Hot 107.9 in the past has gotten “surprise” guests in the past at its Birthday Bashes such as Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z. This year, for the 15th, they didn’t quite get that star power Saturday night. Rumors of T.I. coming didn’t come to pass. Drake and Trey Songz were in Los Angeles for another concert date.
But the sold-out crowd enjoyed the likes of Atlanta’s hometown boys Lil Jon, Ludacris and Gucci Mane, plus Ciara popped in for Luda’s set. I couldn’t get to Philips Arena until 10:30 p.m., thinking it would go on til midnight but by then, Gucci Mane, the last act, was already on stage. He finished his set with “Wasted” and the show was over at the relatively early hour of 11 p.m.