Wolverhampton’s Wulfrun Hall on the tenth, to see Public Enemy. I was really looking forward to this one (even missing Billy Bragg giving a talk about his new book for it).
I was working till 8, anyway, and missed the support (if there was any). Unlike the last gig I went to before this, I expected a bigger crowd than there was (and – in another parallel – was surprised that this was in the Wulfrun rather than the larger Civic Hall), but no matter.
DJ Lord (Terminator X’s proxy) starts, and they begin what turns out to be a medley of quite a few of their better-known songs. Chuck & Griff burst out of the wings onto the stage and it’s all about energy, it’s almost overpowering (in a glorious way). Where’s Flav? Don’t say he isn’t here… he steps out and there’s uproar.
The medley gets to “Bring The Noise” and what everyone in the place is tense with anticipation before that bit. Wait for it, wait for it… BASS! The whole room seems to leap into the air. Another unsurprising highlight was “Don’t Believe The Hype” in the ending medley, but I’m pleased to report that one of the most effective songs they performed was actually “Son Of A Bush.” I’ve never really found it compelling on record, but live it was crushing. They controlled the dynamics of the set as a whole very well, too, taking it up and down between frantic and laid back really nicely.
One thing that I wasn’t aware of prior to this pleased me – Flavor Flav has a solo album coming out! “It’s about time,” he noted (‘time’ – geddit?). His solo section onstage possible went on for a bit longer than it needed to, but my interest has definitely been caught.
~ Russ L, ticking another box on the “Legends He Has Seen” list.