Insane Clown Posse
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Amid chants of ‘Family’ and showers of Faygo lies a single music label. Psychopathic Records has been called many things and is known for many reasons. But fans of the label and its artists will tell you that nothing really beats an Insane Clown Posse (ICP) show. This year’s American Psycho tour boasting a long awaited combination of ICP, Twiztid and Blaze, was nothing less than spectacular, as usual.
Unlike the normal annual Hallowicked week of shows, the American Psycho tour consisted of several weeks across the nation ending per usual in Detroit on Halloween with a single Hallowicked show. While many fans were disappointed in the change, the actual selection in songs well made up for the drastic change on stage. Rather than dark forests with smokey, shadowy surprises and selections solely from the Joker’s Cards centered around terror and the season like ‘Boogie Woogie Wu’, ‘Hokus Pokus’ and ‘Dead Pumpkins’, the American Psycho Tour brought back songs that haven’t been heard over the last few years and new favorites such as ‘Everybody Rize’ and ‘Miracles’. The show also offered collabos with Twiztid, treating fans to ‘Juggalo Homies’ and ‘The Marsh Lagoon’. While these collabos are a common occurrence in Detroit, they are a rare treat for fans in other areas of the Midwest. The stage change featured massive red, white and blue ICP letters with a hatchet man on each side as well as a change in barrels and Psychopathic flags wrapped around side posts hat could be seen clearly even from the back of the crowd.
ICP opened their show atop red and white striped tricycles complete with shiny blue tassels, peddling a figure eight around 4 giant, flag painted barrels filled to the brim with Faygo bottles. As the crowd erupted with screams of approval the lights came up and the show began, Mike E Clark spinning classic Dark Carnival songs and monsters of all sorts creeping forward. Even Uncle Sam (or rather Uncle Sams) joined in the fun.
From the time Shaggy 2 Dope popped the top on the first bottle of Faygo the music took on a sticky sweetness and adrenaline started pumping. Shortly after that bottle flew came the first Faygo ‘break’ bringing forward lines of jumpsuit wearing clowns with buckets overflowing with Faygo ready to launch out over the front row followed by confetti, feathers and streamers.
As the night wore on the fans worked up into a frenzy. Encouraged by Shaggy and Violent J they sang out choruses, passed around Faygo bottles and even got a little jiggy when the stage filled up with mummies and monsters galore for ‘Zombie Slide’. The group ended the show with a bang (Pow! Boom!); All of the monsters, clowns, VIPs and group members on stage emptying out pallet after pallet of Faygo and filling the air with streamers. This song wears on and on repeating over and over until every last drop has been released and fans are convinced they’ve received all of their entertainment for the night and Psychopathic has given everything they can to their fans. When the evening closes to an end there is so much to remember from a Psychopathic show. But as you walk out the door few things will stick in your mind quite as strongly as the smell of Diet Faygo, the screams of ‘Family’, the terror of soda toting clowns, and the feeling of pure adrenaline pumping through your veins.
Most notable gear for the evening: A group of painted leprechauns complete with felt hats emblazoned with hatchet man patches and long green beards. Each was painted as a different member of Psychopathic groups.
“Glow girls” – I have no idea where all this stuff came from, but these girls were painted head to toe in black light paint and covered in hatchet man charms in their belly buttons, eyebrow rings, on the zippers of their skirts, on their shoes, hanging from their dreads. They looked like glowing cover models for Psychopathics from Outer Space.
Most mimicked group member: Blaze. After I thought I saw the 20th or so Blaze waltz right past me, I quit counting. The fans have his paint and walk down, as well as his signature outfit, bandana and hat. Now, if only they could find a way to make themselves 6’6″……
Most notable moment not many people actually noticed: Shaggy out-doing himself once again. At one point during ‘Homies’ Shaggy launched a bottle that hit the center of the arched ceiling in the Ballroom.
Most accomplished crowd connecting moments: Madrox and Monoxide of Twiztid working with the crowd to achieve a hug consisting of the crowd essentially changing sides.
ICP running through ‘Dating Game’ including separate introductions of Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J, each working a Faygo bottle (most of which ends up over their heads on down their necks) and receiving defening screams from the Juggalettes (female fans).
Wolfpac running along the front of the barricades to give out hugs, handshakes and high fives as well as joining fans in the mosh pit after their set.
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