Published Apr 13, 2017Katy Perry's past life as a born-again Christian is well-documented. Along with her early Christian singing career as Katy Hudson, she was spotted stage-diving at a Relient K show and singing back-up vocals for P.O.D. It wasn't all Christian pop-punk and nü-metal for the pop star, however — she also protested secular concerts.
In a new Vogue cover story, Perry explained that she missed out on a lot of pop culture. Further, she actively opposed some of it by protesting Marilyn Manson and Madonna shows at a young age.
"I miss references all the time," Perry said. "Amy Grant was our Madonna. We knew about Madonna and Marilyn Manson in my family because we picketed their concerts."
Perry went so far as handing out "How to Find God" pamphlets at a Marilyn Manson show, but then she ended up going inside and checking out the performance anyway. She remembers finding it "really interesting and weird."
Finally, Perry gave up on her gospel career after she heard the music of Queen. "I had never heard such an imaginative explanation of how to live," she said of the Freddie Mercury-fronted rock act. "That was my first perspective on that world, and I just loved it. I felt so free and accepted."
The rest is history, though we can't help but wonder what would've happened if Perry stayed in P.O.D.