That said, here are nuggets of fun (one from fun.!) that got Las Vegas's MGM Grand Garden Arena grooving.
fun. "get their prescription filled": As part of a bouncy set including the full gamut of Some Nights hits, pop trio fun. launched into a sprightly cover of the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Frontman Nate Ruess didn't exactly have the moves like Jagger, but his yearning, stretching voice was nonetheless a surprisingly good fit for the classic tune. fun. has also covered this song previously in past live performances, so they know how to get what they need out of it. Ruess also took time to shout out to some of fellow performers at the show, including Queen (more on that later).
Keith Urban is a "Star" in more ways than one: "American Idol" judge Urban has just released a new album, Fuse, which has received glowing critical reviews...for not sounding like Keith Urban. Although that sounds like a left-handed compliment, it's actually quite positive, as Urban set out making the record with experimentation deliberately on his mind. For those who aren't familiar with his new material and sonic expansion yet, the country icon tried out one of his best and most interesting new songs on the iHeart audience: "Even the Stars Fall 4 U," a sparkling number produced by none other than the extraordinary Butch Walker.
Sir Elton gets a standing ovation: Elton John may recently have had surgery to remove his appendix, but heck, who lets a little thing like that get in the way? The legendary performer glittered his way onstage in a sparkly blazer and instantly captivated the crowd with a string of past hits such as "Tiny Dancer," as well as showing off a new song "Home Again," from his soon-to-be-released new album The Diving Board.
Adam Lambert joins Queen onstage: Oh yes, he certainly did, and he did the late Freddie Mercury proud (would Glamberts expect anything less?). But that's not all! Lambert welcomed fun. onstage to, well, join the fun, with the highlight of that being a duet between him and Nate Ruess on "Fat Bottomed Girls." Ruess could not keep up with Lambert vocally (we are talking "American Idol" alum, here), but the result undeniably made the world go 'round...or, at least the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Tune in Saturday night for the second round of amazing performances at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, including appearances from Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake. You can stream it live here starting at 7 p.m. PT.
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