The pop star performs "Toxic" and other hits at the House of Blues in Anaheim
Before a raucous crowd that chanted her name, Britney Spears continued her comeback mini-tour Wednesday night, performing the same lip-synched routine of older hits from her show the night before.
The 12-minute set at the Anaheim, Calif., House of Blues followed her return to the stage Tuesday night at the House of Blues in San Diego after a nearly three-year absence from live performing.
Security was tighter in Anaheim – it took the crowd nearly two hours to get through the metal detectors – with guards seizing cell phones in an apparent reaction to the flood of pictures and videos of the San Diego show on the Internet.
At 9:30 p.m., after the vast majority of the crowd had made it past security, the chants of “Britney! Britney!” started, with one girl exhorting the crowd with shouts of, “She’s got to feel the love!”
A few minutes later, the lights dimmed on the stage, empty save for a single white chair. The crowd exploded into screams and applause as the four backup dancers appeared, two on each side, snaking their way across the stage. As the first strains of “… Baby One More Time” became recognizable, Spears emerged in a brown wig, white go-go boots, a white mini-skirt and a sparkling pink bikini top.
Like the San Diego show, the set was a short medley of Spears’s hits, with “I’m a Slave 4 U” following “Hit Me” and the crowd showering the pop star with shouts of approval each time she wiggled her hips. (Notably, she was also able to chew gum while performing.)
The lights dimmed after the second song, going a soft red, with the back-up dancers exiting the stage and leaving Britney alone to strut slowly to the lone chair as “Breathe On Me” started. The crowd roared as she seductively gyrated on the chair before her dancers returned and pulled a male fan from the audience to be serenaded by Spears.
A brief interlude allowed Spears to change into a tiny denim skirt, a plain pink bra and a short, white fur coat. Her “Do Something” routine included some air guitar, a lot of the hands-on-hips hip thrusts and a brief homage to the running man dance move.
Spears dropped her fur coat to the floor for the final song, “Toxic,” and smiled as she mouthed the words. The crowd once again roared its approval when she and her dancers dropped to all fours and crawled in formation down the stage. Spears then popped up to her knees and posed with her dancers around her as the song and the lights came to a simultaneous and abrupt end.
As the lights came back up and the crowd showered her with adoration, she blew kisses with both hands and said, “Thank you so much. These are my dancers,” before skipping offstage, leaving her four backups to soak up the applause.
Audience members gave the show positive reviews overall – one female fan told PEOPLE of the set: “It was short, it was good. She looked good, she did her thing.” But Kelly Weston of Orange County said, “She was a little off, a little slower than her dancers. If I hadn’t heard about last night I would probably be disappointed.” Still, her fans were in the house to support Spears: One group of young women wore matching pink tank tops reading “Bald Ambition” on the front and “The Comeback 2007” on the back.
Spears’s last major performance was in June 2004 during her Onyx Hotel Tour in Dublin, Ireland, which was cut short when she injured her knee. She is planning several more performances this week, including shows at the Los Angeles House of Blues on Thursday and the House of Blues Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay on Sunday.