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posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25
Where It's At: Britney Spears too toxic to pass up
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Where It's At: Britney Spears too toxic to pass up

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Britney Spears
June 29
Tacoma Dome


The good news is that Britney Spears is doing just fine these days. She isn't driving over people's feet or wiping fried chicken grease on an elegant evening gown.

The Mississippi-born mother of two exploded onto the music world with '...Baby One More Time' in 1999, reigniting the teen pop movement that fizzled in the late '80s - every Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus that has come along since has Spears to thank for their stardom.

Unleashing a series of catchy pop-dance songs, including 'Oops! & I Did It Again,' 'Stronger,' 'I'm a Slave 4 U,' 'Boys,' 'I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman,' 'Hold it Against Me,' and 'Toxic', she became an instant hit with young Gay men, the ones too young to appreciate Madonna. Her music is liberating, if not sexually explorative - I'm still wondering if '3' is about Bisexuality or simply a raunchy threesome.

And though she didn't march on Washington, Spears has embraced her Gay fans from the very beginning. When she wasn't performing for them, such as at London's iconic G-A-Y nightclub, she was partying with them in Las Vegas, L.A., and anywhere else that had a dance floor and a rainbow banner. To say Britney Spears likes her Gay boys is like saying dogs pee on grass - it's just natural.

The megastar has often road-tested her live shows in front of her Gay fans before taking them into arenas.

Here's how we get to the not-so-great news. Spears' latest live outing, which descends on the Tacoma Dome this week, has hit a snag almost as fast as her first marriage did. Ticket sales for the 'Femme Fatale' tour are under-selling, even after being offered at half-price or as a Groupon deal. The reasons could range from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry siphoning a significant portion of the Southern native's fan base to the widespread disappointment with her newest album (Femme Fatale). To date, that album has barely sold over 500,000 units.

This mirrors the career that Spears has had - a bit of good and a splash of bad. Regardless, Wednesday night is the night she's coming to town (well, Tacoma, anyway) and her latest production is already getting top reviews. If you've never seen her before, here's your chance. For heaven's sake, it's Britney!

The bizarrely talented Nicki Minaj is one of the show openers, so arrive early. Visit www.livenation.com for ticket information.

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