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Concert Reviews:
LMFAO throws a Dee-troit party at the Palace
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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AUBURN HILLS -- Whether or not the city wants to claim them, the two members of LMFAO consider Detroit home. And they made a point of letting the sparse but enthusiastic crowd at its Sorry For Party Rocking Tour stop Wednesday night, May 23, at the Palace of Auburn Hills know it.

It's not far-fetched, of course. Though raised and based in Los Angeles, the uncle-nephew team of Redfoo and Sky Blu are true sons of Motown -- the company, not the city. They're the son and grandson, respectively, of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. So Skyler Austen Gordy -- whose father, Berry Gordy IV, was in the house for the Palace show -- had every reason to announce that, "Basically, this is home town for us" as Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy) echoed, "Home town, baby!"

A homecoming, of course, means a celebration, and few acts pull off the concert-as-party (or vice versa) schtick -- to a fault -- as LMFAO.

If you have a taste for unapologetically goofy humor, drunken revelry and junior high sexual banter, it's hard not to have a good time with LMFAO. At any given moment during its exuberant 95 minutes on stage Wednesday any number of objects -- inflatable zebras and palm trees, glo sticks, streamers, beach balls -- were tossed into the audience. Dancers -- sometimes dressed as a robot, a giant pink bear or a life-sized hot dog -- romped around the stage, choreographed so loosely that bumping into each other seemed a normal part of the show. Confetti sprayed, lasers scanned overhead and, of course, a little bubbly was sprayed into the crowd during "Champagne Showers."

LMFAO would likely have thrown in a kitchen sink, too, if the group could have found an inflatable one.

The soundtrack for all this was 20 or so euphoric, four-on-the-floor electro pop anthems, all beats and cadence barely touched by melody -- fun if not terribly sophisticated. And that's where LMFAO came up a little on the short side.

The duo certainly has its irresistible hits, including "Party Rock Anthem," "Sorry For Party Rocking," "Reminds Me of You" and "Sexy and I Know It." But despite taking home a batch of Billboard Music Awards just a few night before, LMFAO's two-album ouvre doesn't quite have the depth to carry a full headlining set, a weakness exposed by filler moments such as Redfoo's pair of solo songs, "Hot Dog" and "One Day," as well as a time-filling but momentum-halting spotlight segment from "America's Best Dance Crew" champs Quest Crew. LMFAO's good-natured hijinks carried lesser songs such as "I Am Not a Whore" and the interminable "Shots," but by the encores the evening started to feel a little long.

The group's arena headlining move may have been premature as well. With the tour struggling throughout its itinerary, less than 7,000 were at the Palace on Wednesday -- some relocated from the upper deck to more expensive seats in order to close off entire sections. But those who were there certainly gave Redfoo and Sky Blu an enthusiastic home town welcome, and the duo never let its party spirit flag, from beat one to the final bows.

Like the adoptive Motown progeny they are, they knew a Dee-troit party don't stop.

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