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Fri04182014

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Chris Brown and tour jam FedExForum

Chris Brown
Chris Brown
Tyga
T-Pain
 

Fans – large numbers of whom began arriving several hours early – turned out big time on Wednesday night to see Chris Brown, aka CBreezy, along with Tyga and T-Pain. Fans – large numbers of whom began arriving several hours early – turned out big time on Wednesday night to see Chris Brown, aka CBreezy, along with Tyga and T-Pain.

 
 Chris Brown was lowered onto the stage for his concert performance Wednesday night and did not let down the fans that packed the FedExForum nearly to capacity. (Photos by Warren Roseborough)

 
Translation: The FedExForum was filled near to capacity and not a basketball, college or professional, was bounced.

And you didn’t have to be a teenager to join the crowd. There seemed to have been just as many adults in the audience as there were kids, which shows the mass appeal of these artists.

Back stage, Tianna and Tierra Perry, waited anxiously to meet and greet Brown, having paid for the opportunity. By declaration, they’ve been fans since CBreezy started his career. (His recording debut came at age 16 in late 2005.)

The Perrys’ specific mission? Get Brown’s autograph and tell him that they loved him.

And so the night went.

When Tyga took the stage, you would have thought that he was the headliner. It was deafening. I have to be totally honest… I had no idea who this kid was. I even had to call my son during the performance just to make sure I had the name of a song correct.

Tyga closed the show with his hit song, “Far Away.” It was an obvious crowd favorite because everyone seemed to know all of the words to the chorus. He also reminded the crowd that his new album would be in stores on Dec. 20.

T-Pain proved that he wasn’t an old man compared to the two younger acts he was sandwiched between. I was waiting to see what a live T-Pain performance would be like and surprisingly enough, he did not use autotune during his performance. However, he did run through a large medley of nearly every song he recorded with others such as, “Bartender” with Akon and “Low,” which he recorded with rapper Flo Rida.

Then after a brief intermission, Mr. Brown took the stage. I didn’t realize how tall this kid was. I think this is the closest I will ever get to experiencing what a Michael Jackson concert must have been like.

But seriously, I can say this, Chris Brown seems to have redeemed himself after pleading guilty (2009) to felony assault of singer and then-girlfriend Rihanna, and I think he is officially back.

I’d like to see him keep it moving in the right direction.

  
 Measured by volume, Tyga triggered a headliner-like response from Wednesday night’s FedExForum crowd.
T-Pain was the man in the middle during the concert that opened with Tyga and closed with headliner Chris Brown.


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