Perez Hilton’s 5th Year Anniversary:
2010 One Night in Los Angeles
By: Nevra Azerkan
I got my tickets confirmed for the show the day before—talk about last minute. But since I have heard good things about Perez Hilton’s concerts-slash-events, I figured it would be worth it. The 2010 “One Night in Los Angeles” took place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on September 11, 2010.
When I arrived, there was a massive line waiting to get in and Perez Hilton was walking by with a camera crew talking about the event. People seemed excited, but were getting anxious to get in after hours of waiting in line in what turned out to be a cold night. Once in, everyone headed for the bar that was being sponsored by Belvedere and Heineken. Walking around the venue proved to be somewhat difficult since the hallways were packed with people. In a back corner there was a booth by Motorola where you could get a picture taken in a Motorola phone backdrop and have it emailed to you. Perez and Motorola were taking all precautions by asking everyone who took a picture to sign a waiver before doing so.
Kevin Rudolph was DJing before Florence + the Machine took the stage. They performed their songs, “Dog Days Are Over”, “Lungs”, and “Cosmic Love” among others. The audience seemed thrilled to see this performance especially since Florence + the Machine are set to perform at the 2010 MTV VMA’s. After their set, DJ Skeet Skeet took over the DJing reigns playing mostly hip-hop hits and even some new music including: Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair”.
Next on stage was Taio Cruz, who came out singing his hit song, “Dynamite”. This got the audience dancing and singing along to the chorus. His music is all about the club scene and many who were present were dressed up for the occasion. He also sang “Break Your Heart” and “Take Me Back”. Once his set ended, DJ Skeet Skeet picked up the beats to keep everyone hyped during intermission. PopChips was also sponsoring the event and many different flavors of the chips were being passed around.
Perez then came out to introduce fellow Cuban-American, Pitbull who was dressed sharp and wearing his trademark shades. He sang his party anthems including: “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”, “Hotel Room Service” and “I Like It” minus Enrique Iglesias. This guy is a true performer. I am 100% certain that he did not stop dancing until his set was over when he was thanking everyone for being there and Perez for inviting him. I was surprised though, that Perez didn’t have Enrique Iglesias stop by to join Pitbull or have the cast of Jersey Shore make an appearance on stage during the song. But then again, many of the promised celebrity cameos never showed up or if they did they hid backstage. La Coacha, a former ANTM contestant and the chick that played Amber from Clueless were spotted, so not much for celebrity showings. Unless you can count the Hollywood Jesus who had his VIP bracelet on and was taking pictures with people and even blessing them.
The last act to take the stage was N.E.R.D. Everyone was freaking out mostly over Pharrell, the most notable member of the group. They brought along a band and two booty shaking dancers. Their set included: “Brain”, “Spaz” and “Lapdance”. These guys were insane and undoubtedly had many fans in attendance. The crowd was going crazy throughout each song and not just bobbing their heads, but continuous jumping throughout the set. I heard people saying that RZA from Wu-Tang Clan was in the crowd, but he left before the end of the show. Despite N.E.R.D. leaving the stage, the night was not over. Perez Hilton came out again to thank everyone who contributed to the night including the fans and invited everyone to stay and dance as DJ Doc Hollywood took over to spin the night away. However, most of the spirit left after the last act and many, including myself, decided to call it a night. People were leaning against walls ready to pass out and others were having trouble walking out of the venue. Perez may not have succeeded in getting his celebrity buddies to show up to this event, but he had a great line-up of musicians and clearly everyone had a good time.