Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Britney Spears is a Femme Fatale at the Staples Center...

Last night Britney Spears hit me baby one more time as I ventured downtown to the Staples Center for my second audience with the pop princess at the Staples Center for her Femme Fatale concert.

Britney Spears struts her stuff on stage
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Britney Spears Femme Fatale
Supporting Britney, was current flavour-of-the-month, Nicki Minaj, who put on a good show, but really isn't my musical cup of tea.

Nicki Minaj supports Britney at the Staples Center
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I was pleasantly surprised to see that Britney had more energy than her Circus tour and seemed to contribute to the singing more than simply lip-synching her way through the entire show.

Britney opens her Femme Fatale show
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Britney's best assets have to be her newly slimmed-down body and that blonde hair that she loves to toss around so much (or 'hairography' as they like to refer to it on Glee).
Britney Spears Femme Fatale raincoats
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The Staples Center is a weird venue and it doesn't have the best acoustics, especially when you compare it to the Hollywood Bowl which was designed with concerts in mind.

This is how Britney rolls
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Even though I like her music, I'm not a rabid fan, so I don't have the same emotional connection to the songs as I would for a Kylie Minogue or Madonna concert.

One lucky audience member gets a Britney lap dance
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Britney does her best Marilyn Monroe impression
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Add that to the fact that she doesn't really belt out her songs and it's hard to feel the energy of her performance when she never hits a high note or interprets a song in a different way.

Britney seems to love being suspended over the stage
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Saying that she does put on a show and there were some real crowd pleasing moments, although two of those were her singing someone else's songs, Rihanna's 'S&M' (which they performed together at the recent Billboard Music Awards) and a cover of Madonna's classic 'Burning Up'.

Cleopatra-inspired Britney
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Biker chick Britney
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She seems to be a fan of being suspended above the audience, along with smoke machines, lasers and even long breaks between sets (surely her costume changes don't take that long).

Britney's giant rodeo guitar
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One of the stand-out parts of the show was the giant guitar she straddled rodeo-style, which was a real attention grabber.

Britney performs Toxic (with some 'hairography')
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Luckily she finished the show on a high with 'Toxic' (one of my favourites) and 'Till The World Ends'.

Femme Fatale finale
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Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj on stage Till The World Ends
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Another thing that Britney did right was her fabulous angel finale, where she created a spectacle by descending from the heavens, elevating herself above the other performers on stage and proving her star quality.

Britney's angel finale
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She could really do with improving her stage presence and removing herself from her pack of dancers as she gets lost amongst them at times, I mean who's the real star here?
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She should take a leaf out of Madonna's book in order to be more iconic, or even Kylie who elevated her status to that of a goddess on her Aphrodite Tour.
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Third time's a charm Britney...


Laura Schmidt said...

AMAZING photos! thanks for sharing them with us all :)

Jason in Hollywood said...

You're very welcome!

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