I’m not a big fan of Rihanna or Ke$ha , but when I saw a deal for $19.11 tickets to their show, I bought them anyways! Rihanna is an A-Lister right now (either her or Beyonce would be my pick for the most popular female artist right now) and Ke$ha is quite popular too, so to see both of them for not-yet-made-it-big indie prices is a RFD Hot Deal steal.
My $20 got me lawn seats. It didn’t rain, but they were very very far away (and we were at the front of the lawn too). You can’t make out anyone on the stage so you had to watch the screens. I don’t know if I would go to see another concert from the lawn at the Molson Amphitheatre again. But I can’t complain too much about tickets that cost less than parking…
Ke$ha was the opener, and even though she has blown up the charts this year, it felt like she was just your typical opener. We arrived a bit late so didn’t get to hear Blah Blah Blah, but the crowd only really got into it when she sang Your Love Is My Drug and Tik Tok.
And when I say get into it, I mean REALLY get into it. The crowd was about 95% white teen girls who would do a group karaoke whenever there was a song they knew the words too. They did this throughout the concert, and because we were so far away, the crowd singing constantly drowned out Rihanna/Ke$ha. I don’t know if that is conducive for the atmosphere though, on the one hand it is fun from a mob mentality point of view, but from where I was I couldn’t see or hear what was going on!
Rihanna actually has a lot of hits and she ran through them. I never realized, but she has a lot of songs where she only carries the melody and a male rapper does the rest (i.e., Umbrella, Run This Town, Hate That I Love You, Live Your Life, Love The Way You Lie) so she only sang bits and pieces of those songs. The best part of the concert I think was a medley she strung together with Love The Way You Lie, a cover of B.o.B.’s Airplanes (singing Hayley William’s part) and then Hate That I Love You. I was disappointed she didn’t cover Oasis’ Wonderwall for us though.