Kim Petras’ “Feed The Beast Tour” Ignites YouTube Theater with Pop Extravaganza Review+Photos: Kim Petras at YouTube Theater 11/1/23
LOS ANGELES, CA- When my journey with Kim Petras’ music began in 2018, little did I know that it would culminate in witnessing her triumphant performance at the YouTube Theater on November 1, 2023. Back then, the infectious bubblegum pop single “Heart To Break” served as my introduction to her world. It was the kind of song that hooked you from the first listen, promising that there was something extraordinary about this emerging artist. As I reflect on that moment and the ensuing years, it’s evident that Kim Petras has emerged as a bona fide pop sensation, a force to be reckoned with.
Fast forward to the present, and Kim Petras has firmly established herself as an absolute powerhouse in the music industry. In 2023 alone, she bestowed upon us not one but two remarkable studio albums: “Feed The Beast” and “Problématique.” These releases not only showcased her versatility but also underlined her ability to craft pop music that transcends boundaries and captures the essence of the genre’s ever-evolving spirit. Adding to her already impressive accolades, she has clinched two Grammy Awards, a feat she achieved through her enchanting duet, “Unholy,” with none other than the illustrious Sam Smith.
It’s worth pausing to appreciate the significance of “Unholy.” This track not only marked a musical milestone but also made history as it propelled Petras and Smith into the limelight as the first openly transgender and non-binary artists to achieve this level of recognition within the music industry. The Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance was a momentous win, and it solidified Petras’s status as a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community.
In an era where pop stardom has seen a shift from a plethora of household names to a more focused landscape dominated by a select few, Kim Petras has carved a unique path. Her music has resonated deeply, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community, where her voice and presence have become a source of empowerment and celebration. In the face of ongoing opposition from lawmakers targeting trans individuals and queer performers, Petras’s unwavering commitment to her art and her fans is nothing short of remarkable.
The stage was set for the “Feed The Beast Tour” at YouTube Theater, with the talented DJ Alex Chapman igniting the atmosphere with his infectious beats. Chapman, who had recently secured a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Dance Recording as a co-writer, knew how to get the audience on their feet and grooving to his booty-shaking selections. It was the perfect precursor to the spectacle that was about to unfold.
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Then, as anticipation reached its zenith, Kim Petras herself took center stage. What followed was nothing short of a mesmerizing pop extravaganza that left the audience in awe. What set her performance apart and made it an unforgettable experience was her ingenious decision to structure the show into five distinct acts. This deliberate division added a layer of depth and storytelling to the concert, turning it into a multi-dimensional journey through the various facets of Petras’s artistry.
As the lights dimmed and the audience held its collective breath, a striking display of ominous red visuals burst onto the massive screens. This arresting visual spectacle served as a prelude to Kim Petras’s grand entrance into the hallowed halls of the YouTube Theater. The energy in the room was palpable, and it was evident that we were about to witness a larger-than-life pop star in action.
The “Feed the Beast” tour marks a significant moment in Petras’s career. It’s her first major tour since 2020, and it’s a production on a scale larger and grander than anything she has undertaken before. By the conclusion of the North American leg next month, she will have graced over two dozen stages, leaving an indelible mark on her fans and the world of pop music.
Flanked by an ensemble of exceptional background dancers, Petras effortlessly seized control of the stage. Her performance was a seamless blend of one mesmerizing track after another, each meticulously chosen to take the audience on a sonic journey through her illustrious six-year discography.
The stage itself underwent a remarkable transformation, coming alive with a mesmerizing array of vivid and audacious visuals. These visuals ranged from eerie, almost otherworldly displays to kaleidoscopic psychedelia, reflecting the diverse sonic landscapes of Petras’s music. It was a feast for the senses, a visual and auditory spectacle that held the audience captive from start to finish.
With a setlist boasting more than 30 songs, it was a comprehensive voyage through the different chapters of Kim Petras’s career. Each act represented a distinct era, a musical phase that had defined her journey. From her raunchy dance-pop phase in 2022, exemplified by “Slut Pop,” to her Halloween mixtape “Turn Off the Light” from 2019, the audience was treated to a dynamic showcase of Petras’s evolution as an artist.
One of the standout moments of the show was Petras’s performance of “Throat Goat.” As she sang into a phallic green microphone and confidently wielded a whip, it was a daring display of her artistic freedom and a testament to her fearless approach to her craft. The “Feed The Beast Tour” was not merely a concert; it was an exploration of self-expression and artistic liberation.
Amidst the electrifying performance, there was a delightful surprise in the “Garden” act. The enigmatic BANKS joined Kim Petras on stage for a performance of their duet, “BAIT.” It was a moment of collaboration that added an extra layer of intrigue to an already spectacular show, reminding us of the power of musical partnerships.
As the show approached its conclusion, Kim Petras returned for an encore that was nothing short of euphoric. She treated the audience to “Alone 2.0,” “Problématique,” and concluded with the song that started it all for many, “Heart To Break.” It was a poignant reminder of her journey and the indelible impact she has made on her fans.
Kim Petras’s “Feed The Beast Tour” at the YouTube Theater was an unparalleled spectacle in the world of pop music. It not only showcased her remarkable evolution as an artist but also celebrated her fearlessness in pushing artistic boundaries. Her unwavering dedication to her LGBTQ+ fanbase, especially in the face of adversity, underscored the depth of her commitment to her art and her community.