How does one even begin to recap a concert that lasted five and a half hours and featured 10 of the biggest names in music today? The second annual iHeartRadio Music Festival kicked off it’s two-day extravaganza yesterday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and fans weren’t disappointed. Usher, Rihanna, Green Day, No Doubt, and P!NK were just a few of the artist who brought hits, both old and new, to the stage.
The first major surprise of the night belonged to No Doubt.
When we heard from a few insiders that No Doubt would open the show with a little help from our friend and Storytellers subject P!NK, we had no idea how our wildest dream would actually come true. Would P!NK fly through the arena on her magic scarves and join Gwen and the crew for a revamped version of “Don’t Speak” or would she simple walk out on stage during the chorus of “Spiderwebs?” Neither one of those things happened. P!NK actually didn’t join No Doubt until midway through their set.
With an intro from Gwen, P!NK appeared on stage and knelt down (like for real) in front of Ms. Stefani before kicking in the second verse of “I’m Just A Girl.” “She’s the baddest f–king girl in the world,” P!NK told the crowd (as if they didn’t already know!). We’re still trying to get over the site of these two powerhouse women on one stage.
Not to be outdone, Jon Bon Jovi and the boys form Jersey brought the MGM Grand Garden Arena to its feet. Name a Bon Jovi hit and they probably played it, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “It’s My Life,” and “Bad Medicine.” The set felt more like a closing act then a middle of the pack act, but that’s no surprise — the band was scheduled to close Saturday’s show before Shakira dropped out due to her pregnancy.
Lil Wayne also had a surprise up his sleeve (or should we say non-sleeve, since Weezy took his shirt off mid-performance) and brought out R&B singer Keysha Cole for “Enough of No Love.”
Gangnam-Style creator Psy was also in the building, as well as Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, and Ryan Lochte, who introduced his pal Lil Wayne.
But the night’s biggest unexpected moment came in the form of a 30-minute f-bomb laced set by Green Day. Guitar smashing ensued, Justin Bieber was named dropped in an unflattering way and somewhere above the rock gods were smiling down on Las Vegas.
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