at The Tacoma Dome
~ June 29, 2011
Pictures and review by Art Rusche
I've loved Britney as a performer from her
early years. She is a passionate performer who
loves to entertain and that directly transforms
to her very large fan base! She's gone through
some ups and downs but now at 30 and a mother
of two, Britney continues her dominance from
the Princess of Pop to the Queen of Pop!
When tickets were available on presale I bought
a couple pairs. Each ticket was over $300, by
far the most expensive tickets I've ever
bought for a concert! (But only two Sonics games worth, RIP
I took a gamble and bought end of the runway
tickets instead of the usual front stage
section. Usually bands do only a couple songs
down the runway, but this runway had a stage
that many of the performances were on, sort of
like a 360!
My veteran FSB niece Lauren flew back from
Detroit to chaperone me. ;)
FSB it was as they seated us right in front of
the runway! The first act, Jessie and the
Toy Boys sounded great!! The girl next to me
said with excitement "my brother is one of the
Toy Boys!!" They played their whole
set at the end of the runway stage!! A preview
of the evening......"Push it!" was their
big dance hit!
It was as surrealistic as it can get
We were at the front of the runway and
usually acts do runway runs every
once-in-a-while but both Nicki and Britney were
out in front a lot!! The excitement was electric!!
Nicki Minaj came out next and being not
as familiar with her music, I had been
listening to more of her My Pink Friday
CD before the concert. She mixes her fun rap
lyrics into pop medleys. She's very unique and
puts on a great performance. Nicki
usually wears a pink wig but wore a black one
through her set. She used the runway as
no opening act usually does, which is normally
reserved for the main act.
Nicki's performance was theme based and she
put on a very entertaining set! She makes
a lot of good facial expressions.;)
I am now a fan!!
After Nicki there was a 45 minute
break and Lauren & I went to the beer garden
where we got to see a wide variety of
dress-ups!!! Lots of Nicki Minaj
pink wigs and many wearing Britney Bitch
When Brit came out she held the audience in
the palm of her hand with an unstoppable frenzy
of screams to the top of people lungs!!!!
She started out with her opening remarks right in front of us only a
few feet apart. It was truly mesmerizing
to realize what I was witnessing, the Queen
She looked, danced and sang as fine as it gets! The sound in the
Tacoma Dome is always great in that wood
structure. Hit song after hit song the audience
was whipped into frenzy!
She took one guy out of the audience to the
right of us for 'Boys'. I was yelling to pick
me....... I would of died....... ;)
She of course had many outfit changes and I think though that all
her outfits would of fit in an overnight case! So fun and we were in front of it all! We sang and danced
throughout the whole show! :))))
My cameras kept a full record of this extraordinary event!!!
went through her full set list with vigor
covering a few early tunes, some mid-tunes but
lots off her new femme fatale
album which is great! It WILL be an
all time classic.
The set list to the left you can see the crescendo of the evening. It
was a nice long set list!
She belted out hit after hit just
feet away from us. So so so so cool!
So so so fun!... I'll be riding this high until
There were "no
camera allowed" signs when we entered but
when the concert
started everyone brought out their Smartphones
and the ushers seemed not to care. So I first
started with my Android HTC and then I
brought out my new fast shooting Olympus XZ1 and
took lots of good pics!!! I used my other
Olympus 10X 500Ultra Zoom for the far shots. I
shot about 1800 pictures! :))
I expected a great show but it
exceeded those expectations and when we were
seated right up in front, it went over the
top!!! FRONT STAGE BABY!!