Vintage V: Powerhouse

Vintage V: Powerhouse

December 4, 2014: Every Thursday, We Post A Knockout V Story From Way Back When. Britney Spears Celebrated Her 33rd Birthday On Tuesday, December 2, So In Her Honor, We're Throwing Back V75's "Powerhouse" Series, Which Featured Spears, Katy Perry, Ke$Ha, And Drake. Read The 2012 Story And Learn What It's Really Like For Musicians On The Road.

Life As A Pop Star Isn't All About Champagne, Sequins, And Swag -- Performing In Stadiums Is Serious Business. Here, Four Of Our Favorite Forces Of Fame Make A Tour Stop To Take Us Behind The Scenes With Their Devoted Teams

December 4, 2014: Every Thursday, We Post A Knockout V Story From Way Back When. Britney Spears Celebrated Her 33rd Birthday On Tuesday, December 2, So In Her Honor, We're Throwing Back V75's "Powerhouse" Series, Which Featured Spears, Katy Perry, Ke$Ha, And Drake. Read The 2012 Story And Learn What It's Really Like For Musicians On The Road.

Life As A Pop Star Isn't All About Champagne, Sequins, And Swag -- Performing In Stadiums Is Serious Business. Here, Four Of Our Favorite Forces Of Fame Make A Tour Stop To Take Us Behind The Scenes With Their Devoted Teams

Britney SpearsName of Tour: Femme Fatale Describe your team in three words: My second family.

What is your favorite memory so far, of working with this team of individuals?

I have worked with all of them for many, many years so it was fun to see them all together again on the first day of the tour. Everybody was catching up and telling all of their fun stories from the past, laughing, and just having a great time. We were all so happy to see each other again and so excited to start working. It really made me smile.

Where is the strangest place you’ve ever performed?

At a small restaurant many years ago, when I was first starting out. I just got up and sang in front of a room full of strangers. I had never done it before and it felt really weird singing in this small restaurant.

What is the most fun part of touring?

Meeting different kinds of fans from all over the world. They are so different in every country. I just did a few shows in Russia and all of the fans had big heart signs in the audience and had hearts painted on their hands. It was really cool.  Also, having the people I am closest too with me all of the time and staying in the same hotels every night.  We have been together for many years now so we have become one big happy family.

What is the hardest part of your touring?

The actual traveling. It’s basically planes, trains, and automobiles every single day. I always have fun when I get to a new city but getting from place to place can get old and boring. I read a lot of books.

Is there anyone not pictured who is integral to making your show happen?

Yes! A ton of people: my entire crew who builds my show, runs my show, and moves my show from city to city. They work SO hard and I am so thankful for them! My band, "Shock and Awe", made up of my long time Musical Directors, Simon Ellis, and Marc Delcore; my wardrobe girls who help me dress every night and keep my costumes together; my dad who keeps me on track, and of course my boyfriend Jason and my boys who keeps me smiling every single day.

Do you have any lucky charms?

I believe I make my own luck.

What are your pre-show rituals?

I always get to the venue early to go over my show notes with my supervising coordinator and my dancers. We rehearse anything that wasn't perfect or needs rehearsing from the show before.  Then I sound check, do hair and makeup, meet and greet. and then prayer with my team, my dancers, and my family. What are some of your essential backstage items?

Fashion magazines, good music, scented candles, veggie dip, hummus, pita bread, Shabby Chic furniture (which we take with us from city to city), a treadmill, and yoga mats.

If you could play anywhere, where would it be?

A tropical island so I can go straight on vacation after the show.

What is the biggest misconception about being “backstage” or “on the road”?

That it’s a giant, non-stop, never ending party. I mean, we do have a lot of fun backstage and we are always laughing and telling jokes and stories, but it’s mostly a large group of people working really, really hard to put on a great show every night for my fans. Team Motto: We have two:  "You can't make this S#!T up" and "No Surprises"!Katy PerryName of Tour: The California Dreams Tour Describe your team in three words: Leaders, bosses, and punks.

What is your favorite memory so far, working with this team of individuals?

There are too many memories for me to just say one. This whole year has been an insane, wild, spontaneous ride where all of us have either wanted to kill each other, or don't want to hang out with anyone else besides us.

Where is the strangest place you’ve ever performed?

I wouldn't say any of the places we've played are strange, but a very unique place we've played that we always love to go to no matter the size venue or the length of the flight is Tokyo. What is the most fun part of touring?

The most fun part of touring is feeling like you're reaching your goals every day with a new set of people, a new crowd.

What is the hardest part of your touring?

The hardest thing about touring is smiling when you don't feel like smiling.

Is there anyone not pictured who is integral to making your show happen?

A few people from my management: Steve Jensen, Martin Kirkup, and Ngoc Hoang; and my show director, who helped me create this tour, Baz Halpin.

Do you have any lucky charms?

We have a book of positive thoughts that we read in a circle every single night.

What are your pre-show rituals?

Have a workout, eat a healthy meal, do a vocal warm-up, and meet and greet with fans.

What are some of your essential backstage items? Any special food or beverage?

Essential items: baby wipes, humidifiers, Entertainer's Secret vocal spray, Grether's pastilles; special beverages: a bottle of nice Malbec; special food: good soups and complex carbs.

If you could play anywhere, where would it be?

I would like to play on the moon.

What is the biggest misconception about being “backstage” or “on the road”?

That nobody works as hard as they actually do. Team Motto: "WERK!"

Ke$ha; Name of Tour: Get $leazy

Describe your team in three words:

Rowdy animal misfits.

What is your favorite memory so far, working with this team of individuals?

We were driving from one gig to another and one of the buses broke down in the middle of nowhere in Iowa. While we were stuck there waiting for the repair, and we got antsy so we found a biker bar nearby and partied with metal beards all night. Needless to say, everyone’s memory is pretty fuzzy but all I know is the damage report said something about motorcycles, duct tape, balloons, and a goat. We’re still piecing it all together but we’re all pretty sure it was an amazing time.

Where is the strangest place you’ve ever performed?

Moscow. I performed for someone at a private concert and wasn’t allowed to even know his name or the occasion.

What is the most fun part of touring?

My fans!!!

What is the hardest part of your touring?

Remembering what country I’m in.

Is there anyone not pictured who is integral to making your show happen?

My mom. Because she birthed me. That’s pretty integral.

Do you have any lucky charms?

My placenta necklace.

What are your pre-show rituals?

My band and I always give each other butt-fives before we go onstage. It’s a lot like a high-five but more fun because you use your ass instead of your hands.

What are some of your essential backstage items?

My record player and as much Iggy Pop, Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest vinyl as possible.

Any special food or beverage?

OB tampons.

If you could play anywhere, where would it be?

In outer space.

What is the biggest misconception about being “backstage” or “on the road”?

That it’s glamorous. Because it’s filthy.

Team Motto:

"Hey, drink this."

Drake; Name of Tour: Club Paradise Tour

Describe your team in three words.

Loyal, Honest, Hungry.

What is your favorite memory so far, working with this team of individuals?

We spend each day creating new memories...so my fondest is always the most recent.

Where is the strangest place you’ve ever performed?

In a barn yard full of horse shit.

What is the most fun part of touring?

Having a great crowd that just wants to sing loud and go hard.

What is the hardest part of your touring?

Staying healthy.

Is there anyone not pictured who is integral to making your show happen?

My entire band and production and all my fans.

Do you have any lucky charms?

Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock DVD. I always have it looping on my bus just to remind myself no matter what, you can always turn your situation into a great show.

What are your pre-show rituals?

Vocal warm up, prayer, and a shot of Henny.

What are some of your essential backstage items? Any special food or beverage?

Listerine spray, chicken dishes, fresh clothes. If you could play anywhere, where would it be?

Toronto.

What is the biggest misconception about being “backstage” or “on the road”?

That it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be...’cause it is.

Credits: PHOTOGRAPHY RODERICK TRESTAIL II ANGELO PENNETTA DEREK KETTELA MARCELO KRASILCIC

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