Entering The 36 Chambers With Wu-Tang on Their 25th Anniversary Tour at Red Hat Amphitheater
25th Anniversary Tour
By: Shumara Thomas
This past Saturday, Wu-Tang fans in Raleigh braved rainy weather to watch the Wu and celebrate their 25th Anniversary tour of their genre-defining LP Enter The Wu-Tang(36 Chambers).
The sold-out show at Redhat Amphitheater had fans packed in shoulder to shoulder. The sprawling lawn area wasn’t even visible, it was filled with so many fans, rocking their Wu Wear, Wallabees and other merch dedicated to one of hip hop’s most influential groups.
It had been storming most of the day so the set times kept adjusting but around 930pm the arena got quiet as RZA rushed out onto the stage. The crowd literally went apeshit, throwing up the Wu hand signal and screaming their excitement.
I won’t lie, I was nervous that 2 or 3 members would end up ghosting the show because it’s got to be hard to get that many folks consistently on schedule but we were treated to the entire Wu-Tang in full effect. They even had ODB’s son Young Dirty Bastard in tow.
Wu-Tang has so many hits, you forget how extensive their catalog is. But as RZA stated, “We gon do the entire 36 Chambers!”
Hearing songs that not only can never be duplicated but helped propel the hip hop genre into new territory sound wise was momentous for me as a lifelong hip hop fan. I stood near people who knew all the lyrics to each song and performed them like we were onstage our damn selves.
The DJ broke up the feels by playing Rick James’ “Mary Jane” while the Clan danced and sang along. They performed a few more crew cuts like “Ice Cream” and before starting into some of Old Dirty Bastard’s catalog. They performed “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” “Baby I Got Your Money,” before leading back into 36 Chambers‘ “Shame On A Nigga.” It was dope seeing Young Dirty Bastard performing his father’s music. At one point he even went out into the crowd, performing in the midst of the fans and they ate it up.
They perfectly ended the night with a performance of “Triumph” and it was everything you would imagine it to be like. I had to remind myself to calm down in the pit in order not to have a mass of blurry pictures, I was bopping so damn hard.
We started to head out but I guess the Wu felt generous and gave an encore since the set times kept adjusting due to the weather.
It was a phenomenal show nonetheless, because how often can you say you’ve gotten to see the Wu-Tang Clan live and in your face lately? Twenty-five years of greatness and Shutter16 got to capture the moment! The Wu are continuing their 25th-anniversary tour, so make sure you check below for dates near you.
06/21 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
06/22 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
07/31 – Wichita, KS @ WAVE
08/01 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Stir Cove
08/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory (X Games)
* = w/ Public Enemy and De La Soul