Ke$ha at Fillmore Auditorium, 2/19/11

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Ke$ha
With Beardo
02.19.11 | Fillmore Auditorium

Being Ke$ha must be a simultaneously terrifying and awesome thing. The 23-year-old performer has the undivided attention of millions of teenage girls at the moment, and possibly, the ability to change the world with a kind of unadulterated access to young minds. At The Fillmore auditorium last night, several hundred of these future women of America stood in giggly, screaming engrossment -- dressed in the full Ke$ha uniform of ripped fishnets, off-the-shoulder shirts and of course, glitter -- ready and willing to consume a one-woman show that touched on themes of sex, oral sex, domination, submission, bondage and cannibalism.

Unfortunately, Beardo was traveling with the Get Sleazy Tour as well, but his type of boring brashness couldn't faze the intelligence of Ke$ha's crowd. His Weird-Al-meets-License-to-Ill-era-Beastie-Boys look and routine was so terribly played, it was neither believable nor funny. Strumming away at his prop for a guitar, Beardo disengaged the audience with songs like "Girls Girls Girls and Pills and Pills," "American Anthem" and "Alien Man," utilizing a Quiet Riot sample while bragging about his coke mustache.

Addressing a venue full of middle and high school girls as "motherfuckers" seemed beyond inappropriate, but Beardo had few choices left as they chanted "Ke-$ha, Ke-$ha" back at him in aggressive defiance. At one point, a dad next to me asked his daughter if she thought Beardo's permed mullet was "cool." Scrunching her nose and shaking her head "no", she silently captured the sentiment of the packed room. When the Los Angeles coke machine couldn't fight the throngs of bored teenagers anymore, he thankfully gave up and walked off.

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Less than half an hour later, the stage had been completely transformed into a multi-level trip into the future, a stadium-ready rig of metal bars and lights crammed into The Fillmore's now tiny looking space. Ke$ha appeared at the center of it all in a flood of LED brightness and smoke, the low end of "Sleazy" creeping out of the speakers with a bassy tremor.

Songs chocked full of lewd content like "Take It Off," "Blow" and "(Fuck Him) He's a DJ" rolled off Ke$ha's tongue with a Peaches-like ease, as a sea of pale fists shot back in positive response. Glitter and shiny metallic confetti exploded from guns and cannons, the animal-embodying singer prowling and posing between her Tank Girl-ish back-up dancers as they twirled streamers and took fake pictures with prop cameras. At only a few songs into the set, the popstress was ready for an outfit change -- and returned to the stage for "Blah, Blah, Blah" in a glittered defamation of the American flag and completely pants-less get-up.

Tying up a member of her entourage, Ke$ha used him as a prop to be dominated while she tore through "Cannibal" with a maddening force. Some dancers became drag queens for "Backstabber," pawing at each other and the blown out David Bowie-ish Ke$ha before she toned it down for the awkward ballad, "The Harold Song." Soon enough, the rowdy sex and party machine bounced back with "See You Next Tuesday" and anthemic "Animal." At points, the backing vocal tracks seemed to swallow Ke$ha whole, but there was a noticable glint of her singing capabilities, depending where in the venue you stood.

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Her true power came in her ability to keep every pair of mostly-female eyes on her at all times -- from the stage, Ke$ha aligned with crowd by talking to them like her friends, being her own silly self and carrying an air of snarky intelligence. "Dinosaur" proved Ke$ha's weight in humorous gold, with the twenty-something addressing old men in shifty toupees and their inappropriate attention. This was immediately followed by the clever "Grow a Pair," which entailed bringing a fan on stage and binding him to a chair with Saran wrap. Two dancers disguised a pear and a penis traipsed out from back stage to jump and wrestle with Ke$ha and the willing audience participant.

The laser-like synth lines of "Your Love is My Drug" and "Tik-Tok" closed out the set, glitter once again shooting out uncontrollably and setting the stage for a glorious parade-like exit. It wasn't long before Ke$ha and crew reappeared in yet another set of costumes for an encore, "We R Who We R," sending shrieks of satisfaction through the venue. A piñata dropped from the ceiling and a mysterious Santa Claus that had been inexplicably lurking in the shadows all night appeared to cover the Beastie Boys' classic party song "Fight For Your Right." Now wrapped in a flannel and Colorado state flag, Ke$ha danced with Santa until he threw her over his shoulder and hauled her away.

An expensive-looking big bang-up stage show combined with lowest common denominator pop could have been disastrous, but Ke$ha more than pulled it off. Glitter and sex can only go so far, but she took it beyond limits with a pretty phenomenal performance. Entering the show with my own expectation that Ke$ha use her power for female empowerment was silly and unjustified. That is not what Ke$ha has ever been about.

Ke$ha sums up why she does what she does best than I ever could -- simply put, "we're young and we're bored."

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Personal Bias: Being the third time I have unintentionally seen Beardo perform, there was no way I could be unbiased to his always-terrible performance.
Random Details: The sound guy was playing HEALTH between sets.

By the Way: There was a woman in front of me who was probably in her mid-50s who knew every word to every song and had a dance for each. It blew my mind, and maybe shifted my perception of Ke$ha just slightly. In a good direction.


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Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony

Beardo is the truth. He is also one cool ass guy on a personal level. A little harsh on his performance, I think. 

Daniel Wheeler
Daniel Wheeler

I like Beardo but i'm just not sure he was the right opening act for this crowd.

Twiddle
Twiddle

You need to research & dig further if you are going to call Beardo's guitar a "prop". He is the real deal & plays the guitar on super-natural levels. He is known for guitar and his songwriting. He writes with purpose & has been the start of many musical & concept trends. He is also a known producer & has some serious jazz & rock skills, The guy is a session player. You wouldn't know a live guitar playing or a guitar player if he whacked you in the face with his head stock! In fact, that Beastie Boys cover was originally done by Beardo, then he allowed Mickey Avalon & Ke$ha perform it live with him when they use to all tour together. He obviously decided to give that cover to Ke$ha, because he doesn't need to do that song. Further to research before you post, Beardo has done nothing but influence Ke$ha with her music, art & concepts; in fact, Dirt Nasty & Mickey Avalon have been influences too. You know nothing of this music scene and where it derives from, you are a true idiot, you should be embarrassed while sitting on your thumb. Good luck with your literary career cause you need it!

Breecdavies
Breecdavies

I play guitar. Beardo, in fact, does not when he is on stage.

Kdane
Kdane

i find it amusing that you say when beardo was on stage the crowd was bored yet in the picture of him it seems as if almost everyone in it is raising there hands and going with music

Josh
Josh

@BreecdaviesI was not at the concert but if what Adam describes as the scene at the Fillmore is true then, despite his harsh language, I agree with Adam.

Consider this your uncensored sex education:My guess is if Adam is a red blooded heterosexual human male he is probably not offended by girls in “full Ke$ha uniform.” In fact the only way I can see that he would be offended is if he was homosexual or a father with a daughter. The homosexual is not turned on and the father knows far too well how men view woman and sees his daughter in the girls. The other possibility is he has seen the consequences of the sex-trade and if what he is saying is true it sounds like he has (this indicates he may in some way work with law enforcement or human services). As for the rest of the males at that concert I guaranty they all had boners and were turned on by the girls. That’s where the problem lies.

THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEN.The scientific truth is that from the age of puberty (13 years) to death men’s brains a bathed in testosterone and as such they are constantly thinking of sex. These thoughts are only put in check by the conscience brain weighing in other factors such as food, the fear of getting caught and perhaps STDs. The only time a man is not influenced by the drive to have sex is directly after he ejaculates.I doubt that middle school girls and most high school girls understand this. They may be dressing like hookers (Yes dressing in your underwear is trying to be a hooker) because they think it is cool not understanding that the reason hookers and Kesha dress like this is to attract men to them. Kesha sells the thought of sex because she wants men to pay to see her concert and to buy her album, hookers sell their bodies. The latter is exactly what men following both of these girls want. This is way Kesha has BODYguards.

Anyone with precious jewelry knows that you don’t leave them in the car in plan sight especially in bad neighborhoods. Yes, they should be safe in a perfect world but in reality you are just asking for them to get stolen. The most precocious jewelry a man can get is female pussy that is what he is designed to get. If you put it on display especially around men that do not fear the consequences of fighting the girl, getting caught (by law enforcement or others), or STDs you are effectively just asking for your body to get “stolen” which means rape and possibly death or perhaps being force into the sex trade.

Adam’s P.S. message may have been a little harsh but it is exactly what you needed to hear. If you dress like trash people will treat you like trash and although that will get you attention it doesn’t get any respect. And that is particularly dangerous around people who frequent areas like East Colfax.

Adam
Adam

Wow, for all intensive purposes Josh you're right. However, going with your statements on the male brain I'll give some guys some credit for having morals and empathy mixed in with other weighing in factors of the brain but I certainly won't give that credit to most guys and even then the testosterone still has it's influence.

P.S.Nice "work" guess but I suppose it wasn't too hard to figure out.

Savestheadam
Savestheadam

Beardo is the fuckin man and a really cool guy. his live set is awesome. this review does him no justice.

BenC
BenC

I love HEALTH!

Adam
Adam

I hate to burst your bubble but I watched at least 200 of those middle, high school and unfortunately some college-aged girls grind on each other wearing nothing but their underwear in 40 degree weather outside of the Fillmore (on East Colfax) for the entire concert. Ke$ha’s got a long way to go if she’s going to influence the world with the “intelligence” of those girls. And she better hurry because the drugs that they took in the alley afterwards are only making them dumber. And as far as her ability to inspire girls to be something that could change the world, Ke$ha is certainly no P!nk or Marti Dodson.

P.S.We stopped molestation from occurring just one block over the night before. Those want-a-be tramps at the Ke$ha concert were just asking for trouble and some of them probably got it.

Breecdavies
Breecdavies

Adam- Your assumption that young women in clothes you find offensive are "want-a-be tramps" and that they "were just asking for trouble and some of them probably got it" is a considerably more dangerous than Ke$ha.

Also, my bubble wasn't bursted. You didn't read the whole review.

Adam
Adam

Bree, I don't find that clothing offensive I find it stupid to dress in underwear on East Colfax (and even dumber if you let your school aged daughter do it) and think you’re protected. We have stopped 6 different children from being abducted by gorilla pimps in that neighborhood in a year and I know of at least 8 disappearances (2 boys and 6 girls). If you going to parade like that they are going to come after you. If your high when they get to you, like many of those girls were laying in the alley, they don't even have to use their own drugs to dope you up. It's not my attitude that's dangerous it yours. I will fight sex traffickers until the day I die but I can not protect girls that invite trouble. And the man we scared off the night before is still out there.

Breecdavies
Breecdavies

I find it hard to believe that someone who claims to fight sex trafficking would use the term "tramp." The vigilante stance means nothing to me, if that is the sole reason you are trying to "help" young women, especially when you are labeling them as "inviting" this trouble.

Dylan
Dylan

haha Beardo is RAD! Fuck queen slutwaver Ke$ha...

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