On Friday 11 May, Sydney’s Metro Theatre was a hot spot for the best hip hop in the world, with legendary Public Enemy performing live to celebrate their 25 years of career.
The band jumped on stage facing a packed theatre full of loyal fans whose mission was to make some great noise across their hits, performing songs from pretty much all of their famous albums and obviously including tracks from Yo! Bum Rush the Show. The first one on stage was Chuck D, opening the hip hop party and making everyone jump while moving from side to side, introducing his band mate the awesome DJ Lord.
Second song in, Flavor Flav jumped on stage without his iconic clock. Flav, told everyone how much he loves Australia, promising to do justice for all the tickets bought and saying they`ll come back soon. After that, he turned back and showed everyone his clock! Starting in full mode, the gig kicked off with Flavour Flav and Chuck D doing what they do best…doing hits such as ‘Bring the Noise’, ‘Black is Back’ ’911 is a joke’ and closing the hip hop party with ‘Fight The Power’ full of old school nostalgia.
The band also had the time to give advice to all the Dj’s out there, saying “You are not only a DJ because your IPod is full of music…you have to be talented and know how to play” making the whole crowd mad.
Public Enemy also had the time to tell us a bit about their story, of how they used to share the stage with Beastie Boys and making a full tribute to Adam Yauch Aka MCA who passed away few days ago, dedicating the concert to him. They recommended the crowd to see Prince if we have the chance and sharing their thought of being out at the same time as Henry Rollins, saying that despite being Hip Hop legends, they are open to all music style promoting great artists everywhere. Moreover, Chuck D jumped on twitter after the show to talk about ticket prices, saying that it is essential to have free concerts because tickets that used to be $20 twenty years ago are now $100 and people need to be able to afford to see live music.(Good on ya’ Chuck!)
“WE do festivals Earthwide.RAP shows were $20 twenty years ago. Now a show is $100 in PIMP arenas. People need FREE shows from accountable sponsors..”
Overall it was an epic event, full of awesome hip hop songs with 2 legends on stage doing an intimate and open show which is why we were not surprised at all seeing people wearing t-shirts of metal bands as well, such as Metallica and Anthrax.
Here enjoy some postcards of the event below:
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