Two years ago, “Party Rock” kings LMFAO partnered up with their label, Cherrytree Records, to put together a tour full of label-mate love, called the Party Rock Tour. Fast forward to 2012, LMFAO now has a handful of smash singles under their belts, and once again showed some label-mate love with the Sorry for Party Rocking Tour.
Before and after the show, fans were able to stop by the “Cherrytree Mobile” and try some of the label’s now infamous Cherrytree Cola. This alone has been featured in the music videos of artists such as Far East Movement, Colette Carr, LMFAO, Nelly Furtado, and more. Considering the intense New Jersey heat, it was very much appreciated.
Opening the show was Cherrytree newcomer and Long Island native, Matthew Koma. His short set consisted of his pleasant falsetto accompanied by his guitar. While the audience was still packing in, Koma showed his appreciation for the crowd that showed up early and caught his set.
The night continued with hardly any space between artists, so the party continued nonstop. Next on the bill was Dutch singer Eva Simons, whose song “Take Over Control” has been taking over the airwaves across the United States, and took over the crowd as well. Following her set was DJ Sidney Samson, who entertained the crowd with his mixes while the crowd eagerly awaited the performance of Far East Movement.
Far East Movement have come a long way before “Like a G6” had taken the radio by storm. The group has been together since 2003, and had their first major tour on the aforementioned Party Rock tour with LMFAO, and have been blowing up ever since. Now things have come full circle, as this was the group’s first co-headlining tour in arenas. The group took the stage, and their excitement showed – and definitely translated into the crowd. One crowd member said “It was like watching a little kid being pulled onstage by their favorite band, they were so excited!”. The group also paid tribute to one of their biggest inspirations – New York’s own Beastie Boys – by having the arena shouted “R.I.P. MCA” and doing their own rendition of “Three MCs and a DJ” before beginning their song “So What”.The group played a couple of songs off of their latest album, Dirty Bass. Although some tracks were unfamiliar to those in the venue, they still had the audience on their feet. Finally, the group closed with their track “Rocketeer”, a song which is all about “. . .Following your dreams”, singer Kev Nish says. They even brought out Matthew Koma to sing the song’s hook. They were no strangers to being dreamers, and truly made a connection with the crowd.
Shortly after Far East Movement’s set, LMFAO began their performance with “Rock the Beat II”. Even LMFAO have come a long way from their beginning. On their first few tours, it was only the duo, their backup dancer – Hype Man Q, and a DJ. Now, they have a full live band, an entire group of backup dancers, and an all new lit-up stage setup. Their flashy stage setup, and even flashier outfits may have blinded the crowd for a split second, but that didn’t stop the Party Rock-esque outfitted crowd. . Even in the upper levels of the arena, every single person was dancing. The duo made their apology for what was going to be a crazy night very early – by going right into “Sorry For Party Rocking”. Giant blow-up zebras were thrown around, and the debauchery officially began. The shuffling duo – backed by America’s Best Dance Crew winners, The Quest Crew, had the crowd in their control. But their antics didn’t stop there, during “La La La” they had their mascots, the shufflebots, on trapeze. Even RedFoo took one for a ride! The group had even showed their musical diversity by allowing their onstage guitarist to do a cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”.
LMFAO took a quick break from their set by allowing the Quest Crew to show the crowd what they’ve got. The way these guys move is absolutely mind-boggling – from a Michael Jackson “Day & Night” rendition, head-spins, and even upside-down hula hooping.
The crowd – appropriately – got covered with champagne during “Champagne Showers”. LMFAO even took on a play of their hilarious music videos – such as being carried out on stretchers before “Party Rock Anthem”, and when the night closed with their latest #1 hit “Sexy and I Know It”, it played off just like their humorous, yet disturbing music video for the song, with a “pants off dance off”, speedos, and a wiggle contest. Fans were even brought up onstage, along with a dancing Cherrytree Cola bottle.
So in the end, were we really “Sorry for Party Rocking”? Absolutely not!
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