Mr. 305 Ignites Radio City

Pitbull
Radio City Music Hall
New York City
April 6, 2012
Planet Pit Tour

On Good Friday, Pitbull brought his Planet Pit Tour to the immaculate Radio City Music Hall in New York City for a two night affair.  I was in attendance for the first night and the fiery hit maker did not disappoint.  Backed by a full band, a large projection screen, and a catalog of recognizable songs, the man who has self-proclaimed himself as Mr. 305 and Mr. Worldwide, showed that he is an artist who loves to give his fans exactly what they want.

The night began with an impressive DJ set from Alex Sensation, a latin DJ/producer.  Sensation mashed up popular latin songs with today’s top 40 hits.  He had half of the crowd already up and dancing – and had everyone energized.  The next two opening acts did the complete opposite and were the one real downfall of the night.  Jamie Drastik was especially terrible.  He wore orange sweatpants, a red sweatshirt and a jean vest and attempted songs such as “White Boy Wasted”.  He failed to connect with the crowd whatsoever.  For a venue as great as Radio City, I would have preferred a lot more of DJ Alex Sensation and a lot less of White Boy Wasted.  Nevertheless, the opener’s sets were short and it was time for the main event.  The lights went black and the curtains went up, and out walked Mr. 305.

The speakers pumped out the Intro from Pitbull’s latest album, “Mr. Worldwide” as he made his grand entrance.  The lights and giant screen behind him illuminated as he blasted into one of his biggest hits to date, “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)”.  Pitbull is ever the performer.  He was dressed in an all black suit, complete with a black button down, black tie, and black sunglasses. 

Pitbull continuously and energetically dances around the stage with a plethero of latin dances moves mixed hip-hop swagger.  He jumps, he runs, he dances, and  he interacts with the crowd.  All throughout the show, he was very gracious, constantly thanking his fans in both English and Spanish.  Very often you heard him say “thank you guys and mucho gracias.” 

The setlist was designed perfectly and could pass as both a mix for a dance party at a club or a tracklist for a Zumba class at the gym. To the crowd’s delight he performed a great deal of the songs he has been featured on, such as “Party Rock”, “I’m In Miami”, “I Like It”, “Get It On the Floor”, and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”.  Lately, it is difficult to listen to a top 40 radio station for even twenty minutes and not hear a song Pitbull is, at least, featured on.  He has become a master a picking his guest spots. 

Pitbull certainly did not forget where his roots are as he gave a lot of love to the dominant group of people in the crowd that night: Latinos.  Several times during his show he busted out latin dances as merengue music exploded through the speakers.  He shouted to his fans phrases such as “latinos para arriba para delante y al que no le guste para el carrajo” and made it known his pride for being Cuban.

Real standout portions of the show included his hits “International Love”, “Rain Over Me”, and his final song, “Give Me Everything” (video below):

Although featured guests such as Enrique Iglesias, Chris Brown, Marc Anthony, Nayer, and Neo did not come out on stage, Pitbull’s energy and passion made up for the absence of such stars.  The crowd responded to his energy the entire night as no one sat down and everyone was sweating at the end of the night from dancing so much.  It is not often that an artist can carry a crowd on its feet throughout an entire live set. 

Pitbull did have one special guest, as latin rapper Sensato took the stage with him for a few songs.  The two did their Latino rendition of Jay-Z and Kanye West, as they performed “Latinos in Paris”, obviously a remix of the mega-hit off of the Watch The Throne album.  Pitbull ended his set by once again thanking the crowd and shouting out “Mister 305, checking in and checking out” and left the stage while his newest single played in the background, “Back In Time” off of the Men In Black 3 Soundtrack. 

It has been the second time I have seen Pitbull perform live.  This time it made is quite apparent that Pitbull has both real star power, and staying power.  He continues to crank out hit after hit and unlike many rappers before him, his live shows are spectacular.  He has been able to  take the best from all worlds, be it the Latin music community, the pop world, and the rap world and combine them into one extremely enjoyable experience.  I look forward to attending the next dance party with Mr. 305. 

SETLIST:

  1. Mr. Worldwide
  2. Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)
  3. Can’t Stop Me Now
  4. Give You What You Want
  5. WataGataPitusBerry (Black Point Cover)
  6. Sexy and You Know It (LMFAO Cover)
  7. International Love
  8. Pause
  9. Say Hello
  10. Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO Cover)
  11. I’m In Miami
  12. Move, Shake, Drop
  13. Shut It Down
  14. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana Cover)
  15. Let It Rain
  16. Bon, Bon
  17. Throw Your Hands Up
  18. Merengue Song Medley
  19. The Anthem
  20. Krazy
  21. Shake Senora
  22. Shake
  23. Culo
  24. I Know You Want Me
  25. Get It On the Floor (J Lo Cover)
  26. I Like It (Enrique Iglesias Cover)
  27. DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (Usher Cover)
  28. Hotel Room Service
  29. I Got a Feeling (Black Eyed Peas Cover)
  30. Crazy People (with special guest Sensato)
  31. Latinos In Paris (with special guest Sensato)
  32. Give Me Everything

    The Miami Boys Warm Up New Jersey (Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias at the Pru)

    Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
    Euphoria Tour
    Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
    September 24, 2011

    On September 24, 2011, I made my way into Newark New Jersey’s Prudential Center Arena for the Euphoria Tour starring Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.  This pairing was an obvious choice since both artists are internationally known, both from the Miami, Florida area, and have collaborated on multiple songs.  Upon walking into the Arena we were told the show would not be starting on time as there were complications with the stage.  In fact, the show started approximately two hours late, which was quite annoying.  Luckily, the Pru Center has ample lounges serving both food and drink, which helped ease the time. 

    Up first was an artist named Prince Royce who is a “bachata” musician.  His music did not appeal to me whatsoever, but most of the crowd was happy to finally get some entertainment after the long wait.  He sang his biggest hits, such as “Stand By Me” and “Corazon Sin Cara” but for the most part, his performance was not memorable.  However, once he finished the energy in the Arena hit all time high as we all waited for Pitbull to hit the stage.  Pitbull is an artist who combines Hip-Hop with Pop with Latin music.  He has really increased his worth in the past few years thanks to his collaborations with Enrique, J-Lo, Neo, Marc Anthony, T-Pain, Akon and Lil Jon, just to name a few. 

    Pitbull took the stage with all of the swagger and bravado of a hit-making headliner.  And on this night, he out-shined his headlining counterpart.  He broke into a 19 song set that was fast moving and full of energy.  His club anthems had the entire Jersey crowd fist pumping like Pauly D and feeling like they were in Miami instead of the gloomy and cold Newark. 

    Dressed to the T, as he always is, with a black blazer, black button down, black pants, black shoes, and black sunglasses, he had a very likeable presence about him.  At no point was he preachy, dirty, violent, or self centered as many Hip-Hop artists have become.  Instead, Pitbull was simply there to help everyone have a good time.  And a good time they had – I did not see anyone in the sold out crowd sit down during his thunderous set.  Especially during “Hey Baby”, “Shut It Down”, his version of “Suavemente” and “I Know You Want Me”.  He even threw in some of his guest spots like the mega-hit “On The Floor” with J-Lo (who was not present). 

    He ended his impressive set by bringing out Nayer, a Cuban singer and model, to sing “Give Me Everything” (without Neo).  The two had the crowd singing along and waving their hands back and forth.  The song was arguably the top Pop song of the Summer (2011) and everyone knew it word for word.  Pitbull’s set was better than expected and I expect to see him headlining Arenas in no time. 

    Next up was the international superstar, Enrique Iglesias.  My wife and I had seen him at Madison Square Garden just six months before this show and we really enjoyed his set.  I was actually quite disappointed in him on this night.  I am not sure if it was because of a City time restriction and because of the show starting so late, but he only sang nine songs, and he sang one of his songs twice.  This was not the same show I had seen at the Garden just a few months before. 

    That being said, when he was singing and performing he was quite entertaining.  But on this night, he was more interested in talking to the crowd and not singing.  He even took a solid fifteen minutes to sit on stage with a male fan from the crowd and drink rum and make jokes.  He did something similar in MSG, but it was only a few minutes.  This time that portion of the show was way too long and downright annoying.

    Enrique did switch songs up between his American hits and Latin songs, as he is known to do.  And he concentrated on a lot of material from his newest cd, “Euphoria”.  When he was singing, he was energetic and happy.  The women in the crowd probably did not care whether he was singning or talking as they seemed to melt and scream at just the site of the man.  He really is a pop sensation in every sense of the word. 

    His stage and performance included a few showers of confetti and lazers that created, at times, an impressive light show.  He interacted with a few members of the crowd and even brought a woman fan on stage to sing and hug and kiss her, as he is known to do.  It is a bit creepy, but its Enrique, so I guess he gets away with it. 

    The real highlight of the night was when Pitbull came out to sing their huge hit together, “I Like It”.  Standing at the front of the long catwalk, the two artists performed the song to perfection, accented by Pitbull’s patented rapid-fire rapping. 

    I was a bit disapointed that they did not sing their other collaborative songs (“Come And Go” and “I Like How It Feels”) and do not know why they did not sing them, but at least we got one song that night where they sang together.   In my opinion, if I am on a tour with another artist that I have collaborated with on a few songs, I would do all of those songs together.  Fans like special guests and songs where multiple artists are on stage together for joint hits. 

    All in the all, the show left me with mixed feelings.  I had a lot of expectation and while Pitbull lived up to the hype, Enrique left a lot to be desired.  I would see both artists again: Pitbull because he was fantastic – and Enrique, to see if this night was just a fluke. 

    Either way, the crowd was very into the show.  I even saw a male fan rip off his shirt in pure excitement and enjoyment during “I Like It” and throw it over the railing from the top tier to the floor tier.  That is a story one cannot make up. 

    SETLISTS:

    Pitbull:

    1) Mr. Worldwide
    2) Hey Baby (Drop It To the Floor)
    3) Snipet of Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
    4) Miami B*tch
    5) Shut It Down
    6) Shake Señora
    7) Bon Bon
    8) Rain over me
    9) Manos para Arriba
    10) Siavamente
    11) Shake
    12) Culo
    13) I know You Want Me
    14) Pause
    15) On The Floor
    16) DJ Falling In Love
    17) Hotel
    19) Give Me Everything (with special guest Nayer)

    Enrique Iglesias:
    1) Loving You Tonight
    2) Dirty Dancer
    3) No Me Digas Que No
    4) Bailamos
    5) Lloro Por Ti
    6) Cuando Me Enamoro
    7) Only Wanna Be With You
    8) Hero
    9) I Like It (with Pitbull)
    10) Loving You Tonight (Dirty Version)

    Videos:

    Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias: “I Like It”

     Pitbull: “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)”

    Pitbull: “On The Floor”

    Enrique Iglesias: “Loving You Tonight”