V75 POWERHOUSE: KE$HA
LIFE AS A POP STAR ISN’T ALL ABOUT CHAMPAGNE, SEQUINS, AND SWAG—PERFORMING IN STADIUMS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. HERE, FOUR OF OUR FAVORITE FORCES OF FAME MAKE A TOUR STOP TO TAKE US BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THEIR DEVOTED TEAMS
Name: Kesha Rose Sebert aka Ke$ha
Name of Tour: Get $leazy
Describe your team in three words: Rowdy animal misfits.
What is your favorite memory so far of working with this team of individuals? We were driving from one gig to another and one of the buses broke down in the middle of nowhere in Iowa. While we were stuck there waiting for the repair we got antsy and so we found a biker bar nearby and partied with metal beards all night. Needless to say, everyone’s memory is pretty fuzzy but all I know is the damage report said something about motorcycles, duct tape, balloons, and a goat. We’re still piecing it all together but we’re all pretty sure it was an amazing time.
Where is the strangest place you’ve ever performed? Moscow. I performed for someone at a private concert and wasn’t allowed to even know his name or the occasion.
What is the most fun part of touring? My fans!!!
What is the hardest part of your touring? Remembering what country I’m in.
Is there anyone not pictured who is integral to making your show happen? My mom. Because she birthed me. That’s pretty integral.
Do you have any lucky charms? My placenta necklace.
What are your pre-show rituals? My band and I always give each other butt-fives before we go onstage. It’s a lot like a high-five but more fun because you use your ass instead of your hands.
What are some of your essential backstage items? My record player and as much Iggy Pop, Black Sabbath, and Judas Priest vinyl as possible.
Any special food or beverage? OB tampons.
If you could play anywhere, where would it be? In outer space.
What is the biggest misconception about being backstage or on the road? That it’s glamorous. Because it’s filthy.
Team Motto: “Hey, drink this.”
From left: Max Bernstein, Aslyn Mitchell Nash, Elias Mallin, Logan Shyvynck (seated), Jenn Stone, Justin “Boot” De Meulenaere, Ke$ha, Brianna McKee (crouching), Austin Westbay, Pat O’Donnell (unicorn)
Reformatted the original, or it would be unbearable to read here. Ke$ha live>>> btw.