LINCOLN — From the piles of silver glitter lining the entrance, you knew Ke$ha was in the building.
Fans of the pop star who walked the halls of the Pershing Center were decked out in bright clothes and lots and lots of glitter — glitter in their hair, glitter on their clothes and even more glitter stuck to the walls and floor.
Tubes full of the shiny stuff were for sale at the merchandise booth for $10, but all the glitter sold out before the “Tik Tok” singer even took the stage.
Ke$ha, born Kesha Rose Sebert, greeted the thousands in attendance by proclaiming, “We are the crazy people,” an ethos her fans take to heart.
“You guys show me only love and only support,” she told her fans. “I appreciate that. I love every single one of you just as you are.”
The crowd, which was predominantly female, included almost no one older than 25. Many wore neon clothes, torn leggings or tight jeans, and heavy eye makeup. Some looked just like Ke$ha and were stopped for pictures and compliments on their outfits.
Dressed in a glitter-encrusted leotard, Ke$ha began her set with three of her best songs — “Crazy Kids,” “We R Who We R” and “Blow” — and the building-rattling bass, glow sticks and club-ready dance songs made the arena feel like a rave.
“C'Mon” was the most danceable song and, after a disco ball descended from the rafters, the audience turned into a field of waving arms and dancing bodies.
A few times, the scene onstage got just plain weird. During “Take It Off,” her four male dancers dressed like women and stripped and performed lap dances. Probably the craziest scene was during “Your Love Is My Drug,” which involved a giant inflatable hippo, a dancer in a unicorn mask, 20-foot tall inflatable legs and two of the dancers in women's lingerie and roller skates.
Bizarre? Yep. Crazy fun? Absolutely.
That and the glitter are what Ke$ha's fans have come to expect.
Some of Ke$ha's banter and songs, such as “Dirty Love,” were full of innuendo and, at other times, she was pretty explicit, but that's also part of her goofy, sexy and bold image.
Most of her songs are about parties and guys. “Party at a Rich Dude's House” was a song about both.
Unfortunately, the concert was a little more about the spectacle than about the music. Ke$ha almost always was backed up by two or three extra singers, and she would drop the microphone from her lips in favor of dancing or rolling around on the floor. Who wants to pay to see a singer if she's not singing all (or at least most) of the words to her songs?
Some criticize her half-sung, half-spoken style of singing, but it works on her mega-popular “Tik Tok.”
The set included a few unexpected moments. She performed the unreleased track “Machine Gun Love,” and cameramen filmed the party for Ke$ha's reality show, “My Crazy Beautiful Life.”
The end of the show included the bizarreness of “Your Love Is My Drug,” dancers in mascot costumes (one a reproductive organ), and Ke$ha running around and rolling onstage.
For an encore, Ke$ha came back in a shiny gold, glittering costume and played drums with her dancers during another hit,”Die Young.”
Her fans responded by dancing away what energy they had left.
Ke$ha was grateful for the screams, cheers and dance moves, and she thanked the crowd while giving a shout-out to all that glitter.
“You guys have been incredible tonight. I (expletive) love you,” she said. “I hope you all find a piece of glitter somewhere ... and think of me.”