Itâ€™s been years since my last visit to the Palladium and itâ€™s slick and entirely tricked out now. My last visit felt like a trip to a high school auditorium, but with new lighting, new sound system, and tons of detail work – this venue was fit for the show that Chiddy Bang and Lupe Fiasco put on. High energy from start to finish, both acts were the best Iâ€™d seen them. Lupe in particular seemed to be energized by the crowd, by they state of politics in our country with the #Occupy movement boldly emblazoned on his shirt, and by the all-the-more topical content of many of his songs.
The crowd was obviously there to see Lupe, but seemed to be fully entertained by Chiddy Bang. Their chant of â€œLupe! Lupe!â€ between every set (and sometimes during) was interrupted by Chiddy Bangâ€™s set. Chiddy Bang played some tracks off of their Swelly Express Mixtape, with the peak of the set being a freestyle rap incorporating words shouted out from the crowd. Chiddy had to include â€œIn-N-Out Burgerâ€, â€œLupe Fiascoâ€, â€œSteve Jobsâ€, â€œwatermelonâ€, and â€œcrooks.â€ It was a great spontaneous moment, that featured some great lines like â€œI got more gigs than Apple stores.â€ He then closed his set with â€œOpposite of Adultsâ€, his most known track.
After a short break, filled with the crowdâ€™s â€œLupe! Lupe!â€ chant, Lupe Fiasco finally took the stage. This was my third time seeing him in LA, and this was by far his best performance. The energy was palpable, fed by the political unrest that permeates his music and that is now at the forefront of everyoneâ€™s minds with 99% and Occupy Movement. Lupe has never been shy about his political opinions and he wore his proudly with an all-caps #OCCUPY on a clean black t-shirt.
In addition to him killing on the tracks, there were a few cute crowd moments that brightened the evening. For â€œOutta My Headâ€, since Trey Songz wasnâ€™t available to come on stage and do his hook, Lupe brought an adorable little kid on stage to sing his part. That kid knew the words and was just too precious. Later in the set, Lupe spotted an older woman in the crowd and asked her why she was there. Turned out she was the grandma of another performer, so he dedicated â€œSuperStarâ€ to her for not just going to the show, but hanging out at the very front of the crowd.
But those little light moments didnâ€™t distract Lupe from his overall message. To end the show, during the encore songs, he lead the crowd with â€œOccupy Wall Street! All day, all week!â€ He also reminded all the fans to support homeless shelters, food pantries, and help out your fellow man in man, especially in times like these.
It was a great show, with the political swing youâ€™d expect with such an outspoken figure as Lupe. He left his mark on the Palladium, both musically and topically.
Words I Never Said
State Run Radio
I Donâ€™t Want to Care
Go Go Gadget
Old School Medley:
Touch the Sky (1 verse)
I Gotcha (1 verse)
Kick Push (2 verses)
Hip Hop Saved (2 verses)
The Coolest (Hook only)
All Black Everything
Outta My Head
Break The Chains
Never Forget You
Show Goes On
I Donâ€™t Want to Care
1st & 15th/Atlantic recording artist Lupe Fiasco has announced plans for the â€œGeneration LASER” tour, a full-scale North American trek that will see the Grammy Award-winning artist performing across the country through the fall, wrapping on October 11th at Fox Theater (see dates below). The major tour will feature various opening artists including Big Sean, Girl Talk, Tinie Tempah, Sarah Green and Wale in select markets.
Meanwhile the third single â€œOut of My Head (feat. Trey Songz)â€ from Fiascoâ€™s third studio album, â€œLASERS,â€ which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, is consistently blazing up the urban radio charts. The catchy club hit broke into the top 10 at urban radio, making it the first of Fiascoâ€™s singles to reach that mark. Additionally the companion video for the track has received over 4.6 million views on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3NaVE73lpc&ob=av2e).
â€œLASERS,â€ which marks the Chicago MCâ€™s highest selling and chart-ranking debut to date, also includes the RIAA double platinum certified hit single, â€œThe Show Goes On.â€ The companion video for the track recently received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for â€œBest Hip Hop Video.â€
An extraordinarily gifted performer, Lupe heralded the release of â€œLASERSâ€ with a long-sold-out show at New York Cityâ€™s Webster Hall on Monday, March 7th. Furthermore, he has been touring the country over the past several months including festival performances at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the KahBang Festival in Bangor, ME, the Bass Nectorâ€™s Bass Island Festival at Governors Island, NY, and the Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, MD.
Lupeâ€™s third full-length collection, â€œLASERSâ€ has quickly received a bounty of glowing critical acclaim. Rolling Stone praised Fiasco by placing him â€œin a tradition that runs from Marley to M.I.A.: the soul rebel who refuses to believe righteous struggle has to be a grind,â€ going on to applaud â€œhis athletic, whiplash flow and rich imagination.â€ The Chicago Tribuneâ€™s Greg Kot praised such â€œlayered, evocative tracksâ€ as â€œthe call-to-activism â€˜Words I Never Said,â€™ the potent daydream â€˜All Black Everything,â€™ the shattering â€˜Beautiful Lasersâ€™â€ for â€œ(blending) wrenching introspection and an undercurrent of anger with beautifully down-tempo music, perched somewhere between melancholy and despair.â€ Perhaps Entertainment Weekly said it best in its â€œA-â€-graded rave: â€œSimply put, â€˜LASERSâ€™ beams.â€
GENERATION LASER TOUR 2011
Supporting Artists Will Vary
12â€‹ Boston, MAâ€‹ House of Bluesâ€‹
15â€‹ West Long Branch, NJâ€‹ MAC Centerâ€‹
16â€‹ Columbia, MDâ€‹ Merriweather Post Pavilionâ€‹
17 â€‹ Philadelphia, PA â€‹ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
18 â€‹ Raleigh, NC â€‹ Raleigh Amphitheatre
20 â€‹ Atlanta, GA â€‹ Masquerade Music Park
22 â€‹Auburn, AL â€‹ Auburn University
23 â€‹ Charlotte, NC â€‹ Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
24 â€‹ St. Augustine, FL St. â€‹Augustine Amphitheater
28 â€‹Columbus, OH â€‹ Le Pavilion
29 â€‹Saint Louis, MO â€‹ St. Louis University
30 â€‹ West Lafayette, IN â€‹ Purdue University
2 â€‹Champaign, IL â€‹ University of Illinois
4 â€‹ Dekalb, IL â€‹ Northern Illinois University
5 â€‹ Ames, IA â€‹ Iowa State
6 â€‹ Kansas City, MO â€‹Midland Theatre
7 â€‹ Denver, CO â€‹ Fillmore Auditorium
9 â€‹ Las Vegas, NV â€‹ The Palms
10 â€‹ Los Angeles, CA â€‹ The Palladium
11 â€‹ Oakland, CA â€‹Fox Theater
Iconic artists and Chicago natives Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, and No I.D. recently collaborated to record the track, “We Can Do It Now,” an ode to their hometown in celebration of the popular series, REPLAY. For a limited time, “We Can Do It Now” is available as a free download at REPLAYtheSeries.com.
REPLAY has also released an inspiration video for “We Can Do It Now,” featuring Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, and No I.D.
Gatorade created REPLAY to restage classic games that ended in controversy – offering athletes a second chance for redemption some 10-15 years later. Gatorade reunites the original teammates and provides them with an 8-week training and nutrition program so they can get back in peak shape and replay their game to settle the score once and for all.
Season III of REPLAY features two South Side Chicago high school basketball teams, the Bloom Township Trojans and the Brother Rice Crusaders. The two teams competed this fall to settle their 2000 super sectional game that decided who would go “downstate” to the Elite 8 and who would go home. The original game ended with a controversial call regarding the game clock, shrouding the final shot in controversy for a decade. A documentary sharing the journey of these athletes and their REPLAY game will be airing throughout the month of December on Fox Sports Net (check REPLAYtheSeries.com or Fox Sports Net for local listings).
1st & 15th / Atlantic Records are proud to announce the upcoming release of â€œLASERS,â€ the hugely anticipated new album from Lupe Fiasco. The Grammy Award-winning superstarâ€™s third full-length collection will arrive in stores and at all online retailers on March 8th, 2011.
Lupe will release the first single from â€œLASERSâ€ on Tuesday, October 26th via www.lupefiasco.com.
â€œLASERS,â€ which stands for, â€œLove Always Shines Every time Remember 2 Smile,â€ is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Lupeâ€™s blockbuster second album, â€œLUPE FIASCOâ€™S THE COOL,â€ which debuted on Billboardâ€™s â€œTop Rap Albumsâ€ chart at #1 upon its December 2007 release. It remained in the peak position for nine weeks.
The Chicago-based MC is without question one of the most compelling and creative artists of the modern era, offering a rare combination of complex, thought-provoking lyricism coupled with sure-fire beats. Lupeâ€™s debut album, â€œLUPE FIASCOâ€™S FOOD & LIQUOR,â€ exploded onto Billboardâ€™s â€œTop Rap Albumsâ€ chart at #1.
For up-to-the-minute news and additional information, check out www.lupefiasco.com.
The lineup for Coachella was announced today and it’s.. ehhh. The three main headliners are Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure. Throw in Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Amy Winehouse, TV On The Radio and Lupe Fiasco and you have a pretty eclective lineup for the weekend. I don’t think that I’ll be going tough.If I did go though to one day, it’d probably be the first day. Check out the links to get your tickets and the lineup below them:
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FRIDAY, APRIL 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel PinkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, KÃ¢â‚¬â„¢naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.