Boys w/ Special Guests A Tribe Called Quest and Money
Mark - Concert @ Marcus Arena - Milwaukee, WI -
the Super Disco Breakin Scenario
bill aicher, tom reiter, and jennifer aicher
To kick off our
concert review section here at Music-Critic, we offer a review
of one of this year's hottest concert tours - The Beastie
Boys, with special guests A Tribe Called Quest and Money Mark.
Since this is our first review, we will be giving our visitors
a different kind of review than that found in most common
magazines. This time around we are going to give you
a review from three different peoples' points of view.
Music-Critic staff members Tommy, Billy, and Jenny all went
to the show, and each of their reviews will be posted here.
(We had hoped to do an interview with the bands as well, but
Grand Royal's publicist failed to respond to any of our requests.
Their loss I guess.)
I - BILLY'S REVIEW
This was my first concert that
was even close to a hip-hop nature. I need to get that
out in the beginning so you know where I am coming from.
Most of the shows I have seen are either alternative or rock
- Pearl Jam, Everclear, Our Lady Peace, Tori Amos, etc...
So as you can see, A Tribe Called Quest was not in that genre.
But let's start at the beginning and go on from there.
Money Mark opened the show up
around 7:30. An interesting musical style. His
set began with a mixing jam, samplers, turntables - all that
shit. This intro was very kickin'. It got the crowd
moving and I was grooving to it. However, then he went
into what I was not hoping for - basic guitar/alternative
rock music. Most of his set was this style music - kind
of like a slower Space Monkeys or Oasis; it sounded very brit-pop/rock
to me. He wasn't bad at it, the band did a good job
and the vocals were good as well. The problem I did
have was that it did not fit my mindset for the show.
The best part of his set was in the middle when they went
all-out improv jamming on the synths and turntables again.
Oh well, on to the next band then.
While I am not a HUGE rap/hip-hop
fan, I do get into some of it. When it comes to my preference,
I get into the East-Coast style. This is cool, seeing
as how A Tribe Called Quest are about as East-Coast as there
is. The guys did an EXCELLENT job of getting the crowd
going. As soon as they told the audience to start jumping,
compliance was reached. I didn't think I could have
so much fun with a pure hip-hop act - I guess I can be wrong
sometimes. They did a lot of new music from the new
album coming out September 29th. (Sadly they stated
this new album will be their final A Tribe Called Quest release).
It was Ali's (the guy on turntables) birthday, and they got
the whole crowd singing Happy Birthday - very cool.
Their set ended with "Scenario".
Unfortunately, by this time I
was dripping with sweat. This had to be the hottest
concert I had been to in a long time. There was no room
to move whatsoever - when there was movement it was movement
in the crowd as a whole. I figured, what the hell, I
will just deal with it and go on to the Beasties. Oh
damn - I could hardly wait.
After sitting for a while, the
lights go down and what do I hear, but Rush's "Tom Sawyer"
being sampled. Mixmaster Mike was onstage, and he started
the show by just ripping it up. Next thing I know,
"Super Disco Breakin'" is going, and so does the
crowd. I have never seen a crowd with so much energy
before. I got tossed to God-knows-where and never saw
the people I came with again throughout the show. This
didn't matter much though, since the show was so great.
A lot of the music was from the last two albums, including
"Shame in Your Game", "Sabotage", and
of course "Intergalactic". The closer before
the encore was excellent, as they had Q-Tip come on out for
the song. The band was excellent, even though MCA, Ad-Rock,
and Mike D are looking old. It didn't matter.
They still have it in them - anyone who says differently is
Overall, I loved the concert.
I hated the venue. I have been to concerts there
before - and nothing was as bad as how they handled the show.
There were too many people on the floor - either overselling
of tickets, or just plain letting people on the floor who
shouldn' have been there. The crowd was great - they
loved the music. However, I have a quick comment - this
was the first time I ever saw someone smoke a bowl in the
middle of a moshpit. The last complaint I have about
the venue was from after the show. Here I am, sitting
in line to get me a hat - and what happens? Well the
damn security guards come around kicking everyone out.
I mean, come on - the show just got out ten minutes ago.
We were there for four hours watching those acts and all the
security guards can do is kick the fans out as soon as the
show is over? What the hell was with that... well enough
venting. If you do get the chance to see them - do it.
One of the coolest shows I have seen in a long time.
Hell, the stage even rotated.
Review by Billy - email@example.com
PART II - Jennifer's
I get going, I want to inform you all that, like Billy, this
was on my first experieces with a hip-hop kind of show, although
not exactly my first. I also am more used to shows to
the likes of swing, ska, rock, and alternative. However,
I must say I had a rockin' time at this show.
band to take the stage, Money Mark, I was completely unfamiliar
with. Previous to the start of the show, my friend and
I were talking about what we thought Money Mark would be like,
etc., etc., and when they whipped out their first song, we
looked at each other with approval. However, the next
song was nothing like the first, and to put it bluntly, sucked.
As their set went on, I could not wait for them to be over.
I'm not saying they are a bad band or anything, they
simply did not fit in my liking and I did not find them worthy
to be touring with the almighty Beasties. After some
time, I had no choice but visit the restroom and then go find
the t-shirt stand to get my souvenir of the night -- a lovely
yellow Beastie Boys tee. By the time I got back in
the arena, to my delight Money Mark was just finishing up
was A Tribe Called Quest. I am not going to lie to you
and tell you that I was much of a fan of Tribe before the
show. I suppose I have never really heard much of their
stuff before the show and had never had the fine opportunity
of seeing the boys do their stuff up on the stage. I
must admit I was quite impressed and I plan on heading out
to the nearest Best Buy one of these days and picking up a
CD or theirs. Tribe did an awesome job of getting the
crowd going. Instead of being down on the floor, I was
up in the seats (me being a mere 5'2", being down on
the floor never works for me.) From my seat, I could
see most of the people in the smoky, crowded Milwaukee Auditorium,
and they were quite into Tribe. Everyone seemed to be
dancing and having a good time, like it was "One big
party," as on the guys from Tribe described it.
And yes, I too was dancing up a storm. One of the highlights
of the show, as Billy mentioned, was getting to sing "Happy
Birthday" to Ali; thousands of people in the place singing
"Happy Birthday"-- interesting. When they
finished up their set, I was sad it was over, but I was all
too eager to see the Boys.
much anticipation, the lights dimmed again and the crowd went
nuts. The Beasties were about to come out! The
place was so loud and everyone was going crazy. I, myself,
could not grasp the fact I was going to see the Beastie Boys.
My only fear was that the show wouldn't be as good as I would
expect out of my Boys. However, I soon found out I had
nothing to fear. Before I know it, MCA, AdRock, and
Mike D. were out on the circular stage doing their thing.
Mixmaster Mike started the show out by sampling Rush's "Tom
Sawyer" which I thought was just too awesome -- I mean,
who but the Beasties would start a show sampling some Rush?
"Super Disco Breakin" was the first song they did,
and a good choice I must say. They did more rock and
punk songs than I expected, but I suppose that's ok.
I would have preferred more raps, but I still had a great
time and it was quite clear that everyone else at the show
had a great time as well.
A highlight of
the show was "Paul Revere" (which is on my cd played
as I type) when the crowd had the honor of spitting out the
lyrics, as opposed to the Boys. You could tell the audience
was lovin' that. My favorite part of the show was the
last song before the encore when they brought out Q-Tip and
did my favorite: "Get it Together". I was lovin'
it and dancing away, sweat just pouring down my face, but
I didn't seem to mind, as I felt like I had died on gone to
heaven. Then the boys climbed down below the stage through
some "trap doors" until the encore, in which Mixmaster
sampled the line "Welcome to my underground lair"
from Austin Powers. The boys then performed "Intergallactic
Planetary" and closed with "Sabotage."
you didn't notice, I truly enjoyed the show and am eagerly
anticipating the next time the Beastie Boys come through--
if they do. My only complaints were how crowded the
show was and how hot and smoky the place was, but it was by
far worth it. I have never seen a crowd so into a group
before and having such a good time. This was definitely
one of the best concerts I have ever gone to, and I've been
to quite a few, despite my younger age.
Review by jenny - firstname.lastname@example.org
PART III - Tom's Review
think you've been held in anticipation long enough for Part
III of the Beastie Boys concert review. The first part,
from Bill, had an alternative background. Jenny, who
did the second part, has a somewhatmixed background in music.
Now I add the third part, coming from a hip-hop background.
out first hand why people like MTV are saying Milwaukee was
the best stop on the tour. I feel sorry for any of ya'll
that were gonna go and didn't or couldn't, cuz you missed
one of the best concerts to ever hit Brewtown....
I was able
to view it from a different vantage point then that of Billy
and Jenny. I was down in the front standing up against
the barrier around the stage. Damn it was hot, but damn
it was fun!!
act, Money Mark, was ok. I guess I expected something
a little more exciting. Although that doesn't mean he
wasn't good. Money Mark is a very talented musician.
He can play several instruments and can sing very good too.
His music is primarily instrumental, and a lot of it is improvised.
He was a decent act to get the crowd kinda warmed up.
brief set change (props to the stage designers for making
this easy for the crew so it went quick!), one of my favorite
rap groups took stage, A Tribe Called Quest. I had seen
them in concert once before and thought they were ok, so I
wasn't sure what to expect. But I was soon to realize
I was in for a surprise! They were quick to pump up
the crowd and get everybody into it. They did all their
classic jams from back in the day, from "Bonita Applebum"
to "Award Tour." They had two guests along,
Jerobi, and I'm not totally sure who the second one was....maybe
Consequence (although it didn't sound like it). But
having them along enabled them to do my favorite song of all
time, "Scenario." The guest picked up the parts
of Charlie Brown and Busta Rhymes, who were then a part of
Leaders of The New School. The Tribe stayed on stage
for almost an hour! Many people who are not big fans
of hip-hop have said that they loved the Tribe's performance.
One of the things that I really like was that they had a clean
sound system, so you could actually hear the music and understand
the lyrics, which is essential for rap. The only bad
part was that they announced that after 10 years of puttin
out their unique style, "The Love Movement" would
be their last album. As a long time fan, I hope the
hell not!! (Editor's note: It was stated on MTV News
that this Milwaukee show was actually to be their last show
as A Tribe Called Quest).
break for stage setup, it was time for the Beasties to perform.
Their set opened with Mix Master Mike on stage by himself
workin it on the turntables. After his brief solo intro,
the Beastie Boys emerged. Immediately the crowd came
alive, and the whole mass of people started movin' n' jumpin'.
This is when I was able to make it to the front row.
The only problem with being up there was that it was tighter
then a mo fo. But it was awesome cuz you could see the
Beastie Boys just feeding off the excitement of the crowd
in their experessions. When you would look up at the
people in the seats, it was just this mass of people all waving
their arms, dancin and partyin.
the way the music was arranged was perfect. They'd piece some
of their more popular high engergy songs together for awhile.
Then, just when you started to think you're getting tired,
they slow it down and go into some of their instrumentals.
This provided a nice break. Then the Beasties would
pick it up again with some of their punk/thrash material.
I like their newer material a lot. It kinda reaches
back to their older style of rapping, yet combines it with
cutting edge samples, Groovebox generated music, and fat ass
beats. Occasionally, they would have a couple back-up
players come on to play a couple instruments. Mix Master
Mike was on stage all night, showin off his talent on the
stage was kickass! The center of it, where all the
instruments were, would rotate every now and then. So nobody
remained in the back or side of the stage for long. The also
had strategically placed digital video cameras. The
images they picked up were displayed on video walls and hanging
monitors. They added digital effects for that Beastie look.
Q-Tip also came on stage so they could do "Get It Together."
We all knew that they weren't done yet when they left the
stage becausethey hadn't played "Intergalactic,"
their newest hit. And sure enough, after a minute or two,
they reappeared and performed it. In all, they were
on stage for two hours, by the end of which I was soaked in
sweat from head to toe and tired as hell. We were made
to leave right away, and I picked up new t-shirt. When
Bill and I walked out the doors, there was someone from MTV
news conducting an interview. We stood in the background for
a bit, but left cuz we didn't think it would get aired cuz
it was only Milwaukee. Little did we know it would,
since this show is being dubbed the best on the tour. A friend
of ours spotted us when he was watching it one morning, kickass!
Words can't describe the overall thoughts and feelings of
this concert. All I can say is that for any of ya'll that
didn't go, you missed your one chance in a lifetime to see
a show this good!!!
Tribe Called Quest