Ke$ha at Myth, 8/19/13
Photo by Tony Nelson
with Mike Posner and Semi Precious Weapons
Myth Live Event Center, St. Paul
August 19, 2013
If the will call line is held up by security inspecting a glitter container to ensure it's not drugs, a grown man is prancing around in gold spandex pants, and the floor becomes a minefield of spilled drinks, you know you're at a Ke$ha show.
Last night at Myth, Ke$ha (Kesha Rose Serbert) hit the stage to greet a rowdy, highly enthused crowd. The show was over the top with explosive visual entertainment and energy, which was anticipated after seeing the three semi trucks outside for lighting and production and the five tour buses for the band and crew.
Slideshow: Ke$ha at Myth, 8/19/13
Opener Mike Posner got the already overflowing room to move, jump, and raise their hands, as a good pop star should do, apparently, which inevitably set a sufficient base level of overturned drinks. And the night developed on a slippery playing field for the overly intoxicated, face-painted crowd.
Photos by Tony Nelson
When Ke$ha finally graced her crazed fans -- or "animals" -- she came out wearing a colorful sequin, bustier one-piece, and was joined by a herd of dancing men in leather harnesses swinging samurai swords to complement her song "Warrior." Before playing "We R Who We R," she made a simple request of the gyrating sweaty bunch, "Can you guys make me a promise that you will be yourself, unapologetically always?"
The show lived up to the anticipated production value with huge smoke explosions and metallic confetti shot into the air -- as if anyone needed more glitter. During "Gold Trans Am," Ke$ha had a metal spinning tool that she created a shower of sparks with on the center of her giant pro-wrestling-type belt. For someone who made a career by essentially claiming to brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack, it was unexpected to see her operating what could be considered heavy machinery. And that said it was a bit unexpected to see her execute such fast choreography with her crew of professional male dancers.
Photo by Tony Nelson
Throughout the performance there were a series of costume-change breaks supplemented with projected videos of Ke$ha, which the band accompanied sometimes with a wailing guitar solo. In them, she was mostly rolling around on a bed or on the ground in her underwear and knee-high stockings.
Ke$ha has been the featured artist on MTV's My Crazy Beautiful Life this year, and last night she revealed that the Minnesota fans would be included in one of the segments. For it, a camera guy came out on stage and filmed the ecstatic crowd yelling the show's title in unison upon Ke$ha's cue.
She finished out the show with some of her biggest hits like "Your Love is My Drug" and "Tik Tok." The overall experience of the show was a juxtaposition of Ke$ha's talent as a song-and-dance performer, in the Britney Spears kind of way, and the-less coordinated sea of wasted people trying to keep up with her. Girls were escorted out as they slurred out the names of their friends, and one guy apparently threw a drink in a female bartender's face. There was a designated area on the side of the building for these people, fully manned by a brave squad of security guards.
Photos by Tony Nelson
The life of a pop star can seem glamorous and exciting, but as a normal person who got looks of shame at the show for just wearing jeans and a T-shirt, it's a bizarre world. There will always be famous people who live a life of luxury and excess, and people like Ke$ha who promote partying hard, sell a crazy amount of records, and set trends like wearing glitter and painting neon stripes across your cheeks. But she has also worked with incredible artists like Iggy Pop, Wayne Coyne, and written most of her own music, so maybe she deserves more credit than the party girl image usually warrants. I'll definitely give her that.
Personal Bias: I don't normally attend shows like this, but I have a soft spot for explosions and pyrotechnics.
Overheard in the Crowd: "Tracy, get off the floor. We have to take a Twitter pic."
The Crowd: Mostly the predictable late teens and twenty-somethings. Although, I did see two women who appeared to be in their fifties sharing the same lime, at the same time, after shots of tequilla.
We R Who We R
Gold Trans Am
Take It Off
Party at a Rich Dude's House
Blah Blah Blah
Your Love Is My Drug
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