Britney Spears, Las Vegas
So apparently Britney Spears is being paid £195,000 a night to perform in Vegas, under tight restrictions. I went to see what all that was about. It was the first time I’d passed through a metal detector at a gig.
Here’s what stuck:
Britney opening on ‘work bitch’, undoubtedly a punk retort to her paymasters.
‘Tonight’s shows is called ‘piece of me’ because it’s literally a piece of me [sic]’ – this was her first un-mimed utterance
Set list in accordance with key, no b-sides
Rhinestone ‘Je suis Charlie’ jacket
Advert outside promises ‘over 20 hits’
The bit where domestic abuse is portrayed through interpretive dance
3 minute costume changes, something I’m not used to witnessing during live performance
‘I get so wet every time I do that, it’s so awful’
The bit where she walks an ‘audience member’ like a dog and whips him frivolously
‘Lucky’ is a cry for help, the warning signs were there people.
Britney finishing on ‘Work Bitch (Reprise)’