Pitbull, aka Armando Perez, told fans that “it didn’t matter if they had baby daddy issues, baby momma issues, bills they couldn’t pay or bail bonds they couldn’t afford that this night was about leaving troubles behind and having fun. The Miami superstar rapper brought his glitzy show to the AVA Amphitheatre in Tucson on July 8. AXS was there to cover the show and here are the highlights.
1) Pitbull is the king of charisma
Pitbull is one of the biggest Latin American artists in the world. Pitbull is full of energy and he uses that energy to drive the people in the crowd out of their seats and to dance. His outsized personality was on display throughout the show.
The son of Cuban refugees, the rapper has long made his rags-to-riches tale a basis of his music, which combines throbbing club beats with exhortations to reach for the stars. His background plays a huge role in how he relates to his fans.
The entire uplifting show was saturated with positivity and diversity. He ended each number with a sincere smile that charmed the crowd.
2) The best party in town
Pitbull knows how to throw a party Miami style. He delivered hit after hit. “Fireball,” “Timber,” “Don’t Stop the Party" and “You Know You Want Me (Celle Ocho)” all made the set list. His current-day club hits are made for modern Miami clubs. There were many pelvic thrusts as the sunglass-sporting rapper chanted about lust alternatively in English and Spanish. For a complete set list, please click here.
3) Promotes unity of all people
One of his missions for the night was to promote unity and inclusiveness of the entire crowd. Pitbull made a pitch for the universality of music and he called for a “united United States.”
The packed house consisted of Hispanic, Native American, African American and Angelo-American fans. His songs included a number of Spanish lyrics and he told the sold-out crowd that “you are going to learn a second language if you only know one and you will learn a third language if you know two. You’re going to leave here knowing how to use your tongue. No matter how many languages spoken, there will be one language spoken tonight, the language of music.”
4) Beautiful and skilled dancers
Pitbull's group of eight backup dancers had a constant presence throughout the show. These were gorgeous women in every way. They performed several sensuous choreographed dances that complemented Pitbull’s dancing. They performed in perfect unison.
Pitbull kept his eyes on the derrières of his backing cadre of dancers. The infectious music behind him was often loud and it wasn’t always easy to hear the raps. ‘Mr. Worldwide’ and the dancers made sure their moves translated appropriately.
5) A dazzling show with over the top special effects
The explosive videos complemented "Fireball" perfectly as did many of the other background videos during the show. Also, the bursts of colored steam shot to the sky at unpredictable moments added to the super-charged electricity of the evening.
The band was heavy with infectious percussionists that included two drummers.
Everything made this an arena type of offering that could satisfy the most finicky fan.
The show hit on all cylinders with all the beats that Pitbull is known for. The set came to an end with a confetti cannon finale. It was a whole ‘lotta’ fun.