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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

In concert: David Guetta at Fur

By Mark Jenkins

david guettaAfter midnight, David Guetta brought arena-rock flourishes to his DJ set at Fur. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP)

French composer-producer David Guetta, who appeared early Thursday morning at Fur, has brought house music to the mainstream, scoring radio hits with such collaborators as Akon, Kelly Rowland and various Black Eyed Peas. His Fur performance revealed that Guetta is just as intent on bringing the mainstream to house music. While his nearly three-hour DJ set included intervals of spare house/techno beats, those were the just the scaffolding on which the DJ hung singalong choruses, romantic lyrics and musical flourishes so grandiose they verged on arena-rock.

The shaggy-haired Guetta, who looks a bit like the young Gerard Depardieu, took over the DJ booth around 12:40 a.m., as the audience chanted his name. He immediately rewarded the packed nightclub with a mix of his own "Getting Over You,'' one of the many crowd-pleasers he pulled from his own songbook. The DJ's picks ranged from Duck Sauce's goofy "Barbra Streisand'' to a version of "Dirty Dancing'' chestnut "(I've Had) the Time of My Life.'' These tracks were secondary, however, to such Guetta favorites as "Sexy Chick,'' "You Got Me Dancing and Crying'' and "Love is Gone.''

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The DJ's musical instincts often seemed retro, and electronic dance music is supposed to be futuristic. Perhaps that's why the set was twice punctuated by a guy who lumbered onto the main dance floor in a robot suit covered with LEDs that alternated among blue, green and red. Hooked to a pulley, robo-man rose partway above the crowd and fired smoke and green and red lasers at onlookers. It wasn't as entertaining the second time around.

Guetta's arrival was greeted by hundreds of camera phones, and the musician was on display via multiple video screens until his final bow at 3:25 a.m. Serving as cheerleader as well as DJ, he did less knob-twiddling than air-punching, hand-waving and messianic pose-striking. If those cellphone photos don't look all that great the morning after, it's not because Guetta doesn't know how to play to the camera.

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By Mark Jenkins  | December 3, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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