Concert Review

Cat Ears, Sparkly Dresses, and Screaming Tweens: My Night at the Ariana Grande Concert

There was a point during last night's Ariana Grande concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena where the video on the screen behind the tiny pop star scrolled some campy, sci-fi-esque nonsense (with an accompanying voice over which was probably necessary due to about 10 percent of the audience not being old enough to read yet) which culminated with the line, "You'll soil yourself from intergalactic excitement."

I now know this to be from Miss Grande's video for the song, "Break Free," but I couldn't help but chuckle at the idea of how many of her screaming fans at the very well attended show actually had soiled themselves, at least a little, as they screamed their lungs out for the demure 21-year-old from Florida. With multiple, yet subtle costume changes and a gaggle of dancers, Grande put on quite a show for her uber-enthusiastic fans, who didn't seem to care she was singing along with a backing track the entire show.

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Tom Reardon has written for Phoenix New Times since 2013. He's been in several notable bands over the last 25 years including Hillbilly Devilspeak, North Side Kings, and the Father Figures.
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