David Guetta is the Lionel Messi of the dance music world. The French DJ/producer's latest album One Love has gone triple platinum in his homecountry and sold 1.4 million copies worldwide so far; all his gigs – from Miami to Marrakech – sell out almost instantly; musicians are lining up to work with him; and DJs want to be like him. To summarise, there's no stopping him right now – and frankly, he deserves his success.
The 42-year-old touched down in Dubai on Friday night to play to a sell-out crowd at the Dubai World Trade Centre – his first show in the Emirate since the release of One Love, which has really catapulted Guetta onto the international mainstream music scene. Dodgy parking and entry issues aside, this was one of the best dance gigs we had been to in a while.
Thankfully, the venue was big and air-conditioned, and promoters didn't oversell tickets – just as well as we really didn't fancy spending the night being pushed and shoved by clubbers trying to get to the front of the stage/find the exit... etc.
Just after midnight, Guetta appeared to loud screams from the crowd, and screamed: "I hear Dubai is the party capital of the Middle East – are you reee-aaadddyyy?".
Accompanied by Guetta-style logos and imagery on three big screens behind him, the Frenchman proceeded to kick off his set with new single Gettin' Over You, a reworked version of the album song with vocals by Stacey 'Fergie' Ferguson and LMFAO. Judging by the fact everyone knew all the words to his tracks as if their lives depended on it, there's no doubt every single person there had bought/downloaded/ listened to One Love.
Plenty of other hits filled out his set, including Sexy Chick, Love is Gone, Memories, When Love Takes Over, One Love, The World Is Mine, I Wanna Go Crazy, and a sampler from I Gotta Feeling – the Black Eyed Peas hit Guetta had produced.
With stunning human light shows added for extra effect, Guetta also played a variety of well-known commercial dance tracks such as Robin S's Show Me Love. One personal favourite came in the form of LMFAO's I'm In Miami B****, but reworked by none other than Redfoo and Sky Blu to sing: I'm David Guetta B****.
It's official; 2010 is the year of DG.