So last night I was among a very small number of people invited to the uberprivate friends and family rehearsal for Britney Spears’s The Femme Fatale Tour which kicks off in Sacramento, CA next week. Altho last night’s rehearsal wasn’t a proper dress rehearsal, I got to see the FULL show from beginning to end with a select number of other people (including Britney’s family as well as family and friends of the backup dancers). I don’t want to spoil too much of the show before it gets underway next week but some of the deets I’m gonna share below may be spoilerish … so if you want to remain completely surprised, read carefully.
OMG … last night was such an amazing experience … I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s start off with the setlist … there are 22 songs in the show with about 2 or 3 clips/snippets of other songs in the video segments. Now, not all of the video segments were shown to us so there may be more in the final production. I can tell you that Britney goes way back into her catalog for the setlist … back to her debut album Baby … One More Time. Obvsiously, she does the singles from Femme Fatale but she also performs 2 of the bonus tracks on the Deluxe version of Femme Fatale. There is an overriding theme of the show … Britney is being chased by a shadowy man and she appears in some of the video segments as a kind of spy (in fact the song 3 uses trench coats, sunglasses and fedoras as the costumes). In one of the video segments, the man chasing Britney refers to femme fatales thru history … and that historical element is incorporated in the show. There are HUGE vehicles on stage in different parts of the show. On the Femme Fatale Tour journey, Britney takes us on a ride by land, sea and air :) My fave number, I think, has to be Gimme More. It’s the first time she’s performed that song since 2007 and WAIT ’til you see the way it is staged. It’s a BIG number. The coolest and deffo most fun number of the show is Britney’s upcoming 3rd single from Femme Fatale, I Wanna Go. During the show, Britney will pull members of the audience on stage to dance with her. Because there were only 7 of us in the audience (not counting the family and friends), WE were the ones pulled up on stage to dance with Britney. I kid you not, I GOT TO DANCE with Britney Spears on STAGE!!! It was a moment I will never, ever forget … the god’s honest truth. If YOU are one of the lucky folks brought up on stage, you will die … TRUST ME! There is another part of the show where an audience member will be brought on stage to participate in the show … during last night’s rehearsal, Britney’s main man Jason Trawick was brought on stage as that lucky participant.
During the show, Britney does sing live. Yes there are backing tracks but there are parts of the show where it is very obvious that she is singing … and she sounded fantastic. She performs a classic ballad mid-way thru the show and it is very clear that she is singing that song live … and beautifully. The dancing that we saw was sharp and fun … she even busts out the original choreography during I’m A Slave 4 U. There are a couple of songs that have been remixed with new music … one with a snake charmer vibe, one with a loungey vibe. The finale is ‘Till the World Ends and it starts out like the album version … but then it kicks into the Nicki Minaj remix (Nicki was projected on the video screens as well) so my guess is that she will come out on stage to perform with Brit for that song. I can also tell you that Sabi appears on stage to perform during (Drop Dead) Beautiful. OH and WAIT ’til you see the way (Drop Dead) Beautiful is performed. If you thought that Madonna and Kylie Minogue pushed the envelope with male nudity in their stage shows … you ain’t seen nothing yet. TRUST ME ON THIS … wait ’til you see.
Some Pink readers have asked me to compare this tour show to or say if it is better than Britney’s previous tours. I’ll say this … Britney Spears always puts on an amazing show. I’ve seen all of her tours and there are elements that stick out in my mind in each of those shows. Who can ever forget the way that Britney made it rain INSIDE ON STAGE during the Dream Within A Dream Tour? I can assure you, The Femme Fatale Tour will have elements that you will never forget. It’s not better or worse than any of Britney’s other tours … it is another fabulously fun show that you simply MUST see in person to believe.
So … ok … that’s about all I want to share. The really exciting thing for me last night was the unknown … I was surprised and excited at every step along the way thru the show … I want YOU to experience the same thing. But, if you want MORE deets, head over to E! News HERE to hear what my friend Marc Malkin has to say about the show (he was not only at the rehearsal last night but he was my dance partner with Britney alone on our side of the stage):
Head over to BreathHeavy.com to hear what Jordan Miller has to say about the show, he was also at the rehearsal last night … as was a reporter from Just Jared. I cannot even express what a special thrill last night was for me. I have been such a big Britney fan since the beginning … and last night was just the culmination of all that love. Being able to be seated front row center — on a couch, no less — for a private rehearsal of arguably Britney’s best concert tour ever is a treat I will never, ever forget. And boy, am I DYING to see it again here in LA on the 20th and in Anaheim on the 24th.
If you look hard enough, I’m sure you will be able to read all the secrets of this tour online … but I strongly urge you to wait and see it for yourselves. I was wowed at every single thing in this show. It is beyond fun … BEYOND! It was clear to me that Britney has been working really hard on this show … and her hard work has paid off. This show is hot, y’all. You’re going to LOVE it!0