Drake at Comfort Dental, 5/13/12

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Britt Chester
Drake last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. Slide show: Drake photos from last night.


DRAKE @ COMFORT DENTAL AMPHITHEATRE | 05.14.12

Last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, not only did Drake bring along a slew of his homeboys for The Club Paradise tour, he displayed mind-blowing artistry. Erudite and gorgeous, the Toronto MC charmed the entire place with his theatrics and gestures while his live band crushed shit behind him. Removing clothes as he went along, he ran through hit after hit after hit, bringing guest MCs 2Chainz, Waka Flocka (who is one bad ass motherfucker, but more on him in a minute) and French Montana out to join him. After watching him perform for more than an hour, one thing's for sure, and two is for certain: You can hate on October's Very Own if you want to, but you're wasting your time.

The audience knew it was about to go down as soon as a poised (and very brave) camera guy was lifted up about fifty feet in the air by crane on the stage. The opaque curtain dropped, the band set themselves in place, and a bizarre hush came over the amphitheater. The lights dropped, the bass hit, and boom! There he was wearing a purple hoodie with a scowling owl emblazoned on it, surveying the stage and with a look of confidence, Drake soared into "Lord Knows."

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Britt Chester
Drake last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. Slide show: Drake photos from last night.

He was pitch perfect, and the grin was damaging among the audience of mostly girls -- and guys trying to get girls. Some artists require time before hitting the sweet spot at concerts, but Drake started wrecking shit as soon as he touched the stage. The bounce factor set in with "Underground Kings" before he treated us to a rousing and ridiculously exciting rendition of "Miss Me." We got to see him become a fan and sing along to The Weeknd's chorus for "Crew Love," while the Denver crowd joined him before he slowed things down with a way too seductive go at "She Will."

More than the energy Drake poured into his performance and into the crowd, his set was like theater. The lights, at times, formed ladders around the hulking set, engulfing the superstar in an array of patterns, words and images. The band set fire to "Up All Night," while we were greeted to gorgeous slowed down images of Aaliyah in the background for "We'll Be Fine."

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Britt Chester
Drake last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. Slide show: Drake photos from last night.

Drake kept the "Club Paradise," theme going with constant reminders of the songs he likes to hear in the club, using this segue to bring out 2 Chainz for their new joint, "No Lie." The two looked like good friends as they stalked the stage to the heavy beat, rapping the words both to each other and the adoring crowd. 2 Chainz ended his verse with the signature line, "Truuuue!" before exiting stage right. Drake, down front, then led with, "When it's 1:45 in the morning, all I want to hear is this next guy I'm about to bring out," before Waka Flocka exploded from the back for their track, "Round of Applause."

Drake danced and threw up his hands, saluting his compadre as they enticed the ladies to "make that ass clap." It might sound crass, but it was fucking amazing in the moment. The hits, man, he has hits for days and days. When the microphone dropped from the ceiling for what would no doubt be a slow number, the crowd went nuts for "Marvin's Room." He lurched and spun himself into a dizzying tizzy for the most explosive version of "Take Care" ever. Being sure to ham it up for the cameras at the bridge of the song, he lifted his shirt to wipe his face, showing off what is no doubt an invincible workout plan (we see you, Drizzy).

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Britt Chester
Drake last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. Slide show: Drake photos from last night.

Drake interacted quite a bit with the audience last night. There were interludes when all he did was shout out folks in the crowd being sure to call each woman he chatted up "baby," before bringing out French Montana for "Stay Schemin," a song that's hot like fire, even though French Montana looked half asleep for it. We thought it was over with "Make Me Proud," but he kept it moving with the super party anthem, "The Motto."

There were thousands of screams of "YOLO!" echoing throughout the place when Drake ended his set with "Headlines," before jawing with the audience for another ten minutes. Of note, he hugged an eleven year old girl who was down front before jokingly admonishing her to "take her ass home to bed" after the show. Drake packed, in what little time he had, more hits, energy, passion, and drive into one set than most artists offer entire projects. We're not kidding. It was amazing.

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Genesis
Genesis

I'm slightly angry I missed when he pulled up his shirt! :( Any chance there's a picture somewhere? Haha. Anyways, the concert was fucking fantastic, & that little girl is soo lucky! Haha, you go girl! :D

Bournj3280
Bournj3280

Agree with most of the review, except for Wocka Flocka.  My opinion, but that guy was terrible!  With his ass hangin out the whole time, all I could here was him yelling into the mic!  It wasn't artistic or talent to me...just a crap load of noise!  Wocka was Wack in my opinion!!  Drake killed it though, and I thought JCole was also good, and showed he is an up and comer for sure!

Angel Aubreydg Ovoxo Gomez
Angel Aubreydg Ovoxo Gomez

That was me and I'm 12 going be 13 in August.......not 11

Ru Johnson
Ru Johnson like.author.displayName 1 Like

August's very own. My bad. Thought he said 11, which is very different than 12, and miles away from 13. Thanks for checking the run-down. One love.

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