Prepare Katy fans: Perry’s California Dreams tour lands in Phoenix next Wednesday, Aug. 3 at Comerica Theatre.
Sponsored by Schick Quattro for Women, the tour launched Tuesday, June 7, in Atlanta and will run through Sunday, Aug. 14, in the singer’s hometown of Santa Barbara, CA.
The candy cane fairyland-loving Perry has been on the scene and has dominated the airwaves for three years. The rapid rise of success began with the hit single “I Kissed a Girl,” placing Perry on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
If Perry’s latest hit, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” hits No. 1, she’ll tie a record held by ’80s-prime Michael Jackson for most chart-topping singles from a single album.
In the June 24 issue of Rolling Stone, Katy Perry talks backstage at the kick-off of her California Dreams Tour. Here are some highlights from the story:
• Perry reveals that she’s recently undergone a political awakening. “It just feels like the thing running our country is a bank, money,” she says. “I know it sounds like an intense viewpoint, but I’m only slowly but surely getting the wool taken off my eyes. When I was a kid, I asked questions about my faith. Now I’m asking questions about the world.”
• Perry is the first artist to ever have at least one song ranked in the top ten of the BillboardHot 100 for a full year – but she remains a polarizing figure. “Whenever people ask me about having bad reviews, I’m like, ‘Have you seen the run I’ve had? Have you see the numbers?'” she says. “Numbers do not lie!” At the same time, she recognizes the limitations of pop music. “I’m not a dummy,” she says. “I know ‘California Gurls’ isn’t going to save the world. But I got a lot of heart from my upbringing and I put a lot of heart in my songs.”
• She’s recently become obsessed with the History Channel show Ancient Aliens. “Oh my God,” she says. “When it talks about the sky people , how everyone comes from the sky and how the Pyramids were used for star observations, it’s too much for me. It all seems to connect the dots. It’s blowing my mind.”
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