Perry proves a pre-teen hit at Rod Laver

NEW YORKKATY Perry is not just borrowing Pink’s blueprint of basing herself in Australia for an extended period on tour.

Perry’s also heisted Pink’s trick of hoisting herself in the air to fly across the audience and singing while spinning upside down on a floating pyramid.

It’s difficult to do anything new in the modern world of pop, but déjà vu aerial work aside Perry’s latest state-of-the-art tour is designed to entertain.

The 30-year-old’s relentless pursuit of No.1 singles means you know most of the set list.

And those catchy, colourful songs clearly appeal to a young audience — Perry is big with the pre-teens. Really big.
Luckily most of her material is G-rated, though Birthday is as twee and basic as The Wiggles, with lyrics about birthday suits and big balloons that go over little heads.

Starting at 9pm, Perry was 30 minutes late on stage at her first Rod Laver Arena show last night — she had better sort that out when she’s playing school nights next week.

While you get the Instagram-era self-empowerment of Roar, it’s nice to hear Perry actually raw on the emotional post-divorce ballad By the Grace of God. Elsewhere it’s more show than tell.

And Perry could study Pink even more closely for tips on how to not let your vocals suffer during a high-energy show.
Not all her hits hit the mark, but Perry is a great pop star on Teenage Dream, Dark Horse and Firework.

And Hot and Cold is given a jazzy reworking with nods to the musical Cats, reminding Taylor Swift she’s not the only cat lady in pop.

But in sales and pop-culture domination, Swift is beating Katy Perry at her own game.

With Perry’s patchy album Prism not supplying the run of chart-toppers the previous one did, like her idol Madonna (she even does a bit of Vogue in this tour), it may be time for Perry to reinvent herself now she’s established herself.

Perry plays seven more shows at Rod Laver Arena in two stints until December 10.

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