Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
M.I.A. is CRAZY y’all! In a good way, of course. Her show this past Friday night was not sold out, so if you missed it, it’s your own fault for not going to the party. I don’t feel sorry for you at all – I’m not taking any excuses! She was about a half an hour late to come on stage, which was annoying the heck out of the fans and the photographers in the pit – myself included. Her DJ, Chicago’s own Million $ Mano, spun for about 10-15 minutes before M.I.A. hit the stage. But in the end she proved how much she appreciates her fans by allowing plenty of time during her set for audience interaction.
At one point, she brought up TONS of female fans (100+) to join her onstage for her song 10 Dollar, which is off her debut album – Arular. That track turned into a fan favorite, Boyz, from her latest album – Kala. Poor, poor security…they really had no idea what was about to happen. I watched as girls and more girls jumped the barricade and bombarded past the security guards to rush the stage and dance with M.I.A. I mean, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the fans at this show. So I don’t blame them at all for wanting to be up on stage with one of their favorite artists. If I could dance (I have NO rhythm when it comes to moving my body), I would have been up there in a heartbeat.
My favorite song of the night was Paper Planes. I even recorded a video of that performance using my kick-ass camera with awesome audio AND visual quality. At one point near the end of her set, M.I.A. attempted to crowd surf. Her dedicated fans were totally ready to hold her up, but a security guard came over and yanked her back. So she basically just stood on the ledge of the barricade and leaned as far over into the crowd as she could to high five her fans. Hey, at least she made the effort to connect with her audience. If you get a chance in a city near you, go and check out M.I.A. I promise, you will not be bored one bit during her live performance. She is VERY entertaining.