Ke$ha isn’t sure where she is.
“Am I in Virginia?” she asks someone nearby.
No, she’s not drunk – though almost every hit the 26-year-old pop princess has put out over the past four years is drenched in beer and Jack Daniels. She’s just on concert No. 39 of a tour that has been all over North America, through a dozen stops in Europe, and comes to Charlotte’s Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory on Thursday.
“I rarely know where I am when I wake up. But I figure it out before I go on stage,” Ke$ha said during a phone interview Monday.
In addition to teasing her show, she also told the Observer about a few recent adventures, including a mishap with a power tool, a random tattoo and the surprising wardrobe choice she makes when practicing yoga.
Q. What are you hoping your fans get out of your live show?
I want my fans to be very entertained the entire time. I in the past have been known to jump off stage and kiss people on the mouth if they’re yawning. So I want it to be ideally the best night of your life. I would love for my fans to get ready and get excited and hide whiskey in their backpacks – if, of course, you’re of age – and come all dressed up and make friends, because I feel like it’s an environment where everybody’s there for the same common goal, which is to completely go crazy, sans judgment. And hopefully in the end leave covered with glitter.
Q. I’ve read about inflatable pink hippos, stripper poles, using a grinder to shoot sparks off a metal belt ... where do you come up with this stuff?
Any idea that makes me laugh out loud when somebody says it usually means it’s a good idea, and the best ideas often come from them being a joke at first. People will say ideas in a joking manner, and then I’ll be like, “No, wait, that’s brilliant!” So then I will get a 12-foot stripper pole that I can use power tools on. ... Everybody’s ideas are thrown at the wall and (we) see what sticks, but I will say the power tools on my lady parts – that one was my idea.
Q. Are you good with power tools?
No. I actually got electrocuted on stage two nights ago.
Yeah, but I’m all right. It just kind of freaked me out, because all of a sudden my body started shaking violently and I was like, “What is going on? Either I’m having a seizure, or I’m being electrocuted, or the aliens have come down and I’m being zapped into a spaceship.” I didn’t really know what was happening. But it all worked out.
Q. What other crazy stuff has happened on tour?
(During) my Warrior tour in Europe, four of my fans – who I’m now good friends with – they followed me all over Europe. About the fifth show in, I came outside my tour bus, and I gave them all wine, and we were all drinking wine together, and they were like, “Let’s all get a tattoo!” And I was like, “All right, cool.” So fast-forward, the last night of tour (in Vienna), me, my tour manager, my brother, and these four fans all got matching cat tattoos. I call them cattoos. It’s a tattoo of a cat, and it says “Animal” on my foot. Then we all proceeded to get a little drunk and have a dance party.
Q. I saw a story online this week about Canadians up in arms over the fact that your show in Windsor, Ontario, was all-ages, despite lots of profanity and references to sex. What would you say to parents who are considering letting younger kids attend your show?
Listen, I am not a babysitter. I will talk about the birds and the bees a little bit. It’s a show that is rooted in acceptance and in love, but I do kind of have a potty mouth. So if your child has never heard dirty words before, it might be a little bit of a shock. But I just have to do what I do. I have to just be myself – that’s the whole message.
Q. Stage persona aside, what are some normal, everyday, uninteresting things about you?
Well, I am one of those crazy cat people that thinks my cat’s the cutest cat in the world, and I sit around and talk to my cat for hours. Let’s see ... I really like scaring the ---- out of myself. I love watching really scary movies. Oh, and I love doing yoga in the woods. But I don’t wear pants, so it’s really not that boring.