Review: Train Steals Show, Psy Brings Gangnam Style to KDWB’s Jingle Ball

By Christian Betancourt

Another Jingle Ball is behind us—bring on 2013. Hopefully next year, Jingle Ball organizers 101.3 KDWB will bring a meatier lineup to the Twin Cities. This year’s featured a lackluster roster of one-hit wonders and one performer who (literally) has one song 100 mg viagra. It was quite a diversion from past lineups, which included the likes of Maroon 5, Rihanna and Lada Gaga, to name a few. Nevertheless, over 15,000 screaming teens and tweens packed into the Xcel Energy Center last night to experience KDWB’s annual holiday show. Despite the lack of star power in the talent, the show did have some entertaining moments.

Train Steals The Show

Pop-rock veterans Train delivered an entertaining 30-minute set. They performed a number of their hits, including current radio tracks “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” and “Mermaid,” as well as the always entertaining “Drops of Jupiter” and “Drive By.” As a “fun” twist, the band cleverly added the chorus of fun.’s “We Are Young” at the end of mega-hit “Hey, Soul Sister.” Needless to say, the crowd knew every word to each song and erupted in a massive sing-along. Despite being the old band in the lineup, these guys knew how to get the crowd going and frontman Pat Monahan worked the crowd with free tour shirts and was joined on stage by a number of fans from the crowd. Fun performance to say the least.

Opp… Gangnam Style

YouTube sensation Psy came out to a nearly empty stage with ample room to perform his one-hit wonder “Gangnam Style.” The 34-year-old Korean pop singer talked about his time studying in Boston and mentioned that this was the largest U.S. crowd he’d performed for yet. Before delivering what was the most anticipated track of the night, he exclaimed, “I have one song and it will take roughly 4 minutes. Enjoy!” He was then was joined on stage by 4 backup dancers—all of whom appeared to be straight out of his video. The crowd at the X erupted in loud cheering and all-too familiar dance maneuvers. Once it was done, Psy awkwardly requested all the house lights be turned on and he proceeded to perform his hit song again. Last month, his video became the most watched video on YouTube surpassing Justin Beiber’s “Baby.”

If you skipped Jingle Ball 2012, you didn’t miss much, but if you want to see some of the performances from last night, check YouTube. With 15,000 teens in attendance, there should be quite the abundance of videos.

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