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Wango Tango, Day Two

The second day of KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango concert, featuring veteran groups Aerosmith and the Bee Gees and younger bands American Hi-Fi and Vertical Horizon, boasted a more rock-oriented lineup than the first, when Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and Britney Spears appeared.

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Performers: Bee Gees, Aerosmith, Tyrese, American Hi-Fi, Dream, Vertical Horizon, Eden's Crush; "Lady Marmalade": Pink, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Missy Elliott.

The second day of KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango concert, featuring veteran groups Aerosmith and the Bee Gees and younger bands American Hi-Fi and Vertical Horizon, boasted a more rock-oriented lineup than the first, when Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and Britney Spears appeared. None of the Sunday acts, however, managed to generate the level of crowd excitement that prevailed on Saturday.

Highlight of the day was the spectacular “Moulin Rouge” production featuring singers Mya, Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera and Pink performing “Lady Marmalade” in a similar fashion to their recent MTV Movie Awards version. Aguilera’s torrent of blonde (wig) curls was even more distracting than the performers’ skimpy showgirl outfits.

Opening the show was Eden’s Crush, one of two TV-created acts on the bill (along with MTV personality-turned-R&B star Tyrese). The five photogenic young ladies of Eden’s Crush, which formed via talent search for the show “Popstars,” seemed at least as concerned with coordinating their dance moves as they were with singing their disposable pop, and made little lasting impression beyond the visual.

The generic pop-rock of Boston’s Vertical Horizon (one of three Beantown bands on the bill), who played under a hot afternoon sun, also was easy to forget, as were the singing and dancing by contrived all-girl group Dream, who were brought onstage by mentor Puff Daddy.

Rockers American Hi-Fi, also from Boston, were the first listenable group of the day, playing their hit “Flavor of the Weak” and other straight-ahead rock tracks from their self-titled, Bob Rock-produced Island debut. However, at 45 minutes, the band’s set seemed a bit too much for the young, impatient crowd.

Aerosmith was one of the big draws of the day, but a tight schedule meant the band was able to play only four songs, a big disappointment to their fans, many of whom booed after the group’s short perf. Recent single “Jaded” and “Fly Away From Here,” both from Aerosmith’s recent “Just Push Play” (Columbia) sounded mediocre, while muscular runs at old faves “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way” (the latter featuring Pink dueting with Steven Tyler) managed to salvage the disappointing turn.

Former model and VJ Tyrese impressed with his brand of soulful R&B, including recent hit “I Like Them Girls.”

The Bee Gees capped the long day with an enjoyable, memory-filled set (“Lonely Days,” “Massachusetts,” “I Started a Joke”) that included a decent take on their recent single “This is Where I Came In.”

Wango Tango, Day Two

Dodger Stadium; 53,000 seats; $95 top

Production: Presented by SFX Concerts, KIIS-FM, Pepsi and Rio Casino. Reviewed June 17, 2001.

Cast: Performers: Bee Gees, Aerosmith, Tyrese, American Hi-Fi, Dream, Vertical Horizon, Eden's Crush; "Lady Marmalade": Pink, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Missy Elliott.

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