French producer and DJ David Guetta knows how to make incredible catchy music. He played in clubs through the ’80s and ’90s while making a few early albums. He broke into the mainstream in 2009 with One Love using singers such as Kelly Rowland on “When Love Takes Over” and Akon on “Sexy Bitch.” The hits kept coming with “Memories” featuring Kid Cudi that was constantly in rotation on the radio.
Guetta produced “I Gotta Feeling” for The Black Eyed Peas, which brought him a Grammy nomination as well as international success being the most downloaded song in the United States. He went on to produce more songs for Kelly Rowland, Kelis, and Flo Rida with great success.
His fifth album Nothing But the Beat cemented his ability to create an entire record with top notch singers and high production. This double disc album featured Nicki Minaj “Where Them Girls At” and “Little Bad Girl” with Ludacris. It was on the third single “Without You” featuring Usher that he broke through and landed him a well played hit.
Last year David performed in Chicago at the North Coast Music Festival. His energy and vigor kept the fans satisfied in an outdoor setting but it was nice to see him play at a venue that he was even more comfortable with.
He returned to Chicago to kick off Memorial Day weekend on May 25 at the Congress Theater. Opening with “Titanium” with singer Sia on vocals drove the sold out crowd wild. People went out of their minds singing along. He continued showing off Sia by using her “Wild Ones” single by friend Flo Rida. He also used Afrojack’s track “Can’t Stop Me Now.” He chose interesting selections such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers “Otherside” making the room chant “How long, how loooong.” This was surprising with so many songs to be played from his own albums but variety is the spice of life. David seems to enjoy sharing the spotlight and with this attitude he smiled much of the time he was spinning the turntables.
The space aged light show along with confetti like snow rained down on the jumping crowd. He used massive smoke machines to blast everyone as well . Too bad the room wasn’t chilled for this type of music. The balcony was roasting and almost unbearable. This didn’t deter Guetta from describing this as one of his “favorite venues in America.” The sold out crowd was there to support him and all eyes were on him. The dress code ran the gamut from fake hipster glasses to bright neon yellow. Yes, there were a lot of pushy people and intoxicated was not even the word for some of the crowd but everyone seemed to be having a good time except for the attendee crying outside because he was removed by security.
Party people were indeed everywhere and dancing to David’s remix of “Now That The Love Is Gone.” His visuals had to be seen to believed. I can’t imagine the budget on a light machine like that. With “David” and “Guetta” in bright lights all over the stage, it will be a long time before this artist’s name is forgotten.
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