, [url=https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/uriah-heep/1988/manchester-apollo-manchester-england-43d3c33b.html][img]https://www.setlist.fm/widgets/setlist-image-v1?id=43d3c33b[/img][/url] ‘You’re ordering from the same Chinese restaurant? That’s what he does. “We were all teenagers when ‘Fight The Power’ by the Isley Brothers came out, and as a teenager you kind of know what’s fucked up. “My parents were around 28-29 in 1969-70,” he explains. If you weren’t socially responsible then you were a louse. “We were using Studio B, they were using Studio A. Hey Kim! I mean, I’m older than Melle Mel!”, Which isn’t to say that his stripped-down, MC-and-DJ sets as Public Enemy Radio on the Gods of Rap tour will see him slowing down. You envy these guys in a good way. We wanted to spill blood on the stage.”. Manchester Apollo, Manchester - Nov 3, 1988 Nov 03 1988 Public Enemy Manchester Apollo, Manchester - Nov 3, 1988 Nov 03 1988 Last updated: 1 Aug 2019, 21:23 Etc/UTC Bum Rush The Show’ in 1987 and ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ in 1988 respectively. Music can give them a sort of GPS to who they are. Elvis and Carole King jostle for space alongside Thelonious Monk and a copy of Simon Reynolds’ rock and hip-hop history ‘Bring The Noise’, named after one of Public Enemy’s own hits. We did things like we did in the United States, like we’d play the concert and then be in the tube right after the concert with the people. That’s the world it became, and ‘Harder Than You Think’ was a galvanising force in transitioning to understanding that songs can have a life other than the norm.”, The track also proved that Chuck and Public Enemy could remain relevant to a whole new generation of fans. Chuck’s own political awareness was first stirred at the age of 10, when his parents sent him to a summer camp on Long Island called ‘The Afro-American Experience’. [url=https://www.setlist.fm/edit?setlist=43d3c33b&step=song]Edit this setlist[/url] | [url=https://www.setlist.fm/setlists/uriah-heep-33d6ac59.html]More Uriah Heep setlists[/url]. Chuck has been a fan of his new tourmates since before Wu-Tang even existed, back in the early ‘90s when RZA was still going by the name Prince Rakeem and was signed to Tommy Boy Records. It’s tribal, it’s relentless. It had a profound effect not just on myself but on other people in Public Enemy like Shocklee, Flavor and Griff.”, Chuck took that political awareness and channelled it into Public Enemy’s music and their interviewers. Or we’d rally the people in the streets before the concert. You hate that the paperwork gets in the way of performances, but governments really play a factor more than they used to.”, Chuck D speaking out about government interference is, of course, nothing new. They would get all that.”, By the time Public Enemy first came to play in the UK, they were determined to build on the impression they’d already built up through those very interviews. I always had that understanding because when I looked around I realised there weren’t many people my age.
Look again at the house and you might notice that above the garage a string of fairy lights have been pinned up in the shape of the CND logo, the internationally recognised symbol of peace and political activism. Yet regardless of who else makes it to Britain for these shows the centre of the lyrical storm will always be Chuck, and just like when he first arrived in London he intends to leave blood on the stage. I just told everybody: ‘Unless you die, you’re going to be heading the same way, and you ain’t gonna stop doing what you’re doing.’ Back in the day I’d just tell everybody: ‘This is 21st century blues.’ Blues started out as a young men’s game. “I would see our music in the NME charts, so when guys like Dele Fadele and Simon Reynolds came over I befriended them,” says Chuck. We knew that we probably couldn’t get played on radio stations to make a quote-unquote ‘Jay-Z record’. That’s the only clue that this is the house where Chuck D lives. On an early Def Jam tour – also featuring LL Cool J and Eric B & Rakim – Public Enemy found themselves sharing a bus with Stetsasonic, whose DJ Prince Paul told Chuck about a new group from Long Island he had just started producing. They encouraged me to be outspoken and they encouraged me to be studied, not just to speak at the top of my lungs. What are y’all ordering? There was a burgeoning explosion out of New York coming from a period of unrest in the city.”, The song’s chorus is lifted from The Isley Brother’s 1975 song of the same name, a tune which had made a big impact on Chuck and the other members of Public Enemy. I still have Thatcher in my left ear. The Public Enemy leader appears before I even get to the front door. My favourite Wu-Tang record, if I had to just pick one, would be ‘Triumph’. “In the ’80s, Donald Trump was the owner of a football team, the New Jersey Generals. Those guys: GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, they were like superheroes, man! Gods Of Rap is at SSE Arena Wembley (May 10), Manchester Arena (May 11), SSE Hydro Glasgow (May 12) and 3Arena Dublin (May 14). We knew that the other Def Jam acts we were playing with would see the UK as being a drop-off for them, because in the States they were revered. We went in there like we were going to take everything else in the world. Sonic pirates. When Spike said he needed an anthem, that stuck in my mind as far as a title was concerned. To me, that’s how I write songs. While Public Enemy’s late ’80s output may have defined their reputation, their biggest streaming hit came much more recently – and thanks to an unlikely source. “It was totally a different generation’s song. “When you’re a musician, you’re not a citizen of any one place,” he says.
The following year, they would release their defining anthem, ‘Fight The Power’, as part of the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’. “Ain’t nobody else in this era. That’s not a musician’s life. Apocalypse '91 - The Enemy Strikes Black (2) Black Planet Tour (1) Bring the Noise Tour (34) Fear of a Black Planet 20th Anniversary Tour (7) Fight the Power (1) Flavour of Hip Hop (1) Gods of Rap 2019 Tour (1) Greatest Misses (2) Hip Hop Gods Tour Revue (5) It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1) Kings of the Mic (20) It’s a song that could go on for 30 minutes. You know what I’m saying? We’re almost similar to pirates. “Shit! So you have to go places with your antennas up, and you have to be astute about history so you don’t sound like a talking box. A three-bedroom suburban family home built in the mid-60s, it sits up on a hillside in California. It would be: ‘Hey, what’s up Thurston? We have a couple of great surprises planned for London, Manchester and Glasgow.”. “Naughty By Nature were also with Tommy Boy, and they set a precedent,” remembers Chuck. Another set of shelves is dedicated to an equally impressive DVD collection. I mean, who does that?” marvels Chuck. Yet five years later when it appeared as the theme tune to Channel 4’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Paralympics suddenly it was everywhere. Ice is 61 and I’m gonna be 59. The track would also be included on Public Enemy’s next record, ‘Fear of a Black Planet’. It made us challenge the theory of Colombus when we got back in the fourth grade. It was a solid record when myself and Gary G-Wiz made it in 2007. We got blessings from a different area, and now that’s exactly where people look to place their songs. Upstairs, Chuck’s home office is dotted with memorabilia – Public Enemy action figures and souvenir baseball caps – and lined with hundreds of books on music and politics, showcasing his all-encompassing taste. If you were there then Wu-Tang, DJ Premier and De La Soul will take care of themselves, and the Public Enemy Radio set is going to be enjoyably powerful. If you were there then “It was really weird, but it shows the power of technology and the power of access,” points out Chuck. “These issues were in the air.
, [url=https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/public-enemy/1987/manchester-apollo-manchester-england-7395aadd.html][img]https://www.setlist.fm/widgets/setlist-image-v1?id=7395aadd[/img][/url] It was the first record we’d heard a curse from [“…all this bullshit going down”]! This year marks the song’s 30th anniversary. A general who spreads peaceful anthems rather than war. It’s not jealousy, but it’s a different time when Ludacris is getting played on the radio 500 times a day. It’s a solid record. Run‐D.M.C. Alongside Prince and Nelson Mandela documentaries, I spot a copy of Wu-Tang Saga. Now he’s in charge of real generals. “We’re coming from the cult of Trump, so it seems like this is a continuing daymare and nightmare,” he says. Chuck’s charm offensive paid off –Public Enemy’s first two records were each named NME Album Of the Year: ‘Yo! One of the abilities that Public Enemy always has is knowing where we’re going before we go there.”. “We were making ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ while they were making ‘Goo’ in the next studio,” recalls Chuck. A good title can spit a thousand notes and words.”, ‘Fight The Power’ is played repeatedly in ‘Do The Right Thing’, which helped solidify the song as an anthem. It was while recording that album at Greene Street studios in Manhattan that Chuck ended up making an unscheduled guest appearance on another track which would become an indie anthem: Sonic Youth’s ‘Kool Thing’. add whatever song you remember! I get the impression he enjoys this relative seclusion. I’ve been hearing that I’m old to be doing this since I was 30. That means – visas permitting – Public Enemy Radio could be joined by guests drawn from throughout the history of rap. The camp had students, rebels, Nation of Islam, Black Panthers… they were our counsellors! Some people are born in a place, they stay in that place and they die in that place. Today, Chuck D descends on the UK with old-school hip hop heroes De La Soul and Wu Tang Clan for the Gods Of Rap tour. And you might also get help in the And you might also get help in the At 59, the Public Enemy frontman has more than earned that title, via a string of era-defining albums, his unwavering political voice and tracks that are unimpeachable hip hop classics.