Spears Kicks Off 'Circus' Tour In New Orleans
March 4, 2009 at 2:51 PM (PT)
The opening night of BRITNEY SPEARS' "Circus" tour nudged this long-troubled singer a firm step further on the road back to reborn pop star, writes JIM FARBER in NEW YORK's DAILY NEWS. Onstage at the NEW ORLEANS ARENA for the kickoff show of her first full tour in five years, SPEARS dutifully hit her marks, kept up a robust pace and looked determined and engaged.
As its title suggests, TUESDAY night's show had a splashy big top theme, boasting frantic jugglers, wild illusionists, manic acrobats and the ultimate clown of the hour, blogger PEREZ HILTON, who appeared in an introductory video montage in Elizabethan drag.
Divided into four parts, the night began with BRITNEY duded up as an S&M-leaning ringmaster.
Aerialists flung themselves about the stage in a "Thunderstorm" sequence that worked energetically into a perfect piece of BRIT-pop, the sprightly hit "Radar."
In a nod to trendiness, the shows included a mock-BOLLYWOOD dance sequence during "Me Against The Music," eagerly riding the "Slumdog" gravy train.
The Novosad Seal Of Approval
CITADEL Top 40/Mainstream KSMB/LAFAYETTE PD BOBBY NOVOSAD also caught BRTINEY's opening night and had this reaction:
"BRITNEY knocked it out of the park! The stage ... illusions that took place ... videos, sound, lighting and special effects, the props, the dancers and, of course, BRITNEY, by far put together a performance I consider to be the best I've seen since I started here in '85. Did she actually sing? OK, next question, please. All jokes aside, the 19,000 fans enjoyed every minute of the show.
"The crowd was 90-95% FEMALE! The age group consisted of all ages from teens to women in their 60s. Women absolutely love her!"
BOBBY also noted that opening act THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS "put on a bangin' show as well ... KSMB was one of the first stations to play 'Don't Cha' back in MARCH of '05," he recalled. "I met NICOLE SCHERZINGER back then and asked her TUESDAY night if she remembered me. She told me that I 'looked familiar.' I replied, 'You complete me.' Security then grabbed her and escorted her away."
Which only goes to show ... that love means never having to say you "complete me."