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Witness: The Tour

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Witness: The Tour
Tour by Katy Perry
Witness The Tour.png
Associated album Witness
Start date September 19, 2017 (2017-09-19)
End date August 21, 2018 (2018-08-21)
Legs 6
No. of shows
  • 52 in North America
  • 11 in Latin America
  • 9 in Asia
  • 20 in Europe
  • 14 in Oceania
  • 106 in total
Katy Perry concert chronology

Witness: The Tour is the fourth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Katy Perry, in support of her fifth studio album, Witness (2017).[1] The tour began on September 19, 2017, in Montreal, Canada, at the Bell Centre, and is scheduled to conclude on August 21, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand at the Spark Arena.

At the end of 2017, the tour placed at number 77 on Pollstar's "2017 Year-End Top 100 Worldwide Tours" list, estimating that it grossed $28.1 million and that 266,300 people attended throughout the year.[2]

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 The stage for the tour with the eye-related imagery
The stage for the tour with the eye-related imagery

Perry first announced on May 15, 2017 that her fifth album Witness would be released on June 9, 2017, and that she would embark on Witness: The Tour in support of it. Copies of the album are included along with the purchased tickets.[3] During the North American leg of the tour, one dollar from each ticket purchased will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and fans will also have a chance to win free tickets by doing volunteer work for that organization via Global Citizen.[4]

In North America, Perry is scheduled to perform across the United States and Canada from September 2017 until February 2018.[5] In October 2017, she announced three concerts in Mexico the following May taking place on the 3rd, 8th, and 11th.[6] An additional concert for the country in Monterrey was added for May 9 after the first one sold out,[7] and another show in Mexico City was added the following month for Mexico City on May 4.[8] In Europe, the singer is also scheduled to perform on 20 dates from May to June 2018.[9] The tour will then visit Oceania from July 2018 to August 2018.[10] In July 2017, three additional Australian dates were added following popular demand, resulting in 14 shows scheduled during the leg.[11]

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 had been rescheduled to begin September 19, 2017, with the 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.[12] The singer later added a final Canadian date for February 6 with Jepsen.[13] Dates in Latin America were later added to the itinerary, including three dates in Brazil, one in Chile, Argentina and Peru, and five in Mexico.[14]

Concert synopsis

 Perry performing at Madison Square Garden, New York City in October 2017
Perry performing at Madison Square Garden, New York City in October 2017

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".

 Perry and dancers performing "Bon Appétit"
Perry and dancers performing "Bon Appétit"

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.

Critical reception

Jon Caramanica from The New York Times said that the show was "game, wacky, mildly overcompensatory" with an "impeccable" set design, although he thought that the "new material" she performed was "among her weakest". He praised Perry's onstage charisma and despite he thought that her live vocals were often “low in the mix", he complimented the acoustic performances when the singer sat down and played on a guitar.[15] Jeffrey Lee Puckett from USA Today praised the visuals of the show, including the "non-stop blur of explosive lights, video, huge puppets, dancers, giant basketball goals, confetti and robot Venus flytraps". However, he felt the setlist was a "less successful" aspect of the show, adding "Perry's new songs from her Witness album don't have the sharpness or pop exuberance of her older material, instead just kind of sliding into a generic beat-per-minute muddle."[16] Jordan Zivitz from the Montreal Gazette said that "extra production time could have been used to adjust some visuals whose juxtapositions and statements were as confused as they were colourful", but complimented Perry's stage presence, adding that "the energy was certainly there, with the singer staying in constant motion on a multi-stage set for two hours."[17]

Set list

 Perry closing the show with "Firework"
Perry closing the show with "Firework"

This set list is from the show on October 2, 2017 in New York City. It is not intended to represent all concerts for the tour.[18][19]


List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening acts, tickets sold, amount of available tickets, and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act(s) Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 — North America[1][4][26]
September 19, 2017[a] Montreal Canada Bell Centre Noah Cyrus N/A N/A
September 21, 2017 Uncasville United States Mohegan Sun Arena 6,334 / 6,554 $1,704,881
September 22, 2017 Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena 8,577 / 12,163 $752,651
September 24, 2017[b] Columbus Schottenstein Center N/A N/A
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 21,688 / 22,667 $2,618,096
October 6, 2017
October 8, 2017 Newark Prudential Center 10,067 / 11,307 $1,118,597
October 9, 2017[c] Quebec City Canada Videotron Centre N/A N/A
October 11, 2017 Brooklyn United States Barclays Center 9,055 / 11,712 $1,002,705
October 12, 2017[d] Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center N/A N/A
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 8,782 / 10,580 $950,017
December 15, 2017 Tampa Amalie Arena
December 17, 2017 Orlando Amway Center
December 20, 2017 Miami American Airlines Arena
December 31, 2017 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates du Arena Martin Avari
Leg 1 — North America[1][4][13]
January 5, 2018 New Orleans United States 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
February 6, 2018
Leg 2 — Latin America[1]
March 8, 2018 Santiago Chile Pista Atlética Estadio Nacional TBA
March 11, 2018 Buenos Aires Argentina Club Ciudad Lali
March 14, 2018[f] Porto Alegre Brazil Arena do Grêmio Bebe Rexha
March 17, 2018 São Paulo Allianz Parque
March 18, 2018 Rio de Janeiro Barra Olympic Park
March 21, 2018 Lima Peru Jockey Club Parcela H
Leg 3 — Asia[1]
March 27, 2018 Saitama Japan Saitama Super Arena TBA
March 28, 2018
March 30, 2018 Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Arena
April 2, 2018 Manila Philippines Mall of Asia Arena
April 4, 2018 Taipei Taiwan Taipei Arena
April 8, 2018 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
April 10, 2018 Bangkok Thailand Impact Arena
April 14, 2018 Jakarta Indonesia Indonesia Convention Exhibition
Leg 4 — Latin America[1]
May 3, 2018 Mexico City Mexico Arena Ciudad de México TBA
May 4, 2018
May 8, 2018 Monterrey Arena Monterrey
May 9, 2018
May 11, 2018 Guadalajara Arena VFG
Leg 5 — Europe[1]
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 Arena Birmingham
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 6 — Oceania[1][11][28]
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

Cancelled shows

Date City Country Venue Reason
September 16, 2017 Buffalo United States KeyBank Center Production delays[29]
September 27, 2017 Charlotte Spectrum Center Scheduling conflict[30]


  1. ^ The September 19, 2017 concert at Bell Centre in Montreal was originally scheduled to take place on September 9, 2017, but was postponed due to "production delays".[12]
  2. ^ The September 24, 2017 concert at Schottenstein Center in Columbus was originally scheduled to take place on September 7, 2017, marking the start of the tour, but was postponed due to "production delays".[12]
  3. ^ The concert of October 9, 2017 at Videotron Centre in Quebec City was originally scheduled to take place on September 10, 2017, but was postponed due to "production delays".[12]
  4. ^ The concert of October 12, 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia was originally scheduled to take place on September 18, 2017, but was postponed due to "production delays".[12]
  5. ^ a b The concerts of October 31, 2017 and November 1, 2017 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto were originally scheduled to take place on September 12, 2017 and September 13, 2017 respectively, but were postponed due to "production delays".[12]
  6. ^ The March 14, 2018 concert at Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre was originally scheduled to take place on March 15, 2018 at Pedreira Paulo Leminski in Curitiba, but was rescheduled due to high demand.[27]


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  4. ^ a b c Kreps, Daniel (May 15, 2017). "Katy Perry Announces New Album 'Witness,' Maps Fall Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  5. ^ Smith, Da'Shan (May 16, 2017). "Everything We Know About Katy Perry's 'Witness' Album (So Far)". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Katy Perry trae su 'Witness: The Tour' a México" (in Spanish). El Financiero. October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ Katy Perry [@katyperry] (October 27, 2017). "🇲🇽 Monterrey 🇲🇽 Thanks to U the first show is SOLD OUT!! ADDING 5/9 so I can 👁 you ALL!! Santander 🎟 presale 11/1 10am" (Tweet). Retrieved October 27, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ Katy Perry [@katyperry] (November 14, 2017). "Mexico City! We're going back to back 🇲🇽 🇲🇽 A second chance to #WITNESSTHETOUR has been added for Friday, May 4 and the Santander presale starts tomorrow at 10am CT 🎟🎟 OK" (Tweet). Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  9. ^ "Katy announces UK, European tour dates". The Nation. June 3, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Katy Perry announces Australian tour dates". SBS. June 30, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Katy Perry Adds Additional Australian Dates for WITNESS Tour". Broadway World. July 31, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f Kaufman, Gil (August 17, 2018). "Katy Perry Pushes Back Start of Witness Tour Due to 'Unavoidable Production Delays'". Billboard. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Katy Perry [@katyperry] (November 22, 2017). "The FINAL night of the 🇺🇸 + 🇨🇦 tour has just been added in Vancouver on Feb 6! We're going to leave it all on the stage, right @carlyraejepsen? Tickets on sale 12/1 at 10AM PT 💖" (Tweet). Retrieved November 22, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  14. ^ "Tour - Katy Perry". Archived from the original on November 24, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  15. ^ Caramanica, Jon (October 3, 2017). "Review: Katy Perry, Queen of Froth, Stars in a Carnival of Her Own". The New York Times. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  16. ^ Puckett, Jeffrey Lee (October 17, 2017). "Katy Perry goes over the top with manic, colorful and escapist show - Review". USA Today. Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ Zivitz, Jordan (September 20, 2017). "Concert review: Bell Centre witnesses Katy Perry's glitzy tour debut". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  18. ^ Olivier, Bobby (October 3, 2017). "Katy Perry calls for 'world peace,' delivers visually stunning performance on new tour (PHOTOS)". Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ McNeilage, Ross (September 21, 2017). "Katy Perry Kicks Off 'Witness' World Tour And It Looks Incredible". MTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  20. ^ Wass, Mike (September 20, 2017). "Crazy Costumes & Cosmic Props: Katy Perry Kicks Off The 'Witness Tour'". Idolator. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  21. ^ Weatherby, Taylor (October 7, 2017). "7 Parts of Katy Perry's Tour You Have to 'Witness' to Believe". Billboard. Retrieved October 7, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Katy Perry Calls for 'Some Freakin' Peace' While Praising Fans for Attending Her Concert Following the Mass Shooting". People music. October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ [@katyperryforum] (December 4, 2017). "Katy swapped out Thinking of You with Wide Awake tonight in Milwaukee!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 5, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  24. ^ Katy Perry Updates [@katyspics] (December 4, 2017). "#VIDEO" (Tweet). Retrieved December 5, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  25. ^ Wass, Mike (January 1, 2018). "Katy Perry Setlist". Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  26. ^ North American box score:
  27. ^
  28. ^ Katy Perry [@katyperry] (August 23, 2017). "NZ IT'S YOUR TURN! #WITNESSTHETOUR is coming to Auckland's Spark Arena on 20 Aug, 2018 ! Tickets on sale 1 Sept !" (Tweet). Retrieved August 23, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  29. ^ "Katy Perry - CANCELLED". KeyBank Center. Retrieved August 17, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Katy Perry – Cancelled". Spectrum Center. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 

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