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Concert Review: LMFAO

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto - July 4, 2012
By Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency


American electro pop duo LMFAO (Redfoo was singing as his partner, Sky blu was injured) wrapped up their 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking North American tour at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Wednesday night. (QMI Agency/MICHAEL PEAKE)

TORONTO - Apparently you can park rock too hard.

Or maybe shufflin’ did him in.

Whatever occured, LMFAO co-frontman Sky Blu’s recurring back injury prevented him performing at the L.A. electro-hip-hop-pop band’s final show of their North American tour at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Wednesday night.

His party rocking partner in crime and uncle, Redfoo, informed the crowd about his nephew’s injured state after he first appeared at the top of the stage to launch the 95-minute show with Rock The Beat II.

“He fell and hit his p--is,” said Redfoo, whose salty language crossed the line on more than one occasion given the number of young children spotted in the audience with their parents.

But if Sky Blu’s absence was an issue for the rowdy crowd of 8,000 - some dressed up in speedos, wearing gold shuffle bots boxes or afro wigs on their heads and neon coloured outfits in tribute to LMFAO - it was hard to tell.


Redfoo - aided by the amazing dancers of the Qwest Crew, a small band of drummer, guitarist and a DJ - proved to be an able solo frontman as he took fans through such party-hearty hits as Sorry For Party Rocking, Get Crazy, Party Rock Anthem, Shots, Champagne Showers and Sexy and I Know It, while a non-stop spectacle consisting of video, confetti, plastic palm trees, zebras and beach balls, and a dancing hot dog and pink bear unfolded on stage.

“I like the party people in Toronto,” said Redfoo, who wore small licence plates on a chain around his neck which said things like “Every I’m Shufflin’” or “I Wrkout,” and had detachable pants which revealed a speedo during Sexy and I Know It.

Still, a lot of LMFAO songs consist of nothing more than the title as lyrics like Take It To the Hole, Put That A$$ to Work, I’m In Miami Bitch, or I Am Not A Whore, the latter whose chorus of “face down, a-- up,” didn’t stop a young mother and her daughter from skipping hand in hand up the aisle during it.

I kept imaging the uncomfortable heart to heart conversations at home later.

For example, when Redfoo took a poll of the audience and decided it was like “3 girls to one dude,” he joked: “That’s what we call a fe---tio ratio.”

Or when he pointed out the girls in the front row were looking at his “bulge.”

“I am looking into your eyeballs, but you’re looking at my b---s,” he said. “It’s rude but I kind of like it - a little bit.”

It’s almost like you have to suspend any real intelligence (certainly any political correctness) to enjoy the LMFAO experience and just have fun, drink and dance like you’re at a frat party. Or possibly worse.

Maybe not such a bad idea every once in a while.

A few of the songs I actually enjoyed like Gettin’ Over You, a David Guetta dance track featuring Fergie and LMFAO, and the guitarist’s intro of Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child of Mine which lead to a cover of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army.

And when all the little kids broke out the dance moves in the aisle during Party Rock Anthem towards the end of the show, their enthusiasm was infectious.

SET LIST:

Rock The Beat ll

Sorry For Party Rocking

Get Crazy

Take It To the Hole

Put That A$$ To Work

I’m in Miami Bitch

Gettin’ Over You

Boom Boom Pow (Party Rock Remix)

Shooting Star (Party Rock Remix)

Reminds Me of You

I Am Not a Whore

Hot Dog

One Day

Yes

Quest Crew Dance Performance

Shots

Seven Nation Army

Party Rock Anthem

Champagne Showers

ENCORE

Sexy And I Know It


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