Review: Robin Thicke and Pharrell at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The sun may have been searing overhead during the concert, but Robin Thicke packed his own heat.

The headliner for Sunday's show at Fontainebleau Miami Beach thrilled the female persuasion by coming out in shades and a black shirt whose top buttons were left unbuttoned. He crooned his heart out, calling out fans who caught his eye. And he brought out his old sultry hits such as "Lost Without U," as well as the current spicy single everyone came to hear, "Blurred Lines" with Pharrell Williams.

While his voice can be thin, he had no trouble crooning Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" to the delight of the couples in the crowd. 

Since I interviewed him backstage in 2007, when he was playing small club shows, Thicke has really gained command of his audience. The Fontainebleau show, although super exclusive, was still packed, with fans screaming for his attention.


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However, the main spotlight of Sunday's show was not Thicke, but the people who attended. This was a show for VIPs who either forked over big bucks to stay at the hotel (for packages starting at $365 a night) or won tickets (SouthFlorida.com gave away five pairs). 

The show was all about seeing and being seen. Women came in tiny bikinis, so fancy that they were not meant to touch the water, and heels safer to sit in than to stand in. Men stripped down to bare it all, as well.

The show was obviously more about the audience than the stage, and fans stayed after the show to dance with the DJ.

This was really apparent when Pharrell phoned in his part of his show, and the crowd did not mind. They still cheered him on as he sang over a mix of hits he helped to produce, such as Jay Z's “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me),” Gwen Stefani's “Hollaback Girl” and Nelly's “Hot in Herre.” He ended his 30-minute karaoke routine with the current hit “Get Lucky.”