Concert Review: Insane Clown Posse “The Mighty Death Pop Tour”

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(PCM) The horror-core legends Insane Clown Posse brought “The Mighty Death Pop” tour to the Electric Factory in Philadelphia PA. This time joining the carnival was Axe Murder Boyz, Kung-Fu Vampire and Moonshine Bandits. 

Taking the stage first was Denver’s Axe Murder Boyz. Ripping through songs off their Psychopathic Records release “Blood in, Blood out” and some of their earlier albums their 30 minute set went by very quickly. With songs like “I Stay Wicked” and a new song called “Jump” the duo was a perfect  intro to what the rest of the evening would hold.  The highlight of the set came when AMB played their ICP remix of “F**k the world”.  The ICP diehards were in full force and sang along word for word.

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Up next came San Jose California’s Kung Fu Vampire. Not really knowing what to expect I was a bit excited when a stage cover was removed to reveal a drum kit. Live instruments at a rap show will always catch my eye.  After the 15 minute change over Kung Fu Vampire took the stage. Joining KFV was Jeremy Pollett on bass and Chris Paxton on drums. I have to say I was impressed when Kung Fu Vampire hit the stage. The set lasted 30 minutes and consisted of songs off their newest release “Love Bites” as well as samples from past releases.

The live element of Kung Fu Vampire’s performance was the real highlight for me.  His machine gun delivery along with funky bass and drums really brought it all together. The highlight came with Paxton’s drum solo at the end of the set.  

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Next up was Suburban Noize Records hillbilly rap rockers Moonshine Bandits. As DJ Chopstiqs took the stage for the Moonshine Bandits intro I was really into the mixes he was laying down. In any other setting an extended intro might have been a little boring. This was not the case with DJ Chopstiqs as he mixed through samples from Johnny Cash to the Beastie Boys .  It was amazing and if any indication as to what the Moonshine Bandits were going to be I was excited.

Finally the Moonshine Bandits hit the stage, with bottle of the bands own “Outlaw Moonshine” in hand.  Two stepping to country western music, the first thing that came to mind was that these guys came to party. You don’t have to be mistaken as to what the Moonshine Bandits are all about. Jack Daniels, Beer, Woman and of course the “Shine” lifestyle is the constant theme. Working through their 45 minute set the Moonshine Bandits played songs off their Suburban Noize Release “Whiskey and Woman”. 

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With songs like “For The Outlaws”, “Get Loose” and “Shine with Me” the Moonshine Bandits start where Kid Rock left off. Where many hip hop artists talk about gold chains and luxury cars the Moonshine Bandits talk about partying, 4-wheelers and booze. With a following that appeals to both country music and commercial rap fans these guys are doing their own thing. In a world that puts every music artist in a mold this is refreshing even if their fan base leans towards the country side. Also, how can you not like a group of country boys that have their own brand of moonshine?

With the still closed stage curtain you could feel the energy grow as everyone knew what was coming. Fans that come to an ICP show are some of the most dedicated in music and with their unwavering support,  ICP has been bringing the Dark Carnival to the masses for nearly twenty years. 

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After a short 15 minute wait the start of the show came in the form of a Brady Bunch parody intro song. Soon after the curtain opened to reveal the new stage set-up which had the new “Mighty Death Pop” clown character in the background and two large bubbling water tanks that sported the Faygo soda logo.  Led by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope the boys wasted no time in letting the Faygo spray for the packed Philadelphia crowd.  For those that don’t know “Faygo” is a cheap sugar loaded soda pop that ICP spray on their fans by the gallon load, and usually in the form of 500+ two liter bottles per show.   Opening with “Chris Benoit” and rolling right into the title song off the new album “Mighty Death Pop”.  By the second song I was soaked from the Faygo spray, and was having one of those why am I here moments, and then it sank in literally as the clowns ran through songs like “Get Ya Wicked On”, “What Is a Juggalo”, and “Bazooka Joey”. My favorite moment of the night came when Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope went into “Headless Boogie”. Accompanying them on stage were eight ghouls that danced a choreographed routine to the song while dumping buckets of Faygo soda into the crowd.

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I have to give it to Insane Clown Posse for putting together this tour line up. Each artist is just a little different   and gives you a good idea about what Insane Clown Posse are all about. Check them out on “The Mighty Death Pop” tour.

Tue, 05/07/13

Lancaster, PA

Chameleon Club

Thu, 05/09/13

Clifton Park, NY

Upstate Concert Hall

Fri, 05/10/13

Hartford, CT

The Webster

Sat, 05/11/13

Norfolk, VA

The Norva

Mon, 05/13/13

Cincinnati, OH

Bogarts

Tue, 05/14/13

Columbus, OH

LC Pavilion

Wed, 05/15/13

Louisville, KY

Expo Five

Fri, 05/17/13

West Des Moines, IA

Val Air Ballroom

Sat, 05/18/13

St. Paul, MN

Myth Live

Mon, 05/20/13

Lawrence, KS

Granada Theater

Wed, 05/22/13

Salt Lake City, UT

Rockwell @ The Complex

Fri, 05/24/13

Seattle, WA

El Corazon

Sat, 05/25/13

Seattle, WA

El Corazon

Sun, 05/26/13

Bend, OR

Midtown Ballroom

Tue, 05/28/13

Anaheim, CA

City National Grove of Anaheim

Wed, 05/29/13

Oakland, CA

Oakland Metro Opera House

Thu, 05/30/13

Oakland, CA

Oakland Metro Opera House

Sat, 06/01/13

Tucson, AZ

Rialto Theatre

Sun, 06/02/13

Flagstaff, AZ

Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park

Wed, 08/07/13

Cave-In-Rock, IL

Hatchet Landings

Words and photography by: Keith Lovett

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