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A Review of the Kesha Concert: The Queen Has Resumed Her Throne

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at MSU chapter.

I doused myself in unicorn snot, painted on a dramatic smokey eye and brushed my teeth with a bottle of Jack to relive my Rue21-wearing, “Rawr xD” days for the Kesha and The Creepies: Fuck the World Tour show at MSU’s Breslin Student Events Center.

When my friend informed me that she had an extra concert ticket, I was confused. I knew Kesha had lost her lawsuit in pursuit of breaking contract with Kemosabe Records — umbrellaed under Sony Music Entertainment — due to alleged emotional and physical abuse from record producer Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, otherwise known as Dr. Luke.

According to a Rolling Stone article Kesha claimed that Dr. Luke had “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life,” with the intent to “maintain complete control over her life and career.”

I didn’t know she was still touring, but I discovered that she’d been performing in retaliation to her lawsuit.

The 2015 internet sensation Lil Uzi Vert opened for Kesha and The Creepies with a fire hip-hop performance. Vert ran off stage into the crowd, and then dangled from one of the guard rails.

It was the “most energetic and true performance I’ve ever seen,” said Nathaniel Feige, a junior finance major.

Kesha took charge of the stage in a black and red romper with The Creepies faithfully by her side.

“Tonight I encourage you to put those pretty middle fingers to the sky and say: fuck the world,” Kesha cheered.  

Her songs didn’t have her usual electronic charge, but she still delivered a sparkling performance (complete with a confetti gun that shot out glitter, of course). The majority of her set list included her more well-known songs. She opened with “We R Who We R.”

Mid-performance, she introduced a song called, “You Don’t Own Me,” with obvious reference to Dr. Luke.

“I have a lot of music waiting for you. It hasn’t been by choice that I haven’t given you music, but I just want to let you guys know I have 75 songs waiting for you,” she said. “I just want to thank you guys so much for not giving up on me.”

Kesha topped off the show with a two-song encore, including a sing along to “Your Love is My Drug.”

“She is so amazing and feeds off her fans like a cannibal,” Feige said.

It was easily in the top 5 best concerts I have ever seen, with the post-concert depression still sinking in. I think it’s safe to say that the queen is successfully taking back her throne.

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