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Eric Prydz @ Roseland Ballroom NYC 11.24.12 [REVIEW]

Anyone who is anyone has been buzzing about Eric Prydz taking over NYC this past thanksgiving weekend. Due to a fear of flying, the last time he graced us with his presence in NYC was six years ago, not counting his shut down performance at Beekman. He made his debut back to the city on Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve, one of the most epic party nights of the year. But that wasn’t enough. Due to high demand he booked a second show at Roseland Ballroom for Saturday the 24th, and also did a guest set Friday night at the new LES megaclub Finale. Its safe to say that he has made up his disappointing Beekman show to his NYC fans with the amazing weekend we just experienced.

Luckily I made it to Saturday nights show at Roseland, and it was just as magical as I expected it to be. The line was around the block at 11pm, a good time to thank the nightlife gods for my being friendly with the head of security. After breezing past the line straight to the VIP stage, we were able to defrost and enjoy the close stage view and chill sounds of Fehrplay for about 2 hours. His set was somewhere between minimal and progressive trance, and was a perfect warmup for the main event. Fehrplay seems just like a young Pryda and his remix to “Everyday” is a testament to that. I can’t wait to see what else this young gun has in store for this coming year.

At 1A.M. sharp Eric Prydz finally came out and gave the crowd what we’ve all been waiting for. The room went black and he slowly teased us. He opened his set with his latest original anthem: “Every Day” and the crowd just went nuts. From there on out his set just flowed; he played newer tracks like “2Night,” and of course classics like “Pjanoo.” Which is a personal highlight of mine because its just such a damn good tune that never gets old. Based on the crowds reaction, I would say everyone else agreed. His set was very beat heavy, and the crowd was eating it up. Eric prydz is a unique producer because he’s very versatile. He can create pop hit smashes but still rock a crowd playing minimal dark beats, for which he deserves much respect. His originality is unlike anyone else in the game today and his sets speak for themselves. Included below is a video of Eric dropping our favorite take on Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” This remix will simply never age. Overall it was a great night, fun crowd, and an inspiring set. Cannot wait for the return of Pryda, whenever that may be…..

-Elzz

Photo Credit: Andrew Rauner