FLASHED! Ke$ha at Limelight
Our music writer, Dave Paulson sat down with the star to discuss her overnight success. Here's what she had to say:
What made you want to put on your own flood benefit concert?
Nashville’s my home, and more than that I kind of think Tennessee’s the soul of America. I’ve grown up here and absolutely love Nashville. I feel like it’s all of our responsibilites as members of this community to give back, myself especially. If I’m in any sort of position to give back moreso than somebody else, I want to do everything and anything I can to help Tennessee and Nashville especially. There are so many places here that hold a very special place in my heart, like Tootsie’s and Robert’s and Lonnie’s, Jack’s Barbecue, and obviously the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman…we still have a community and each other, and I really want to bring people together, and try to make as much money as possible for Nashville, because we can rebuild and we are rebuilding. Support is really important, especially for the people who lost pets or houses, cars and especially loved ones. I just want to do anything in my power to help.
Do you remember what you were doing/where you were when the flood came in?
I was somewhere, and my Mom called me and she’s like ‘It’s raining,’ I thought, ‘Oh, OK. No big deal.’ Then the next day, she said ‘It’s kind of a problem. The basement is flooding a little bit.’ But we’ve had that issue before with just a little bit of water. I didn’t really understand the magnitude of the situation, but it was next day that I saw a little bit on the news and I talked to my mom, and she said it was a national tragedy, really. I didn’t really comprehend it until the next day, when I flew over Nashville and I saw bodies of water that I thought were lakes with roofs of houses in the middle of them. My plane touched down, and my mom picked me up, and there was just this weirdness in the air. She told me about everything that had been happening, and we just went straight to Sam’s Club and bought as much dog and cat food as we could pile into the car and took it to the Humane Society, because I’m a huge animal lover. I was thinking that I can do so much more. I mean, anybody can give what they can, their time, or a little bit of money, and for me, that was a bunch of dog food, but I’m really in the position finally to help in a big way, which is to me, one of the biggest upsides of the whole fame thing. Really, the only part of celebrity culture I take seriously is the fact that I am going to get to reach a lot of people about something this serious, that a lot of people need to be aware of. So I’m excited to get to use my fun little dancy pop songs to reach a large audience and hopefully make a lot of money for a lot of families that can’t help themselves.
How did your mom’s basement turn out?
Oh, it’s fine. We have kind of a dog rescue at my house, but all of the animals were fine, and the basement’s fine. I mean, we got some stuff ruined, but it’s not even worth talking about in comparison with what other families have lost. I just feel very lucky that it was just a bunch of stuff and no animals, no people and nothing really expensive.
Is this show a one of a kind thing, or close to what you’re going to be doing on tour with Rihanna this Summer?
It’s not full-on what I’m going to be bringing to the stage with Rihanna, because the tour is obviously on a massive, massive stage…This show is exciting because I’m playing the songs I’m most proud of on the record, that are maybe a little bit more serious, which I think will be fitting with the mood, the situation and why I’m playing this show. I’ll be playing (Animal’s) title track for one of the first times ever, and a song called ‘Stephen’ about this guy who used to live here named Stephen, so I’m really hoping he comes to the show, because that would be so horribly, terribly and wonderfully awkward. It’s still going to be a dance party, but I am very aware of why I’m playing it, so I’m not going to act like too much of a crazy idiot.
What’s it like to come back to Nashville when you have some downtime?
It’s amazing. I’ve been home for 24 hours and I’ve already been jet skiing and tubing, and yesterday I went canoeing in a thunderstorm with my little brother. I just love that I come here and totally escape into my animal side, and everyone here is also super-respectful. I don’t need security or anything when I’m here. I can just go out for coffee and nobody really cares about it…everyone’s cool and wants to hang out.