#726: 1993, Wu-Tang Clan, Bring Da Ruckus

by George_East on July 27, 2013

On Friday I went to see my first gig since returning from my honeymoon.  And what better to get me back into the mood for music an assuage my post-holiday blues than the Wu-Tang Clan’s 20th anniversary gig at Brixton Academy.  There was a huge sense of expectation before the Clan arrived on stage too – one of those rare occasions when you can feel an almost elemental buzz in the crowd.

The Wu-Tang Clan had more energy than most acts half their age (I had to keep reminding myself that they are all I their early to mid-40s – my age for godsake).

There was the usual problem with the PA at Brixton – too bassy, making the vocals too muffled (not ideal for a rap gig), but the Wu-Tang Clan were still absolutely superb, and seemed to be having a wail of a time.  And the audience lapped it up – virtually the whole of the academy became a mosh pit for some  numbers.  The atmosphere was electric.

This was the song that they opened with, it is also the first song on their first album, so it seemed kind of appropriate for a 20th anniversary gig.    The Clan came on as each of their parts in the song was reached:  the RZA, Ghost Face Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck,  the GZA….

Later in the gig there was some great old style scratching (including with teeth and feet – a kind of hip hop Jimi Hendrix), a cover of Come Together and a touching tribute to the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard at the end.  As the lights came up at the end the fans left onto Stockwell Road chanting ‘wu-tang’, ‘wu-tang’.

Fantastic stuff.

Bring da motherfucking ruckus’

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