Two days ago, we received this email from a local event promoter:
Believe it or not, after alot of back and forth, Public Enemy is coming to Shanghai on September 11. You heard me. If you don’t know who they are, you need to re-evaluate your knowledge of Hip Hop.
900 tickets are left as of this email.
You excited? I am.
We were excited — we (despite being white and rural) grew up listening to PE. But we were also somewhat unexcited — we are going to be out of town on September 11. We skipped over the part where the press release claimed this would be the “Hip Hop event of the year” and found the part that said the show was going to be at the Paramount and that advance tickets were going to be RMB 250. We would have paid that … in a second.
And then yesterday, from the same promoter, we got this:
Due to an internal fight in the band, the Public Enemy event has been
cancelled. I feel sorry for the organizers in Beijing.
My apologies for getting your hopes up. Keep your eyes out for 50 cent in November.
Not surprising, we suppose. Supposedly Chuck D, age 47, and Flavor Flav, age 48, had a fight. Kids will be kids.
The “organizers in Beijing” reference refers to the Beijing Pop Festival, where Public Enemy was supposed to perform later this month. The wording of the email makes it seem like that gig would be off, too … but the festival’s site hasn’t been updated to reflect that. Nine Inch Nails are headliners, and they have a launched a web page in Chinese.
We are choosing to ignore the “50 cent” reference.
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Photo from gilles.suignard.