Wu-Tang Clan

House of Blues, Jan. 19

The packed-like-sardines house maintained a dizzying amount of excitement throughout the three-hour wait for the Wu to take the stage. (Bully for the four opening acts, including local rapper Ekoh.) When the curtain finally parted to reveal the RZA, the GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Mastah Killah and Cappadonna in place of Raekwon, the place went up in a roar as everybody threw up their W’s and chanted “Killah Bees Gon’ Swarm.” The Wu blasted into “Ain’t Nothing Ta Fuck Wit,” and from that moment on, it was nothing but a party with constant champagne showers provided by Method Man and the RZA. Although the set list did not offer any songs from their latest compilation, Legendary Weapons, no one seemed to mind. What did take place was a tribute to Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who passed away in 2004. The Wu asked the crowd to mosh in honor of ODB while they performed his popular song “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” The goofy mosh pit that ensued would have made ODB proud. Unfortunately, the set was only 40 minutes, which seemed quite short after a three-hour wait. ★★☆☆☆ 

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