Cuban American singer-songwriter, Pitbull, performed at Bandra’s, MMRDA Grounds Saturday night. Though the grounds could accommodate a huge crowd, organisers decided to restrict the capacity to 3000. The crowd consisted of mostly teenyboppers, who constitute a chunk of Pitbull’s fan base in India. Strangely, there were also families carrying their three-year-olds, women who looked they were heading for a wedding dressed in saris, and a posse of safari-clad bodyguards who were protecting their VVIP employers.
Salman Khan’s sister Arpita was among those surrounded by security in the VVIP lounge, which was also had a mix of business magnates like Videocon’s Anirudh Dhoot and Gitanjali’s Mehul Shah.
Though some of the invites stated that the time for closing the gates was 7 pm, the concert kicked off only at 8.55 pm. Pitbull leaped on stage in his trademark suit along with a backup bongo player, keyboardist and a drummer. He started the show with, Hey Baby, which he’s originally sung with T-Pain. Here, though, T-Pain’s absence was replaced with his recorded voice blaring from the sound systems.
This was followed by songs like, Give Me Everything Tonight and Welcome to Miami. After every two songs, the rapper thanked the city for inviting him to perform. He also frequently spoke about India and its women.
At one point, he took everyone by surprise by saying, “It’s time to take some women to the hotel,” which incidentally, was a precursor to his song, Meet Me at he Hotel Room. Surprisingly, Pitbull sang only portions of his biggest recent hits, Rain Over Me, which features Marc Anthony and Get On The Floor that he collaborated with J Lo on.
Also, Pitbull seemed to be lip-syncing all his songs. Not only was this clearly visible on the large screens put next to the stage, but also there were variations in his voice while talking to the audience and during singing. Says Prashant Shirshat of 3rd Rock Entertainment, which is one of the organisers, "Compared to the Delhi, the Mumbai show was far better and we consider it a major success.” The concert wound up at around 9.45 pm.