FIRST she kissed a girl and liked it, then she claimed she was a firework and most recently was roaring out from the jungle and now superstar Katy Perry is getting set to wow crowds in the Midlands as part of her UK tour.
The global superstar will be belting out a host of her hits on her Prismatic World Tour, which will stop off on Sunday, May 11 at the Nottingham Capital FM Arena.
The pop princess took time out from her busy rehearsing schedule to talk about her first appearance in the charts back in 2008 and how her career has been on the rise ever since.
She said: “I can remember every part of it by outfits, because actually right now I’m going through my storage unit that houses all of my clothes and costumes from 2007-2011.
“I’m having a lot of flashbacks and nostalgia. I’m kind of shifting through it figuring out, what do I give away, what do I keep and do any of the outfits hold a purpose or strong memories.
“It’s been quite a colourful few years with a lot of hard work, with a lot of excitement, a lot of purpose, perspective-opening and a lot of fun really. If it wasn’t fun, I don’t think I would be running this fast still.”
With more than 100 dates on the Prismatic World Tour, the singer will be away from home for weeks on end.
She told the Mail about she keep sane doing that amount of shows?
She added: “It’s really about the people I keep around me and their energy.
“I’m bringing most of the same crew from the last California Dreams tour.
“I’m quite loyal, and if I find a good person, I keep them forever! I’ve got an incredible traveling circus that I like to make incredible memories with.
“I’ve kind of routed this tour like an old rock group that has a family and kids and a hip problem! I routed it so I can really enjoy myself along the way and have experiences and make memories, so that when I do go to a city, maybe I’ve had an incredible experience there, and I then have more to say on stage as I think it’s so impersonal that when you get on that stage the only thing you can say is, “Hello Nottingham…” I mean, what about Nottingham?
“I will be in Nottingham so I should know exactly what Nottingham is like, what’s the coolest pubs, where the best fish and chips are, I like to go out and find out that stuff.
“I’m an adventure junkie when I’m on tour.
“The tour is massive but it really is just a road trip in disguise.”
While busy touring, Katy says she will find time to see some of the sights.
She said: “I definitely take in the cities; we always bring bikes on tour and cycle all around to find the best parks.
“In the UK, there are some beautiful old historic parks.
“ I’m so into history and so into culture – I dive right into that stuff. Sometimes when we go bike riding the day before or the morning of a show, we take some tickets and stop along the way in coffee shops and places and give them away, secretly - but I wear a hat and sunglasses so you don’t really know that it’s me.”
Moving away from the tour, the singer talked about the song ‘It Takes Two’, which she co-wrote woith Emeli Sandé,.
She said: “I was working with a producer group called Stargate who I worked with on the last record, who I wrote Firework with, and we were talking about different artists and who we were loving right then and there.
“They were saying they were in the studio with me and with Emeli that week, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I was just listening to her record,’ and my favourite song is ‘Clown,’ and I’m obsessed with that song, and I think she is an incredible songwriter and such a gem.
“They were like, we should just call her up and see if she wants to write, and I was like ‘Yeah, dahhh’.
“I had this initial idea about writing a song about accepting your responsibility in a relationship that has gone south.
“It’s a different type of song to write as when you write about relationships, you’re either deeply in love or in the after you stage’ or ‘I’m doing great without you stage’; rarely do you get a song that has a psychological depth about admitting your part.
“So Emeli came in, and she totally understood the idea for the song.
“We have the same kind of perspective, and I admire her style of writing. She was great, a great co-writer.
“I am playing ‘It Takes Two’ on the tour, which is very exciting as I get to play a lot of new songs, although I do play all the old ones.”
When quizzed, the singer found hard to choose between what she liked best - recording songs or performing them live.
“They are both different,” she said.
“The writing and making of a record is exciting, but it’s also like you are sitting on a golden egg - you can’t really show off this golden egg as it’s not ready to hatch yet, but you do get this inner confidence when you go about your day like, ‘I’ve got something brewing, I’ve got something coming, it’s very exciting’.
“A tour is the fruits of your labour - it’s the evidence of all the hard work right then and there.
“The tour is physically exhausting; the writing of a record can be somewhat mentally exhausting – it’s moving two types of different muscles.”
When asked what particular song she was most proud of, Katy was quick to answer.
She said: “On a commercial level, ‘Roar’ has been really much bigger than I ever could have dreamed, and I get a lot of incredible stories from that.
“On a more super-fan level, kids really like ‘By The Grace of God’ as I’ve heard that it helps kids feel as if they aren’t so alone in whatever situation they are going through.
“I think the willingness to share and be open helps people feel safer and not alone.
“In terms of that, if you are coming to see me on tour I will give you one hint – do not be late, because you do not want to miss the opening.”
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