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Pop superstars Ke$ha and Pitbull are an odd duo to go on tour together but somehow the fans mixed and mingled without a rumble.
Ke$ha brought the glitter and the gays with many young teens thrown in for good measure to scream and paint their faces. Many continued the trend from the eighties to dress like the artist while attending a concert. The parents must have been missing when some of these scantily clad kids left the house that evening of June 9.
The Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park provided the perfect location for the early summer concert with only light sprinkles on the lawn attendees at the end of the night when Pitbull rapped on Marc Anthony’s “Rain Over Me.”
Ke$ha began the summer evening with “Warrior” and she seemed ready to fight with glitter bombs. She sang current single “Crazy Kids” then launched into her hits “We R Who We R” and “Blow.” She did a little costume changing and swung on the monkey bars posing all over the place. Her drag queen back up dancer couldn’t get her jacket on correctly so she tossed it on the floor. There were many messy moments like that one where she rolled on the stage or sprayed whip cream into the audience. She had fun with new songs like “Gold Trans Am” and “Dirty Love” but sometimes looked bored. That may be just part of the act or staying up late the night before partying.
During a break between songs Ke$ha described once visiting a “tranny bar” where everyone was naked by the end of the night before belting her spunky tune “Take It Off.” Big K should be careful about using the T word with her huge LGBT demographic listening close by. She’s already in trouble with Sandy Hook and songs like “Machine Gun Love” and “Die Young.”
Although she is not the most cautious performer being unpolished seems part of her charm.
Speaking of charm, before “C’mon” she stated, “It’s a song about being fucked up and falling in love.” Isn’t that sweet?
“Your Love is My Drug” and “Tik Tok” were favorites from the crowd judging by reactions and she breezed through them.
The title track of her reality show “Crazy Beautiful Life” was no where to be heard, maybe in August when the Warrior Tour comes back to the Midwest.
In between sets remixers Jump Smokers took over with a version of Adele’s “Someone Like You” that kept the party going. Speaking of which “Don’t Stop the Party” with Pitbull has done well for them and they were proud say Chicago is the Smokers’ hometown.
Pit finally arrived a little later than scheduled but not on Rihanna’s clock luckily.
He may be the hottest man in show business with his classic black suit and gyrating hips making him the Cuban Elvis. He even made a comment about his suit wearing style to all the haters.
Pitbull basically has created one long megamix with all of his tracks molded together at a nonstop pace for concert goers.
Videos played of the multiple artists he has worked with over the years from Shakira, and JLO to The Wanted.
Some songs were woven in that were hand picked by the Latin rapper such as Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
Mr. Worldwide noticed all the flags being waved in the air by the fans and gave shout outs to all the local Latinos where Mexicans outnumbered the other countries with their cheers. He kept to his Miami roots with “Echa pa’lla” and a tossed in Spanish phrases along the way.
He wasn’t scared to name drop and use those talented friends during the little over an hour set like Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera, and Enrique Iglesias.
While this wasn’t the livest concert this venue has seen it was certainly lively and the teens dancing in the pavilion didn’t seem to care about vocals, it was more about being entertained.
Maybe after this tour this dynamic duo will make a hit together but until then this party won’t stop!
It is that time of year again in Chicago where plans are being made to take over Grant Park in August for that annual music event Lollapalooza. The full line-up has just been announced this past week with rocking results. Look for headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Metallica for 2012.
What does this mean to dance music listeners? Well, a lot actually. The festival has grown in the DJ department thanks to founder Perry Farrell who loves to turn the tables himself. Started by Farrell from the band Jane’s Addiction in 1991 as a farewell tour that traveled around the country, various music acts have joined up over the years. I was at the very first Lollapalooza in Cleveland with acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Ice-T.
After many years the endeavor finally found it’s home in Chicago. Last year it debuted in Chile and this year in Brazil. Now in the three day period the festival hosts over 270,000 attendees last year, taking over the downtown Chicago. Dance acts love to perform there and many have gotten their start at Lollapalooza such as Ke$ha, Kerli, and Skrillex. Lady Gaga was upset over no one paying attention to her the first time she performed live there but returned to a massive amount of fans a year later. Perez Hilton hosted an after party with Kid Sister and B.o.B. along with DJ’s that played until the break of dawn at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Deadmau5 proved to have a huge following last year with fans wearing masks of the logo and a huge downpour didn’t keep them from dancing in the mud all night.
This year look for Bassnectar, Kaskade, and Dev keeping the crowds dancing in the dark. Totally Enormous Dinosaurs bring their pop sound with a recent DJ set at Berlin Nightclub to the stage. DJ Nihal, DJ Mel, and DJ Zebo all be on hand to make the party jump.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to check out new music from August 3rd to 5th with three day passes available now while supplies last at http://www.lollapalooza.com.
Perry Farrell: Jerry! What’s happening?
Jerry Nunn: How are you, Perry? I went to the first Lollapalooza back in the day in Cleveland. The festival has been getting bigger every year as far as attendance, correct?
PF: It is. When we were first started out. We would have, I would say, between 10 to 20 thousand kids. You know it’s funny because this was before amphitheaters. So, I honestly think looking at the amount of people Lollapalooza was drawing in kind of has detailed these amphitheaters to contain about that size of group of people. And the amphitheaters had kind of run out of options, per se. It was really a kind of destructive set-up, a very destructive arrangement over the years to have these amphitheater that didn’t feel as good as the prior year.
JN: How did it wind up in Chicago?
PF: It ran its course until about 1997, when we decided to take a break and we didn’t really have any options. Then years later we came back and decided to make it a destination music festival and look for a beautiful location, a park, a field or land. We came back, I think, in 2005 and we had about 40 to 50 thousand people who came to that show. Now, I think it’s on its seventh year in Chicago and it’s grown to number of over a quarter of million people in a course of three days. Isn’t that crazy?
JN: Wow. That is crazy. Of course, it’s great for our city, Chicago. It brings in a lot of people from all over.
PF: Oh, yeah. To the city itself, just between the hotels and the restaurants, I think it brings to the city near 30 million dollars. Everybody is getting paid. If I can say, the clubs themselves are also making money because of the after parties.
JN: Yeah, it’s a huge weekend. Lilith Fair was a few weeks ago and had trouble with ticket sales. Is it easier to do the one destination event instead of doing it all over like Sarah?
PF: You know, I just want to say, that it’s its own organism, festivals. Even these tours or individual tours—they are their own beasts. You have to look at each and every one of them as a child. Although they’re in a family they each have their own unique personality. I find that today because of some of the issues, that I just discussed like the amphitheater.
The amphitheater, for shows like Lollapalooza, doesn’t work. It might work for someone, I don’t know, like Bonnie Raitt or James Taylor. You know, you sit down and relax. You’re there with a date. So, you’re not really moving and shaking. Something like Lollapalooza, it has high rock-and-roll and high-impact dance. You want to be loose and you want to be boppin’ around. You want be on the grass and you want to be in open air. All of those things are truly wonderful and you have look for it.
And you have to take your time more. Some of the tours that are put together are snap-in situations. Next year we are going to have our 20th anniversary for Lollapalooza. I’ve had a really good long time to learn about live performances and events. If you want to do them right and leave a mark. You have to do them slower. Find a good location and work with the city. Work with the original people and then you’ll have a successful event.
JN: You know what’s funny to me is that I was in college and I went to see the first Lollapalooza with my college friends. Their daughters are coming up to see the show. So, it’s like a whole different generation are going to the show now.
PF: Yeah, we have an area called Kidzapalooza and I put it there because you got to figure that since 1991 these people could have children that are 18 years old. Crazy, right?
JN: It is.
PF: I don’t know about you but I practically consider myself to be 18 years old and I’m, like, 51 but I feel like I’m 18. So I thought there might be something good here because rather than go to some Disney show as their first concert, where I feel like they’re kind of being spoon fed garbage as their first concert, kids can go to Lollapalooza and see some great groups and also have an area. This year we have Yo Gabba Gabba, which is a children’s show that the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been on. Lance Rocket is a great DJ who’s on the show. So, Lance Rocket is going to go and DJ for these little kids.
JN: That’s awesome.
PF: Yeah. So, they are getting indoctrinated into dance music from a good source.
JN: Were you inspired by your sons? Is that what made you want to do it?
PF: Yeah, you know having children all day long. You’re thinking about what’s good for them and what you would like to turn them onto. Turn them on in the right way. I was lucky enough because I had a big brother and a big sister. My big brother loved rock and roll. So I was listening to The Beatles, The Stones and The Who when I was, like, three years old. My sister loved funk. So, I was listening to James Brown and Little Richard. So, that’s why I have—I guess you would say—a more sophisticated taste in music. So, I was considering all of that when I was putting this Kidsapolooza area together. I would love for these little kids to come and say their first concert was Radiohead or Rage Against the Machine. As a result of all that overtime the Kidzapolooza stage is not only graced with kid-friendly music but people like Slash come and join me on stage in the kids’ area. This year, Chrissie Hynde is going to go there and play. That’s really fun.
JN: So, what’s your part with the performance part? Are you doing Jane’s Addiction stuff or are you going to DJ?
PF: This year I’m going to go back to DJing. I’ve been working really hard on my electronic music. It really was validated this year. It blossomed and it really came into its own with people like Lady Gaga and David Guetta. I think all people are leaning towards electronica these days whether it’s hip-hop artists or rock artists. Even Kings of Leon, one of the biggest dance hits of last year was one of their songs remixed.
JN: That’s a good point.
PF: I’ve done a few electronic records. You know, Jane’s Addiction has always pulled me back. I love rock as well. We’re in writing stages right now and we’ll have an album out I think February or March of next year.
JN: I did want to say that at the first Lollapalooza, when you were playing with Jane’s Addiction you said, “Do you any of you people have a problem with gay people?” And you said, “I’m gay.” I know, you’re not technically gay but it meant so much to me being in the closet and hearing everyone cheering for gay people. It means a lot to people when you do things like that.
PF: You know what? My pleasure, and it was easy. My position is easy when you get all of the people in the palm of your hand and you can drop a message on them and they’ll take it. I’m very close to the gay community. My wife, Etty, is a dancer so most of our friends are gay and we love gay people.
I think the gay community should be looked upon as an example of a shining community. They’re very clean and their lawns are very manicured, which is always appreciated. The biggest reason is that they’re peaceful and loving. You never feel like you are going to go into a gay neighborhood and feel threatened. If anything, you feel welcomed. So rather than people bashing or making fun, they should look at the gay community as how they are, safe, friendly and clean. And you know what? They make plenty of money, too.
PF: Exactly. See you at this years Lollapalooza!