Britney performed her third Circus show in Miami last night and it was, I must say, pretty epic-er than before.
As you know, the Pussycat Dolls opened the show for her. “This whole show is amazing…” says Doll Ashley Roberts about the New Orleans show.
This sounds so cliché, but the show got even better. Seriously!
Check out a great collection of videos + a very nice article about the show after the jump!
Britney Spears Comeback Story A Hit
MIAMI – The Britney Spears comeback story that began with a new hit album, Circus, took another step forward on Saturday in concert. The almost-fallen singer came to South Florida with a smart, entertaining live show that confirmed the renewal of her pop-star credibility.
Spears, 27, basically staged a high-tech club night inside AmericanAirlines Arena for a crowd of 18,640, one of the largest ever for a concert at that building. It was also the most concise and coherent production she’s ever taken on the road — equal parts technicolor circus, fetish party and danceteria.
However much or little Spears actually sang, as opposed to lip-synching, was beside the point in this 90-minute deployment of thumping beats and eye candy. Spears’s job on Saturday was to be the personality and the center of attention. She served as host and ringmistress, running a busy, densely populated spectacle.
She didn’t do much talking, except to introduce the ballad Everytime and, later, to say goodnight by declaring Miami “awesome.” She was engaged and energetic, and she looked comfortable in every role-playing set piece that she threw at an enthusastic crowd. The performance was basically a series of song-and-dance pantomimes, with Everytime being a rare instance of unaided, untreated singing — and a reminder that Spears’s strength is not her breathy voice.
The “Circus” show thrived when Spears immersed herself in audiovisual baths such as the dance-rocking Breathe and the urgent-sounding Toxic. She was at her best treating the stage like her personal adult playground. For Piece of Me she danced inside a gilded cage. For Touch of My Hand, she rode a flying harness literally made of two leg-locked male dancers.
Spears also made the travails of being Britney part of the show, opening with a video starring gossip columnist Perez Hilton — an old Spears antagonist — as an evil queen promising a “circus of the bizarre.” Another video-only segment — with Spears offstage for a costume change — was set to Marilyn Manson’s bleak cover of Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics, with its telltale lyric, “Some of them want to use you.”
After a disastrous couple of years that included a divorce, psychiatric commitment and assorted tabloid humiliations, Spears is doing a little ju-jitsu with her recent lurid past and using it in her revival. “Welcome to the freak show,” was a recurring line in Saturday’s script.
Owning that freak show takes more composure and humor than a lot of people imagined her having, back when she really was freaking out.
Pussycat Dolls, the all-female pop quintet from Los Angeles, opened the show with a brief, musical pep rally that did more to set the table for Spears than it did to distinguish the Dolls.