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Britney Review

After I saw Britney's concert on November 12 at the Pepsi Center in Denver I wrote an article for The Collegian , my college newspaper that I work for. The following is my review that was published in the paper.

Pop Princess Still Reigns

Britney Spears is all grown up.

The star, who performed at the Pepsi Center Monday night, has come a long way from her days on the Mickey Mouse Club.

“I get a lot of flack for what I wear or what I don’t wear.” Spears said. “I get a lot of flack for what I say or what I don’t say, but I’m not a little girl anymore.”

Two hours before her show, Spears held a VIP soundcheck party where fans had a chance to ask questions and see her perform, providing an intimate environment for the 40-odd people who attended. Spears had held a press conference before the tour kicked off to talk about what she wanted fans to take away from her show.

“I want fans to see me in a different light then they have ever seen me (in) before. This music I am singing now is a reflection of me and who I am. Hopefully (the fans) will come to the show and be inspired and have a lot of fun.”

“I think she is the greatest performer of all time,” said CSU student Andrew Hedges.

At 7 p.m. the lights dimmed and the show began with opening act O-Town to warm up the crowd. By the time O-Town finished performing, the crowd was pumped and ready for Spears.

The screams immediately filled the arena as screens showed Spears’ in a dream sequence. A bridge lifted to show her attached to a rotating disk while she sang “Oops … I Did It Again” to kick off the show.

Within the hour and a half that she performed, she sang 16 songs, including eight songs off her new album “Britney.” Her tour was packed with pyrotechnic and elaborate lighting.

There was so much going on it was hard to take it all at once. For “I’m A Slave 4 You” Spears stripped down to the outfit she wore at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. There were flames spurting and elaborate choreography, but this time she did not bring the snake she had at the VMAs.

For the finale she sang her debut hit, “Baby One More Time” and brought the house down. An 80-foot waterfall poured onstage and a hologram image of Spears was projected.

The spotlight went to her wearing a cowboy hat, bra top and her trademark low-riders. Walking through the waterfall she made her way downstage but once again rose above the crowd.

Spears ended her performance by jumping off a platform to hang above the audience. After the show ended, people left trying to make sense of what they had just seen.

“It’s an emotional roller coaster. You’re on cloud nine,” Hedges said of the show.