By: Jordyn Tilchen //
When people think of Selena Gomez, many still think of the young, wholesome girl from Grand Prairie, Texas who played the role of Alex Russo on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. For much of her career Selena has been carefully calculating her transition from Disney role model into a serious force in the music industry, and with her Revival World Tour I can finally say that I think it’s happened.
At Selena’s Stars Dance World Tour several years ago, I couldn’t seem to shake the notion that Selena still had one foot stuck in the Disney door. While some songs were a bit on the edgy side, she was still careful to appeal to the youngest members of her audience and their parents with what was left of the sweet and adorable television character that sparked her career several years earlier.
Three years later, it’s safe to say that Selena Gomez’s career risks paid off. Revival is without a doubt her best album and tour to date. When I arrived at the TD Garden in Boston I wasn’t sure what to expect, but if I’m being honest, I wasn’t expecting much. Personally, I’ve never fed much into the Selena hype. Compared to some of my favorite artists, I just couldn’t see how she measured up vocally. However, it was clear to me this time around that Selena paid very close attention to even the most miniscule details of this tour and certainly measured up, if not surpassed, the tours of some of my absolute favorite artists in the industry.
So let’s get into the details! The tour began with performances by The X Factor’s Bea Miller, and Joe Jonas’s band, DNCE. Having never seen DNCE perform and hearing such great things about their live performances, I was so excited to see them for myself. Before I go any further, I would like to squash the argument that’s been heating up the Jonas fan base since 2005—Joe Jonas is absolutely, 100% the cutest Jonas Brother. Anyways, the rumors were true and DNCE was so incredibly fun to watch (and they covered TLC’s ‘No Scrubs,’ which had the ‘90s girl inside of me L I V I N G)! They topped off their performance with their hit single, ‘Cake By The Ocean,’ and brought an amazing level of energy to the arena, which is not easily achieved by an opening act.
When it was time for Selena to come out, all the crowd could see was her silhouette posing behind a curtain to her title track, ‘Revival.’ While she was behind the curtain the introduction to the song played loudly through the speakers in the arena—“I dive into the future, but I’m blinded by the sun. I’m reborn in every moment so who knows what I’ll become.” For Selena, this tour was a complete rebirth, and watching her on stage was like watching an entirely different performer than the Selena Gomez we’ve come to know.
Personally, I think the most refreshing aspect of the entire show was the feeling that Selena actually wanted to be there. Too often you’ll see a show and the artist is already tired of doing the same thing night after night. Selena danced and smiled around the stage all night, grateful for all of the fans that stuck by her through her incredible transformation into the powerful and influential artist we see today.
As far as production goes, the people that worked on the Revival Tour thought of absolutely everything, from an A+ team of dancers, to absolutely flawless lighting and video content, to inflatable roses that tower over the audience. Every single tiny detail was treated as if it would make or break the entire tour, and that sort of attention speaks to the kind of artist Selena aspires to be. Selena Gomez doesn’t want to do anything half way and be known as an average artist. Selena Gomez wants to be an icon, and that came across crystal clear at the Revival World Tour.