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There Was No Stopping the Pitbull Party Saturday Night in Saint Louis

Pitbull performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Laura Tucker/ Laura Tucker Photography.

 

–by Laura Tucker

If you were in town this Labor Day weekend, your staycation got an upgrade if you were among the party goers at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. The evening started with a DJ who kept us entertained and set the mood before opening artist Iggy Azalea made her appearance. But the night belonged to Pitbull!

Pitbull performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Laura Tucker/ Laura Tucker Photography.

When he was ready to begin, a ridiculously large curtain covered the stage and hid the Cuban-American star while the screens on either side displayed a countdown. We were happy to yell out the numbers as if we were waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, to welcome his arrival. The fans were out of their seats and ready to go from the first note. He opened with the anthem, “Don’t Stop the Party” with dancers swirling around him, fog machines blasting straight into the air and the chorus spelled out in giant letters behind him. “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” And we’re off!!

Pitbull performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Laura Tucker/ Laura Tucker Photography.

He then took the time to say how grateful, thankful and blessed he was to be there, with us, in the Show-Me State. He then said “you show me seven and I’ll show you eight.” I’m not entirely sure how to decipher that but I have no doubt, he means what he says! That seems to be his approach to life. With his signature catch phrase “dale” (da-lay), always giving his all, and then some.

Pitbull performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Laura Tucker/ Laura Tucker Photography.

Then he launched into his next number, “Hey Baby” to the delight of the sold-out crowd. His fans are not only enthusiastic, but they are also downright dedicated. Mingling around the venue, a few of them wore a type of snug-fit, flesh-toned, bald-head hats to emulate the rapper.  Some even had painted on beards. Now that… is a fan!

Pitbull performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Laura Tucker/ Laura Tucker Photography.

His third number was “Hotel” and the stage lit up like a city scape. He and his dancers continued to wow the crowd with their slick Miami moves. His energetic presence could be felt all the back to the lawn and probably to the next town over. Again between songs, he took the time to thank us for being there and said he couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity. He wasted no time mentioning his band and DJ, saying “I don’t do this shit up here all by myself.” His Can’t Stop Us Now tour will stop 50 times in 2022.

Pitbull performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Laura Tucker/ Laura Tucker Photography.

Pitbull is one of the most stylish and entertaining artists in pop music. He has been chosen to host everything from the Super Bowl Halftime Show to the American Music Awards. Always a professional, he comes dressed to impress and with his cooler than cool demeanor and smooth vocals that finesse the airwaves like melting chocolate, no party is complete without him.

Pitbull performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Laura Tucker/ Laura Tucker Photography.

Also known as Mr. Worldwide, he has seemingly collaborated with everyone in music, including J-LO, Usher, Kesha, Shakira, Enrique Inglesias, Christina Ageulara, Zac Brown and many more. He has also made old songs new again by sampling them while laying down new tracks.

Pitbull performing at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Saturday. Photo by Laura Tucker/ Laura Tucker Photography.

Saturday night was nothing but high-energy and good vibes and we are also grateful, thankful and blessed that you chose to spend it in St. Louis.

 

 

Pitbull Setlist:

1. Intro/Don’t Stop the Party
2. Hey Baby
3. Hotel
4. Discoteca
5. GN’R / Rain Over Me
6. International Love
7. Manos / Bon Bon
8. I Feel Good
9. Mi Gente / Bojangles / Turn Down For What
10. USA
11. On The Floor / Baby / DJ Got Us
12. Anthem
13. Hot / Gasolina
14. Shake / Culo / Calle 8
15. Shake Senora
16. Fireball
17. Feel This Moment

Encore:
18. Can’t Stop Us Now
19. Timber
20. Time of Our Lives
21. Give Me Everything

 

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