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Mickey Avalon performed at the Fox Theatre on Monday night and pumped up the crowd with his crazy stage antics.
The Fox was packed and the crowd was one of the most inebriated and enthusiastic I’ve seen.
Since becoming the first artist signed by MySpace records, Avalon has amassed an enormous fan base and is one of the most notable cult artists of the 21st century. His lyrics are simple and epitomize the Los Angeles life style captured by Bret Easton Ellis in his novel “Less Than Zero.”
Mickey Avalon lives in his own world and his act is truly something to behold. His ever-present drug use didn’t disrupt his performance. He performed an impressive set, including the majority of his self-titled debut album.
The evening began with opening acts “Dirt Nasty” and “Andre Legacy.” These two MC’s grew up in the L.A. whirlwind with lyrics revolving around the painfully habitual lives of actors and actresses who live in the mecca of everything pop-culture.
These up-and-coming rappers ripped on anyone who has ever been famous.
While the words were childish, the production was funky and immaculate, forcing the crowd to dance to the original beats.
Mickey Avalon came on stage fully clothed and shadowed by a beautiful young dancer, The dancer was there to distract the audience from the apparently hammered Avalon.
He looked like your regular L.A. socialite who lives his life by attempting to persuade the masses to love him simply because of his sexual prowess and clever rhyme schemes.
He started with “Waiting to Die” and the crowd chanted along. Avalon seemed content that he had successfully taught everyone in the room the words to this morbid masterpiece.
His continued with fan favorites, “Mr. Right” and “So Rich, So Pretty.” The dedicated crowd knew all the words to the songs that made him famous.
The evening progressed and his clothes somehow found their way off his skinny frame. He had the words “thank you” tattooed on his lower stomach and for most of the show they shined a beacon of friendliness towards the crowd.
Through his 10-song set, Avalon told a story about drug abuse, prostitution and death. His undeniable ability to write a catchy hook was cemented by the womanizing “Jane Fonda,” which was one of the highlights of the fantastic show.
“Mickey was insane,” said Jane Ward, a freshman film major. “‘Jane Fonda’ was definitely my favorite song; everyone went on stage and was jumping into the mosh-pit. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Much of Avalon’s success comes from his reputation as an insane partier. He’s notorious for demanding white drugs, expensive tequila and beautiful women before he will agree to perform.
“I didn’t know what he looked like before,” said Kerry Lewis, a freshman engineering major. “Mickey Avalon was definitely an interesting dude; he was great live.”
For anyone who enjoys an artist that satisfies a quick fix of poppy, irreverent hits, Mickey Avalon should definitely be found in the M’s of your iPOD.
Contact Campus Press staff writer Quincy Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org