A Hot Ghetto Mess of Hip-Hop, Art, and B-Boys: The 10-Year Journey of The Blunt Club

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Chuck D. of Public Enemy at Hollywood Alley in 2006

The Night Public Enemy Stopped By
Pickster: Their concert at the Marquee was cancelled and they had a signing at Atomic Comics on the westside and Doug, Dumper, and me went by to check it out. Doug was like, "Hey we've got a night we've been doing for years and it's the real deal hip-hop spot in AZ. Would you want to come down?" Their guy was like, "We only have to ask one person," and he whispered in Chuck D.'s ear and he said, "We'll do it."

We didn't know if they were going to show up, it was all on Chuck D.'s word and we were a little worried. We sent out text messages and put it out on MySpace and by the time we got from Atomic Comics over to Hollywood Alley, the club was completely sold out and there was like 200 people lined up outside. And sure enough, around midnight there was this bang on the back door, it swung open and Public Enemy's security came in with flashlights, started moving people around and swatted cigarettes out of people's hands. And Chuck D. came in with 'em. It was crazy. Oh my God.

Dumper: It was like people were literally standing on the tables at Hollywood Alley. They played for like an hour and a half. It just so happened that Drunken Immortals were playing the same night so there was a whole band already setup on stage so they played with a live band. Flavor Flav did like a 10-minute drum solo. And they played "By the Time I Get to Arizona," which they hadn't done since a U2 concert back in the day. I saw a girl in the front faint, like Beatles style.

Location Info

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Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Hollywood Alley - CLOSED

2610 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Music


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