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.
- Mr. Worldwide
- Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)
- Can’t Stop Me Now
- Give You What You Want
- WataGataPitusBerry (Black Point Cover)
- Sexy and You Know It (LMFAO Cover)
- International Love
- Say Hello
- Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO Cover)
- I’m In Miami
- Move, Shake, Drop
- Shut It Down
- Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana Cover)
- Let It Rain
- Bon, Bon
- Throw Your Hands Up
- Merengue Song Medley
- The Anthem
- Shake Senora
- I Know You Want Me
- Get It On the Floor (J Lo Cover)
- I Like It (Enrique Iglesias Cover)
- DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (Usher Cover)
- Hotel Room Service
- I Got a Feeling (Black Eyed Peas Cover)
- Crazy People (with special guest Sensato)
- Latinos In Paris (with special guest Sensato)
- Give Me Everything