Kesha and The Struts brought a very exclusive show to Atlantic City, NJ’s newly opened Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall for a very exciting evening of music that is guaranteed to make you dance. Kesha and The Struts’ tours linked together with this show as The Struts are currently out embarking on their massive ‘Body Talks’ headlining tour in support of their new album, Young & Dangerous, most of which is completely sold out leading into early next year’s overseas run and Kesha just finished her headlining shows in Australia and her co-headlining summer tour (The Adventures Of Kesha & Macklemore) with Macklemore, touring amphitheaters across the U.S., now performing a few exclusive Casino shows before launching 2019 with a bang on her ‘Weird and Wonderful Rainbow Ride Cruise‘ in February.
Launching the evening was, UK-bred Interscope Records rock band, The Struts who exploded onto the stage with their song “Primadonna Like Me,” off their latest record, Young & Dangerous, which is the bands second studio album. Although their 8-song setlist was filled with songs from their debut album, Everybody Wants, with the exception of “Primadonna Like Me,” “In Love With a Camera,” “Fire (Part 1),” and their Bruce Springsteen cover of “Dancing In The Dark,” leaving fans wanting to hear more of their new music. However, that doesn’t stop The Struts from demanding the attention of the crowd and getting everyone out of their seats to dance, cause there wasn’t one person sitting down during their set as they were mesmerized by frontman Luke Spiller’s commanding stage presence. Spiller embodies the spirit of rock’n roll and the swagger of the entire band (Addo Slack on Guitar/Vocals, Jed Elliott on Bass/Vocals, Gethin Davies on Drums) is just something to be mentioned as they were very sparkly, nicely dressed, as they rocked out with a high energy glam-rock performance. The Struts are the perfect band to support Kesha, as their fashion style is just as glitz and glamour as hers and they both put on such impeccable live shows.
The crowd anxiously awaiting the arrival of party pop icon, Kesha who made a grand entrance, emerging from a large sparkling UFO, complete with lights shining from each portal making for a very cool stage setup. Kesha is an artist who is recognized for her energetic pop-rock shows, glitter, fashion, and most of all the positivity she stands for making sure everyone knows that she supports everyone and stands for equality for all. Launching her set with a song of female-empowerment, “Woman,” off her latest album, Rainbow, as she and her male dancers/backup singers danced in sync around the stage in their all white glittery ensembles. Kesha giving the fans a favorite song next with “Blah Blah Blah” before she took time to address the nearly sold out crowd and support them in being who they are. Before she went into one of her Pride anthems, “We R Who We R,” Kesha told the crowd, “This song is about being yourself, about basic human rights, about basic equal human rights. I’ll stand for that until I’m six feet underground.” Kesha is known to speak out on topics she feels necessary to speak on behalf of and will showcase her advocacy for any topic she believes in with the LGBTQ community being one of them.
Kesha shows are more than just a concert but an uplifting positive experience, a rock show, a dance party, and more of all a celebration of equality. Kesha kept the crowd captivated with her mesmerizing live performance of her classic hits, as well as songs from her latest record, Rainbow, including “Praying” and “Woman,” but also live debuting the song “Here Comes The Change” that Kesha wrote for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg movie, ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ the song released three months before the movie begins showing in theaters (Dec 25th), the song was written specifically for the movie by Kesha, Drew Pearson and Stephen Wrabel. Kesha powered through fan-favorite songs like Pitbull assisted “Timber,” “Your Love Is My Drug,” “Die Young,” and “Blow” where Kesha showered the crowd with a color storm of confetti from her handheld confetti cannon.
Kesha is known to be all about her glitz and glamour, with flawless makeup and with numerous outfit changes throughout her set she showcased that vibrantly with colorful, sparkly, and unique outfit changes that fit her show perfectly throughout the set. Her production was flawless, from the sparkling UFO on-stage to the rainbow lights that filled the stage throughout the evening, to her perfectly choreographed backup singers/dancers and even her band who were very solid performers making her pop songs sounds bigger, better, and more rock live.
Highlights of Kesha’s set would definitely include her performance of her emotion-filled ballad “Praying” as she held back tears powering through the meaningful single and fans shouted their support screaming “I love you Kesha.” Her vocals really were able to shine during this song as she hit some incredibly high notes giving us chills. Other highlights would include her performance of the skin-baring tune “Take It Off,” where fans literally took it off and flooded the stage with bras, boxers, underwear, and even a massive blow up banana, Kesha even mentioning that this show has definitely broken the record for the most underwear on stage during her live show, more than any show in her entire career.
Kesha welcomed The Struts back to the stage for their collaboration single “Body Talks,” which was an exhilarating moment of the show as the energy on stage between Kesha and The Struts frontman Luke Spiller is a force to be reckoned with. Ending out the show with her breakout 2010 single, “TiK ToK” which wrapped up with showering the crowd with rainbow confetti that rained down upon a very excited crowd. Leaving the Ovation Hall in Ocean Resorts Casino sparkling and colorful with glitter and confetti flooding the floors of the venue, that will be present on the carpets of the venues for months to come just like this memorable show will be in our heads for months if not years to come.
Check out an exclusive photo gallery from the show below, by @AWendowskiPhoto: