Volume 92, Issue 7

Tuesday, September 15, 1998

here we go


Bustin' out with the B-boys

Lisa Weaver/Gazette

By Lisa Weaver
Gazette Staff

The Beastie Boys are certainly no strangers to spectacle. Ever since the early '80s days of dancing girls in cages and inflatable penises, Mike D, Ad Rock and MCA have always put on an entertaining, if not provoking, show. This summer's tour supporting Hello Nasty, the latest B-boys release, was no different.

In pure Beasties style, the show which stopped Aug. 15 at Molson Park in Barrie, was an event in "grand-royale" fashion. In offering the most beats for your buck, the lineup included a mix of old favorites and new acts. The second stage included such names as BTK, Mathematik, R.L. Burnside, One Nation, Groovy Religion, Deadly Snakes and King Cobb Steelie.

Following what has become a summer concert staple, this show included a village-like gathering of tents containing all the artifacts of '90s culture. Everything from products made from hemp to silver jewelry to symbolic trinkets were available at the Beasties' only festival-style show in North America this summer.

To top off this musical melange, the main stage offered a further mixture of high-energy entertainment. Northern Touch, a combined effort of Canadian hip hop solo acts and groups started off the last half of the evening on the main stage. Money Mark, known for his funky keyboard work with the Beastie Boys, put on a slow-paced yet rhythmic set which only added to the fervour and excitement growing in the mostly teenage crowd.

One surprising element of the evening was the appearance of Biz Markie, a well-known old-schooler who last hit the airwaves nearly ten years ago. And Markie didn't let the crowd down, as he ended his set with various renditions of "Just a Friend." Markie was called in last minute to replace A Tribe Called Quest, who cancelled their performance.

Of course, the Beastie Boys topped the event off with style. Despite one short power outage and a few breaks in songs to tell pushy audience members to give others some breathing room, the show was pure energy from start to finish. Biz Markie joined the Beasties on stage for an interesting rendition of Elton John's "Piano Man." Their new-found states of non-confrontational living, however, were challenged by Markie's erratic behavior and referral to female audience members' "tits."

As with all summer festivals – heat, food, expensive drinks and non-stop entertainment certainly exhausted the crowd at this show. The Beastie Boys are always great, however, at sustaining enthusiasm and interest, whether over a day or over a decade.

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