Hands down, what makes the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival special is the multitude of A-list artists that comprise the two-day event. Entering its seventh year in Las Vegas, and second at the shiny T-Mobile Arena, this year was no different, with P!nk, The Weeknd, soulful country rocker Chris Stapleton and One D heartthrob Harry Styles taking the stage on Friday. Thirty Seconds To Mars, David Guetta and James Maslow rounded out the evening. These were our three favorite performances at the fun-filled evening.
P!nk opened with authority on “Raise Your Glass” and gave a nod to female-empowerment (not that she needs to open her mouth to do so) by incorporating No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” into “Fun House.” She also raised the bar, literally, with a flight over the capacity crowd during “So What” while barely breaking a sweat and never flinching on her rock-solid vocals.
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Having performed in 2014, Thirty Seconds to Mars returned to the iHeartRadio Music Festival and offered a heartfelt mash-up in tribute to fallen rockers David Bowie (“Heroes”), Chris Cornell (“Black Hole Sun’), Chester Bennington (“Crawling”), Prince (“Purple Rain”) and George Michael (“Freedom”). It was a moving gesture considering that each artist only received 20-30 minutes on stage. The accompanying gospel choir only added to the somber tone, while adding a perfect segue into “Kings and Queens.”
Wherever they play, Coldplay always brings their own party and their abbreviated set on Friday was no different. Ears still ringing from the high-pitched shrills that accompanied Harry Style’s time on stage a few minutes prior, Coldplay added confetti and a highly choreographed light show to “A Sky Full of Stars.” They paid homage to those affected by the recent natural disasters in Mexico, Florida and Houston on “Fix You.” They added "Something Just Like This" and "Up & Up" and turned out an upbeat showing, with frontman Chris Martin leaving the audience with one important suggestion, "Be kind to each other."
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