LMFAO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 5/28/12 (photos and review)By Billy Thieme | May 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Believe what you want about LMFAO. The group more often approaches the guise of an “SNL” parody band than a real thing, but these two electro-rap producers know how to rock a party. A packed Red Rocks audience proved it for two hours while the spectacle rained down Monday night. Frothing, day-glo-clad fans fist-pumped, jumped, gyrated and jittered for about every minute of the show from the duo’s entrance with “Rock the Beat” until the inevitable closer “Sexy and I Know It.”
The “Sorry for Party Rocking Tour” follows on the heels of LMFAO’s appearance on the Super Bowl halftime stage — that moment, itself, a crowning achievement — and the pair has fully distilled its gig since then. Steeped in the endless-alcohol-and-sex atmosphere of the club scene, this show was a high-octane spectacle of lights, fantastic choreography, flashy clothes and scripted banter, all about the party.
Musically, the show left the same sort of vapid memory that a dance club all-nighter leaves the next morning; it felt good, even giddy, but there wasn’t a lot to it. Redfoo and SkyBlu owe more to the brief controversy of 2Live Crew than they do to their father/grandfather Berry Gordy and his Motown legacy.
“Champagne Showers” gave the crew a chance to guzzle from funnels and spray the front few rows from well-shaken bottles, and “Party Rock Anthem” successfully lifted the crowd into frantic ecstasy. “Shots” and “Hot Dog” also got the amphitheater bouncing, but when the guys seemed to be trying to work in some legitimacy with attempts like “Reminds Me of You,” they fell flat.
The award-winning dance troupe Quest shared the stage with LMFAO all night, and was featured in the show’s climax with a breathtaking routine. From unworldly popping moves that featured stacked dancers and incredible angles, to impossibly long headspins, the troupe proved its world-class skill, and lifted the entire spectacle for a bit above the din of partying.
Lisa Higginbotham is a Denver photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb.