Review: Cee Lo Green at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg
Everyone's favorite roly-poly R&B loverboy, Cee Lo Green, hit the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. And while there were moments of pure pop joy, reviewer Sean Daly says many in the crowd had to be perplexed by what they saw:
Opening with a choppy, sloppy cover of David Bowie's Let's Dance, the Atlanta native born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, backed by a six-piece band, proceeded to rage against the venue's light guy (he wanted something "more dynamic"), complain about the heat (he splashed tsunamic waves of sweat off his smooth-pated dome) and garble the lyrics to every other song. You better believe some folks, shelling out a hefty price, left surly.
But there were also moments of pure bliss. Green found his sweet, soulful voice for the night's second song, the great grooving Bright Lights Bigger City, from underloved album The Lady Killer, a throwback special merging modern swagger with a wicked bassline out of the School of MJ and slightly ripe keyboard blasts from the 1980s.
"I'm old school," the big man grinned. "I love that s---!"
Photo: Willie J. Allen Jr., tbt*