Somewhere out there — likely buried underneath a sticky, shot-soaked mound of fur coats, DayGlo T-shirts with Frankie Goes to Hollywood-style party-encouragement mantras and lots of brightly colored shorts — are the members of LMFAO. And while it might not seem like it from the dazed looks on their faces, they're probably hard at work finalizing the talent lineup for their first headlining outing, the soon-to-launch Party Rock Tour.
Specifically, Redfoo and Sky Blu are taking long looks at the entries for their just-finished contest in search of the next Polka Dot Bikini Girl (or, if they had their way, girls).
"There are so many girls that look good in bikinis," 'Foo lamented as he chilled in an airport lounge in one of the aforementioned fur coats. "Girls jump onstage when we do shows all over the world, so there's many different types, but we're just trying to expand the horizons and maybe have multiple girls."
With the departure of original Bikini Girl (no, not the one from "American Idol") Stephanie Arakel, the uncle/nephew duo were forced to cast a wide net to find a new female who looks good in a two-piece and has that ineffable "it" quality that would complement their party-hearty stage show.
"We figured we'd have a contest for the tour and get one girl, or possibly a couple girls," Redfoo said of the talent search that ended Sunday. "They have to feel it and learn some of the moves. Of course, you gotta be cute in a bikini, but you can't drop it like it's hot. It has to be a [classy] 1940s vibe. ... We want someone with personality who can tell us why she should be LMFAO's Bikini Girl."
Whichever of the 18 lovely ladies who submitted their bids wins, Blu promised they will be in for the trip of a lifetime when the tour kicks off November 5 in Reno, Nevada, and runs through December 20. Among the party-equipped support acts LMFAO is taking on the road are Shwayze, the Far East Movement, Paradiso Girls and Lady Gaga DJ Space Cowboy. The show will also feature nightly DJ sets between acts from Million $ Mano.
The electro-hip-hop duo, who have already scored dance-floor hits with "I'm in Miami Trick" and "La La La," are particularly psyched about hitting the road with Shwayze, whose co-founder, Cisco Adler, is an old friend from Sky's childhood in Malibu, California. "Shwayze is definitely a party animal," Redfoo said of the group's MC, also named Shwayze. "We call him the lion. If you leave your girl standing around, he will come up and take her."
"He will grab her by the scruff of her neck and take her to his lair!" Blu growled.
Red said the idea of the tour is to share the duo's party-rock vibe and energy with as many people as possible, so the key was to pick support groups that have "similar party antics and are down to support the whole party-rock movement." In keeping with that tone, he promised pre-parties, onstage wildness, afterparties at the hotel and wherever the day takes them the next morning. "We've been touring for a while, but this is the first tour where we'll get to architect everything that happens, from when the doors open to when the DJ goes on and what the lineup is."
Appropriately, the pair just shot the video for the intoxicating chugging anthem "Shots," directed by "La La La" lensman Mickey Finnegan (Tyga, Keak Da Sneak). The clip unrolls at a, yes, "crazy" pool party at Tao Beach at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas and features a party assist from Lil Jon. "They didn't know what hit 'em," 'Foo said of the unwitting guests who were on hand as the shoot began.
Party Rock Tour dates, according to LMFAO's MySpace page:
» 11/5 - Reno, NV @ Pearl at Grand Sierra Resort
» 11/6 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
» 11/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
» 11/9 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
» 11/10 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Gossip
» 11/12 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
» 11/14 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
» 11/17 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
» 11/18 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
» 11/19 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
» 11/20 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
» 11/21 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
» 11/22 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
» 11/24 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
» 11/27 - Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo's
» 11/28 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
» 11/29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
» 11/30 - State College, PA @ The Cell Block
» 12/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
» 12/3 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
» 12/4 - New York, NY @ Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza
» 12/6 - Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
» 12/8 - Richmond, VA @ The National
» 12/9 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
» 12/10 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
» 12/11 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
» 12/14 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone
» 12/17 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
» 12/18 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
» 12/19 - San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
» 12/20 - McAllen, TX @ Las Palmas Event Center