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Katy Perry prepares to Roar into the Arena

Newcastle will hear the roar of Katy Perry this weekend as the feisty pop princess returns. Sam Wonfor offers a preview

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Don't be surprised if you bump into international pop star Katy Perry when you’re procuring your fish supper tonight.


The 29-year-old singer, who brings her Prismatic World Tour to the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday is determined to get to grips with the places she’s visiting.

“I think it’s so impersonal that when you get on that stage the only thing you can say is, ‘Hello Newcastle…’,” she says.

“I mean, what about Newcastle? I will be in Newcastle so I should know exactly what Newcastle is like, what’s the coolest pubs, where the best fish ‘n’ chips are. I like to go out and find out that stuff. I’m an adventure junkie when I’m on tour.

“The tour is massive but it really is just a road trip in disguise.”

A road trip which will be doubtless showcasing Katy’s latest album, Prism, in her signature, colourful style.

The singer says although she enjoyed the recording process, she relishes the chance to get out of the studio to share the live experience with her fans.

“The writing and making of a record is exciting, 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,” she says.

“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.”

Known as one of pop’s most prolific performers, Katy hasn’t really stopped since she introduced herself in 2008 by telling us that she had kissed a girl and rather liked it.

Some may struggle to remember everything which has gone on since... but Katy says she has a very effective method of recall.

“I can remember every part of it by outfits,” she says. “Actually right now I’m going through my storage unit that houses all of my clothes and costumes from 2007-2011. I’m having a lot of flashbacks and nostalgia.

“It’s been quite a colourful few years with a lot of hard work, with a lot of excitement, a lot of purpose, perspective-opening and a lot of fun really. If it wasn’t fun, I don’t think I would be running this fast still.”

Having last thrilled the Arena crowds back in 2011 with her global California Dreams tour, the singer, who scored a massive hit with Roar last year, is promising that the Prismatic Tour will be taking things up another notch.

“I want that wild energy; basically this tour is just on another level, it’s different from the last tour but just as colourful and the stage is so advanced, and incredible, somewhat futuristic and a little bit more modern than the last tour.

“It’s just so fun. There’s a lot of comedy in the show, all these little bits of humour. I’ve got an incredible travelling circus that I like to make incredible memories with.”

We doubt whether she’ll have trouble finding thousands of people happy to roll up, roll up.

Katy Perry plays the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday.

Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour comes to Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, on May 10. Call 0844 493 6666 or visit www.metroradioarena.co.uk to book

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