Picking up where they left off last week at the Grammy Awards, the Black Eyed Peas kicked off their world tour at Atlanta's Philips Arena Thursday night, creating an over-the-top electronic-hip-hop-pop-rock'n'roll circus, costarring hometown hero Ludacris and party boys LMFAO. LMFAO took the stage first and immediately established the fact this was more of a party than a concert. "Where are all my alcoholics at?!" was met with a big cheer, despite the fact it wasn't even 8 P.M. The lighthearted, groove-happy duo serenaded the crowd via auto-tune, subbed Atlanta into "I'm in Miami, Bitch," and had back-up dancers that included kids bizarrely dressed up in Lego costumes. It was like if the Flaming Lips ran head first into the Beastie Boys of the future... at a party. IfLMFAO turned the room into a bash, Ludacris transformed it into a club.
Perez Hilton helped put Lady Gaga and Mika on the map by featuring them in the "Listen to This" section of his popular site Perezhilton.com. So it was only a matter of time before America's celebrity blog princess became a de facto A&R man with his own label and a national tour. See a photo gallery of the show here. Thursday night at Atlanta's 1200-seat Variety Playhouse, said tour kicked offmuch like his fans would expect: The stage was flanked by shiny magenta curtains and a massive "Perez Hilton Presents" backdrop. A video screen played boppy tunes by the Ting Tings and Rihanna, until the house lights dimmed and the host bounded on stage, sporting perfectly messy hair and a tight-fitting turquoise tee that read "I'm Huge on Twitter." "Hi Atlanta! I hope you guys are drunk," Hilton said by way of greeting.