Live Review: Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys "The Femme Fatale Tour" — Anaheim, CA
Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:28:24
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There's a reason why the world fell in love with Britney Spears.
It's because she can do it all. She can sing. She can dance. She can entertain any crowd. She's a timeless performer in the most classic sense of the word.
Somehow, she's gotten even better at everything she does over the years, and her transcendent showing during The Femme Fatale tour's stop at the Honda Center in Anaheim illustrated that tenfold. After a mini-movie that could rival any summer blockbuster this year, Britney emerged from an opening inside of the giant video wall center stage. Her outfit certainly sparkled, but not as much as her voice and dance moves did.
During a hypnotic "Hold It Against Me" from her latest pop masterpiece Femme Fatale, she sauntered down the steps from the wall cool, calm, and collected before breaking into flawless dancing and singing simultaneously. Smoke rose from the stage as the song's dubstep drop sharpened the edge that always separated Britney from the pack. Dancers dressed as police surrounded her as she dropped into the center of the stage, and Britney quickly came back for a slick, smooth "Up 'N' Down".
She lithely wrapped herself around jail bars flanked by her dancers as she belted out the song's infectious refrain to overwhelming audience screams. For the undeniable "3", Britney donned a white fedora and trench coat speaking right to the noir-ish connotations of the Femme Fatale tour. However, she built a one-of-a-kind space where Kim Basinger's elegant L.A. Confidential beauty becomes enveloped by edgy modern dance attitude. "3" gave way to a massive sing-a-long, perfectly prefacing Britney emerging from a giant speaker during "Big Fat Bass". Bright red lights flashed as Britney shook through the song's impenetrable groove in a vibrant pink ensemble. During "How I Roll", she cruised out in a pink car, never failing to continually impress. "If U Seek Amy" saw Britney don a long flowing skirt fanned up by grates below the stage as more '40s crime flick-inspired black-and-white footage flashed behind her. Marrying old school detective fare and stadium-size anthems is something no other pop star has done, and once again Britney's the first.
Britney quickly transported the fun to Egypt during a seductive "Gimme More", which led to fireworks blazing through the arena. She also managed to flex her talents during too incendiary covers—Madonna's "Burning Up", where she rode a giant fire-shooting guitar and Rihanna's "S&M". Her own pop classics, "Toxic" and "Womanizer", sounded simply scorching with all of the larger-than-life live production, and they solidified her place alongside Madonna and Michael Jackson as one of the most important singers and entertainers ever.
The show's finale of "Till The World Ends" closed everything out with final earth shattering explosion as Britney flew across the arena above everyone. It was breathtaking, and it was simply Britney.
She didn't have to say much either, she let the music and moves do all the talking. The same could be said for Nicki Minaj and Jessie and the Toy Boys. With a simple setup—two dancers and a DJ—Jessie kicked off the evening brilliantly. Jessie's voice sailed to incredible heights on the raucous and rocking "We Own the Night" from her debut EP, Show Me Your Tan Lines. Meanwhile, "Money Makes the Girl Round" was a clever, catchy anthem that brought Orange County to its feet. During the enthralling new cut, "Naughty", Jessie cracked her whip right on cue with the sample, effectively making everyone get a little naughty with her over '80s-style synths. Everything culminated on her propulsive single "Push It", and she left a lasting impression. She's bound for greatness…
Nicki Minaj rounded out the bill with her spacey urban swagger, sparking bumping and grinding from the floor to the stands. "Super Bass" stunned as her rapid fire flow on "My Chick Bad" and "Monster" was dirty fun in all the right ways.
These Femme Fatales are not to be missed together…You'll love it, and it's a landmark for modern pop.
Were you there?
Check out our review of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" here!
Watch our video interview with Jessie and the Toy Boys here!