Piece Of Me: SlaveSnake’s Experience
Ok you guys, here is the super post of my Vegas experience, here you can find all the useful stuff I compiled in case that you’re going to Piece Of Me, or if you can’t make it you can know what is over there.
First of all I want to make clear that this will be a summary of all POM related I found in Vegas, all the pics and videos are mine (hence the quality) and you can use them as you please, if you use them tell me, I’ll love to see what you’ve done with them. Also, english is not my first language so don’t kill me if I wrote something the wrong way. I went to the show on the 19th of august.
Ok so I flew to Vegas with my boyfriend (we will call it SlaveTiger) after a trip I planned since last year. We bought our concert and plane tickets on march to travel on august and we bought tickets for the show of the 19th because that show was a tuesday and weekend tickets are more expensive. I’ll get into more details of the tickets and seats later on.
So, we flew to Vegas and the first thing I saw from the airplane window was a huge Piece Of Me billboard. It is right next to the entrance of the airport so you see it if you get in or out of it. Great location B-Team!
We stayed at the strip, at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. We chose to stay at Harrah’s because it’s cheaper than Planet Hollywood and its right in the middle of the strip, so we could walk one day half the strip and another day the other half.
On our way to the hotel I kept telling SlaveTiger to take pictures of the road because Britney’s face is just everywhere. I saw it on several billboards, on top of taxicabs and even on a mobile billboard. I also saw people wearing the Work Bitch cap everywhere during the entire trip.
The first thing on our schedule was to visit Madame Tussaud’s Museum to take selfies with Britney (obviously my idea). We bought the tickets online like a month before the trip. If you buy them online they are cheaper, and there is an option to buy them on a nighttime schedule, which is even cheaper.
Ok, let me tell you about the wax figure. On the internet it looks kind of wacky, but in real person it looks just like her. Her hair and dress were on point, she looks really skinny and short. I’m taller than her, so we could date, you know, if she’s ok with that.
The figure has its own “spot” so Britney is not sharing pictures with any other celebrities, and she is standing on a small staircase. To take this picture I stood on the same stair as her. She’s in the first room with celebrities like JT, Will Smith, LiLo and Jlo. She’s not with Madge, Gaga, Riri or Bey, they are in a separate room. Fun fact: Jessica Simpson is at the gift shop, not inside the museum, which is kind of funny.
The next day we went to the casino on Planet Hollywood. On the façade of the building is a huge screen that says “Britney: Piece Of Me”, which most of you have probably seen, but what you haven’t seen is that next to it is a huge projection which features the shows inside of Planet Hollywood, so there are shots of Piece Of Me and of Britney’s videos playing all the time. There is also a huge picture of Britney on the other side that can be seen through the other part of the strip.
Inside of the casino there is also a huge Britney banner, and the elevators have different pictures of the POM photoshoot on them. There are a lot of screens inside of the casino and they play her songs and music videos all the time. That night they mostly played pop divas and catchy songs like Happy and Blurred Lines, but after every one or two songs there was a Britney song or a Britney remix, which was AMAZING. Planet Hollywood is really devoted to her.
That night we didn’t visit Britney’s theater; we only played in the casino. Since it was friday right before the concert so we saw a group of girls dressed as Britney’s iconic music videos which was really cool.
The next thing I wanted to do was visit Britney’s store. I highly recommend not buying her products the day of the concert. Things get crazy in there and you don’t want to carry your beloved booklet through the whole concert or the after party, it could be easily ruined. So the store and the theater are right in front of each other, between them is a bar called Halo, and if you got standing tickets to the concert you have to stay in line around the bar, I’ll show it to you later on.
The theater is always closed, unless there is a concert, in that case it opens 2 hours before the show and closes after it finishes. There is space for VIP check in and even when the theatre is closed you can see the inside of if through glass doors which display the name of celebrities who I guess have performed at Planet Hollywood. There is also a huge billboard with Brit on it on top of the doors.
Ok, Britney’s store. The day I went there were two guys in charge of the store. They only play Britney’s songs inside of the store (obviously) and there are a couple of screens that play her music videos. Both guys sang along to Britney’s songs, which is cool and didn’t make me feel like a creep for using my advanced lip-syncing abilities in public.
TBH all the products in there can be bought at store.britneyspears.com, which was kind of a bummer because I thought there were more things to buy, but it is fair, since not all of us can go all the way to Vegas to purchase her products. All of her main albums are there, but there are no singles or special editions, so if you are looking for Britney music this probably isn’t the right place. (I’m still looking for a place where I can buy The Singles Collection Boxset for a reasonable price).
The store is beautifully designed and everything is well displayed and well lit. That day I bought my Work Bitch cap and the Booklet, which is just BEAUTIFUL, I love it from cover to cover. The booklet is sturdier than I expected, it is printed in ultra high quality and the pages have glossy and matte textures. Oh and another thing, everything you buy comes in a black bag that says Britney on gold letters. I wish I didn’t had to carry mine around, because it’s definitely worth to keep it.
The next day I used my new cap all day long and people really seemed to like it. Strangers kept complimenting it. I got the one that is uncensored because I don’t need permission to make my own decisions.
And here comes the main event. The concert.
So we arrived 2,5 hours before the show because I wanted to see everything inside the waiting area of the theater, but you don’t have to do this if you have seats, you can get there right before the show starts. If you are in the Gold Circle Pit or in any other standing section you MUST be there early. Standing sections must stay in line before the show to guarantee that you’ll have a good spot in the pit. Like I told you before, there is a line that goes all the way around the Halo bar (the bar is basically a large circle counter), that is the standing sections line. Here’s the view from the Halo Bar:
Once the line has started to move they don’t stop to check you or your belongings at any time. You go quickly through a metal detector without taking anything from your pockets (and apparently it didn’t went off the whole time we were there) then they take a picture of you and your friends against the PH background in like 0.01 seconds (there is no time for more than 1 picture) and then you’re finally in the theater’s waiting area.
To me the waiting area looks a lot more like a bar than a theater, which is good since that’s the concept they were going for. Once you’re in the middle of this area you will find two gift shops behind you (one on each side) 5 Britney outfits around you, two large cocktail bars in front of you and the doors of the theater right next to the bars. Here is a panoramic view:
On this picture you can’t tell but the place gets very crowded.
The gift shops have everything you can find at Britney’s shop, so if you follow my advice you shouldn’t buy things there unless you can’t go to the store another day. It gets really crowded, and your stuff might get lost (or stolen) in the crowd or in the concert. Selfie in front of the store:
The 5 outfits are: Work Bitch’s silver bikini, Oops’ red catsuit, Toxic’s stewardess outfit, Circus’ ringleader jacket and the dress Britney wore on Star Search when she was a child.
On the cocktail bars you can buy lots of kinds of drinks, alcoholic and non alcoholic. I highly recommend
getting drunk buying a large drink because it comes with a POM glass. Its costs $24 if you get it with alcohol ( shame on me) and it helps you to loosen up before the concert. There are also tv screens on this area, and you can see what is happening inside the theater incase you have to get out to go to the restroom or something (don’t get out once the show has started).
A HUGE error I found here is that they don’t play Britney’s music, so you don’t get hyped up before the concert. I bet you that if they played it in the waiting area people will be chanting Brit’s name even before she gets in there. Instead the play regular pop music, the one you can hear at a club.
When it is time you get in line to get to your seats. Like I told you before, we bought our concert tickets on march, so we got great seats. We bought the tickets at the row 103, section B, seats 13 and 14, which in my opinion is the best you can get without paying VIP or Meet and Greet and without standing up in the Gold Circle Pit. These seats are right behind the people from the Meet and Greet and right in front of the stage, so if you can get these ones, DO IT. Pic for reference:
I recorded this tiny video so you guy can see that from anyplace of the theater you can see her up close. (Keep in mind that this was recorded with a gro pro with a really wide angle so you can see all the stage.)
The seats come with a cupholder, so that’s a plus, and they are nice and cushioned (I think? I was dancing almost the whole time). Since we were seating right behind the guys that came from the meet and greet I asked a guy from stwizerland and a girl who was seating next to him how was it and they told me that “Britney is incredibly sweet, she was wearing lots of stage makeup and hair and she looked gorgeous” they also told me that they had like 10 seconds to see her, that Felicia guided them through the whole tour and that she was also really, really sweet.
While you wait for the show two large screens on each side of the stage show live twits with the hashtag #PieceOfMe so if you have access to internet you can see your photo on the screens. Once there are 30 minutes left for the show a countdown behings on these screens, and you feel like you’re are about to be brought up to heaven.
And then, the show begins. Once the beat begins everybody goes CRAZAY (or was that just me?) And guys, let me tell you, I couldn’t believe how pretty she looked. Britney was a blonde skinny bombshell, she danced her ass off, hair flipped and everything. She was on fire. No YouTube video can capture the show. If you can go, then do it, its definetly worth it.
TBH I’m not sure if she lip-synched or not and sincerely I don’t care. She danced a lot, and I was singing way too hard and dancing my ass off to care if she was hitting the notes.
I didn’t wanted to see anything from the third leg before the show, so the new outfits were a huge surprise.
Ps. The guy they chose for Freakshow was really hot, he danced a lot and knew the lyrics.
The new opening outfit is just amazing. And since SlaveTiger and I are such good people we recorded the whole concert for you guys. The thing is that I edited it in After Effects so that it can have a reasonable size for youtube (it is a very large file) and when I try to render it the sound skips. I’m trying to solve it and I will upload it when I find a way to fix it.
The show went really fast for me, I couldn’t believe when it was finished and I would love to see it again someday. Before we walked out of the theater I picked up some of the confetti. On the Everytime number flower petals fall down and on the final number paper poker chips that say Britney are thrown. (Crumbled ‘cause is kept stuffing them in my jeans)
After you go out of the theater everything gets hectic. There are lots of people trying to get out of the theater so its crazy. I walked next to the wall on the right side and I saw Felicia, she was giving out the pictures to the guys from the meet and greet. The only way to get in there is if you were in the meet and greet, so of course, I lied and got past security and that’s how I got this picture:
Felicia is the sweetest, for real guys.
After you walk out of the theater doors you will probably find a sea of people trying to buy the pictures they took against the PH background. They cost $40 so please, if you want it pay in cash, that way the line can move faster. Of course we got ours.
Finally you’ll get out of the theater, and it’s your choice to go to the official after party at Planet Hollywood’s club. We didn’t went there because SlaveTiger and I were just exhausted (we went to the Grand Canyon the day before to shoot the second part of I’m Not A Girl and we had a long week ahead of us).
The rest of the trip was really cool, one day a french guy stopped us outside of Caesar’s Palace to ask us where was Britney’s show, so holler at you if you read this! Like I told you before Brit is just everywhere in Vegas, so no matter what you do you’ll probably see her face. The last thing I was from the plane was the same billboard I saw when I got to Vegas, and if you fly on Copa Airlines now you can play Britney Jean on the screens in front of your seats.
So that was my trip to Vegas! Hope you guys enjoyed reading this and find this useful.