Pop icon Katy Perry is ready to Roar on to the Sheffield stage – and admits she cannot wait.
The 29-year-old arrives in the Steel City on Friday, May 23, when she brings her Prismatic World Tour to Attercliffe’s Motorpoint Arena.
The Sheffield show is concert number 11 on a tour of more than 100 dates which began in Belfast last night.
But Katy – behind hits such as I Kissed a Girl, California Gurls and Roar – admits she is excited to hit the road with her crew.
“It’s about the people I keep around me and their energy,” she says. “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 travelling circus 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 enjoy myself along the way and have experiences and make memories, so when I do go to a city, maybe I’ve had an incredible experience there, and I then have more to say on stage – I think it’s so impersonal that when you get on that stage the only thing you can say is “hello Sheffield’. I mean, what about Sheffield? I should know exactly what Sheffield is like. The tour is massive, but is really just a road trip in disguise.”
The Prismatic tour follows the release of number-one album Prism late last year – and Katy says she loves both recording and performing.
“The writing and making of a record is exciting,” she says, “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.”
As well as showcasing Prism, Katy has promised to perform a number of her hits in the show, as well as songs she is particularly proud of.
“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,” she says.
“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.
“Basically, 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.”
Tickets are now on sale for Katy’s Sheffield show at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk