With Halloween around the corner, the Shockfest Tour brought its finest in scandalous entertainment to the House of Blues last night.
This year’s line up features rappers Da Mafia 6ix, Madchild, and Jellyroll along with the kings of crazy performances – Mushroomhead and Insane Clown Posse.
The crowd, lined up in front of the venue, was almost as wild as the artists. You could witness a strange mixture of people once inside. Hardcore devotion was definitely prevalent since there were many people with painted faces; obviously to honor the headlining acts – Mushroomhead and ICP.
The crowd, already fired up by the openers, was frantically excited by 9 p.m., when veterans of experimental rock, Mushroomhead, finally took the stage. Their performances, often known for grotesque imagery, never fail to deliver the excitement that gets hearts racing. With their detailed neon costumes, drum sets, splashing water, and crowd surfing, it was one of the most attention-grabbing shows the House of Blues saw this year.
Mushroomhead was definitely a worthy warm-up before the two outrageous members of ICP took the stage an hour later.
Here it becomes necessary to explain to the reader why ICP is a band you should research before attending one of their shows. Being a photojournalist has its advantages, since it requires us to do a bit of investigation prior to the event. If you don’t mind getting wet and sticky on occasion, then there should be no problem being near the stage at an ICP show. However, those not wishing to get a taste of the infamous Faygo soda that is sprayed onto the audience all throughout the show should consider staying away from the stage.
Standing inside the photographers’ pit while staff hurriedly spread dry towels over the floor right before ICP took the stage was an experience that’s not easy to forget… especially when you’re the only girl there. It should have been obvious the crowd was due to get drenched when another brave photographer was wrapping up his camera with a piece of plastic.
Two huge containers filled up with bottles of Faygo, mounted on both sides of the stage, looked very conspicuous as the crowd was chanting. The moment of truth came right in the middle of the first song when Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope went for the Faygo. A speedy retreat from the pit was the only option for anyone who wanted to get out of there dry and with their equipment working. With just a few drops of Faygo in my hair, I safely made it out to the upstairs area to catch the rest of the show featuring more soda (buckets of it, actually), clowns, and all kinds of crazy entertainment that ICP had in its set Friday night.
Are the guys from ICP really insane?
Yes. They are!
Is it worth getting wet?
Perhaps that’s why there were several fire trucks outside the House of Blues. The crowd needed a shower after being ruthlessly bathed in Faygo.