Public Enemy: Live at Sound Academy

Public EnemyA long-time fan, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect when I bought tickets to see Public Enemy in concert at the Sound Academy last night. I've been listening to Public Enemy for almost 25 years, and with Chuck D 52 years old and Flavour Flav 55, how good could they be live?

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Holy shit they're good! I had the best damn time. Their energy was amazing, the performance was better than I dared dream and there were so many highlights. My voice is still coming back after trying to keep up with the guys on songs I've loved for so very long.


Where do I begin with the highlights?

  • Despite promoting this concert as Public Enemy playing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back in its entirety, they played a great deal more - including cuts from Fear Of A Black Planet, "Can't Truss It", "Shut 'Em Down", "He Got Game" and a couple of new tracks.
  • When Maestro and Michie Mee hit the stage, I almost lost it. And Maestro's spontaneous performance? A true joy for this Let Your Backbone Slide fan.
  • I didn't think I'd survive Welcome to the Terrordome. EPIC! I'm glad they removed the crucifixion lines.
  • Another highlight amongst many highlights was "Night Of The Living Baseheads". That might be the most underrated song in hip-hop.
  • They opened with "Louder Than A Bomb" and closed with "Fight The Power". When I left the venue, it was 12:39.

I picked up my ticket for $15 on Groupon. $15 for over 2-hours of Public Enemy delivering real hip-hop. I still can't believe it...

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H Rap Brown



Saw these guys when they toured Fear of a Black Planet they blew me away then, they knocked me on my ass last night.

Nice pics Mike.

"5-0 said FREEZE and I got numb"

September 3, 2012 @ 10:10 AM


I've seen them 7 times, but last night was my fave. UNREAL!

September 3, 2012 @ 10:12 AM


Looks stellar, Mike.

I wish I had gone.

September 3, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

John S.

One of the things that made it so powerful was that they delivered the same general message and performed with the same conviction they've always had, but had a certain maturity that appealed to a mature crowd. Funny enough,the age group that grew up with PE, now had the most influence to fight the power.

September 3, 2012 @ 2:05 PM

Chip Monk

WHAT..No freee tickets??
So you can RUB it in everyone face??

September 3, 2012 @ 4:38 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


My favourite was when Chuck d said Elvis was a hero to most but he didn't mean shit to him because straight out racist the sucker was, simple and plain.

September 3, 2012 @ 6:39 PM

Johnny Miller

I was having a great time up until they got the crowd going about how much Americans suck. As an expat, that more than turned me off. I've been to countless shows all across the US and I can't imagine a crowd anywhere in the US that would do the same about Canadians. That... was bullshit.

Other than that, it was a great show!

September 3, 2012 @ 7:19 PM


America Sucks... Elvis is a a racist.. All Lines Of Propaganda that get a crowd going, but based on very little...

But if it works for them...

September 4, 2012 @ 11:49 AM

John Wayne

M.F. You Too!!

September 4, 2012 @ 2:57 PM

Johnny Miller

Don't Believe The Hype.

September 4, 2012 @ 4:55 PM


Kudos to these boys for surviving this long - and by "surviving" I mean not getting shot in their pimped-out Escalade while sipping some Cristal with some skanky bitches.

September 5, 2012 @ 9:49 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


That's not Chuck D's style. Flav maybe, but not Chuck.

I'll bet Chuck drives a Prius.

September 5, 2012 @ 9:51 AM

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