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Witness: The Tour
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Tour by Katy Perry
Associated album Witness
Start date September 19, 2017
End date August 16, 2018
Legs 3
Shows 51 in North America
20 in Europe
14 in Oceania
85 total
Katy Perry tour chronology
'Prismatic World Tour
(2014-15)
Witness: The Tour
(2017-18)
WitnessTour1

Promotional tour image.

Witness: The Tour (also referred to as Witness: The World Tour) [1] is the fourth concert tour by Katy Perry in support of her fifth studio album Witness. The tour began on September 19, 2017, in Montreal, Canada, at the Bell Centre, and is scheduled to conclude on August 16, 2018, in Sydney, Australia at the Qudos Bank Arena.

Pre-sale for fans began May 18, 2017 through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan system. Fans register for the date they are interested in and receive a code through email which they can use to access the pre-sale. A copy of the album will be included with every ticket purchase.

Background

The tour was announced on May 15, 2017 after being teased for a few days prior. Advertisements begun with an image of Perry's eye with the date "May 15" appearing in Times Square of New York City. Perry partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to donate tickets to club members and volunteers. Free tickets could be earned by signing up at GlobalCitizen.org and volunteering to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America. $1 per every ticket sold will also be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The first leg was announced in North America across the United States and Canada. The leg will run from September 2017 until February 2018. The second leg was announced on June 2, 2017 taking place across Europe. The leg will run from May to June 2018. The third leg was announced on June 30, 2017 taking place across Oceania. The leg will run from July 2018 to August 2018. One month later, three additional Australian dates were added following popular demand. The tour was originally scheduled to begin in Columbus on September 7, 2017. However, Perry revealed on August 17 that due to production delays, the tour has been rescheduled to begin September 19, 2017, with opening night set in Montreal at the Bell Centre. She also confirmed that Noah Cyrus, Purity Ring, and Carly Rae Jepsen would respectively serve as opening acts from September 19 to November 1, November 7 to December 20, and January 5, 2018 to February 5, 2018.

Concert synopsis 

Shortly before the show begins, the stage's eye-shaped screen displays a video of Perry's eye for a few moments. The eye transforms into a galaxy and a journey through outer space is shown, leading to a red-colored planet. The screen opens to reveal Perry riding upon a star-shaped structure, wearing a bejeweled and hooded red outfit with sunglasses. She performs the chorus of "Witness", followed by "Roulette" which she sings on top of giant climbable dice. "Dark Horse" is then sung, with Perry and her dancers atop of moving platforms. Perry performs "Chained to the Rhythm" next, with large puppets dressed in suits and sporting televisions for heads moving around the stage. A video interlude is played that shows a clock running backwards alongside childhood photos of Perry, as her backing singers perform portions of "Act My Age". Perry emerges wearing a pantsuit with a grid design, while her dancers wear shape-themed outfits. "Teenage Dream" is performed, which culminates in Perry and her dancers performing synchronised choreography while sitting on a floating cuboid. Perry removes her jacket to reveal an LED top that displays the lyrics of "Hot n Cold" as Perry performs the song with an electric guitar. "Hot n Cold" transitions into "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", which Perry and her backing singers perform at the front of the stage. Puppets in the shape of flamingos are guided around the stage by dancers during this number. Perry's female dancers wear paper doll cut-outs of her most memorable outfits during "California Gurls", and she is also joined by the Left Shark that featured in her Super Bowl XLIX halftime show. Perry and the Left Shark then typically bring out an oversized telephone, with which Perry calls someone close to her, such as her parents. Giant lips emerge from behind the stage, which Perry is lifted inside while performing "I Kissed a Girl".

An interlude is played, which features Perry floating through space. The stage is adorned with huge roses, and Perry emerges wearing a black-and-white, polka dot latex outfit. She performs "Déjà Vu", followed by "Tsunami", during which she dances on a rotating pole. Venus flytrap props are added to the stage, and Perry sings "E.T." as she is joined onstage by a dancer in stilts, dressed as an alien insect. "Bon Appétit" is performed next. Towards the end of the song, jeweled flies are attached to Perry's costume and she lies on a leaf, while dancers pour glitter on her from oversized salt and pepper shakers. The performance samples a portion of Janet Jackson's song "What Have You Done for Me Lately", which Perry performs with her backing singers. Perry exits the stage for a short time, while multi-colored planets descend from the venue's ceiling, and Perry emerges from a planet wearing a crystal-covered gown and wig. She sings "Thinking of You" with an acoustic guitar as the planet she is sitting on flies around the venue. Perry then moves to the Drop Zone, an area of the stage in which she is closest to fans. She invites a fan to join her on stage before singing "Power", at the end of which Perry is given angel wings.

The next segment of the show is introduced with a video interlude showing Perry wearing a motorcycle helmet. She appears from behind the stage riding a motorcycle and wearing a striped blue outfit, and performs "Hey Hey Hey", followed by "Part of Me". A huge basketball net appears on stage for "Swish Swish", which Perry sings alongside dancers holding inflatable basketballs. Perry interrupts the song to hold an impromptu basketball game, during which she competes against a father of a young attendee from the audience. She finishes the song joined by her dancers on trampolines. "Roar" is performed next, while a large lion's head emerges from behind the screen. Perry returns to sing "Firework" for the encore, which she performs wearing a sequined purple gown on top of a hand that rises from beneath the stage. Fireworks erupt on stage during the number. At the end of the song, the hand closes up with Perry inside as she ends the show.

Stage design

Promotional video

Opening acts

Leg 1 — North America

Set list

WTTSetlist

Official setlist.

Act I — Manifesto

  1. Galazy Show Intro
  2. "Witness" (Last chorus only)
  3. "Roulette"
  4. "Dark Horse" (Remix)
  5. "Chained to the Rhythm" (Remix with the Oliver Heldens Remix as outro)

Act II — Retrospective

  1. Interlude: Act My Age
  2. "Teenage Dream(Remix)
  3. "Hot N Cold" (Remix)
  4. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" (Bridge & last chorus only)
  5. "California Gurls" (Remix)
  6. "I Kissed a Girl" (Remix)

Act III — Sexual Discovery

  1. Roses/Celestial Body Interlude
  2. "Déjà Vu"
  3. "Tsunami"
  4. "E.T."
  5. "Bon Appétit(Outro with a cover of "What Have You Done For Me Lately" by Janet Jackson)

Act IV — Introspective

  1. Interlude: Mind Maze
  2. "Thinking of You" (Acoustic)
  3. "Part of Me" (Acoustic)*
  4. "Save As Draft"*
  5. "Power"

Act V — Emergence

  1. Video Game/Motorcyclist Interlude
  2. "Hey Hey Hey"*
  3. "Part of Me" (Remix)
  4. "Swish Swish" (with Basket Ball mini-game)
  5. "Roar" (Intro samples "It's The Hard Knock Life" from the musical, Annie)

Act VI — Encore

  1. "Firework"

Notes

  • At selected dates, Perry performed "Save as Draft" before "Power".
  • On October 6, 2017 in New York City, Perry performed an acoustic version of "Part of Me" before "Power", rather than later in the show as a dedication to her fans for coming after the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting.
  • "Hey Hey Hey" wasn't performed on October 12 due to late show start.

Shows

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets, and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 — North America
September 19, 2017[a] Montreal Canada Bell Centre Noah Cyrus
September 21, 2017 Uncasville United States Mohegan Sun Arena
September 22, 2017 Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena
September 24, 2017[b] Columbus Schottenstein Center
September 25, 2017 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena
September 29, 2017 Boston TD Garden
September 30, 2017
October 2, 2017 New York City Madison Square Garden
October 6, 2017
October 8, 2017 Newark Prudential Center
October 9, 2017[c] Quebec City Canada Videotron Centre
October 11, 2017 Brooklyn United States Barclays Center
October 12, 2017[d] Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
October 16, 2017 Louisville KFC Yum! Center
October 18, 2017 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
October 22, 2017 St. Louis Scottrade Center
October 24, 2017 Chicago United Center
October 25, 2017
October 27, 2017 Kansas City Sprint Center
October 31, 2017[e] Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
November 1, 2017[e]
November 7, 2017 Los Angeles United States Staples Center Purity Ring
November 8, 2017
November 10, 2017
November 14, 2017 San Jose SAP Center
November 24, 2017 Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena
November 26, 2017 Denver Pepsi Center
November 28, 2017 Omaha CenturyLink Center Omaha
November 29, 2017 Tulsa BOK Center
December 1, 2017 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
December 2, 2017 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena
December 4, 2017 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley Center
December 6, 2017 Detroit Little Caesars Arena
December 7, 2017 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
December 9, 2017 Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse
December 10, 2017 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
December 12, 2017 Atlanta Philips Arena
December 15, 2017 Tampa Amalie Arena
December 17, 2017 Orlando Amway Center
December 20, 2017 Miami American Airlines Arena
January 5, 2018 New Orleans Smoothie King Center Carly Rae Jepsen
January 7, 2018 Houston Toyota Center
January 10, 2018 San Antonio AT&T Center
January 12, 2018 North Little Rock Verizon Arena
January 14, 2018 Dallas American Airlines Center
January 19, 2018 Glendale Gila River Arena
January 20, 2018 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena
January 31, 2018 Sacramento Golden 1 Center
February 2, 2018 Portland Moda Center
February 3, 2018 Tacoma Tacoma Dome
February 5, 2018 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
Leg 2 — Europe
May 23, 2018 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena TBA
May 24, 2018 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
May 26, 2018 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
May 27, 2018
May 29, 2018 Paris France AccorHotels Arena
May 30, 2018
June 1, 2018 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 2, 2018 Bologna Italy Unipol Arena
June 4, 2018 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
June 6, 2018 Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena
June 8, 2018 Copenhagen Denmark Royal Arena
June 10, 2018 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
June 14, 2018 London England The O2 Arena
June 15, 2018
June 18, 2018 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
June 19, 2018 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
June 21, 2018 Liverpool Echo Arena
June 22, 2018 Manchester Manchester Arena
June 24, 2018 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro
June 25, 2018 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
Leg 3 — Oceania
July 24, 2018 Perth Australia Perth Arena TBA
July 25, 2018
July 30, 2018 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
July 31, 2018
August 2, 2018 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
August 3, 2018
August 5, 2018
August 8, 2018 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
August 10, 2018
August 13, 2018 Sydney Qudos Bank Arena
August 14, 2018
August 16, 2018
August 20, 2018 Auckland New Zealand Spark Arena
August 21, 2018
Total


Cancelled shows

Date City Country Venue Reason
September 16, 2017 Buffalo United States KeyBank Center Production delays
September 27, 2017 Charlotte Spectrum Center Scheduling conflict

References

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