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LIVE: Snoop Dogg belongs in the pound

Snoop Dogg
Ricoh Coliseum
Toronto, ON
Dec. 20, 2003

The Christmas season is a busy one, and one industry that always gets affected in a negative way is the concert business. With all the shopping, mall-hopping and family get-togethers that the season entails, few have time to spend evenings rocking out at the ol’ concert hall. This, along with the exorbitant ticket prices (upwards of $50 each), was likely the reason for the poor attendance at Snoop Dogg’s Toronto stop on Dec. 20.

Likely a byproduct of the sparse audience, the energy simply wasn’t there for Snoop. Following a number of boring local openers (including a no-name wannabe-diva with no flow, as well as the oh-so-pretentious In Essence), Snoop hit the stage to deliver over an hour of uninspired rhymes. Highlights included the hit single “Beautiful,” during which Snoop brought a group of local girls on stage to dance, as well as the classic “Who Am I (What’s My Name?)” Overall, the show (much like the crowd) lacked the energy needed to light the rhymes on fire. One can only hope the Dogg will fare better when he returns with Limp Bizkit in the new year.

—Megan O’Toole



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