Friday, July 26, 2013

Under the Influence Tour

Tuesday, July 23rd, the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre hosted the “Under The Influence Tour” featuring headliners A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa as well as Joey Bada$$, Trinidad James and B.o.B. The lines were jam packed at every entrance hours after the concert started and even outside the venue, the smell of weed was potent as ever. I caught the end of B.o.B’s set where he performed his radio hits such as "Nothin’ On You,” “Airplanes” and “Magic” before leaping off the stage and finishing his performance in the lawn seats at the top of the theatre.  

A$AP followed his performance and although I have attended several of Rocky’s shows, his growth as a performer and artist was truly evident. He was accompanied by a live band who executed his sick beats perfectly. A$AP started off with “1 Train” and it was great to see him and Joey perform the cypher-like song together. His album titled track “Long Live A$AP” was next and the dope visuals were projected as part of the performance. “Wild for the Night” brought the entire crowd of children, middle-aged adults and everyone in between on their feet and the energy continued to grow as A$AP Ferg and Trinidad James came out for the epic “Work Remix.” Continuing with his features with Ferg, the two performed their newest single “Shabba Ranks.” Brilliantly, A$AP serenaded the crowd with his hypnotizing voice on “Purple Kisses” only to finish off strong with the song of the year “Fuckin’ Problems.” I was able to see A$AP early on in his career, prior to his debut album, so it was great to see a new level of performance from him while maintaining a mix of LiveLoveA$AP gems as well as his newer album hits.

Wiz finished off the show and the buzz backstage was that this was his greatest performance of the tour thus far. His set began advertising his line of Converse sneakers while describing his rise to fame and individuality as an artist. He opened with “Bout Me” and performed hits such as “Work Hard,” “Up,” “Taylor Gang” and of course “Black and Yellow.” Wiz shouted out his wife Amber Rose who surprised me with her kindness and humility as well as bringing out Taylor Gang members Chevy Woods and Ty Dolla $ign. The show finished off by bringing all the artists from the evening on stage solidifying the incredible lineup of the tour.

“Under the Influence Tour” is definitely not a show you want to miss. Check out some of the live footage from the tour below.

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