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September 14, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Bass, sweat and cheers for Katy Perry at Tacoma Dome

Artifice is inherent to pop music, but you still need actual talent to pull it off. Katy Perry might not have said anything of much importance Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, but her real trick was making you not care one bit.

Before a predictable sold-out mix of screaming preteen girls (and their surprisingly enthusiastic parents), Perry opened the “Prismatic” tour with her hit single “Roar,” rising from the depths of the stage enclosed in a cocoon of LED panels. The crowd dutifully provided their own roars as Perry led them in a triumphant sing-along, opening with a moment most artists would kill to close their sets with.

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September 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Katy Perry’s Popsicle-colored “Prismatic’ show to Tacoma Dome | Concert preview

Nearly a year after its release, Katy Perry’s “Prism,” which spawned her biggest single yet, “Roar,” is still in the top quarter of the Billboard 200 album chart. No doubt her Prismatic World Tour, which will fill the Tacoma Dome Saturday, Sept. 13, isn’t hurting those numbers.

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April 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

George Strait rides away | Concert review

(Ethan Miller / Getty Images for ACM)

(Ethan Miller / Getty Images for ACM)

After a career spanning more than 30 years that has included a record 60 No. 1 hits, George Strait, 61, has said he will retire when his current tour ends in June.

But it sure didn’t feel like Strait was retiring Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, when he wowed a sold-out crowd with a masterful, career-spanning set that lasted well over two hours and touched on some of his biggest hits.

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February 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Something pure about Miley Cyrus | Concert review

Miley Cyrus and her crew saunter downstage during "SMS (Bangerz)" at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Miley Cyrus and her crew saunter downstage during “SMS (Bangerz)” at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday. (Photos by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Miley Cyrus during her concert at the Tacoma Dome. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

“I would love to see you guys make out for this next song,” said Miley Cyrus Sunday at the Tacoma Dome, introducing “Adore You,” a vulnerable ballad off her smash album “Bangerz.”

Kissing broke out throughout the arena as the influential, 21-year-old pop star belted out the tune in her countryish alto. Cell phones waved like lighters in the crowd. It was a lovely moment.

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October 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Bon Jovi heats up Tacoma Dome | Concert Review

Saturday night’s Bon Jovi concert at the Tacoma Dome was like a Northwest homecoming for the New Jersey rock band, which performed there in the late 1980s and is currently the No. 1 touring act worldwide, according to Pollstar. Grinning widely after nearly two hours of superheated rock ‘n’ roll, 51-year-old guitarist and lead singer Jon…

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October 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Still ‘Wanted,’ Bon Jovi plays Tacoma Dome |Concert preview

According to Pollstar, Bon Jovi is the No. 1 touring act worldwide for 2013, scoring the top-grossing spot based on the strength of its wildly successful “Because We Can — The Tour,” which plays the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. Last summer, the stadium leg of the tour featured a massive stage incorporating an inflatable replica of…

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September 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Jason Aldean steamrolls Tacoma Dome | Concert Review

Note: This story has been corrected. Kelly Clarkson did not play at the Gorge Amphitheatre Saturday. The show was cancelled at the last minute due to inclement weather. With little subtlety and barrels of energy, Jason Aldean’s “Night Train 2013” tour steamrolled into the Tacoma Dome Friday night to the delight of a raucous, near-capacity crowd. Though the concert lost…

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August 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Taylor Swift to pop in at Tacoma Dome

Taylor Swift performs during a sold-out show Friday evening, July 19, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

Taylor Swift performs during a sold-out show Friday evening, July 19, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

During one of her four shows in Los Angeles last week, Taylor Swift brought out the hip Canadian duo of sisters Tegan and Sara for an arena-sized version of the twins’ electropop hit “Closer.”

It was a fan-pleasing, veteran move that says all you need to know about Swift’s place in the pop-music landscape. Far from the teenage country tartlet she started out as, Swift, now 23, occupies the upper echelon of superstardom, and her music and image define mainstream appeal.

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