Wu-Tang Clan Performance Marred By Absences, Technical Difficulties At Rock The Bells 2013

Exclusive: Wu-Tang Clan's performance, which included a hologram of Ol' Dirty Bastard, also featured absences from Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. Rock The Bells organizers explain technical difficulties.

Yesterday (September 8), Rock the Bells ended the first of its four weekend-long festivals set to take place this year. After Day 1, which featured Black Hippy, Kid Cudi and an Eazy-E hologram accompanying Bone thugs-n-harmony's performance, Day 2 included sets by various acts, including Juicy J, J. Cole and a disjointed performance from Wu-Tang Clan, which also included a hologram of Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Wu-Tang Clan's set featured several shortcomings, from missing members and technical malfunctions to a tirade from Method Man. Ghostface Killah and Raekwon were absent from the performance, and no explanation was given regarding their whereabouts. As for the performance itself, the music backing the group was cut-off abruptly during Wu's set. When this happened, group members including Method Man began engaging in call-and-response chants with the audience. Method Man then improvised with a few freestyles. "Music is cut off and we still trying to put a show on for y'all," Method Man said on stage.

Method Man soon became upset. "Two more minutes and I'm walking the fuck up outta here, hologram or not, nigga," he said. "I'm tired of this shit. I swear, on everything I love. This shit don't happen at Rock & Roll concerts, man...No, it don't. I'm tired of this shit."

Music came on soon after. "Act like that shit ain't happened," Method Man said.

However, technical difficulties would continue. While Method Man was rapping, the music changed tempos. "I'm done with the fuckin' music speedin' up and slowin' down and speedin' up," he said, before directing comments at Guerilla Union's Chang Weisberg, the festival's organizer. "Chang, this some bullshit, Chang," Method Man said. "I'm letting you know...Fuck that."

RZA then spoke about the festival's 10 years, explaining Wu-Tang Clan's involvement from the beginning. RZA praised the tradition of Rock the Bells and explained the challenges the group was facing on stage. "We are having some technical difficulties because we got a real special shit hooked up in here," he said. "Rock the Bells been rockin' for 10 years. 10 years ago, the entire Wu-Tang Clan blessed this stage. That started the whole Rock the Bells tradition."

Those technical difficulties appeared to continue as RZA asked the crowd to chant for Ol' Dirty Bastard's hologram to appear on stage. After a few attempts, the hologram did not appear. When the hologram eventually appeared, audience members were able to see the virtual performances of "Shame on a Nigga" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," the latter of which was performed with Young Dirty Bastard, one of Ol' Dirty Bastard's sons, who was also involved in the creation of the virtual-performance

Adding to the disarray of the performance, RZA also referred to the event as Coachella, the name of another prominent music festival. 

Before ending Wu-Tang Clan's set, Method Man made a vow to the crowd. "Once again, y'all, we'd like to thank everybody for celebrating our twentieth anniversary with us," Method Man said. "I wish Raekwon the Chef and Ghostface could have been here to see this shit. Also, regardless of the technical difficulties, y'all showed a lot of heart by sticking around and I respect y'all for that. I promise you, you will never see a fuckin' show like this again from us. Trust me." 

Rock The Bells Addresses Technical Difficulties Of Wu-Tang Clan's Performance

Guerilla Union's Chang Weisberg addressed the matter with an exclusive statement to HipHopDX. 

‎"Unfortunately, the audio problems with Wu-Tang's set last night were the result of an equipment failure," Weisberg said in an exclusive statement to HipHopDX. "[Wu-Tang Clan deejay, Mathematics'] computer crashed in the middle of their performance. Fortunately, the scheduled holographic return of ODB was able to buy enough time for Mathematics to re-boot his computer and finish the show. No one is more disappointed than myself and Wu-Tang Clan that this happened because we all wanted this to be their crowning moment and pay homage to ODB and his family.

"It's Hip Hop," Weisberg continued. "Sometimes you gotta fight through unexpected challenges and we are all motivated to make next week's Wu-Tang Clan performance the best ever."

Weisberg also addressed how members of Wu-Tang Clan and ODB's estate responded to the technical difficulties at the event. 

"I spoke with several members of Wu-Tang after the show and the family of ODB's estate," Weisberg said. "They were all supportive and appreciative for our efforts to mitigate the audio issues and deliver the historic virtual performance. In a way, ODB's prolific return saved the day. My heart goes out to DJ Mathematics, who had to deal with a faulty computer during the set. He's always been the glue for Wu-Tang shows and we all know redemption is only a week away." 

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RELATED: Rock The Bells 2013 Kicks Off With Eazy-E Hologram & Bone thugs-n-harmony 

18 Comments

  • def

    Maybe Chang should spend less time on bullshit 3d hologram gimmicks and more time making sure people can actually listen to music!!!!!

  • jasonnns

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  • MICHEAL MYERSSSS

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  • K.S.

    Damn!!! so no Ghostface and no Raekwon I would of been pised those members are in my top 5 for sure. GZA, RZA and Cappadonna or Method Man. Rock The Bells y'all really need to get it together you can't let stuff like this "EVER HAPPEN AGAIN EVER". Wu Tang is one of the dopest Crews and Groups ever to be a Part of Hip Hop. Rock The Bells as much as I like some of the new School Emcee's key word "SOME" y'all need to keep Rock the Bells 80's and 90's Hip Hop Legends. Why are y'all adding wack Rappers like Chief Keef, Riff Raff, Tyler The Creator and Trinidad James that ain't "REAL HIP HOP". Who y'all gonna add next year Kreayshawn's corny Ass? Keep Rock The Bells raw and add Cats that real Hip Hop heads would kill to see live Das Efx, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Tha Artifacts, Tha Pharcyde, Tha Liks, KING TEE, Goodie MOB, Outkast, Souls of Mischief, Redman, Keith Murray, Mobb Deep, Nas, Chubb Rock, The Beatnuts, illegal, Da Youngsta's, Naughty By Nature etc etc Peace and love to all the real Hip Hop Headz that hear what I'm saying RIP ODB (Wu Tang Forever)

  • Pat

    wtf Raekwon and Ghost are my 2 favorite members of the clan. Im seeing them in jersey in a month so hopefully they really step it up. I mean it sounds like they plan to

  • sealittle

    its funny how DX doesnt even understand why rza called the event coachella. there was a giant windstorm during coachella weekend 1 when they preformed. i am sure rza was implying this fiasco was on par that that shit storm. figure it out dx.

  • RM

    HA! These niggas paying to see a hologram! I was at Rock the Bells in San Bernardino in 2004, ODB's last set with the Wu.....Shit, They over sold tickets for that show and weren't letting amyone else in at around 5pm...So we broke down the fence/gate and bumrushed that stage! Anyone else go to that show? >>>>. You can see me on the DVD that they made for that show....Im the one starting a MOSH PIT when Ghost performed RUN.

  • Assassin221

    I saw these dudes at Rock the Bells 2006, sounds like I went to the right one. No technical bullshit and all surviving members present, Redman standing on a speaker to the side waving a Wu flag, shit was epic. I could give a fuck about a hologram.

  • stinky

    Hopefully they get it straightened out. Props to Method Man, who's always appreciated all fans and any crowd.

  • Beverly D. Buckley

    as Gary said I'm stunned that a student can profit $7472 in four weeks on the internet. pop over to these guys... www.Cafe44.com You talk like Gucci is some cold blooded murderer but the truth is he only killed in self defense and ever since then he been fucked in the head. I mean really an Ice Cream Cone tattoo? How can you justify that shit?

  • Chicasal

    This is why I don't go to rap shows anymore. People don't know what they're doing at these things. Technical issues, group members not being there, coming out 3 hours after the set was supposed to start. Roc Marciano was the last dude I saw and he nailed it. Did it right, take notes.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly! Ive been to over a hundred hip hop shows and out of those, I'd say 10 started on time with NO other problems. I love Hip hop but hate the BS that it comes with..

  • Beverly D. Buckley

    as Gary said I'm stunned that a student can profit $7476 in four weeks on the internet. pop over to these guys... www.Cafe44.com You talk like Gucci is some cold blooded murderer but the truth is he only killed in self defense and ever since then he been fucked in the head. I mean really an Ice Cream Cone tattoo? How can you justify that shit?

  • DG

    I got a problem with Chad not addressing the absence of Raekwon and Ghost. They got 3 more concerts left on the RTB tour. A lot of people attending RTB to see Wu-Tang as a whole. And he's selling tickets to these people as if they are. I'd be willing to bet that Rae and Ghost aren't there cause they didn't sign on to perform at RTB this year. Not cause they missed the show.

  • WTF

    There's a million spelling errors in that shit. Damn DX.

  • JASONNNS

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  • cjrocker

    I don't think he was referring to Rock the Bells as Coachella, he was listing off big festivals like these. He also name dropped Bonnaroo

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