creates some of the most eye-popping rock posters we've ever seen.
Whenever possible, we'll share their designs right here on County Grind.
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Album anniversary tours are often like a subtle apology for falling off or a cheap ploy to rally support for groups that are musically past their prime. Thus is not the case for Public Enemy. Although most would agree that PE did peak musically with Fear Of A Black Planet, their importance as a group has only increased with age and the conditions that made this album so relevant at the time of its release have scarcely diminished. If anything, the anxieties that Public Enemy were drawing on when naming this record have blossomed into a full fledged phobia in the last two decades. And since a political hip-hop album has not been made in the 20 years since the release of Fear Of A Black Planet that can rival its success or importance, I would say that's justification enough for an anniversary tour.
Perhaps there is some sad irony in that much of PE's resurgence in
commercial popularity stems from America's fascination with the bizarre
antics of Flavor Flav, but what can you do? The strange dichotomy between
Chuck D and Flav has always existed, its just more apparent now then
ever as Chuck continues to fight to improve race relations in America
and Flav single handedly sets them back (just check his Comedy Central
roast). That might have been a little mean, but the point is that the
formula works, the legacy is indispensable and the PE brand still
stands unwavering. Catch Public Enemy and the full original lineup,
including Professor Griff and the S1Ws, on their Fear Of A Black Planet
20 Year Anniversary Tour tonight!
Public Enemy, with Mayday, Blowfly, and Garcia. 7:30 p.m. Friday,
September 17, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Tickets cost $33.25. Click here.