Katy Perry – The Ultimate 'Gwennabe'?

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Mercury News just posted a new review of singer Katy Perry’s latest show from San Francisco and drew ALOT of comparison’s between her and Gwen. It’s a pretty cute review, though the show was panned for the most part.

It’s hard to watch Katy Perry in concert, as a capacity crowd of 1,100 did on Wednesday night at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and not think of Gwen Stefani. That’s not necessarily a big knock on the 24-year-old Santa Barbara native — there are worse things to be than a “Gwennabe.”

Perry’s best songs, which mostly came bunched during the first half of the 75-minute set, were upbeat, proudly frivolous pop songs that sounded so close to classic No Doubt that it almost seemed like we were listening to outtakes from the “Tragic Kingdom” sessions. Her bubbly, alternatively coy and defiant, vocals seem styled on Stefani’s. When she yells in a song, her crescendo is often punctuated with a squeak — a very Stefani-type move.

Her stage persona, mixing cute and cuddly with sexy and flamboyant, is straight-up Gwen 101. She’s also not afraid to borrow the older singer’s tomboy image — as illustrated by the title of her hit album, last year’s “One of the Boys.” Even the stage design and costuming, a ’50s Hollywood pin-up motiff that featured Perry in a short pink nightie with big red lips sewn across the front, might be something that Stefani might use.

Also like Gwen, Perry appeals to a variety of age groups, for very different reasons. The young female teen brigade was there, thanks to their moms, and they let their shrill voices be heard as soon as Perry took the stage and began doing cheerleader routines at the start of “Fingerprints.”

That’s what happens when an artist with only one record to her credit tries to fill up a 75-minute set. Perry, however, shouldn’t feel too bad — the same thing happened to Gwen on her first solo tour.

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