Wu-Tang Clan Numbers December 12, 2010
Sunday night's Wu-Tang Clan show ended around 2:30 this morning, after five or six openers and more than five hours on our feet. By the time the group went onstage, at around 12:50 a.m., the crowd had waited almost one hour in place, only kept alive by DJ Elroy Boogie's work and the prospect of seeing one of the best collectives in hip-hop... eventually.
There was bitching and moaning, and a few bottles thrown at the stage. Social media was in a lather with people complaining about the late starts and lulls. Fans started leaving, cursing the group, while others hunkered down for the wait. But anyone who has ever been to more than one hip-hop show knows these things don't run on time. It's the nature of the game. You wait it out.
There was a time, years ago, when rock shows were the same way, before curfews and sound ordinances laid the hammer down. The headliner would come on an hour after the last opener, working up the crowd into equal parts exhilaration and stress until the headliner decided to hit the stage. Hip-hop doesn't run on rock time.