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Chris Brown revs up Atlanta fans

(Photo by Robb Cohen, for the AJC)

(Photo by Robb Cohen, for the AJC)

There’s nothing like a room full of screaming teenagers to remind you of your place in the generational chain. (See photos)

CenterStage in Midtown Atlanta was full of exactly that Wednesday night when Chris Brown brought his “Fan Appreciation” tour to Atlanta. Apparently, die-hard fans included tweens, teens, some college kids and a few adult chaperones (we even caught a few in the under-5 set).

The audience crowded the open floor early to position themselves in phone-cam range. Reps fed the frenzy with a callout to text a special number with the songs they wanted to hear. The abandoned coats and bags in many of the stationary seats completed the school pep rally feel – and made assigned tickets worthless.

But let’s be honest, as a friend reminded me, “This is their night.” The over-25 crowd may not be Brown’s target demo, but I’m not so far removed that I don’t remember the first tastes of freedom. Being dropped off and later picked up by my parents at the mall, a pre-screened party or concert, getting a few hours of independence and samples of the PG “nightlife.”

While there was a chilly drizzle outside, Brown brought the heat as soon as he hit the stage. He and his male backup dancers emerged as fashionable biker boys – clean-cut laced with street edge. Dressed in all black, leather gloves (which Chris tossed into the fevered audience), head gear and laser beam eye effects, I fully expected to see motorcycles rev on stage had it been big enough. But I just didn’t get the oversized rabbit’s foot (which reminded me of the recent Louis Vuitton Spring collection).

The shadowy scene erupted – as did the screams – as they went full throttle into a high-energy dance set. For the most part, Brown focused more on dancing and showmanship than vocals (though he did get cozy with the mic with some songs, including hits from his self-titled debut CD in 2005).

Without question, Brown’s athleticism and boyish charm are his greatest assets, especially as the Rihanna controversy still plagues the Virginia native. As long as his target demo is more concerned with his electric smile and dancing prowess, Brown will slowly but surely overcome his tarnished reputation.

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BILLY-skegee51

December 4th, 2009
12:00 pm

I’m glad to see people have supported this young brother,and enjoy his gift of music.We as people ALL have things we wish would not have never happened.AS,long as we learn and not journey that path again……we will become better people……i think Chris learned that lesson and wish him all the best.

admin

December 4th, 2009
2:43 pm

Sorry, what he did was terrible and deserves more than a slap on the wrist. I understand he’s young yada yada yada, but you just do not brutalize a woman like that without serious consequences. If she were my daughter, well, this would’ve been a different story. I protect my own FIERCELY…and it’s an entire family. It bothers me that women still excuse his behavior. There is NO excuse for what he did. NONE!

lorraine

December 6th, 2009
3:09 pm

people make mistake and sorry for it can have a second changes in life i hope someone will give my family a second changes if they make a mistake , so lets give chris a second change and see what happen

lil E

December 6th, 2009
8:31 pm

While I do not condone his behavior, it is beyond me why people are not allowed to make mistakes, seek forgiveness and not pay for the transgressions for the rest of their lives. Whether we agree or not with his punishment, that was the punishment issued. People should just get over it and allow him to redeem himself.

dee

December 8th, 2009
9:14 am

God forgives, so should we. Chris, best to you and yours. Learn from your mistakes, don’t repeat them, move on.

dee

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[...] he still has his share of fans (the AJC’s Buzz was at the performer’s recent Atlanta concert), it’s no secret that many people still angry with the performer over the Rihanna violence and [...]

Ms Linda

December 16th, 2009
8:58 pm

Enter your comments here chris move they are trying to destroy you but give that i know you are upset that aright because you have apolize and you who is behind all of this but that alright because what goes around come around and justice will prevail so start writing your and for other singer because they now you do that best like you sing, dance and act okay i have been commenting because i can read between the lines and i can see where all of this is coming from hey ray charles and steve wonder can see it pray my adopted grandchild because GOG forgave you i tip my hat to all who suport and still supporting you who is not afraid and who have a enough talent and money and let them know that they can’t tell them who to talk to and be with because i know you would do the same you are a good kid you are not a monster you were trying to defend your self and everybody knows this but some big is involve so chill out because your girl is taking her clothes of pretending that she is hurt she do’nt look hurt at all princess would have being at disneyshe would have been fired because princess dont take their clothes of so chris please chill out and work your program and i bought 7 cd for my grandchildren and you is my adopted grand child i look at this christmas all of the time it bring tears to my eyes and you can sing ,act and dance and writ music so wht thats tell you whos baadd (SMILE)

Ms Linda

December 16th, 2009
9:17 pm

that’s aright but she did some thing to him and we dont condone what he did but you are trying to let her move on but she is not going to move until he move on you know admited she struck her brother in the face with a bottle she could have kill him so and she have admited on tv that she have struck chris many times i bleive she did the hitting first and everybody knw it yes they are mad but they are going to move on they let all of the ones whobeat their wifes and went to jail they are hosting tv shows and making music and making movies so tell the mad to move on leave the kid along beause they are hipocrate so move on be mad