However, she evokes such loyalty from her fans that they seemed uninterested in the fact that she may or may NOT be singing live. And instead they danced in carefree bliss for what turned into an uninhibited dance/rage style party. The isles were filled with Ke$ha admirers skipping singing and grooving along with her, even continuing to do so as they exited the venue. And if they didn’t leave disappointed Ke$ha can count the performance as a success.
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