WEST VALLEY CITY — Well, they certainly know how to throw a party.
Dance/hip-hop/pop/electro/rock duo LMFAO – currently one of the hottest acts in music – brought their Sorry For Party Rocking Tour to the Maverik Center on Wednesday night.
If the goal was to give a few thousand people an excuse to go crazy and keep shuffling for 90 minutes, then mission accomplished.
Their lyrics aren’t particularly original. But the success of Redfoo and SkyBlu – the driving forces behind the LMFAO – can be attributed to mixing infectious dance music, a backup crew of insane dancers, and an unapologetic irreverence on stage (think of a wild college fraternity party in Miami on spring break).
The high energy set included everything from dancing zebras, a pink bear, high wire acrobatics, the first few rows being doused with beer and champagne, a ton of strobe lights and confetti, and Speedos.
Both Redfoo and SkyBlu were strong with their vocals. And the large bi-level stage provided plenty of room for the group’s extremely talented dance posse to provide some sick moves.
Many of those who attended the show were ready to party rock along with the band. The audience looked like a throwback to 1983. I haven’t seen such an explosion of neon pink and green, and leopard print since that era, not to mention an abundance of tank tops, Bermuda boardshorts, big sunglasses and afro wigs to resemble Redfoo’s real hair. The T-shirts with band song titles and lyrics in large letters also brought back visions of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Even the keytar used on stage made for an MTV-like 80s atmosphere.
The interesting contradiction with LMFAO is that while their audience was a dominantly high school and college-aged crowd and those under 30, there was also an abundance of pre-teens at the show. Only LMFAO’s concert isn’t really a family friendly outing.
That’s not to say the performers weren’t talented and the show wasn’t entertaining. But parents who only know LMFAO from their radio hit “Party Rock Anthem” may not have been prepared for some of their more explicit songs and antics on stage. If you’re not OK with your 8-year-old singing “Sexy and I Know It,” you may question whether you want your son or daughter listening to Redfoo and SkyBlu sing, “I am Not a Whore” and “Put That (butt) to Work.” It’s just another reminder to parents to make sure you know what your kids are being exposed to before sending them off to a concert.
Overall, however, LMFAO was a highly energetic show and entertaining evening of music and party rocking.
Bad cell phone pic of the show below: