The Wu-Tang Clan

By Tristan Robinson on March 3, 2016


Ten thousand fists are raised in unison, lit by the projection of a vast “W” stretching across the pit. A chant begins to sound: “Wu...Tang...Wu...Tang...Wu...Tang”, like the ancestral battle cry of an army growing by the second. The stage is empty but the fans are ready. They waited five years for this opportunity – to see the Wu-Tang Clan live in Melbourne, Australia.

All of a sudden a kick drum cuts through the commotion and a familiar bassline welcomes the emcees to the stage. Once by one, we see the RZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, the GZA and Cappadonna swagger to the floor, spitting the lyrics to their 23-year-old debut track Bring Da Ruckus with the intensity the Clan is famous for. Despite their age the Wu-Tang have anything but mellowed, bringing to their live performance all the bravado and juvenility of their original 9-piece form. Supported by long-time DJ Mathematics and his impressive record-spinning footwork, the five MCs made enough sound to make up for the members who were refused entry by Australian customs (including Method Man and Inspectah Deck).

The setlist comprised of condensed classics and fan-favourties, running through roughly a dozen hits in the first half-hour.  Surprise covers of The Beatles, David Bowie and Nirvana were also to feature – though not nearly as shocking as the appearance of paralympian Dylan Alcott rolling onto the stage to cover Method Man’s verse on Protect Ya Neck!

While the few key absences could have easily led to a disappointment, the present members coped well with the setback, adopting a shouted delivery with shared verses for more volume. RZA’s frantic jumping and champagne showers were matched by Ghostface’s ability to captivate the crowd between songs, resulting in some almost serene moments amongst the ruckus – such as when he ordered the lights to be turned off and the crowd raised their phones in the air, forming a sea of twinkling white LEDs.

For the most part, the show was energetic and the excitement contagious. Wu fans left happy after hearing their favourite Clan and solo tracks, and aside from a few odd mishaps, hands were held high and the intensity remained unmatched.


Amelie Flag
over 1 year ago

When you started with Ten Thousands Fists I thogught you were going to write about Disturbed's song :D. Anyhow, I have never been to Wu-Tang Clan, but after reading this, I gues I'll go ;) Thanks.