Concert Sutra & Much Needed “Anger Management”
Written by terri sapp
Photographed by terri sapp (from the Pit)
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After I almost beat a bitch down in the vast crowd of a free concert in Downtown Atlanta last month, I decided I needed some quality Anger Management! This year’s Anger Management Tour proved, once again, to be one of the most finely orchestrated tours to come around. From the set construction and design to the line up and performances, the Anger Management Tour, 2005 rivals any tour I have been to in the past ten years. Of course, most of that is due to the brilliance of Marshall Mathers a.k.a. Eminem a.k.a. Slim Shady. This year he, along with D12, teamed up with 50 Cent and the G Unit, and Lil’ Jon and the East Side Boyz, among many other guest artists.
I caught the show on July 31, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre toward the end of the U.S. leg of the tour. Lil’ Jon and the East Side Boyz, Atlanta native, had the job of getting the crowd crunked up. He even sported the “P. Diddy style” shirt that read “Crunk or Die!” The East Side Boyz carried around gas cans full of Crunk Juice that they poured into fans’ cups in the crowd. The stage work set the night off well, with a huge likeness of Lil’ Jon with a big hand sticking out that moved up and down. I wasn’t sure what I would think of the Lil’ Jon show, since I have always been pretty much annoyed by his presence, much less his music. However, I was pleasantly surprised that his portion of the show was actually quite enjoyable. Out of nowhere Ice Cube even joined Lil’ Jon for a song during his set. Everyone loved it! Luckily, he saved the “WHAAAT? WHAAAT? YEEEEAAAAH! OOOOHKAAAAY!” for the very end. Continue reading