The talent of global music superstar Ariana Grande was on full display for a packed Palace house, with just the right amount of theatrics.
The 23 year old American Music Award winner and multi-Grammy nominated singer brought just the right amount of bells and whistles with her on her "Dangerous Woman Tour" at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Sun., March 12, 2017.
The stage, complete with catwalk, was huge, but not too big. Her dancers were talented, but did not overshadow the main attraction. The band was sharp all night, but did not drown out the best instrument of all... Grande's powerful voice. There were also laser lights, flames and lots of lighting... all done just right.
The Xcel stop of the “Dangerous Woman” tour was nearly sold out. There were young women and tween girls in cat ears and thigh-high boots, gay men wearing blush pink tones -- all hallmarks of Ariana’s brand of cute femininity mixed with steely power. UK girl band Little Mix opened with catchy if forgettable pop songs like “Shoutout to my Ex” (which is probably about Zayn Malik) and “Touch.” The crowd was vaguely interested in the Mix girls, but far more excited when Ari stepped onstage to the ‘90s-styled opening bars of “Be Alright.”
Ariana is a pop diva who’s done her homework. The show was rife with Madonna influences: Ariana and her dancers vogued through “Be Alright,” and later she displayed some vague Catholic iconography. Her dancers, mostly men, wore cat burglar outfits -- black tank tops and beanies – before changing into white exercise gear. The show moves smoothly and dreamy, rainbow-tinted interludes give the audience something pretty to look at while Ariana changes clothes.
The “Dangerous Woman” set is relatively simple: Nothing like Madonna’s over-the-top tour design, it’s just a white lacquered stage that gives Ariana plenty of room to stalk up and down in her spiked-heel, thigh-high boots, often flanked by dancers. Those boots mean most of her moves are of the arm-dancing variety, but her limited choreography isn’t a bad thing--Ariana sings live, and she sounds nearly flawless. When artists like Future and Nicki Minaj showed up via video during singles “Everyday” and “Side to Side,” it didn’t feel weird or forced. Ariana, never shy about revealing both her dark and nerdy sides, was mostly bathed in deep, club-like colors, fitting the low-key, sensual vibe of the album.
Tonight is the night. Ariana Grande is on her Dangerous Woman tour and performs this evening at 7:30pm at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ariana was born in Boca Raton, Florida and began performing when she was a child. She starred in a Broadway play when she was 15-years-old then landed her role as “Cat” on The TV sitcom, Victorious.
After getting her foot in the door as an actress, she then jumped right into her real passion as a music artist, releasing three chart-topping albums Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014), and Dangerous Woman (2016). Her super-producer Babyface, escalated her career by pushing her as a maturing sex-queen. This diva’s career has been nothing short of a worldwide craze.
Ariana’s vocal tone has been compared to multi-platinum artist, Mariah Carey, and her popularity only continues to climb with her strong social media presence. In her short music career of only 4 years, she has already become a renowned queen.
This 23-year-old pop sensation has quickly developed a devoted fan base and her prominence in the music industry has only just begun. Stay tuned for more great music to come.
What was she thinking? One can only guess, because it’s hard to imagine why any pop music superstar would choose to embark on something like Grande’s current Dangerous Woman Tour.
The production is full of holes, basically from start to finish. Yet, by far the most troubling is that Grande basically hides from the audience all night.
Oh, sure, she’s out there on the stage — technically speaking, that is. But the production is so poorly lit that it’s often hard to see her. She operates in near darkness for large stretches, as opposed to under the kind of bright spotlight that is used in most arena shows.