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In concert: Timbaland

TimbalandTimbaland was on his own at 9:30 club on Saturday night. Well, mostly. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By Sarah Godfrey

Producer Timbaland has a ton of hits under his belt -- but mostly as a beatmaker, rather than a rapper or vocalist. He rhymes a bit and records solo albums, including last year's "Shock Value II," but the projects are typically dependent on the contributions of featured guests. Those facts raise the question: What exactly does a live Timbaland show entail?

(The answer? Dancing and digital projections. Plus more pictures, after the jump.)


The "Shock Value II" tour hit the 9:30 club on Saturday night, and while the crowd waited for Timbaland to emerge, they pondered whether the star would just stand around and fiddle with computer equipment or if he had flown in the cast of stars, including Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, featured on his latest album to perform with him.

He did neither: Tim entertained for the better part of two hours, but the night wasn't a live concert so much as an epic dance party.

The maestro re-created beats on stage, led a live band, and did a little rapping and (heavily voice-modulated) singing, but the featured artists on "Shock Value II" appeared in digital form only, their images beamed onto a video screen (the $35 ticket price probably should've hinted at the fact that Justin Timberlake wasn't going to show).

Instead of sulking, though, people danced to the music from the heavily techno-influenced "Shock Value II," including radio hit "Say Something," featuring rapper Drake, and responsible party anthem "Ease Off the Liquor," a sort of anti-"Blame It." After a while the presence of the virtual musicians seemed less like a cheap cop-out and more like a new, elaborate take on the nightclub light show.



By David Malitz  |  January 18, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Timbaland  
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