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Katy Perry: Why She Includes Old Hits like 'I Kissed A Girl' in Her World Tour & TV Special



Katy Perry thinks it's important for artists to include their old hits at shows. In a recent interview, the "I Kissed A Girl" singer dished on her current world tour, amidst the L.A premiere of her Epix concert TV special, "Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour".

On Thursday, March 26, Perry premiered her TV special at the Ace Hotel Downtown in L.A, according to Billboard. She introduced the screening with the Epix president and CEO, Mark Greenberg.

"I'm very proud of this tour, but I'm due for a nap," Perry told the L.A crowd, according to Billboard. "We've done 129 shows. We've gone all over the world. I'm still going. I've got Asia to do and I've got South America to go to. I'm proud of it."

Perry explained that she wanted to do something different with this tour and did not want to show a distinct narrative. Instead, she sought to "create different worlds" and show off "the strengths and different hairstyles."

Russell Thomas directed the special and Johnny Wujek handled the costume design.

"Each group of songs had its own vision," Wujek told Billboard. "Every group had a specific vibe and we'd build off that. We made mood boards and thought about which designers we'd want to go for. We reached out to designers we have relationships with and who we love, as well as some new designers. Katy masterminded it all."

As far as her past big hits, Perry explained that she's purposefully including hits like "I Kissed A Girl," because that's what she would expect from attending a concert.

"When I go see a show of a mega pop star or a mega musician that I love I want to hear the hits," Perry told Billboard. "...I've made so many memories with those hits. If you're not going to play them, just preface it before we get the ticket."

Perry explained that older hits evoke memories, like a first kiss, so hearing those songs at a show is a must.

"Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour" will air this Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m., as part of the Epix Free Preview Weekend.

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