Being anointed the “Hottest Show in Town” in a city that was built solely for entertainment is an accomplishment in and of itself.
But accomplishing that feat on a weekend where there were also a championship boxing match, several Major League Baseball preseason games, a slew of award winning bands performing, and the usual headliners like Cirque, Celine, and numerous Elvis impersonators was outright amazing.
The show was Red Bull Soundclash, which featured Grammy Award winner Cee Lo Green and The Ting Tings performing on opposing stages with the 6,000-strong audience sandwiched in the middle, taking in the back-and-forth collaborative performance.
La La Anthony hosted the show, overseeing the various musical challenges -- both rehearsed and improvised -- that showcase the overall musical ability of each artist.
Intimate Musical Experience
Round 1 – The Warm Up:
Each artist performed three songs of their original material to start the show. Cee Lo performed “Lady Killer,” “Bright Lights” and the Gnarls Barkley hit “Crazy.”
The Ting Tings then followed with songs “Keep Your Head,” “Hit Me Down Sonny” and “Shut Up and Let Me Go.”
Round 2– The Cover:
The second round featured both bands covering the same song with their own personal style; the crowd was treated to each band’s unique spin on The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” Cee Lo delivered a faithful rendition of the classic song, adding tinges of gospel influence.
The Ting Tings teased the crowd with a stripped down bass-heavy version before exploding into a high energy finale.
Round 3 – The Takeover:
This innovative round showcased a true collaboration between the two bands. Each was tasked with seamlessly finishing the second half of a song started by the opposing band, and thereby making it their own.
Cee Lo’s performance of Gnarls Barkley’s “Run” kicked off the round which was followed by The Ting Tings’ “Fruit Machine.” CeeLo continued with another Gnarls Barkley song “Smiley Faces” and finally the round finished off with The Ting Tings’ “Be the One.”
Round 4 – The Clash:
The fourth round highlighted the artists’ musical versatility by charging them with performing their songs in three different styles outside their usual repertoire. The styles included reggae, acoustic and rock/metal.
Round 5 – The Wildcard:
In the fifth round, the bands invited a special guests to perform with them on stage. The Ting Tings tapped The King himself -- Elvis Presley (impersonator) to help with their hit single “That’s Not My Name.”
CeeLo invited Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gipp to reunite Goodie Mob for a performance of “Get Rich to This.”
The night ended on a high note with the two groups on one stage performing the grand finale, a collaborative rendition of CeeLo’s hit “Fu*k You.”
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