I went to see Ke$ha and Rihanna. Yes, I am a teenage girl in a man's body. Whatever. Popular music is popular for a reason.
Anyway, they put on a good show. The Molson Amphitheatre, being an amphitheatre, is half outdoors. The tickets we could afford put us way back on the lawn, which is, relative to the stage, in buttfuck nowhere. So it was hard to see the performers and the sound wasn't great, but still, I had a great time.
We arrived late for Ke$ha but the few songs we caught were decent. She sounded pretty good, considering she barely even sings in her recorded music. But she didn't even seem drunk, and wasn't covered in come as far as I could tell, so it could've been more entertaining.
Rihanna put on a far more elaborate show. Video vignettes covered up the frequent changes in costumes and sets, with each group of songs being performed among a different fancy setup. For example, Disturbia had a horror-themed set, with giant monster thingies on stilts towering around Rihanna. Such acrobatics accompanies a lot of the show, though there were a few subdued moments as well.
Musically, I was impressed by the band backing her; the live instruments gave her songs more of a rock vibe than the electronic pop on her albums. Although she sometimes seemed to take breaks and let the backup singers take over more than she should have, her voice was strong when she belted it out.
Here's a shitty iPhone video:
You can hear all the high pitched voices around us. The constant cries of OH MY GOD I AM HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME; I LOVE HER SO MUCH; SHE'S SO PRETTY could have been annoying, but the unadultered excitement was kind of infectious. And yeah, we were pretty much the oldest people there other than (bizarrely irresponsible) parents. I don't know if that makes me a D-I-N-O-S-A, U-R a dinosaur or a Mr. Watson, but I've never been one for limiting my music consumption based on my age.