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Wu-Tang Clan, 4th August

Three members of Team LF (Dan Collacott, Matt Worrall and myself) were invited to the O2 Academy Brixton on the 4th August as guests of headline performers of the night - The Wu-Tang Clan [Huh?... What do you mean we weren't 'invited'?! ... So how much were the tickets? ... We owe HOW MUCH?!]  Yes, anyway, I thought it would be fun to review the gig by way of addressing a number of hip-hop concert cliches and see how many, if any, the group lived up to.

Hi Imran, so first thing's first - what with the amount of members of the Clan there are, was everyone present and accounted?

Sadly not.  The one missing member was Method Man, which is a crotch-kicking no-show.  It's like seeing The Beatles without McCartney, The Stones without Jagger, or Girls Aloud without the really white ginger one.

We're off to a bad start it seems.  Well, what about the timing - did the guys grace the stage at a reasonable time?

10pm.

What!? That's a bit late.  I bet they stayed on til super late though?

11pm.

What?! That seems a bit short for a group with 5 group albums and far too many solos to list?

It was a bit, but let me tell you - on stage, they're awesome.  It gets a bit much with 10 guys yelling into their mics at the same time, but these dudes know how to rock a crowd.  There were times you could actually feel the walls of Brixton Academy swaying with the crowd within it as we all rocked along to hits like 'Triumph', 'Protect Ya Neck' and 'C.R.E.A.M.'.

I suppose the 'no smoking indoors' rule has put an end to any unscrupulous individuals smoking wacky-backy in the crowd though?

No it hasn't.  There were smokers.  A lot.  Rest assured though, I've written a strong letter of complaint to the venue for not providing enough ashtrays.

What will you remember most about your time with The Wu?

"Wu-Tang?! As in ... 'Gravel Pit'?" - This was the response of a younger work colleague of Matt's when he told her where he was going that night.  I wasn't even there, it has zero to do with the concert, but it's my favourite memory of the night, and went on to make their encore of ... 'Gravel Pit', all the more sweeter.

Doesn't she know that Wu-Tang Clan ain't nuthin to F##k with?

Exactly.

Reader Comments (1)

Having seen a Method Man & Redman decend pretty quickly into marajuana fuelled nonsense very quickly I don't think we missed out too much on Meth not being there even though he is def one of the most important members.

For me the core is/was always:

Rza, Gza, Meth, Ghostface and ODB

then

Cappadona, Inspectah deck were next and then the rest were pretty much a load of hangers on.

all those songs and just one hour though, sheeeesh

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDJC

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