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B.o.B. Delivers Exciting Performance

For not being able to “see past his shades,” B.o.B’s performance last night at the Bryce Jordan Center wowed fans, despite some timing issues. The first show of the year at the BJC proved to be successful, with sold out general admission as well as a packed grandstand.

Fans were not happy when they were told Travie McCoy, lead singer of Gym Class Heroes, would be late, causing B.o.B. to follow opener Playboy Tre. The show headliner B.o.B. played second.

But perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, which Onward State knew a little about, was that the BJC would be releasing a “big announcement” at the show. The BJC announced that T.I. would be performing Sept. 24th, with tickets going on sale soon.

“I can’t freaking wait for T.I.,” Grant Myers, a junior in Engineering, said.

When B.o.B. took the stage at 9, fans were getting restless, but opening with “I See Ya,” transitioning into “Satellite,” and then playing his cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Kids Don’t Stand a Chance,” all before he took a breath, proved the show would be exciting.

After playing some of his tracks from his debut album, like “Bet I” with an appearance of Playboy Tre, and his “Past My Shades,” B.o.B. got out his guitar and began to really feel the music.

“By the smell in the air, you guys seems to like being in the sky,” B.o.B. said. During his drug-fueled love ballad “Don’t Let Me Fall,” he stunned fans with his guitar playing. He also let the crowd in on a well-known fact: He likes his ganja. And B.o.B. was definitely in the sky as he removed all his jewelry and jumped into the audience for a crowd surf.

He finished his set with “Magic,” his newest single featuring Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and then “Nothin’ on You,” the song that gave so many ladies a reason to come.

B.o.B donned a blue Penn State jersey for his encore, asking if he could be part of the Penn State family. Based on the crowd’s reaction, he’s now one of us.

The encore consisted of B.o.B. playing a little piano, followed by “Airplanes,” with recorded back vocals for Haley Williams’ part. Then, as usual, B.o.B. gave his homage to one of the biggest bands in the indie scene: MGMT.

Closing the show, B.o.B rocked and rapped out to his version of MGMT’s “Kids,” in a brilliant performance. B.o.B. may have been flying high on his airplane wings, but there was one thing for sure: There was nothing that would bring him down.

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