And so, at long last, I was finally able to make my way to Las Vegas, NV to experience our dear Britney Spears’s LV concert residency Britney: Piece of Me last night and … man, did I have the time of my life. Because I was out of the country during Britney’s first short run of shows last month, I had to wait until round 2 to see her live with my own eyes. It’s been difficult to stay away from all of the photos and videos that came out when she first performed a few weeks ago (she only performed 4 shows before I saw her last night) but I managed to stay RELATIVELY in the dark about what to expect from the show before seeing it for myself last night. I made the quick flight over from LA and checked into my hotel … and then counted down the minutes until I could experience Britney: Piece of Me myself. As you might have expected, I took a LOT of photos and some short videos last night … which, I don’t think, are too spoilery but do give a good feel for what the show is all about.
The concert venue inside the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, named Axis, is pretty small. All of the seats look like good seats to me but that was judging from right up front against the stage where I was standing. I managed to get Gold Circle Pit tickets for my Britney shows so I really had the best vantage point in the venue. My suggestion is to go for the pit tickets because you’ll spend most of the show close up to Britney and her dancers, as opposed to the VIP seats that offer very expensive bottle service (Britney only goes near those seats a handful of times. Tho those very expensive VIP tix come with the opportunity to meet Britney backstage so there’s that). The setlist, which is easily available all over the place, was the same as the first set of shows and contains hit after hit after hit. You could hear people joyously singing along to every single song, screaming with elation every time a new song started. There is a lot of dancing in this show. I was very impressed with all of the choreography and the staging of the song performances. I couldn’t pick a favorite, to be honest (some faves include 3, Do Somethin’, Toxic, Me Against the Music … and on and on). There is flying and bungee jumping … fireworks, fire, water, smoke … lots of confetti. The show is just super fun, like really. It’s not an over the top spectacle nor does it have lots of crazy technical aspects. Unlike some shows, the video screens aren’t really the main visual draw … for Piece of Me, all eyes are on Britney. She’s on stage for most of the show, only appearing off stage to change out fits. I’d say she’s on stage for about 90-95% of time (the longest amount of time she spends offstage is during the Scream & Shout interlude). Her banter with the crowd in between songs still needs work (she sounded a little stiff, a lot canned) but it doesn’t matter … she flips her hair and the crowd goes wild. All I saw was happy faces … just, pure happy fans. As the crowd slowly filtered out of the theater, all I could hear was praise for the show we had just seen. A good mix of younger fans and older fans, everyone gushing over how great the show really is. I knew I’d love the show but I didn’t really anticipate how happy it would make me feel. Britney has a lot of great music and she seemed to take pleasure in performing those songs for her ecstatic fans. Her singing? Well … despite the microphone she was wearing, I suspect she was doing a lot of singing along to vocal tracks but I can’t be sure so it’s probably best for folks to determine for themselves what they hear (I must admit that she is not singing 100% live but even her people have admitted to that). All I know is the show that I saw, taken in sum, was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had at a concert. My friend Courtney is flying in to LV tomorrow and we are seeing Britney one more time on this trip. I am really, really excited to see the show again for myself — obvs — but I’m probably equally excited for Courtney to experience it for herself. If you have even the remotest interest in seeing this show, I think you’ll be very very happy if and when you do. Britney will be here for 2 years … plenty of time for folks to come on out and experience Britney: Piece of Me for themselves :)
I have no plans for today. I’m not a big Vegas fan, to be honest. I may head out and find something fun to do … or I may just relax at my hotel, read, do nothing. Sin City is not my city so I may as well take advantage of the down time. I hope YOU are having a great Thursday! Happy Weekend Eve!!0