It started with 20 tweets @britneyspears anticipating her arrival and ended with minor disappointment and a childhood dream fulfilled. It started with lawn seats and ended with center stage, 17th row. It started with Jessie and the ToyBoy’s excellent introduction and continued on to Nicki Minaj’s not-so-great attempt at a thirty minute movie.
A countdown on the big screens teased the crowd for 45 minutes. Then the lights went out and a thriller starting Britney Spears started playing. Moments later (and both ear drums already blown from mostly men screaming), Britney appears on stage singing “Hold it Against Me.” You can criticize her all you want for lip-syncing, but she did a fantastic job. It’s a pop concert, what do you really expect? You go to see Britney dance. I know we think celebrities are super-natural human beings, but they have their flaws too; so, who really cares if Britney put a little more effort into dancing than she did singing? According to Google, Madonna and Janet Jackson did it too.
Also, suck it news sources and gossip columns: Britney danced! Was it “Baby One More Time” music video circa 1999 dancing? No, but it was nine-hundred times better than I would ever expect to dance after having two boys and going through an extremely rough time in my life. Her cage dance in “Up ‘n Down” was sexy and seductive. Her lap dance during “Lace and Leather” had every single person in the audience wishing they were in that man’s place. Her choreography throughout “I Wanna Go” was fun and relaxed and accompanied not only the twenty-some lucky contest winners, but the entire crowd. To finish, “Til the World Ends” had every single person off their feet and wishing the concert would never end.
When I say minor disappointment, I truly mean minor. I wanted “Toxic,” “Stronger,” “Womanizer,” and my all time favorite, “Circus.” However, after some denial, I realize that you can’t expect a phenomenon like Britney Spears to fit seven entire albums into one concert. Although, I did expect more than an hour-long performance. Still, I was engaged the entire time and hoped that she would see me and immediately pull me on stage to dance with her.
Turns out, Brit’s stage was too big for our seemingly huge Marcus Amphitheater. Milwaukee didn’t get the opportunity to see the circular catwalk or hear “Womanizer” live from Britney Spears’ seductive voice. Perhaps Marcus was a little too anxious to get Britney Spears to headline Summerfest that they risked Britney’s talent. Maybe Milwaukee will get to see Brit again very soon, and I hope so because I definitely think she’s here to stay this time.
So, although Circus wasn’t played and Britney never retweeted or responded to any of my 20 tweets that day (turns out she couldn’t see them due to privacy settings… a little embarrassing), she was worth the eleven year wait to see a live performance. It’s Britney, Bitch, and she’s making a comeback.