Nicki Minaj, Comerica Theatre, 8/7/12 (VIDEO)
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When I saw Nicki Minaj open for Britney Spears last year, I was majorly disappointed by her performance and implored her to bring her A-game to her headlining tour. Then, her vocals were inaudible, and her stage setup and storyline bizarre. Thankfully, on her current tour, on which she's the main act, she commanded the stage with confidence and strong vocal talent, a huge turnaround from opening up for Spears.
As with Katy Perry's explosion of color on her last tour, Minaj took her love for the color pink literally, injecting the bright hue into everything from her shoes and outfits to the lighting and stage set. Her tour, after all, was the Pink Friday Tour, named after her debut album, and it was a lot of fun to watch and listen to. While she did use a backing track, her singing and rapping skills were impressive, considering how her high-energy show had her running all over the stage.
My favorite part was when the screens displayed Minaj's music video for "Super Bass" right at the end of the show, but the rest of the night had a simple, yet overwhelmingly colorful, display.
Not that it wasn't was sort of weird to watch something so fun and bouncy on-stage while listening to expletive-filled songs that Minaj often asked the crowd to help her sing -- even the 5-year-old kid in the audience got to watch suggestive dancing by the half-naked troupe, got to rap a myriad of F-bombs and got to join in when Minaj sang about a girl being a ho'.