Live Review: Katy Perry at Oracle Arena

Katy Perry Oracle Arena Oakland review: hot, cold: Aidin Vaziri | With her star looming so large, it’s easy to forget that Perry’s career is built on four or five solid hits – from the casually tossed-off show opener “Teenage Dream” to the night’s closing anthem, “Firework,” delivered amid a full-on explosion of pyrotechnics, confetti and lasers. The rest of the Perry’s two-hour set revealed that she actually has more outfits than tunes, a problem intensified by an abysmal stretch of blustery rockers like “Hummingbird Heartbeat” and “Circle the Drain.” The worse the songs became (and they don’t get much worse than the one-two punch of “Ur So Gay” and “Peacock”), the more acrobatic mimes, aerial gymnasts and over-caffeinated dancers in blue wigs seemed to appear on a stage inspired equally by “The Wizard of Oz” and the Candy Land board game. But for all its faults, Perry could still relish in a couple of genuinely thrilling moments as she caterwauled her way through thunderous renditions of the singles “Hot and Cold” and “California Gurls.” Best of all was the song of the summer, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” a ludicrously over-the-top pop tune that actually matched the singer’s ambition.
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