(Review by RB Contributor Melissa Gasia)
British Electronic Dance Music producer and DJ Gareth Emery knew exactly how to pump up his crowd at the final stop of his seven-month “Drive: An American Road Trip” tour on Nov. 22 at the Hollywood Palladium. This is his first time ever in America doing a five-hour set. It featured tracks from his latest album “Drive” which hit No. 1 on iTunes Dance Chart.
The sold out night started as Emery came out wearing a Khanda shirt with his hands held up high. He warmed up by dropping some of his classics including “This is that”. The palladium was packed on the floor and the balcony with dancing, jumping and screaming fans fist pumping in the air. Confetti blew up from time to time and laser lights added some dramatic effect to the dance floor.
The crowd took out their phones and cameras to capture the moment when the queen of trance Christina Novelli came out to sing “Concrete Angle” while Emery was on the keys. As the crowd was swaying to Novelli’s cold soothing voice, they sang along to the lyrics as loud as they could. After her performance, Novelli shared the love and came down to greet her fans at the front row over the barriers. Novelli took selfies with them and even did the PLUR handshake to trade kandi bracelets.
Music tracks got heavier as the night progressed and the crowd’s energy just kept getting higher. Emery brought his style to the palladium with a mixture of house, electro, underground and trance tracks with special appearances from Roxanne Emery, Luke Bond and Bo Bruce.
The show ended by going back to the hit song “Concrete Angel”. This time, Novelli came up on the deck right next to Emery, dancing and clapping to get the crowd going down. Emery sang along with arms spread apart closing his eyes with a big smile on his face.
Fans from all over the world who were not able to be at the event were able to get the whole experience and watch the performance live as if they were there. The event was streamed online as the first episode of the Emery’s brand new radio show Electric For Life. For those who missed out, there is a rerun on the website http://electricfor.life/ so everyone can relive the moment or experience it for the first time. As Emery put it on his Instagram, “End of DRIVE but a beginning for Electric Life.”