The Today Show kicked off the Memorial Day weekend Friday with a concert featuring the Cuban explosion, Pitbull. The predominantly female audience of all cultures packed Rockefeller Center to get a glimpse of the man in black.
Pitbull (whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez) appeared on stage in the signature, “Men in Black” suit, which made the ladies go wild. The Dapper Dan of Reggaeton and Hip Hop performed his latest hits that have been exploding on the music charts since their release. The hot 31-year old Latino star, who hails from Miami, FL, kept the stage sizzling for the pre-Memorial Day crowd with mucho Latin flavor.
He performed his chart topping hit, “International Love”, a song he collaborated on with superstar Chris Brown, from his monster album, “Planet Pit.”
The stimulating rapper also performed his mega hit, “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” from his album, “Rebelution.”
“Mr. 305,” ended his crowd pleasing performance with his current hit, which is featured on the new, “Men in Black III” soundtrack, “Back in Time”. The song is an upbeat dance hit featuring a sample from the classic, “Love is Strange” by 50’s stars: “Mickey & Sylvia.”
Pitbull told the Today Show crew that he added the sample to his recording to give it that classic flavor that would coincide with the theme of the film, which takes Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin back in time.
The King of Reggeaton told the today co-host, Matt Lauer, “I don’t want to be pigeon holed as a recording artist; I want everybody to listen to my music!” Pitbull also announced that his 2012, “Planet Pit World Tour” kicks off in May, next stop is Oslo, Norway at the Spektrum. The US leg of the tour kicks off on July 26 at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago.
You can find out more about Pitbul, his European tour as well as his upcoming album release, that’s scheduled for this summer at pitbullmusic.com.
The weekend didn’t stop there, the Today Show kept it moving with a special Memorial Day concert appearance by none other than the bad boy of R & B, Bobby Brown, who dedicated his performance to the sailors in the audience and his fans of old. Yes, there were several spectators and media in attendance hoping for a sighting of his personal cracks and or a glimpse of his daughter Bobby Kristina. Despite their hopes, Bobby still kept the crowd entertained throughout the show.
Bobby Brown started his performance with his breakout solo smash hit of the past, “Every Little Step I Take” from his 1988 chart busting hit album, “Don’t Be Cruel” which stayed at #1 on both the R& B and Pop charts as an album for 11 nonconsecutive weeks starting in 1988 and 1989. Mr. Brown won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1990 for the album.
Throughout his performance Brown was taking heavy breaths, once ready he continued on with his celebrated hit, “On Our Own” from the Ghostbusters II” soundtrack.
After he performed his first two songs, he interviewed with weekend and holiday Today Show hosts about the controversy that’s surrounding his current track, “Don’t Let Me Die, ” the song that’s been under scrutiny for weeks, for whom the song was actually written for, his late ex-wife Whitney Houston or Alicia Etheridge?
He confirmed once again to the Today Show, that it was written over 9 months ago for his current fiancé and mother of their 3-year old son Cassius born in June 2009, Alicia Etheridge, who he basically feels, “saved his life.”
Although he has been touring with his reunited band mates, “New Edition,” Mr. Brown appeared with just his mic in hand and his band to back him up.
Although Bobby Brown proved he can still entertain a crowd with his vocals and dance moves, his vocals still seemed very strained during his Memorial Day concert. Most say he has lost the best of his vocals from prior years of alcohol and drug abuse, yet he was still capable of keeping the crowd of old and new screaming fans calling for more.