Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Gza, U-God, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and Young Dirty Bastard,(ODB’s son) were all in Atlanta Thursday night, December 16th. Wu-Tang Clan packed the house at Center Stage! “The Rebirth Tour” kicked off in San Fransisco, December 2nd, and will be hitting 26 cities ending in Minneapolis on January 9th.
(video courtesy of Wes de Vries)
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Thanks to Sup, Wu-Tang’s tour manager, Ange Alex and April Bumpus of The Backstage Beat were at the show. Shooting pictures and backstage with the crew.
After 18 years, they are still rockin’ the house. The O.D.B tribute and the whole group performing Triumph were two of my favorites of the night. Boundless energy, song after song, for nearly two hours. No messing around, the Clan hit all the classics.
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A few days after the show, Raekwon called Ange at The Backstage Beat and said that “Atlanta is the hip hop place, Myself and Wu-Tang Clan have much respect for the game there. Everyone there is doing their thing and its hip hop, its Atlanta.” He then went on to say, “We all had a great time in Atlanta, it was a Sold Out event . . . it was a lovely time and I have no complaints about it at all.”
It had been a year or two since they have been through this fine city of Atlanta and no one was able to give me a definite date on which they will return. I know it will be sometime soon and you know that all of us here at The Backstage Beat will let you know!
In the meantime, check them out online HERE and have a look at a few of our pictures from our adventures with Wu-Tang.
The Backstage Beat had a fantastic time and want to thank everyone involved with Wu-Tang and this particular show for allowing us into your world and for the hospitality that was shown us.
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
I owe him a poem:
Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town.
He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.
He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.
He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make
There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.
Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.
He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too
Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.
Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.
Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:
If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out.
The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.
I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius!
Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.
Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!
Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!
We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.
TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?
Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.
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