Unintentionally, I noticed Illenium twice inside per week. First, final Friday in Las Vegas at Hakkasan Nightclub, after which on Wednesday at Stage AE. How completely different the 2 exhibits had been wasn’t essentially stunning — one was a membership setting and the opposite the primary cease on his ASCEND tour — however I used to be shocked on the vitality delivered to Stage AE. For the primary time ever, Illenium performed guitar dwell on stage. How did Pittsburgh get so fortunate?
Throughout his Vegas set, Illenium, identified for his sentimental “sad-boy” and “sad-girl” music together with hard-hitting entice and dubstep performed principally songs by different DJs, like Rezz and Flume. This is smart; Vegas is a celebration metropolis. More often than not, individuals at a membership set are simply there to drink, dance, and hearken to music. Tour exhibits are when the true followers come out; the time to tug out all of the stops.
What stood out to me amongst all of the songs I’ve seen carried out dwell this 12 months was “Gold (Silly Love),” Illenium’s collab with Excision. Their greatest hit, which will get dropped continually throughout units (I’ve heard it a minimum of six instances this 12 months that I can recall), took on new life as Illenium shredded the guitar. Video was being recorded all over the place you appeared, the sounds of astonished “oohs” and “ahhs” throughout lulls echoed throughout the river. I had goosebumps as love was reignited for a tune that had misplaced its unique magic. Thanks, Illenium, for bringing one thing particular to Pittsburgh. You made all of the unhappy girls and boys cry.
BRB, I’ll go watch the video I took of the tune for the 10th time immediately.