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Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 | 8:47 p.m.
By Mark Adams
Pitbull doesn’t just perform; he entertains. That was evident Friday night at Red Rock Resort Amphitheater, as the rapper, songwriter, producer and actor’s exuberant energy and catchy dance songs had the audience on their feet throughout the nearly sold-out performance.
As the show was a leg of the recording artist’s “Planet Pit World Tour,” many of the tracks performed were from his successful 2011 album of the same name. Pitbull opened the concert with the album’s lead single, “Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor).”
Pitbull went off the map, too, sampling dance-floor anthems including Martin Solveig’s “Hello,” the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m in Miami Trick.” Between these fun surprises and Pitbull’s nightclub-friendly singles, the show was more like a party than a performance. The concert was a party-night primer for concertgoers; many were dressed in nightclub attire for the outdoor show.
Other songs performed: “Krazy,” the first single off his 2009 album “Rebelution” and a collaboration with Wynn and Encore resident DJ Lil Jon; “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”; his current hit “Back in Time” from “Men in Black III”; and a remix of “We Run the Night,” a collaboration with the show’s opener, DJ Havana Brown. All of the songs were performed well; Pitbull delivers his raps without missing a beat.
Pitbull’s performance let you know that he’s worked with some of the industry’s best, something he acknowledged by thanking Jennifer Lopez for the opportunity to work on her single “On the Floor” before delivering a solid performance of it. Another collaboration was “Get It Started” with Shakira and the first single off Pitbull’s soon-to-be released album “Global Warming.” Shakira was featured in a video with the song.
What was really impressive was Pitbull’s showmanship; he knows how to work a stage and command an audience’s attention. He was constantly moving from left to right, front to back, working in fun, salsa-esque dance moves all the while. It must’ve made him work up a sweat, too; he took off his black suit jacket about halfway through the concert (but didn’t ditch his shades, a signature look for the stylish star).
Pitbull routinely interacted with the audience, asking for their hands to be in the air and halting his five-piece band to allow the crowd to fill in the lyrics. Pitbull ended the concert with his first No. 1, “Give Me Everything,” a collaboration with Afrojack, Nayer and Las Vegas-raised Ne-Yo. It was easy to see why this topped the charts; after three hours, the crowd was still dancing and singing along with the energetic performer.
Havana Brown also had concertgoers on their feet, delivering a solid set of club-friendly tunes during her opening, ranging from Chris Brown’s “Yeah 3X” to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” Early on, Brown took notice of the crowd’s energy and revelry. “I can see Vegas is ready to party right now,” exclaimed the Australian star.
She was right.