BY TER STAFF
Minutes ago, singer Chris Brown brought the party to Chicago, as Breezy brought “The Party Tour” to the Allstate Arena in Rosement, IL. And while the bill was 50 cents short (as rapper 50 Cent was originally slated to support the tour), Chris Brown still brought some major talent to the Windy City, as rap veteran, Fabolous, and newcomers, Kap G and O.T. Genasis, helped warm up the crowd.
First up for the night was College Park, GA native, Kap G. Representing for all the Mexican-American hip-hop heads in the world, the Atlantic Records artist got the night started right with a couple of his best tracks, including his addictive single ‘Girlfriend’.
Kap G was followed by rapper O.T. Genasis, who continued to keep the gears moving, especially with his hit track, ‘Cut It’, a single that was no stranger to the packed arena. With three supporting acts on the bill, it’s no surprise that Kap G and O.T. Genasis’ sets were short lived, but fans were certainly left wanting more.
With one more supporting performance left on the night, a familiar face from the last couple decades hit the stage. As “F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S” greeted the Chicago crowd, the energy levels throughout the Allstate reached a high. With years of hit singles to choose from, including ‘Can’t Deny It’, ‘Breathe’ and Tamia’s ‘I’m So Into You’, Fabolous may be removed from his biggest years in rap, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from tonight. Fabolous can still get a crowd moving and rapping along word-for-word.
Last, but definitely not least, it was time for the tour’s headliner to bless the stage. And while you either disagree with his off-stage antics or strongly disagree with his off-stage antics, there is no denying that Chris Brown is one of the best entertainers around. Whether its his singing, dancing or anything else, Chris Brown is the definition of talent. And tonight he put that talent on an all-out showcase for his Illinois fans.
Brown started his 90-minute set on a high note with performances of ‘Wrist’, ‘Poppin” and ‘Love More’. With more hits than all the openers before him, it was no surprise that the 20+ song setlist was full of classics and fan favorites. But while a stellar setlist was to be expected, it was everything extra that made the night one that fans will not soon forget.
A huge stage, set to reach to as many fans possible, and Brown’s elaborate acrobatics stole the show and make this tour a standout. While fans across the country should be happy that Brown took his Party Tour to the road, you would have guessed that it was tailored for a long-standing Vegas residency with its exceptional production value. If you’re a big Chris Brown fan, this tour is for you, but if you’re even just a fan of great entertainment, then you won’t want to miss this one as well.
Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below, and be sure to get tickets for one of the remaining dates of the The Party Tour at LiveNation.com.
Photos by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration