On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 19th September 2017 Witness: The Tour started in Montreal

On This Day in #KatyPerryHistory… 19th September 2017 Witness: The Tour started in Montreal

Witness: The Tour is the fourth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry, in support of her fifth studio album, Witness (2017). The tour began on September 19, 2017 in Montreal, Canada, and is scheduled to conclude on August 21, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. Perry has planned to perform a total of 115 shows visiting North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.

At the end of 2017, the tour placed at number 77 on Pollstars “2017 Year-End Top 100 Worldwide Tours” list, estimating that it grossed $28.1 million and that 266,300 people attended throughout the year. In July 2018, Pollstar ranked the tour on #14 at the Mid Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours 2018 with $48.8 million and 577,617 of tickets sold in 54 shows, bringing the total to $76.9 million and 844,000 tickets sold.

Shortly before the show begins, the stage’s eye-shaped screen displays a video of Perry’s eye for a few moments. The eye transforms into a galaxy and a journey through outer space is shown, leading to a red-colored planet. The screen opens to reveal Perry riding upon a star-shaped structure, wearing a bejeweled and hooded red outfit with sunglasses. She performs the chorus of Witness, followed by Roulette which she sings on top of giant climbable dice. Dark Horse is then sung, with Perry and her dancers atop of moving platforms. Perry performs Chained to the Rhythm next, with large puppets dressed in suits and sporting televisions for heads moving around the stage. A video interlude is played that shows a clock running backwards alongside childhood photos of Perry, as her backing singers perform portions of Act My Age. Perry emerges wearing a pantsuit with a grid design, while her dancers wear shape-themed outfits. Teenage Dream is performed, which culminates in Perry and her dancers performing synchronised choreography while sitting on a floating cuboid. Perry removes her jacket to reveal an LED top that displays the lyrics of Hot n Cold as Perry performs the song with an electric guitar. Hot n Cold transitions into Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.), which Perry and her backing singers perform at the front of the stage. Puppets in the shape of flamingos are guided around the stage by dancers during this number. Perry’s female dancers wear paper doll cut-outs of her most memorable outfits during California Gurls, and she is also joined by the Left Shark that featured in her Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. Perry and the Left Shark then typically bring out an oversized telephone, with which Perry calls someone close to her, such as her parents. Giant lips emerge from behind the stage, which Perry is lifted inside while performing I Kissed a Girl.

An interlude is played, which features Perry floating through space. The stage is adorned with huge roses, and Perry emerges wearing a black-and-white, polka dot latex outfit. She performs Déjà Vu, followed by Tsunami, during which she dances on a rotating pole. Venus flytrap props are added to the stage, and Perry sings E.T. as she is joined onstage by a dancer in stilts, dressed as an alien insect. Bon Appétit is performed next. Towards the end of the song, jeweled flies are attached to Perry’s costume and she lies on a leaf, while dancers pour glitter on her from oversized salt and pepper shakers. The performance samples a portion of Janet Jackson’s song What Have You Done for Me Lately, which Perry performs with her backing singers. Perry exits the stage for a short time, while multi-colored planets descend from the venue’s ceiling, and Perry emerges from a planet wearing a crystal-covered gown and wig. She sings Thinking of You / Wide Awake with an acoustic guitar as the planet she is sitting on flies around the venue. Perry then moves to the Drop Zone, an area of the stage in which she is closest to fans. She invites a fan to join her on stage before singing Power, at the end of which Perry is given angel wings.

The next segment of the show is introduced with a video interlude showing Perry wearing a motorcycle helmet. She appears from behind the stage riding a motorcycle and wearing a striped blue outfit, and performs Hey Hey Hey, followed by Part of Me. A huge basketball net appears on stage for Swish Swish, which Perry sings alongside dancers holding inflatable basketballs. Perry interrupts the song to hold an impromptu basketball game, during which she competes against a father of a young attendee from the audience. She finishes the song joined by her dancers on trampolines. Roar is performed next, while a large lion’s head emerges from behind the screen. Perry returns to sing Firework for the encore, which she performs wearing a sequined purple gown on top of a hand that rises from beneath the stage. Fireworks erupt on stage during the number. At the end of the song, the hand closes up with Perry inside as she ends the show.


  1. Witness
  2. Roulette
  3. Dark Horse
  4. Chained To The Rhythm
  5. Teenage Dream
  6. Hot n Cold
  7. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
  8. California Gurls
  9. I Kissed a Girl
  10. Deja Vu
  11. Tsunami
  12. E.T.
  13. Bon Appetit
  14. Wide Awake
  15. Thinking Of You
  16. Power
  17. Part of Me
  18. Swish Swish
  19. Roar
  20. Firework

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