Run-DMC’s iconic legacy spans nearly three decades but the duo (Run, DMC) still gets jitters before each show.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons have continued to keep the legacy of their slain DJ, Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, alive with several spot performances.

Recently, they united to perform at London’s Scala venue for Vodafone’s 30-year anniversary. It was their first performance in the UK in over 10 years.

Before the show, McDaniels and Simmons spoke with the Belfast Telegraph about calming their nerves right before they hit the stage.

“I only get nerves right before I go on stage,” McDaniels says. “Right before I go on stage, I get that little realization of, ‘Oh shoot, I gotta go out there.’ I never wanted to go out there… I used to do those rhymes in my basement. I’m 50 years old now. I started writing rhymes when I was 12 and I still get that feeling.”

Simmons does a bit of cardio to ease his own nervousness.

“I walk in circles,” he says. “I just relax and wait for the moment. There’s nothing I can do.”

Last year, McDaniels launched Darryl Makes Comics (DMC), an independent publishing house that produces comic books. Even though, he’s become a superhero on paper, McDaniels still reverts to his childhood favorite.

“Before I go on stage, I have to change into the Hulk because he’s my favorite superhero,” he says. “The mild-mannered Darryl McDaniels transformed into the mighty King of Rock.”

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