The AAA Girls’ Access All Areas tour is like nothing before it. While the stars are three of the biggest names to rise to prominence from RuPaul’s Drag Race — Courtney Act, Willam and Alaska Thunderfuck — the live set is hardly a drag show: it’s a concert. Equal parts comedy and music, the three queens powered through an impressive two-hour set on their sold-out stop in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday (Sept. 30). Here are ten highlights.
1. When the girls told Billboard their show would have live vocals, we weren’t expecting it throughout the entire show. This isn’t a lip sync extravaganza: the three sang live through their entire two-hour set.
2. Their album, Access All Areas, is full of parodies: from a Kelly Clarkson spoof titled “A Lacefront Like This” to a vulgar reimagining of the DuckTales theme song. So it was no surprise that Alaska introduced a new parody. After talking about how polarizing Drag Race season 9 fan favorite Valentina was (“You either love her or you hate her. I’m on the side that loves her”), she segued into “Valentina,” a parody of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song of the summer, “Despacito.” Alaska claimed that the Latina queen agreed to sing on the track — but ghosted her after hearing the lyrics.
3. A major highlight from the show was the trio’s homage to their favorite girl groups. They kicked it off with “Power” by Little Mix — a nod to the music video they cameoed in — and sang and danced their way through bops by Destiny’s Child, TLC and crowd favorite Spice Girls.
4. Speaking of medleys, Willam mashed together anthems for working girls (Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch,” Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” and Rihanna’s “Work” all made the cut) while flawlessly navigating the stage on a hoverboard.
5. Willam kept it crass-y by taking a shot of beer — but not in her mouth. If you’re unaware of other cavities where people can take shots of alcohol, fire up the Google machine.
6. Ahead of one of Courtney’s solo moments, she announced she’d be paying tribute to a fellow Aussie diva — and when she said it wasn’t Kylie Minogue, a collective gay gasp filled the room. Tensions were eased when she announced that she’d be tackling songs written by vocal powerhouse Sia.
7. The supergroup performed their (incredibly catchy) future gay anthem “Pride Or Die,” but changed up the bridge. In the part where Alaska gives a history lesson on Stonewall, Willam added a quick “nobody died at Stonewall” — a reference to Derrick Barry’s now-infamous snafu during Billboard Pride’s drag queen roundtable. #blessed
8. Drag queens have gotten quite creative with merch in the past few years, but no one holds a candle to Courtney Act, who sells a pillow sham with her face on it. For those who forgot, Michelle Visage’s biggest critique of Courtney during season 6 of Drag Race was that she was “resting on pretty” — and now you can too!
9. Ever the innovators, the queens brought fans on stage to take selfies while they performed their hilarious “Meet & Greet.” This opportunity was available to fans who purchased the “AAA Experience” ticket package for $299.
10. A concert isn’t complete without an encore, and the trio delivered. They closed the show with “American Apparel Ad Girls” — their first song together. And if there’s any doubters — yes, Willam can (and does) play the saxophone.
Catch the queens at the below dates. You can buy tickets to The AAA Girls tour here. Stream their album, Access All Areas, below.
The AAA Girls remaining tour dates:
10/3 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
10/4 – Detroit, MI @ The Garden Theater
10/5 – Chicago, IL @ The Logan Square Auditorium
10/8 – Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Globe Theatre
10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ City Nights
?10/14 – Portland, OR @ The Bossanova Ballroom