Irvine Meadows closed down with Gwen Stefani giving the venue’s final performance after its 35 year run in 2016. The following year, the Five Point Amphitheater opened. This past summer has been very busy for Five Point between major artists like KISS, Korn & Staind, Megadeth & Lamb of God, and Friday night with Pitbull & Iggy Azalea (9/24).
Last year, Azalea turned 30 and for the past decade has been a household name having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. Azalea, an Australian native, moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 and went from model to rapper.
Over the past decade Azalea opened for Rita Ora, Nas, and Beyonce and has collaborated with Steve Aoki, Ariana Grande, T.I., and Jennifer Lopez. Azalea’s third studio album was released just a month ago titled The End of an Era. From the new album Azalea performed “Iam the Stripclub,” “Sex on the Beach,” “Peach Body” and “Nights Like This.” Azalea came out sporting a bodysuit with Tony Montana (Scarface) all over the front and back opening with “Work.” Azalea ended with her biggest hit “Fancy.”
Earlier this year, Pitbull turned 40 and for two decades has had quite the career from selling over 25 million albums in the U.S, 100 million singles worldwide and on YouTube has amassed over 15 billion views. For awards, Pitbull has won 35 Billboard Latin Music Awards and is both a Grammy and Latin Grammy winner. Pitbull even has own Sirius XM channel dedicated to latin music.
Over the last decade, Pitbull has toured with Britney Spears, Prince Royce, Ke$ha, and Enrique Iglesias. Outside of Music, as of January this year he became a co-owner of the Nascar team Trackhouse Racing. I’d call Pitbull a non-stop party machine. From the minute he came out it was a full on dance party. Pitbull opened with “Don’t Stop the Party,” which was very fitting. To me Pitbull is the definition of cool.
After releasing his debut album M.I.A.M.I. in 2004, Pitbull has released 11 albums total and one hit single after the next having over 70 singles and was featured on another 100+ from other artists, and on top of that over 80+ non-singles. Pitbull has collaborated with everyone from The Backstreet Boys to Janet Jackson to Santana to Shakira. Most people probably know more Pitbull songs then they realize with his songs and songs he’s guested on being played constantly on the radio. Pitbull could perform a 3-hour show and still not get to all the hits. His set included “Culo,” “Timber,” “Feel This Moment,” “Give Me Everything,” and “Time of our Lives.”
Pitbull took a minute to share his Cuban heritage with the audience and how his family fled communism to come to the U.S. and that “we need to keep it the United States of America, not the divided states of America,” which was a very important statement to make. Pitbull also gives back to the community between his tuition-free school and donating song sales from his single “I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem)” to Feeding America and the The Anthony Robbins Foundation.” Pitbull brought out one his first graduates to come out and breakdance.