Universal Studios got hot while Nelly sang his way through the Central Florida area
Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 15:06
A tornado warning and inclement weather couldn't stop dedicated Nelly fans from flocking to Universal Studios on Saturday. The crowd went wild when the rapper finally took the stage and opened up his concert on June 18 as part of Universal Studios' Summer Concert Series.
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With more than 20 hit singles and more than 21 million albums sold in the United States, Nelly attracted a large crowd. Many fans sported the signature Band-Aid he used to wear on his face, and some, like UCF alumna Lindsey Neal, waited in the sun for nearly nine hours to secure a good spot during the concert.
Neal, who has been a Nelly fan since the release of his single "Hot in Herre" in 2002, arrived at the park early to reserve her place in the concert area.
"I'm tired, let's get this show on the road," Neal said.
Fans went crazy when the artist took the stage and opened with his new single, "Party People." Criminal justice major Iran Campana cheered and sang along when Nelly performed his hit, "Dilemma." Nelly allowed his fans to finish the song for him.
"I love Nelly and his music. I've been a fan from the beginning and so far the concert is amazing," Campana said.
As the concert continued, Nelly brought five screaming fans on stage to dance and sing some of his popular songs and the ladies in the crowed melted when the rap artist took his shirt off and threw it into the crowd while performing, "Hot in Herre."
Restaurant management major Geri Fabian screamed as Nelly performed her favorite song, "Shake Ya Tailfeather." Fabian said she was having a blast, and loved the concert and its overall outcome.
Nelly closed the concert up by singing "Just a Dream," a single from his new album "5.0," and thanking his fans that have been there for him since the beginning.