Live Review: Too Fast for Love Tour — 3OH!3, Cobra Starship, Travie & I Fight Dragons — Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Wed, 02 Jun 2010 08:41:46
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At one point in the middle of the Too Fast for Love Tour last night, Travie McCoy paid tribute to Paul Gray from Slipknot in sincere fashion.
Clad in a dapper, classy suit, Travie surveyed the packed Club Nokia and announced, "It's been a sad week. I want everybody to put their twos in the air for my man Paul Gray from Slipknot."
The audience erupted in a choir of cheers as they all quickly raised their hands at Travie's request. From there, he launched into "Bad By Myself" from his solo debut, Lazarus, due out Tuesday June 8.
Over a bouncy, buoyant beat, Travie crooned out a slick, fun rhyme that often propelled the song to heights of pop brilliance. He sauntered across the stage with true swagger, carrying the chorus unflinchingly and honoring Gray in the best way anyone could—with music. Travie balanced a funky Motown stomp with an undeniable alt rock hook, making for his own kind of pop. It was just as undeniable as anything he's done with Gym Class Heroes too, which is saying something.
He then addressed the crowd again, "Who's feeling bad tonight? When I say 'bad,' I mean Michael Jackson bad. Who's feeling 'superbad,' and I mean Michael Cera Superbad!" Over the dreamy riff kicking off "Superbad," Travie belted out a melody that was the perfect middle ground between Linkin Park and The Beatles. It had modern grit and gusto, but a classic harmony that worked on numerous levels, proving that he can cover the gamut sonically and emotionally. He was joined soon after by Bruno Mars for an electrifying rendition of their current hit "Billionaire," and the crowd was brought to its feet in one of the loudest sing-a-longs of the evening. With no boundaries and impenetrable charisma, Travie may just be the "baddest" artist on the scene.
His Too Fast For Love tour mates Cobra Starship and 3OH!3 are thankfully just as "Superbad." Cobra Starship had their own heartfelt moment early in their set. After a raucous rendition of "Pete Wentz Is the Only Reason We're Famous" (with Mr. Wentz himself chanting along), a young fan proposed to his girlfriend on stage. Vocalist Gabe Saporta smiled, "Cobra Starship bring people together. It's crazy!"
They really brought everyone together for a fiery "Kiss My Sass," which saw Gabe infuse a punk rock bravado into the song's danceriffic sonic frenzy. Fans didn't stop dancing ever as Cobra flawlessly snaked through "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Hot Mess." On stage, Saporta has a classic rock charisma, weaving and winding as he sings without missing a note. Of course, he and his fellow Cobras managed to bring the house down on "Good Girls Go Bad."
3OH!3 didn't have any on stage proposals but they were flanked by two animatronic wolves named Gary and Warren who shot green lasers from their eyes, and dammnit that was just as awesome as anyone declaring their eternal love. For about an hour, Nathaniel Motte and Sean Foreman kept the crowd moving. Across the floor, every fan in attendance had his or her hands up in the air in the shape of 3OH!3's signature zero and they bopped up and down along to the band's infectious beats. "Starstrukk" and "Punk Bitch" oscillated from club-igniting hip hop to anthemic arena rock as everyone sang along. The band's latest single, "My First Kiss," (from Streets of Gold due out June 29) resounded as the hook overtook the entire venue. "Doublevision" and "I Can't Do It Alone" combined blurry beats with succinct refrains. Towards the end of the set, Motte took to the keyboard for a somber and strangely gorgeous piano interlude that set the stage for "Don't Dance." It was a Nine Inch Nails moment that built palpable excitement for the band's climactic closing.
Bookending everything early on were openers I Fight Dragons. IFD remain one of the most unique, uplifting and unforgettable new acts on the scene. Forging epic pop rock with flourishes on chiptune, organic sounds created by video game soundcards, the Chicago sixpiece bend and break all boundaries, creating rock that you simply can't get out of your head. Live, they're just as fun as your favorite video game…no joke.
From marriage proposals to rock star tributes to animatronic wolves, Too Fast For Love was everything that a concert should be. Don't miss it…
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