Last night GZA was performing at the Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton. The venue was packed and he put on an unbelievable show. We were close, about two and a half rows back. At one point he hopped off stage and rapped on the floor in the midst of the mosh pit. He was backed by DJ Symphony, who gave us a great interview after the show that you can expect up this Saturday.
This was our first live Wu-Tang experience and there was this overpowering feeling of something historically significant going on while watching The Genius just feet in front of us. He performed his verses of all the songs I was hoping to hear, like a kind of “Best Of” live show. At one point some bearded bozo hopped up on stage. Instead of losing his cool, GZA handed him the mic and offered him the floor. The fool quickly shrunk in the spotlight, speechless and pitiful. It wasn’t until then that GZA shoved that dude back to the crowd.
He was an incredibly engaging performer, finishing the show by performing four or five songs while walking throughout the crowd, nearly to the back of the auditorium. This was a man with nothing to prove and even less to fear walking among the common people, his fans, putting on what is sure to be remembered as so many individuals’ greatest concert experience of their lives.