Sunday, November 29, 2009
Q and Izzy discovered that an eatery down the street from the venue had the entire Party Rock album on their juke box. How cool is that?
Back at the hotel, Nikole and I sat down to a feast at the Fish Market. We ran into Reek who was flying solo, eating an $85 meal.
The venue, Diesel, was probably the smallest one we played on the tour, but it was one of my personal favorites. The crowd was an interesting mix of fans that looked like they belonged at a Nirvana concert, 14-year-old boys in the front row, a middle-aged dude with a fro in the middle and dolled-up girls on the upper level. One of my favorite things about tonight’s crowd was that there was an overwhelming number of fans over 30. It’s great to see that Party Rock transcends the college party crowd stereotype--it’s something to be enjoyed by party animals of all ages.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Shortly after waking up in Cleveland, Ohio today, the entire Party Rock Crew went out to eat at a Mexican spot downtown. It was the first time during the Party Rock Tour that we all got to sit down to a meal together.
After we ate (and drank, of course), the boys sat down for an interview with Midwestave.com. We were all treated to some hilarious stories, such as Foo’s tale of the “Crazy Russian”, an old friend whose gun played a humorous and pivotal role in their first Miami vacation. Pete left the green room during the interview and returned wearing his robot head. He somehow proceeded to drink a Corona through the screen on the robot’s face.
While this was the funniest interview I’ve ever seen, there was a serious note. “People that listen to our music are happy. We attract a different type of audience than a lot of other groups...people coming to see us are coming for a very different reason. They’re not listening to our music because they’re angry. They want to have fun,” Sky said.
The seriousness didn’t last long, however. When Foo began a heartfelt thank you to the fans, Sky and Pete started throwing chips at him. They landed in his hair, but he ate them as he continued to talk. Things progressed quickly as Pete launched plastic silverware, towels and other random objects at Foo. He flung a banana at his head and Foo actually ate it. Finally, Pete sprawled out in his lap and thrusted a Corona in his crotch while spraying it all over Foo’s face.
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Bikini Girl Nikole, Party Rock merch guy Daniel (or Danglin’ D, as he is telling me to refer to him as I type), lighting guy Reggie, bus driver Jeff and I had a Thanksgiving feast in our hotel room. It was pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. We traded stories about how we got started and how we got involved with LMFAO. Reggie and Jeff also sported the Party Rock glasses during the meal.
Tonight we had a show at Clutch Cargo’s in Pontiac, Michigan. “I’m in Motown, bitch,” Foo said to the audience. Paxon, our security guard, said, “that’s what they call it. Motown, or Murder City.”
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Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
What happens in Des Moines stays in Des Moines. At least, let’s hope so. Last night got unexpectedly wild.
I have to say Des Moines is a pretty cool city. Not only do they have a Skywalk that allows you to walk above the city without being freezing cold, they have some of the nicest and most loyal LMFAO fans we’ve seen to date.
Last night’s show was at People’s Court, a third-story venue in a building also inhabited by a sports bar and a nightclub. Like the majority of our tour stops to date, the show was sold out. Girls were rocking “I’m In Iowa Bitch” shirts and, for the first time, it seemed that the audience had almost as many guys as it did girls.
Early in the show, someone flung a giant, glittery stuffed microphone onstage, as well as a pair of sunglasses. “Who out there has lenses in their glasses?” Foo asked as Sky popped out the lenses and put on the frames.
Some highlights included Sky pulling on a werewolf mask to do the howl in “Scream My Name” and Shwayze’s DJ Jason Smith knocking over our set. I’m not sure how it happened, but I looked over to see him keeling over with laughter as the black curtain that stretches behind our light-up screen randomly dangled in the background.
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Monday, November 23, 2009
As Foo said in the intro of “I’m In Chicago Bitch”, Chicago’s own B96 was one of the first radio stations to play LMFAO’s music.
After soundcheck and an in-store signing at FYE, the boys sat down with Dez of Loyola’s journalism program to talk about what inspired them to start a group (the party energy at the Winter Music Conference in Miami in 2007), what’s on their iPods (a random mix of ‘80s, rock, electro, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson) and their style influences (Eddie Murphy, Michael and “a hot girl wearing a pink zebra print shirt”).
The venue, the Congress Theatre, was packed by the time LMFAO hit the stage. For the first time during the Party Rock Tour, nearly every single person on tour with us (both performers and crew) was onstage to watch the guys in action. A member of Far East Movement was hanging over a balcony wearing a huge monkey head.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009
arty Rock Tour: I’m In Milwaukee Bitch
We woke up in Milwaukee today at 3:30 p.m. and everyone was buzzing about how both our venue and the neighboring Ambassador Hotel, where our driver and crew members are staying, are haunted due to a variety of incidents, including a murder committed by Jeffery Dahmer.
Tonight’s show was at the Rave. It was one of the most high energy shows to date—it seems like the boys’ performances get better and better as each day of the tour goes by. After “I Shake, I Move”, Sky popped confetti all over Foo and the stage, joking that Foo is shooting blanks.
Not even ten minutes into the show, a girl ran wildly through the backstage area, trying to dive onstage, but security caught her in time. She ran away, hands in the air, as he continued to chase her down.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Angela Simmons, daughter of Russell Simmons and star of MTV’s “Daddy’s Girls”, was spotted rocking LMFAO’s purple YES leggings on Thursday, November 19. She wore them to lunch at Toast in West Hollywood.
Simmons reportedly is interested in getting an LMFAO chain, as well as the new LMFAO Party Rock rings.
The YES leggings were inspired by LMFAO’s song, “Yes”, which is about seeing your dream and making it your reality. It has special meaning for the group. Not only is it the song that LMFAO uses to close out its shows during the Party Rock Tour (bringing throngs of fans and friends onstage to join in the celebration), it includes the lyric, “everyday I see my dream”, which LMFAO’s Sky Blu has tattooed backwards across his chest so he can see it in the mirror. Redfoo and Sky Blu, as well as all of the members of the Party Rock Crew, truly see their dreams come true and have “yes” moments every day.
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It felt like 2 a.m. when we were woken by Foo shouting “yeah, baby baby” during a phone interview with Cherry Tree Records, but it was actually 2 p.m. It seems to be the trend that we roll out of our bunks on our tour bus at that time each day.
We were in St. Louis, Missouri today (a.ka. STL)—another really beautiful, quaint city that gave those of us on the Party Rock Tour a warm reception. Reek, Nikole, Jason Smith and I did lunch at a Jamaican spot called the Culture Café and the family that owned that place knew all about the show and LMFAO. Shwayze actually recommended the place to us and the chef referred to herself as “Mama Shwayze.”
After soundcheck, Pinchie Pete drove us to our ridiculously nice hotel, the Ameristar Casino. Q raised the question: where did he get his license? Pete is a talented photographer and performer, but his driving skills are questionable at best…just kidding, Pete.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
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Lawrence, Kansas is a pretty cool spot. There are a lot of funky shops and restaurants and everyone loves their college football, about as much as Nebraskans love their corn.
After thrift shopping with the Shwayze boys, Reek, Nikole and I had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. The paparazzi were out in full force, but it turned out they weren’t there for us, but for the University of Kansas football coach. The entire restaurant applauded when he walked in.
At the show at the Granada Theatre (which was sold out, of course), Foo told the audience that we were in Nebraska last night. The crowd booed until he said, “Is this Nebraska? Hello no. I’m up in Kansas, bitch!”
The boys also switched up the lyrics to “What Happens At The Party”, making it “what happens up in Kansas, stays up in Kansas.” Pete’s robot dance cracked the audience up at the beginning of the song.
Before launching into one of the remixes, Sky did his usual speech about how, if you’re down with Party Rock, you must love to party, drink and fuck, but took on the voice of a preacher. “The favorite one of the Party Rock congregation is this: you must LOVE…to fuck!” he said to roaring applause.
Tonight’s show was one of the most wild to date. When security pulled girls out of the crowd, Foo actually pulled them onstage. Nearly everyone touring with us was watching the show from the side of the stage, a giant stuffed monkey head emerged, courtesy of Far East Movement and Cisco poured about a quarter of a bottle of Patron into Q’s mouth.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
There are two things we know for sure about Lincoln, Nebraska: they really love corn and football, but mostly corn.
The only thing I knew about Nebraska before we arrived was that Children of the Corn took place here. Sure enough, our hotel is called the Cornhusker.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
On our way from Boise, Idaho to Denver, Colorado, we smelled something foul. No, not Foo's jacket. We thought it was just burnt rubber on the road, but it turns out it was our tour bus engine.
Naturally, this occurred while the boys were at the Best Buy Club Beats event in Minnesota. It was just bikini girl Nikole, merch guy Daniel, security guy Paxon, tech guy Reggie and me on the bus. We were excited not only to have the bus to ourselves, but to get to Colorado to go snowboarding. We had two days off and couldn’t wait to explore.
Our bus driver broke the news to us as we pulled over in a remote, farm town in Idaho at midnight. Nikole spotted a sign reading, “Welcome to Georgetown.” After some Wikipedia research, we discovered that the town was home to just 500 people and was known for its bear and wolf population. We set up camp until the morning. There wasn’t a restaurant or gas station in sight, so I made everyone peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while we watched Dr. Drew’s Sex Rehab and For the Love of Ray J.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
ATTENTION PARTY PEOPLE!!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Earlier, Foo cooked dinner for us in his new rice cooker (it was actually amazing) and he also bought us fuzzy rainbow toe socks and matching gloves.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
While the boys were at sound check, Nikole and I ran the town. We got to know Seattle really well in a matter of hours, thanks to our feasting at multiple restaurants and massive shopping spree.
We took a cab to the Showbox Sodo, the venue for the night. In our green room, one of the guys from Far East Movement burned the strings off Nikole’s bikini with some matches and Johnny Maroney, our booking agent, got the party started.
The show was insane—Seattle Weekly said we turned it into Animal House. A fan in the audience randomly handed Foo her Hawaii driver license and credit card. Sky took my iPhone during “Leaving U 4 the Groove” and when I got it back from him, my background was a photo of Sky holding out his middle finger with a priceless facial expression.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
hings got scary upon entering Canada: I found out I was to be without a phone for 48 hours. However, Canada really made it up to us, with their rooftop hot tubs, Jacuzzis in the hotel rooms, delicious room service and, of course, really dedicated, enthusiastic LMFAO fans.
Our first stop was Vancouver, BC. It was approximately 30 degrees and raining, but the hot tub at the Pan Pacific Hotel was calling our names. Bikini Girl Nikole and I went for a dip in our matching polka dot bikinis and Party Rock glasses before meeting back up with the boys at the venue. The sold out show was at a nightclub called Gossip. It was great to see some familiar faces from our website, PartyRockPeople.com, at the show and afterparty, as well.
The afterparty went down in Q’s room and, while predominantly female, the crowd included Jason Smith, Shwayze’s DJ, as well as DJ Space Cowboy (Lady GaGa’s DJ that is on tour with us). It was an incredible experience getting to know not only them, but also the Canadian fans. They are truly diehard for LMFAO in Canada.
After Space Cowboy ordered multiple sandwiches from room service and Q taught everyone the meaning of “squasha,” we took cabs back to our bus and hit the road.
We got to Penticton, BC (which DJ Air has been calling “Penicillin”) in the afternoon. It was a really small, quaint town and it seemed like the entire town was pumped for LMFAO. The Party Rock Crew roamed the streets in search of food and, along the way, we ran into a fans asking for autographs, a Subway employee wearing a polka dot bikini top under her uniform, and several Party Rock Tour flyers posted up in local businesses.
The hotel room that Foo, Nikole and I shared had a Jacuzzi and a fireplace, so we were in heaven. We ordered room service and Foo did some push-ups and sit-ups, grunting and panting after just a few (just kidding, Foo Foo—you’re in the best shape of your life).
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Our 16-hour drive from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon was filled with random adventures. Foo purchased a 50 dollar, giant stuffed white tiger and proceeded to have me take over 25 photos of him cuddling with it, we watched a movie, listened to potential “Shots” remixes, came up with my new Twitter and PartyRockPeople name (ElleGThang, thanks to Foo) and, of course, slept until 1 p.m. yesterday.When we woke up, we all grabbed some Mexican food (that was a little to gourmet for the guys) at a spot in Portland. Our hotel, the Jupiter Hotel, was beyond amazing. Not only was it edgy and eco-friendly, it was as if they knew LMFAO was coming (no pun intended). They had Jupiter Hotel condoms set out on the nightstands with signs reading, “YES” right below them.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
There was an emergency situation when we rolled into Hollywood: we needed Roscoe’s chicken ‘n waffles. Foo, bikini girl Nikole, our Party Rock Crew assistant Dre a.k.a. Promise and I started the day off right with some of the legendary waffles and grits. Foo and Promise had a meaningful discussion: does “naw yeah” really mean “yeah?” Yes, it does.
After we stocked up on some Roscoe’s t-shirts, we went to the Hollywood Palladium for sound check. A bus decorating company got to work on personalizing our Party Rock Tour bus, which is now officially the coolest tour bus of all time.
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
The bunk area of the Party Rock Tour bus gets so dark that no matter what time it is, it feels like it’s 4 a.m. The Party Rock Crew rolled out of bed around 2 p.m. when we hit Vegas. It was off to sound check for the boys, followed by an in-store signing.
The House of Blues show was one of the best LMFAO shows ever, according to Foo. I have to agree. The boys were on point; Far East Movement was party rocking out backstage and the crowd was incredible—high energy, hands in the air and party rocked out, head-to-toe.
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Friday, November 6, 2009
Last night, LMFAO kicked off the Party Rock Tour on the world’s largest stage.The Theater at the Grand Sierra in Reno, Nevada was packed to capacity with screaming fans waving glowsticks and reaching out to grab Foo and Sky’s legs. At one point, a fan in the audience actually removed one of Foo’s shoes.
Almost half the audience was decked out in Party Rock gear, rocking Hey! and I Am Not A Whore shirts.
It was the first time the fans got to see LMFAO perform the entire Party Rock album. The boys got the audience pumped up with “Rock the Beat” before launching into “I’m Up In Reno Bitch”, the rest of the songs from the album and their remixes of “Love Lockdown” and “Boom Boom Pow.”
There were lots of hilarious moments, such as Sky’s passionate performance of “Leaving U 4 the Groove,” during which he threw off his sneakers and fell to the ground, but the highlight of the night had to be Foo’s pelvic thrust into a blow-up doll, which sent the doll flying across the stage. You’re missing out if you don’t get to witness the “I Shake, I Move” performance during the Party Rock Tour. It’s great music-meets-stand-up comedy.
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
In just over 24 hours, we’ll be boarding a plane to Reno, Nevada. It’s there that we’ll hop on the tour bus that will take LMFAO and the Party Rock Crew on an unpredictable, exciting adventure across the U.S. (and Canada).
Last night was a long one at rehearsal, as everyone prepared for what will be LMFAO’s first “roadeo,” as Foo puts it.