DMX Fan Tries To Give Rapper “Welcome Back” Hug During Show

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I don’t know about you, but I think most concert fans don’t have evil intentions.

Most of us just want to spread love, escape and have a good time during a concert.

But sometimes what happens is that we get so worked up and emotional at a show that we just can’t contain ourselves.

And believe me, I know the live concert experience can make us do a wide range of crazy things, even when there’s no “external substances” flowing through our bodies.

In response to the natural emotional surge that live music generates within us we’ve been known to …

riot,

rush the stage,

cause earthquakes,

fight each other,

flash someone else’s police badge,

cut ourselves,

get creative,

do Harry Potter chants,

tweet what we love/hate,

grieve and mourn,

return Rolex watches,

try to sneak drugs in and get caught,

get married,

make documentary films,

create complaint choirs,

get really scared,

start dancing swarms,

and celebrate our weirdness.

Those are just a few of the things that concerts can make us do. And when I read this TMZ DMX story, initially, like most of us, I thought the worst too.

But then I thought… what if the fan was simply so overjoyed to see DMX back on stage that he just wanted to give DMX a big “welcome back” hug and not a harmful headlock?

Of course, there’s always several complex perspectives to this kind of fan behavior. And as of today, we really don’t know much about this DMX fan or why he jumped up on stage.

So why do we automatically assume he had malicious intentions?

We just never know until we actually talk with the fan to get his side of the story.

This DMX situation also makes me wonder if it was a crafty pre-meditated publicity plot to generate some DMX concert buzz.

I say that because the fan just easily popped up on stage, did his attempted headlock/hug and then security grabbed him and DMX went right on with the show as if he knew it was coming.

Anything is possible and the psychological subplots to the live music experience are so fascinating to uncover, which is why we love exploring and experimenting with this stuff.

How ‘Bout You?

Were you at this DMX show? What’s the funniest, weirdest, craziest fan behavior you’ve seen? What do you think of concert fan behavior?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include your stories in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Odd Future Concert Choas Continues: Tyler, The Creator Adds Roxy Sound Guy To Assaulted List

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First it was Pitchfork and cupcakes. Then a slapped photographer. Now it’s an assaulted sound guy and destroyed gear.

Yep, my friends. We have some more crazy non-musical concert chaos news to share about Odd Future and their uber-rowdy leader Tyler, The Creator.

Reports of the Roxy incident on Thursday night spread fast across the interwebs as fans like Jensen Karp tweeted the chaos which included Tyler’s mom yelling “That’s My Baby” and the cops using beanbag ammunition to control the crowd that had gathered outside the Roxy.

So far there’s been a handful of fan videos (below) have surfaced. And by the looks of it, it’s more of the same stuff that’s happened earlier in the year as Odd Future leaves a destructive wake of assaults charges as they travel across the country. And sadly, all the news that’s making headlines not about the music but about the drama and brewing riots.

But the fans keep coming to the shows, to support and chant for the freedom of Tyler.

That said, and since we’re all about telling the fan’s side of the story, let us know what it was like for you at the Roxy or at any other Odd Future show and drop a comment below, and we’ll share your experience on an upcoming episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Concert Review: Is Touring Fatigue Getting To Theophilus London?

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A good time was had by all during the RE:MIX LAB as Theophilus London and Hollywood Holt laid down some righteous beats and fresh rhymes at the River Arts Center.

Without a doubt, the glory of the groove flowed through the venue as fans danced and rocked oblivion to London’s new songs — an intoxicating mix of soul, post-punk, funk and hip hop — and Holt’s rockin’ blend of classic house and rap tracks.

Something He Said…

But there was something that London kept saying that made me think about the connection between live performance, fatigue and artistic creativity.

At several points during the show, London kept saying that he was tired because he had been on tour for 38 straight weeks. Since this was the first time that I had seen London live, because we didn’t get to catch his set during SXSW 2011, I don’t have anything to compare this show with.

Nonetheless, I still wondered how his fatigue was impacting the show. Did it make the show better or worse?

During the show I thought back to my college baseball playing days and I remember a chat I had made with a fellow teammate who firmly believed that he played better on less sleep because it allowed him to be relaxed and play more naturally and fluidly.

But Can The Same Be True For Live Performance?

Can lack of sleep and physical and mental fatigue be an asset to an artist who struggles with stage anxiety? Possibly.

What I do know is that London’s expressed fatigue didn’t take away from this show at all. And when he mentioned it I felt more emotionally connected to his performance and actually empathized with him.

And judging by the reaction to the fans in the front row, I imagine they would say the same too.

Of course, London isn’t the only, or the first artist, to struggle with tour fatigue, or express it on stage during the show.

There Are Others Too

Lady Gaga, Adele, Kings of Leon, and many other artists have cancelled shows and entire tours because of the exhaustig demands of being on the road.

So does constant touring have a negative impact on an artists creativity? And does that physical and mental fallout pave the path for a lackluster show and creative burnout?

According to this excellent article from the 99 Percent, there is a direct connection between rest, creativity and drug use:

For example science journalist Jonah Lehrer, says

“The relaxation phase is crucial. That’s why so many insights happen during warm showers. … One of the surprising lessons of this research is that trying to force an insight can actually prevent the insight.”

and Brian Eno says:

There’s no point in saying, ‘I don’t have an idea today, so I’ll just smoke some drugs.’ You should stay alert for the moment when a number of things are just ready to collide with one another… The reason to keep working is almost to build a certain mental tone, like people talk about body tone. You have to move quickly when the time comes, and the time might come very infrequently – once or twice a year, or even less.

 

Clearly both of these thoughts and many other great insights in the article are completely at odds with the grinding schedule of touring and the rock star lifestyle.

What’s An Artist Like London to Do?

In order to spread his music staying on the road is a must.  But I wonder…

Are young artists like him who are building up their touring muscles more likely to be victims of touring fatigue than older artists?

Does the extreme emotional outpouring and demands from fans at shows somehow contribute to artist fatigue?

Chime In and Explore With Us

We’re going to continue this exploration on a future episode of Live Fix Radio and in the meantime here’s a video from the London show and a bunch of links I found that can help educate us on things like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), sleep and creativity and other artist who’ve struggled with or overcome touring fatigue. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Check out more of Colleen’s photos here.
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Concert Preview: K. Flay Can Rap Better Than Your Honor Roll Student

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We like girls who can rap, especially those who are from Chicago and graduated from Stanford.

That’s why tomorrow night we’re heading out to Subterranean to re-explore the live show of Chicago-native Katherine Flaherty (aka K.Flay). Colleen and I first discovered K. Flay’s cunning blend of hip hop, pop, rock and humorous rhymes back in March at SXSW. Out of the myriad blur of bands we saw at SXSW, her show was one of my favorites, so I had to dive deeper into her creative back story to discover what inspired her to start rapping and making beats.

As Jessica Hopper writes in her Chicago Tribune interview, K. Flay’s start was a personal and academic challenge:

The idea of rapping came out of a bit of academic discourse that Flaherty had with fellow students. “Some friends and I were having a discussion about voice, what makes a performer’s voice ‘authentic.’ I started thinking about how I could write to a certain formula, using my own background, being, demographically, who I am. Have my own authentic voice,” she says. “It was fun. At first it was more just like a tongue-twisting challenge. I was writing more, like, punch lines and things to make my friends laugh. Just doing stuff to be clever.”

All this said, we’re excited to see how her live performance has evolved over the last 8 months and I’m equally curious to see what’s in store with her new album Eyes Shut that’s due in 2012.

And as we continue our exploration into How Women Experience Live Music, we’ll also be chatting with K. Flay before the show about her sociology studying days at Stanford, growing up in Chicago and what she’s learned the most about connecting with a live audience since SXSW.

Our interview will be shared in future episode of Live Fix Radio, so if you have a question for K.Flay, post it below and we’ll be sure to ask it during our chat.

Check out K.Flay’s latest Official Beastie Boys remix and other clever tunes on her blog.

Show Info:

Subterranean
DOORS @ 9:00 PM | SHOW @ 9:30 PM | 17 & OVER
TICKETS: $10.00

2011 Tour Dates:
* with Grieves

Fri Nov 25 Chicago @ SubTerranean
Sat Nov 26 Pittsburgh @ Stage AE *
Mon Nov 28 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheelz *
Tue Nov 29 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lounge *
Thu Dec 1 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall *
Fri Dec 2 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street *
Sat Dec 3 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met *
Sun Dec 4 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
Mon Dec 5 Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs *
Tue Dec 6 Hartford, CT @ Arch Street *
Wed Dec 7 Boston, MA @ Northeastern *
Thu Dec 8 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
Fri Dec 9 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
Sat Dec 10 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
Sun Dec 11 Orlando, FL @ The Social *
Wed Dec 14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Cambridge *
Thu Dec 15 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr *

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RIP Heavy D: Remembering The Righteous Groove He Gave Us At The Shrine

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I read the TMZ news today that old-school rapper Heavy D died at the age of 44. This is sad news no doubt.

So like we’ve done with other artists who’ve impacted us with their live show and unfortunately passed on too soon, I’d like to pay tribute to Heavy D because he was at the center of one of my favorite hip hop concerts ever.

And as I think back to that moment it’s amazing how vivid and fresh that concert still is in my mind. It feels like the show just happened yesterday.

Here’s what I wrote back in 2009 when I experienced Common, The Roots and Heavy D: Feeling as One At The Shrine

Old school stalwart rapper Heavy D also showed up and played some classic hits and some new reggae tracks. And it was during his performance of the classic ”The Overweight Lovers in the House“ that a fan, who I didn’t know before this show, looked at me and grinned the biggest grin and tossed me a fist bump.

That knunkle-to-knuckle moment ranks as one of the most memorable of my recent concert experiences because it was more than just two fans sharing a great live music moment. It was a micro-moment that personified the vibe in The Shrine. And to me it was a black fan and white fan sharing a golden moment that was so pure and so honest and transcendent for both of us.

I also think that moment was important because I know that there’s still a huge struggle with race in our country. And, unfortunately, hip hop isn’t immune to racism. As a white male, I’ve been to hip hop shows where I didn’t feel welcomed because of the color of my skin, or I didn’t feel any sense of fan solidarity, unity, energy or community among the fans before, during, or after the show.

Disappointing, disconnected and disinfranchised hip hop shows confirm for me that live hip hop still has a long way to go to break free from its self-destructive chains and skin-colored shackling stereotypes.

But this Shrine show was the polar opposite. It inspired me. It gave me hope.

Let’s Rap…

Yeah, it was great night back in 2009. And it was an honor to get to experience Heavy D at a live show. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

If you’re like me, I’m sure you’re feeling a mix of emotions and grief about this, so like we’ve done before with our ongoing live music mourning exploration, we’d invite you to share your favorite Heavy D concert moments too. Go ahead and post them in the comments below and we’ll feature them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio. Thanks to Fakeshore Drive for the YouTube video clip.

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Another Reason Why Odd Future Isn’t Worth A Concert Review

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As we told you before, after Pitchfork we left unimpressed with Odd Future. We actually had more fun, and it was way more entertaining, watching the fans than anything the band did onstage musically.

We walked away from that show thinking that the media should refuse to cover these guys because they don’t like to talk to the press anyways, they hate photographers in the pit, and they really have nothing new to say or offer to hip hop.

That said, as Pollstar reports, things have now gotten violent, legal and personal between Odd Future and photographer Amy Harris who was slapped in the face by band member “Left Brain” during a recent show at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans.

According to MTV News, here’s what Left Brain had to say about the incident:

Turner has not commented on the charges filed, but in a since-removed post on his Tumblr — in which he posted Harris’ photo — he wrote, “I didn’t slap that old bi—. Everybody seen that sh–. Idgaf though. F— her and f— the media. I’m not stupid and I’m not lettin nobody sue me for my paper. It’s my job to slap cameras out the way so like I said before, f— your opinion your blog and ya peeps. Ha.”

Here’s what Harris had to say on her blog as the story continues to develop.

“I was very disheartened to learn yesterday that Odd Future is denying that one of its members, Vyron Turner (“Left Brain”), engaged in the violent conduct that so many people witnessed and even photographed or videotaped. After he so publicly attacked me, I truly believed that an apology would be immediately forthcoming, which is why I declined to press charges at that time. The unexpected turn of events, including an attack by Odd Future on my credibility and motives for discussing the incident, have caused me to re-evaluate my initial decision. I’ve contacted an attorney – Amy Borlund with Doll Amir & Eley in Los Angeles – and am pursuing my options. At a minimum, I am seeking a public apology from Vyron Turner. Ultimately, I want a resolution in which Turner is held accountable for his actions.”

I appreciate the overwhelming concern for me personally and the many professional photographers who have reached out and shown support for me during this unfortunate situation.

Since then Harris had filed a police report and received death threats via email as she shared on her blog this past week.

Step Up To The Mic

What do you think about Odd Future’s live show antics? Should the media refuse to cover them? Have you seen them live? We invite you to share your Odd Future concert experiences and thoughts about this photographer fiasco in the comments below, and we’ll feature them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Concert News Round-up: Jimmy Buffett, Linkin Park, Foursquare, Live Nation Lawsuit & Coachella Sellout

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Coachella sells out in a week? A rapper threatens to shoot up a crowd? Linkin Park is using fans to test out new marketing channels? Parrot Heads go from ecstasy to horror in a matter of seconds? Foursquare expanding its concert experiments? A Live Nation lawsuit? Continue reading

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Concert Review: WBEZ Winter Hip Hop Block Party Rocks The House

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On Saturday January 15 hip hop heads of all shapes and sizes, colors and creeds rocked the house at the WBEZ Winter Hip Hop Block Party at the Chicago Urban Arts Society. This is the account of how it all went down. And this is the story of how hundreds of fans celebrated and got educated on the past, present and future of this beautiful and dynamic art form that is most certainly not dead.
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WBEZ Hosts Winter Block Party For Hip Hop Arts, MashUp Beat-making Contest

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Looking ahead to 2011, here’s some great news for hip hop fans and artists in Chicago. As part of their Off-Air series, WBEZ will be hosting their 3rd Annual Winter Block Party for Chicago’s Hip-Hop Arts with a MashUp beat-making contest and more.

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Does Your 3D Concert DVD Wish List Look Like This?

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Like we did last week, it’s time once again to dream about concerts in 3D.

But in this exploration, we’re going to dive a little deeper and wonder about “remastered” Blu-ray concert DVDs, and do some virtual time traveling as we dream about the ultimate 3D concert wish list.

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UPDATE: Live Interview with Chicago Rapper Lupe Fiasco on Vocalo.org

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One of my favorite live performances in the last few years was seeing Lupe Fiasco at Lollapalooza in 2008. I had seen him the year before in 2007, and what made Fiasco’s set such a jaw-dropper was witnessing his maturation and evolution as a live performer.
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Livestream Event: Nicki Minaj Takes Fans Behind Velvet Rope For ‘One Night Stand’

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Continuing our series on virtual concert experiences, we’re pleased to bring you another Livestream event today featuring up-and-coming hip hop artist Nicki Minaj performing an exclusive concert that will virtually take you behind the velvet rope.
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