Posted in music | pictures on October 13, 2008

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Diesel Party

His latest CD, "Paper Trail," sold more than 560,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, and his newest single, "Live Your Life" featuring Rihanna, supplanted the album's first single, "Whatever You Like," at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. [AP]
As pointed out in the previous two Diesel party picture posts, after Hot Chip & Chaka Khan came T.I. who made an unbilled, but planned appearance which ended with Franz Ferdinand (who had just played two more Brooklyn shows earlier in the week) playing as his backing band which then went into Franz Ferdinand's set - the longest of the night. T.I. and F.F. collectively were the best entertainment of the evening. The circus performers were a nice touch too. That included two sets (female then male) of aerialists who performed above the crowd before TI and after FF. Circus was the theme with Joey Arias also acting as "ringmaster" and free cotton candy, popcorn and hot pretzels. T.I. didn't bring out Jay-Z like he did at his recent show at Highline Ballroom, but he did have someone else that represented Brooklyn (help?) and...
T.I. also performed a song with the pregnant M.I.A., and called the lyricist "the hottest rap chick in the game right now, period." T.I. recently sampled "Paper Planes" for a collaboration with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. The song, "Swagga Like Us," appears on "Paper Trail." [AP]
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Comments (12)

I think it was Maino that came out. Hi haters.

Posted by dave | October 13, 2008 10:46 AM

I don't think he's wearing Diesel jeans.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 11:16 AM

the "mic-as-boner" photo is my favorite one, by far.

Posted by douglas martin | October 13, 2008 11:23 AM

anyone know who that random first band was? some "best new act" that nobody had ever heard of. they were meh but I'm still curious how they ended up playing there. they should've omitted them and gave longer sets to hot chip or N.E.R.D.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 11:44 AM

@11:44 I agree. That was O Fracas, they won some Diesel contest for the slot.

Posted by dave | October 13, 2008 11:47 AM

so did TI do his swagger like us verse??

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 12:06 PM

About halfway through Franz Ferdinand, the FDNY came on stage demanding people to get off the balcony. It was overcrowded. Then the singer of Franz repeated the fireman but in a thick Scottish brogue. It was funny in a Willy-the-Groundskeeper kind of way.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 12:17 PM

@12:17- apparently that FDNY guy was a hired actor and the whole thing was an act, according to a diesel employee.

Posted by Ama | October 13, 2008 7:58 PM

i think the fact that the VIP balconies were cleared was pretty funny. adds to the "irony" they were going for.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 8:01 PM

It may have been an actor on stage, but there definitely real fireman there and the place was too packed at one point

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 9:07 PM

7:58 PM:

If you believed your diesel employee source, you are a gullible oaf.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:27 PM

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