The Wicked Clowns come to town

     From the darkest allies of Detroit City to becoming preachers about God, the Insane Clown Posses never ceases to amaze me. After their 6th Jokers Card album debuted on November 5, 2002, ICP felt it was time to head out on the road again, promoting their new album and tantalizing their juggalo fan following.
     On February 14, 2003 I was able to witness the Shangri-La tour headlined by ICP. The openers for the Shangri-La tour were Anybody Killa, an artist on the Insane Clown Posse’s record label Psychopathic Records, as well as the hip hop group 2 Live Crew. Anybody Killa played music off of his soon to be released album, Hatchet Warrior while 2 Live Crew decided to do some old school with such songs as “So Horny.” The crowd was riled up by the time both of these opening acts were done and they were ready for the meddling clown duo.
     When the curtains opened to reveal the set, the crowd began to cheer with anticipation and started a chant of “ICP, ICP.” At the top of the set was a huge sign that hung over the stage saying “The Mayhem Of Madness.” Everything on stage was white and had a representation of what the Insane Clown Posse considered Shangri-La. When the lights came on you could see the stage in it’s full velocity and it looked like the game show set of Wheel Of Fortune complete with their own version of Vanna White.
     When Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J came out on stage everyone in the venue rushed to the front trying to get as close as they could to ICP. They started off the set with a few songs off of their newest album “The Wraith” and continued with song after song. I found the most interesting part of this particular show to be that with every song played they lit up a huge square on stage where their Vanna would turn the square around to reveal the cover to each joker’s card representing ICP has produced and made. They also included all the jokers’ cards playing, at least 2 songs off of each album, which was a nice surprise because they often focus on the album they just released.
     No Insane Clown Posse show would be complete without a sweet, sticky shower of Faygo soda. Throughout the show they take a good two to three minute break to spray the sea of juggalos with Faygo Diet Cola and Root Beer soda as well as throwing confetti on the crowd – for their enjoyment I’m sure. Everyone loves this part of the show; I couldn’t tell you why because leaving a concert sopping and sticky wet with soda is not exactly everyone’s idea of a good time.
     Overall the mayhem and pure madness of this concert was completely fun!
     The Insane Clown Posse only get better with every show and every album. If you ever get the opportunity to attend one of their shows I’d highly recommend it, even if you don’t like the music, the show itself will be more then entertaining.