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Gay magnet Katy Perry launching tour in Seattle
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Katy Perry
Friday, January 23 - 9 PM
The Showbox Market - SOLD OUT


You gotta love a girl who shapes table napkins into penises, wears high heels in New Jersey parking lots, prefers steaks over salads, idolizes drag queens and grew up eating "angeled" eggs, a holy spinoff of deviled eggs. Oh yeah, and she kisses girls - well, not really, though she fantasized about the experience and wrote a song about it. That song, aptly titled "I Kissed a Girl," enjoyed seven weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and zoomed to number one in countries all over the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. To date, it's sold over two million digital downloads in the US and nearly six million hard copies worldwide. Aside from international stardom, it earned the doll-faced singer her first Grammy nomination and approval from the supreme diva herself, Madonna. Perry's other single, "Hot N' Cold," is a current hit in Finland, New Zealand and The Netherlands, following a successful ride throughout North America.

But life hasn't always been glammy for the cherry Chapstick-loving Perry, who was signed and dropped by several major labels before Capitol Records came to her rescue. Her time finally arrived last year when "I Kissed a Girl" turned the California native into 2008's true Cinderella story. And where there's trendy pop songs, there's Gay men lining up to dance to them. From New York to Seattle, club queens in vintage washed jeans took notice of Perry and her Betty Boop meets Chiquita Banana outfits - and she's returned the favor, performing to exclusive Gay crowds at digs like West Hollywood's Ultra Suede. The daughter of hippie-turned-Evangelical parents, who incidentally have shunned her music because of its liberal-mindedness (uh, didn't Noah's Ark have a dance floor?), Perry has become a punching bag for church leaders and conservative shrews. Whatever, Mary.

Kicking off her 36-city tour in Seattle this weekend, a concert that sold its entire slate of tickets in a matter of days, Perry is sure to be in high spirits - so expect boogie-down versions of the aforementioned tunes from her sizzling debut, One of the Boys, and another song called "Ur So Gay", dedicated to an overly metrosexual ex-boyfriend (they shop at Whole Foods, I've seen them). The newly-tiara'd pop princess will likely stride on stage in a colorful getup, one that hasn't ever been worn before - apparently, she wears a different set of threads for each show. At The Showbox Market, pods of Gay boys will spruce up the place with flawless hair and party-all-night attitudes because the concert lands on a Friday, and who eats breakfast on Saturdays, anyway? Those wanting a more intimate date with Katy Perry with an ounce of vocal talent, log onto www.grammy.com to enter the "My Grammy Moment" contest that promises one lucky fan a rare opportunity to perform with her on the upcoming live telecast.

Artist footnotes: Grammy nominee for Best Female Pop Vocal, hosted MTV Europe Awards, performed exclusively at West Hollywood Gay bar.

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