I decided to step out of my comfort zone and do my first show review and shoot live photos for the first time. For those that have followed my work, you know I have always been in front of the camera. Anyways, I got to check out Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic Tour presented by Monster Energy at The Wiltern last month and here is what I thought about it…
As I arrived at The Wiltern around 6pm, the line of Iggy fans practically went down the whole block. The show was sold out but fans were still hitting the box office hoping to buy tickets for this highly anticipated show. I picked up my credentials and waited in the lobby as fans began to make their way to the merch table and the bar area. I walked into the auditorium as DJ Wizkid was getting the crowd hyped with his pre-show mixes. I was really amazed at the Hotel Iggy stage production because I have never seen more than just a backdrop at this venue, at least not for the shows I have been to. Iggy was definitely going all out on her The New Classic Tour.
As Wizkid wrapped his set he began to introduce Iggy while “Beat Down” started playing and her dancers walked out on stage. “What you looking at, do I got something in my eye?” she began to rap as Hotel Iggy opened it’s doors and she made her way down the stairs and into the front of the stage. Her first song went hard and full of energy making it a great opener for her 16 song performance. For still being a fresh emerging artist, Iggy really put in a lot of work into her performance as well as her dancers making it seem as if she was born on stage.
After 6 straight songs of high-energy, Iggy let the fans take a break by slowing things down with “Rolex” and “Don’t Need Y’all.” During “Change Your Life” I have to admit I was a bit disappointed because when I first walked into the venue I had seen T.I. walk in so I assumed he was going to hit the stage with her to perform the feature, but he didn’t. The song ended and Iggy went back into Hotel Iggy for a quick change and set change for her track “Pu$$y” which now added stripper poles and lots of pole dancing.
12 songs into the show we got her single “Fancy” which had the entire building singing along. When the chorus dropped Iggy Hotel opened its doors and Charli XCX came out to sing the feature with Iggy. Her high-energy remained throughout the entire night until she finished the last note of “Work” to close out the show and thank her fans for joining her.
I was very impressed with Iggy’s task as a performer. Clearly you can see why we can’t stop hearing about her and why this is her year. There is still some learning to do but it’s not anything crucial. I will not be surprised if her next tour is an arena tour as her fanbase continues to grow and her stage production is already up to par. The tour was presented by Monster Energy and in support of her debut album The New Classic which is available now.