Katy Perry is finally coming back to Charlotte.
After only coming as close as Atlanta with her “Hello Katy” tour in 2009, and then choosing to make Raleigh the only N.C. stops on her “California Dreams” and “Prismatic” tours in 2011 and 2014, the mega-pop star will bring “WITNESS: The Tour” to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
It marks the first time Perry has set foot in Charlotte since she played “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold” during a set to celebrate Halloween at now-closed Dixie’s Tavern’s annual Gravedigger’s Ball Party in 2008.
Tickets for the Spectrum Center concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, at spectrumcentercharlotte.com and ticketmaster.com, the Spectrum Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Citi cardmembers will have exclusive access to tickets from 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, through 10 p.m. Thursday, June 15; pre-sale details are at citiprivatepass.com.
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The tour supports her new album “Witness,” which drops on Thursday and – according to her publicity team – sees her “(finding) liberation, in the changes in her own life and in the world around her, delivering songs that inspire both thought and movement.” It’s already produced three singles: the platinum-certified “Chained to the Rhythm” (featuring Skip Marley); “Bon Appétit” (featuring Migos); and “Swish Swish” (featuring Nicki Minaj).
Easily the best of those is “Chained to the Rhythm,” which went as high as No. 4 on the Billboard charts. In the Los Angeles Times’ review of “Witness,” pop music critic Mikael Wood wrote: “The album’s lead single turned out to be great: a sly condemnation of fake news that understands its own role in getting people to ‘dance to the distortion,’ as she puts it over producer Max Martin’s shimmering disco groove.”
For uptown’s Spectrum Center, meanwhile, Thursday’s announcement further bolsters a star-studded 2017 concert lineup that also includes New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men (July 13), J. Cole (Aug. 9), Earth, Wind & Fire (Aug. 18), Kendrick Lamar (Aug. 29), Ed Sheeran (Sept. 3), Bruno Mars (Sept. 14), Halsey (Oct. 17) and Imagine Dragons (Nov. 8).